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Lowry Wimberly, Papers

Title: Lowry Wimberly, Papers

Creator: Wimberly, Lowry Charles, 1890-1959

Dates: 1877-1982

Quantity: 8 boxes (4.0 linear ft.)

Collection Number: RG 12-10-50

Language: English

Restrictions: Due to privacy laws and donor restrictions, items in Box 8, Folders 2 and 12 are restricted. Access to these materials must be requested in writing.

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Preferred Citation: Lowry Wimberly, Papers (RG 12-10-50). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska—Lincoln Libraries.

Biography:

Lowry Charles Wimberly was born in 1890 in Louisiana. He received his bachelor's degree in 1916, his master's in 1920 and his doctorate in 1925, all from the University of Nebraska. He joined the University as an instructor in 1917 and became a full professor in 1928. In 1926, Lowry Wimberly developed the concept of a literary magazine as an outlet for the creative work of University of Nebraska students. Student members of the "Wordsmith Chapter" of Sigma Upsilon, a national honorary literary society, were known as "Wimberly's Boys" and met in his home each Sunday. As the first editor of the Prairie Schooner, Wimberly worked on all aspects of the magazine. By 1956, Wimberly's health declined and he requested to be placed on retirement, at which time he became a Professor Emeritus.

Wimberly was a prolific writer and wrote for many national magazines such as Harper's, The American Mercury, Atlantic Monthly, The Forum and the Saturday Review of Literature. He also belonged to many social and professional organizations, such as the Second Presbyterian Church, The Masons, Cosmopolitan Club, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Upsilon, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Tau Alpha, American Folklore Society, American Association of University Professors, The Nebraska Writers Guild and Midland Authors.

Wimberly married Ida May Boynton in 1910. They had four children: Steve, Ben, Ruth and Martha. Wimberly died July 8, 1959 at the age of 68.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of Wimberly's professional and personal papers arranged into two series and includes audio materials and realia. The professional papers mainly consist of research material and manuscripts, such as Wimberly's research and drafts of articles on Charles Lindbergh, George E. Woodbury, and Oscar Wilde. Correspondence is centered on Wimberly's writing projects and university career. Notable correspondents include Nebraska authors John Neihardt, Mari Sandoz, and Bess Streeter Aldrich. The collection also has various papers from the fraternal organizations that Wimberly belonged to, including Sigma Upsilon, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Family members continued after his death to collect newspaper clippings related to his career.

Wimberly's personal papers include correspondence and papers to and from family members and former students. This series also includes information on Wimberly's early education, his family and their religious involvement, and awards and personal associations.

Records relating to Wimberly's service as founder and editor are located in the records of Prairie Schooner.

Subjects:

Aldrich, Bess Streeter, 1881-1954

Lindbergh, Charles, 1902-1974

Neihardt, John, 1881-1973

Sandoz, Mari, 1896-1966

Twain, Mark, 1835-1904

Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900

Wimberly, Lowry Charles, 1890-

Woodbury, George E., 1855-1930

Prairie Schooner

Phi Beta Kappa

Sigma Upsilon

Tau Kappa Epsilon

Series Description: Series 1: Professional Papers, Boxes 1-7

The professional papers series includes manuscripts and papers relating to Wimberly's career as a writer and professor of English. This series includes the following: correspondence, research material, manuscripts, teaching material, association records, published material, presentations and speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, and realia. The correspondence in the series focuses on Wimberly's writing and university career. Research material is comprised of notes and collected materials for various articles written by Wimberly. Most of the information collected on George E. Woodbury consists of transcripts Wimberly made from original letters and newspaper articles. There is only one folder of original correspondence written by Woodbury between 1881 and 1911. Wimberly's manuscripts include drafts, articles, and stories, some that were not published and cannot be identified as Wimberly's work. The teaching material includes note cards and final examinations Wimberly created for English classes that he taught. Material relating to professional associations is composed of correspondence, meeting minutes, copies of bylaws and other documents illustrating Wimberly's involvement. Published material includes articles and books that Wimberly collected. The presentations and speeches consist of three recordings on compact disc, album, and cassette tape. They include Wimberly and other men talking about various subjects including Adolph Hitler. The newspaper clippings include photocopies and original clippings on various subjects, including Wimberly's professional life, the work of others, local interest stories, and Nebraska history. The photographs are both originals and photocopies of Wimberly in his office on city campus and his acquaintances. The realia consists of one item: a woodblock used to make the letterhead graphic on the 1929 Prairie Schooner.

Series 2: Personal Papers, Boxes 7-8

The personal papers include material relating to Wimberly's personal life, concentrating heavily on his family. The series includes correspondence, biographical material, association records, awards, papers, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The correspondence contains letters dated before and after Wimberly's death from family members and former students, as well as greeting cards from friends. Within the biographical material is a copy of an entry from a Who's Who list of publishers and editors. This is a good source for an overview of Wimberly's life. The association records include programs and newsletters from Wimberly's memberships in private organizations. There is a newspaper clipping and an award for Wimberly's teaching accomplishments. Additional items include information on Lowry and Ida's early education, photocopies relating to Wimberly family history, and a sketch of Wimberly's home in Lincoln. The newspaper clippings and photographs consist mainly of photocopies of Wimberly, his family, and his personal interests.

Container List: Series 1: Professional PapersBox 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1919-1941 Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1942-1958, undated Box 1. Folder 3. Research material, Mark Twain, Folklore in the Works of Mark Twain, 1930 Box 1. Folder 4. Research material, notes, funerals, The American Funeral Director, The Professional Embalmer, 1937 Box 1. Folder 5. Research material, "Mark Twain/Tichenor Bonanza," notes, 1943, undated Box 1. Folder 6. Research material, Mark Twain's Newspaper: Territorial Enterprise and Virginia City News, 1954 Box 1. Folder 7. Research material, notes, "Lindbergh in Lincoln" Box 1. Folder 8. Research material, notes, "The Little Man" Box 1. Folder 9. Research material, George E. Woodbury, original Woodbury correspondence, 1881-1911 Box 1. Folder 10. Research material, George E. Woodbury, correspondence transcripts, 1877-1878 Box 1. Folder 11. Research material, George E. Woodbury, correspondence, transcripts, 1879-1880 Box 1. Folder 12. Research material, George E. Woodbury, correspondence, transcripts, 1881-1883 Box 1. Folder 13. Research material, George E. Woodbury, correspondence, 1942-1947 Box 1. Folder 14. Research material, George E. Woodbury, notes, handwritten, 1878 Box 1. Folder 15. Research material, George E. Woodbury, notes, handwritten, 1879 Box 2. Folder 1. Research material, George E. Woodbury, notes, handwritten, 1880 Box 2. Folder 2. Research material, George E. Woodbury, notes, handwritten, 1880-1883 undated Box 2. Folder 3. Research material, George E. Woodbury, notes, handwritten, 1881 Box 2. Folder 4. Research material, George E. Woodbury, Omaha Republican, newspaper transcripts, notes, 1882 Box 2. Folder 5. Research material, George E. Woodbury, notes, handwritten, 1882 Box 2. Folder 6. Research material, George E. Woodbury, notes, handwritten, 1883 Box 2. Folder 7. Research material, George E. Woodbury, notes, lists Box 2. Folder 8. Research material, George E. Woodbury, biographical information, notes Box 2. Folder 9. Research material, George E. Woodbury, Lincoln, Nebraska, notes Box 2. Folder 10. Research material, George E. Woodbury, Lincoln, Nebraska, notes Box 2. Folder 11. Research material, George E. Woodbury in Lincoln, notes Box 2. Folder 12. Research material, George E. Woodbury, University, notes Box 2. Folder 13. Research material, George E. Woodbury, University, transcripts Box 2. Folder 14. Research material, George E. Woodbury, University, transcripts Box 2. Folder 15. Research material, George E. Woodbury, University, transcripts Box 3. Folder 1. Research material, George E. Woodbury, Oscar Wilde, typed notes Box 3. Folder 2. Research material, George E. Woodbury, Oscar Wilde, handwritten notes Box 3. Folder 3. Research material, George E. Woodbury, American Literature, 1940, The Nebraska Alumnus, 1941, The Saturday Review of Literature, 1944 Box 3. Folder 4. Research material, George E. Woodbury, Lincoln, Nebraska, newspaper clippings, bibliography, 1943, 1945, undated Box 3. Folder 5. Research material, bound notebook, notes, folk stories, folk song Box 3. Folder 6. Manuscript, article, "Relief Needs Support," The Town Crier, 1936, Feb. 18 Box 3. Folder 7. Manuscript, "Customs, Beliefs, and Superstitions in English and Scottish Balladry" Box 3. Folder 8. Manuscript, drafts, "Dog Back Yonder" Box 3. Folder 9. Manuscript, draft, "The Game of Ball in the English and Scottish Popular Ballads" Box 3. Folder 10. Manuscript, "I Recommend, " author unknown Box 3. Folder 11. Manuscript, draft, "Idyl" Box 3. Folder 12. Manuscript, drafts, "Love Affair" Box 3. Folder 13. Manuscript, draft, "Merry Christmas, Prof." Box 3. Folder 14. Manuscript, "Shetlands" pg. 1-55 Box 3. Folder 15. Manuscript, "Shetlands" pg. 56-103 Box 4. Folder 1. Published material, Death and Burial Lore in the English and Scottish Popular Ballads Box 4. Folder 2. Manuscript, fragments Box 4. Folder 3. Manuscript, "Omnipotent Eye, " author unknown Box 4. Folder 4. Manuscript, essays on "woman" introduction-part 1 Box 4. Folder 5. Manuscript, essays on "woman" part 2 Box 4. Folder 6. Manuscript, essays on "woman" part 3 Box 4. Folder 7. Manuscript, essays on "woman" part 4-part 5 Box 4. Folder 8. Manuscript, story idea, "Letter Answered," 1951, Mar. 17 Box 4. Folder 9. Teaching material, Armed Services Training Program (ASTP) 1943 Box 4. Folder 10. Teaching material, "The Short Story," Grace Swift Box 4. Folder 11. Teaching material, notes, note cards, A-D Box 4. Folder 12. Teaching material, notes, note cards, E-F Box 5. Folder 1. Teaching material, notes, note cards, G-O Box 5. Folder 2. Teaching material, notes, note cards, P-Z, misc. Box 5. Folder 3. Teaching material, memos and lists Box 5. Folder 4. Teaching material, final examinations, 1933-1938, undated Box 5. Folder 5. Teaching material, final examinations, English 21, 1933-1947, undated Box 5. Folder 6. Teaching material, final examinations, English 22, 1933-1947, undated Box 5. Folder 7. Teaching material, final examinations, English 225, 1933-1947, undated Box 5. Folder 8. Teaching material, final examinations, English 226, 1933-1947, undated Box 5. Folder 9. Teaching material, final examinations, misc. Box 5. Folder 10. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, constitution, 1930 Box 5. Folder 11. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, bylaws, 1939, undated Box 5. Folder 12. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, correspondence, 1940-1948 Box 5. Folder 13. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, membership certificates, 1926 (see also oversize box 17) Box 5. Folder 14. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, ledger book, minutes, 1931-1938 Box 5. Folder 15. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, minutes, 1934, 1938 Box 6. Folder 1. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, ledger book, minutes, 1939-1940 Box 6. Folder 2. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, blank registration forms, oath, envelopes Box 6. Folder 3. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, receipt, badges, 1927 Box 6. Folder 4. Associations, Phi Beta Kappa, event programs, 1930, 1955-1956 Box 6. Folder 5. Associations, Tau Kappa Epsilon, petition for charter 1925, membership certificate, 1951 Box 6. Folder 6. Associations, Tau Kappa Epsilon, quarterly publication,"The Teke," 1930, March Box 6. Folder 7. Associations, Tau Kappa Epsilon, insignia pamphlet, badge stickers, 1949 Box 6. Folder 8. Associations, Sigma Upsilon, receipt, badges, 1927 Box 6. Folder 9. Publishing agreements, contracts, 1934-1937Item 1. "Hard Times Singing," 1934, Dec. Item 2. "Famous Cats of Fairyland," 1937, July Item 3. "Ideas and Models," 1934, May Box 6. Folder 10. Advertisements, fliers, undated Box 6. Folder 11. Professional solicitations, undated Box 6. Folder 12. Royalty statements, purchase orders, 1946, 1955-1967 Box 6. Folder 13. Published material, The Eleusis of Chi Omega Box 6. Folder 14. Published material, The Freshman Scrapbook, 1926, May Box 6. Folder 15. Published material, "Christmas 1940, The First Sunset" Box 6. Folder 16. Published material, Live a Lyric Box 6. Folder 17. Published material, The New Yorker, 1933 Box 7. Folder 1. Published material, The Silence of the Sea Box 7. Folder 2. Presentations and speeches, compact discs (see audio/visual materials) Box 7. Folder 3. Presentations and speeches, cassettes (see audio/visual materials) Box 7. Folder 4. Presentations and speeches, long-play albums (see audio/visual materials) Box 7. Folder 5. Newspaper clippings, about Wimberly (photocopies), 1931-1937 Box 7. Folder 6. Newspaper clippings, about Wimberly (photocopies), 1938-1981, undated Box 7. Folder 7. Newspaper clippings, Schooner (photocopies), 1931-1989, undated Box 7. Folder 8. Newspaper clippings, book reviews, 1931-1973, undated Box 7. Folder 9. Newspaper clippings, misc. 1939-1982, undated Box 7. Folder 10. Photographs Box 7. Folder 11. Photographs (photocopies) Series 2: Personal papersBox 7. Folder 13. Correspondence, 1908-1957 Box 7. Folder 14. Correspondence, postcards, 1930-1959, undated Box 7. Folder 15. Correspondence, greeting cards, 1942-1970, undated Box 7. Folder 16. Correspondence, post-death, 1962-1966 Box 7. Folder 17. Correspondence (photocopies), undated Box 7. Folder 18. Correspondence, Wimberly family members (photocopies), 1938-1969 Box 7. Folder 19. Biographical material, Galley's Little Magazine Biography Number: The First Annual Who's Who in Editing and Publishing Box 7. Folder 20. Associations, certificate, The Institute of American Genealogy, 1939, membership cards and newsletter, Masons, 1949, 1953 Box 7. Folder 21. Associations, pamphlets, articles, Presbyterian churches Box 7. Folder 22. Awards, teaching certificate and newspaper clipping, 1950, Sept. Box 8. Folder 1. Family papers, Lowry and Ida Wimberly, education (photocopies), 1908-1910, 1942 Box 8. Folder 2. Papers, transcripts, Wimberly's school grades, 1904, 1916 RESTRICTED Box 8. Folder 3. Papers, Wimberly's college education, 1925-1926 Box 8. Folder 4. Papers, marriage and death documents, Wimberly family, 1911-1997 (photocopies) Box 8. Folder 5. Papers, Wimberly children Box 8. Folder 6. Papers, house sketch, 3201 "R" Lincoln, Nebraska, subpoena, pay stub, 1931, 1951 Box 8. Folder 7. Newspaper clippings, Wimberly family, church (photocopies), 1930-1969, undated Box 8. Folder 8. Newspaper clippings, miscellaneous (photocopies), 1962-1967, undated Box 8. Folder 9. Photographs, Wimberly family, early 1900 to 1957 Box 8. Folder 10. Photographs, Wimberly friends, acquaintances, 1909, undated Box 8. Folder 11. Photographs, gravesite Box 8. Folder 12. Photographs (photocopies) late 1800s to 1946, undated RESTRICTED
Related Material and Resources: For more information on Lowry C. Wimberly, such as information on his work for the Prairie Schooner, see Prairie Schooner, Records (RG 12-10-06). Stewart, Paul R., The Prairie Schooner Story; a Little Magazine's First 25 Years. [Lincoln] University of Nebraska Press, c1955. Wimberly, Lowry Charles, editor. Prairie Schooner Caravan; an Anthology. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1943. _________________, "Dispossessed," Prairie Schooner, 1927, Apr. _________________, "The Decline of the Ghost," Prairie Schooner, 1927, Oct. _________________, "The Red Gentian," Prairie Schooner, Spring 1928. _________________, "The Happy Man," Prairie Schooner, Summer 1928. _________________, "The Red-Headed Man," Prairie Schooner, Fall 1929. _________________, "Tall and Straight," Prairie Schooner, Winter 1929. _________________, "Men Without Books," Prairie Schooner, Spring 1931. _________________, "The New Regionalism," Prairie Schooner, Summer 1932. _________________, "Vachel Lindsay, an interview," The Frontier and Midland, 1934, March. _________________, "Hemingway and Horatio Alger, Jr.," Prairie Schooner, Fall 1936._________________, "Anagrams: Highbrow," Prairie Schooner, Fall 1938. _________________, "The Bellicose B: Phonetic Phantasy," Prairie Schooner, Spring 1942. _________________, "Blivins on Paleophobia," Prairie Schooner, Spring 1943. _________________, "Writers and the War," The Nebraska Alumnus, 1943, Oct. _________________, "Mark Twain and the Tichenor Bonanza," The Atlantic Report, 1943, Nov. _________________, "W.J. Bryan's Handicap," Prairie Schooner, 1944. _________________, "Crime Journal Addicts," The University of Kansas City Review, Winter 1945. _________________, "Oscar Wilde Meets Woodberry," Prairie Schooner, 1947. _________________, "Lindbergh: Shamefully Treated Man," Prairie Schooner, 1949. _________________, "The Catch," The American Mercury, 1951, May. _________________, "Windfall for Whitford" Harper's Magazine, 1951, June. _________________, "Watchman, What of the Donor?" Prairie Schooner, 1951. _________________, "Using Better English," undated.



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