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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.


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[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)],
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Box 3: Original Audio Cassette Recordings (Not Public Use)Add to your cart.
Item 1: AC-CT-012-001Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1973 Berea College Appalachian Studies Workshop. Discusses writers Harry Harrison Kroll, Mary Lee Settle, Richard Marius, Cormac McCarthy.
Item 2: AC-CT-012-002Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1973 Berea College Appalachian Studies Workshop. Discusses writers Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Mildred Haun.
Item 3: AC-CT-012-003Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1973 Berea College Appalachian Studies Workshop. Discusses use of language in literature
Item 4: AC-CT-012-004Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - Berea College 1973 Appalachian Studies Workshop. Discusses themes of time and change in literature
Item 5: AC-CT-012-005Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1973 Berea College Appalachian Studies Workshop. Discusses love and work, discipline and imagination, folk humor, Appalachian speech.
Item 6: AC-CT-012-006Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1974 Appalachian Studies Workshop 6-11-74. Appalachian Novel II. John Ehle, James Agee, Thomas Wolfe.
Item 7: AC-CT-012-007Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1974 Appalachian Studies Workshop 6-13-74. Appalachian Novel III. Family and Place - Elizabeth Roberts, Jesse Stuart, James Still, Harriette Arnow, Mildred Hawn.
Item 8: AC-CT-012-008Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1974 Appalachian Studies Workshop 6-27-74. Appalachian Novel I.
Item 9: AC-CT-012-009Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1974 Appalachian Studies Workshop 6-27-74. Appalachian Novel IV.
Item 10: AC-CT-012-010Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - 1978 Appalachian Studies Workshop 6-17-78. Dykeman and James Still discuss Elizabeth Madox Roberts.  Still talks about and reads from his own writing.
Item 11: AC-CT-012-011Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman - Side A Unnamed Conference at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 1973. Rev. R. Baldwin Lloyd speaks on topic "The Human Spirit of Appalachia." Side B  Wilma Dykeman reads from and discusses portions of Mildred Haun's Hawk's Done Gone and Harriette Arnow's The Doll Maker.  (no place / no date) (? Berea College Appalachian Studies Workshop)
Item 12: SC-CT-960-001Add to your cart.
Wilma Dykeman Berea College Commencement 1987

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