Sheldon Vanauken Collection
Scope and Contents
There are five series: Press Items; Works of Vanauken; Vanauken Memorabilia and Correspondence; Correspondence between KJ Gilchrist, Stephen Schofield, and Vanauken; and The Life of Sheldon Vanauken: Research Materials from Will Vaus.
Series 1: Press Items – Containing photocopies of reviews of A Severe Mercy, Under the Mercy, Mercies: Collected Poems, and Gateway to Heaven, some of which have been annotated by Vanauken. Also containing copies of articles about Vanauken. 1977-1990. Arranged by work.
Series 2: Works of Vanauken – Containing a bibliography of Vanauken’s work written by Vanauken, corrected proofs, typescripts, and copies of various works by Vanauken, and articles and letters to the editor by Vanauken. 1977-1994. Organized chronologically, except for the bibliography
Series 3: Vanauken Memorabilia and Correspondence – Containing letters and letter logs to and from Vanauken, photographs and photocopies of awards given to Vanauken’s works, and a Watercolor painting by Davy, Vanauken’s wife. 1977-1996. Organized by subject.
Series 4: Correspondence Between KJ Gilchrist, Stephen Schofield, and Vanauken – Containing correspondence between those individuals. 1983-1996. Organized chronologically.
Series 5: The Life of Sheldon Vanauken: Research Materials from Will Vaus – Containing materials used in the research of Will Vaus’s book Sheldon Vanauken: The Man Who Received “A Severe Mercy.” 1800s-1996. These materials were received by the Wade Center from Mr. Vaus in 2013. Organized by subject and chronologically.
- Created: 1831-2011
- Other: Majority of material found in 1947-1996
- Vanauken, Sheldon (Person)
3.00 boxes : 62 folders
2 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The Sheldon Vanauken Collection contains typescripts and proofs of Vanauken’s books: A Severe Mercy, Gateway to Heaven, and Under the Mercy; along with photographs of awards, photocopies of articles, reviews, and Vanauken's review briefs and letter logs regarding his work. Also included are biographical research materials on Vanauken from Will Vaus, author of Sheldon Vanauken: The Man Who Received “A Severe Mercy” (Hamden, CT: Winged Lion Press, 2012).
Source of Acquisition
80/30, 80/89, 81/30, 82/86, 82/110, 83/60, 83/61, 86/30, 86/124, 87/175, 89/21, 92/19, 93/30, 95/26, 05/120, 13/65
Other Descriptive Information
There is an acquisition file for this collection. Includes artwork and photographs. There is a partial research copy of this collection - fols. 33-35 only (see 34b).
Processed by Laura Schmidt
- Vanauken, Sheldon (Person)
- Sheldon Vanauken Collection
- Laura Schmidt
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Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository
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Wheaton IL 60187-5593 US