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Walter Evans Kidd papers

Identifier: Ax 203

Scope and Contents note

The Walter Evans Kidd Papers contain correspondence from colleagues and friends, professional materials and some biographical material. Also included are a small number of journals containing work by Kidd. The collection does not contain material representing Kidd's early years or the period after his retirement, nor is there extensive personal material included in the collection. There are no manuscripts of literary works. Materials relating to the Pineywoods Writers' Conference are found in the folder titled Literary Programs.


  • 1921-1969


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Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Walter Evans Kidd was a noted writer of poems and short stories and held numerous academic positions during his career. He was born in Long Creek, Oregon on May 2, 1901 and was raised in the Portland area. Kidd attended the University of Oregon, earning a B.A. in 1926 and an M.A. in 1935, both in English. As a university student Kidd participated in the Oregon Daily Emerald and was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He also earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. During the 1930s he taught at Washington High School in Portland. Kidd earned the Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1943.

During his career Kidd held teaching posts at the University of Nebraska, Stephen F. Austin State College (Texas), Fresno State College and the University of Michigan (visiting professor). He published four books of poetry, two scholarly books and numerous articles. Many of his works were published under the pseudonym Conrad Pendleton. Kidd was also director of the Pineywood Writers conference.

In 1926 Kidd was married to Nancy Olivia Pendleton, who had also attended the University of Oregon. In their later years the two established the Walter and Nancy Kidd Fund to award prizes and awards to undergraduate writing students at the university. After Walter's retirement they had resided mainly in Portland. Mrs. Kidd died during the early 1980s. Walter lived his last years in Milwaukie, Oregon and died on December 14, 1990 from complications resulting from a fall he had suffered previously.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

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Walter Evans Kidd was a noted poet and author of short stories. He was born in 1901 and raised in the Portland, Oregon area. He was educated at the University of Oregon, the University of Iowa and the University of Denver. He held teaching positions at various institutions and published numerous works under the pseudonym Conrad Pendleton. This collection contains correspondence from colleagues and friends as well as other professional materials.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into a single series: Papers.

General Physical Description note

1 container

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Finding aid written in English.
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Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA