The Valentine-Masters mss., 1915-1944, consist of businessman, bookseller, and collector, with Edgar Lee Masters, 1869-1950, poet; correspondence of Valentine and other persons relating to Masters; letters of Masters to Mr. Van de Weyde, April 12, 1921, Norman G. Wells, November 28, 1938, and James A. Decker (10 letters), 1941; mss. printers' copies of Masters' "Illinois Poems," which was published by the Press of James A. Decker in Prairie City, Illinois, in 1941, and his "Along the Illinois," published by the same press in 1942; and the last three lines of "Joseph Dixon" in Masters' hand and carrying his signature, dated October 7, 1915, and published in Masters' Spoon River Anthology (New York, Macmillan, 1915), p. 228.
The letters in the collection relate to Masters' writings, to the sale of the mss. of his works and to their publication. Correspondents represented in addition to Masters and Valentine are Lloyd Emerson Siberell and David Anton Randall.
The printers' copy of "Along the Illinois" lacks the following poems: "Invulnerable Earth," "Judge Mallory," "Cicada," "Cricket in the Kitchen," "Cherry Blossoms by Lake Michigan," and "Spring Lake Village."
Collection size: 25 items