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Wilma Dykeman Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Wilma Dykeman CollectionAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1959-1998

ID: RG 09/9.16

Primary Creator: Dykeman, Wilma -- 1920-2006

Other Creators: Hutchins Library

Extent: 2.0 Boxes (General)

Arrangement:

This collection is generally arranged as follows:

(1) Print Materials

(2) Audio Visual Recordings

Subjects: Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center., Appalachian Region, Southern., Appalachian Studies Conference., Berea College, Berea College -- Convocations, Berea College -- Faculty, Berea College -- Trustees, Dykeman, Wilma -- 1920-2006, Jones, Loyal -- 1928-, Mountain Maternal Health League., Perrin, Alfred.

Languages: English

Abstract

Wilma Dykeman (1920-2006) lived all her life near the French Broad River in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. Born in Asheville, Dykeman traced her interest in writing to the stories her parents read aloud to her when she was a child. By the time she was in elementary school, she was making up her own stories, plays, and poems. After graduating from high school and Biltmore Junior College in Asheville, Dykeman attended Northwestern University and received a bachelor’s degree in speech. The summer after her graduation from Northwestern, Dykeman met and married James R. Stokely, Jr., of Newport, Tennessee, a poet and nonfiction writer. The Stokelys, who maintained homes in both Asheville and Newport, raised two sons and collaborated on several books.

Throughout her career as an author, speaker, historian, educator, and environmentalist, Dykeman wrote eighteen works of fiction and non-fiction, gave hundreds of speeches, held the office of Tennessee State Historian for twenty-two years, taught at and served as trustee for multiple colleges, worked tirelessly for the respect of Southern Appalachians, and was a pioneer in bringing national attention to civil and women’s rights and environmental issues.  Dykeman’s critically acclaimed novels especially reflect her understanding of people in the North Carolina mountains. The Tall Woman (1966), which, like all of her books, has gone through numerous printings, tells of a determined mother’s fight for education and justice in the years after the Civil War. The Far Family (1966) picks up several generations later and shows how long-lasting her efforts were.

Dykeman’s close relationship with Berea College included serving on its Board of Trustees and speaking and lecturing often at the college.  Appointed Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies in 1992,  Dykeman taught two courses through the Berea College Department of English and Theatre: ENG 113 (Art of Autobiography) and ENG 284 (Appalachian Literature) and gave campus lectures.  Additionally, in 1966, Dykeman published Prophet of Plenty (1966) a biography of W.D. Weatherford, a Southern leader who worked for racial peace and justice and greatly influenced the policies of Berea College (and who was father of Berea’s sixth president, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr.).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains personal papers of Wilma Dykeman including biograpical information, correspondence, clippings, copies of her writings, and a manuscript of Prophet of Plenty: The First Ninety Years of W.D. Weatherford.  The collection also contains numerous audio and video recordings of lectures, commencement, and convocation speeches Dykeman participated in or delivered mostly at Berea College.

Subject/Index Terms

Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center.
Appalachian Region, Southern.
Appalachian Studies Conference.
Berea College
Berea College -- Convocations
Berea College -- Faculty
Berea College -- Trustees
Dykeman, Wilma -- 1920-2006
Jones, Loyal -- 1928-
Mountain Maternal Health League.
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 the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Record/Folder/Box], RG 9/9.16: Wilma Dykeman Papers.  Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Finding aid completed June, 2017.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Print Material],
[Box 2: Audio / Video User Copies],
[Box 3: Original Audio Cassette Recordings (Not Public Use)],
[Box 4: Original Audio and Video Recordings (Not Public Use)],
[All]

Box 1: Print MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: BiographicalAdd to your cart.
Includes notices regarding lectures and classes taught at Berea College.
Folder 2: Writings, 1959-1980Add to your cart.
Includes: (1) Piece from Writer's Conference held at Berea in 1959, written with James Stokley, How Nearly Does Writing in the Mountains Represent the Actual Situation of Life and Customs in the Mountains; (2) copies of articles and poems sent to Hutchins library in 1973 with a note by Dykeman stating publications in which "copies of some of these are rather scarce."; (3) copies of autobiographical notes by Wilma Dykeman; (4) other signed notes and pieces sent to Hutchins Library by Dykeman.
Folder 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Includes: (1) Copies of two letters (1966) to Loyal Jones regarding Mountain Life and Work, Appalachian Volunteers, Council of the Southern Mountains, and her publication The Far Family; (2) Letter to Ellen and Wilson Evans, nd; (3) 1969 letter to Wilson Evans regarding her upcoming experience on Berea's Board of Trustees; (4) numerous letters (1971-1975) to Al Perrin regarding work with Berea College and Hutchins Library, seeing Wilderness Road; and, (5) Letter from Thomas Kreider to Berea College Faculty (1971) regarding high demand for Dykeman to speak to classes during a 1971 visit to Berea College.
Folder 4: News Clippings, n.d.Add to your cart.
Includes reviews writen by, and interviews of, Dykeman.
Folder 5: News Clippings, 1966-1986Add to your cart.
Includes reviews of Dykeman's work, articles about Dykeman and her work, and articles and reviews by Dykeman.  Included in the folder are numerous articles regarding Dykeman's visits to, and work at, Berea College.
Folder 6: News Clippings, 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Includes reviews of Dykeman's work, articles about Dykeman and her work, and articles and reviews by Dykeman.  Included in the folder are numerous articles regarding Dykeman's visits to, and work at, Berea College and copies of her column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Folder 7: News Clippings, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Includes reviews of Dykeman's work, articles about Dykeman and her work, and articles and reviews by Dykeman.  Included in the folder are numerous articles regarding Dykeman's visits to, and work at, Berea College and copies of her column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Folder 8: News Clippings, 1993-1998Add to your cart.
Includes reviews of Dykeman's work, articles about Dykeman and her work, and articles and reviews by Dykeman.  Included in the folder are articles regarding Dykeman's visits to, and work at, Berea College and copies of her column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Folder 9: Manuscript: Prophet of Plenty, pp 1-80Add to your cart.
With handwritten notes and corrections.
Folder 10: Manuscript: Prophet of Plenty, pp 81-199Add to your cart.
With handwritten notes and corrections.
Folder 11: Manuscript: Prophet of Plenty, pp 200-305Add to your cart.
With handwritten notes and corrections.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Print Material],
[Box 2: Audio / Video User Copies],
[Box 3: Original Audio Cassette Recordings (Not Public Use)],
[Box 4: Original Audio and Video Recordings (Not Public Use)],
[All]


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