Eaton, Evelyn (1902-1983)
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The Evelyn Eaton collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, audio materials, photographs, and other materials.
Manuscripts in the collection include novels, short stories, and other materials. Novels include Journey to a War, The King is a Witch, and Go Ask the River. Manuscripts for short stories include "Given and Granted," "The Liner She's A Lady," "Isamafic Asa," "Young Member of Family," "Magnolia, If I am Not Mistaken," "Upgrade Downgrade Give Them All A," and others. Additional manuscripts consist of The Trees and Fields Went the Other Way (an autobiography), The Progression (a ballet), and Flight (a libretto for a musical drama by Paul Earle), as well as text of a speech given at Pershing College and various untitled items.
The collection includes professional and personal correspondence maintained between 1938 and 1974. Letters and invitations regarding academic affairs and literary business are present alongside correspondence with Eaton's sister, brother-in-law, and mother, as well as fellow authors, poets, sculptors, and composers. Notables include Marianne Moore, May Sarton, Rebecca West, Mary Kennedy, and Charles Edward Eaton (Eaton's cousin).
Much of the collection's personal memorabilia concerns Eaton's father, Lt. Col Daniel Izaak Vernon Eaton. Items pertain primarily to his career in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, including tearsheets and magazines, scrapbooks, correspondence, and photos. Also present is a uniform coat and hat worn by Eaton on her travels.
The collection's printed materials include posters, booklets, news clippings, reviews, articles, and publicity materials. Also present are publications in which Eaton's work appeared, including The American Scholar, The Epaulet, and The Lyric, as well as three newspaper interviews with Eaton (1963-68).
The collection includes numerous information files on Germany, Italy, Africa, and China. Files contain maps and charts, newspapers, notes, photographs, and itineraries unique to each country. Of particular interest is an envelope labelled "Special Items Obtained in China," which contains war bonds, postcards, money, and a certificate of registration from the Chinese Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Legal materials in the collection consist of royalty statements and contracts (1925-1950), such as those Eaton signed with Random House and Pershing College. Also present are documents pertaining to Eaton's inheritance from Helen Huntington Morgan, including a photocopyof her will and other estate-related documents.
The collection's audio materials are recorded primarily on tape. Included recordings consist of Eaton's readings of King is a Witch, Go Ask the River, and Flight, as well as "EE," a song written by Paul Earle for Eaton's going away party and a record by Iren Marik, Eaton's lifelong friend. Also present is a tape recording of Eaton's Pershing College speech.
Photo graphs in the collection consist of black and white and color photos. Albums include material on the MacDowell Colony, Sweet Briar, VA, and Eaton's family. Also collected are albums documenting Eaton's international travel to Burma, China, Germany, and Italy. Many photos include holograph comments by Eaton.
The collection includes a diary from Eaton's 1927 trip to Italy. The diary contains notes from Ann Bush and Carol Hall, as well as 21 postcards that correspond to entries.
Notebooks present in the collection include two teaching notebooks, notebooks on music, poetry, and religious verse, and other miscellaneous notebooks. Additional notebooks pertain to Eaton's literary career, containing notes for unfinished and unpublished historical novels, as well as Restless are the Sails, The Sea is So Wide, and I Saw My Mortal Sight.
Scrapbooks in the collection consist of articles, newsclippings, letters, reviews, and correspondence. Documented subjects include short stories and non-fiction (1933-1956), Flight, and Forty Thousand Miles of War.
Miscellaneous materials include tape recordings of TV programs, numerous musical scores, and Eaton's Great Britain driver's license.
|1. Eaton, Evelyn Sybil Mary, 1902-|
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