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Lucile Selk Edgerton Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lucile Selk Edgerton Papers
    Dates: Approximately 1905-1962
    Bulk dates: 1936-1962
    Collection Number: mssEdgerton Lucile papers
    Creator: Edgerton, Lucile Selk
    Extent: 141 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    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consists of the professional papers of California writer Lucile Selk Edgerton (1896-1987) including manuscripts of unpublished novels, original sketches, assorted printed magazines, copies of her published novels, California research notes, some printed items, and ephemera.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.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Lucile Selk Edgerton Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Elliott Mittler, December 1, 2010.

    Biographical Note

    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 California.

    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    The collection consists of writer Lucile Selk Edgerton's professional papers, including the manuscripts of unpublished novels, original sketches meant to accompany her works of fiction, assorted printed magazines containing her published stories, copies of her published novels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)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Edgerton, Lucile Selk.
    Rogers, Earl, 1870-1922.


    Fiction--20th century--Periodicals.
    Western stories--Periodicals.
    Women authors, American--20th century.

    Geograhic Areas

    Blythe (Calif.)--History.
    Palo Verde Valley (Calif.)--HIstory.
    West (U.S.)--History--1890-1945.


    Essays--California--20th century.
    Letters (correspondence)--California--20th century.
    Novels--California--20th century.
    Periodicals--United States--20th century.
    Short stories--California--20th century.
    Sketches--California--20th century.