Correspondence, books, notes, printed material, ephemera, and photographs pertaining to Mahayana Buddhism. Also contains materials
pertaining to Evans-Wentz's education.
Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz helped to develop Western understanding of Oriental religions, primarily Tibetan Buddhism. He was
born February 2, 1878 in Trenton, New Jersey where he spent his childhood, completing elementary school in June, 1892. After
less than two years of high school, Wentz decided to become a journalist. He dropped out and enrolled in commercial courses
at business colleges in Jacksonville, Florida and Trenton, New Jersey. Working his way across the United States in various
newspaper offices, he followed his family, who had recently settled in La Mesa, California, westward. Having decided that
he was not well-suited to journalism, he arrived in Palo Alto in the academic year 1901-1902, hoping to gain admittance to
the recently--established Stanford University.
10 Linear Feet
(11 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
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