Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


Riley mss. II, 1899-1914, consist of letters from Meredith Nicholson, 1886-1947, written to James Whitcomb Riley, 1849- 1916.

The letters are of a personal nature about book reviews, mutual friends, literary authors, poetry, their own writings, and a trip to Cambridge, England, in 1906. A letter of April 16, 1904, comments on the Poe story being revived. The last page of a typewritten speech by Nicholson on "The Hoosiers" delivered at a banquet of the National Wholesale Druggists' Association, Indianapolis, September 24, 1914, is also included. A few newspaper clippings were enclosed with some of the letters.

Included are letters from Edith Thomas Medairy, whom Riley called Dory Ann, 1902 and 1912, the niece of Edith Matilda Thomas, the poet.

Also see the Guide to the Collections: James Whitcomb Riley

Collection size: 36 items

Related manuscripts: Riley mss., Riley mss. III, Riley mss. IV, Riley mss. V, Riley mss. VI

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.