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Yesterday's People: Life in Contemporary Appalachia manuscript, 1964-1966

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Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell


Yesterday's People: Life in Contemporary Appalachia manuscript




University of Kentucky Special Collections


The collection is arranged by format.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

67M146: [Identification of item], Yesterday's people: life in contemporary Appalachia manuscript, 1964-1966, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


1.13 Cubic feet

3 boxes


Jack Edgar Weller, a New York-born Presbyterian minister, moved to West Virginia and spent 13 years working in Appalachia before writing the book, Yesterday's People, which was published by University of Kentucky Press in 1965.

Scope and Content

The Yesterday's People: life in contemporary Appalachia manuscript includes the original manuscript, revisions, galleys, and proofs of Jack Edgar Weller's book and materials written before publication. Also, it contains correspondence and several reviews from national journals and local newspapers. Yesterday's People describes the culture and customs of the Southern Appalachian people, and presents an analysis of their problems. These documents show the various stages, from manuscript copy to final proofs, in the production of this book. Also included are letters written by publishers and individuals in response to Weller's attempts to publish his work.


  • University Press of Kentucky.
  • Appalachian Region.
  • Weller, Jack E.
  • Books--Reviews.
  • Drafts.
  • Proofs (Printing)

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Galley with Corrections, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Galley Copy, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Galley with Office Corrections, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Page Proof with Corrections, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Page Proof Copy, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Layout for Foreward, Acknowledgement, Jacket, and Blurb, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Correspondence about Subject and Publication, 1964 March 7-1966 February 9
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Xerox Copies of Reviews, 1966
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Galley Copy, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Revised or Recopied Materials, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
Original Manuscript, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 3-5]
Original Typescript, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 6-7]
Proof Copy of Introductory Note, Introduction, Chapters 1-4, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Proof Reader's Copy of Chapter 5-8, appendix, and Footnotes, undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
Prepublication Material Southern Appalachia: A Study of its Culture and More, 1965 March
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]