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Vachel Lindsay Collection, 1924-1933 (Bulk: 1924-1925)
1 half archives box, 1 flat box, 1 map drawer folder (1.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Poet. Papers include correspondence, cards, newspaper and magazine clippings, programs, and a photograph, mostly sent to Eugenia Graham.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Vachel Lindsay Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Vachel Lindsay Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Vachel Nicholas Lindsay was born in Springfield in 1879. In Central Illinois tradition, Lindsay was schooled in the virtues of Abraham Lincoln, and like Lincoln developed a fascination with the lives of the common people.

Lindsay attended Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, for three years before studying art in Chicago and New York City. He later turned to poetry, a medium in which he found much greater success. After college, Lindsay spent much of his life walking across the country, performing and distributing copies of his poetry in exchange for bed and board.

Lindsay's verse is characterized by its lyric quality and its simple, forceful rhythms; his performances were remarkable for their animation. Among his volumes of poetry are The Congo and Other Poems (1914) and Every Soul Is a Circus (1929).

Excerpted from: http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/lindsay

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers include correspondence, cards, newspaper and magazine clippings, programs, and a photograph, detailing the life of poet Vachel Lindsay, mostly sent to Eugenia Graham, who later became Mrs. R.F. Leftwich.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Vachel Lindsay Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Vachel Lindsay Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Vachel Lindsay Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

The Vachel Lindsay collection was the gift of Frank Leftwich (AC 1958). The letters were written to Eugenia Graham, his mother, who met the poet while a student at Gulf Park Girls School and Junior College in Gulfport, Mississippi in the early 1920s. Lindsay was "touring" cities and schools in the south, reading his poetry at the time. Lindsay wrote to Eugenia Graham, who married R. Frank Leftwich in October 1924, over the course of several years. The letters were presented to Amherst College in June 2003.

Processing Information
Processed:2003 June
By:Alicia Yang Cao (AC 2006), Student Assistant
Finding Aid:2003 June
Edited by:Daria D'Arienzo, Head of Archives and Special Collections
Listed by:Alicia Yang Cao (AC 2006), Student Assistant
Graham Leach-Krouse (AC 2005), Student Encoding Assistant


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: LETTERS,
1924-1931 (bulk 1924-1925)


Series 1, LETTERS, contains correspondence, chiefly between Vachel Lindsay and Miss Eugenia Graham from 1924 to 1931. Over the course of correspondence, Miss Eugenia Graham became Mrs. R.F. Leftwich, by marriage.

Letter from Vachel Lindsay to Eugenia Graham (Mrs. R.F. Leftwich). 4 pages, blue ink.
1924 Jul 11

Box 1: folder 1
Letter from Vachel Lindsay to Eugenia Graham (Mrs. R.F. Leftwich). 3 pages, black ink on Hotel St. Francis letterhead. Envelope included.
1924 Aug 5

Box 1: folder 2
Letter from Vachel Lindsay to Eugenia Graham (Mrs. R.F. Leftwich). 5 folded sheets written on both sides, blue ink on Southern Pacific Lines letterhead. Envelope included.
1924 Aug 5

Box 1: folder 3
Letter from Vachel Lindsay to Eugenia Graham (Mrs. R.F. Leftwich). 4 pages, black ink on University Club letterhead. Envelope included.
1924 Aug 17

Box 1: folder 4
Letter from Vachel Lindsay to Mrs. R.F. Leftwich (the former Eugenia Graham). 6 pages, black ink. Envelope included.
1924 Nov 10

Box 1: folder 5
Letter from Vachel Lindsay to Mrs. R.F. Leftwich (the former Eugenia Graham). 11 pages, black ink on Davenport Hotel letterhead. Envelope included.
1924 Dec 12

Box 1: folder 6
Letter from Vachel Lindsay to Mrs. R.F. Leftwich (the former Eugenia Graham). 18 pages, black ink on Davenport Hotel letterhead. Envelope included.
1925 Mar 8

Box 1: folder 7
Letter from Harriet Monroe to Mrs. R.F. Leftwich (the former Eugenia Graham). 2 pages, black ink on blue paper. Envelope included.
1925 Mar 12

Box 1: folder 8
Letter from Vachel Lindsay to Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Leftwich. 4 pages, black ink on Davenport Hotel paper. Envelope included.
1925 Apr 2

Box 1: folder 9
Letter from Elisabeth Lindsay (Mrs. Vachel Lindsay) to Mrs. R.F. Leftwich. 1 page, typed. Envelope included.
1931 Mar 14

Box 1: folder 10
Series 2: POEMS,
1931, n.d.


Series 2, POEMS, contains three poems; one printed on a Christmas card, one clipped from a magazine, and one handwritten, perhaps by Mrs. R.F. Leftwich.

"The Ezekiel Chant," printed Christmas card, poem by Vachel Lindsay, from the Lindsay family, inscribed on the back in Elisabeth Lindsay's hand.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
"The Jazz Age," printed poem by Vachel Lindsay, published in Liberty newspaper; clipping.
1931 Feb 21

Box 1: folder 12
Untitled, poem [in the hand of Mrs. R.F. Leftwich?]
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Series 3: PROGRAMS,
1924-1925, n.d.


Series 3, PROGRAMS, contains three programs, two listing Vachel Lindsay as reciting.

Summer Program for Pacific Palisades Summer Schools and Assembly where Vachel Lindsay recited. Includes two postcards of Pacific Palisades, California.
1924

Box 1: folder 14
Program for Sunday Service at the First Unitarian Society, where Vachel Lindsay recited.
1925 Mar 8

Box 1: folder 15
Program for the play The Thief of Baghdad.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
Series 4: PHOTOGRAPHS,
n.d.


Series 4, PHOTOGRAPHS, contains a single mounted and framed photograph, credited to Gullicson, depicting Vachel Lindsay autographing a poem for the H.W. Fays collection, in DeKalb, Illinois.

Gullicson, [?] , Photographer. "Nicholas Vachel Lindsay at Lincoln Monument Autographing for H.W. Fays Collection the poem - 'Abraham Walks At Midnight'". Taken in DeKalb, Illinois.
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Series 5: NEWS CLIPPINGS,
n.d.


Series 5, NEWS CLIPPINGS, contains a few photocopies of newspaper clippings that relate to Vachel Lindsay in various ways. Additionally, a longer article is included, written after Vachel Lindsay's death in praise of his poetry.

Spencer, Hazelton "The Life and Death of a Bard" in The American Mercury in remembrance of Vachel Lindsay
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, some or all sent by Lindsay to Mrs. R.F. Leftwich, including:
1924-1925, n.d.

Box 1: folder 17
"A Challenge to Young Men" in: San Francisco Call and Post, 1924 Aug 5 (annotated by Lindsay)
1924

Box 1
Hardy, Lulu Daniel. "A little house"


Box 1
Hinso, Hannah. "He Does Two Things With Distinction" in: The Spokesman-Review, 1925 Mar 8 (annotated by Lindsay)
1925

Box 1
King, Stoddard, "Facetious Fragments: 'Verses for the Recovering Congress' and 'Butterfly Hieroglyphics and the Voyage'" in: The Spokesman Review, 1924 Dec 1 and 3
1924

Box 1
Strunsky, Simeon "About Books, More or Less: Mr.Shaw Has a Heart" in: The New York Times Book Review, 1924 Aug 10
1924

Box 1
Originals of the clippings listed above
1924, 1925, n.d.

Map case 1, drawer 12

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Subjects
  • Leftwich, Eugenia Graham.
  • Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931.
  • Poets, American--20th century--Biography--Sources.

Contributors
  • Leftwich, Eugenia Graham.


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