Vardis Fisher Papers
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1917-1968
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 46 and 64 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Existence and Location of Copies
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
43.45 Linear Feet (74 boxes)
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
Vardis Fisher (1895-1968)
After graduating from the University of Chicago, Fisher taught for several years as an assistant professor of English at the University of Utah (1925-1928) and New York University (1928-1931) before returning to Idaho, where he served as director of the Federal Writers Project for the state of Idaho (1935-1939) and as an editor and contributor to various periodicals from the late 1930s until his death in 1968.
Fisher won a number of awards for his literary and non-fiction work, including the Harper Prize in 1939 for Children of God, the Wrangler Award for best Western historical novel in 1965 for Mountain Man, and the Spur Award in 1966 and 1969. Fisher's novel Mountain Man was made into a popular film (Jeremiah Johnson), starring Robert Redford, by Sydney Pollack in 1972.
Fisher married three times: to Leona McMurtrey, 1918; Margaret Trusler, 1928; and Opal Laurel Holmes, 1940.
Biographical information taken from "Vardis (Alvero) Fisher." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 7 Mar. 2012.
As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Formerly classed as Za Fisher, Uncat Za Fisher, Uncat Za Ms 238, Uncat Za Ms 286, Uncat Za Ms 509, and Uncat Za Ms 594.
- Guide to the Vardis Fisher Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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