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Cratis Williams Papers

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Cratis Williams Papers, 1940-1985 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: Cratis Williams Papers, 1940-1985Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Williams, Cratis D.

Extent: 2.9 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in series as follows:

Series 1: Personal/Biographical

Series 2: Correspondence

Series 3: Writings

Subjects: Graham, Sylvia., Williams, Cratis D. -- 1911-1985

Languages: English

Abstract

Cratis Dearl Williams grew up in rural Lawrence County, Kentucky, where he began to study the speech, tales and songs of mountain folk, and taught in a one-room school. He became known for his presentations of Appalachian singing styles and dialects. His first wife (m. 1937), Sylvia Graham, came from the same area and attended both Berea Academy and Morehead State Teachers College (BA, 1937). A poet and teacher, her health was fragile. In 1942 Sylvia was diagnosed with tuberculosis and entered a sanatorium in Beckley, WV, where she later died. Williams went on to build a distinguished career at Appalachian State Teacher's College (now Appalachian State University) in Boone, North Carolina, as a teacher, scholar and administrator. His second marriage (1949) was to Elizabeth Lingefelt; the couple had two children. His books include: Ballads and Songs (1937), The Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction (1966), William H. Vaughan: A Better Man than I Ever Wanted to Be (1985), Southern Mountain Speech (1992), I Become a Teacher: A Memoir of One-Room School Life in Eastern Kentucky (1995) and Tales from Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia (2003).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of personal items and miscellaneous writings relating to Cratis Williams and Sylvia Graham Williams. It includes their letters to each other, poems in manuscript by Sylvia Graham Williams, family letters, Cratis Williams' correspondence with Loyal Jones and others, Cratis Williams' Master's thesis and miscellaneous writing, slides and photographs, and personal memorabilia.

Subject/Index Terms

Graham, Sylvia.
Williams, Cratis D. -- 1911-1985

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 boxes

Access Restrictions: Items in Series II of the collection—family and personal correspondence between Cratis and Sylvia Williams—may be restricted.  Federal copyright regulations apply to all other materials. Please cite information. Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Acquisition Source: Loyal Jones

Acquisition Method: Cratis Williams gave these items to Loyal Jones for the Berea College Archives

Appraisal Information: Sylvia Graham attended Berea Academy.

Related Materials: Cratis D. Williams Papers at Appalachian State University. For more information please see http://collections.library.appstate.edu/findingaids/ac102.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], Cratis Williams and Sylvia Graham Williams Papers, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was revised in January 2016.

Other Note: BCA 0056 SAA 056


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Series 2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Family correspondence to Sylvia and Cratis Williams, Part I RESTRICTED, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Family correspondence to Sylvia and Cratis Williams, Part II RESTRICTED, 1942Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence of Family and friends to Cratis and Sylvia Williams, Part III  RESTRICTED, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence between Cratis and Sylvia Williams RESTRICTED, June-Aug., 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence between Cratis and Sylvia Williams RESTRICTED, June-July, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence between Cratis and Sylvia Williams RESTRICTED, August-Sept., 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence between Cratis and Sylvia RESTRICTED, Oct.-Nov., 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence between Cratis and Sylvia RESTRICTED, July-Aug., 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence between Cratis and Sylvia RESTRICTED, Oct.-Dec., 1942Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Loyal Jones, 1970-72Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Loyal Jones, 1973-75Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Loyal Jones, 1976-77Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Loyal Jones, 1977-79Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Loyal Jones, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Loyal Jones, 1981-82Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Loyal Jones, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Loyal Jones, 1984-85Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Al PerrinAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Business Correspondence of Cratis Williams: Dr. Robert HartmanAdd to your cart.

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