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Vachel Lindsay collection

Call Number: YCAL MSS 493
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)
Related Names
Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931
Language of Materials