Guide to the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, Inc., Hillsboro, West Virginia, Papers, 2001, undated

Summary Information

Title: Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, Inc., Hillsboro, West Virginia, Papers, 2001, undated
Collection: AC.1159
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The small collection's lists offer the researcher of Pearl S. Buck's works a good beginning point, giving publisher and year of publication in most cases.

Creator: Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation

Biographical/Historical Note

The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace is a historic home in Hillsboro, West Virginia where American writer Pearl S. Buck was born. The home now serves as a museum offering guided tours. The site also includes a carpentry shop and barn with over 100 historic farm and woodworking tools, and the log home of Buck's father's family, the Sydenstrickers, which was moved from Greenbrier County.

Built around 1875, the three-story home was constructed by hand by a Dutch refugee family escaping religious persecution in the Netherlands. Buck was born at the house in 1892 while her parents, Caroline Stulting and Absalom Sydenstricker, were on leave from Presbyterian missionary work in China. They returned to China three months after her birth.

Pearl S. Buck was the first American woman to win both the Pulitzer Prize (1932, for The Good Earth) and the Nobel Prize for Literature (1938). A world-renowned author, she wrote over 100 books and hundreds of short stories and magazine articles. Her books have been translated into 69 foreign languages.

Pearl Buck gave her valuable manuscript collection to the Birthplace Foundation in 1970. The collection (minus The Good Earth, which was missing at the time) was acquired in 1974 and is presently stored at West Virginia Wesleyan College, under a special arrangement made with Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, then President of the College. The manuscripts will remain there until suitable housing is built at the Birthplace. They are available to researchers with permission from the foundation.

Scope and Contents

The papers of this collection offer two lists of the writings/works of Pearl S. Buck, with publishing information, such as would be useful to a researcher. Also included is the mailing address and phone number of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation in Hillsboro, West Virginia.


All papers are filed in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Appalachian Mountain Books in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott in July 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1159: Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, Inc., Hillsboro, West Virginia, Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.

Container List

Poem, photo, and foundation's address, undated

Bibliography List from Kaffeeklatsch Bulletin Board Forum, 2001

Pearl S. Buck's Works, list of 43, undated