Eleanor de la Vergne Risley Papers

MC 485

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Lee Flowers, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

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

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

Louis Freund of Eureka Springs (Carroll County), Arkansas, donated the papers of author Eleanor de la Vergne Risley to Special Collections in December 1983.

Processing Information

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.

Biographical Note

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

Box 1 Folder 1

Biographical papers [includes two photographs]

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1907-1939

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

Poems--Titles "A-B."

Box 4 Folder 3

Poems--Titles "C."

Box 4 Folder 4

Poems--Titles "D-H."

Box 4 Folder 5

Poems--Titles "I-R."

Box 4 Folder 6

Poems--Titles "S-T."

Box 4 Folder 7

Poems--Titles "V-W."

Box 4 Folder 8

Poems--Subtitled "Sketches from the Backwoods."

Box Manuscript Collections Oversize Box Folder MC 485

Photographic portrait


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