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Guide to the Esther Shephard Papers
MSS-2009-11-01  
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Series I:  Personal Materials 1925-1975 (bulk 1962-1975)

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

The materials in this series document the personal and family life of Esther Shephard. Focused primarily on her travels, Shephard's thoughts, ideas, and experiences are collected in a series of handwritten journals, which are accompanied by photographs and interspersed with correspondence. Mrs. Shephard's love for travel is evidenced in her personal diaries, travelogues, and photographs taken while visiting Europe, the Far East, and the Australian Continent.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.
Box: 1

Journals and Diaries 1925-1975

 

Series II:  Professional Materials 1944-1971

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The materials in this series document the work of Esther Shephard. It is comprised of handwritten and typed documents pertaining to Shephard's extensive research for her poems, plays, and books over a 20-year period. This series also includes a selection of pages from the Library of Congress' extensive collection of Walt Whitman's papers, as well as one roll of microfilm from the British Library's Printed Book Department containing Edward Grant's Gracae Linguae Spicilegium (first published in 1575).

Arrangement

This series is arranged by topic.
Box: 2

Research Materials, Notes, and Drafts 1945-1971

Box: 3

Journals, Correspondence, and Newspaper Clippings 1944-1971

 

Series III:  Published Materials 1933-1972

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of one volume each of Esther Shephard's published books, Paul Bunyan (1933), The Thread of Ariadne - Walt Whitman as Poet (1936), Walt Whitman's Pose (1938), The Cowherd and the Skymaiden (1950), An Oriental Tale and a Romantic Poet (1967), and the critical commentary, A Fact Which Should Have Been Included in Walt Whitman's Earliest Known Notebook (1972). This series also includes a number of scholarly publications containing articles and papers written by Esther Shephard.
Box 4

Published Works 1933-1972

 

Series IV:  Realia, undated

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of a small collection of Chinese woodcut blocks acquired by Esther Shephard during her travels.
Box: 5

Chinese Woodcut Blocks