The Eggleston mss., ca. 1882–1885, consist of corrected proofs, plates, a map, articles and photos from the articles of Edward Eggleston, American historian and novelist. Eggleston, the oldest of four children, was born in Vevay, Indiana on December 10, 1837, to Joseph Cary Eggleston and Mary June Craig. The early death of his father, an honor graduate of the College of William and Mary and a locally prominent attorney, left the family in limited financial circumstances. As a result, Edward, always frail and sickly as a child, did not attend college; however, with the assistance of an interested teacher and access to his father's private library, he developed an early interest in becoming a writer. The hallmarks of his works include the use of local color, folk customs, popular superstitions and realism.