Guide to the Inez Puckett McEwen Papers 1885-1982
Cage 48

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
McEwen, Inez Puckett
Title
Inez Puckett McEwen Papers
ID
Cage 48
Date [inclusive]
1885-1982
Extent
16.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
7.75 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Diaries, correspondence, and manuscripts of Puckett's books.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 48, Inez Puckett McEwen Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Inez Puckett McEwen, 1899-1987, was born in Oyens, Iowa. Her parents then moved to Wyoming, Idaho, and California while she was still a child. McEwen went to school in California, attending USC, Pomona, and Scripps, and earning a B.A. in dramatics and also winning an art scholarship. After her formal education, she became a newspaper reporter and feature writer, radio reporter and private speech instructor. She also taught school both in California and later in Alaska. In 1943 McEwen moved to a ranch in Idaho with her husband and it was there that she wrote the popularly acclaimed book, So This Is Ranching. She also wrote scripts for a serial program, "Hodgepodge," that ran on a Twin Falls radio station. McEwen also spent the early 1960s in Somalia, Africa from where she penned her impressions of a culture different from her own. Moving in circles with regional writers, McEwen became acquainted with Vardis Fisher, the Idaho novelist. Apparently the two became romantically involved, as suggested by correspondence included in the papers.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of Izez Puckett McEwen consist largely of McEwen's writings, correspondence, journals, and memorabilia.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized in eight series: Career, Correspondence, Journals, Manuscripts, Miscellaneous, Newsclippings, Writings, and Added Materials (2010).

The Career series is one folder materials pertinent to McEwen's career as an author, particularly the promotion of So This Is Ranching.

The Correspondence series contains McEwen's letters including a group mailed from her African experience as well as some relevant to her relationship with Vardis Fisher.

The Journals are penned by McEwen and commence when she was still in her teens. These copious writings make up a large part of the collection inasmuch as McEwen chronicled her life well into her senior years.

The Manuscripts series is also lengthy and includes the professional writing that McEwen completed for both publication and radio broadcast.

The Miscellaneous series includes historic photographs from Idaho and also two photograph albums and one autograph album which belonged to McEwen's father Nelson Crowell Puckett.

The Newsclippings series contains miscellaneous clippings that McEwen complied and includes a file on Vardis Fisher. The Writings series includes work from both McEwen and several other individuals including her father Nelson Puckett, who penned his life story. McEwen's early prose is included in this series, as well as a limited verse.

The added material (2010) consists of correspondence with Caxton Printers, Washington State University, and others, primarily concerning McEwan's writing.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1995

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Inez Puckett McEwen donated her papers to Washington State University in three installments: 1959, 1960, and 1968. Additionally her daughter, Shannon M. Foster, contributed subsequent materials in 1995 and 2010.

Processing Information note

Jean Johnson processed the collection in 1995.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Related material is included in the Vardis Fisher Papers, 1922-1970 ( Cage 229).

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Controlled Access Headings

Occupation(s)

  • Authors, American -- 20th century--Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • McEwen, Inez Puckett --Archives
  • Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850

Subject(s)

  • Idaho
  • International Relations
  • Literature

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Career 

Box Folder

Inez Puckett 1945-1958 

1 1

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Series 2: Correspondence 

Box Folder

Caxton/Fisher/Etc. 1948-1970 

1 2

Craig, La Vivd 1979 

1 3

Fan Mail 1947-1952 

1 4

Keeley, Henry (Educator in Southern California) 1945-1949 

1 5

Miscellaneous 1941-1980 

1 6

Somali 1960-1965 

1 7

Washington State University 1960-1980 

2 8

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Series 3: Journal 

Box Folder

 1913 

2 9

 1916 

2 10

 1917 

2 11

 1918 

2 12

 1918-1919 

3 13

 1919 

3 14

 1932-1933 

3 15

 1933-1934 

3 16

 1934 

3 17

 1935 

4 18

 1936 

4 19

 1936-1938 

4 20

 1938 

4 21

 1938-1939 

4 22

 1939-1940 

4 23

 1940 

4 24

 1941 

5 25

 1941-1942 

5 26

 1942-1943 

5 27

 1943-1944 

5 28

 1944 

5 29

 1945-1946 

6 30

 1946-1949 

6 31

 1950-1952 

6 32

 1952-1953 

6 33

 1953-1954 

6 34

 1955-1956 

6 35

 1956 

6 36

 1957-1958 

7 37

 1958-1959 

7 38

 1959 

7 39

 1960 

7 40

 1960-1962 

7 41

 1961 

7 42

 1961-1962 

7 43

 1962 

7 44

 1962-1963 

8 45

 1963 

8 46

 1963-1964 

8 47

 1964 

8 48

 1964-1965 

8 49

 1969 

9 50

 1970 

9 51

 1970-1971 

9 52

 1971 

9 53

 1972 

9 54

 1973 

10 55

 1973-1982 

10 56

 1975 

10 57

 1976 

10 58

 1982 

10 59

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Series 4: Manuscripts 

McEwen, Inez Puckett 

Box Folder

Hodgepodge 1954 and undated 

11 60

Lend Me Your Ears 1956 

11 61

Lend Me Your Ears, draft undated 

12 62

Love Comes But Once, or  For Sinners Only, draft undated 

12 63

Miscellaneous undated 

12 64

Railroad Baby 1961 

13 65

So This Is Ranching 1941 

13 66

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Series 5: Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Autograph Book, Puckett, Nelson Crowell 1885 

13 67

Old-time South Idaho Pictures 1906-1955 and undated 

13 68

Photograph Album, Puckett, Nelson Crowell 

Box
Folder
Box Folder

 1916-1921 

14 69

 1918-1920 

14 70

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Series 6: Newsclippings 

Box Folder

McEwen, Inez Puckett 1946-1955 

14 71

Miscellaneous 

Box
Folder
Box Folder

on Vardis Fisher 1968-1978 

14 72

1979 and undated 

14 73

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Series 7: Writings 

Box Folder

Bryant, Rose 1932 and undated 

15 74

McEwen, Inez Puckett 

Box Folder

Editorial 1960 

15 75

Miscellaneous undated 

15 76

Note of Old-time Telegraph Operator for Use in Railroad Baby undated 

15 77

Notes on Teaching at Clark County High School, Dubois, Idaho 1957-1958 

15 78

Vardis Fisher As I Knew Him undated 

15 79

Verses 1915-1923 

15 80
Box Folder

Mildred 1975 

15 81

Puckett, Inez 

Box Folder

Sunshine and Shadows 1915 

15 82

 1911 

15 83
Box Folder

Puckett, Nelson Crowell undated 

15 84

Smith, Bess Foster 

Box Folder

The Family Album 1968 

15 85

Just Kid Talk 1981 

15 86

Woman Talk 1978 

15 87

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Series 8: Added Material (2010): Correspondence, 1945-1970 

Box Folder

Caxton Printers 

16 88

Washington State University 

16 89

Others 

16 90

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