Vachel Lindsay collection
Scope and Contents
The Vachel Lindsay collection contains original correspondence and manuscripts by early twentieth-century American poet Vachel Lindsay. The collection features letters from Lindsay to the poet Sara Teasdale, dating from 1913 to 1931, documenting their early courtship and ongoing friendship. Many of the writings appear to have been sent to Teasdale as enclosures to the letters. There are also letters from Lindsay's widow, Elizabeth Connor Lindsay, following his death in late 1931.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Vachel Lindsay Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Vachel Lindsay's letters and writings to Sara Teasdale purchased from Margaret Conklin, Teasdale's executor, in 1958, with additional gifts and purchases from other sources, 1944 to 1961.
Organized into two series: I. Margaret Conklin Purchase, 1913-1932. II. Material From Other Sources, 1917-1921.
1.54 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
The Vachel Lindsay collection contains original correspondence and manuscripts by early twentieth-century American poet Vachel Lindsay. The collection features letters from Lindsay to poet Sara Teasdale, dating from 1913 to 1931, documenting their early courtship and ongoing friendship. Writings appear to have been sent to Teasdale as enclosures to the letters. There are also letters to Teasdale from Lindsay's widow, Elizabeth Connor Lindsay, following his death in late 1931.
Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)
Vachel Lindsay, American poet and writer, was born on November 10, 1879, in Springfield, IL. He attended Hiram College (1897-1900), Chicago Art Institute (1900-1903), and New York School of Art (1904-1905). Lindsay married Elizabeth Conner in1925, and they had two children, Susan Doniphan and Nicholas Cave. Lindsay died in Springfield, IL on December 5, 1931.
The collection received preliminary processing around the time of acquisition in 1958. During baseline processing of the collection in 2011, the small number of original letters and manuscripts acquired from sources other than Margaret Conklin were removed from the existing alphabetical runs of correspondence and writings and established in Series II. Material from Other Sources.
Formerly classed as Za Lindsay.
- Guide to the Vachel Lindsay Collection
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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