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The Tate papers are a major archive in the Library's manuscript collections. The Allen Tate papers, 1921-1979 [(MSS) C0106] consist of manuscripts and drafts, documents, and letters to and from Tate, a member of the Fugitive and Southern Agrarian movements. In addition, the collection contains poetry manuscripts by Princeton students and graduates, which Tate selected for his anthology Princeton verse between two wars.

The Allen Tate collection, 1931-1978 [(MSS) C0648] consists primarily of letters and postcards by Tate to various friends, fellow poets, and associates, such as Gertrude Hooker, Leonard Unger, Barbara Howes Smith, Carlos Baker, Louis O. Coxe, and Sally Wood Cohn. Also present are some letters received by Tate, a few of his poems, including two versions of "The Buried Lake", and three photographs.