T. S. Eliot collection, 1920-2001

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cruse, Julius M., 1937-
Title: T. S. Eliot collection, 1920-2001
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No.1103
Extent: 5 linear feet (5 boxes), 3 oversized papers boxes (OP),, 1 extra-oversized papers (XOP), and 1 framed item (FR)
Abstract:Material relating to T.S. Eliot, including some correspondence and a lecture by Eliot, printed material, photographs, rare book catalogs, sales records, and audiovisual material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift and purchase, 2008.

Custodial History

Cruse donated his 3000 volume T.S. Eliot collection to the St. Mark’s Library of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, New York City. Emory University’s Rose Library purchased the collection in 2009.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Dr. Julius Cruse was born in 1937. He earned B.A. and B.S. degrees in chemistry from the University of Mississippi in 1958, and then received a D.Med.Sc Degree from the University of Graz (Austria) while a Fulbright Fellow. He received his M.D./Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Tennessee College in Medicine before returning to the University of Mississippi where he taught and practiced medicine for nearly 50 years.

Though an immunologist by trade, Cruse was also an avid book collector with a particular interest in T.S. Eliot. By 1995 Cruse had amassed what is thought to be the largest and most complete collection of material related to T.S. Eliot in private hands.

Julius Cruse died in 2018.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of material relating to T.S. Eliot collected by Julius M. Cruse, including some correspondence and a lecture by Eliot, printed material, photographs, and audiovisual material. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, programs, bookseller and publisher catalogs, and lectures related to T. S. Eliot. There is also records related to Cruse's colelcting, including correspondence with booksellers, inventory lists, and sales receipts.

Arrangement Note

Unprocessed collection.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 - Eliot correspondence and manuscript material
1 - Exhibitions
1 - Plays, reviews, and announcements
1 - Cats
1 - Images
1 - Tributes and prizes
1 - Libraries
1 - Faber and Faber
1 - Poetry
1 - Miscellaneous ephemera
1 - Valerie Eliot
1 - Tom and Viv
2 - Publisher catalogs
2 - Bookseller catalogs, 1-50
3 - Bookseller catalogs, 51-67
3 - Bookseller - Sotheby's
3 - Centennial
3 - Programs
3 - Lectures
4 - Miscellaneous ephemera
5 - Book lists and sales records
OP1 1 Framed photographs (3)
OP2 6 Framed photographs (3)
OP1 1 Miscellaneous ephemera
XOP1 - T.S. Eliot poster
OP3 1 Framed postcards of Prufrock Furniture Store in St. Louis
OP2 1 Ink sketch of T.S. Eliot
OP2 2 Ink sketch of James Merill
OP2 3 Letter to Julius Cruse from Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
OP2 4 Clipping, 1956 May 1
OP2 5 "Lazarus: In Memory of T.S. Eliot" by The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
FR1 - Poster, "Murder in the Cathedral"