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Alan Jenkins (AC 1924) Carl Sandburg Collection, ca. 1938-1970
3 archives boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Jenkins was a Congregational pastor who formed a friendship with poet, novelist and folk singer Carl Sandburg. Collection contains correspondence between Sandberg and Jenkins, articles on Sandburg by Jenkins, other news clippings, photographs, notes, and related letters from Sandburg's literary contemporaries.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American poet, novelist, folk singer and author of a major biography of Abraham Lincoln.

James Alan Jenkins (1903-1971) was a member of the Amherst College Class of 1924. He was pastor of the First Congregational Church, Elkhart, Indiana (1936); Galesburg (Illinois) Congregational Church (1943-1953); and First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, Michigan (1953-1971). He formed a friendship with Carl Sandburg, wrote on Sandburg and served on the board of directors of the Carl Sandburg Association. Sandburg and Jenkins were mutual friends of Thomas Irwin Starr, another Lincoln biographer and collector of Lincolniana.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains correspondence between Sandberg and Jenkins, articles on Sandburg by Jenkins (typescript, clippings and reprints) and other news clippings and materials on Sandburg. Also included are Jenkins' notes on Thomas Irwin Starr and Philip Green Wright. There is an extensive file of photographs of Sandburg, Jenkins and Starr and a file of letters related to Sandburg from Sandburg's literary contemporaries.


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the 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 Alan Jenkins (AC 1924) Carl Sandburg Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


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
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE



Series 1, CORRESPONDENCE, contains 24 letters of Carl Sandburg and in some cases carbon copies of Alan Jenkins' replies. Also in this series are a group of letters from literary figures to Alan Jenkins concerning Sandburg and a group of partial transcripts of photostatic copies of letters concerning an exhibition in honor of Sandburg.

Carl Sandburg to Alan Jenkins (includes 1 letter to Tom Starr)
1938-1962

Box 1: folder 1
Alan Jenkins to Carl Sandburg (includes 1 letter from David Wahler to Sandburg)
1952-1960

Box 1: folder 2
Letters to Alan Jenkins (arranged alphabetically by sender's name):
n.d.

Box 1
Angle, Paul M. - 1


Box 1
Baker, Nina Brown - 1


Box 1
Beach, Atmore - 2


Box 1
Bentley, Robert A. - 1


Box 1
Black, Fred - 1


Box 1
Boehm, Eric H. - 1


Box 1
Bombard, Owen - 1


Box 1
Brown, Athol - 1


Box 1
Butcher, Fanny - 2


Box 1
Calkins, Earnest Elmo - 1


Box 1
Carrutberg, Olive - 3


Box 1
Cash, Arthur W. Jr. - 1


Box 1
Cramton, Louis C. - 1


Box 1
Crile, Helga Sandburg - 1


Box 1
Dennis, Ruth - 3 plus carbon TL Alan Jenkins to R.D.


Box 1
Diamant, Nicholas - 1


Box 1
Dickinson, Frederick - 2


Box 1
Dilliard, Irving, carbon to, from Alan Jenkins - 1


Box 1
Durlee, Amy W. - 1


Box 1
Ellison, Chester - 1


Box 1
Ferril, Thomas Hornsby - 1


Box 1
Flad, Margaret - 1


Box 1
Ford, Anne - 2


Box 1
Francis, Susie Evert - 1


Box 1
Golden, Harry - 3 plus carbon Alan Jenkins to H.G. and carbon H.G. to Jerry Freed


Box 1
Grônberg, Olaf - 1


Box 1
Graffis, Herb - 2


Box 1
Hansen, Harry - 3 plus carbon Alan Jenkins to H.H.


Box 1
Harrison, H.B. - 1


Box 1
Jinishian, Mari - 2


Box 1
Johnson, Mrs. Eric - 1


Box 1
Johnson, Mary Sandburg - 2


Box 1
Ligon, Margaret H. - 2


Box 1
Lord, Leroy I. - 1


Box 1
Lovitt, Craig E. - 1


Box 1
McCarthy, Catherine - 2


Box 1
McCoy, George - 1


Box 1
McCracken, Donald - 1


Box 1
McCracken, Bernice - 1 plus carbon Alan Jenkins to Mrs. McCracken


Box 1
Newman, Ralph G. - 4


Box 1
Norton, William J. - 1


Box 1
Nyman, Lloyd - 1


Box 1
Perrine, Owen - 1


Box 1
Pratt, Harry E. - 4 plus photostat TLS Lilian Paula Sandburg to H.P. (inc. ANS C.S. to H.P.)


Box 1
Pritchard, John W. - 1


Box 1
Reader's Digest - 1


Box 1
Salivar, Mildred - 1


Box 1
Sandburg, Lilian Paula - 2


Box 1
Sandburg, Margaret - 1


Box 1
Sandburg, Richard - 1


Box 1
Seitz, Harold A. - 1


Box 1
Shepherd, Jane - 1


Box 1
Shutes, Milton H. - 1


Box 1
Sickels, Ada H. - 1


Box 1
Smith, Arthur - 1


Box 1
Smith, Harrison - 1


Box 1
Smith, Shelby -1


Box 1
Smith, Walter - 1


Box 1
Springer, William - 1


Box 1
Starr, Thomas - 2 plus carbon to Daily Tribune, plus AMS by T.S. concerning Acanthus Club (10 pp.)


Box 1
Starr, Mrs. Thomas - carbon to and from Alan Jenkins - 1


Box 1
Steichen, Edward - 1


Box 1
Stevenson, Adlai E. with carbon TL Alan Jenkins to A.S.-1


Box 1
Stinger, Gilbert - carbon to and from Alan Jenkins - 1


Box 1
Temple, Wayne C. - 4 plus 4 carbons Alan Jenkins to W.T Thomas, Benjamin P. - 1


Box 1
Toman, Helga Sandburg - 1


Box 1
Wachs, Ester - copy of letter from


Box 1
Wakefield, Olive Lindsay - 1


Box 1
Walter, Claire - 1


Box 1
Weirick, Bruce - carbon TL to Mr. Reynall


Box 1
Wetzler, Josephine - 1


Box 1
Wiegel, John C. - 3


Box 1
White, Patricia - 1


Box 1
Wood, Harry - 1


Box 1
Wright, Quincy - 2


Box 1
Typescripts of photostatic copies of letters concerning an exhibition in honor of Carl Sandburg at Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, North Carolina.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
List of photostats - 3 pp.


Box 1
Allen, Robert S.


Box 1
Atkinson, Brooks


Box 1
Benton, Thomas H.


Box 1
Block, Herbert


Box 1
Bowen, Catherine D.


Box 1
Brooks, Van Wyck


Box 1
Conant, James


Box 1
Cousins, Norman


Box 1
Dabney, Virginius


Box 1
Daniels, Jonathan


Box 1
Dobie, J. Frank


Box 1
Douglas, William O.


Box 1
Ferber, Edna


Box 1
Farrell, James T.


Box 1
Frankfurter, Felix


Box 1
Frost, Robert


Box 1
Hersey, John


Box 1
Holt, Hamilton


Box 1
Hutchins, Robert M.


Box 1
Ives, Burl


Box 1
Kieran, John


Box 1
Lewis, John L.


Box 1
Lilienthal, David E.


Box 1
McCormick, Robert R.


Box 1
Mumford, Lewis


Box 1
Murrow, Edward R.


Box 1
Nevins, Allan


Box 1
Overstreet, Harry R.


Box 1
Rockwell, Norman


Box 1
Shoemaker, Don


Box 1
Street, James


Box 1
Stuart, Jesse


Box 1
Thomas, Norman


Box 1
Thurber, James


Box 1
Van Doren, Mark


Box 1
Wallace, H.A.


Box 1
Wilder, Thornton


Box 1
Series 2: PROSE AND POETRY OF CARL SANDBURG



Series 2, PROSE AND POETRY OF CARL SANDBURG, contains only four items (2 typescript, two printed items).

"Moonlight and Maggots" - carbon typescript, 2 pp., plus ANS from Sandburg to Alan Jenkins
1950 Aug 8

Box 1: folder 5
"Memorandum" (from The Letters of Lincoln Steffens), [1938];
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
"Meditation at Arlington" (broadside), 1943;


Box 1
"An Address by CS to Illinois State Historical Society...", multilith copy (11 pp.), 1949 Oct 8


Box 1
Series 3: ARTICLES ON SANDBURG BY ALAN JENKINS



Series 3, ARTICLES ON SANDBURG BY ALAN JENKINS, contains typescripts clippings and reprints of 21 articles on Sandburg

"Carolina Dinner with CS" - typescript 6 pp. reprint 2 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
"Home-Town Evening with CS" - mag. clipping 3 pp.


Box 1
"The Religious Message of CS's 'Remembrance Rock'" - pamphlet 7 pp. plus news clipping on sermon


Box 1
"Lincoln and Sandburg - Prairie Prophets" - reprint 4 pp.


Box 1
"CS - Right Kind of Septuagenarian" - typescript 4 pp.


Box 1
"Sandburg: A Poet Who Keeps on Learning and Growing" - news clipping 1 p. (2 copies)


Box 1
"Portrait of a Poet at College" - reprint 6 pp. plus news clipping on Jenkins


Box 1
"CS - Lusty American Psalmist" - news clipping 2 pp., plus news article on Jenkins


Box 1
"CS's Mentor and First Publisher" - mag. clipping 5 pp., plus 2 reprints


Box 1
"Review of Always The Young Strangers" - mag. clipping 4 pp.


Box 1
"Sandburg's Private Printings" - mag. clipping 6 pp.


Box 1
"CS: The Lincoln Years" - mag. clipping 2 pp.


Box 1
"Portraits of CS" - 3 reprints


Box 1
"CS Meditates at 87" - mag. clipping 1 p.


Box 1
"Anecdotes about CS" - mag. clipping 5 pp.


Box 1
"CS 1878-1967" - mag. clipping 3 pp.


Box 1
"Memorial Lines for CS Suggest by His Poem 'Finish'" - mag. clipping - 1 p.


Box 1
"Fraternal Night Owl" - mag. clipping - 4 pp.


Box 1
"The Prayers of CS" - pamphlet 7 pp.


Box 1
"The Long Thoughts of CS" - typescript (unpub.), 9 pp.


Box 1
"Carl Sandburg" - typescript 5 pp.


Box 1
Chapters from Sandburg biography planned by Alan Jenkins
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
"Lincoln Biographer" - typescript 12 pp.


Box 1
"Political Liberal" - typescript 8 pp.


Box 1
"Fraternal Night Owl" - typescript 12 pp.


Box 1
"Seeker-Believer" - typescript 13 pp.


Box 1
"Creator of Children's Tales" - typescript 7 pp.


Box 1
"Platform Artist" - typescript 10 pp.


Box 1
"Anecdotes About Sandburg" - typescript 11 pp.


Box 1
Series 4: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL ON CARL SANDBURG



Series 4, MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL ON CARL SANDBURG, contains notes on Sandburg by Alan Jenkins from conversations with Sandburg, biographical sketches, criticism and bibliographic information.

Notes by Alan Jenkins from conversations with CS
1951-1953

Box 1: folder 9
Notes from Tom Starr's files on CS


Box 1
Notes from Mrs. A.C. Wachs scrapbooks on CS


Box 1
Notes on comment by Louis J. Alber


Box 1
Biographical information:
1948-1952

Box 1: folder 10
"A Selective Checklist of CS's Writings," - reprint;


Box 1
Library of Congress bibliography compiled by Thomas S. Shaw, typescript


Box 1
Index of CS tape recordings owned by Leo Orso - Xerox copy - 10 pp.
1966

Box 1: folder 11
Background information on style of CS - typescript clippings - 34 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Biographical sketches of CS - typescript, clippings 64 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
General Criticism on CS's writing - typescript, news clipping 56 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
Criticism of Golden biography of CS - typescript, ms. notes, news clippings 18 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
CS's 75th Birthday Dinner - 2 programs, typescript of program 12 pp.
[1953]

Box 1: folder 16
Information on Sandburg Contemporaries
n.d.

Box 1: folder 17
Thomas Hornsby Ferril - notes - 2 pp.


Box 1
William Carlos Williams - clippings - 2 pp.


Box 1
Vachel Lindsay - clipping - 1 p.


Box 1
Ben Hect - new clipping - 3 pp.


Box 1
Josephine Wetzler - broadside poem, signed


Box 1
Edwin Ford Piper - typescript poem - 1 p.


Box 1
Catherine Drinker Bowen - new clippings - 7 pp.


Box 1
Series 5: NEWS CLIPPINGS



Series 5, NEWS CLIPPINGS, includes general news clippings about Sandburg for the years 1945-1970 and some clippings on Sandburg's publications.

Criticism on Always The Young Stranger
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Criticism on Remembrance Rock


Box 2
Criticism on Abraham Lincoln
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Criticism on Lincoln Collector


Box 2
Criticism on Complete Poems, plus notes on In Reckless Ecstasy
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Mounted general news clippings
1945-1951

Box 2: folder 4
Mounted general news clippings
1952

Box 2: folder 5
Mounted general news clippings
1953

Box 2: folder 6
Mounted general news clippings
1954-1957

Box 2: folder 7
Mounted general news clippings
1958-1959

Box 2: folder 8
Mounted general news clippings
1960-1970

Box 2: folder 9
Series 6: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL



Series 6, MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL, contains photographs of Sandburg, information on Edward Steichen, Thomas Starr and Philip Green Wright.

Material on Abraham Lincoln / George A. Dondero
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
"Congressman Abraham Lincoln" by G.A. Dondero - pamphlet - 6 pp.


Box 3
"Lincoln Lore" - pamphlet - 4 pp.


Box 3
"...Girl That Made Lincoln Grow a Beard" - typescript of news article - 5 pp.


Box 3
Notes on G.A. Dondero - typescript - 4 pp. plus Photostat of letter to Dondero


Box 3
News clipping on Lincoln letter - 1 p.


Box 3
Material by Thomas Starr:
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
List of writings to TS - typescript - 2 pp.


Box 3
letter to editor - typescript - 3 pp.


Box 3
"The Will of Katherine Burke Has Been Probated" - reprint - 6 pp., typescript - 6 pp.


Box 3
".. I Bid You An Affectionate Farewell" - mag. article - 3 pp., reprint - 3 pp. (2 copies)


Box 3
"Lincoln and the Methodists" - mag. article 3 pp.


Box 3
"At The Crossroad of Decision" - reprint 4 pp.


Box 3
"Beaver Built Where We Now Labor ..." - mag clipping - 2 pp., typescript - 3 pp.


Box 3
"The Frank Howard Collection" - reprint 5 pp.


Box 3
"Abraham Lincoln and the Detroit River" - reprint 3 pp. (3 copies)


Box 3
"When 'Mike' Drew Lincoln" - typescript - 2 pp.


Box 3
Material on Thomas Starr by Alan Jenkins - typescript - 51 pp., reprint - 5 pp., news clipping - 1 p.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Material on Thomas Starr - news clippings, mag. article - approximately 75 pp.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Material on Edward Steichen - magazine clippings - approximately 20 pp.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Material on Philip Green Wright - typescript 17 pp., mag. clippings 2 pp.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Photographs of and concerning CS - 84 pieces
n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Engravings of Lincoln by Lloyd Ostendorf - 8 pieces
n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Magazines concerning CS: Journal of Illinois State Historical Society, Spring 1950; Winter 1952; Winter 1953
1950-1953

Box 3: folder 9
Magazine concerning CS: Lincoln Herald, 1946 Dec
1946

Box 3: folder 10
Lincoln Herald, 1949 Oct
1949

Box 3
Lincoln Herald, 1954 Winter
1954

Box 3
Lincoln Herald, 1961 Summer
1961

Box 3
Lincoln Herald, 1963 Summer
1963

Box 3
Lincoln Herald, 1964 Winter
1964

Box 3
Lincoln Herald, 1966 Winter
1966

Box 3
Lincoln Herald, 1967 Winter (2 copies)
1967

Box 3
Lincoln Herald, 1968 Spring
1968

Box 3

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Subjects
  • Jenkins, Alan, Rev.
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
  • Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967.
  • Starr, Thomas Irwin, 1903-1965.
  • Wright, Philip Green, 1861-1934.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1924. Jenkins.
  • Jenkins, Alan, Rev.


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