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W.H. Auden Collection

The W.H. Auden Collection was established in the early 1960s to commemorate Auden's association with the college as a faculty member of the English department (1942-1945) and the recipient of an honorary doctorate. The Auden Collection contains first editions, books with contributions by Auden, his writings for periodicals, notes and charts designed by Auden for his English courses, library call slips, and the extraordinary, handwritten "Manuscript Notebook of Poems, Sept 1932-34" donated by Auden to the library. The collection also includes a small group of recordings of Auden readings, photographs, unpublished pornography, drawings, and his typewriter.

To explore the Auden Collection and read about the poet's years at Swarthmore, please visit 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]