Scope and Content
Title: Lucile Selk Edgerton Papers
Dates: Approximately 1905-1962
Bulk dates: 1936-1962
Collection Number: mssEdgerton Lucile papers
Edgerton, Lucile Selk
The Huntington Library,
Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Abstract: The collection consists of the professional papers of
California writer Lucile Selk Edgerton (1896-1987)
including manuscripts of unpublished novels, original sketches, assorted printed
magazines, copies of her published novels, California research notes, some printed
items, and ephemera.
Language of Material: The records are in English.
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[Identification of item]. Lucile Selk Edgerton Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Purchased from Elliott Mittler, December 1, 2010.
Lucile Selk Edgerton (1896-1987) graduated from East High School in Green Bay,
Wisconsin, in 1915. She attended the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism
and was an art critic for the Milwaukee Sentinel. By 1937 she was living in Los
Angeles. She was a prolific writer of short stories and novels, many of them with
Western themes, during the 1930s and 1940s. She was the author of two published
novels, In Walked Anny (1940) and Pillars of Gold (1941), a romance set in Civil War
Scope and Content
The collection consists of writer Lucile Selk Edgerton's professional papers, including the
manuscripts of unpublished novels, original sketches meant to accompany her works of
fiction, assorted printed magazines containing her published stories, copies of her
published novels Pillars of Gold and In Walked Anny, some printed items, and
ephemera. Part of the collection consists of essays, correspondence, and research
notes related to California history, and includes essays on Charles F. Wells, Thomas
H. Blythe, Earl Rogers, Charlie Utting, C.E. Wells, and 'Wild Horse Bill,' as well
as a variety of essays on the history of the Palo Verde Valley, the City of Blythe,
and water reclamation around Isabella Lake. Many of the California research notes
were compiled by Edgerton's son, Dean Edgerton, Jr. Also included is a bound volume
with notes on his World War II experiences.
The collection is arranged in six boxes by series:
- Correspondence, essays and notes, printed items, and ephemera (Box 1)
- Manuscript: Pillars of Gold (Box 2)
- Publications (Box 3)
- Unpublished novels (Boxes 4-5)
- Sketches (Box 6 and oversize folder)
Women authors, American--20th
Palo Verde Valley