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Jessamyn West collection

 Collection — Folder: S1793
Identifier: S1793

Scope and Contents

This collection includes copies of two different letters written by Jessamyn West to Reverend Mahin, both were written in 1971. The first letter discusses Jessamyn’s past history, including her childhood and professional work. The second letter is about a visit Jessamyn made to Indianapolis, Indiana and paying for the hotel that she stayed in during that trip.


  • 1971


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

Jessamyn West was born on July 18, 1902 in Jennings County, Indiana before she and her family moved out to California at the age of 6. She was a devout Quaker and planned on becoming an English professor until she contracted tuberculosis and was ill until the 1940s. She did recover and went on to become a well-known Quaker author, publishing at least fourteen books and multiple short stories. She died on February 23, 1984 of a stroke in Napa, California.


Items in the collection.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in 1990/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/08/13 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/13 by Abby Currier.
Jessamyn West collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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