12 May 2017

These Ghostly Archives: power, politics and silences

The following is a guest blog post by Gail Crowther, co-author of the recently published These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath (Fonthill). You can read a companion guest blog post by me, "Entering These Ghostly Archives" on Gail's website.

These Ghostly Archives: power, politics and silences

by Gail Crowther


As Peter and I note in the opening pages of our new book These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath, archives are not only magical places, they are places of power and politics too. And the power seems to operate in a number of different ways: the experiential power of holding original documents, the power and privilege to study in an archive, and the power behind who gets to have an archive of work in the first place. Much is about access and opportunity. Often we speak of ‘the archive’ as though it were some kind of monolithic, static space. Yet what we discovered as we worked on a series of papers between 2009-2013, and subsequently on our book, is that archives are far from fixed. They are diverse, living, animated spaces that constantly invite shifting perception. We can visit the same archive two, three or four times and find something different on each occasion. Plus archives grow all of the time and new material becomes available. In our book we challenge the notion of the fixed archive by arguing that archives are dynamic, and that this dynamism can seep beyond the walls of what might be called the ‘traditional’ archive into the ‘living’ archive, where history and stories leave their blueprint on the spaces around us.

The first archive I visited was the BBC Written Archives Centre in Reading, England. Peter had asked me to look at some material on his behalf. We had already exchanged emails about Peter’s archival work, particularly at Smith College, which holds one of the largest Plath collections in the world. Peter had shared his enthusiasm for handling the Ariel poem manuscripts and early drafts of The Bell Jar, as well as personal possessions such as pieces of painted furniture, trinkets, and correspondence. While I was aware that Peter was an archivist by profession, I could also tell that there was something different going on with his engagement with Plath material. I didn’t know at this stage about ‘archive fever’ or how when you work with materials in an archive, time dissolves around you.

Over the coming years we worked separately (but on each other’s behalf) in a number of different archives – and only once on a joint trip to Smith College in the summer of 2011. The nature of these visits changed as we realised we could utilise the fast-paced technology that was developing. In 2008 we would email each other as soon as the archive visit was over, type up notes, and send on as soon as possible. Today, we can WhatsApp while we are actually in the archive and, if allowed, take photographs and share documents with an immediacy that often makes me feel I am there, albeit virtually. This immediacy can be helpful if we stumble across an ethical issue, or if we make an exciting find that we cannot wait to share. Both of these scenarios we discuss in our book, in particular decisions that have to be made regarding whether to publish certain things or not. We tend to err on the side of caution, especially if stories involve other people who are still alive. The archive can be a place of exposure and sometimes people get drawn into a story via secondary sources when they have personally chosen to keep their silence.

And silence of course, oddly, is another feature of the archive. Although they teem with stories, there are maddening gaps too. Fragmented correspondence, missing pages, references to letters, poems, prose that no longer exist. In Plath’s case, a whole ‘missing’ novel manuscript and two ‘missing’ journals, two torn out pages from her 1962 wall calendar, and even torn out pages from the journals do that survive. The silence can jolt you from a smooth-running narrative into confusion and speculation. But this silence also invites further study; when something is missing, can it be found? This forms the basis for the first chapter in our book where we follow the trail of a missing manuscript, the final piece of prose that Plath wrote before her death, which was stolen from the BBC shortly afterwards.

Missing archives, lost archives, in many ways are the mostly ghostly of all – certainly elusive, but still holding out promise. And that in many ways is the power of the archive – the story is never fully told and it is a story that we may one day know, or not.

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These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath by Gail Crowther and Peter K. Steinberg is now available. Published by Fonthill Media, the book is available online via the publisherAmazon.co.uk, Book Depository,  and other websites.

These Ghostly Archives will be published in the United States on 3 October 2017.

All links accessed 9 and 12 May 2017.

11 May 2017

These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath Out Now!!!!

These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath by Gail Crowther and Peter K. Steinberg (hey...that's me!) is officially published by Fonthill Media as of today, 11 May 2017.


We sincerely hope that if you read the book you enjoy it.

These Ghostly Archives is available online via the publisherAmazon.co.ukBook Depository,  and other websites.

These Ghostly Archives will be published in the United States on 3 October 2017.

All links accessed 11 May 2017.

01 May 2017

Sylvia Plath's High School Scrapbook

The following is a catalog of the items in Sylvia Plath's high school scrapbook held by the Lilly Library in Plath mss II, Oversize 3. The scrapbook is heavily annotated by Plath and, as the writing is under copyright, is not included here. However, I think the rest of it is fair game to present and to describe. For this, I assigned three broad categories to the items in the scrapbook: Photographs, Attachments, and Clippings. Attachments take many different formats including cards, letters, and pressed flowers, to name a few. I have researched as many of the items herein and, as much as possible, I attempt to provide information about the things which Plath collected and preserved to document her life and times. For the clippings, I have tried to identify all the periodicals from which the thing was taken. Sadly, a number of items from the scrapbook are missing.

Plath purchased this scrapbook on 1 February 1947 and immediately started pasting in the first pages photographs and annotating them with her life history and experiences. She numbered the pages in the top right or top left (she double numbered pages 39 and 46 and these are represented below as pages 39a and 46a, respectively). The scrapbook was obtained from the Book Stall in Wellesley Hills Square. Though it covers Plath's life from 1932-1951, the bulk dates for this scrapbook spans 1947-September 1951. She began another scrapbook, called her "Smith College Scrapbook" with events from her sophomore year at Smith College in the fall of 1951 and ended it in the summer of 1955. The same treatment as is given here will be given to Plath's Smith scrapbook in another blog post.

The information here was obtained from 16-19 March 2015 on a research visit I made to the Lilly Library. The contents reflect what I saw and photographed at that time. By my counts, there are, or were, 287 items in the scrapbook: 133 Photographs, 106 Attachments, and 40 Clippings. There are, or were, 8 missing items (5 photographs, 2 attachments, and 1 clipping). There are three blank pages (12, 58, and 66). Excepting the missing photographs, each of the photographs has a date assigned to it. The dates are as accurate as I have been able to establish from a variety of sources including the scrapbook itself, Plath's diaries, journals, letters, and other sources. Photographs have been described based on a list of photographs provided by the Lilly Library and my own observations.

Page i
"My Scrapbook / Sylvia Plath – 1947"


Page 1
Photograph: Otto Plath. Missing
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a young child, sitting inside a Gravenstein Apples crate; circa 1934
Photograph: Sylvia Plath standing by railing at 24 Prince Street, Jamaica Plain; circa 1934
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a young child, age 22 months, playing in the water at the beach; captioned on verso by ASP: "Aug. 23, 1934"
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a young child, about age 3 at Jamaica Pond; circa summer 1935
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a young child, age 2½, seated on a sled in the snow; captioned on verso by ASP: "Jan 1935"


Page 2
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a child, age 7, dressed as nurse playing with a doll at 92 Johnson Avenue, Winthrop; circa August 1940
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, age 13, seated indoors wearing Girl Scouts uniform, Wellesley, August, 1946
Photograph: Arden Tapley holding a goat; circa 1945
Photograph: Ruth Geisel, circa 1945. Missing
Photograph: David and Ruth Freeman outdoors in Saugus; circa 1945-1946
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a child, about age 13, on front steps of 26 Elmwood Road; 1946


Page 3
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Play, as children, seated outdoors, holding toys, Winthrop; circa 1937-1938
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Plath, as children, riding together on a sled in the snow, Winthrop; captioned on verso by ASP: "1938"
Photograph: Warren Plath, as a child, standing in back yard with a wagon, Winthrop; circa 1938-1939
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a child, wearing a bathing suit at the beach, Ipswich; circa 1939-1940
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a child, with braids; Missing, (present when imaged for Eye Rhymes, p. 18)
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Plath, as children, standing in front on a sailboat, Warren holding a fish, Winthrop; circa 1939-1940
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Plath, as children, standing in front of 92 Johnson Avenue, Winthrop, SP holds their cat Mitzi; circa 1940-1942
Photograph: Ruth Freeman; circa 1938-1940


Page 4
Photograph: Marion Freeman shoveling snow in front of her house, 6 Somerset Terrace, Winthrop; 1945
Photograph: Claudine Dufrane, SP's Belgian pen pal, and family; circa 1946
Photograph: Claudine Dufrane studio portrait; circa 1946
Photograph: Richard, David, and Perry Norton in fall; circa 1945-1946
Photograph: Richard, David, and Perry Norton in winter; circa 1945-1946
Photograph: Richard, David, and Perry Norton, studio portrait; circa 1945-1946
Attachment: Silhouette by Mrs. Loungway
Clipping: Lee, Peggy Ann. "Junior High Briefs." The Townsman. 30 January 1947: 8
Clipping: "8-Year-Old Poet." The Boston Herald. 10 August 1941, p. B-8.


Page 5
Photograph: Sylvia Plath shoveling snow, Wellesley. Missing
Photograph: Landscape view taken during winter of the skating pond at the end of Elmwood Road, Wellesley; circa 1946-1947
Clipping: "Funny Faces." The Boston Herald. August 2, 1942: B-10. Missing.
Photograph: Art exhibit showing a watercolor of Sylvia Plath's on a bulletin board; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Art exhibit showing a watercolor of Sylvia Plath's on a bulletin board; circa 1946-1947. Missing
Photograph: Diana, Priscilla Steele, and Lilly: "Sylvia Plath for Secretary"; circa 15 January 1947


Page 6
Photograph: Art exhibit showing a watercolor of Sylvia Plath's on a bulletin board; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Hans-Joachim Neupert; circa 1947-1948
Photograph: Hans-Joachim Neupert; circa 1947-1948
Clipping: "Solitude" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, holding a watering can and watering her grandfather's bean plants, Wellesley; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Mosquito Tree; circa 1946-1947
Attachment: A Christmas card. Missing
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, riding a bicycle, feet on handlebars; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, in bathing suit in back yard, Wellesley; circa 1946-1947


Page 7
Photograph: Diana, Priscilla Steele, and Lilly: "Sylvia Plath for Secretary"; circa 15 January 1947
Photograph: Betsy Powley standing in the snow by road signs, Colrain; 1 March 1947
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, standing in the snow, Colrain; dated 3/1/47 on verso
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, standing in the snow by Colrain/Guilford, Vt. Town Line; dated on verso: 3/1/47
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, age 10, with a groups of other children at "Trading Post", Camp Weetamoe; dated July 1943 on verso


Page 8
Photograph: Jane DiTiberio, studio portrait; circa 1947
Photograph: Wayne Sterling; circa 1947
Photograph: Gina Renzella; circa 1947
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Ann Bowker, Jeanette McDonald, and June Smith, Vineyard Sailing Camp; captioned on verso: "Tent 2 lft. to rt"; circa 1 July 1947
Clipping: Stimson, William. "Wellesley Artists Win Many Honors in High School Art Exhibit." The Townsman. 6 March 1947: 9.
Photograph: Warren Plath superimposed on the mosquito tree; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Warren Plath superimposed on the mosquito tree; circa 1946-1947


Page 9
Photograph: Libby Aldrich playing in the street, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948
Photograph: Libby Aldrich standing in the grass, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948
Photograph: Libby Aldrich sitting in the grass beside the street, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948
Photograph: Libby Aldrich sitting in the grass, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948
Photograph: Libby Aldrich pulling on a tree branch, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948


Page 10
Photograph: Three girls from Sylvia Plath's English class at a slumber party; circa 1949
Attachment: "Dates 1949-1950" with John Hall, Bob Riedeman, Bruce Elwell, Perry Norton. Rod Leavall and Jim Canasta
Photograph: Wire fence and pine trees in the snow; circa 1948-1949
Clipping: Hope, Patricia. "High School Highlights." The Townsman. 13 May 1948: 15
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, wearing a formal dress; circa 1949-1950
Attachment: 'Ice-Breaker' 1947: "THE SENIOR AND JUNIOR CLASSES CORDIALLY INVITE SYLVIA PLATH TO THE SOPHOMORE ICE BREAKER TO BE HELD AT WELLESLEY HIGH SCHOOL ON OCTOBER 4, 1947 AT 8:15 P.M. to 11:45"


Page 11
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Betsy Powley, Ruth Freeman, and another girl, possibly Ann Bowker, Vineyard Sailing Camp; circa July 1948
Photograph: Sailboat; captioned on verso: "Mig's Boat / East Chop Races / July 2, 1947 / Vineyard Sailing Camp".
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Gloria Caouette, and Ruth Freeman, Vineyard Sailing Camp; circa July 1948; photograph reversed
Attachment: Sub Deb card with Letter of invitation from Barbara Botsford
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and the junior Wellesley basketball team, 1949


Page 12
Blank


Page 13
Attachment: The Phillipian (Andover, Mass.). 13 May 1949


Page 14
Attachment: Totem Pole sticker with Tommy Dorsey's face and signature
Attachment: Christmas card from Marianne Lévy
Photograph: Marianne Lévy; June 1949
Attachment: Spring Promenade 1949 (Phillips Academy, Andover, 13-14 May 1949)


Page 15
Attachment: Programs: Spring Promenade, Class of 1950, Phillips Academy, Andover; Invitation to Promenade by Headmaster and Mrs. Kemper; with handwritten note, possibly by Winfield "Mike" Sides


Page 16
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "The Sightseer"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "John Tucke Monument"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Gosport Church"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Star Island"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Gosport Church"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "The Oceanic"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Church Doorway"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Goodbye, Sweet Day"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, posed in swimsuit standing by birch trees, Wellesley; circa July-August 1949
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, posed in swimsuit, sitting in backyard, Wellesley; circa July-August 1949


Page 17
Clipping: "Local Tennis Tourney Semi-Finals This Week." The Townsman. 25 August 1949: 3; annotated by SP
Photograph: Wellesley boys cross country team; captioned "J. HODGES"; names of runners on verso; circa fall 1949
Photograph: John Hall throwing a football; circa summer-fall 1949
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, posed in swimsuit sitting in a field; captioned on verso by SP and ASP; circa 14 September 1949
Attachment: Pressed flower (poppy)
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, posed in swimsuit smiling; circa August-September 1949


Page 18
Attachment: Ticket stubs, stock car races, Westboro Stadium, Route 9 – Westboro, Mass.
Attachment: Ticket stub, Quartet (motion picture), Majestic Theatre, Orchestra Left E 7; 24 September 1949
Attachment: Ticket stub, Father Was a Fullback (motion picture), Fenway Theatre, 22 October 1949
Attachment: Ticket stubs, football game, 8 October 1949
Attachment: Ticket stub; Boston and Maine Railroad; visit to Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
Attachment: Ticket stub; Union College vs Williams College, football game
Attachment: Train ticket, 30 October 1949, Boston - Williamstown
Attachment: Purple streamer


Page 19
Clipping: "1034 Legs Invade Billville." The Williams Record. 29 October 1949: 1


Page 20
Attachment: Christmas Cotillion invitation, 23 December 1949
Attachment: Christmas Cotillion order of dances
Attachment: Ticket stub; Needham High versus Wellesley High School, football game
Attachment: Ticket stubs; As You Like It (play), Colonial Theatre, 21 December 1949, Balcony C 10, right center
Photograph: John Hodges sitting with another boy on a tree limb; captioned on verso by Hodges' circa fall 1949


Page 21
Photograph: Sylvia Plath with Marilyn, Bruce, Rod, Betty, and Paul in The King Philip souvenir photograph, King Philip, Lake Pearl, Wrentham; annotated on cover by SP, "Ray McKinley" (band); 6 July 1949
Attachment: Noble and Greenough school dance invitation card, 3 December 1949
Photograph: Sylvia Plath seated on a chair in backyard near birch trees; circa fall-winter 1949


Page 22
Attachment: Christmas present sticker
Attachment: Image of Santa Claus
Attachment: University of New Hampshire Dining Hall ticket, value $10.00
Attachment: Christmas card, from Bob Riedeman
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Bob Riedeman standing in snow outside a dormitory at University of New Hampshire, Durham; circa 17-19 February 1950
Photograph: Snow elephant; circa 17-19 February 1950


Page 23
Clipping: "Mellow Music of Ray McKinley to Warm Annual Winter Carnival Ball." The New Hampshire. 9 February 1950: 1, 8; underlined by SP
Attachment: Train ticket, Boston to Dover, N.H.; 19 February 1950
Attachment: Winter Carnival invitation


Page 24
Photograph: Snow sculpture of a carousel; circa 17-19 February 1950
Clipping: "Snow Sculpture Will Follow Circus Theme." The New Hampshire. 9 February 1950: 1
Photograph: Sylvia Plath in winter coat, Durham, New Hampshire; outlined in red pencil; circa 17-19 February 1950
Photograph: Snow sculpture of a clown emerging from a drum; circa 17-19 February 1950
Photograph: Snow sculpture of a circus tent; circa 17-19 February 1950
Photograph: Snow sculpture of a seal; circa 17-19 February 1950


Page 25
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and another female outside in the snow, Durham, New Hampshire; circa 17-19 February 1950
Attachment: Handwritten note from Perry Norton to Sylvia Plath on pink paper and a pressed flower
Clipping: "Junior Prom To Be Gay Event This Saturday." The Townsman. 16 March 1950: 7.
Photograph: Sylvia Plath in a crowd on the dance floor, Junior Prom at Wellesley, 18 March 1950; captioned on verso "Page 1, Bradford"; photo also in 1949-1950 Wellesleyan yearbook, p. 75
Attachment: Pink ribbon
Attachment: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Certificate of Registration of Bicycle, dated 17 April 1950; for a Raleigh English bicycle
Clipping: Giesey, Louise. "High School Highlights." The Townsman. 24 November 1949:2


Page 26
Attachment: The Admirable Crichton, French's Acting Edition, No. 1435, (cover)
Attachment: Ticket stub; The Admirable Crichton, 14 April 1950, Sec. C, Row F, Seat 107
Clipping: "'The Admirable Crichton' Senior Play Success", The Townsman, 20 April 1950, p. 5; with underlining by SP


Page 27
Attachment: Bus ticket to Durham, N.H.
Attachment: University of New Hampshire campus map; SP annotated with stars by West Hall and Scott Hall
Attachment: Wrapping paper; bands of black, white, green, gold, and pink


Page 28
Attachment: Letter from Margaret Thompson to Sylvia Plath, 18 May 1950; regarding acceptance to Smith College and $850 scholarship
Attachment: Letter from Mary Mensel to Sylvia Plath, 10 May 1950; regarding scholarship
Attachment: Letter from Mrs. William Dana Orcutt, undated


Page 29
Attachment: The Boston Pops, directed by Arthur Fiedler (program cover)
Attachment: Ticket stubs, Symphony Hall, 27 May 1950; 1st Balcony, left, B 33 & B 34
Photograph: Sylvia Plath in white sleeveless blouse; circa spring 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman, yearbook photograph passed on blue paper; circa 1950
Attachment: Boston Pops program. 27 May 1950
Clipping: Goldsmith, Sue. "Highschool Highlights." The Townsman. 8 June 1950: 7.
Attachment: Invitation to Senior Promenade, 2 June 1950; with pressed flower petals


Page 30
Attachment: Eighty-First Annual Graduation Exercises of the Gamaliel Bradford Senior High, 7 June 1950
Attachment: Ticket stub, Seat 7, Row W, Section R, 7 June 1950
Attachment: Ticket stub (loose, found in fold of page) for Metropolitan Theatre, Boston
Photograph: Sylvia Plath standing outside in backyard by plants in tennis skirt, Wellesley; circa June 1950
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, outside in front yard, seated and wearing white blouse by fence, Wellesley; circa June 1950. Photograph used to accompany "Ode to a Bitten Plum" published in Seventeen, November 1950.
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, outside in yard, seated and wearing white blouse by house, Wellesley; circa June 1950


Page 31
Photograph: Bob Riedeman on the beach with a towel; circa June 1950
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Bob Riedeman, and Riedeman's parents?, standing outside, Wellesley; circa June 1950
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, sitting on a fence at the beach; circa June 1950
Photograph: Sylvia Plath in tennis outfit; circa June 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman on beach towel looking out to sea; circa June 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman at the beach seated on railing; circa June 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman at the beach with towel wrapped around him; circa June 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman at the beach packing car; circa June 1950
Clipping: Walker, Eldon. "Footlight Highlights." The Townsman. 26 January 1950: 10; fragment, regarding George Bernard Shaw's The Dark Lady of the Sonnets.


Page 32
Photograph: Sylvia Plath at the beach; circa summer 1950
Photograph: Warren Plath standing at the beach; circa summer 1950
Clipping: "Unitarian Jefferson Fellowship Meets." The Townsman. 26 January 1950: 9; accompanies article "Youth To Lead Service at Unitarian Church"
Photograph: Warren Plath leaning against a tree at Phillips Exeter; circa summer-fall 1950
Attachment: Smith College Calendar 1950-1951; annotated by SP


Page 33
Attachment: "Smith College", likely from a pamphlet?
Attachment: Sylvia Plath name card with red ribbon, "Sylvia Plath, Wellesley, Mass., Haven House"
Attachment: Sabrina. October 1950, (cover); depicting a bar called "Darsie's"
Attachment: Amherst College matchbook cover


Page 34
Clipping: Magazine photograph of "Tony"?, a football player
Photograph: Two Amherst College students wrestling; circa fall 1950
Attachment: "Welcome 1954 to Freshman Day – 1950, Amherst College"
Attachment: Amherst College Football Schedule, 1950


Page 35
Attachment: Joe's Northampton menu, with Pabst Breweries bottle label affixed; annotated by SP: "October 27 – Birthday Dinner"
Attachment: Birthday card signed "To Sylvia with love, Diane and Reggie"
Attachment: Birthday card signed "Happy Birthday Sylvia Love, Sonie" (Sonya Marlene Zelinkoff)
Attachment: Birthday card from Ann Haven Davidow, illustrated with horse's head, signed by Ann Davidow and Sarah A. Frank


Page 36
Attachment: A Streetcar Named Desire, program, Academy of Music, 2 November 1950
Attachment: Typed anonymous poem about Sylvia Plath, annotated by SP
Attachment: Ticket stubs; A Streetcar Named Desire, Orchestra, Left, P 13 and P 15
Attachment: Ticket stubs; Sophia's Circus, 1 December? 1950
Attachment: Ticket stubs; Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, 10 February 1951, John M. Greene Hall, Section D, Row 8, Seat 13


Page 37
Attachment: Quelques Shows or George is Down Ou-Rally program with ticket stub, John M. Greene Hall, 22 February 1951, Section B, Row 17, Seat 7
Attachment: Letter from Sylvia Plath to Guy Wilbor, undated, circa December 1950
Attachment: Invitation to Christmas Dance, Wellesley College, 26 December 1950


Page 38
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Marcia Brown on skis in the snow, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on verso "Syl Plath"; 4 February 1951
Photograph: Marcia Brown on skis, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on recto by SP: "FEB 4, 1951"
Photograph: Sylvia Plath on skis in the snow, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on recto by SP: "FEB 4, 1951"
Photograph: Sylvia Plath standing in the snow about to throw a snowball, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on recto by SP: "FEB 4, 1951"
Photograph: Marcia Brown sitting in snow, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on recto by SP: "FEB 4, 1951"
Photograph: Ann Davidow sitting on her horse "Sylvy", 1948; captioned on verso by AD
Photograph: Ann Davidow standing in front of a house and wearing a coat; captioned on verso by AD; circa 1950-1951


Page 39
Attachment: Pearl Primus, Dark Rhythm program, John M. Greene Hall, 7 February 1951.
Attachment: Ticket stub, Pearl Primus, 7 February 1951; Section C, Row 12, seat 11
Attachment: Smith College, Exercises in Commemoration of the Two Hundred and Nineteenth Anniversary of the Birth of Washington, John M. Greene Hall, 22 February 1951, program


Page 39a
Attachment: Postcard of the Empire State Building, New York
Attachment: Request Card, Lou Terrasi's restaurant; SP asked them to play "When the Saints Come Marching In".
Attachment: New York Central System, railroad ticket envelope
Attachment: Ticket stub, Darkness at Noon, 31 March 1951, Orchestra, Center H 101
Attachment: Ticket stub; Broadway Embassy, then located at Broadway & 46th Street
Attachment: Ticket stub; Empire State Observatories
Attachment: Postcard, view of Central Park from atop Empire State Building


Page 40
Attachment: Kiss the Boys Good-Bye!, Dramat Playbill
Attachment: 19th Annual Yale Swimming Carnival, 17 February 1951, program


Page 41
Attachment: Yale News, 10 March 1951


Page 42
Attachment: Yale Junior Prom invitation
Attachment: Yale Junior Prom booklet, annotated by SP


Page 43
Attachment: The Yale Record, Yale Junior Prom issue, 1951, (cover)


Page 44
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Richard Norton, Yale Junior Prom, 9 March 1951


Page 45
Attachment: Yale Junior Prom, 1951, booklet, inscribed by Richard Norton to SP
Attachment: Telegram from Brenda to Sylvia Plath and Richard Norton: "Silvia and Dick thinking of you many happy returns of all this fun :Brenda, 10 March 1951
Attachment: Reserved table sign


Page 46
Attachment: Placemat; visible text printed: "Simple Simon Seek A Pieman White Going To The Fair…", annotated by SP: "May 10, 11, 12 –"
Attachment: Skin of Our Teeth, program, 10-12 May 1951


Page 46a
Photograph: Sylvia Plath with other members of the Freshman class in Haven House at Smith College, looking calm; circa spring 1951
Photograph: Sylvia Plath with other members of the Freshman class in Haven House at Smith College, with bottles and a Yale banner; circa spring 1951
Attachment: Senior Banquet invitation, Wednesday, May 23, '51; menu and program printed inside


Page 47
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Haven House residents, SP in fifth row, fourth from left; spring 1951; SP annotated with a red arrow pointed at her


Page 48
Attachment: Yale University Baccalaureate Address, 10 June 1951, program


Page 49
Attachment: Yale University Two Hundred and Fiftieth Commencement, 11 June 1951, program


Page 50
Attachment: Yale University Class Day Exercises, 10 June 1951, program


Page 51
Photograph: Sylvia Plath sunbathing on rocky beach, Children's Island; 24 July 1951
Photograph: Sylvia Plath babysitting two Mayo children and a Blodgett child at the beach; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: The Blodgett's yacht in Marblehead Harbor; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Marcia Brown, and a dog at Castle Rock, Marblehead; circa July-August 1951


Page 52
Photograph: 144 Beach Bluff Avenue, Swampscott (back of house); circa July-August 1951
Photograph: 144 Beach Bluff Avenue, Swampscott (garden); circa July-August 1951
Photograph: 144 Beach Bluff Avenue, Swampscott (SP's bedroom/porch door); circa July-August 1951
Photograph: 144 Beach Bluff Avenue, Swampscott (porch and ocean); circa July-August 1951
Photograph: The Mayo family Dalmatian; circa July-August 1951


Page 53
Photograph: Joey Mayo on a rocking horse; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: The Blodgett's house; circa July-August 1951
Attachment: Ticket stub; House of Seven Gables
Photograph: Joey Mayo on the beach, standing; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: Joey Mayo with a cup at house; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: Joey Mayo at the beach, squatting; circa July-August 1951


Page 54
Attachment: Sylvia Plath drawing of Marcia Brown playing piano; on verso of Eastern and Pleon Yacht Club, Sailing Instruction Program
Photograph: Marcia Brown on driftwood, Children's Island; 24 July 1951
Photograph: Marcia Brown on dory; 24 July 1951


Page 55
Attachment: The Princeton Tiger, 29 September 1951, (cover)


Page 56
Photograph: Robert Frost; unknown date


Page 57
Attachment: Christmas card from Margot Macdonald, from Seventeen


Page 58
Blank


Page 59
Clipping: "My Garden." The Phillipian. November 1945: 7
Clipping: "A Winter Sunset." The Phillipian. February 1946: 6
Clipping: "Spring Song." The Phillipian. April 1946: 13
Clipping: "The Pond in Spring." The Phillipian. June 1946: 13
Clipping: "The Rain." The Phillipian. June 1945: 20
Clipping: "March." The Phillipian. April 1945: 19
Clipping: "The Spring Parade." The Phillipian. April 1945: 16
Clipping: "The Snowflake Star." The Phillipian. February 1946: 9


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Clipping: "Rewards of a New England Summer." Christian Science Monitor. 12 September 1950: 15
Clipping: "Youth's Plea for World Peace." Christian Science Monitor. 16 March 1950: 19
Clipping: "Bitter Strawberries." Christian Science Monitor. 11 August 1950: 17


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Clipping: "Sea Symphony." The Phillipian. April 1947: 5
Clipping: "October." The Phillipian. November 1946: 4
Clipping: "Fireside Reveries." The Phillipian. February 1947: 7
Clipping: "May." The Phillipian. June 1947: 26
Clipping: "A Morning in the Agora." The Phillipian. February 1947: 5
Attachment: clipping of ballerina dancing


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Clipping: "Victory." The Phillipian. April 1947: 6
Attachment: "The Top Papers in the Contests", Unknown periodical, circa 1950, page 31; "243. 'Seek No More the Young' by Sylvia Plath, Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, Massachusetts, Wilbury A. Crockett, Instructor"; annotated by SP.
Attachment: Check stub, Christian Science Monitor, 15 March 1950, $5.00 "Letter on Atomic Energy"


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Clipping: "Bradford Editors Attend Boston Tea Party!!" by Sylvia Plath (unattributed); covering 24 October 1949 Boston Globe party; possibly from an issue of The Bradford
Clipping: "Globe Party for Editors Features Miss Woodward." The Boston Globe. 28 January 1950: 3, 6; annotated by SP
Clipping: "6 School Editors Win Globe Scholarships" by Elizabeth Watts. The Boston Globe. 25 May 1950: 1, 8.
Clipping: "Question." The Bradford. 27 October 1949: 2
Clipping: "The Farewell." The Bradford. 29 April 1950: 2
Attachment: Issue of The Bradford, 27 October 1949. Missing


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Attachment: "Your Passport to Successful writing"
Clipping: "Family Reunion." The Bradford. 29 April 1950: 2
Attachment: 10 rejection Letters from Margot Macdonald to Sylvia Plath, 9 undated; one dated 9 June 1950
Attachment: Letter from John T. Taylor (The Boston Globe) to Sylvia Plath, 28 February 1950; regarding award
Attachment: Writing Aptitude Test results


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Attachment: Letter from Katherine Benion to Sylvia Plath, 17 February 1951; regarding an article she wanted to write after reading SP in Seventeen
Attachment: Letter from Katherine Benion to Sylvia Plath, 24 March 1951; thanking SP for photograph and information


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Publications & Acknowledgements

  • BBC Four.A Poet's Guide to Britain: Sylvia Plath. London: BBC Four, 2009. (Acknowledged in)
  • Biography: Sylvia Plath. New York: A & E Television Networks, 2005. (Photographs used)
  • Connell, Elaine. Sylvia Plath: Killing the angel in the house. 2d ed. Hebden Bridge: Pennine Pens, 1998. (Acknowledged in)
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 3." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 119-138.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012: 11-56.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past." Plath Profiles 6. Summer 2013: 27-62.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives." Plath Profiles 2. Summer 2009: 183-208.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017.
  • Death Be Not Proud: The Graves of Poets. New York: Poets.org. (Photographs used)
  • Doel, Irralie, Lena Friesen and Peter K. Steinberg. "An Unacknowledged Publication by Sylvia Plath." Notes & Queries 56:3. September 2009: 428-430.
  • Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
  • Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Helle, Anita Plath. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. (Photographs used, acknowledged in)
  • Helle, Anita. "Lessons from the Archive: Sylvia Plath and the Politics of Memory". Feminist Studies 31:3. Fall 2005: 631-652.. (Acknowledged in)
  • Holden, Constance. "Sad Poets' Society." Science Magazine. 27 July 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women, Motion Picture. Directed by Rachel Talbot. Brookline (Mass.): Jewish Women's Archive, 2007. (Photograph used)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books, 2000. (Acknowledged in)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1, 1940-1956. London: Faber, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • Plath, Sylvia. Glassklokken. Oslo: De norske Bokklubbene, 2004. (Photograph used on cover)
  • Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar and Poems (Writers and Their Works). Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008.. (Images provided)
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'I Should Be Loving This': Sylvia Plath's 'The Perfect Place' and The Bell Jar." Plath Profiles 1. Summer 2008: 253-262.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "A Perfectly Beautiful Time: Sylvia Plath at Camp Helen Storrow." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 149-166.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Proof of Plath." Fine Books & Collections 9:2. Spring 2011: 11-12.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "The Persistence of Plath." Fine Books & Collections. Autumn 2017: 24-29
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3 Supplement. Fall 2010: 3-14.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Writing Life" [Introduction]. Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.

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