Department of Special Collections
Washington University Libraries
Washington University in St. Louis

Finding-Aid for the Worth Collection (WTU00379)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Worth Collection
Creator: Worth , Patience
Call number: WTU00379
Call number: [Accession: 1755]
Language: English

Access and Use:

Gift of Mrs. Warren B. Lammert

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open to research.

Processing Information:

Date accessioned: March 2, 1988


Appraised by Peter Howard of Serendipity Books


Patience Worth was a fictional figure who used Mrs. Pearl Curran (1883-1937) as a medium from 1913 until Mrs. Curran's death. Through Mrs. Curran, "Patience Worth" transmitted poems, plays, and novels.

Collection Scope and Content Note

These items relate to the seances at which "Patience" spoke, and include parts of the Patience Worth Record, a series of accounts and transcripts of each Patience Worth session.

Contents List
box-folder   10/Worth  
Patience Worth Record. Boulder, Colorado, 1920: October 29. (2 items (8 pp.): TS [carbon])   
Scope: Two copies of 4 pp. each. Envelope with one copy.

box-folder   10/Worth  
Patience Worth Record. 1930: January 13. (1 item (8 pp.))
box-folder   10/Worth  
"My Beloved". (1 item (2 pp.))   
Scope: Autograph poem by "Patience Worth"

box-folder   10/Worth  
Autograph [transcription] in pencil. (1 item (5 pp.))
box-folder   10/Worth  
Typescript poems. (untitled), "Life's Caravan", "Life and Me", "A Prayer", "The Sundial Speaks". (3 items (6 pp.))
box-folder   10/Worth  
Autograph [transcribed poem] manuscript. (1 item (1 p.))
box-folder   10/Worth  
Typescript poem on card. (1 item (1 p.))   
Scope: Appears to be a Christmas card.

box-folder   10/Worth  
Newspaper clippings about Patience Worth: St. Louis Globe-Democrat Magazine, 1980: Oct. 25-26, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1972: April 2.