Inez Puckett McEwen Papers, 1885-1985  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
McEwen, Inez Puckett
Title
Inez Puckett McEwen Papers
Dates
1885-1985 (inclusive)
Quantity
16 containers., (8 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 48
Summary
Diaries, correspondence, and manuscripts of Puckett's books.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Inez Puckett McEwen, 1899-1987, was born in Oyens, Iowa. Her parents then moved to Wyoming, Idaho, and California while she was still a child. McEwen went to school in California, attending USC, Pomona, and Scripps, and earning a B.A. in dramatics and also winning an art scholarship. After her formal education, she became a newspaper reporter and feature writer, radio reporter and private speech instructor. She also taught school both in California and later in Alaska. In 1943 McEwen moved to a ranch in Idaho with her husband and it was there that she wrote the popularly acclaimed book, So This Is Ranching. She also wrote scripts for a serial program, "Hodgepodge," that ran on a Twin Falls radio station. McEwen also spent the early 1960s in Somalia, Africa from where she penned her impressions of a culture different from her own. Moving in circles with regional writers, McEwen became acquainted with Vardis Fisher, the Idaho novelist. Apparently the two became romantically involved, as suggested by correspondence included in the papers.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Izez Puckett McEwen consist largely of McEwen's writings, correspondence, journals, and memorabilia.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 48, Inez Puckett McEwen Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The collection is organized in eight series: Career, Correspondence, Journals, Manuscripts, Miscellaneous, Newsclippings, Writings, and Added Materials (2010).

The Career series is one folder materials pertinent to McEwen's career as an author, particularly the promotion of So This Is Ranching.

The Correspondence series contains McEwen's letters including a group mailed from her African experience as well as some relevant to her relationship with Vardis Fisher.

The Journals are penned by McEwen and commence when she was still in her teens. These copious writings make up a large part of the collection inasmuch as McEwen chronicled her life well into her senior years.

The Manuscripts series is also lengthy and includes the professional writing that McEwen completed for both publication and radio broadcast.

The Miscellaneous series includes historic photographs from Idaho and also two photograph albums and one autograph album which belonged to McEwen's father Nelson Crowell Puckett.

The Newsclippings series contains miscellaneous clippings that McEwen complied and includes a file on Vardis Fisher. The Writings series includes work from both McEwen and several other individuals including her father Nelson Puckett, who penned his life story. McEwen's early prose is included in this series, as well as a limited verse.

The added material includes correspondence with Caxton Printers, Washington State University, and others, primarily concerning McEwen's writing; a folder of letters from McEwen to the Hicks family; and McEwen's journals from 1966 to 1985.

Acquisition Information

Inez Puckett McEwen donated her papers to Washington State University in three installments, in 1959, 1960, and 1968. Her daughter, Shannon M. Foster, donated additional materials in 1995 and 2010 (MS.2010.28), and her grandson, Craig Foster, donated additional materials in 2016 (MS.2016.28). In 2010, Joan English donated the letters from McEwen to the Hicks family (folder 91).

Processing Note

Jean Johnson processed the collection in 1995.

Related Materials

Related material is included in the Vardis Fisher Papers, 1922-1970 ( Cage 229).


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: CareerReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Inez Puckett
1945-1958

Series 2: CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Caxton/Fisher/Etc.
1948-1970
1 3
Craig, La Vivd
1979
1 4
Fan Mail
1947-1952
1 5
Keeley, Henry (Educator in Southern California)
1945-1949
1 6
Miscellaneous
1941-1980
1 7
Somali
1960-1965
2 8
Washington State University
1960-1980

Series 3: JournalReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 9
1913
2 10
1916
2 11
1917
2 12
1918
3 13
1918-1919
3 14
1919
3 15
1932-1933
3 16
1933-1934
3 17
1934
4 18
1935
4 19
1936
4 20
1936-1938
4 21
1938
4 22
1938-1939
4 23
1939-1940
4 24
1940
5 25
1941
5 26
1941-1942
5 27
1942-1943
5 28
1943-1944
5 29
1944
6 30
1945-1946
6 31
1946-1949
6 32
1950-1952
6 33
1952-1953
6 34
1953-1954
6 35
1955-1956
6 36
1956
7 37
1957-1958
7 38
1958-1959
7 39
1959
7 40
1960
7 41
1960-1962
7 42
1961
7 43
1961-1962
7 44
1962
8 45
1962-1963
8 46
1963
8 47
1963-1964
8 48
1964
8 49
1964-1965
9 50
1969
9 51
1970
9 52
1970-1971
9 53
1971
9 54
1972
10 55
1973
10 56
1973-1982
10 57
1975
10 58
1976
10 59
1982

Series 4: ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
McEwen, Inez Puckett
Box Folder
11 60
Hodgepodge
1954 and undated
11 61
Lend Me Your Ears
1956
12 62
Lend Me Your Ears, draft
undated
12 63
Love Comes But Once, or For Sinners Only, draft
undated
12 64
Miscellaneous
undated
13 65
Railroad Baby
1961
13 66
So This Is Ranching
1941

Series 5: MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
13 67
Autograph Book, Puckett, Nelson Crowell
1885
13 68
Old-time South Idaho Pictures
1906-1955 and undated
Photograph Album, Puckett, Nelson Crowell
Box Folder
14 69
1916-1921
14 70
1918-1920

Series 6: NewsclippingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
14 71
McEwen, Inez Puckett
1946-1955
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
14 72
on Vardis Fisher
1968-1978
14 73
1979 and undated

Series 7: WritingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 74
Bryant, Rose
1932 and undated
McEwen, Inez Puckett
Box Folder
15 75
Editorial
1960
15 76
Miscellaneous
undated
15 77
Note of Old-time Telegraph Operator for Use in Railroad Baby
undated
15 78
Notes on Teaching at Clark County High School, Dubois, Idaho
1957-1958
15 79
Vardis Fisher As I Knew Him
undated
15 80
Verses
1915-1923
Box Folder
15 81
Mildred
1975
Puckett, Inez
Box Folder
15 82
Sunshine and Shadows
1915
15 83
1911
Box Folder
15 84
Puckett, Nelson Crowell
undated
Smith, Bess Foster
Box Folder
15 85
The Family Album
1968
15 86
Just Kid Talk
1981
15 87
Woman Talk
1978

Series 8: Added material (correspondence and journals)Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
16 88
Caxton Printers
16 89
Washington State University
16 90
Others
16 91
Letters from Inez Puckett McEwen to the Hicks family
1961-1985 and undated
16 92-98
Journals (7 volumes)
1966-1985

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • McEwen, Inez Puckett --Archives (creator)
  • Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850

Occupations

  • Authors, American -- 20th century--Correspondence