Correspondence, books, notes, printed material, ephemera, and photographs pertaining to Mahayana Buddhism. Also contains materials
pertaining to Evans-Wentz's education.
Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz helped to develop western understanding of Oriental religions, especially Tibetan Buddhism. He
was born February 2, 1878 in Trenton, New Jersey where he spent his childhood, completing elementary school in June, 1892.
After less than two years of high school, Wantz decided to become a journalist. He dropped out of high school and enrolled
in commercial courses at business colleges in Jacksonville, Florida and Trenton, New Jersey. Working his way across the United
States in various newspaper offices, he followed his family, who had recently settled in La Mesa, California, westward. Having
decided that he was not well-suited to journalism, he arrived in Palo Alto in the academic year 1901-1902, hoping to gain
admittance to the newly-established Stanford University.
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