University of Kentucky James Still Papers

Still, James, 1906- . Papers, ca. 1915-1985. 87M12, 12 cubic ft. A native of Alabama, author James Still has spent most of his life in the Hindman Settlement of Knott County. In addition to his writing, Still has worked as a farmer, librarian and teacher. Winner of many literary awards, including two Guggenheim fellowships, Still has published novels, short stories and poems which reflect his passionate feelings for the Kentucky mountains.

The Still papers include typescripts, many with Still's handwritten comments, for such noted works as River of Earth, Still's first novel; Hounds on the Mountain, a book of poems; On Troublesome Creek, Sporty Creek,and many others. Files in this collection include printed copies of Still's published works, biographical information, correspondence dating from the 1930s to 1990s, photographs, reviews, and clippings. There are materials on the Hindman Settlement School where Still served as librarian (1932-1939) and 1951-1961), and Morehead College where he taught. Files of printed materials relate to Lincoln Memorial Univeristy, Vanderbilt, and the University of Illinois, schools from which Still received degrees in English and Library Science. Access to the Still papers requires Mr. Still's written permission. Gift, James Still.

Dean Cadle Papers

As described in the University of Kentucky Library catalog: "Many of the stories, essays, and poems of Dean Cadle are present in this collection as well as reviews written by Cadle and critical papers on the works of James Still. Included in the materials are manuscripts by Dean Cadle such as "Dance by the Sea" and "Deep Furrow," and short stories by James Still that were published in national magazines such as The Atlantic, Better Homes, and The Yale Review. The paste-up and publisher's drafts of River of Earth are present as well as critical papers on Still by other authors including Sidney Saylor Farr, Joe Creason, Dayton Kohler, and Albert Stewart.
Works about James Still include the final draft of "Man on Troublesome," a collection of essays edited and compiled by Dean Cadle; and other critical works collected by Cadle. Also present are articles, interviews and reviews as well as biographical information, newspaper clippings, promotional materials and memorabilia.
In addition to the materials described herein, many of Cadle's photographs consisting mainly of shots of James Still and his home are housed in the Photographic Archives (PA87M46). The photographic collection also includes shots of Jesse Stuart, Rebecca Caudill and Harriette Arnow. Several audio tapes of recorded readings by James Still are located in the Department's Appalachian Tape Collection." Location: Special Collections Call Number: 1M87M46