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Loren Eiseley Summary and Holdings

 


Biographical sketch

Nebraskan Loren Eiseley (1907-1977), an anthropologist who taught for many years at the University of Pennsylvania, became one of the most admired nature writers of the twentieth century. Drawn to literary pursuits as well as the sciences, Eiseley made of himself a kind of poet-scientist. As an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska he contributed poetry and essays to Prairie Schooner and became one of the journal's student editors. His career as an anthropologist took him from the University of Kansas, to Oberlin College, to the University of Pennsylvania where he was Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and the History of Science. His book Darwin’s Century was considered a brilliant contribution to our understanding of the origins of Darwinism that invited its broad audience to think about the science in cultural context. Eiseley’s efforts, and his example, helped establish History of Science as a professional field of study at American universities.

Much of Eiseley’s writing on anthropological subjects had a strong meditative and even introspective cast. He was a powerful essayist who gained an ever widening audience for his ability to show us how much our investigations of the natural world can teach us about human insight and human limitations. His writing gained him admirers and correspondents as diverse as the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, the poet W.H. Auden, and the cultural critic Lewis Mumford. The collections document the personal and professional life of this influential public intellectual.

Eiseley Collections in the Heritage Room


The Gale E. Christianson Collection of Eiseley Research Materials

Collection Summary

Origin of Collection: This collection was assembled by Gale E. Christianson in researching his biography of Eiseley, Fox at the Wood's Edge: A Biography of Loren Eiseley New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1990. Christianson donated the materials to Lincoln City Libraries in 2005.

Collection Name:  The Gale E. Christianson Collection of Eiseley Research Materials

Extent of Collection:  The collection consists of 9.5 linear feet of files and manuscripts and, additionally, 95 cassette recordings of interviews.

Storage:  Papers are in acid free folders in hanging files. All folders retain Christianson's original label text. Photographs and negatives in acid free or non-reactive protective envelopes. Audio tapes stored separately and scheduled for conservation. Humidity and temperature are monitored and controlled

Abstract:  This collection offers much documentation of Eiseley's early years and career that is new and not available anywhere else. It also includes many new sources on Eiseley's later years. Christianson corresponded with Eiseley's teachers, friends, and colleagues, some of whom wrote extensive essays about their experiences with Eiseley. Christianson also interviewed many of these people on tape, and the tapes and his notes are included in the collection. Christianson obtained research materials from many university and publishing house archives. For a more extensive description see the Introduction. A finding aid is available in the Heritage Room. The recordings in this collection are currently undergoing conservation work and may not be available. Contact the Heritage Room for information about availability of these materials.

Repository:   The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1899. Phone: (402) 441-8516.

Rights:   No brief comprehensive statement can be made about the rights to papers in this collection. Lincoln City Libraries has physical ownership of the collection. Rights to original correspondence in this collection remain with the authors of the correspondence or their estates. Rights to the older photographs in the collection generally belong to the University of Pennsylvania Museum. See additional information under "restrictions" below.

Restrictions:   Researchers may view the materials and take notes in pencil only. Materials bearing the stamp of other archives may generally be viewed, but cannot be copied, or, for publication, reproduced, quoted, or cited without permission from the originating archive. Usage notes in the finding aid note these limitations. Other restrictions may apply. Photocopying is not permitted. Lincoln City Libraries retains any rights it may have to unpublished materials in this collection. Researchers are expected to follow all copyright laws.

Finding Aids:   An INTRODUCTORY SURVEY and a paper File List and Item Inventory are available in the Heritage Room.


The Lazlo Kubinyi Collection of Eiseley Book Illustration.

Collection Summary

Origin of Collection: Collection created by Laszlo Kubinyi.

Collection Name: The Laszlo Kubinyi Collection of Eiseley Book Illustrations.

Extent of Collection: 22 original drawings.

Storage: In acid free protective mats in flat acid free box. Temperature and humidity are monitored and controlled.

Abstract: Laszlo Kubinyi illustrated Eiseley's poetry collections The Innocent Assassins and Notes of an Alchemist. This is a collection of over twenty original drawings for those volumes.

Repository: The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1899. Phone: (402) 441-8516.

Rights: The artist, Laszlo Kubinyi, retains all rights.

Restrictions: The collection may be viewed under supervision by Library staff. The collection may be used for Library displays in the Library only. The artwork may not photographed, scanned, copied, or reproduced by any means.

Lincoln City Libraries Eiseley Collection

Due to long standing interest of library staff and, after Eiseley's death, cooperation between the Libraries and The Friends of Loren Eiseley, an organization incorporated in 1982 to celebrate the life and works of Loren Eiseley, the Library gradually accumulated its own collection of Eiseley materials. These materials include Eiseley correspondence, letters from Eiseley's teachers and fellow students at the University describing their experiences with him, and Eiseley display materials acquired from a variety of sources. The Friends of Loren Eiseley have donated various individual items to the Heritage Room. These include a painting by Eiseley's mother, and a doll house, the subject of one of Eiseley's poems, from his office at the University of Pennsylvania.

Collection Summary

Origin of Collection: The collection was assembled by Lincoln City Libraries staff, and by The Friends of Loren Eiseley, who subsequently donated display materials to the Heritage Room at Bennett Martin Public Library.

Collection Name: Bennett Martin Public Library Collection of Eiseley Materials

Extent of Collection: Two four inch deep 16X20 inch storage boxes, one photoalbum, sixteen linear inches of vertical files, and display objects including a framed painting and a doll house.

Storage: Documents are stored in acid free folders. Fragile original Eiseley correspondence stored in mylar sleeves. Temperature and humidity are monitored and controlled.

Abstract: Collection includes library correspondence with Eiseley, library correspondence with Nebraska residents who were close to Eiseley in his early years, Eiseley correspondence with friends, photographs, and display objects.

Repository: The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1899. Phone: (402) 441-8516.

Rights: In most cases, copyrights for letters in this collection belong to the respective authors of those letters. All rights to photographs in the photograph album belong to the University of Pennsylvania.

Restrictions: Researchers may view the materials and take notes in pencil only. Requests to copy, photograph or otherwise reproduce materials from the collection will be considered. Fragile materials may not be copied. The library retains any rights it may have in the unpublished materials in this collection.

Nebraska Academy of Science Eiseley Donation

Collection Summary

Origin of Collection: C. Bertram Schultz and Loren Eiseley worked together as part of the Old South Party team of bone diggers sponsored by the Nebraska State Museum in the 1930s. Schultz eventually became Director of the Museum and Eiseley joined the faculties of Kansas and Oberlin, finally settling at the University of Pennsylvania for the majority of his career. Schultz and Eiseley kept a professional and personal correspondence that spanned from their done hunting days at Nebraska until Eiseley’s death in 1977. The highlights of this donation include letters between Mabel and Loren Eiseley and Schultz, photographs of Eiseley’s induction to the Nebraska Hall of Fame, reproductions of some of Eiseley’s writings, clippings about Eiseley, and files on two memorial services that were held at Eiseley’s death. This donation was assembled by staff at the Nebraska Academy of Science and given to the Friends of Loren Eiseley which deposited it with the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. It was processed for storage by Christine Pappas—a job completed on Jan. 11, 2001.

Collection Name: Nebraska Academy of Science Eiseley Donation

Extent of Collection: Four inches of files.

Storage: Documents are stored in acid free folders in acid free document box. Humidity and temperature are monitored and controlled.

Abstract: Includes the C. Bertram Schultz-Loren Eiseley Correspondence: 1943-1978; other correspondence regarding Eiseley, photographs, newspaper clippings, and materials from memorial convocations held after Eiseley's death in Pennsylvania and Nebraska.

Repository: The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1899. Phone: (402) 441-8516.

Rights: The Library has been given physical ownership of the collection.

Restrictions: Researchers may view the materials and take notes in pencil only. Requests to copy, photograph or otherwise reproduce materials from the collection will be considered. Fragile materials may not be copied. The library retains any rights it may have in the unpublished materials in this collection.

Eiseley Association Books

 

The Friends of Loren Eiseley and the family of C. Bertram Schultz have donated a number of Eiseley association books to the library. These are now held in the Heritage Room:   EISELEY ASSOCIATION BOOK LIST



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