Anne West Lindsey papers, 1931-2006 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The collection consists of the papers of Anne West Lindsey from 1931 to 2006. The papers include biographical materials pertaining to West's childhood, grade school, high school, and college memorabilia, her notebooks and event calendars, documenting the development of her writing career.
A wide spectrum of West's writings, chiefly manuscripts of articles and research notes, as well as some texts of speeches and presentations, plus teaching notes from her writing instruction classes at Southern Illinois University, are also found in this compilation.
The collection, too, holds West's varied correspondences, both personal and professional, reflecting her many interests, from Illinois politics to Southern Illinois University's Morris Library. Many letters concern her numerous publications, both correspondence from the publishers themselves, as well as what West termed "fan letters," usually beginning with praise for a particular article, but usually ending with "I happen to have a story myself you might want to take a look at . . ."
A final series in this collection includes printed materials such as magazines and anthologies in which West's writings appear. Many of her newspaper articles and research materials have been photocopied and saved. West also collected her own articles in several scrapbooks, included in this series. A final assemblage in the series is a box of books significant to West's career or research--some have her notations and comments.