Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918

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Kilmer was an American poet who died in World War I.

From the description of Papers, 1904-1905. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122468920

From the guide to the Joyce Kilmer papers, 1904-1905., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Poet.

From the description of Typewritten letter signed : New York, to Dr. Arthur Jacobson, 1916 Feb. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270923821

Journalist and poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and educated at Rutgers and Columbia. He worked for the Standard Dictionary, later became a writer and reviewer for the New York Times, and wrote poetry. In 1913 he published Trees, and the immense popularity of the poem gave him a national reputation and the opportunity to write and lecture to a wide audience. He also published several more volumes of poetry; his early work was influenced by Yeats, his later work by his conversion to Catholicism in 1913. When the United States entered World War I, Kilmer enlisted as a private, eschewing officer's training to join the fighting more quickly; he fought bravely in Europe, and was killed in France in 1918. He was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre.

From the description of Joyce Kilmer letter to Miss Colson, 1917 [i.e., 1918] Jan. 13. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 64582050

Dorothy C. Alyea, poet and civic leader, of Montclair, New Jersey. She was a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, won the first prize at the Rochester Festival in 1967, and in 1973 won the membership contest of the Poetry Society of America. Her poetry appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines; she also published two books of poetry: All my argument, 1935, and Beach fire, 1951.

From the description of Trees [art original] / Joyce Kilmer ; [with postage stamp collage border attributed to Dorothy C. Alyea] [between 1922 and 1938?] (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 316885629

Poet, editor and essayist.

From the description of Papers of Joyce Kilmer, 1910-1941 (bulk 1911-1918). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84401787

Alfred Joyce Kilmer was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on Dec. 6, 1886, the son of Frederick Barnett Kilmer and Annie (Kilburn) Kilmer. His early education, like that of his future wife, was at the Rutgers College Grammar School. After graduation in 1904 he attended Rutgers College and Columbia University, where he received the A.B. degree in 1908, the same year he married Aline Murray. Joyce and Aline Kilmer would have five children, two of whom, Rose and Michael, would die during childhood. In 1913, after several years on the staff of the 'Standard dictionary', Kilmer began writing for the 'New York times', working on the Sunday magazine section and the review of books. While at the 'Times' he continued to contribute articles to magazines, write prefaces to books, and lecture on contemporary letters. His principal interest, however, was in poetry and 'Summer of love', his first volume of verse, was published in 1911. This was followed by 'Trees and other poems' in 1914. The title poem, which had first appeared in 'Poetry: a magazine of verse' in 1913, became known worldwide. For decades 'Trees' was included in the introduction to poetry given most American school children. Another book of verse, 'Main street and other poems', was published in 1917. Other books by Kilmer are 'The circus, and other essays' (1916), 'Literature in the making' (1917), and 'Dreams and images: an anthology of Catholic poets' (1917). Aline and Joyce Kilmer had been received into the Catholic Church in 1913 following a crisis of faith prompted by the illness of their daughter Rose. They remained fervently interested in Catholic affairs and literature for the rest of their lives. Joyce Kilmer's popularity as a writer and lecturer prompted some to refer to him as the 'laureate of the Catholic Church'. When the United States entered World War I, Kilmer enlisted in the Seventh Regiment of the New York National Guard, but was later transferred to the 165th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army. He died in France during the 2nd Battle of the Marne at the end of July, 1918, and was buried near where he fell. Kilmer was posthumously awarded the 'Croix de guerre' by the government of France.

Aline Murray Kilmer was born on Aug. 1, 1888, in Norfolk, Va., the daughter of Ada Foster Murray, a poet, and Kenton C. Murray, editor of the 'Norfolk landmark' newspaper. She was educated at the Rutgers College Grammar School, New Brunswick, N.J., and the Vail-Deane School, Elizabeth, N.J. In 1908 she married Joyce Kilmer and they subsequently had five children together. Like her mother and husband, Aline Kilmer was a poet. Her first book of verse, 'Candles that burn', was published in 1919. It was followed by 'Vigils' (1921) and 'The poor king's daughter, and other poems' (1925). She was also the author of several books for children and a collection of essays. Aline Kilmer died on Oct. 1, 1941 in Stillwater, N.J.

From the description of The Joyce Kilmer papers, 1907-1980 (bulk 1917-1941). (Georgetown University). WorldCat record id: 232301110

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referencedIn Disposition Status - Office Memorandum United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Note United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Inquiry Form United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Telegram from Muckleston to Chief, Graves Registration Service United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn Records of the Rutgers College War Service Bureau, 1917-1919 Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Letter, 1910-1920, New York City [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / William Stanley Braithwaite. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Letter, 1914 January 17, New York City [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Joyce Kilmer. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
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referencedIn Telegram from Tardieu to Lieutenant-Colonel Linard United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Papers, 1847-1933. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Letter from Tardieu to Lieutenant-Colonel Linard United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Joyce Kilmer letter to Miss Colson, 1917 [i.e., 1918] Jan. 13. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn The Infantry - 42nd Division papers, 1917-1992. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
referencedIn Graves Photography Bureau United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Telegram from Rogers to Captain S. M. Muckleston United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Voorhees, John Vredenburgh, 1819-1899. New Jersey correspondence, 1773-1954. Rutgers University
Form from Swindle to Registration Branch, G.R.S. United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. In memory of Rupert Brooke / Joyce Kilmer. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Cox, Eleanor Rogers, d. 1936. Letter,1916 Jan. 27, New York City [to] Mrs. Anna Catherine Markham, Staten Island, N.Y. / Eleanor Rogers Cox. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Hadley, Henry Kimball, 1871-1937. Trees / poem, Joyce Kilmer ; music, Henry Hadley. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn O'Sheel, Shaemus, 1886-1954. Letters of Shaemus O'Sheel [manuscript] 1918-1928. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Letter from Adjutant General P.C. Harris to Quartermaster General of the Army United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Gomme, Laurence J., 1882-1974. Papers relating to Joyce Kilmer, 1915-1928 (bulk 1915-1918). Rutgers University
referencedIn Memorandum for Chief, Graves Registration Service United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Papers, 1904-1905. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933. Papers of Sara Teasdale [manuscript], 1888-1934 (bulk 1905-1933). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Mosher, Thomas Bird, 1852-1923. Letters of Thomas Bird Mosher, 1900-1920. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Omar Khayyam. Thirteen newly discovered quatrains / by Omar Khayyam ; done into English verse for the New York times by Joyce Kilmer. Cleveland Public Library, Main Library
referencedIn Memorandum from Harbord United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn 3rd Ind. [Endorsement] from William J. Donovan United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Telegram from Muckleston to Chief, Graves Registration Service United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Typewritten letter signed : New York, to Dr. Arthur Jacobson, 1916 Feb. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Statements re: Hq. Co. 165th Inf, Kilmer, Joyce. Sgt 88537, Killed August 1st 1918 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Letter, 1916 November 17, Mahwah, New Jersey [to] Mrs. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Joyce Kilmer. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Compilation of Disposition Remains Data United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Trees [art original] / Joyce Kilmer ; [with postage stamp collage border attributed to Dorothy C. Alyea] Indiana University
creatorOf Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. Papers of Witter Bynner [manuscript] 1909-1964. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Newell, Sara. Love's lantern / words by Joyce Kilmer ; music by Sara Newell. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. Papers of Witter Bynner, 1913-1918. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hood, Richard, 1910-. Portraits of American authors [manuscript], ca. 1902-1935, (bulk 1910-1919). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Memorandum from Harbord United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Telegram from Muckleston to Chief, Graves Registration Service United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Chivers, T. H. (Thomas Holley), 1809-1858. Papers. 1837-1929 1929. Transylvania University, J. Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library
referencedIn Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Letter 1918 September 5, Staten Island, N.Y., [to] Mrs. Aline Kilmery, unknown / Edwin Markham. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Rutgers College. War Service Bureau. Records of the Rutgers College War Service Bureau, 1917-1919. Rutgers University
creatorOf English, Granville, 1895-1968. Kings / poem by Joyce Killmer [sic] (author of "Trees") ; music by Granville English. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General. 1774 - 1985. Correspondence, Reports, Telegrams, Applications, and Other Papers Relating to Burials of Service Personnel. 1/1/1915 - 12/31/1939. Kilmer, Joyce. 8/4/1918 - 7/13/1936. Report Relating to the Remains of Sergeant Joyce Kilmer
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Joyce Kilmer/Campion College Collection, 1908-1975. Marquette University Raynor Memorial Library, John P. Raynor Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General. 1774 - 1985. Correspondence, Reports, Telegrams, Applications, and Other Papers Relating to Burials of Service Personnel. 1/1/1915 - 12/31/1939. Kilmer, Joyce
referencedIn Telegram from Harbord United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn 3rd Ind. [Endorsement] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Current - Poetry United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. The Joyce Kilmer papers, 1907-1980 (bulk 1917-1941). Georgetown University, Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Form from Swindle to Registration Branch, G.R.S. United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Garrison, Theodosia Pickering, 1874-1944,. Autograph letter signed from Theodosia Pickering Garrison, Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Joyce Kilmer [manuscript], 1914 February 28. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Tuma, Daniel. Daniel Tuma scrapbook, 1926, 1930. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Form to Registration Branch, G.R.S. [Information Blank] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Bourne, Randolph Silliman, 1886-1918. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1911-1919. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn 5th Indoresment [Endorsement] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. ALS, 1918 June 28 : Headquarters Co., 165th Infantry, A.E.F. France, to Howard Willard Cook, New York. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Hoffman, Daniel, 1923-,. Paul Bunyan collection [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Joyce Kilmer National Archives at New York City (U.S.)
referencedIn O'Donnell, Charles L. (Charles Leo), 1884-1934. Papers, 1889-1940. University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library
referencedIn Inquiry Form United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Telegram from Muckleston to Chief, Graves Registration Service United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Inquiry Form United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Becker, John J. Rouge bouquet : ballad for tenor solo, male chorus, B♭ trumpet and piano / [music] by John J. Becker ; words by Joyce Kilmer. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letter from Captain H. H. Fuller to Frederick B. Kilmer United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Joyce Kilmer papers, 1904-1905. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Correspondence with H. L. Mencken, 1916. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Columbia University. Dept. of English and Comparative Literature. Columbia University English Department letters, 1896-1961. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Report of Disinterment and Reburial United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Statement of Edward Scheffler re: Hq. Co. 165th Inf, Kilmer, Joyce. Sgt 88537, Killed in Action August 1st 1918 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Heloise Durant Rose Letters, 1873-1945 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Papers of Joyce Kilmer, 1910-1941 (bulk 1911-1918). Library of Congress
referencedIn Report of Disinterment and Reburial United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Letter from Annie and Mr. [Alfred] Kilburn-Kilmer to General March United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. Papers of Witter Bynner, 1912-1946, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Statements re: Hq. Co. 165th Inf, Kilmer, Joyce. Sgt 88537, Killed August 1st 1918 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Letter from Herbert Polesie to Graves Registration Service United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Card United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Letter from Tardieu to Lieutenant-Colonel Linard United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Rockland Community College. Library. Autograph letter collection, [ca. 1860]-1914. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Telegram from Muckleston to Chief Graves Registration Service United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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Subject
American literature--Catholic authors
Poets, American
Postage stamps in art--Specimens
Authors, American--20th century
American literature--20th century
College stories, American
American poetry--20th century
Poetry
Poets, American--20th century
Male authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1886-12-06

Death 1918-07-30

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