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Bell mss., ca. 1942-2006

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Bell, Charles G. (Charles Greenleaf), 1916-2010

Bell mss., ca. 1942-2006

Collection No.
LMC 2572

120 items

Materials are in English.

Consists of drafts, manuscripts and printer's proofs of works by Bell. Includes correspondence and printed materials concerning Simone Weil.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Charles Greenleaf Bell was born in 1916 in Greenville, Mississippi; educated at the University of Virginia and Oxford University; and has taught English and poetry at various colleges and universities since the 1940s. He presently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is still associated with St. John's College there.


Organized into the following series: I. Notes and correspondence; II. Writings; III. Printed.

Scope and Content Note

The Notes and correspondence series includes materials about Simone Weil. Writings include drafts and proofs of Bell’s literary works.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Gift; 2005, 2007
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Bell mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff

Series: Notes and Correspondence

Box 1 Notebook of CGB's notes; 1942 

Correspondence and printed materials concerning Simone Weil

(2 folders)

Series: Writings

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Box 1 Delta Return (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1956 ). Drafts for new edition, 2000-2004

(5 folders)

Five Chambered Heart: Poems (New York: Persea Books, 1986). Drafts for new edition, 2004

(3 folders)

Life & Poems. Chapter drafts

(28 folders)

Box 2 Life & Poems. Chapter drafts, cont.

(35 folders)

Box 3 Life & Poems. Chapter drafts, cont.

(13 folders)

Millennial Harvest: the Life and Collected Poems of Charles Greenleaf Bell (Santa Fe, NM: Helen Lane Editions, 2006). Final draft

(3 folders)

Millennial Harvest Proof with corrections

(3 folders)

Poetic Translation. Drafts

(11 folders)

Box 4 Poetic Translation. Drafts, cont.

(17 folders)

Songs for a New America (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1966). Drafts

(4 folders)

Symbolic History: Through Sight & Sound (Santa Fe, NM: Charles G. Bell, 1986). Scripts for shows

(22 folders)

Series: Printed

Box 4 "Flight 609" poem by Rolfe Humphries and Charles Bell. Harper's Magazine [1958?]


"Poetry of a Lifetime," article about Bell. EXON The Exeter College Magazine, #6, Autumn 2003.