Anna Hempstead Branch Papers

The Branch papers consists of eight boxes and three scrapbooks. The bulk of the collection contains Anna's letters and manuscripts. These include childhood correspondence with her father and school friends while she was summering in New London and they remained in New York and letters to cousins or friends in Connecticut while she was going to school in Brooklyn. There is also a large volume of correspondence from her literary career. This includes letters from her editors, poets such as Katharine Lee Bates, E.A. Robinson, and Vachel Lindsay, and aspiring poets and admirers, including a long series of letters from a young woman in the tenements who attended Anna's Poets' Guild meetings.

The Branch papers contain manuscripts of Anna's poetry, both published and unpublished, as well as notes on a history of New London and sketches for a fantasy series for children called The Invisible Village. There are also manuscripts of her mother's writing and story fragments by Nancy Hempstead, family matriarch and Anna's great-grandmother.

There are several boxes of correspondence of residents of the Hempstead houses. Covering nearly a hundred years between the early nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it includes letters from the Prince, Bolles, Hempstead, and Branch families. The correspondence describes the personal and business lives of these families, as well as the major events of the day like the California Gold Rush and the Civil War.