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Florence Becker Lennon papers

Identifier: COU:4344

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of typescripts, correspondence, pictures, clippings, periodicals, audiotapes, published works, memorabilia, and other materials. [Previously titled The Florence Becker Lennon Collection.]


  • Creation: 1844 - 1984
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1930 - 1980

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. The Florence Becker Lennon papers are the physical property of the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Literary copyright to Lennon's unpublished works belongs to Ann Tanenbaum. For further information contact the Special Collections Department. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.


Florence Becker Lennon was born in New York City on February 20, 1895, the daughter of Johanna Beran and Leon Tanenbaum. She received a Bachelor's degree in anthropology at Columbia University and a Master's degree in education at the University of Colorado. A poet and author, she published four books of poetry, including Forty Years in the Wilderness, and a biography of Lewis Carroll, Victoria Through the Looking-Glass: The Life of Lewis Carroll. This was later revised and reissued as The Life of Lewis Carroll in America. Florence Becker Lennon served as a freelance writer for the New York Call, the Boulder Daily Camera, and Town & Country Review. She also hosted the radio program, "The Enjoyment of Poetry," on WEVD in New York, and later in Boulder on KGNU. Lennon's central preoccupation was Global Housekeeping, that is, learning to live with one another and caring for the environment. In 1975, the University of Colorado awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. She died on December 18, 1984.

She had two daughters, Heloise (Becky), born in 1927, and Isadora (Twinkie), born in 1929.


70 boxes


Personal papers of the poet and author, Florence Becker Lennon. Includes drafts, correspondence, photographs, and audiotapes.


This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1917-1987 Subseries a: Family, 1927-1983 Subseries b: Cowl, Carl, 1940-1949 Subseries c: A-Br, 1909-1981 Subseries d: Bu-Fe, 1935-1983 Subseries e: Fe-Goo, 1917-1982 Subseries f: Gor-Ja, 1917-1982 Subseries g: Jam-L, 1926-1981 Subseries h: Mu-Pu, 1919-1982 Subseries i: Ra-Sh, 1937-1984 Subseries j: Sh-Un, 1920-1987 Subseries k: Un-Z, 1919-1982 Subseries l: Other correspondence, 1927-1984 Series 2: Literary Files, 1928-1982 Subseries a: A-P, 1928-1982 Subseries b: P-Y, 1938-1979 Series 3: Publications (Articles, Newsletteres, Programs), 1933-1980 Subseries a: Newspapers, 1962-1963 Series 4: Works by F.B.L., 1916-1982 Subseries a: The Heart in Twain (unpublished), 1979-1980 Subseries b: Poetry, 1932-1982 Subseries c: Columns and Articles, 1916-1976 Subseries d: Artwork, 1972 Subseries e: Sumi Drawings (from a class taken long after her 70th birthday), n.d. Subseries f: Master's Theses, 1941-1972 Series 5: Radio Programs, 1956-1981 Subseries a: Transcripts, 1956-1981 Subseries b: Radio Program Tapes, 1973-1979 Subseries c: Radio Tape Containers, n.d. Series 6: Biographical Material, 1927-1984 Subseries a: Children, 1927-1975 Subseries b: Readings, 1932-1984 Subseries c: Notebooks, Calendars, Diary, 1874-1984 Series 7: Works by Others, 1818-1981 Subseries a: Children and Teen Poetry, 1962-1984 Series 8: Miscellaneous Materials, 1940-1978 Subseries a: Library Catalog, 1962-1980 Series 9: Causes, 1938-1981 Subseries a: Israel; Judaism, 1916-1981 Series 10: Lewis Carroll, 1821-1983 Subseries a: Newsletters, 1945-1983 Subseries b: Correspondence, 1930-1982 Subseries c: Publications, 1821-1983 Series 11: George Bernard Shaw, 1920-1939 Series 12: Diplomas, Certificates, Awards, 1913-1978 Subseries a: Commencements, 1917-1975 Subseries b: Greeting cards, 1975-197 Series 13: Scrapbooks, n.d.

Physical Location

A77 H1-7, I1-7

Collection processed and machine-readable finding aid by Emily Semenoff, September 2007. Updated by Elizabeth Newsom, October 2008, to make corrections and additions to the biography and scope notes. Additional materials processed and encoded by Josie Fania, 2015.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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Boulder Colorado 80503 United States