Sanborn, Robert Alden fonds

Sanborn, Robert Alden.
Robert Alden Sanborn fonds. - 1914-1962.

20 cm of textual records.

Robert Alden Sanborn, a 20th century American writer of both poetry and prose, was educated at Cambridge, Mass. and began his writing career as a journalist. He published two books of poetry, Horizons (Boston: Four Seas Co., 1916) and The Children and Judas (Boston: B. Humphries, 1954) as well as a fantasy novel, Mr. Mudge Cuts Across (Los Angeles: Suttonhouse, c1937). He was the son of Mary Farley Sanborn, herself a novelist, who was born in Manchester, N.H. in 1853. She received her education in Dr. Gannett's school, Boston and afterward studied vocal music with Mme. Erminie Rudersdorff. She married Fred C. Sanborn Oct. 18, 1876. In her literary career she wrote book reviews, short stories, novels and poems. She died Nov. 25, 1941.


Fonds consists primarily of Robert Alden Sanborn's correspondence and typescripts and manuscripts of unpublished works, including "Bunty", "The Story of Phytalus," "Arts and Crafts of Little Anna or How Little Anna Found a Friend Who kept his Windows open to Wonder-Seekers," and "Little Medusa." The fonds contains a partial typescript and partial published version (1914) of "The Valor Ranch" by Mary Farley Sanborn, as well as a typescript version of the poem "My Eighth of May" and a clipping of the poem "The Barrel-Stave."


  • Title based on contents of fonds.
  • Previously known as the Mary Farley Sanborn collection.
  • Finding aid available.
  • The fonds was purchased from Christian Verbeke, Antiquarian Bookseller, in 1969.

Call number: GA 2