Guide to the Lou Crabtree Papers, 1989-2015, undated

Summary Information

Title: Lou Crabtree Papers, 1989-2015, undated
Collection: AC.1201
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (One manuscript box)

Lou Crabtree, a native of Washington County, Virginia, was an Appalachian teacher, poet, and writer. The records within this collection include personal materials, publications, news clippings, photographs, and recordings which pertain to Crabtree's life and writings.

Creator: Lou Crabtree

Biographical/Historical Note

Lou V. Crabtree (nee Price) was born on March 3rd 1913 in Washington County, Virginia. At the age of 16 Crabtree attended Radford Normal School, now Radford University. In only three years, Crabtree graduated cum lade with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History. After graduation she returned home and began her teaching career which lasted 36 years. During that time she married and started a family with Homer Crabtree. After Crabtree’s husband passed in 1942 she ventured to New York City with her five children to study at the Faegin School of Dramatic Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Crabtree was an esteemed teacher, poet, and writer. Many of her writings have received nominations and awards. For instance, her first publication, Sweet Hallow, published by LSU Press in 1984, was nominated for the Weatherford, the Lillian Smith, and the PEN/Faulkner Awards and winner of the Highlands Festival Award for Creative Writing. Her collection of poetry, The River Hills and Beyond, published by Sow's Ear Press in 1998, won best work of poetry at the second annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration in 1999. On April 10th 2006 Crabtree passed away. In addition to her literary legacy of Appalachian works, Crabtree's later writing concerned another of her favorite subjects, outer space.

Scope and Contents

Papers, publications, photographs, and recordings of Lou Crabtree, Appalachian author from Washington County, Virginia.


Collection arranged alphabetically.

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 donated by Lee Smith in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Chelsea Ensley, 1/26/2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC 1201: Lou Crabtree Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

Lou Crabtree- Celebration of Life program, letter, and photograph, 1998-2006, undated

1 1

Lou Crabtree - Newsclippings, poem, 1999-2006, undated

1 2

Lou Crabtree - Pictures taken by Susan Woodley Raines, and Memorial program, 2006, undated

1 3

Lou Crabtree - The Sow's Ear, The River Hills and Beyond, and Introduction(s), 1989-1998, undated

1 4

Lou Crabtree - The Sow's Ear, 1989, undated

1 5

Interview with Lou Crabtree, tapes, and transcript, 1998, undated

1 6

T. Prater - Lou Crabtree thesis, article, and email, 1986-2015, undated

1 7