Frances Leighton Lawler collection of Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931
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Brief Description: The Frances Lieghton Lawler Collection of Vachel Lindsay ephemera consists of a seven page Vachel Lindsay manuscript of "The Wrecks of the Galleons of Spain" with corrections and marginal notes; correspondence between Vachel Lindsay and Sarah K. Smith, Frances Leighton, and three letters from Olive Lindsay Wakefield to Frances Leighton.  In addition, the papers contain news clippings about Vachel Lindsay and family, his death, and the restoration of his house in Springfield, Illinois.  Clippings of his poem "Virginia" signed to Frances Leighton and a carbon copy of a part of Governor Stevenson's Spokane Speech concerning Lindsay are also included as well as a small publication entitled "Rhymes to be traded for bread: being new verses" by Vachel Lindsay. Four volumes by Lindsay and one biography of Lindsay by Edgar Lee Masters are also included.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/1/MSS 089
Created by: Lindsay, Vachel (1879-1931), Lawler, Frances Leighton
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Arranged by topic.
Biographical Note for Lindsay, Vachel (1879-1931) : Vachel Lindsay was an American poet born in Springfield, Illinois in 1879. He was  educated at Hiram College, Ohio and went on to study painting at the Chicago Art Institute from 1900 to 1903, and at the New York School of Art from 1904-05. He lived life as a troubadour, traveling through the south during 1906, and exchanging his poem The Tree of Laughing Bells for bed and board. He traveled through the West in 1912.  His first volume of poems, General William Booth Enters into Heaven and Other Poems (1913), was followed by the successful The Congo and Other Poems (1914).  He lectured and recited his own verses throughout the United States and by invitation at Oxford University.  His later volumes include the Chinese Nightingale (1917), The Golden Whales of California (1920), Going-to-the-Sun (1923).  Lindsay died in 1931.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931.
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings (information artifacts)
Lawler, Frances Leighton. - Correspondence
Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931. - Correspondence
Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931. - Manuscripts
Manuscripts for publication.
Smith, Sarah K. - Correspondence
Wakefield, Olive Lindsay - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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PreferredCitation: [Item], Frances Leighton Lawler collection of Vachel Lindsay, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.