Guide to the Cratis Williams and Acquaintances' Correspondence, 1949-2003

Summary Information

Title: Cratis Williams and Acquaintances' Correspondence, 1949-2003
Collection: AC.605
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)
Abstract:

This collection contains correspondence between Cratis Williams and three of his close acquaintances, Walter Boone, Betsy Webster Schuchardt, and Maxine Hawks Thompson, dating between 1949 and 2003. The fourth folder contains Williams' eulogy he gave for David R. Hodgin, April 21, 1984.

Creator: Williams, Cratis D.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cratis D. Williams (1911-1985), widely recognized for his work T he Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction, a landmark study in literary representations of the Appalachian region, left a prodigious legacy of scholarship on southern mountain people and is remembered as the Father of Appalachian Studies. Unfortunately, for those who want to delve further into the primary sources which informed Williams' work, a 1966 fire destroyed many of Williams' personal and professional papers. The largest collection of surviving documents and artifacts related to Cratis Williams, the Cratis D. Williams Papers (AC.102), are held within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. The collection includes information valuable to understanding the career and personality behind the scholarship produced by Dr. Williams as a folklorist, a balladeer, and an educator.

Maxine Hawks Thompson was an Appalachian State University student and long-time friend of Cratis Williams. She secured the letters to Betsy Webster Schuchardt, a former Appalachian student and friend, from Betsy's survivors. Walter Boone was a high school student of Williams who stayed in touch with him later in life.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence between friends - Cratis Williams, Walter S. Boone, Betsy Webster Schuchardt, and Maxine Hawks Thompson - and a eulogy Cratis wrote for his friend, David R. Hodgin in 1984. Included are letters, articles of interest, poetry, and greeting cards, dating between 1949 and 2003.

Arrangement

The donor Walter Boone had arranged the collection by correspondent, and that is the order of the folders.
Within each folder the items are arranged chronologically.

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 collection was donated by Walter S. Boone and Maxine Thompson in May 2003. Accession number AC.2003.017

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.605, Cratis Williams and Acquaintances' Correspondence, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Walter S. Boone, 1978-1985 Box 1, Folder 1
Eulogy to David R. Hodgin, April 1984 Box 1, Folder 2
Betsy Webster Schuchardt, 1978-1984 Box 1, Folder 3
Maxine Hawks Thompson, 1949-2003 Box 1, Folder 4