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I. Correspondence. Arranged in chronological order.

  • Box 1: 1871-1932 (34 folders)
  • Box 2: 1933-1972 (10 folders)

II. Writings (Box 2, except where noted).

  • Arranged in chronological order.
  • 1876. Riley, James Whitcomb. Humorous sketches
  • 1883-1886. Payne, Frank. Diary
  • 1906, Oct. 3-1907, Oct. Payne, Lesley. Musical journal
  • 1931, Nov. Scott, M.W. Observance of James Whitcomb Riley's birthday
  • 1931. Payne, Lesley. Diary
  • 1942-1943. Payne, Lesley. Riley and a Newly Discovered Poem
  • 1971. Purcell, Royal. Indiana's Poet Riley and Painter Steele
  • n.d. Kendall, Lyle H. Rubaiyat of Doc Sifers.
  • n.d. Payne, Lesley. Brittany Profile
  • n.d. Payne, Lesley. James Whitcomb Riley: Random Recollections of a Niece (see also: Oversize 2)
  • n.d. Payne, Lesley. There is one abuse of rights...[first line]
  • n.d. Payne, Mary (Riley). [James Whitcomb Riley]
  • n.d. unknown. As An Outgrowth of Riley Day,...[first line]
  • n.d. unknown. Indiana, How We Love Her...[first line]
  • n.d. unknown. "J.W.R. Film notes"
  • n.d. unknown. Play about James Whitcomb Riley
  • n.d. unknown. Poems by James Whitcomb Riley
  • n.d. unknown. miscellaneous notes

III. Biographical material (Box 2).

  • Includes contracts, wills, clippings, etc. (1 folder)

IV. Photographs (Box 2, except where noted).

  • Arranged alphabetically by subject (8 folders)
  • Carrington, Hereward (1 photograph)
  • Catherwood, Mary (Hartwell) (1 photograph)
  • Desk of James Whitcomb Riley (4 photographs)
  • Group photos, including Henry F. Schricker, etc. (2 photographs)
  • Panoramic view of Turin. Enclosure to letter from Vittorio Assale to Lesley Payne, June 3, 1913 (filed: Oversize 1)
  • Payne, Frank C. (9 photographs)
  • Payne, Lesley (1 photograph)
  • Riley, James Whitcomb. Riley sitting for sculptress Myra (Reynolds) Richards, copyrighted by Shideler in 1916; undated snapshot of Riley with his chauffeur George W. Ray (2 photographs)
  • Unidentified (67 photographs, including four tintypes)

V. Printed material (Box 2).

  • Includes theater programs, clippings, etc. (1 folder)

VI. Miscellaneous (Box 2, except where noted).

  • Includes: Legal case, Appendices H-K; Lists of letters to Riley and of his assets as well as letters to Mary Elizabeth (Riley) Payne and Lesley Payne; List of musical settings for Riley poems; Note regarding Clara Louise Bottsford and Riley; Royalty record of Riley estate for 1922-1924 (6 folders). Honorary degree from Yale awarded to James Whitcomb Riley, June 25, 1902 (filed: Oversize 3)

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