Guide to the Mary Jane Putzel Papers, circa 1966-2005, undated

Summary Information

Title: Mary Jane Putzel Papers, circa 1966-2005, undated
Collection: AC.475
Extent: 2.0 linear feet (3 boxes)

The Mary Jane Putzel Papers contains original fiction stories by/about Putzel, drafts and edits of stories, hand-drawn pictures, several color photos, a scrapbook of mostly newspaper clippings, and a few audiovisual materials.

Creator: Putzel, Mary Jane

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Jane Butler Brooks was born on June 22, 1946 to Roy and Ruby Ellison Butler. During her time as an Appalachian Studies graduate student, she was known as Mary Jane Putzel. She lived most of her life in Watauga County, North Carolina and earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Appalachian State University. She wrote short stories, poems, and essays as well as narratives about the history of her community of Pottertown. Her short stories and essays, including "The Great Bargain Giver," "First Car in Pottertown," and "Mountain Medicine," were published in Forever Alive and Southern Exposure. Two of her poems, "In Reply" and "Local Color" were published in Mountain Review. Brooks had one daughter, Caroline, and three sons, David, Michael, and Jacob. She died on September 26, 2000.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the writings of Mary Jane Brooks (Putzel) from her college career in the late 1970s to her death in 2000. There are some hand-drawn pencil drawings that may have been drawn in her childhood/teen years as one drawing of the Beatles has "6/16/66" lightly penciled in the corner. Some story edits have been included, along with notes from professors such as Patricia D. Beaver. There are two taped interviews of Jacob Crumb (Putzel's brother) and Caroline Page (possibly Putzel's daughter), which are digitized.


In Box 1, folders one through eleven were removed from a blue binder at tabs, filed per tab subject, and remain in the original order as they were in the binder. Other folders in the collection are in chrononlogical order if possible.

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

The children of Mary Jane Putzel Brooks donated their mother's papers. Those named are Jake Woodard and Brandi R. Page. This collection was actually a part of Patricia Beaver's papers then separated out per family's instructions. It was accessioned as AC.2009.014.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, September 2013. This collection was processed 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.475: Mary Jane Putzel Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Writings/Notes from Binder (original order), 1979-2001, undated 

  Box Folder

Notes, from Sandy Ballard, re: Potential Titles, March 26, 2001 

1 1

Artwork, by Mary Jane Putzel, with Notes, undated 

1 2

"Jail Journal 1983, Caldwell County Jail, Mary Jane Putzel", and Notes, undated 

1 3

Academic, Graded Paper, by Mary Jane Brooks, with Notes, April 26, 1999 

1 4

Poetry Project, Mary Jane Putzel, December 19, 1975 

1 5

Ballads, Graded Paper of Mary Ellison Putzel, with Notes, undated 

1 6

Genealogy, The Family Tree: Essay and Short Related Fiction, undated 

1 7

Children's Stories, some with Illustrations, undated 

1 8

Short Fictions, with Notes and Edits, circa 1998 

1 9

Homeless Shelter, Writings, circa 1979 

1 10

Obituary and Memorial Service Papers, for Mary Brooks (Mary Jane Putzel), September 2000 

1 11
  Box Folder

Art (14), Hand-drawn Pictures, circa 1966, undated 

1 12

Calendar, 1983 Caldwell Discount Drug, Hudson, North Carolina, 1983 

1 13

Contacts and Notes of Pat Beaver, circa 2002-2003 

1 14

Contents, Handwritten Inventory of Mary Jane Archive, June 16, 2005 

1 15

Draft, Handwritten "Pottertown Myth-Romance Novel", undated 

1 16

Drafts and Edits, "The Appalachian Child", by Patricia D. Beaver and Mary Jane Putzel, 1981 

1 17

Interview, Handwritten Notes, Caroline Page, Interviewee, by Pat Beaver, undated 

2 1

Student Papers, Writings on Life of Mary Jane Putzel and Mary Jane Brooks, 2000-2004 

2 2

Writings, on Mary Jane Brooks by Patricia D. Beaver, Appalachian State University, 2000, undated 

2 3

Audiovisual Materials, 2000-2001, undated 


Zip Drive (original), Mary Jane Putzel Photos, undated 


Cassettes (2), User CD Copy and Archival Copy, Jacob Crumb, January 26, 2001 


Cassettes (2), User CD Copy and two Archival CD Copies, Caroline Page, November 28, 2000 


Scrapbook, Newspaper Articles, Drawings, Picture Drawings, Original condition, undated 


COLD STORAGE: Loose Color Photographs of Children and Tamarack, North Carolina, undated