Alice J. Kinder and William M. Justice papers

Abstract

Alice J. Kinder and William M. Justice papers (dated 1904-1994, undated; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) consists of correspondence, manuscripts, scrapbooks, and printed materials pertaining to the life and work of Eastern Kentucky poet and author William M. Justice.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Alice J. Kinder and William M. Justice papers
Creator
Justice, William M. (William McKinley), 1893-1968
Extent
1.8 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Appalachian authors
Authors, American -- Kentucky.
Authors -- Correspondence.
Education -- Appalachian Region
Education -- Kentucky.
Poets, American.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Kate Black
Preferred Citation
97m1 : [identification of item], Alice J. Kinder and William M. Justice papers, 1904-1994, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Born on November 27, 1893, in Pike County, Kentucky, William McKinley Justice was an Eastern Kentucky educator for forty years, a published writer, and a lecturer. Responsibility for helping his family with farm work prevented him from attending school for much of his childhood, and he did not attend regularly until he was fourteen. By age eighteen, however, he had earned an eighth grade teaching certificate and bagan teaching in Pike County schools. Justice continued his education by taking high school courses when the county schools were not in session and graduated from Pikeville High School in 1926. Justice then attended Berea College where he graduated with a B.A. in 1929.
Justice was a well-known writer in Eastern Kentucky, and his poems appeared in various journals, magazines, and collections. One of his patriotic poems was read by Seantor Adlai Stevenson before the United Nations assembly. He was the author of five books of poetry: Tears and Laughter and Other Poems, A Man, a Woman, and God, Acorns of Gold, This Way Lies Peace, and Take Time to Stroll. He died in 1968.
Justice's daughter, Alice J. Kinder (1921-1995), followed in her fathers footsteps. She published many books on mountain people and Eastern Kentucky culture, including Willie-Boy, The Call of the Kentucky Mountains, which she adapted using her father's unpublished manuscript, The Midnights are Mine.
Scope and Content
Alice J. Kinder and William M. Justice papers (dated 1904-1994, undated; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) consists of correspondence, manuscripts, scrapbooks, and printed materials pertaining to the life and work of Eastern Kentucky poet and author William M. Justice. The bulk of the collection consists of disassembled scrapbooks compiled by William M. Justice's daughter, Alice J. Kinder. They comprise original copies of his poems, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and printed materials, documenting his career as a writer and educator in Pike County, Kentucky. Several of the scrapbooks consist of his correspondence with, newspaper clippings about, and manuscripts by a variety of Eastern Kentucky authors and educators. Notable figures covered by the scrapbooks include James Still, Jesse Stuart, Lillie Chaffin, Lucia Clark Markham, Sylvia Trent Auxier, Ruby Dell Baugher, Grace Noll Cromwell, Edwin Litsey, Cotton Noe, and William J. Hutchins.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

William M. Justice writings, 1940-1950, undated

The Midnights are Mine, Vol. 1-3 (autobiography), circa 1950

  • Box 1, folder 1-3
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This is My Story (My Own Story) speech, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
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I Cannot Let You Go poem, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Correspondence with publishers, 1940-1945

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Alice J. Kinder writings, 1968, 1994

Papa's Only Shirt short story published in Lookout, 1968 June 16

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Family Roots book, 1994

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Biographical sketches, 1989-1991, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Scrapbooks, 1904-1992, undated

Arranged biographically, these scrapbooks contain correspondence, clippings, photographs and booklets by and about William Justice, Alice Kinder, Jesse Stuart, and other Eastern Kentucky writers as well as educators and business-people. Compiled by Alice Kinder, the scrapbooks have been kept intact except for removing the materials from the original binders and photocopying newspaper clippings.

William M. Justice on his writing scrapbook 1, 1918-1977, undated

  • Box 2, folder 1-3
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William M. Justice on his writing scrapbook 2, 1925-1970, undated

  • Box 2, folder 4-6
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Jesse Stuart Album scrapbook, 1934-1992, undated

  • Box 3, folder 1-3
Duplicate photographs in this album were removed and placed in envelope located at end of Folder 3.
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Scrapbook of Eastern Kentuckians 1, 1904-1963, undated

Edmund Vance Cooke, 1904-1933, undated

  • Box 3, folder 4
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J. T. Cotton Noe, 1939-1952, undated

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Dorothy Parker, 1940 May 26

  • Box 3, folder 6
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John Erskine, 1938-1939

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Edwin Carlisle Litsey, 1939 December 3

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Rollo Walter Brown, 1943-1956, undated

  • Box 3, folder 9
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James Still, 1929-1940

  • Box 3, folder 10
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Rufus Reed, 1953-1956

  • Box 3, folder 11
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Shelby Elam, 1957 February 1

  • Box 3, folder 12
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Grace Noll Cromwell, 1939-1954

  • Box 3, folder 13
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Ruth Bryan Rohde, 1949

  • Box 3, folder 14
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T.W. Vinson, 1942-1943

  • Box 3, folder 15
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Mary Larkin Cook, undated

  • Box 3, folder 16
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Florence Hale, 1943-1960, undated

  • Box 4, folder 1
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William Wallace Ellis, 1944

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Maud Sparks Crawford, 1953-1963, undated

  • Box 4, folder 3
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James Watt Raine, 1934

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Ruby Dell Baugher, 1939-1944

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Scrapbook of Eastern Kentuckians 2, 1938-1977, undated

Truda Williams McCoy, 1941-1962, undated

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Sylvia Trent Auxier, 1948-1967, undated

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Dawn Flanery Parker, 1956-1960, undated

  • Box 4, folder 8
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Madge Ann Pinson, 1938-1955, undated

  • Box 4, folder 9
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Lois Smith Hiers, 1959-1977

  • Box 4, folder 10
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Christine Goodman, undated

  • Box 4, folder 11
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Lillie D. Chaffin scrapbook, 1952-1992, undated

  • Box 4, folder 12
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William H. Danforth scrapbook, 1949-1956, undated

  • Box 4, folder 13
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Lucia Clark Markham scrapbook, 1940-1941, undated

  • Box 4, folder 14
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William J. Hutchins, President of Berea College, scrapbook, 1934-1958

  • Box 4, folder 15
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Mary Lavinia Silva, The Old Oaken Bucket file, 1952-1957, undated

  • Box 4, folder 16
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Lucien V. Rule, An Old Country Church, 1913

  • Box 4, folder 17
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