Guide to the Thomas Merton Photograph, circa 1960s

Summary Information

Title: Thomas Merton Photograph, circa 1960s
Collection: AC.427
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

The Thomas Merton Photograph contains one 8" x 8" photograph of Thomas Merton standing in a harvested field with Tharsus made by Jonathan Williams.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

North Carolina poet Jonathan Chamberlain Williams (1929-2008) was tied to the experimental liberal arts Black Mountain College and its school of writing, sometimes referred to as the Beat movement's East Coast wing. Born in Asheville, he was raised in Washington, D.C. and Macon Counties. He studied at Princeton and Chicago's Institute of Design before enrolling in Black Mountain College in 1951. That same year, he founded Jargon Press, which published over 100 books including Sherwood Anderson, Charles Olson, and Harry Callaghan. A poet himself, Williams' best poetry are in his Blues & Roots/Rue &Bluets (1985) and Jubilant Thicket. In the 1950s he also became involved in photography which are featured in his books, Portrait Photographs (1979) and A Palpable Elysium: Portraits of Genius and Solitude (2002). His essays are collected in The Magpie's Bagpipe (1982) and Blackbird Dust (2000).

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Merton Photograph contains one 8" x 8" photograph of Thomas Merton standing in a harvested field with Tharsus made by Jonathan Williams. In this photograph, Thomas Merton is holding the Tharsus and his hat while standing in a corn field after harvest. Skip Johnson photographed Merton and the Tharsus, which poet Jonathan Williams constructed. Information about this image originates from handwritten notes on the photograph.

Arrangement

This collection is housed in one archival 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. Photographs are stored within a temperature controlled chamber and requires additional time to acclimate to room temperature.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. Its accession number is AC.2008.034. It was opened to the public in September 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, September 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, September 2008

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.427: Thomas Merton Photograph, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Photograph, circa 1960s  Folder 1