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Miriam Patchen Letters

 Collection — Box: VMF 11, Folder: 14
Identifier: MS-VMF-vmf131

1965 August 8. Autograph letter signed from Patchen to William Matheson offering her husband's manuscript material for permanent housing in Olin Library. 2 pages

1965 August 16. Typscript letter [carbon] from William Matheson to Patchen expressing his regret at not being able to purchase the Patchen manuscript material. 1 page


  • Creation: 1965


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1 Folders

Biographical Information

Miriam Patchen (September 28, 1914 – March 6, 2000) was the wife and muse of poet and novelist Kenneth Patchen, who dedicated each of his more than 40 books to his wife. He also wrote and published a large number of love poems for Miriam including well-known pieces like "23rd Street Runs Into Heaven."

Born Miriam Oikemus in Waverley, Belmont, Massachusetts, Miriam met Patchen in Boston in 1933 at a friend's Christmas party. At the time, Miriam was an undergraduate at Massachusetts State College in Amherst. The two kept in touch and Patchen started sending her the first of many love poems. After their marriage, they spent much of their marriage living in New York City in Greenwich Village. Then they relocated to the West Coast, living in San Francisco and later, towards the end of Patchen's life, they settled into a cottage house in Palo Alto where Patchen died.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 916. Gift of William Matheson, August 1965

Processing Information

Processed September 1969

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 18: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495