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Emmett Langdon Avery Papers, 1947-1962
- Avery, Emmett Langdon, 1903-1970.
- Emmett Langdon Avery Papers
- 1947-1962 (inclusive)19471962
- 0.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box)
- Collection Number
- Cage 121 (collection)
- Correspondence, research notes, drafts and other papers of Emmett Langdon Avery related to his research on poet Vachel Lindsay and his residence in Spokane, Washington.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Emmett Langdon Avery (1903-1970), professor of English at Washington State University, conducted extensive research about a particular period during the life of American poet Nicholas Vachel Lindsay. Avery was interested in a time during the 1920s when Lindsay moved to Spokane, where he lived for several years. Avery published three articles on the subject, in 1949, 1957, and 1962.
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born on November 19, 1879, in Springfield Illinois. He attended Ohio's Hirman College, the Chicago Institute of Art, and the New York School of Art. Upon leaving school he toured for several years, both being supported by his parents and bartering his own work or poetry for room and board. Vachel Lindsay moved to Spokane, Washington in July of 1924, and lived there until 1929. It was there that he met and married Elizabeth Conner. He died at his home in Springfield, Illinois on December 5, 1931.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Correspondence, research notes, drafts and other papers of Washington State University professor Emmett Langdon Avery related to his research on poet Vachel Lindsay and his residence in Spokane, Washington.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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Emmett Langdon Avery Papers, 1947-1962 (Cage 121)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||1|| "Vachel Lindsay in Spokane, 1924-1929." [a 3
p. mimeographed chronology of Lindsay's career in Spokane with research
queries and responses in manuscript]
|1||1||"Vachel Lindsay's 'Poem-Games' in Spokane."
Reprinted from Research Studies, 30:3, September, 1962. 109-114.
|1||1||"Vachel Lindsay in Spokane." [drafts, carbons
and manuscripts] Letter to Edith R. Mirrielees, editor, The Pacific
Spectator, May 2, 1949, submitting essay: Vachel Lindsay in Spokane.
|1||2|| Letters received re: Vachel Lindsay, 1947,
1949. Correspondents: Anita Schnebly, Elizabeth C. Lindsay, Henry A. Pierce,
E.O. James, Radford Kuykendall, George H. Greenwood, Russell W. Davenport,
Walter Blair, Edith C. Haight, Lenore Offord, Helen L. Hawkins, H.G.
Merriam. Included is a copy of a chatty letter from Vachel Lindsay to E.
Olan James, January 21, 1927. 4 p. typescript.
|1||3|| Letters sent re: Vachel Lindsay, 1947, 1949.
Correspondents: B. H. Kizer, George H. Greenwood, Mrs. R.W. Schnebly, Fabian
Smith, Charles A. Pease, H.G. Merriam, E.O. James, Mrs. Hannah Hawkins,
George Greenwood, Mrs. H. R. Offord, Walter Blair, Edith Haight, Russel
Davenport, Henry Pierce, Mrs. Elizabeth Lindsay. [Generally carbons of form
letters requesting information.]
|1||4||Program, April 23, 1926, "Vachel Lindsay in a
recital of his poems," Kalamazoo, Michigan.
[2 1eaves, portrait]
|1||5|| Baily, Joe. "Vachel Lindsay's Spokane visit."
Clipping, Spokesman-Review, Inland Empire Magazine, April 15,
1 leaf, illustrated
|1||5||Brochure, The Vachel Lindsay Association,
Springfield, Illinois, undated.
2 leaves, illustrated
|1||5||Lindsay, Vachel. "On the building of
Springfield." [no publisher listed], undated
4 leaves, folio, portrait
|1||5||"King Solomon, King Soloman, Bowing mos'
politely, we were the oxen".
1 leaf, Torn scrap of manuscript sheet music, words and music in pencil.
|1||6||Research notes for "Vachel Lindsay in
approximately 150 leaves, manuscript
|1||7|| Lindsay, Vachel. "Harriet Monroe, high
priestess of new poetry, will talk here." Spokesman-Review. 1926 March 14.
|1||7||Williams, Bob. [List of Lindsay's articles in
the Chronicle, 1928-1929] May 22, 1967.
Note- The text of the columns plus commentary on them and Lindsay's residence in Spokane is available in: Gilliland, Marshall. Vachel Lindsay: Poet and newspaper columnist in Spokane, 1924-1929. Pullman, WSU American Studies, 1968. (Thesis)
|1||8||Lindsay, Vachel. [Selected poems. Phonodisc]
Vachel Lindsay reading his poem[s] [New York] Columbia University Press,
1932. (Columbia University Phonograph Record no. 1-3) Originally recorded
for William Cabell Greet from the author's Selected Poems (Macmillan, 1931).
Also phonotape, (transcription)
3 s. 9 1/2 in. 78 rpm. ; 1 reel (5 in.) 3 3/4 ips
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Authors, American -- 20th century -- Homes and haunts -- Washington (State) -- Spokane.
- Avery, Emmett Langdon, 1903-1970 -- Archives.
- Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931 -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931 -- Homes and haunts -- Washington (State) -- Spokane.