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Special Collections: Guide to the Stanley Foss Bartlett Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
June 2010

Collection title: Stanley Foss Bartlett Papers
Collection number: MS 39
Provenance: Gift of Henry T. and Marjorie F. Anderson, 1973-1974
Dates of collection: 1889-1978 (inclusive)
Size of collection: 1 record carton (15 folders)
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.


Stanley Foss Bartlett, the son of King Bartlett and Anna Foss Bartlett, was born on February 13, 1902, in Leeds, Maine. The family later moved to Locke's Mills, Maine, and Bartlett graduated from Woodstock High School in Bryant Pond. Bartlett attended the University of Idaho Forestry School for a time and studied briefly at the Portland Art Museum and Pratt Institute in New York. He published his first book of poetry, Lost Hours, in 1924 and in 1926 was hired to work on The Northern, the magazine published by Great Northern Paper Company. In addition to doing art and editorial work, he also traveled to various Great Northern logging camps as a sort of social worker to the loggers there. Stories heard in the camps were incorporated into his second book, a collection of short stories called Beyond the Sowdyhunk, published in 1937.

In 1927 he married Marjorie Farwell and they lived for a year in Greenville, Maine before Bartlett started his own commercial art business in Portland. After a year, he went to work for the Lewiston Sun-Journal writing columns, stories and poems illustrated with his sketches and photographs. He also published articles and sketches in other publications. He was working on his third book, Silent Songs, when he became ill and later died on July 13, 1937 at age 35.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection contains a few unpublished poems and drawings by Stanley Foss Bartlett as well as several published volumes containing poems he wrote. It also includes a scrapbook compiled by his wife Marjorie Bartlett Anderson containing biographical information, photographs and examples of his work. Two articles with information about his life and a folder of memorabilia relating to Maine State College (now the University of Maine) complete the collection.

The user may also want to consult the scrapbooks of Stanley Foss Bartlett containing his writing and related material that are held on microfilm by Fogler Library (Call number: Microfilm B2846).

Box List

Box 1


1 Poems, cartoons, pictures by Stanley Foss Bartlett

2 Bartlett drawings

3-4 A story of the life of Stanley Foss Bartlett, 1902-1937, written by his widow Mrs. Henry T. Anderson, Owls Head, Maine

5 Letter and newspaper clipping re Bartlett, 1969

6 Photograph of Bartlett, undated

7 Christmas lyrics of 1937: A contemporary anthology of timely verse. New York: Beacon Publications, 1937

8 Del Vecchio, Thomas, ed. Contemporary American men poets. New York: Henry Harrison, 1937

9 Guthrie, John D., ed. Forest fire and other verse. Portland, Ore. : Dunham Printing Co., 1929

10 Littlefield, Louise Hall, comp. The triad anthology of New England verse. Portland, Me.: Falmouth Book House, 1938

11 Prince, Clara Catherine, comp. American Literary Association Anthology, 1925: Poetry Day Book, 1926

12 Prince, Clara Catherine, comp. The American Literary Association Anthology, 1928: Purple Asters

13 Alumni and former students [includes Bartlett] in The Idaho Forester, Vol. X, 1928

14 Wixson, Jennifer. Stanley Foss Bartlett: Hay in a wind-blown field in BitterSweet, Vol. 1 No. 10, Sept. 1978

15 Programs, memorabilia relating to Maine State College, 1889-1892 (includes Ivy Day exercises, Kappa Sigma, Coburn Cadets, editors of The Cadet, etc.)

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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