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Alan Jenkins (AC 1924) Carl Sandburg Collection

Identifier: MA.00154

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence between Sandberg and Jenkins, articles on Sandburg by Jenkins (typescript, clippings and reprints) and other news clippings and materials on Sandburg. Also included are Jenkins' notes on Thomas Irwin Starr and Philip Green Wright. There is an extensive file of photographs of Sandburg, Jenkins and Starr and a file of letters related to Sandburg from Sandburg's literary contemporaries.


  • Creation: circa 1938-1970


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American poet, novelist, folk singer and author of a major biography of Abraham Lincoln.

James Alan Jenkins (1903-1971) was a member of the Amherst College Class of 1924. He was pastor of the First Congregational Church, Elkhart, Indiana (1936); Galesburg (Illinois) Congregational Church (1943-1953); and First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, Michigan (1953-1971). He formed a friendship with Carl Sandburg, wrote on Sandburg and served on the board of directors of the Carl Sandburg Association. Sandburg and Jenkins were mutual friends of Thomas Irwin Starr, another Lincoln biographer and collector of Lincolniana.


1.5 Linear feet (3 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



Jenkins was a Congregational pastor who formed a friendship with poet, novelist and folk singer Carl Sandburg. Collection contains correspondence between Sandberg and Jenkins, articles on Sandburg by Jenkins, other news clippings, photographs, notes, and related letters from Sandburg's literary contemporaries.


This collection is organized into six series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Prose and Poetry of Carl Sandburg
  3. Series 3: Articles on Sandburg by Alan Jenkins
  4. Series 4: Miscellaneous Material on Carl Sandburg
  5. Series 5: News Clippings
  6. Series 6: Miscellaneous Material
Peter A. Nelson, Alicia Yang Cao
Language of description
Script of description
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299