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Sylvia Trent Auxier papers, Bulk, 1946-1957

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Finding aid prepared by Desiree' H. Perry


Sylvia Trent Auxier papers


Bulk, 1946-1957


University of Kentucky Special Collections


Correspondence is arranged chronologically, while manuscripts were left unarranged.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

65M17: [Identification of item], Sylvia Trent Auxier papers, 1946-1966, bulk 1946-1957, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.4 Cubic feet

1 box


The poet, Sylvia Trent Auxier, was born in Pike County, Kentucky, to Thomas and Dolly May Trent on December 29, 1900; she was the eldest of sixteen children. She graduated from Pikeville College with a Bachelor's degree in Education and, a few years later, from the University of Cincinnati Nursing School with an R.N. degree. She married Jean Auxier, a lawyer, in 1928 and then moved to Meta, Kentucky. She published her first poetry book in 1948, though she had been published previously in newspapers like The Saturday Evening Post and the Louisville Courier-Journal. She was killed in a car accident on December 19, 1967. Her most well known poetry book is Meadow Rue.

Guide to the Sylvia Trent Auxier Papers. Hutchins Library Special Collections and Archives. Berea College, n.d. Web. 6 Sept. 2011.

Ballard, Sandra L. and Patricia L. Hudson. Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2003. Web. 6 Sept. 2011.

Scope and Content

The Sylvia Trent Auxier collection includes manuscripts of her five poetry books and correspondence with her publishers. The manuscripts present are those of Meadow Rue, published in 1948; Love-Vine, published in 1953; The Grace of the Bough, No Stranger to the Earth, published in 1957. Also included are worksheets and typescripts of poems published in The Green of a Hundred Springs, published in 1966. Also included is Auxier's correspondence with James Decker and Ervin Tax of The Decker Press, Prairie City, Illinois; Paul Heard, editor-publisher of The Story Book Press and of Royal Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas; and Stanton A. Coblentz, of The Wings Press, Mill Valley, California. This correspondence deals mainly with editorial matters and details of publishing.


  • Decker Press (Prairie City, Ill.).
  • Royal Publishing Company (Dallas, Tex.).
  • Story Book Press (Dallas, Tex.).
  • Wings Press (Mill Valley, Calif.).
  • Coblentz, Stanton Arthur, 1896-1982
  • Decker, James
  • Leonard, Paul, 1903-
  • Tax, Ervin
  • American poetry--Women authors.
  • Little magazines--United States.
  • Private presses--United States.
  • Publishers and publishing--United States.
  • Women poets.

User Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

I Correspondence, 1946-1957
Scope and Content Note:

The following series includes all of Auxier's correspondence with the editors that published Meadow Rue, Love-Vine, The Grace of the Bough, and No Stranger to the Earth. The content of which is comprised of editing remarks, book arrangement, and book sales.

Meadow Rue Correspondence, 1946-1950
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Love-Vine Correspondence, 1952-1954
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
The Grace of the Bough Correspondence, 1956-1957
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
No Stranger to the Earth Correspondence, 1957
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
II Manuscripts, circa 1946-1965
Scope and Content Note:

This series is comprised of the annotated manuscripts for Meadow Rue, Love-Vine, No Stranger to the Earth, and The Green of a Hundred Springs.

Meadow Rue manuscript, circa 1946
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Love-Vine manuscript, circa 1953
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
No Stranger to the Earth manuscript, circa 1957
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
The Grace of the Bough manuscript, circa 1956
[Box: 1, Folder: 8-9]
The Green of a Hundred Springs manuscript, 1960-1965
[Box: 1, Folder: 10-12]