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Guide to the Jesse Stuart Collection, Part C, Series VII-VIII

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 VII Miscellaneous Box 6, Cont.

This series has an issue of Writer's Digest containing an article about Stuart accompanied by a personal note. There are three newspaper articles about Stuart and two book covers; 32 Votes Before Breakfast by Jesse Stuart and Passerman's Hollow by Jane Stuart.

Box 6, cont.

  1. Miscellaneous
  • Contents Index created by William Plumley
  • Book Cover of 32 Votes Before Breakfast by Jesse Stuart
  • Book Cover of Passerman's Hollow, a novel by Jane Stuart
  • 3 Newspaper clippings
        "Jesse Stuart's Enduring Truth's," International Herald Tribune Paris, France, Friday, September 12, 1969
        "Book Ends - and Odds," The West Virginia Hillbilly, Mountain State Press, March 18, 1978
        "Two 'Foreign Poems', " Dominion - Post Panorama, April 12, 1970
  • Writer's Digest -  "Writings Been Good to Me"
       New Book Announcement from Vanderbilt, 1972-1973
Part C, Series VIII Jane Stuart Box 6, Cont.

This series consists of translated and original poems by Jane Stuart. Also, there is some general correspondence from Jane Stuart to William Plumley.

Box 6, cont.

  1. Translated Poems by Jane Stuart
  • Who Is This Who Comes
  • I Wish to Praise My Lady Truthfully
  • You have in Your Flowers and Green Things
  • Upon This Gracious and Light Air (3 pages)
  • Primavera (2 pages)
  1. Poems by Jane Stuart
  • Wade in the Water
  • Penmaenmawr
  • Untitled
  • Massawa
  • Antigone
  • Minehead
  1. Correspondence from Jane Stuart
  • 1976, n.d.

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