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W.H. Auden Collection

W.H. Auden served as a faculty member of the English department (1942-1945) and received an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore in 1964. This collection contains the handwritten "Manuscript Notebook or Poems, Sept. 1932-34," first editions, notes and charts designed for his English courses, photographs, recordings of readings, drawings and other ephemera from his time as a faculty member, and his typewriter.

Learn more about Auden and his time at Swarthmore in our online exhibit:  "Fellow Irresponsibles, follow me": W.H. Auden and Swarthmore College, 1940-1972.


W. H. Auden typewriter used during his time at Swarthmore

handwritten manuscript

W. H. Auden manuscript notebook, Poems, September 1932 - [1934]