Stevens, Wayne E. Papers, 1920-1959

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Collection Overview

Title: Stevens, Wayne E. Papers, 1920-1959

Primary Creator: Stevens, Wayne Edson (1892-1959)

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet

Subjects: Fayette County--Vandalia (Ill.), Frontier and pioneer life, Illinois--Politics and government, Indiana, Native Americans, Property, Slavery, Stevens, Wayne Edson, 1892-1959

Forms of Material: Professional papers

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the professional research papers, articles, letters, and notes of Wayne E. Stevens, a University of Illinois alumnus and history scholar.

Wayne Edson Stevens (1892-1959) was born in Avon, Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College in 1913 before receiving his Master of Arts (1914) and Ph.D. (1916) degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Stevens worked on several historical studies, including the Illinois Centennial History. He taught briefly at the University of Minnesota before accepting a position at Dartmouth College, where he taught for 38 years. Stevens's work includes editing History of the 151st Field Artillery, Rainbow Division (1924), writing The Northwest Fur Trade, 1763-1800 (1928), along with many articles, creating an inventory of Canadian archives for a study of the Mississippi Valley, and working on an edited edition of pamphlets related to the Vandalia and Indiana Companies of the late eighteenth century for the Alvord Memorial Commission.

This collection is arranged into three series containing papers related to the Vandalia and Indiana Companies, interest groups disputing lands and territories during the late eighteenth century, and Illinois politics. Making up the majority of the collection, the Vandalia and Indiana Companies Editorial Project series includes editor's comments about and outlines of the pamphlets, lists of documents related to the companies, correspondence, and reports on progress towards publication. The Rights, Settlement and Acquisition of Lands series includes copies of pamphlet and court cases concerning land rights, settlement, and acquisition of lands from Native American tribes. The Other Articles, Reports, and Notes series includes two articles on Illinois politics, including the issue of slavery, in the first decade after its statehood; a manuscript on the Vandalia Colony; a report listing Upper Mississippi Valley resources in the Canadian Archives; biographical notes of Henry Munro, Hendrick Theyanoguin, and the family of William Johnson; and notes gathered for The Illinois Country.

Mrs. Wayne E. Stevens donated the collection to the Illinois Historical Survey, predecessor to the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, in 1959.

Subject/Index Terms

Fayette County--Vandalia (Ill.)
Frontier and pioneer life
Illinois--Politics and government
Native Americans
Stevens, Wayne Edson, 1892-1959