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James Still Papers



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James Still Papers, 1940-2001 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: James Still Papers, 1940-2001Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Still, James -- 1906-2001

Extent: 8.0 MS boxes

Arrangement: Arrangement of the papers is in series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Biographical Materials; Series 3: Video/Audio Recordings of James Still; Series 4: Additional Materials; Series 5: Clippings; Series 6: Publications, Writings, and Manuscripts

Subjects: American literature -- Kentucky., Authors, American -- Appalachian Region., Authors, American -- Kentucky -- Biography., Jones, Loyal -- 1928-, Kentucky -- In literature., Kentucky--Intellectual life., Perrin, Alfred.

Languages: English


James Still, a native of Alabama, was educated at Lincoln Memorial University (B.A., 1929), Vanderbilt University (M.A., 1930), and the University of Illinois (B.S., 1931). As a resident of rural Knott County, Kentucky, Still published stories and poems in the Atlantic Monthly, Yale Review, American Mercury, and the Saturday Evening Post among others. His works are generally considered to be both accurate and artful depictions of life in the southeastern Kentucky during the 1920s and 1930s. His best known work, the novel, River of Earth, was published in 1940 and was reprinted by the University Press of Kentucky in 1978.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and newspaper clippings that document the life and work of Kentucky author, James Still.

Manuscript materials include a typed manuscript copy of Wolfpen Poems published by Berea College (1986). Also present are typescripts of sixteen short stories and approximately fifty poems by Still. Many of the typescripts are undated and contain varying amounts of correction and annotation. Also included in the collection are manuscripts of short stories (to 1973); the Appalachian Spring collection of Still’s poems (1974); and Another Times, a collection of short stories.  A 1974 manuscript of Jack and the Wonder Beans is included in the collection as well as essays and a copy of Still’s master’s thesis.

Additional materials in the collection include seventeen photographs of Still, twelve of which were donated by Cumberland College staff. A number of the photographs depict Still at work in his cabin in 1977. The collection also contains newspaper clippings of reviews, articles on Still (1937-1986), and miscellaneous student papers on Still’s works.

Subject/Index Terms

American literature -- Kentucky.
Authors, American -- Appalachian Region.
Authors, American -- Kentucky -- Biography.
Jones, Loyal -- 1928-
Kentucky -- In literature.
Kentucky--Intellectual life.
Perrin, Alfred.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification/Folder/Box], James Still Papers, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Boxlist updated in February 2018 by Caitlin Hodgson, Archives Student Assistant.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0037 SAA 035

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Biographical Materials],
[Series 3: Video/Audio Recordings of James Still],
[Series 4: Other Materials],
[Series 5: Clippings],
[Series 6: Publications, Writings, and Manuscripts],

Series 5: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Clippings, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clippings, 1937 - 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Clippings, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Clippings, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clippings, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clippings, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Clippings, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Clippings, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Clippings, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Clippings, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Clippings, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Clippings, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Clippings, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Clippings, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Clippings, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Clippings, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Clippings, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Clippings, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Clippings, 1990 - 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Clippings, 1992 - 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Clippings, 1994 -Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Clippings about Thomas WolfeAdd to your cart.

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