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Glenn Cunningham collection : [sec. 3] Papers of Myra Lockwood Brown, biographer

Creator: Brown, Myra Lockwood

Date: [193_-not after 2006] (bulk 1964-1969)

Level of Description: Sub-collection/group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 904: Box 7 (Sec. 3), Osz. box 1

Unit ID: 312705

Biographical sketch: Author; of El Dorado, Kan.

Abstract: Letters received, research notes, transcripts of interviews, articles about Glenn Cunningham by Myra Lockwood Brown, and the draft text of a biography Mrs. Brown was writing about Glenn Cunningham for William Morrow and Company at the time of her death.

Summary: Series Descriptions

Items marked by an asterisk (*) denote containers retained with their original descriptions and in original internal order as received.

A complete folder list follows these descriptions.


Series 1: RESEARCH NOTES AND INTERVIEWS (UNBOUND), [193_-not after 2006] (bulk 1964-1969). 0.4 ft. (19 folders) (Box 7)

Notes & related materials received or compiled by Myra Lockwood Brown while researching her intended biography of Glenn Cunningham and transcripts of interviews by Brown & others with Cunningham & those who knew him. Includes information about his race times; notes relating to people & events in Elkhart, Kan.; transcripts of & published articles, book chapters, & broadcast programs by & about him, including "Master of Miles" by Jerry Mason; autobiographical sketches by Cunningham; copies of news releases when he ran competitively; lists of articles about him; general information on Morton County, Kans., during the time Cunningham lived there; obituaries of Mrs. Brown; proofs of a chapter of Paul Kiell’s book; Ruth Cunningham’s notes & correspondence; articles about sons--Glenn, Jr.; Lynn; and Gene--and a photograph of Glenn Cunningham running for the University of Kansas (Lawrence) (KU). Interviewees and authors of first person accounts include Glenn Cunningham; classmates, including Francis M. (“Brigham”) Young; coaches, including H. W. (Bill) Hargiss & Dr. Forrest (“Phog”) Allen; teachers; KU friends, including Pete Bausch; community residents in Elkhart; and competitors, including Gene Venzke.

Organized with research notes preceding interviews.

Contents:
[General material] 1934-1976, 1 folder
Research notes, [193_-not after 2006] (bulk 1964-1969), 0.2 ft. (8 folders)
Interviews, 1933-1970 (bulk 1964-1969), 0.2 ft. (10 folders)


Series 2: BINDERS AND NOTEBOOKS, 1917-1987 (bulk 1964-1984). 0.3 ft. (2 v.) (Oversize Box 1)

Two binders containing letters describing Glenn Cunningham, transcripts of interviews, newspaper articles, and drafts of Myra Lockwood Brown’s biography of Glenn Cunningham. Also included are Mrs. Brown’s obituaries and various other items. Vol. 1, labeled "Return," includes obituaries of Mrs. Brown, interviews, transcripts of newspaper articles found at the Kansas State Historical Society & compiled by Ruth Cunningham, and drafts of Chapters 1-5 of Mrs. Brown’s biography. The interviewees include Glenn Cunningham; Dr. Forrest (“Phog”) Allen; Roy Varney; friends from Elkhart, Kans.; Glenn’s mother, Rosa Moore Cunningham; and “Tiny” Morris. The vol. may have been compiled by Ruth Cunningham, and there may have been a relationship between it and the vol. labeled "Keep" in Series 11, Binders and Notebooks, [1916]-2004, in Glenn Cunningham’s papers, Section 1. Vol. 2 contains letters received by Mrs. Brown including a letter describing his medical treatment after the Sunflower School fire written by the wife of a doctor who treated him, newspaper articles, letters describing Glenn Cunningham, inspirational messages, and the University of Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia) commencement program for his daughter Cindy.

Vol. arranged chronologically.

Contents:
v. 1. Return,* 1917-1970 (bulk 1964-[1969])
v. 2. [Red notebook], 1970-1987 (bulk 1984 Oct.-Nov.)*


Series 3: ARTICLES BY MYRA LOCKWOOD BROWN, 1954-[not after 1970] (bulk 1959-[ca. 1969]). 1 folder (12 items) (Box 7)

Articles about Glenn Cunningham submitted to several publications for consideration. Included are cover letters from Mrs. Brown and the first 5 pages of her full length biography of Cunningham, Glenn Cunningham, a Great American. Also included is a typescript of text from Champions by Setback by David K. Boynick (New York: Crowell, ©1954) containing much information about Archie San Romani.


Series 4: GLENN CUNNINGHAM, A GREAT AMERICAN : MANUSCRIPT, ORIGINAL, 1967 Feb. 14. 1 folder (2 items) (Box 7)

Myra Lockwood Brown’s typescript draft biography of Glenn Cunningham. Other drafts may be found in Series 2, Binders and Notebooks, 1917-1987 (bulk 1964-1984), and Series 3, Articles by Myra Lockwood Brown, 1954-[not after 1970] (bulk 1959-[ca. 1969]).

Summary: Folder List:

Items marked by an asterisk (*) denote containers retained with their original descriptions and in original internal order as received.

Series 1: RESEARCH NOTES AND INTERVIEWS (UNBOUND), [193_-not after 2006] (bulk 1964-1969). 0.4 ft. (19 folders) (Box 7)

folder: [General material] 1934-1976

subseries 1: Research notes, [193_-not after 2006] (bulk 1964-1969). 0.2 ft. (8 folders)

  • folder 1: [General], 1964-[1969]

  • folder 2: Glenn: published articles by Glenn and others,* 1938-1964

  • folder 3: "Master of Miles," [by] Jerry Mason, ©1940-1947

  • folder 4: [Paul Kiell material ; Ruth Cunningham correspondence ; Myra Lockwood Brown obituaries ; background information on Morton County ; photo of Glenn Cunningham running for the University of Kansas (Lawrence),* 193_]-2006

  • folder 5: ["Track and field: Glenn Cunningham" ; pages from the Glenn Cunningham note-book ; "A Century's Quest," by Mel Allen and Frank Graham, Jr.; pp. 47ff. in Sport, Sport Sport, stories selected by John Lowell Pratt ; the "big race" at Princeton, 1934],* 1934-1979

  • folder 6: Glenn Cunningham, Jr., and Lynn and Gene Cunningham,* 1966-1968

  • folder 7: Notes by Ruth Cunningham,* [text from] 1917 Feb.-Sept., [written ca. 1988?]

  • folder 8: [Draft of portion of Paul Kiell's biography, not after 2006]*

subseries 2: Interviews, 1933-1970 (bulk 1964-1969). 0.2 ft. (10 folders)

  • folder 1: [General], 1964-1968

  • folder 2: Elkhart interviews,* 1964-1969

  • folder 3: Glenn Cunningham interview,* [n.d.]

  • folder 4: Glenn Cunningham interviews,* 1968-1988

  • folder 5: Pete Bausch interview,* [n.d.]

  • folder 6: Interview with Dr. Forrest (Phog) Allen, Lawrence, Kansas, June 12, 1967*

  • folder 7: H. W. Hargiss,* [n.d.]

  • folder 8: Interviews/H.W. Hargiss, [R. L. Jewell, Glenn Cunningham,]* 1933-1967

  • folder 9: Gene Venzke on Glenn Cunningham,* 1966 Nov. 23

  • folder 10: Interviews with Brigham Young / Myra Lockwood Brown, interviewer* [and items about Mrs. Brown], 1961-1970

Series 2: BINDERS AND NOTEBOOKS, 1917-1987 (bulk 1964-1984). 0.3 ft. (2 v.) (Oversize Box 1)
v. 1. Return,* 1917-1970 (bulk 1964-[1969])
v. 2. [red notebook], 1970-1987 (bulk 1984 Oct.-Nov.)*

Series 3: ARTICLES BY MYRA LOCKWOOD BROWN, 1954-[not after 1970] (bulk 1959-[ca. 1969]). 1 folder (12 items) (Box 7)

Series 4: GLENN CUNNINGHAM, A GREAT AMERICAN : MANUSCRIPT, ORIGINAL, 1967 Feb. 14. 1 folder (2 items) (Box 7)

Space Required/Quantity: 0.6 ft.

Title (Main title): Glenn Cunningham collection : [sec. 3] Papers of Myra Lockwood Brown, biographer

Titles (Other):

  • Myra Lockwood Brown papers relating to Glenn Cunningham

Part of: Glenn Cunningham collection.

Language note: Text is in English.

Biography

Biog. Sketch (Full):

Myra Amanda Lockwood was born on 17 August 1889 in Baldwin City, Kansas, to Anson Ovid Lockwood (1855-1933), a Methodist Episcopal minister, and Nora Domer Stewart Lockwood (1864-1942).  She had three brothers‑‑Allen Thomas Stewart Lockwood (1892-1970), Gerald Ovid Lockwood (1900-1966?), and Roy MacNeil Lockwood (1902-1950)‑‑and three sisters‑‑Mary Eleanor (1889-1961), her twin; Nora (Norma) May Lockwood (1897-1973); and Ruth Anne Lockwood (Yeoman) (1899-1984).
 
Myra graduated in 1911 from Baker University in Baldwin City with a bachelor of arts degree and earned a master of arts degree in English from Baker the following year. Her first teaching job was at the Blytheville, Arkansas, high school from 1912 until 1916.  In 1916 and 1917 she taught math at Forest City, Iowa.  From there she taught at the Oklahoma College for Women, the present University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in Chickasha.
 
She married Jardwin Emmet Brown (1878-1963), a Butler County, Kansas, farmer, on 24 August 1921.  They had one son, Myron Emmet Brown, who died soon after birth (Oct. 29-Nov. 6, 1923).
 
She was noted as an author, poet, and educator.  She wrote extensively on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the Flint Hills region of Kansas, beginning in the 1940s in the pages of the Butler Free-Lance published in El Dorado and later the magazine The Country Gentleman.  She also did biographies of famous people including Abraham Lincoln, Frederic Remington, and William Allen White.  Most of her work consisted of magazine articles, but she did write at least one book, A Lamp on the Prairie.  Her most famous work may have been “They Don’t Need Progress” published in the Saturday Evening Post.
 
She was a member of the Prairie Quill Club, the Butler County Historical Society, the Midwest Writers Association, and the National League of American Pen Women as well as other organizations.  She also was a reader-editor for The Delineator, a Magazine for Women.
 
Emmet died in 1963, and Myra moved into El Dorado.  She died there on 3 September 1970.  At the time of her death, she was compiling information for a book length biography of Glenn Cunningham to be published by William Morrow and Company.  She is buried with Emmet in Blankenship Cemetery in Butler County.

Scope and Content

Contents:

Series 1: RESEARCH NOTES AND INTERVIEWS (UNBOUND), [193_-not after 2006] (bulk 1964-1969), 0.4 ft. (19 folders) (Box 7)
Series 2: BINDERS AND NOTEBOOKS, 1917-1987 (bulk 1964-1984), 0.3 ft. (2 v.) (Oversize Box 1)
Series 3: ARTICLES BY MYRA LOCKWOOD BROWN, 1954-[not after 1970] (bulk 1959-[ca. 1969]), 1 folder (12 items) (Box 7)
Series 4: GLENN CUNNINGHAM, A GREAT AMERICAN : MANUSCRIPT, ORIGINAL, 1967 Feb. 14, 1 folder (2 items) (Box 7)

Locators:

No Locators Identified

Related Records or Collections

Associated materials: Most of Myra Lockwood Brown's papers are in the Butler County Historical Museum's collection at the Kansas Oil Museum and Butler County Historical Society (El Dorado). Some of her papers also are part of the Stewart-Lockwood Family Collection papers, 1852-1950, 57 ft., at the University of Kansas Libraries (Lawrence), Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Kansas Collection: Collection RH 114; http://etext.ku.edu/view?docId=ksrlead/ksrl.kc.stewartlockwoodpapers.xml

Index Terms

Subjects

    William Morrow and Company
    Butler County (Kan.)
    Chase County (Kan.)
    Elkhart (Kan.) -- Biography
    New York (N.Y.)
    Perry County (Ark.)
    Cunningham, Glenn, 1909-1988
    Book proposals
    Philanthropists -- Arkansas -- Perry County -- Biography
    Philanthropists -- Kansas -- Butler County -- Biography
    Philanthropists -- Kansas -- Chase County -- Biography
    Runners (Sports) -- Kansas -- Elkhart -- Biography
    Runners (Sports) -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
    Runners (Sports) -- United States -- Biography
    Sports -- Biography

Creators and Contributors


Additional Information for Researchers

Use and reproduction:

Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The user is cautioned that the publication of the contents of this collection may be construed as constituting a violation of literary property rights. These rights derive from the principle of common law, affirmed in the copyright law of 1976 as amended, that the writer of an unpublished letter or other manuscript has the sole right to publish the contents thereof unless he or she affirmatively parts with that right; the right descends to his or her legal heirs regardless of the ownership of the physical manuscript itself. It is the responsibility of a user or his or her publisher to secure the permission of the owner of literary property rights in unpublished writing.

It is presumed that copyrights to documents created by Myra Lockwood Brown and others outside of the Glenn and Ruth Cunningham family in this collection belong to the heirs, employing corporate entities, or assigns of the creators.

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