Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Melcher mss., 1913-1957, consist of correspondence of Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931, poet, his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth (Conner) Lindsay, 1901-1954, and his sister, Mrs. Olive (Lindsay) Wakefield, with Frederic Gershom Melcher, 1879-1963, editor, and his wife, Mrs. Marguerite (Fellows) Melcher. A few other letters and papers relating to Nicholas Vachel Lindsay are included.

The letters relate to Lindsay's writings, lectures, friends, personal and family affairs, and biographies. Included also are copies of Lindsay's "Manifesto: the new poem games with a word about the Spencerian games," January 6, 1927; his "Announcement of a programme of poem-games and dramas for impromptu actors at the Little Theatre"; his "The western bookseller convention"; Frederic Gershom Melcher's "Vachel Lindsay: an account of a friendship recorded from memoirs," August 1957; and Mrs. Olive (Lindsay) Wakefield's "Vachel Lindsay and the American soul: notes for the talks I gave to many colleges from 1935-'44."

For the printed letters see Doris M. Reed, "Letters of Vachel Lindsay in the Lilly Library at Indiana University," in the Indiana University Bookman, December, 1960, pp. 21-63.

Collection size: 134 items

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