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Evangeline Ensley Walton papers, 1839-2012

MS 384


Collection Summary

Creator: Walton, Evangeline
Collection Name:Evangeline Ensley Walton papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1839-2012
Physical Description: 16.5 Linear Feet
Abstract:This collection contains biographical clippings, family documents, correspondence, manuscripts, publicity materials, some published materials, and her personal copies of books she considered to be influential. Correspondence includes many letters with John C. Powys, the Welsh novelist, essayist, and poet, as well as correspondence from Ursula K. Le Guin, Ben Abramson, Poul Anderson, Jürgen Schweier, and Kenneth Zahorski. While the collection spans 1839 to 2012, the bulk of the materials range from 1929-1994.
Collection Number:MS 384
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/
E-Mail: LBRY-askspcoll@email.arizona.edu

Biographical Note

Evangeline Wilna Ensley, better known by her penname Evangeline Walton, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 24, 1907. Based on the Welsh book of legends, the first volume of her Mabinogion tetralogy, The Virgin and the Swine, was published in 1936. . It was re-published in 1970 as The Island of the Mighty, followed by The Children of Llyr in 1971, The Song of Rhiannon in 1972, and The Prince of Annwn in 1974. Other novels include 1945's Witch House, 1956's The Cross and the Sword, 1983's The Sword is Forged, and the posthumously published She Walks in Darkness.

Suffering from ill health as a child, Evangeline was treated with silver nitrate tincture which gave her skin a blue-gray tint which darkened as she aged. Raised by her mother and maternal grandmother after her parents divorced in 1924, she often mentioned her family's Quaker faith as an important inspiration for the distinctly feminist angle of many of her stories. Evangeline moved to Tucson in 1946 after her grandmother passed away, where she lived until her death in 1996.


Scope and Content Note

The Evangeline Ensley Walton papers consist of biographical clippings, family documents, correspondence, manuscripts, publicity materials, some published materials, and Evangeline's personal copies of books she considered to be influential. The family documents include materials from the Coyner, Furnas, and Ensley families. The correspondence contains personal and professional correspondence. Evangeline kept many letters that were sent to her, including a letter from fellow author Ursula K. Le Guin, which is located in Box 15 Folder 42.

Evangeline typed her manuscripts on onionskin paper as well as whatever scraps of paper she could find. Because she constantly rewrote pages, there are often multiple copies of similar pages. Debra Hammond, Evangeline's literary heir, was able to get some of Evangeline's manuscripts published posthumously. Some works that Evangeline considered to be influential are included in this collection, several of which carry inscriptions to and from her family members. Also included in this collection are foreign copies of some of her works. Other assorted books by Evangeline Walton have been cataloged as part of Special Collection's general book collection.


Organization

This collection is organized into 6 series.
Series I: Biographical Materials, 1836-1996
Series II: Correspondence, 1929-1994
Series III: Manuscripts, 1938-1990
Series IV: Publicity, 1936-1994
Series V: Influential Works, 1897-1988
Series VI: Published Works, 1974-2012

Restrictions

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Abramson, Ben
Anderson, Poul, 1926-2001
Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-2018
Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963 -- Correspondence
Schweier, Jürgen
Walton, Evangeline -- Archives
Zahorski, Kenneth J., 1939-

Subject(s)
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives
Fantasy fiction, American
Mythology, Welsh
Women authors


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Evangeline Ensley Walton papers (MS 384). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Cody Aune in 2006, addition by Emma Luthi in 2021.


Container List

Series I: Biographical Materials, 1836-1996
boxfolder
11 Biographical Clippings, 1936-1996
boxfolder
1619 Ensley family legal documents, 1839, 1871-1875, 1906-1931
1620 Ensley family legal documents, 1878, 1915, 1931-1932
boxfolder
1529 Newspaper clippings, 1929, 1954-1980, undated
1532 Awards, 1963-1985
1535 Obituary for Clifton, 1946
1536 Biographical information, 1948, 1985, 1996
1538 Photographs, undated
box
17World Fantasy Convention photo album, 1981
Series II: Correspondence, 1929-1994
boxfolder
12 August Derleth, director of Arkham House, July 17, 1946
12 (continued) Publishers, to Evangeline Walton Ensley. Concerning the rights to The Virgin and the Swine. , undated
12 Incomplete list of "inspirational" advice, undated
12 John Milton Phillips, Minister of The First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut to Ben (?) complimenting The Virgin and the Swine. , April 12, 1937
12 Ben Abramson of the Argus Bookshop Inc. in Chicago to Evangeline Walton Ensley, August 8, 1937
13 Photograph (John C. Powys ?), April 14, 1938
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, undated
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, December 14, 1936
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton complimenting The Virgin and the Swine , February 23, 1937
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton. Incomplete letter with no date, February 27, 1937(?)
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, March 6,1937
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, April 20, 1937
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, June 19, 1937
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, August 4, 1937
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, October 23, 1937
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, December 31, 1937
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, April 20, 1938
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, July 31,1938
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, December 9, 1938
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, December 9 or 10, 1938
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, April 22,1939
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, August 19, 1939
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, January 22, 1940
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, January 19, 1957
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, February 13,1957
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, September 15, 1957
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, January 5, 1958
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton, December 10, 1958
13 John C. Powys to Evangeline Walton , 1959
boxfolder
165 John Cowper Powys, 1940-1957
boxfolder
1539 Publishers/Agents, 1929-1959, 1975-1981
1540 Miscellaneous, 1945-1985, undated
1541 A-G, 1973-1985
1542 H-P, 1937-1974, 1994
1543 Q-Z, 1971-1989
1544 Ben Abramson, 1939-1949
1545 Jürgen Schweier, 1978-1980
1546 Poul Anderson, 1975
1547 Ballantine, 1972-1974, 1991
1548 Bouregy, 1957-1959, 1975
boxfolder
161 Otis Kline Associates, 1946-1958
162 Harold Ober Associates, 1975-1980
163 Packet Books, 1981, undated
164 Pearn, Pollinger & Higham, 1940, undated
166 Skeffington & Sons, Ltd., 1947
167 Paul Spencer, 1972, undated
168 Willett Clark & Co., 1935-1939
169 Kenneth Zahorski, 1977-1980, undated
1610 Miscellaneous, 1974-1985
1613 Fan mail, 1920-1939
1614 Fan mail, 1944-1957
1615 Fan mail, 1971-1979
1616 Fan mail, 1983-1994
1617-18 Fan mail, undated
1621 Family Correspondence, 1864-1896
1622 Family Correspondence, 1904-1916
1623 Family Correspondence, 1920-1929
1624 Family Correspondence, 1931-1939
1625 Family Correspondence, 1940-1949
1626 Family Correspondence, 1950-1958, undated
1627 Correspondence with Vincent Furnas, 1900-1911, 1924-1929
1628 Correspondence with Vincent Furnas, 1936, 1941-1949
1629 Correspondence with Vincent Furnas, 1951-1957
1630 Correspondence with Vincent Furnas, undated
Series III: Manuscripts, 1938-1990
Books,
boxfolder
14 Manuscript: Children of Llyr , undated
15 Manuscript: Children of Llyr , undated
16 Manuscript: Children of Llyr , undated
boxfolder
1430-31 Mabinogion – The Children of Llyr , undated
boxfolder
19 Manuscript: Prince of Annwn , undated
boxfolder
1115-16 Prince of Annwn, unordered pages, undated
boxfolder
21 Manuscript: Song of Rhiannon , undated
22 Manuscript: Song of Rhiannon , undated
boxfolder
1117-19 Song of Rhiannon, "The Land of Illusion," unordered pages, undated
1112-14 Mabinogion manuscript, unordered pages, undated
1111 Mabinogion – notes, undated
boxfolder
17 Manuscript: The Cross and the Sword , undated
18 Manuscript: The Cross and the Sword , undated
boxfolder
23 Manuscript: The Sword is Forged , undated
24 Manuscript: The Sword is Forged , undated
25 Manuscript: The Sword is Forged , undated
boxfolder
320-22 Theseus manuscript – "The Sword is Forged", November 1982
323 Theseus manuscript – "The Sword is Forged" final chapter, November 1982
boxfolder
26 Manuscript: Witch House , undated
27 Manuscript: Witch House , undated
boxfolder
131 Witch House - page proofs, undated
132-3 Witch House - page proofs, 1945
boxfolder
31 Theseus – "Sword and Ring Chapter 1", 1940s-1980s
32 Theseus – "Sword and Ring Chapter 2", 1940s-1980s
33 Theseus – "Sword and Ring Chapter 3", 1940s-1980s
34 Theseus – "Sword and Ring Chapter 4", 1940s-1980s
35 Theseus – "Sword and Ring Chapter 5", 1940s-1980s
36 Theseus – "Sword and Ring Chapter 6", 1940s-1980s
37 Theseus – "Sword and Ring Chapter 7", 1940s-1980s
38 Theseus – "Sword and Ring Chapter 8", 1940s-1980s
39 Theseus – "Misc", 1940s-1980s
310 Theseus – "Notes", 1940s-1980s
311-13 Theseus – "No Lady" , 1940s-1980s
314-16 Theseus – "The Amazon", 1940s-1980s
317, 19 Theseus manuscript – "Antiope", 1940s-1980s
318 Theseus manuscript – "Antiope", 1978
324 Theseus – Author's notes, July 1983, undated
325-27 "Euripideia Greek Notes", undated
boxfolder
41-4 "Research materials", undated
45-20 Theseus manuscript, unordered pages, 1940s-1980s
boxfolder
51-17 Theseus manuscript, unordered pages, 1940s-1980s
boxfolder
61-17 Theseus manuscript, unordered pages, 1940s-1980s
boxfolder
71-17 Theseus manuscript, unordered pages, 1940s-1980s
boxfolder
81-19 Theseus manuscript, unordered pages, 1940s-1980s
boxfolder
91-17 Theseus manuscript, unordered pages, 1940s-1980s
boxfolder
101-18 Theseus manuscript, unordered pages, 1940s-1980s
boxfolder
111-10 Theseus manuscript, unordered pages, 1940s-1980s
1120 She Walks in Darkness – notes, undated
1121 She Walks in Darkness – "Etruscan Thriller", undated
boxfolder
121 She Walks in Darkness – "Etruscan Thriller", undated
122-6 She Walks in Darkness – "She Who Goes Winged", undated
127-19 She Walks in Darkness , undated
boxfolder
137 Prince of the Air - notes, undated
138 Prince of the Air, Chapters 1-4, undated
139 Prince of the Air, Chapters 5-9, undated
1310 Prince of the Air, Chapters 10-13, undated
1311 Prince of the Air, Chapters 14-17, undated
1312 Prince of the Air, Chapters 18-21, undated
1313 Prince of the Air, Chapters 22-25, undated
1314 Prince of the Air, Chapters 26-30, undated
1315 Prince of the Air, Chapters 31-34, undated
1316 Prince of the Air, Chapters 35-38, undated
1317 Prince of the Air, miscellaneous pages, undated
boxfolder
1433 When the Lights Went Out – Characters, undated
1434 When the Lights Went Out – "Reconstructed", undated
boxfolder
151 When the Lights Went Out – Chapter 1-3, undated
152 When the Lights Went Out – Chapter 4, undated
153 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 5-6, undated
154 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 7-8, undated
155 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 9-10, undated
156 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 11-12, undated
157 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 13-15, undated
158 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 16-17, undated
159 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 18-20, undated
1510 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 21-23, undated
1511 When the Lights Went Out – Chapter 24, undated
1512 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 25-27, undated
1513 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 28-30, undated
1514 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 31-33, undated
1515 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 34-36, undated
1516 When the Lights Went Out – Chapters 37, undated
1517 When the Lights Went Out - miscellaneous pages, undated
Short Stories,
boxfolder
134-6 Death and the Tree, undated
1318 "The Swan Wife," screenplay, undated
1319 Above Ker-Is, undated
1320 Ariane 1 – Fairy Godmother 1938, A Worldly Young Lady, undated
1321 Ariane 2 – King Midas' Daughter, undated
1322 Ariane 3 – The Rev. John Blaker, undated
1323 At the End of the Corridor, undated
1324 Captain Pegleg's Woman, undated
1325 Cuan Mac Rinn, undated
1326 Deb Morgan's Tale, undated
1327 Homecoming, One June, 1943, undated
1328 Homecoming, One June, undated
1329 The Judgement of St. Yves, undated
1330 Lus-Mor, undated
1331 The Mistress of Kaer-Mor, undated
boxfolder
141 On the Road to Quantrell, undated
142 The Other One, 1950
143 The Returned, undated
144 Scarecrow's House, undated
145 The Ship from Away, undated
146 Untitled story – "Elizabeth Maplethorpe", undated
147 Untitled story – "Eric", undated
148 Untitled story – "I was sipping an aperitif", undated
149 Untitled story – Nurse post-war story, undated
1410 Untitled story – Roman story, undated
1411 Untitled story – "Science (blah!) thing", undated
1412 Untitled story – Tristan Var, undated
1413 Untitled story – Unnamed historical novel, undated
1414 Untitled story – War story, undated
1415 Untitled story – For Fran Coleman, approximately 1989-1990
1416 Werewolf, undated
1417 The Wall, undated
1418 The Wall - drafts, 1977, undated
1419 They That Have Wings, undated
1420 The Tree of Perkunas, undated
1421-24 The Forest That Would Not Be Cut Down/The Determined Forest, undated
1425-29 The Forest That Would Not Be Cut Down, undated
1432 Published copies – Judgement of St. Ives, Above Ker-Is, 1981, undated
boxfolder
1518 Research notes, undated
1519 "Sagalands," miscellaneous pages, undated
1520 Miscellaneous pages, undated
1521 Poetry, 1959, 1967, undated
1522 Cover art, undated
1523 Original cover for "Spanish story", undated
Series IV: Publicity, 1936-1994
boxfolder
1524 Lecture for Mythlore 11, proof copy, approximately 1984
1525 Interview – Fantasy Review, March 1985
1526 Interviews – newspapers, 1956, 1957, undated
1527 Interviews – newspapers, 1972-1993
1528 Interviews, 1936,1958,1986-1993
1530 Reviews, 1972-2002, undated
1531 Review of Reviews, approximately 1936
1533 Convention materials, 1984-1985
1534 Convention booklets, 1939, 1981-1994
1537 Windhaven magazine – Autobiography, 1979
boxfolder
1611 Rimers of Tucson booklets, 1973
1612 The Society of Southwestern Authors, 1990, 1993
Series V: Influential Works, 1897-1988
Scope and Contents
This series contains Evangeline's personal copies of works she considered to be influential. Some are inscribed to and from various members of her family.
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17 Everyman's Library: The Mabinogion, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest, 1932
17 At the Back of the North Wind, by George MacDonald, inscribed "To my Beloved Sister Calista Hannah Furnas Fellows" with a note from Annie Maria Furnas Coyner, 1934
17 The Spartan, by Caroline Dale Snedeker, 1927
17 The Forgotten Daughter, by Caroline Dale Snedeker, 1941
17 The Green Millennium, by Frtiz Leiber, 1953
17 The Princess and Curdie, by George MacDonald, 1930
17 The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald, 1930
17 Civil War Soldiers: Their Expectations and their Experiences, by Reid Mitchell, 1988
17 Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Art & Memorial Edition, inscribed "Miss Wilna Coyner Indianapolis", 1897
17 The History of Civilization: Minoans, Philistines, and Greeks, edited by C. K. Ogden, 1930
17 A Treasury of the Theatre: An Anthology of Great Plays from Aeschylus to Eugene O'Neill, edited by Burns Mantle and John Gassner, 1935
17 The Palace of Minos at Knossos Vol III, by Sir Arthur Evans, 1930
Series VI: Published Works, 1974-2012
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18 Die Letzte Amazone , 1985
18 Het Lied Van Rhiannon naar het Mabinogion , 1975
18 Arawn heer van de onderwereld naar het Mabinogion , 1974
18 Het Eiland van de Machtigen naar het Mabinogion , 1976
18Boxed set, Die Vier Zweige des Mabinogi, two volumes, 1974
18 Arawn Heer van de onderwereld , 2003
18Japanese copy of Prince of Annwn , 2012
18Japanese copy of The Song of Rhiannon , 2012
18Japanese copy of The Children of Llyr , 2012
18Japanese copy of The Island of the Mighty , 2012
18 Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine , November/December 2011
18"World Tales - the Souvenir Book of the 1985 World Fantasy Convention" , Novemeber 1985