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Vachel Lindsay Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-063

Scope and Contents

The Vachel Lindsay collection is organized into seven series: Biographical, Publications (with Books, Article and Poetry sub-series), Correspondence, Manuscript Material (with Poems sub-series), Lectures, Secondary, and Photographs. The bulk of the collection is located in the published and manuscript poetry series. Several clippings in Secondary also highlight Lindsay's activities.  Many items carry inscriptions from Lindsay to Sarah K. Smith, a friend and fellow School of the Art Institute student. Early editions of Lindsay's published volumes also contain inscriptions to Smith. Several pieces of correspondence between Lindsay and Smith are also found in the collection. The collection also contains several over-sized drawings of Lindsay's.


  • Created: 1908-1991
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1923-1929


Conditions Governing Access

There are no specific restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.


1 box

0.42 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition

Many items are inscribed or addressed to Sarah K. Smith, was an alumna of Wheaton and Art faculty (1905-07).

Method of Acquisition


Other Descriptive Information

The collection contains manuscript, published and secondary material highlighting the literary career of Nicholas Vachel Lindsay.

Vachel Lindsay Collection
Buswell Library Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Wheaton IL 60187-5593 USA