The Dickey mss., 1872-1941, consist of the papers of John Marcus Dickey, 1859-1950, secretary, platform manager, and biographer of James Whitcomb Riley.
Dickey was born on September 26, 1859 near Longwood, Fayette County, Indiana. He attended the Indiana State Normal School, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1880-1883; taught history and literature at the Fairmont, Indiana Academy, 1887-1889; was principal of the public schools, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1890-1892; was director of the Rocky Mountain Lyceum, Denver, Colorado, 1892-1896; and served James Whitcomb Riley as platform manager, 1896-1901, and as secretary, 1901-1906. From 1905 on he lived at Bear Wallow, Brown County, Indiana. His published works are Columbus and His Monument (1893); The Youth of James Whitcomb Riley (1919); The Maturity of James Whitcomb Riley (1922) and various articles in periodicals.
The James Whitcomb Riley material in the collection includes tour receipts, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, and 1903; letters and copies of letters, 1901-1917, written by Dickey as Riley's secretary and biographer; manuscripts of writings of Dickey about Riley, including an early holograph draft and a revised typescript of "The maturity of James Whitcomb Riley," a complete early holograph draft, a revised partial typescript (Chap. 1-17) and a later typescript of Chap. 18 only of "The Youth of James Whitcomb Riley," a partial early draft and two later typescripts of "Memories of James Whitcomb Riley," a holograph draft of the "Orphant Annie book," five typescripts of "Orphant Annie days," and miscellaneous articles; notes relating to Riley; letters written to Dickey, 1892-1925, primarily related to Dickey's search for material for Riley's biography; an undated "Index to the works of James Whitcomb Riley," by Katherine Josephine Dowling; and an undated bibliography of Riley's writings appearing in newspapers.
Other papers of Dickey in the collection include his diaries, 1885-1896 and 1908; a typescript of "The forest life of Abraham Lincoln;" three typescripts of "The light of Beacon Ridge;" miscellaneous short writings; and scrapbooks.
Also included are autograph books 1872, 1878, and 1879, and scrapbooks of Isabelle E. (White) Dickey, and a "Diary kept first time in crossing the ocean from Glasgow to New York," September 12-October 5, 1879, by J.A. Campbell.
Correspondents represented in the collection are: Charles Follen Adams, George Ade, De Alva Stanwood Alexander, William V. Alexander, William Harvey Allen, John M. Anderson, Everard Jack Appleton, George J. Appleton, William R. Asher, William Woodward Baldwin, Edmund W. Ballentine, John Kendrick Bangs, Waitman Barbe, D.A. Barrackman, John J. Barret, William Oscar Bates, George Bedgood, Henry Augustin Beers, Amos C. Beeson, Anna B. Bensel, Anna C. (Slade) Benson, George Augustus Bicknell, Paul Blouët, Harry Barton Bogg, William J. Bok, Joseph Moore Bowles, Antoinette Bowser, Jackson Boyd, Minnie (Gage) Boyd, Anna Smith Brown, Clara Preston Brown, Marianna Poe Brown, C.N. Browning, William Jennings Bryan, William Lowe Bryan, John Elwood Bundy, Alice (Learned) Bunner, Robert Jones Burdette, Robert Jones Burdette, Jr., James H. Burke, Charles A. Burkhardt, Frances (Hodgson) Burnett, John Burroughs, Richard Burton, A.H. Busch, Clarence Augustus Buskirk, Noble C. Butler, George Washington Cable, D.D. Calkins, Mary E. Cardwill, Robert Edward Carey, Annette (Welling) Carhartt, Hamilton Brakeman Carhartt, Emma Shields (Nunemacher) Carleton, Henry Guy Carleton, Perley Martin Cartmell, Hazel H. Catherwood, James Steele Catherwood, Madison Julius Cawein, John White Chadwick, Edwin Ross Champlin, Jesse D. Chaplin, Joseph Mitchell Chapple, Hobart Chatfield Chatfield Taylor, William Weaver Christman, Grace Giddings (Julian) Clarke, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Robert Joseph Collier, H.L. Collins, William Colby Cooper, Vincent Costello, George Streiby Cottman, John Merle Coulter, William Augustus Croffut, Milton Buckingham Crowell, John A. Curry, John Jay Curtis, f.B. Dalton, Paul Dana, Anne E. Dare, Katherine (Metzel) Debs, Margaret Wade (Campbell) Deland, Mary L. De Lange, May L. Dodds, Nathan Haskell Dole, Thomas Blaine Donaldson, May (Winters) Donnan, Marion Olive (Hansen) Donnelly, A.H. Dooley, Russell Doubleday, James A. Doyle, William Wade Dudley, Robert D. Dumm, Sidney C. Durst, John D. Early, William Crowell Edgar, Henry Eitel, Alma (Martin) Estabrook Ellerbe, Florence (Bennett) Elliott, William Webster Ellsworth, George Herman Ellwanger, William De Lancey Ellwanger, Louis Michael Elshemus, Ann Isabella Emmons, Harry David Williams English, William Eastin English, Francis Anson Evans, Charles Warren Fairbanks, Julia (Sewall) Field, Roswell Martin Field, William Hubbell Fisher, Isobel (Henderson) Reid Floyd, Robert O. Foster, William Dudley Foulke, John Fox, Orange Frazer, Lucy Salome Furman, George W. Gage, Norman Rowland Gale, Hamlin Garland, Thomas George Gentry, Robert Edward Lee Gibson, Jeannette Leonard Gilder, Richard Watson Gilder, Sarah C. Gill, Andrew W. Gillette, Edna Rena Good, Ella (Brown) Page Goodson, Anna Adams Gordon,Emma J. Grafft, George Green, Rose (Mitchell) Gregg, Edwin Atkins Grozier, Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus, Edward Everett Hale, William Thomas Hale, Marion Franklin Ham, Lawrence Hammel, John O. Hardesty, Addison Clay Harris, Evelyn Harris, Lillian Harris, Mary Scott (Ford) Harrison, Russell Benjamin Harrison, William Ross Hartpence, Fred W. Hathaway, George Henry Hathaway, John Milton Hay, John Russell Hayes, William Shakespeare Hays, Daniel McIntyre Henderson, S.R. Henderson, H.C. Henry, Myron Timothy Herrick, Sophia McIlvaine (Bledsoe) Herrick, Frederick A. Hetherington, Ella (Rhoads) Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Benita Lord Hill, Samuel Hill, George C. Hipple, Leigh Mitchell Hodges, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Louis Holstein, Hamilton Holt, Franklin William Hooper, Iman (Mitchell) Hoppin, George Horton, William Rufus Hough, Emily T. (Glasgow) Houston, Edwin B. Howard, William Dean Howells, Elbert Hubbard, J.G. Huel, Rupert Hughes, Tacitus Hussey, Edward F. Hutches, Laurence Hutton, Sir Henry Irving, Joseph Jefferson, Robert Underwood Johnson, Effie Elliott Johnston, Louise (Coffin) Jones, Rosaline (Ewan) Jones, Samuel M. Jones, William Caswell Jones, David Starr Jordan, John M. Judah, A. Ornstein Kaplan, Ida Keaten, Lida Myra Keck, Almon Keefer, Rayner Wickersham Kelsey, Thomas J. Kemp, Mrs. Thomas J. Kemp, James Benjamin Kenyon, Annie W.W. Keyes, Eleanor Talbot Kinkead, William J. Kinsley, Frank Kinsloe, Rudyard Kipling, Samuel Ellsworth Kiser, Joseph Knight, Herman Henry Kohlsaat, Caroline Virginia Krout, Mary Hannah Krout, Clara Elizabeth Laughlin, Elmer Osborn Laughlin, James Duff law, Antoinette D. Leach, James Wideman Lee, Benjamin Franklin Leggett, Julius Augustus Lemcke, Paul Lemperly, Sara Jane (Clarke) Lippincott, John Uri Lloyd, William E. Lockwood, Jacob B. Loehr, Mary Simmerson (Cunningham) Logan, W.W. Loring, Lucius Lybrand, E.D. McCabe, William Gordon McCabe, Margaret Hill McCade, Samuel Sidney McClure, Will M. McConnell, Louise McHenry, Robert McIntyre, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Albert William Macy, William Albines Marine, Martin A. Marks, Julia Marlowe, Edward Sandford Martin, George Martin, Ella L. Marx, Mary Mason, Thomas Lansing Mason, C.F. Mather, Mary E. Mathers, James Newton Matthews, Constance Elizabeth Maud, May Maxim, John M. Maxwell, Mary J. Merrill, M. Belle Miles, Cincinnatus Heine Miller, DeWitt Miller, Elvira Sydnor Miller, Jasper Miller, Polk Miller, William Henry Harrison Miller, M.P. Mitchell, Samuel C. Moffat, Harriet Monroe, Lucy Monroe, Elizabeth (Marine) Moore, Fred A. Moore, O.P. Moore, Frank Marion Morris, Harrison Smith Morris, Edwin Wilson Morse, Louise (Chandler) Moulton, Katharine (Parks) Mulky, Richard Kendall Munkittrick, Frank Andrew Munsey, Libbie E. (Fisher) Murphy, Gilbert D. Murray, Mayme Nelson, Harry Stewart New, Meredith Nicholson, Frank Mellen Nye, Josephine M. Nye, John C. Ochiltree, Mary Boyle O'Reilly, Will S. Otwell, Thomas Nelson Page, Walter Hines Page, Benjamin Strattan Parker, Thomas Brower Peacock, P.H. Peirce, Oran Perry, Dryden William Phelps, William Lyon Phelps, Melville Philips, Ella (Kirby) Piatt, Mary Wright Plummer, James Burton Pond, Ella (Farman) Pratt, R.P. Probasco, Harriet Augusta (Smith) Prunk, Samuel Moffett Ralston, Cora G. Ransier, Laura Ream, Redpath lyceum bureau, Charles M. Relyea, Alonzo Leora Rice, Louise (Parks) Richards, William J. Richards, Isabel Grimes Richey, George Washington Riddle, Hannah (Smythe) Ridpath, Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin, James Whitcomb Riley, Joe Shelby Riley, John Sleek Riley, James Jeffrey Roche, Bruce Rogers, J.W. Roney, J. Ed. Rosch, Olive Rush, Alice (Adams) Russell, Francis Henry Saltus, Howard Saxby, J.J. Schmitt, Emma (Look) Scott, Emmett Jay Scott, Arthur Hawley Scribner, Charles Scribner, May (Wright) Sewall, May Louise Shipp, Vassie R. Shouse, John J. Skinner, John Albert Sleicher, Philetus Smith, William Hawley Smith, Frank Lebby Stanton, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Laura Stedman, Theodore Clement Steele, Evaleen Stein, Fanny (Van de Grift) Stevenson, George Chadwick Stock, George Herbert Stockbridge, Marian Edwards (Tuttle) Stockton, Charles Warren Stoddard, Bram Stoker, James W. Sweely, Frank Sylvester, Clara Moyse Tadlock, Ida Minerva Tarbell, Booth Tarkington, Laurel Louisa (Fletcher) Tarkington, Minnetta Theodora Taylor, Dame Alice Ellen Terry, Edwin P. Thayer, Slason Thompson, Will Henry Thompson, William I. Thomson, William A. Thornburg, Ira Carleton Tichenor, James Bliss Townsend, Oscar Lovell Triggs, John Townsend Trowbridge, Sara Adelaide (Newton) Trowbridge, Anna Spencer Twitchell, Henry Tyrrell, Benjamin Benton Vallentin, Ella Polina Van Alstyne, Janet Van Buskirk, Henry Van Dyke, John William Vawter, William Henry Venable, Etta W. Vilmer, M.E. Vinton, Warren Rollin Voorhis, Henry Lane Wallace, John Wanamaker, Fannie J. Ward, William Haynes Ward, Eugene Fitch Ware, David Warfield, Cy Warman, Gertrude Louise (Paddock), Henry Watterson, Rebecca (Ewing) Watterson, Myra Churchill (Holmes) Webb, Eva Marie Weiler, Barrett Wendell, George Reuben Wendling, Ella (Wheeler) Wilcox, Marshall Pinckney Wilder, David R. Williams, Francis Howard Williams, J.D. Williams, Charles E. Wilson, Erasmus Wilson, Francis Wilson, Oliver Morris Wilson, Robert Burns Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, Helen Maria Winslow, Leila Lindley Witherbee, Caroline (Langton) Wood, Irving Wood, Mary G. Woodshull, Nelly Elart Woodworth, Annie (Dickie) Davis Wright, James Carleton Young, Charles W. Zieber.
Among the Miscellaneous items is a block of unfinished wood, 9 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 1 inches, on which is written in pencil in the hand of John Marcus Dickey a verse in the style of James Whitcomb Riley.
An inventory of the collection is available.
Gift. Mrs. Marcus Dickey, Pensacola, Florida, and Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1951, 1956, 1961
Collection size: 2,161 items