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Howard Hilles-Corinne Roosevelt Robinson Correspondence Collection

Identifier: 03-01-exws_hilles-robinson

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of handwritten and typed letters between Robinson and Howard Hilles dated between 1913 and 1938. In addition to the correspondence, there are handwritten poems exchanged between Robinson and Hilles, as well as photographs.


  • Creation: 1913-1938


Corinne Roosevelt Robinson Biography

Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861-1933) was the sister of former President Theodore Roosevelt. She was a published poet, lecturer and orator. Mrs. Robinson began writing at an early age, through the encouragement of her friends, in particular Edith Wharton who helped critique her poetry, Mrs. Robinson began to publish her work. In 1911, she published her first poem, "The Call of Brotherhood," in Scribner's magazine. Her first book of poems entitled The Call of Brotherhood was published in 1912. This volume was quickly followed by One Woman to Another and Other Poems (1914) dedicated to her daughter Corinne commemorating the loss of Mrs. Robinson's brother and son. Special Collections has several other volumes of poetry by Mrs. Robinson: Service and Sacrifice (1919) dedicated to her brother Theodore Roosevelt, The Poems of Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1924) and Out of Nymph (1930) dedicated to Charles Scribner. Special Collections also has a copy of her biography of her brother, entitled My Brother Theodore Roosevelt (1924). Each volume held by Special Collections is signed or inscribed by Mrs. Robinson.

Howard Hilles Biography

Howard Hilles was a poet from Bourbon, Indiana. He published several volumes of poetry including Rhymes at Random (1910) and Untravelled Trails (1916). Special Collections has a copy of Untravelled Trails inscribed by Hilles.


1 boxes : One archival box (0.5 linear feet). Some of the letters are slightly brittle.

Language of Materials



Correspondence of the poet Howard Hilles and the poet and younger sister of President Theodore Roosevelt, Corinne Roosevelt Robinson. Includes handwritten poems exchanged by the two poets and photographs.

Physical Access Requirements

WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.

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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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