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The Edgar Lee Masters Collection

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Stacks of library books inside Seymour Library.

The Edgar Lee Masters Collection includes first and special editions of Masters' many works.

Edgar Lee MastersThe Illinois poet Edgar Lee Masters came to Galesburg from Petersburg to attend the Knox Academy for a short time. He then went on to read the law in Springfield. After the publication of Spoon River Anthology in his career in the literary world was established.

The following manuscript collections provide an added dimension to research for Masters' scholars.

  • Edgar Lee Masters Collection
  • Merle Glick/Edgar Lee Masters Collection
  • Thomas D. Mary Jane Masters Collection
  • Edwin Reese Collection
  • Also of interest: Merle Glick/Spoon River Collection