Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Holstein mss., 1892-1916, are personal letters from James Whitcomb Riley, 1849-1916, poet, to Charles Louis Holstein, 1844-1901, lawyer, and Mrs. Magdalena (Nickum) Holstein, -1916, who lived at 528 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. With them Riley lived from 1893 until his death, and so these letters were called the "Lockerbie letters." Included also are some poems by Riley; a letter from Riley to Clara Elizabeth Laughlin, 1873-1941, novelist; two letters from Riley to John R. Nickum; a letter from Young Ewing Allison, 1853-1932, author, to Edmund Henry Eitel; and some printed material.

Fourteen of the Riley letters to the Holsteins were printed in Letters of James Whitcomb Riley, edited by William Lyon Phelps. Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1930 (Lilly PS2706 .A6 1930)

The collection was formerly owned by David Gage Joyce.

Collection size: 124 items

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