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Witter Bynner Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 13 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Harold Witter Bynner (1881-1968) was an American poet, writer and scholar. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was widely traveled and spent most of his life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The home he shared there with long-time partner Robert Hunt became a gathering place for the creative and artistic elite; among their friends and guests were Clara Bow, D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Oppenheimer, Georgia O'Keef and many other notable names. The house today is a bed and breakfast called The Inn of the Turquoise Bear.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Witter Bynner Papers consist of three short poems in manuscript form and one letter. The poem entitled "Swinburne" is signed and inscribed by the author to John S. Mayfield.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


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Subject Headings


Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968.


Poets, American.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts (document genre)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Witter Bynner Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Witter Bynner, 1963.

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