Matthew Wills Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains around 20 items by or about Fugitive poet Ridley Wills, dating from 1919 to 1957. This includes poems by Wills or those sent to him, Wills's discharge papers from the army, and 4 issues of Bay Pines News, a publication edited by Wills while staying at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bay Pines, Florida.
- 1919 - 1957
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Biographical / Historical
William Ridley Wills was a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a member of the Fugitive literary group. He worked for the Memphis Press, Memphis Evening Appeal, and the Nashville Banner newspapers before leaving for New York to work for the New York World. He served in the army during World War I and saw action in France and Germany. He was well known as a novelist, poet, and journalist. He spent the last four years of his life as a patient at the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in Florida where he also served as the editor of the hospital newspaper. He died on September 8, 1957.
.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Language of Materials
This collection contains around 20 items by or about Fugitive poet Ridley Wills, dating from 1919 to 1957.
Special Collections & Archives
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Matthew Wills in 2009.
- Finding Aid for the Matthew Wills Collection
- Zach Johnson
- 2018 July
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