Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Risley, Eleanor De La Vergne, 1867-1945
- Eleanor de la Vergne Risley Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- ca 1895-1945
- MC 485
- 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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No Use Restrictions Apply.
No Interlibrary Loan.
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
Louis Freund of Eureka Springs (Carroll County), Arkansas, donated the papers of author Eleanor de la Vergne Risley to Special Collections in December 1983.
Processed by Anthony J. Wappel, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January 1989.
Preferred Form of Citation
Eleanor de la Vergne Risley Papers (MC 485), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.
Eleanor de la Vergne Risley (1868-1945) was born to Philip Stanton Doss and Anne de la Vergne in Nashville, Tennessee. Risley spent most of her youth in Brownington, Missouri, but also lived in Tennessee and California. At the turn of the century, she married her first husband, Allan Douglas Risley, and settled in Kansas City. Ten years later, the Risleys moved to Nevada, Missouri, where they lived in an abandoned orchard. This place inspired Risley to write her book, An Abandoned Orchard, published in 1932. From Nevada, Missouri, the Risleys moved to Fairhope, Alabama, where they traveled extensively throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee; these travels inspired her book, The Road to Wildcat, published in 1930.
In 1926, Risley moved to the then-booming city of Phoenix, Arizona. Seeking quieter surroundings, she decided to return to the South. Risley finally settled in Ink (Polk County), Arkansas, a small village near Mena, where she wrote the abovementioned books, as well short stories, plays, and poetry. Around 1939, Risley moved to Eureka Springs (Carroll County). Until her death in 1945, Risley was a focal point for artists and writers who lived in Eureka Springs.
Scope and Content Note
The papers contain handwritten and typed manuscript fragments of Risley's unpublished novels, short stories, plays, and poems. Except for a novel, The Jackson Family, a few plays, and several poems, the papers do not contain a complete version of any of Risley's writings. Most of the manuscripts are not dated but they appear to be from the 1895-1935 time period. Note that Risley often used the pen name Dosia Philips.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:
|Box 1||Folder 1||
Biographical papers [includes two photographs]
|Box 1||Folder 2||
|Box 1||Folder 3-4||
Novel --The Jackson Family, [complete typed version]
|Box 1||Folder 5-6||
Novel --The Jackson Family, typed fragments
|Box 2||Folder 1-4||
Novel --The Sheep's Wall, typed fragments
|Box 2||Folder 5-6||
Novel --A Summer At Grassy Cove, typed fragments; missing chapter 3
|Box 3||Folder 1-2||
Novel --The Time of Lighted Lamps, typed fragments.
|Box 3||Folder 3-4||
Novel --The Time of Lighted Lamps, handwritten fragments.
|Box 3||Folder 5||
Novel -- untitled, about God, man, and spirituality, typed and handwritten fragments.
|Box 3||Folder 6||
Short Stories -- Titles "B-O."
|Box 3||Folder 7||
Short Stories -- Titles "P-W."
|Box 3||Folder 8||
Short Stories -- Subtitled "From the Backwoods."
|Box 3||Folder 9||
Short Stories -- miscellaneous typed fragments.
|Box 3||Folder 10||
Short Stories -- miscellaneous handwritten fragments.
|Box 4||Folder 1||
Plays--"Christmas Eve and the Wishing Cap," "Lurene of the Mountains," and miscellaneous fragments.
|Box 4||Folder 2||
|Box 4||Folder 3||
|Box 4||Folder 4||
|Box 4||Folder 5||
|Box 4||Folder 6||
|Box 4||Folder 7||
|Box 4||Folder 8||
Poems--Subtitled "Sketches from the Backwoods."
|Box Manuscript Collections Oversize Box||Folder MC 485||
END OF COLLECTION