The papers of poet and teacher Genevieve Taggard include correspondence, drafts of poetry and prose (most notably for her 1930 book The Life and Mind of Emily Dickinson), photographs, notebooks, teaching materials, memorabilia, and other personal and professional materials. The papers also have several audio recordings of Taggard reading her poems. In addition, the collection holds correspondence and writings of her first husband, Robert L. Wolf, her daughter, Marcia Durant Liles, and her parents and siblings. Materials compiled by her second husband, Kenneth Durant, in his attempt at creating a comprehensive bibliography of Taggard's published works, are also included.
Acquisition: Kenneth Durant began donating Taggard's papers to the New York Public Library in 1952 and appears to have done so sporadically for the next two decades, until his death in 1972. Many of her papers are annotated in his hand. When he died, his widow donated additional materials related to his compilation of the Taggard bibliography. In 2010, Judith Benét Richardson donated a significant amount of additional material, most notably the papers of Robert L. Wolf and other members of the Taggard family.
Extent: 28.03 linear feet (60 boxes; 5 sound recordings)