Dorothy Bull collection, 1913-1934
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Brief Description:

The Dorothy Bull collection (1954-26-0, .42 linear feet) consists of letters from John Masefield (1878-1967), a poet lauriet of the United Kingdom, containing suggestions and criticisms of Dorothy Bull's writing and other contemporary writers and other topics; other letters written by Masefield; Bull's 1922-1923 letters to her aunt Edith Kingsbury written from England; Masefield's published works and copies of The Forge, a literary magazine he founded; verse written by Bull; photographs of Masefield and other subjects; and other correspondence and papers.

Educator Dorothy Bull (1887-1934) of New York City and Litchfield had many interests, including poetry and dramatics. She was particularly interested in the Litchfield Players, taking part in a number of its productions. The papers include several of her poems, including some published in The Forge. John Masefield, an English poet and writer, became the poet laureate of the United Kingdom in 1930 and continued until his death in 1967. He was the author of the children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights and many poems, including "The Everlasting Mercy" and "Sea-Fever." It is not known how Bull became acquainted with Masefield, but in a 1916 letter to "Miss Bull," the earliest in the collection, he writes that it was such a pleasure to read to an unnamed school. At that time, he had been on a speaking tour of the United States and she was active in the Brearly School alumnae association.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Created by: Bull, Dorothy, Masefield, John (1878-1967)
Volume: 0.42 Linear Feet
Acquired: 09/22/1954. Initial gift was made by F. Kingsbury Bull in 1954. An additional gift was made by Mrs. Ludlow Bull in 1973.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Bull, Dorothy
Litchfield (Conn.)
Masefield, John, 1878-1967
Spring Hill School (Litchfield, Conn.)
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: F. Kingsbury Bull  Gift
Related Materials: Spring Hill School collection, 1926-1939
PreferredCitation: Dorothy Bull collection (1954-26-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759