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John G. Neihardt Collection

Title: John G. Neihardt Collection

Creator: Neihardt, John Gneisenau, 1881-1973

Dates: 1912-1982

Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0026

Language: English

Restrictions: Folder 2 is marked "No reproduction may be made without permission of the Huntington Library" [San Marino, Ca.]

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Preferred Citation: John G. Neihardt Collection (MS 0026). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


John Gneisenau Neihardt was born to Nicholas Nathan and Alice Culler Neihardt on 8 January 1881 near Sharpsburg, Illinois. In 1891 the family relocated to Wayne, Nebraska. Neihardt completed the scientific course of studies at Nebraska Normal College in 1897. He obtained a Litt. D. from the University of Nebraska in 1917, an LL. D. from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, and a Litt. D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1947. He served as a professor of poetry at the University of Nebraska beginning in 1923. In 1959 he was named a Fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters in Lindau, Germany. He received the citation and title "Prairie Poet Laureate of America" from the United States Poets Laureate International in 1968. Neihardt became Nebraska's poet laureate in 1921, an honor he held until 1973. He authored dozens of books between 1900 and 1972, including the successful Black Elk Speaks (1932), which has been translated into several languages. Neihardt died in Columbia, Missouri, on 3 November 1973.

Scope and Content:

The collection includes a typed manuscript of a Neihardt poem; original and photocopied pieces of correspondence, including a folder of letters to author George Sterling; typed transcripts of published Neihardt essays; miscellaneous essays; brochures; and newspaper clippings about Neihardt. Photographic and audio materials of and about Neihardt are also included in the collection. The materials written about Neihardt include Lucile F Aly's "John G. Neihardt And The American Epic" and Slade M. Kendrick's "Letters of John Neihardt to a Friend."


Neihardt, John Gneisenau, 1881-1973

Sterling, George, 1869-1921

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, Neihardt to Charles N. Dietz, 1921, Nov. 18 Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, Neihardt to George Sterling (photocopies), 1912-1925 Box 1. Folder 3. Christmas card, inscribed by Neihardt, 1972 Box 1. Folder 4. Typescript poem,"Wounded Knee" by Neihardt, undated Box 1. Folder 5. Typescript poem, autographed,"The Song of Hugh Glass," 1935 Box 1. Folder 6. Typescripts, essays, by Neihardt Kansas City Journal Post, 1926 Box 1. Folder 7. "The Song of the Hoe," limited edition, copy no. 76, Vagabond Press, 1981 Box 1. Folder 8. Excerpt, "Song of the Messiah" Box 1. Folder 9. Neihardt bibliography, 1951 Box 1. Folder 10. Typescript essay, by Slade M. Kendrick, 1977(?) Box 1. Folder 11. Typescript essay, by Lucile F. Aly, 1978 Box 1. Folder 12. Booklets, clippings, about Neihardt, 1920-1982 Box 1. Folder 13. Photographs, postcard, of Neihardt Box 1. Folder 14. Cassettes, by and about Neihardt, 1969-1978
Related Material and Resources: Additional Neihardt materials appear in many of the Record Groups contained in the University Archives. A list of these materials is available in the repository.The UNL Archives & Special Collections also has books authored by Neihardt, which can be located through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries on-line catalog.Other Neihardt materials are held by the Nebraska State Historical Society. The majority of Neihardt's papers are located at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries.

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