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120 boxes, 2 scrapbooks.
Connecticut writer, politician, and Trinity College faculty member.
Papers in the primary collection (113 boxes) span Shepard's career as professor, writer, and politician. Voluminous correspondence, with letters from such notables as Walter de la Mare and Sinclair Lewis. Extensive correspondence with Sister Miriam, nun and poet, and Carl Beecher, composer, including Beecher's musical settings of poems by Shepard. Includes manuscript versions of many of Shepard's writings from published book-length works like Holdfast Gaines and Pedlar's Progress (Shepard's Pulitzer Prize biography of Bronson Alcott) and unpublished works to poetry, essays, and reviews. The remainder of the collection comprises a wide range of miscellaneous items relating to areas such as his career in politics as Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut and to his career in teaching as Goodwin Professor of English at Trinity College and as a visiting professor elsewhere. Arranged and inventoried.
To this primary collection have been added 7 boxes of supplementary material. Materials in the supplementary collection concern, chiefly, the research, writing, and publication of Pedlar's Progress . In addition, there are some materials (photographs) related to other publications. Arranged and inventoried.
Gift of Odell Shepard.
Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.
Trinity College, "Odell Shepard Collection" (1999). Watkinson Manuscripts Finding Aids. 25.