Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Waddell mss., ca. 1944-1987, consist of primarily the World War II correspondence between geologist (Byron) Courtney Waddell and his fiancée and then wife, Australian-born Lola Yvonne Line.

Born in Indianapolis, Waddell attended Indiana University, earning a B.A. in Geology in 1938, an M.A. in 1949 and his Ph.D. in 1952. He was a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, an honorary and professional geology fraternity and Scabbard and Blade, a national honorary military fraternity.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Legal Documents; III. Memorabilia; IV. Miscellaneous; V. Writings.

Correspondence includes letters from Lola Yvonne Line to Courtney Waddell. Legal Documents include immigrations and army records, as well as deeds and wills. Memorabilia includes photographs and greeting cards. Writings include "A Product of the Land Down Under," by Lola Yvonne Line, and Geology and Economic Resources of the Shelburn, Fairbanks, Hutton, and Pimento Quadrangles, by Courtney Waddell.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2005

Collection size: 300 items

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