Lloyd Jensen Collection on Vardis Fisher, 1914-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Lloyd Jensen Collection on Vardis Fisher
Dates
1914-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 linear feet, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS 269
Summary
Postcards (1953-1958) to Lloyd and Charlotte Jensen from Vardis and Opal Fisher; together with journal articles, essays, and newspaper columns by Fisher; a collection of autographed editions of Fisher's books inscribed to the Jensens, one that includes a handwritten sonnet; reviews of Fisher's books; book catalogs; newspaper clippings and other secondary works about him; and photos and other Fisher-related memorabilia, all collected by Jensen.
Repository
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
83725
Telephone: 208-426-3958
archives@boisestate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.

Languages
English


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The Lloyd Jensen Collection of Vardis Fisher materials at Boise State University constitutes an important resource for the study of Vardis Fisher and his writings. Included in the collection are approximately 50 postcards (1953-1958) to Lloyd and Charlotte Jensen from Vardis and Opal Fisher, written mainly from Europe, the Middle East, and New York City, during the Fishers' travels; together with journal articles, essays, and newspaper columns by Fisher; a collection of autographed editions of Fisher's books inscribed to the Jensens, one that includes a handwritten sonnet; reviews of Fisher's books; catalogs from used books dealers offering Fisher's works; newspaper clippings and other secondary works about him; and photos and other Fisher-related memorabilia, all collected by Jensen.

Vardis Fisher (1895-1968) was one of Idaho's most prolific authors. Best known for his historical novels, Fisher wrote or edited 37 books, including a volume of poetry, a collection of short stories, and the highly-praised Idaho state guide (1937). He also wrote more than 50 short stories and essays for magazines as diverse as Scribner's, Esquire, and Rocky Mountain Review, as well as numerous articles for Idaho newspapers. He was still an active writer at the time of his death.

The Lloyd Jensen collection forms part of the University's Idaho Writers Archive. The collection was processed by Erin Passehl, 2009-2010.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Lloyd Jensen was born July 24, 1914, at Joplin Montana, a son of Henry and Erma Jensen. The family moved to Gooding, Idaho, in 1917, and then to the Hagerman valley in 1925 to the Triple J Ranch at the north end of the valley bordered by the Snake River and Malad River. He graduated from Hagerman High in 1932 and was married to Erma Kiser in 1937. They operated Lloyd's Café in Hagerman from 1937 to 1944. They were divorced in 1944. After service two years in the Army Air Corps, he was discharged in 1946 and took over the Rock Lodge Motel and Store from his father. He lived there for 13 years with his family in the home he and his second wife Charlotte built on Billingsley Creek. In 1960 he moved to Elko, Nevada, where he owned and operated a Phillips 66 truck stop and café and was a building contractor. He then moved back to Hagerman in 1966. Charlotte died that same year. He was a real estate broker in the valley for 17 years. He married Mary Sullivan Knox in 1970. They ran Idaho State Bank and established two more branches, including the local bank in Hagerman. They were divorced in 1979. He married Alice Jewett in 1980 and they lived on Gridley Island, south of Hagerman, for over 10 years. He died October 7, 1990, survived by his wife Alice (deceased 2008), son Robert Jensen of Richland, Washington (deceased 2007); four daughters, Sidney Bokovoy of Hagerman; Kaye Jensen Nubel of La Quinta, CA; Charlotte Ray Triplet of Roseville, CA; and Joan Vliet of Hagerman.

It was always Lloyd Jensen's hope that one day Vardis Fisher would be acknowledged for his invaluable contributions to literature. It was this dedication that was the inspiration to assemble and donate the Lloyd Jensen Fisher Collection. Perhaps future generations will come to appreciate the unique wisdom, talents, and insights of Vardis Fisher.

Lloyd Jensen and Vardis Fisher were friends for over 30 years. They became friends shortly after Fisher moved to the Hagerman Valley in the early 1940's. Jensen owned the Rock Lodge north of Hagerman and built a home there on Billingsley Creek. They helped each other build houses and landscape them. They loved to argue with one another and share more than a drink or two. Over the years Lloyd Jensen collected several hundred books, pamphlets, post cards from Fisher, and other memorabilia. He was an avid reader and had read all of Fisher's books. Fans of Fisher often stopped by to buy and sell books, visit with him, and exchange stories. He collected Fisher books and memorabilia until he died in the fall of 1990 at age 76.

There was a time, after Fisher died and his wife Opal left their home in the Hagerman Valley and moved to Boise, that the home and its contents were being vandalized. Jensen worried about the manuscripts and books that were being neglected and destroyed and the importance of all this information to Fisher's legacy. He boxed up the items he was able to salvage and sent them to Opal in Boise in order that his friend's work could be saved for future generations.

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Preferred Citation

[item description], Lloyd Jensen Collection on Vardis Fisher, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Kaye Jensen and Vardis Fisher
1964
1 2
Lloyd Jensen and Archie Teater
1 3
Lloyd Jensen and Vardis Fisher (Friends of Fisher subscription list)
1 4
J.H. Gipson (Caxton Printers), Ervin Mueller, and Vardis Fisher
1938-1939
1 5
Lloyd Jensen and “Authors of the West”
1974-1984

Book AnnouncementsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 6
“Children of God” (Harper Prize)
1 7
"Gold Rushes and Mining Camps”
1 8
“In Tragic Life” announcement, reviews
1 9
“Testament of Man” Series

Bookseller ListsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 10
Lloyd Jensen
1975-1990
1 11
Casanova with preface by Vardis Fisher
1933-1934
1 12
Sage Books (Alan Swallow)
1962
2
10 Paperback Novels by Vardis Fisher

NewspapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 13
“Vardis Fisher Says” newspaper column
1951-1952
1 14
Newspaper articles written by Vardis Fisher
1 15
Newspaper articles about Vardis Fisher
1968–

Personalized materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 16
Lloyd Jensen bookplates, Vardis Fisher writing tablet and address labels

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 17
Photographs of Vardis Fisher, Lloyd Jensen, and Fisher extended family

ProgramsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 18
Western Heritage Awards
1966
1 19
Writer’s Conference (University of Utah, 1953) [signed]
2 1
“Jeremiah Johnson” movie premiere program, tickets, oversize poster

Postcard scrapbookReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 2-3
Approximately 50 postcards to Lloyd and Charlotte Jensen from Vardis and Opal Fisher, written mainly from Europe, the Middle East, and New York City, during the Fishers' travels.
1953-1958

Journals and other publications with articles written by Vardis FisherReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
3
“As Death is Lonely.” Northwest Review 2 (Summer 1959): 71-79.
3
“Crime and the Great Society”. A Way Out 23 (October 1967): 47.
3
“The Failure of Public Education in a Democracy”. PNLA Quarterly 25 (January 1961): 102-110.
3
“Father and Son.” Inland (Autumn 1959): 3-11.
3
“The Great Pemmican Hunt: Or, the Decline of the Wild West.” Doubleday and Company Press Release (June 1956).
3
Printed handout on Fisher residence.
3
“The Lingering Frontier”. The Rotarian 108 (April 1966): 42-45.
3
“The Novelist and His Background”. Western Folklore 12 (January 1953): 1-8.
3
“Postscript on Maturity.” Inland (Winter 1960): 31-32.
3
“Shoshone Indian Ice Caves.” Pamphlet.
3
“The Storm”. ’47 The Magazine of the Year 1 (March 1947): 7-13. [inscribed and signed on cover by Vardis Fisher]
3
“Thousand Springs Valley”. Scenic Idaho 7 (third quarter 1952): 8-11, 25, 34.
3
“Vardis Fisher Comments on His ‘Testament of Man’ Series”. American Book Collector 14 (September 1963): 31-36.
3
“Vardis Fisher News.” Caxton Printers, 1934.
3
“The Western Writer and the Eastern Establishment”. Western American Literature 1 (Winter 1967): 244-259. [inscribed and signed by Vardis Fisher, front cover signed by wife Opal]
3
The Glory of Our West: See the West in Natural Color with Famous Authors and Photographers. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1952. [inscribed and signed on cover by Vardis Fisher]
3
Ingraham, Andrew. Chaucer’s Prologue, Knight’s Tale, and Nin’s Priest Tale. New York: Macmillan Company, 1915. [inscribed and signed on cover by Vardis Fisher, filled with his handwritten notes]
3
“Salmon River Mines.” Idaho Yesterdays 6 (Spring 1962): 40-48. [contains notes by Vardis Fisher]
3
Swallow, Alan. “On the Testament of Man.” Inland (Autumn 1959): 25-28.
3
Taber, Ronald W. “Vardis Fisher: New Directions for the Historical Novel.” Western American Literature (Winter 1967): 285-296. [front cover signed by Fisher’s wife, Opal]
3
Vizetelly, Frank H. The Preparation of Manuscripts for the Printer. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1905. [inscribed and signed by Vardis Fisher]

Journals and other publications with articles written about Vardis FisherReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
4
Arrington, Leonard J. and Jon Haupt. “The Mormon Heritage of Vardis Fisher.” Brigham Young University Studies 18 (Fall 1977): 27-47.
4
Authors of the West Bookseller and Catalog. Dundee, Oregon. [Catalog numbers 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19].
4
Carmer, Carl. “Passionate Traders (Pemmican)”. Saturday Review (June 23, 1956): 16.
4
Chatterton, Wayne. "Vardis Fisher: The Frontier and Regional Works." Western Writers Series, Boise State University (1972)
4
Crandall, Allen. Fisher of the Antelope Hills. Manhattan, Kan.: The Crandall Press, 1949.
4
Fisher, Opal. “Vardis Fisher Memorial”. The Cabellian 3 (Autumn 1970): 25-27.
4
Fisher, V.E. “Psychic Shock Treatment for Early Schizophrenia.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 14 (April 1944): 358-367. [reprinted; author is brother Vivian]
4
Flora, Joseph M. “The Early Power of Vardis Fisher.” American Book Collector 14 (September 1963): 15-19.
4
Flora, Joseph M. “Vardis Fisher and James Branch Cabell: A Postscript”. The Cabellian 3(Autumn 1970): 7-9.
4
Flora, Joseph M. “Vardis Fisher and Wallace Stegner: Teacher and Student”. Western American Literature 5 (Summer 1970): 121-128.
4
Foote, Ellis. “The Unholy Testator”. American Book Collector 14 (September 1963): 9-12.
4
Hayden, Carl E. Western Writers and Sportsmen. Salt Lake: The Valley Press, 1949. [Limited first edition, nos. 63, 66, 69].
4
Holmes, Opal Laurel. “Once in a Wifetime”. American Book Collector 14 (September 1963): 13-14.
4
Holmes, Opal Laurel. “Vardis Fisher was Not a Mormon.” Press release, 1979.
4
Hutchens, John K. “One Thing and Another”. Saturday Review (August 10, 1968): 31.
4
“Idaho Individualist”. Arts and Sciences (Spring 1962): 9-12.
4
“Idaho Individualist”. MD (Medical Anthropology) 5 (November 1961): 143-146.
4
Kellogg, George. The Bookmark. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho Library, 1965.
4
Margarick, P. “Vardis Fisher and His Testament of Man”. American Book Collector 14 (September 1963): 20-24.
4
Mazzulla, Fred M. “Undue Process of Law Here and There”. Denver Westerners Monthly Roundup 20 (October 1964): 3-5. [Fisher mentioned in article on p. 4]
4
McConnell, Virginia. “Alan Swallow and Western Writers.” South Dakota Review 5 (Summer 1967): 88-97.
4
Milton, John R. Three West: Conversations with Vardis Fisher, Max Evans, Michael Straight. Vermillion, S.D.: Dakota Press, 1970.
4
Offutt, Andrew. “Orphan With a Gun.”
4
Swallow, Alan. “Alan Swallow Interviews Vardis Fisher on his Testament Series.”
4
Swallow, Alan. “Poetry of the West.” South Dakota Review (Autumn 1964): 77-87.
4
Taber, Ronald W. “Sacagawea and the Suffragettes: an interpretation of a myth”. Pacific Northwest Quarterly 58 (January 1967): 7-13.
4
Taber, Ronald W. “Vardis Fisher and the Idaho Guide: Preserving Culture for the New Deal”. Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 59 (April 1968): 68-76.
4
Taber, Ronald W. “Vardis Fisher: March 31, 1895-July 9, 1968”. Idaho Yesterdays 12 (Fall 1968): 2-8.
4
Vardis Fisher: A Critical Summary With Notes on His Life and Personality. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1939.
4
“The Western Novel: A Symposium”. South Dakota Review 2 (Autumn 1964): 19-23.