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Carl Sandburg papers (Connemara Accession)


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Monograph Inclusions

Save America's Treasures Materials

Pamphlets Misc.


Legacy Sandburg Materials





Movie Reviews

Correspondence Series 1

Correspondence Series 2

Correspondence Series 3

Correspondence Series 4

Correspondence Series 5

Correspondence Series 6

Correspondence Series 7

Galley Proofs


Oral History Project

Oversize materials

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Carl Sandburg papers (Connemara Accession), 1898-1967 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Collection Overview

Title: Carl Sandburg papers (Connemara Accession), 1898-1967Add to your cart.

ID: 01/01/MSS00047

Primary Creator: Sandburg, Carl (1878-1967)

Extent: 598.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The "Connemara Transfer" of the Carl Sandburg papers (1898-1962) includes typescripts and corrected galley proofs of Sandburg's works and correspondence (1916-62) with literary and public figures, scholars and admirers about writing, American folk songs, Abraham Lincoln, journalism and lecture tours. The collection also contains a Spanish-American War diary (1898), lectures (1908- 09), recordings and transcriptions of Sandburg's radio broadcasts and lectures and magazine articles and newspaper clippings by and about him. The papers also include Lombard College publications (1898-1902), material concerning the Chicago Daily News (1917-32) and a supporting book collection of approximately 5,000 volumes.

The collection was originally arranged numerically 1 through 468. Sections of the first 152 boxes were rearranged into a material type arrangement through the Save American History Project.  For a topic-based finding aid, please go to the following link.

Biographical Note

Internationally renowned author-poet and collector Carl August Sandburg was born Jan. 6, 1878 the second of seven children to Swedish immigrants August and Clara Anderson Sandburg in Galesburg, Illinois.

After finishing eighth grade, he worked as a milkman, ice harvester, bricklayer, wheat thresher, shoe shiner, soldier, and fireman over a decade. He also traveled as a hobo. His experiences working and traveling greatly influenced his writing and political views.

Sandburg attended Lombard College starting in 1898, and joined its Poor Writers' Club, founded by professor Phillip Green Wright, who encouraged young Sandburg and printed Sandburg's first book of verse, In Reckless Ecstasyin 1904 and two additional volumes in 1907 Incidentals) and 1908 (the Plaint of a Rose).

Sandburg met Lilian Ana "Paula" Steichen at the Wisconsin Social Democratic party headquarters, where he worked as an organizer, and married her in 1908. After marriage, he returned to Illinois and took up journalism.

His poetry was published in 1914 in Poetry magazine, and he went on to publish more poetry, along with Rootabaga Stories, a book of fanciful children's tales, in 1922. That book prompted Sandburg's publisher to suggest a biography of Lincoln for children. Instead, Sandburg's ensuing three years of research led to a two-volume biography for adults, Abraham Lincoln:  The Prairie Years, his first financial success. He next wrote four additional volumes, Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940. Sandburg continued as a prolific writer, publishing more poetry, a novel, Remembrance Rock, a second volume of folk songs, and an autobiography, Always the Young Strangers.  His Complete Poems won him a second Pulitzer Prize in 1951. Considered by many as the "Poet of the People" and called "the Voice of America" by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Died July 22, 1967 at his North Carolina home.  Survived by three daughters Margaret (b. 3 Jun 1911), Janet (b. 27 Jun 1916), and Helga (b. Nov 1918), and preceded in death by Madeline (b. and d. Nov 1913).

Subject/Index Terms

Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967

Administrative Information

Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

This collection is the physical property of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, may reside with the materials' creator(s) or their heirs.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library's reproduction and publication policies are available here. The library welcomes requests for reproductions made from works in our collections, though restrictions may apply to certain materials. Please contact the library with any questions.

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Other Note:

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library maintains several databases related to materials in its Carl Sandburg collections. Several of the library's Carl Sandburg databases are available here.

Rare Book & Manuscript Library staff have access to additional, partial inventories related to the following subjects. Please contact the library for more information.

-Carl Sandburg Oral History Project

-Letters Honoring Carl Sandburg

-Carl Sandburg: Connemara Collection (Series 1-3, Series 4-7)

-Save America's Treasures

-D'Alessio Photographs

-Galley Proofs


-Poetry Manuscripts


-Reuben Borough

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Monograph Inclusions],
[Series 2: Save America's Treasures Materials],
[Series 3: Pamphlets Misc.],
[Series 4: Periodicals],
[Series 5: Legacy Sandburg Materials],
[Series 6: Poetry],
[Series 7: Clippings],
[Series 8: Newspapers],
[Series 9: Scrapbooks],
[Series 10: Movie Reviews],
[Series 11: Correspondence Series 1],
[Series 12: Correspondence Series 2],
[Series 13: Correspondence Series 3],
[Series 14: Correspondence Series 4],
[Series 15: Correspondence Series 5],
[Series 16: Correspondence Series 6],
[Series 17: Correspondence Series 7],
[Series 18: Galley Proofs],
[Series 19: Photographs],
[Series 20: Oral History Project],
[Series OS: Oversize materials],