Scope and Content
Title: Lucile Selk Edgerton Papers
Bulk dates: 1936-1962
Collection Number: Consult
Edgerton, Lucile Selk
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Abstract: The collection consists of Lucile Selk Edgerton's professional papers,
including manuscripts of unpublished novels, original sketches, assorted printed
magazines, copies of her published novels, California research notes, some printed
items, and ephemera.
Language of Material: The records are in English.
Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the
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In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual
materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the
Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as
owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain
permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the
Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights.
Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.
[Identification of item], Lucile Selk Edgerton papers, The Huntington Library,
San Marino, California.
Purchased from Elliott Mittler, December 1, 2010.
Lucile Selk Edgerton (1896-1987) graduated from East High School in Green Bay,
Wisconsin, in 1915. She attended the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism
and was an art critic for the Milwaukee Sentinel. By 1937 she was living in Los
Angeles. She was a prolific writer of short stories and novels, many of them with
Western themes, during the 1930s and 1940s. She was the author of two published
novels, In Walked Anny (1940) and Pillars of Gold (1941), a romance set in Civil War
Scope and Content
The collection consists of Lucile Selk Edgerton’s professional papers, including the
manuscripts of unpublished novels, original sketches meant to accompany her works of
fiction, assorted printed magazines containing her published stories, copies of her
published novels Pillars of Gold and In Walked Anny, some printed items, and
ephemera. Part of the collection consists of essays, correspondence, and research
notes related to California history, and includes essays on Charles F. Wells, Thomas
H. Blythe, Earl Rogers, Charlie Utting, C.E. Wells, and “Wild Horse Bill,” as well
as a variety of essays on the history of the Palo Verde Valley, the City of Blythe,
and water reclamation around Isabella Lake. Many of the California research notes
were compiled by Edgerton’s son, Dean Edgerton, Jr. Also included is a bound volume
with notes on his World War II experiences.
The collection is arranged in six boxes by series.
A detailed container list is available through the Manuscripts Department.
Women authors, American--20th
Palo Verde Valley