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Collection M 221:

Ward Shepard/ John Collier papers


Years this material was created: 1930-1959 (bulk years 1950-1959)
Quantity: .5 linear shelf feet (in 1 document case) 
Arranged and described by Carol Shepard, 2005
 © 2005 by Fort Lewis College Foundation, Center of Southwest Studies account

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Biographical note
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Introduction/ Scope and contents

M 221
Ward Shepard/ John Collier papers collection inventory
1930-1959 (bulk years 1950-1959)
.5 linear shelf feet (in 1 document case) (31 folders)

This collection consists of correspondence between Ward Shepard and John Collier and writings of both men, including a typescript of Collier's long poem, "Selections from the Entry to the Desert" (1956), and the 19-page publication "Our Mingling Worlds," a compendium of newspaper articles published in the historic Taos weekly newspaper El Crepusculo (Taos, N.M.), starting on August 27, 1959 through circa early 1960, describing his experiences living in Taos, N.M. and other philosophical thoughts about Native Americans and other indigenous people, and photoprints (approximately 20 items, including several large photos of Native Americans, one of them including John Collier, standing second from the left, with men who may possibly be Shoshone elders, and numerous small contact prints) by Ward Shepard, circa early 1930s-1959.

Biographical note

Ward Shepard was a soil conservationist and forester who taught briefly at Harvard after graduating from that institution.  Soon thereafter he took a job at the Department of the Interior and worked there throughout his career, which included much work with John Collier, who was perhaps ten years his senior.  Mr. Shepard’s concern was for the survival of indigenous peoples of the world, and he wrote about that topic, including the work, Food or Famine and an unpublished work about the damaging effects of the belief in Darwinian theories of the survival of the fittest.  He lived in the Washington, D.C. area through his adult years, retiring at about age 59 to a 65-acre property in Vienna, Virginia where he built a home using the local timber, where he lived until his death at about age 72.  He had three sons, one of whom was the donor’s father.  Carol Shepard (the donor) carried her grandfather’s papers around with her since she was in her twenties, and began to organize them about a dozen years ago.  She writes: “my grandfather, Ward Shepard, worked with John Collier, the first U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs, in the late 1920's-early 1930's.  They were active in the southwest with Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples.   I have much correspondence, writings and photos from that period.  John Collier and my grandfather were very close friends.  In their retirement in the 1950s they corresponded almost every day.  Much of this time Collier was living again in Taos, NM.  It was an intensely creative time for both him and my grandfather and they used each other to critique their thoughts and writing.  My grandfather seems to have ‘collected’ anything Collier sent to him.  One of my favorites is reprints of a series of articles entitled ‘Our Mingling Worlds’ that John Collier wrote in 1959 for a small Taos periodical called El Crepusculo.  It describes his whole introduction to and love for the people of the Taos Pueblo.”

Administrative information

Acquisition of this collection:  This collection is the Center of Southwest Studies' accession 2005:06004, donated by Carol Shepard in June of 2005 by deed of gift.

About the organization of this collection:  Because we do not expect to add to this collection, the folders are numbered in one single numbering scheme starting with 1, and there is a single chronologically arranged series of files.

Processing information:  Carol Shepard arranged and described this collection at the Southwest Studies under the supervision of the archivist in the summer and fall of 2005.  This inventory was produced n in November of 2005.  

Container list

Box 1 Folder description

Folder 1

Collier, John, poetry, “Lucy Graham Crozier,” 1930

Folder 2

Collier, John, poems and writings, 1935-195?

Folder 3

Collier, John, poetry, “Nature Keeps Her Lasting Own,” 1943-47

Folder 4

Shepard, Ward, Navajo tribal administration, book outline, 1944-45

Folder 5

Collier, John, correspondence with Ward Shepard, 1945-48

Folder 6

Collier, John, correspondence to Ward Shepard re: paper by Laura Thompson, 1946?

Folder 7

Collier, John, address to West Virginia Institute of Technology, May 26, 1947

Folder 8

Collier, John, address, “The Scientist’s Responsibility in the World Crisis,” 1948

Folder 9

Collier, John, letter to student, 1949

Folder 10

Collier, John, poetry, “Ancient Village Communities and Human Hope,” 1949

Folder 11

Collier, John, correspondence with Ward Shepard, 1949-1950

Folder 12

Shepard, Ward, paper, “The Best of Two Worlds,” Institute for Public Affairs, 1950

Folder 13

Shepard, Ward, correspondence to John Collier re: Collier’s book, Indians of the Americas, Penguin edition, 1950?

Folder 14

Collier, John, address to United Nations Commission on Human Rights, June 15, 1951

Folder 15

Collier, John, correspondence with Ward Shepard, poetry, philosophical thought, 1951

Folder 16

Collier, John, article from The Churchman, “Against Indians and Our Honor,”1952

Folder 17

Collier, John, book outline, “A possible book on community, and on community research,” 1952

Folder 18

Collier, John, correspondence with Ward Shepard, 1952

Folder 19

Collier, John, correspondence with Ward Shepard, 1953

Folder 20

Collier, John, correspondence with Ward Shepard, includes poetry, 1953-55

Folder 21

Shepard, Ward, book chapter outline, “Man and Nature,” Collier letter regarding outline, 1956?

Folder 22

Collier, John, correspondence with Ward Shepard re: Collier’s “meditations” (his philosophical thoughts), 1956-57

Folder 23

Collier, John, correspondence with Ward Shepard, 1956-1957

Folder 24

Collier, John, poetry, “Selections for ‘The Entry to the Desert,’ 1956, includes letter from Ward Shepard

Folder 25

Collier, John, letter to Henry Geiger, Manas Publishing, re: dances at Taos Pueblo, 1957

Folder 26

Shepard, Ward, paper, “Life Out of Death, the Malthusian-Darwinian Myth,” 1958

Folder 27

Collier, John/Shepard, Ward philosophical correspondence., 1958

Folder 28

Collier, John, articles, “Our Mingling Worlds,” reprinted from El Crepusculo, Taos, NM, 1959. 

Folder 29

Shepard, Ward, Navajo erosion control photographs, 1930s

Folder 30

Shepard, Ward, Construction Work at Navajo Capital, 1930s

Folder 31

Collier, John/Shepard, Ward, photos, Navajo & Plains Indians, 1934?-1940s

Doing your own research: This description of a portion of the collections at the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies is provided to inform interested parties about the nature and depth of the repository's collections.  It cannot serve as a substitute for a visit to the repository for those with substantial research interests in the collections.



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