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Frances Leighton Lawler collection of Vachel Lindsay


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Title: Frances Leighton Lawler collection of Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 089

Primary Creator: Lindsay, Vachel (1879-1931)

Other Creators: Lawler, Frances Leighton

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by topic.

Subjects: Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931.

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Lawler, Frances Leighton. - Correspondence, Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931. - Correspondence, Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931. - Manuscripts, Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Smith, Sarah K. - Correspondence, Wakefield, Olive Lindsay - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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Preferred Citation: [Item], Frances Leighton Lawler collection of Vachel Lindsay, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Folder 1: Manuscript of "The Wrecks of the Galleons of Spain"Add to your cart.
by Vachel Lindsay, with corrections and marginal notes, 7pp.
Folder 2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.

Two letters from Vachel Lindsay to Sarah K. Smith and Frances Leighton, dated Dec. 2, 1923 and Dec. 29, 1924

Three letters from Olive Lindsay Wakefield to Frances Leighton, dated Dec. 24, 1936, July 13, 1952 and Nov. 20, 1952

One letter from Herbert [?] to Eugene [?] dated Nov. 26, 1952; 30 pp.

Folder 3: Newspaper clippingsAdd to your cart.

News clippings about Vachel Lindsay, his family, his death and the restoration of his house in Springfield, Ill.

A clipping with the poem "Virginia" signed by Vachel Lindsay to Frances Leighton

Carbon of part of Governor Stevenson's Spokane speech concerning Lindsay

Three photographs of Vachel Lindsay and Percy Grainger; 12 pcs.

Folder 4: Printed MaterialAdd to your cart.

A Small publication entitled "Rhymes to be Traded for Bread; Being New Verses" by Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, Springfield, Ill., c. 1912, 16pp.

"The Ezekiel Chant" by Vachel Lindsay, signed with inscription by Nicky, Susan and Elizabeth Lindsay, 1pp.

Folder 5: BooksAdd to your cart.

Lindsay, Vachel.  Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty.  New York, Macmillan Company, 1921. (2 copies)

Lindsay, Vachel.  General William Booth Enters into Heaven and Other Poems.  New York, Macmillan company, 1921.

Lindsay, Vachel.  The Golden Book of Springfield.  New York, Macmillan Company, 1920.

Masters, Edgar Lee.  Vachel Lindsay:  A Poet in America.  New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935.

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