Dorys Crow Grover Papers and Collections on Vardis Fisher and Ernest Hemingway, 1965-1995  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Grover, Dorys Crow
Dorys Crow Grover Papers and Collections on Vardis Fisher and Ernest Hemingway
1965-1995 (inclusive)
1.0 linear feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS 120
Correspondence, articles, essays, notes, literary criticism, conference material, and other papers, relating mainly to author Vardis Fisher and his writings. Correspondents include Vardis Fisher and Joseph M. Flora.
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
Telephone: 208-426-3958
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Dorys Crow Grover began her studies of Vardis Fisher as a graduate student at Washington State University in the 1960s. Her Ph.D. dissertation, completed in 1969, was entitled A Study of the Poetry of Vardis Fisher. In 1972 Dr. Grover received an appointment as professor of English at East Texas State University, where she taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in American literature for more than twenty years. Throughout her career she maintained her interest in Vardis Fisher, writing articles and delivering papers about him at professional conferences. She is the author of two books about Fisher, A Solitary Voice: Vardis Fisher; A Collection of Essays (1973) and Vardis Fisher: The Novelist as Poet (1973), a study based upon her Ph.D. dissertation. Her article, "Vardis Fisher: The Antelope People Sonnets" (1974) collected together for the first time all of Fisher's sonnets about the people of the Antelope Hills in eastern Idaho. Professor Grover has also written about Emily Dickinson, James Branch Cabell, and John Graves.

Dorys Crow Grover was born in Pendleton, Oregon, on September 23, 1921. She received a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University in 1951. Before entering graduate school she was editor of her hometown newspaper, The Pendleton Record. Professor Grover retired from East Texas State University in 1993. She divides her time between Texas and her ranch near Pendleton.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Dorys Crow Grover collection consists of approximately one cubic foot of papers dating mainly from 1965 to 1991. Most of the material relates to Professor Grover's studies of Vardis Fisher and his writings.

The Correspondence includes 23 postcards and letters from Fisher to Grover, 1965-1967, discussing his poetry and the influences on his work. Professor Grover submitted drafts of her dissertation for Fisher to read; his comments and corrections are among the letters. Professor Grover also corresponded with other Fisher scholars and with literary journals and publishers.

The Writings of Dorys Crow Grover include variant drafts of several of her articles, some of which were republished in A Solitary Voice. The Writings also contain a tape-recorded lecture on the "Historical Novels of Vardis Fisher," distributed by the educational media firm Everett/Edwards, Inc.

Professor Grover collected critical essays and reviews of Fisher's works by others. Some of those are unpublished papers delivered by Fisher scholars at professional conferences. They, along with published articles and reviews by others, are found in the series Criticism and Reviews of Fisher and His Works. Copyright to these writings remain with their authors.

The collection also contains Conference material (organizational papers, programs, and the like), Notes and Clippings collected by Grover, and slides and photos.

Forms part of the Idaho Writers Archive.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright to the articles, reviews, and papers in Series 6 - Criticism and reviews of Fisher and works - remain with their authors.

Preferred Citation

[item description], Dorys Crow Grover Papers and Collections on Vardis Fisher and Ernest Hemingway, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is divided into seven series: 1. Biographical material about Dorys Crow Grover; 2. Correspondence of Dorys Crow Grover; 3. Writings by Dorys Crow Grover; 4. Conference material; 5. Notes and clippings; 6. Criticism and reviews of Fisher and his works (by others); and 7. Miscellaneous.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  Biographical materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Biographical material on Dorys Crow Grover

2:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Boise State University
1 3
The Cabellian (Julius Rothman and others)
1 4
Caxton Printers (Margaret Pead)
1 5
Everett/Edwards, Inc.
1 6
Everett/Edwards, Inc.: Catalogs
1 7
Fisher, Opal
1 8
Fisher, Vardis
1 9
Flora, Joseph M.
1 10
Kellogg, George
1 11
Kies, Paul P.
1 12
Milton, John
1 13
The Revisionist Press
1 14
Western American Literature (J. Golden Taylor)
1 15

3:  Writings of Dorys Crow GroverReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 16
Dissertation: Miscellaneous items
1 17
Dissertation: Miscellaneous items
1 18
Folklore in Vardis Fisher's Pemmican
1 19
Folklore in Vardis Fisher's Pemmican
1 20
Folklore in Vardis Fisher's Pemmican
1 21
Folklore in Vardis Fisher's Pemmican: Correspondence
1 22
Historical Novels of Vardis Fisher
1 23
Influences Upon the Writings of Vardis Fisher
1 24
Poems by Dorys Crow Grover
1 25
The Poetry of Vardis Fisher
1 26
Vardis Fisher, A Reminiscence
1 27
Vardis Fisher, A Reminiscence: Drafts
1 28
Vardis Fisher and the Critics of Children of God
1 29
Vardis Fisher and the Mormons: Miscellaneous items
1 30
Vardis Fisher: Style (Notes)
1 31
Vardis Fisher, That Man in Idaho Who Writes Books
1 32
Vardis Fisher, That Man in Idaho Who Writes Books
1 33
Vardis Fisher, The Antelope People Sonnets
1 34
Vardis Fisher, The Antelope People Sonnets: Correspondence
1 35
Vardis Fisher, The Novelist as Poet: Front matter
1 36
Vardis Fisher's Theory of Art and Artists
1 37
Vardis Fisher in Retrospect

4:  Conference materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 38
Symposium on the Historical Novel, Washington State University
1 39
American Studies workshops (Idaho)
1 40
Western Literature Association
1 41
Western Literature Association

5:  Notes and clippingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Biographical, Vardis Fisher
2 2
Communism, Vardis Fisher on
2 3
Fisher as Writer-in-Residence, College of Idaho
2 4
Fisher-Schwartz correspondence ( The Bookmark)
1974 September
2 5
House at Hagerman, Idaho
2 6
Influences on Fisher's poetry
2 7
Newspaper columns by Vardis Fisher
2 8
Novels of Vardis Fisher: Testament of Man
2 9
Novels of Vardis Fisher: Tetralogy
2 10
Miscellaneous, Vardis Fisher
2 11
Cabell, James Branch
2 12
Donner Party

6:  Criticism and review of Fisher and his worksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 13
Day, George. City of Illusion: Medieval Morality and Modern History
2 14
Day, George. Dark Bridwell: Vardis Fisher's Frontier Lear
2 15
Flora, Joseph M. Vardis Fisher and James Branch Cabell ( The Cabellian)
2 16
Flora, Joseph M. Vardis Fisher and John Gardner
2 17
Flora, Joseph M. Vardis Fisher and Wallace Stegner: Teacher and Student ( Western American Literature)
2 18
Kellogg, George. First Man of Idaho Letters
2 19
Kellogg, George. Vardis Fisher, by Joseph M. Flora (Book review) ( Western Humanities Review)
2 20
Manfred, Frederick. Newspaper column
2 21
McAllister, Mick. Children of God: Vardis Fisher's Objective Epic
2 22
McAllister, Mick. The Survival of the Blood: Vardis Fisher's The Mothers
2 23
McAllister, Mick. Vardis Fisher's Mormon Heritage
2 24
McAllister, Mick. Vardis Fisher's The Mothers and the Strength of Women in the Pioneer West
2 25
McAllister, Mick. You Can't Go Home: Jeremiah Johnson and the Wilderness
2 26
McMurtry, Larry. [Review of Mountain Man]
2 27
Meldrum, Barbara. ardis Fisher's Antelope People: Pursuing an Elusive Dream
2 28
Morton, Beatrice K. An Early Stage of Fisher's Journey To the East: Passions Spin the Plot
2 29
Morton, Beatrice K. Fisher's In Tragic Life: The American Novel?
2 30
Morton, Beatrice K. Forgive Us Our Virtues: Fisher's Enigmatic Novel
2 31
Sonnichsen, C.L. Vardis Fisher and the WLA [Western Literature Association] ( South Dakota Review)
2 32
Stouck, David. The Art of the Mountain Man Novel
2 33
Taber, Ronald W. Vardis Fisher: New Directions in the Western Novel ( Western American Literature)
2 34
Taber, Ronald W. Vardis Fisher.
2 35
Thomas, Alfred K. The Epic of Evolution, Its Etiology And Art: A Study of Vardis Fisher's Testament of Man (Notes)
2 36
Willmuth, Ray. Marriages Made in Heaven: A View of Polygamy in Vardis Fisher's Children of God
2 37
Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West
2 38
Idaho: A Guide in Word and Picture
2 39
Mountain Man
2 40

7:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 41
2 42
2 43
2 44

AdditionReturn to Top

This addition, donated by Professor Grover in 1996, relates mainly to Ernest Hemingway.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Correspondence relating to Ernest Hemingway
3 2
"Ernest Hemingway's Last Home" [Ketchum, Idaho], by Dorys Grover (essay)
3 3
Miscellaneous writings on Hemingway by Dorys C. Grover
3 4
Course material and examinations about Hemingway
3 5
Clippings about Hemingway and Cuba
1965-1967 undated
3 6
Clippings about Hemingway family members
3 7
Clippings about Ketchum, Idaho
3 8
Articles about the Hemingway papers, John F. Kennedy Library
3 9
Photos by Dorys C. Grover of Ketchum sites
3 10
Miscellaneous other correspondence

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Fisher, Vardis, 1895-1968--Correspondence
  • Fisher, Vardis, 1895-1968--Criticism and interpretation
  • Flora, Joseph M.--Correspondence
  • Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961