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Guide to the Jesse Stuart Collection, Part C, Series I-III

Accession Number: 12
The Jesse Stuart Collection, 1933-1979
3 linear feet
Online Catalog Record (BANC)

Part A
     Part A, Series I - Correspondence
     Part A, Series II - Manuscripts
     Part A, Series III - Articles and clippings
     Part A, Series IV - Photographs (Some autographed)
     Part A, Series V - Miscellany
     Part A, Series VI - Stories in Esquire
Part B
     Part B, Series I - Stuart-Thompson correspondence
Part C
     Part C, Series I - Typescripts of Books
     Part C, Series II - Typescripts of Poems
     Part C, Series III - Finished Poems

     Part C, Series IV - Correspondence
     Part C, Series V - Photographs and slides
     Part C, Series VI - Envelopes
     Part C, Series VII - Miscellaneous
     Part C, Series VIII - Jane Stuart
Part D
     Part D, Series I - Christmas cards
     Part D, Series II - Correspondence
     Part D, Series III - Miscellaneous
     Part D, Series IV - Dobbs' Correspondence

Access and Use:


Part A of the Jesse Stuart collection includes documents collected over a period of years by the library staff of Berea College.

Part B of the collection was copied from documents owned by Lawrence Thompson of the University of Kentucky.

Part C was donated by William Plumley, former Director of Morris Harvey College Publications, in Charleston, West Virginia. These papers were received on June 30, 1998 and opened for research in May of 2000.

Part D was given by Carolyn Dobbs, who founded the magazine, The Pointer, to help teachers and parents of mentally handicapped children. Carolyn and her husband, Tom, had become personal friends of Jesse Stuart and Naomi Dean, and after Stuart's death Carolyn Dobbs donated these items to Berea College. The papers were received on December 28, 1999, and were opened for research in June of 2000.

Access: The only restrictions are Federal copyright requirements.

Preferred Citation: The Jesse Stuart Collection, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.

7 Manuscript Boxes

This part of the collection, donated by William Plumley, contains examples of Stuart's corrections and revisions to prose and poetry typescripts, along with Plumley's letters from Stuart over a period of ten years. In addition there are slides and photos that include Stuart's home and family, plus a number of his daughter's poems with related correspondence.

Part C, Series I Typescripts of Books Box 5

This series contains five original typescripts of books such as Notes on My Own Poetry, Notes on Jane Stuart, Source and Substance, In the Money, and In Memoriam. There are many notes and corrections made by Jesse Stuart.

Box 5

  1. Typescripts of Books
  • Notes on My Own Poetry (original copy)
  • Notes on Jane Stuart (original copy)
  • Source and Substance (pgs. 1630-1640) - letter attached
  • In the Money (pgs. 1-9) - 2 envelopes attached
  • In Memoriam - letter and envelope attached
Part C, Series II Typescripts of Poems Box 5, Cont.

This series contains forty typescripts of Stuart poems, annotated and revised by the author. Some of the titles include "I'll Tell You This," "Blood in the Rain," "Landmark to All," and "Going to Some Destiny."

Box 5, cont.

  1. Typescripts of Poems
  • My Land Has a Voice (22 pages) - note card attached
  • I'll Tell You This
  • The Tiger Eye
  • Sing, Poet, Sing
  • Two Cypresses
  • Blood in the Rain
  • Down Against the Soil
  • My Summer Valley
  • Quatrain
  • Landmark to All (2 pages)
  • In the Music of the Wind
  • The Daughters Deer
  • You All Lie Here
  • Warfield Flaughtery's Funeral
  • Live Today
  • We Cannot Escape
  • We Could Not Get a Message Through
  • In the Music of the Wind (2 copies)
  • No Title (pages 2-4)
  • Going to Some Destiny - 2 note cards attached
  • Kentucky's Night Winds
  • The Red Moon Rides
  • We Can Do Nothing
  • Ancient Song
  • To be a Poet
  • Always the Land
  • The Great Dark Hills - Envelope attached
  • Call it God (3 copies)
  • I'll Tell You This (3 copies) - Lines from Jesse Stuart's Beyond Dark Hills
  • Shoe-Make Leaves
  • Silences
  • Kentucky Night
  • And September
  • To Feel the Bark
  • The Winter of Time
  • Electric Blue-Green
  • Beyond A Flying Bird
  • Last Flying of Glory
  • Short Days in December
  • Character: A Key Word
Part C, Series III Finished Poems Box 5, Cont.

This series contains two complete poems, "Call it God" and "Hell" by Jesse Stuart.

Box 5, cont.

  1. Finished Poems

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