Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Valentine mss., 1917-1947, consist of letters and papers of John Valentine, 1895-1955, businessman, bookseller, and book collector. The John Valentine correspondence in the collection relates in the main to obtaining books and other materials for Valentine's Nicholas Vachel Lindsay collection.

Included also are the following Nicholas Vachel Lindsay letters and papers: three letters, January 4 and 7 and February 26, 1917, from Lindsay to Mrs. Benjamin C. Bachrach of Chicago, relating to arrangements for a March 21, 1917 engagement for him to recite from his poems; a letter of March 27, 1918 to the Poetry editor of the Century Magazine, asking where a certain poem on Artemesia and Mausolus was published; a letter of January 5, 1919, to [William Stanley Beaumont?] Braithwaite, 1878- , editor; a manuscript of Lindsay's poem, "The Song of the Garden Toad" in his hand and carrying his signature; a typewritten manuscript of Lindsay's poem, "The Eyes of Queen Esther, and How They Conquered King Ahasuerus: written for the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Philadelphia and read at their meeting December 8, 1917," carrying corrections in Lindsay's hand; a typescript of his "Tribute to Lincoln's Tutor," copied from the Illinois State Journal, centennial number, 1931, page 23, and a pen sketch by Lindsay entitled "The Circus in the American Sky." A letter of March 21, 1943 to John Valentine from Lindsay's sister, Mrs. Olive (Lindsay) Wakefield, gives biographical data on her brother.

Other correspondents represented in the collection include: Arthur Davison Ficke, Mrs. Elizabeth (Conner) Lindsay (Mrs. Nicholas Vachel Lindsay), Hazleton Spencer, Joel Elias Spingarn, and Bernhardt Wall.

Collection size: 24 items

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