This historic property, which is situated at the highest point of the island, with stunning views of Menemsha Pond, Squibnocket Pond, Vineyard Sound, and Nantucket Sound, includes Eastman’s vast library, personal effects, and period furniture. The Eastman family gave it to the university for the purpose of allowing IU artists and humanists to carry on Eastman’s rich work of critically-engaged thought and expression. 

Eastman's collection was acquired by the Lilly Library starting in 1958, with further acquisitions in 1971, 1985, and 1986. In the early 20th century, he edited and wrote for a number of radical political magazines, including The Masses and The Liberator. He also campaigned for women's suffrage and world peace. Throughout his long life, Eastman gained recognition as a poet, memoirist, biographer, and author of books on subjects ranging from humor to the scientific method to Soviet culture. His work is one of the Lilly’s most frequently consulted holdings.

Figure 18. Max Eastman in Croton, 1916. Photograph by Paul Thompson. From “The Country of Some Interesting People.” (December 1916).  Courtesy of the Lilly Library, Indiana University Bloomington.