Finding Aid for the Vachel Lindsay Papers, 1910-1929

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Finding Aid for the Vachel Lindsay Papers, 1910-1929

Collection number: 754

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Vachel Lindsay Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1910-1929
Collection number: 754
Creator: Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Nicholas Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931) was a highly successful poet on recital tours, especially from 1914-1920. His Collected Poems appeared in 1923. The collection consists of letters of Lindsay to Wilhelm Miller and family, manuscripts, scrapbooks, ephemera, and presentation copies of books by Lindsay. There are also ephemera and newspaper clippings by or relating to Lindsay.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Additional Physical Form Available

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  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Rogers Miller, 1962.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vachel Lindsay Papers (Collection 754). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born on November 10, 1879 in Springfield, Illinois; attended Hiram College for three years, then studied art in New York with Robert Henri; walked from Illinois to New Mexico, reading his poems in exchange for food and lodging; in 1913 his poem, General William Booth Enters into Heaven, appeared in Harriet Monroe's magazine, Poetry; other poems include The Congo (1914), Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight (1914), The Santa Fe Trail (1914), The Chinese Nightingale (1917), Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan (1920), The Golden Age of Springfield (1920), The Flower-Fed Buffaloes (1926), and Johnny Appleseed (1928); was highly successful on recital tours, especially from 1914-1920; his Collected Poems appeared in 1923; he died on December 5, 1931 in Springfield, Illinois.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of letters of Lindsay to Wilhelm Miller and family, manuscripts, scrapbooks, ephemera, and presentation copies of books by Lindsay. Includes a presentation copy to the Wilhelm Millers of The Village Magazine (March 1911, the only number ever issued) with holograph annotations, a copy of Vision (Spring 1912) containing Lindsay's article, The New Localism, with his illustrations and several holograph and typescript poems on the other pages. Also contains a presentation copy of his Rhymes to be Traded for Bread, and his copy of The Art of the Moving Picture (1915), with copious annotations and corrections. There are also ephemera and newspaper clippings by or relating to Lindsay.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931--Archives.
Poets, American--20th century--Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1

Letters to Wilhelm Miller, and family. Springfield, Illinois. 1913-1929.

Physical Description: Holograph. 4 items.
Box 1

Vision, village number, no.4. Pennsylvania. 1912.

Physical Description: 1 item.

Scope and Content Note

Contains 6 illustrations by Lindsay, and was used by him as a scrapbook for poems: holograph, typescript, and clipped printed verses with holograph notes throughout. Includes a copy of Rhymes to be Traded for Bread, and one broadside, The Sangamon County Place Advocate, no.1, Springfield, Illinois, Christmas, 1909, by Lindsay.
Presentation copy to Wilhelm Miller, Springfield, Illinois, October 15, 1913.
Box 1

Rhymes to Be Traded for Bread, Springfield, Illinois. June 1912.

Physical Description: 2 items.

Scope and Content Note

A small book of 8 leaves, unbound, ... to be used in exchange for the necessities of life on a tramp-journey from the author's home town, through the West and back...
One of the copies is inscribed, Wilhelm Miller from N.V. Lindsay, and is marked throughout.
Box 1

Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. Chapters 2, 4-6. Forum. 1913-1914.

Physical Description: 4 items.

Scope and Content Note

Some holograph notations. Chapters extracted from Forum, a periodical, are:
 

Walking through Missouri

 

In Kansas: The First Harvest

 

In Kansas: The Second and Third Harvest

 

The End of the Road, Moonshine, and an Epilogue

Box 1

Clipped articles by or re Lindsay. v.p. v.d.

Physical Description: 9 items.
 

Vachel Lndsay, by Arthur Waugh, 2 columns from a British newspaper.

 

Proclamation! by Lindsay, one page from Rural Manhood, New York. June 1913.

 

The New Localism by Lindsay, one page from Twentieth Century Magazine, n.p. n.d.

 

Proclamation of the Gospel of Beauty, n.p. n.d.

 

Four illustrations: The Village Improvement Parade, sections 1-4, n.p. 1910.

Box 1

The Village Magazine. Springfield, Illinois. ca. 1911.

Physical Description: 1 item. 29 cm.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription, in ink, inside front cover: To Wilhelm Miller:-with all good wishes. This being my last battered copy of the model for a village magazine... the date, in pencil, is October 16, 1913. Contains holograph remarks about some of the poems; also, on outside front cover, notes in ink, pencil state: By N.V. Lindsay...Reviewed in Current Literature for March 1911...Only one number ever issued.
Box 1

General William Booth Enters into Heaven and Other Poems.... New York: Mithchell Kennerley. 1913.

Physical Description: 19.5 cm. Red boards.

Scope and Content Note

Picture of Lindsay is pasted inside front cover. Inscription in holograph: Mary Rogers Miller, from W.M., December 25, 1913.
Box 1

The Art of the Moving Picture. New York: the Macmillan Company.

Physical Description: 19 cm. Buff-green-black boards.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a long dedication to my dear Miller...Vachel, January 5, 1915, Springfield, Illinois. Also: author's extensive underlinings and margin notations throughout, as well as a clipped article, Better 'Movies' for Children, by E. Leslie Gilliams.