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Roberta June Wills collection

 Collection — Folder: S1177
Identifier: S1177

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a postcard from the American Poetry Association, Inc., postmarked June 5, 1938, and sent to Miss Betty Wariner of Indianapolis, Indiana regarding the publication of Roberta June Wills's first volume of poetry, Sea Shells. The collection also includes a photograph of Roberta June Wills (undated) and a handwritten copy of the poem "I Love My Old Clock", possibly written by Ms. Wills (undated).


  • 1938


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Robert June Wills was born on June 14, 1913 in Boone County, Indiana to Hallie A. and Nora P. Wills. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1931, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State University, and received her M.S. in library science from Syracuse University. Wills was a school librarian in South Bend (1943-1944), Fairmont (1944-1948), and Connersville (1948-1952), Indiana before moving to the college level. She worked as a librarian at Bradley University (1952-1954), the University of Wichita (1954-1957), and Alma College (1957-1962), and then became an associate professor and chair of the department of library education at Mansfield State College in Pennsylvania (1962-1975). Wills was the author of Sea Shells, a volume of poetry published in 1938, and her poetry also appeared in several anthologies and journals. She returned to Indiana in 1984 and lived in Lebanon until her death at the age of 84 on December 18, 1997.

Sources: "Roberta June Wills." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed May 1, 2018.

"Roberta J. Wills, 84." Lebanon Reporter (IN), December 20, 1997.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division on 2013/02/08.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ISLI 811.5 W741s: Sea Shells by Robert June Wills

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/05/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/03 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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