Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Jackson, M.W. mss. 1948-1973, consist of the papers of Margaret (Weymouth) Jackson, 1895-1974, author. They include correspondence with editors, educators, literary agents, and children and some of her writings .

Jackson was born on February 11, 1895, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the daughter of George L. Weymouth, 1865-1950, and Martha Stuart (Connell) Weymouth, 1865-l932. In 1897 the family moved to Richill, Missouri, where her father had a printing shop and a daily paper of his own. She graduated from Lake View High School and spent two years at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan in 1900. Her father became the editor of Farm Life and moved his family to Spencer, Indiana, where Jackson did editorial work for her father for a year, then took a position as secretary to the Dean of Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In 1917 she went to Boston to find war-related work, but eventually moved to Chicago to become associate editor of Better Farming. There she met Charles Carter Jackson, l892-l969, and was married on January 10, 1920. That Spring the family settled on a farm in Canada. Her daughter Martha Florence was born on October 7, 1920, and Elizabeth Ann was born on August 6, 1922, but, because of an injury her husband received in the war, farming was impossible and the winters were so severe that they came home again to Spencer, Indiana, where their son Charles Weymouth was born on April 1, 1924. Jackson began writing short articles and poems for farm papers, and in November 1923 the first Katherine stories appeared in Farm Life which ran until December 1925. She wrote novels, short stories, and articles for magazines such as American Magazine, Country Gentleman , Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal , and The Saturday Evening Post. The Jacksons lived for a while in Indianapolis in order to give her children better educational advantages, but returned to Spencer, Indiana, where her husband published a magazine and they had a gift shop. Jackson died on April 4, 1974.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; III. Miscellaneous. An inventory is available.

Among the correspondents in the collection are Jane Bachman, Cesar Lombardi Barber, Marguerite Carter, Elizabeth Christmas, Philip Brewer Daghlian, Ann Louise Davis, Agnes Elpers, Elizabeth M. Garber, Clara Lou M. Gould, Ben Hibbs, Willis Hickam, Václav Hlavatý, Nancy Patterson (Pigott) Kefauver, Milton E. Krents, Elizabeth McFarland, Frances Magdanz, Edward Roscoe Murrow, Harold Ober, Dorothy Olding, Mrs. Lucy Spurgeon, Herman B Wells, William Haute Wiatt, Mary Duncan Wright, and John William Theodore Youngs.

Gift. 1974, 1983

Collection size: 564 items

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