Guide to the Appalachian Poetry Collection, undated

Summary Information

Title: Appalachian Poetry Collection, undated
Collection: AC.578
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is four poems by Appalachian poets, Muriel Miller Dressler, Louise Marsh Gabriel, Walter Griffin, and Jesse Stuart. All four are accompanied by drawings, printed on colored papers, with Dressler's being autographed.

Creator: Appalachian State University. Belk Library.

Biographical/Historical Note

Poet Muriel Miller Dressler (July 4, 1918-February 27, 2000) was born in Kanawha County. Both sides of her family go back several generations in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia. She married Lester Dressler (whose family was from Cabin Creek) in 1936. Her first published poem, ‘‘Appalachia’’ (1970), quickly became her signature piece. Dressler published two collections of poetry. The first, Appalachia, My Land, was published in 1973, and the second, Appalachia, in 1977.

Louise Marsh Gabriel is the author of Singer on a Hilltop: Poems.

Walter Griffin's work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Oxford American, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, and others. He has poems forthcoming in The New Yorker and The Sewanee Review.

Jesse Stuart was born on August 8, 1907 and died on February 17, 1984. He was born and raised in Greenup County, Kentucky and was Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 1954. In 1961, he received the annual award from the American Academy of Poets.

Scope and Contents

The poems making up this collection are: Renaissance in the Hills by Muriel Miller Dressler (autographed); The Monday Polka by Louise Marsh Gabriel; Appalachian Girl by Walter Griffin; and Hell by Jesse Stuart.


The poems are arranged alphabetically by the poet's last name.

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 origin of this collection is unknown. It was accessioned as AC.2002.029.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 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.578: Appalachian Poetry Collection, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Poetry, undated ACSC_Box 17, Folder 9