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James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)


The personal papers of James Whitcomb Riley are located in a variety of manuscript collections in the Lilly Library. The bulk of his writings and personal correspondence are found in the Riley mss. Links to descriptions of this collection and other related collections are listed to the right.

Hundreds of Riley's books are listed in IUCAT, the online catalog of the IU Libraries. Select "Blmgtn - Lilly Library (B-LILLY)" to limit your search to the holdings of the Lilly Library.

A list of clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, and other ephemera is found in the collection inventory, Riley, James Whitcomb -- Miscellaneous uncataloged materials.

On the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Library produced the online exhibition, "...and touch the universal heart." The Appeal of James Whitcomb Riley. The exhibition explores James Whitcomb Riley's impact on American society and 19th century literary world.

Contact the Lilly Library Public Services Deparment for more information about materials in the Lilly Library related to James Whitcomb Riley.

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