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Marquis (Neeta) Papers
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Papers of Southern California author and poet Neeta Marquis.
Neeta Marquis was born in Westminster, California in 1880 or 1881. Her father, John Fenelon Marquis, who was a Union soldier during the American Civil War came to California from Illinois in 1870. His wife, Neeta Jane Haile Marquis and two children followed months later. The family moved to Westminster, California in 1874. Marquis' father died in 1882, but the family remained in Southern California. Neeta Marquis supported herself by teaching short story and writing classes at Los Angeles Evening High School. She spent her free time writing poetry and articles for publication. Her poems can be found in several anthologies of California poetry including Anthology of contemporary California poets (1925), Land of gold (1934), and others. In 1931 she penned the opera "Los Rubios," which was performed in Los Angeles. Marquis focused much of her writing on the history of California and her articles can be found in The Los Angeles Times and many western themed publications including Westways. Marquis was also active in several literary groups and clubs such as League of Western Writers and the Poetry Society of Southern California. Marquis' date of death is unknown; she probably died in the mid-1950s.
6.70 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
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