Constance Wagner Papers Addendum

MC 838a

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Lori Neumeier, 2010.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Wagner, Constance, 1903-1984
Constance Wagner Papers
Inclusive Dates
MC 838a
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email 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

The Constance Wagner Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas libraries on August 6, 2006 by Joan W. Teller of Tacoma, Washington.

Processing Information

Processed by William J. Bludworth; completed in November 2009.

Note: This finding aid was previously published under the title "MC 1599," and the title was corrected in June 2017.

Preferred Form of Citation

Constance Wagner Papers (MC 838a) Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citations Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Constance Wagner was born Florence Clare Reynolds on February 12, 1903 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She finished high school in Chicago, Illinois and changed her name to Constance. She also attended art school in Chicago. She married William Roscoe Cassady, a World War I vet, on May 4, 1922. They had three children; Clare Chickering Cassady (December 15, 1922), Kevin Mackenzie Cassady (January 14, 1925), and David Beals Cassady (December 15, 1926). They divorced in 1937 and Constance took a job at a newspaper clipping service to support the children.

Constance married Edward Eldon Wagner, a commercial artist, on October 25, 1938. They had one child, Joan Constance Wagner, born on May 28, 1940. In 1942 they moved to Eureka Springs, Carroll County, Arkansas. Unable to find enough work in Arkansas, they moved back to Chicago in 1953. Edward died of cardiac arrest on June 28, 1958.

In 1960, Constance moved back to Eureka Springs and married Don West, a writer. They divorced in 1962 and Constance started work as a slide curator for the University of Arkansas Art Department.

In 1965 she moved to Norman, Oklahoma and worked on the editorial staff of the journal Books Abroad at the University of Oklahoma. In 1970 Constance lost her job and moved back to Fayetteville. In 1979 she moved to San Leandro, California to be closer to her children and grand children. Constance Wagner died on June 21, 1984 and her ashes were scattered in Eureka Springs.

Scope and Content Note

Materials include correspondence between from Vance Randolph, assorted poetry by Vance and Glenn Ward Randolph, an unfinished short story by Belschnickel, KarlKarl Belschnickel, and a Supplement to a Constance Cassady/Wagner Reader by Joan Wagner Teller.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, November 1, 1946 - April 7, 1980

Box 1 Folder 2

Vance and Glenn Ward Randolph Poetry, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 3

Unfinished Short Story by Karl Belschnickel, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 4

Supplement to a Constance Cassady/Wagner Reader, n.d.


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