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Martha Keller Papers

Identifier: MS 063


This collection consists of the literary papers, drafts, manuscripts, research material, and personal correspondence of poet Martha Keller (1902-1971). Keller's major published works were: "Mirror to Mortality". New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1937; "Brady's Bend, and other Ballads". New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1946; and "The War Whoop of the Wily Iroquois". New York: Coward-McCann, 1954.


  • 1910-1972
  • Majority of material found within 1924-1954


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

Martha Keller was born in Lancaster County in 1902, the daughter of Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge and Franklin and Marshall College graduate and trustee William H. Keller, and Anna Dickey Keller. Martha Keller was a 1924 graduate of Vassar College where she was awarded the Grace Healy Poetry prize and Witter Bynner Undergraduate Poetry prize. After graduate work in English at Stanford University, Keller worked as an editor and as an advertising and publicity manager at several publishing houses including Harper and Brothers, G.P. Putnam Sons, and J.B. Lippincott Co. During this time, she published numerous poetry pieces in the Saturday Evening Post, Harpers, New Yorker, and Atlantic magazines. From 1932-1937 she worked as a poetry reviewer for the Philadelphia Ledger and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Martha Keller was married to Edmund Rowland, a chemical engineer on June 29, 1929. They had two daughters Martha and Eliot Randal (Randa). Martha Keller died in September 1971 in Ardmore, PA.


2.5 Linear feet (6.5 boxes)

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Collection: Organized into 6 series corresponding to the nature of the material: correspondence, legal and financial materials, research materials, publications, etc.

Ownership and Custodial History

Personal papers of Martha Keller given to library in November 1980 by Martha R. Goppelt and Eliot Randal Marhenke, daughters of Martha (Keller) Rowland.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Martha R. Goppelt. Address--Haverford, PA. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1980..

Processing Information

Processing completed 2004.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States