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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2064

Lindsay-Wakefield family papers


Personal and family papers of the American poet, Vachel Lindsay.


  • Creation: 1879-1982

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3.3 linear feet (10 boxes)

Correspondence is both professional and family related. Correspondents include: Joy Lindsay Blair, Eleanor Dougherty, Frances Frazee Hamilton, Catharine Frazee Lindsay, Elizabeth Conner Lindsay, Vachel Thomas Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters, Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Olive Lindsay Wakefield, Paul Wakefield, and Susan Wilcox.

Lindsay compositions include autograph manuscripts, drawings, typescripts, and scores, with much of this material inscribed to family members. Also includes photographs, maps, biographical miscellany, and printed materials relating to Lindsay (tributes, clippings, reviews, programs of lectures, and promotional material).

Some folders include extra sheets of manuscript notes about the collection by the donor, Catherine Wakefield Ward.

Biographical / Historical

Lindsay was an American poet.


Arranged into the following seven series:

  1. I. Vachel Lindsay correspondence, 1887-1931
  2. A. Letters to his family
  3. B. Letters to others, 1912-1931
  4. C. Letters to Vachel Lindsay, 1911-1930
  5. II. Other correspondence, 1914-1956
  6. III. Vachel Lindsay compositions and drawings, 1890-1949 and undated
  7. IV. Compositions by others, 1913-1951 and undated correspondence
  8. A. Manuscripts and typescripts, 1931-1946 and undated
  9. B. Printed tributes to Lindsay, 1929-1951
  10. C. Printed promotions & publisher lists, 1913-1931
  11. V. Programs, 1907-1955 and undated
  12. VI. Clippings, 1897-1982 and undated
  13. A. Journal articles & reviews, 1913-1961
  14. B. Newspaper reviews and stories, 1897-1982 and undated
  15. VII. Biographical material, 1879-1935 and undated
  16. A. Family documents, 1879-1925
  17. B. Honors, 1930
  18. C. Maps and brochures, undated
  19. D. Photographs, 1882-1931 and undated

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

93M-60. Gift of Mrs. Catharine Wakefield Ward, 1506 Foulkeways, Gwynedd, Pennsylvania 19436; received: 28 October 1993.

2001M-4. Gift of Mrs. Catharine Wakefield Ward, 1506 Foulkeways, Gwynedd, Pennsylvania 19436; received: 2001 July 2.

Related Materials

See Houghton Printed Books *AC9.L6455.B931e for Vachel Lindsay ephemera and HOLLIS and OASIS for additional Lindsay materials owned by Houghton Library.

See also Lindsay Family Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.

Processing Information

Processed by: Helen Ashmore.

Lindsay family. Lindsay-Wakefield family papers, 1879-1982: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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