Guide to the Horace Kephart, Mr. Pinwell Breaks Jail, Manuscript, undated

Summary Information

Title: Horace Kephart, Mr. Pinwell Breaks Jail, Manuscript, undated
Collection: AC.888
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This small collection consists of a typed manuscript by Horace Kephart entitled Mr. Pinwell Breaks Jail. Copied on front and back of pages.

Creator: Horace Kephart

Biographical/Historical Note

Horace Kephart was born in 1862 in Pennsylvania, but spent much of his youth in Iowa. He went on to achieve success in two careers. Trained as a librarian, Kephart achieved national recognition during his years as director of the Mercantile Library in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1890 to 1903. While living in what was already one of the largest cities in the nation, Kephart began indulging in outdoor life through camping and hunting trips. In 1904, at the age of 42, Kephart arrived in western North Carolina to begin his life anew. He chose a simple lifestyle and “nature-as-healer” approach. At the same time, he immersed himself in his new natural environment and took an immediate interest in the history and culture of the people. Drawing on his library background, much of his understanding of the region came through readings on the topic to which he added his personal observations. During his lifetime, Kephart emerged as a recognized authority on the cultural and natural history of the region. He wrote hundreds of articles during his lifetime, but became especially renowned for his classic works Our Southern Highlanders and Camping and Woodcraft. Kephart's life was cut short by an automobile accident in 1931.

The above biography was sourced from Western Carolina University.

Scope and Contents

This is a single manuscript of 36 pages by Horace Kephart entitled Mr. Pinwell Breaks Jail, undated.


This is a single-item collection.

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

This was purchased from Appalachian Mountain Books in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott in July 2015 with assistance from Claire Stamper.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.888: Horace Kephart, Mr. Pinwell Breaks Jail, Manuscript, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.

Container List

Manuscript, Mr. Pinwell Breaks Jail, undated