La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963

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Oliver La Farge studied anthropology at Harvard University where he took part in an archaeological expedition to northern Arizona where he studied Navajo ruins. He earned a Hemenway Fellowship that extended to graduate research in Guatemala with the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University. While writing the report of his research trip, La Farge also began writing his first novel, Laughing Boy, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929. La Farge was a prolific writer, publishing 24 books and dozens of articles and short stories, but he also served in the U.S. Air Transport Command during World War II and became deeply involved in relations between American Indian tribes and the Federal Government.

From the description of Oliver La Farge papers, 1929-1932. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 181746234

American author.

From the description of Oliver La Farge Collection, 1886-1966 (bulk 1924-1966). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122692629

Born in New York City in 1901, Oliver La Farge attended Saint Bernard's Elementary School before being sent to Groton Academy in Lowell, Massachusetts. He entered Harvard in 1920 where his interest in writing earned him a place on the editorial board of the Harvard Advocate, in which several of his early short stories and poems were published. During his first year at Harvard La Farge took part in an archaeological expedition to northern Arizona where he studied Navajo ruins. He turned the experience into a short story when he returned to school, but he also took a strong interest in past cultures and majored in anthropology. He earned a Hemenway Fellowship which extended to graduate research in Guatemala with the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University.

While writing the report of his research trip La Farge also began writing his first novel, Laughing Boy, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929. The end of his research grant and the success of his book allowed La Farge to choose between writing and research. He chose writing.

Late in 1929 he married Wanden E. Mathews in New York City, where the couple lived until 1933 when they moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. They had two children before they moved. La Farge felt entirely at home in Santa Fe but Wanden was not happy in the West and in 1937 the couple divorced. Two years later La Farge was back in New York where he married Consuelo Pendaries y Baca. The couple returned to New Mexico, where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a son in 1951.

La Farge was a prolific writer, publishing 24 books and dozens of articles and short stories, but he also served in the U.S. Air Transport Command during World War II and became deeply involved in relations between American Indian tribes and the Federal Government. He died after a lung operation in Bataan Memorial Hospital in Albuquerque in August 1963. His wife, Consuelo, finished editing and saw published a final collection of his short stories, The Door in the Wall, in 1965.

From the guide to the Oliver La Farge Collection TXRC00-A0., 1886-1966, (bulk 1924-1966), (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center)

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referencedIn Navajo Tribal Council. Minutes of the special session of the Navajo Tribal Council held at Fort Defiance, Arizona, [1934?]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Esquire, Inc. Records, 1933-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Sam Schaefler historical and literary letters and documents, 1674-1970s Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Papers, 1851-1966 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Paul J. Bernal Collection, 1903-1976 (bulk 1960-1970) New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Alice Corbin Henderson Collection TXRC92-A24., 1861-1987 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Magee, Joseph B. (Joseph Bernard), d. 1957. Papers of Joseph B. Magee, 1936-1940. Library of Congress
creatorOf La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963. Oliver La Farge papers, 1929-1932. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn La Farge, Oliver H.P., 1901-1963 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, ca. 1925-1932. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Johnson, Walter Willard, 1897-1968. Spud Johnson Papers, 1896-1973 (bulk 1920-1968). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Huston, Tony. Laughing boy : a screenplay / by Tony Huston. Texas State University-San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library
creatorOf Sherman, Jean. Letters received concerning Spanish Civil War writers auction, 1936-1949 (bulk 1938-1939). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Flagg, Mildred Buchanan, 1886-1980. Papers, 1876-1955 (inclusive), 1900-1955 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Parsons, Elsie Worthington Clews, 1875-1941. Papers, 1835-1944. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Garrison, Hazle Dean Shields, d. 1953. Correspondence of Hazle Deane Shields Garrison [manuscript] 1923-1935. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bernal, Paul J. Paul J. Bernal collection, 1903-1976, (bulk 1960-1970). New Mexico State Library
referencedIn Taos Blue Lake collection, ca. 1947-1972 (bulk 1965-1970). Princeton University Library
creatorOf Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers of William Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite [manuscript] 1904-1935 (1958). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn John Collier papers, 1910-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Corliss Lamont papers concerning John Reed, 1910-1967. Houghton Library
referencedIn Elsie Clews Parsons papers, 1880-1980 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Smith, Corinna Lindon, 1876-1965. Papers, 1851-1966 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Association for Preservation of the Old Lamy House. Association for Preservation of the Old Lamy House collection, 1948-1949. Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Association for Preservation of the Old Lamy House Collection, 1948-1949 Museum of New Mexico. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.
creatorOf Mary Hunter Austin Collection Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001. Southwest classics reread / compiled by Lawrence Clark Powell. Point Loma Nazarene University Library, Ryan Library
referencedIn Navajo Tribal Council. Minutes of the special session of the Navajo Tribal Council held at Fort Defiance, Arizona, [1934?]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963. Oliver La Farge Collection, 1886-1966 (bulk 1924-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Derham, Milo G., 1868-1949. Oliver La Farge remarks 1932 July 25. Boulder Public Library
creatorOf La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963. TLS, 1948 September 7 : Santa Fe, to Mrs. Harvey Weeks. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963. Butterfly & the tiponi. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Spud Johnson Papers TXRC00-A8., 1896-1973, (bulk 1920-1968) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Henderson, Alice Corbin, 1881-1949. Papers, 1861-1987 (bulk 1920-1949). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Heard Museum. Hubert and Grace Harris collection. The Heard Museum Library
referencedIn Alfred Vincent Kidder Papers, 1926-1935 School for Advanced Research
referencedIn Association on American Indian Affairs. Association on American Indian Affairs records, 1851-1995 (bulk 1922-1995). Princeton University Library
creatorOf Shuster, Will. Will Shuster papers, [undated] and 1914-1970. Archives of American Art
referencedIn John Collier papers Yale University Library
creatorOf La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963. Correspondence between LaFarge and Robert Bridges [manuscript] 1928. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Oliver La Farge Collection TXRC00-A0., 1886-1966, (bulk 1924-1966) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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Place Name Admin Code Country
New Mexico
Louisiana--New Orleans
Guatemala
Subject
Theater
Indians of Central America--Guatemala
Mayas
Authors, American
Indian dance
Indians of Central America
Anthropological linguistics
Indians of North America--Folklore
Authors, American--20th century
West (U.S.)--Social life and customs--Fiction
Anthropologists
Navajo Indians--Fiction
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Birth 1901-12-19

Death 1963-08-02

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