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Lionel Wiggam speech

 Collection — Folder: S1404
Identifier: S1404

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the typewritten acceptance speech that Lionel Wiggam gave at the Indiana Authors' Day in Bloomington, Indiana on April 8, 1962. Wiggam was given the award for most distinguished book of poetry by a Hoosier author published in 1961 for his book The Land of Unloving. His remarks during his speech were a tribute to the librarians who helped and guided him in his youth.


  • 1962/04/08


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

Lionel Wiggam was born on September 16, 1914 in Columbus, Indiana to Howard and Pearl Wiggam. His family moved to Indianapolis when he was about six years old and he later graduated from Arsenal Technical High School. He attended Northwestern University and graduated from Princeton University in 1943. An award winning poet, playwright and fiction writer, he was also a top model for men's clothing. He had two books of poetry published, Landscapes with Figures (1936) andThe Land of Unloving (1960). He died in Ocean Grove, New Jersey on August 16, 2005.

Sources: "Lionel Carleton Wiggam." Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940. Accessed September 25, 2017. "Lionel Wiggam." U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed September 25, 2017.

Stewart, Lotys Benning. "He's a Model Man." Indianapolis Star (IN), August 14, 1955. Accessed September 25, 2017.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974.


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 donation from Lionel Wiggam in 1962.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/09/25 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/09/25 by Laura Eliason.
Lionel Wiggam speech
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.