Guide to the Jesse Stuart Collection, 1932-1986, undated

Summary Information

Title: Jesse Stuart Collection, 1932-1986, undated
Collection: AC.398
Extent: 4.0 linear feet (1 oversize folder, 1 oversize box)

The Jesse Stuart Collection consists of documents from the Jesse Stuart Foundation. These include the foundation's 1986 membership print, "The Thread that Runs So True," and corresponding brochure and letter, as well as several book covers.

Creator: Jesse Stuart Foundation

Biographical/Historical Note

Jesse Stuart (1906-1984) was born in Greenup County, Kentucky and set most of his stories in Appalachia. His works include the poetry book Man with a Bull-Tongue Plow (1934), novels Trees of Heaven (1940), Taps for Private Tussie (1943), and the collection of short stories Tales from Plum Grove Hills.

The Jesse Stuart Foundation, Inc. was chartered in 1979 in Louisville, Ky., as a non-profit organization. It controls the rights to Stuart's published and unpublished literary works. It also functions as a regional press and reprints many of Stuart's out-of-print books along with other books that focus on Kentucky and Appalachia.

Scope and Contents

These documents from the Jesse Stuart Foundation include the foundation's 1986 membership print, "The Thread that Runs So True," and corresponding brochure and letter. Jesse Stuart is a significant mid-Twentieth Century Appalachian author from Kentucky, and this collection illustrates the fundraising and public relations technique used by the foundation which manages Stuart's literary estate.

In the letter dated 1932, Stuart described his lack of finances, lack of typewriter and paper, his hitchhiking experiences, and need to sell some poetry for money. Stuart asked Davidson to sell a poem for him, with Davidson's commission being half of the sale of the poem.


This collection is split between an oversize box and an oversize folder. The box houses book jackets, a news release, and the 1932 letter. All other materials are in the oversize folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Jesse Stuart Foundation, Inc. mailed these materials to Charlotte Ross in 1986. Its accession number is AC.2008.004. It was opened to the public in February 2008. Book jackets were added in June 2013 and were originally part of the Appalachian Cultural Museum Records. The 2014 addition of the copied letter came from Appalachian Mountain Books in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, February 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, February 2008; Additions made by Anita Elliott, June 2013 and January 2014. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.398: Jesse Stuart Collection, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Print, 1986  Oversize Folder 1
Brochures, 1986  Oversize Folder 1
Letters, 1932 and 1986  Box 1
Book jackets, undated  Box 1