James Still photographs and sound recordings

Abstract

The James Still photographs and sound recordings (dated circa 1890s-2001, undated; 5.45 cubic feet; 12 boxes) are the personal photographs and sound recordings of the writer James Still.

Descriptive Summary

Title
James Still photographs and sound recordings
Creator
Still, James
Extent
5.45. Cubic Feet
Subjects
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Arrangement
Organized into the following series: Negatives, Contact Sheets, and Slides; Miscellaneous; Snapshots of Still; Snapshots of Still With Others; Portraits of Still; Portraits of Still With Others; Still's Dead Mare Branch Home; Still's Army Service Photos; Still's Education and Employment, Public Appearances and Speaking Engagements, Portraits and Snapshots; Still's Yard, Garden, and Cats; Still's Family; Still's Adopted Family, The Perrys; Still's Friends and Visits with Friends; Still's Travels; Events; Photographs Still Received with Correspondence; and Sound Recordings.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Archives staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Beth Eifler
Preferred Citation
pa87m12: [identification of item], James Still photographs and sound recordings, circa 1890s-2001, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Although an Alabama native, author James Still is considered a Kentuckian. He spent most of his life in Kentucky and most of his writings center around the coal fields in the eastern part of the state. Still, who was one of ten children, was born in LaFayette, Alabama on July 16, 1906 to Lonie Lindsay and J. Alex Still. His father was a cotton farmer/horse doctor who envisioned a legal career for his son. But, by age eight his son harbored dreams of becoming an author. Still had no monetary resources, but was able to earn a Bachelor's degree in 1929 from Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, by working, among several jobs, in a stone quarry and as a janitor in the library. After completing his duties, Still spent many solitary nights in the library pouring over the literature he found there. In addition to funds earned at school, Still also received assistance from wealthy industrialist Guy Loomis. Loomis also partially subsidized Still's graduate school experience at Vanderbilt University where he took a class with Fugitive John Crowe Ransom and received an M.A. in English in 1930. At Loomis' suggestion Still attended the University of Illinois where he earned a B.A. in Library Science in 1931.
At the height of the depression Still was unable to locate permanent employment. Riding freight trains in his search, he tried selling Bibles in Mississippi, picking cotton in Texas, and working for Sears and Roebuck in Atlanta. In 1932 former college classmate and poet Don West offered Still a job organizing Boy Scout troops and baseball teams at a Bible camp in Knott County, Kentucky. At summer's end Still was offered a non-salaried position as a librarian at the Hindman Settlement School with room, board, and laundry furnished. The young man remained at the school for six years. While there he initiated a satellite program to supply children's books to local schools one day a week and one summer he worked as a social worker with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration - an experience which left an indelible impression on him.
James Still's professional writing career began in 1931 with the publication of his poem Dreams which appeared in Arcadian Magazine. During the next five years his poetry appeared in such periodicals as Boys Life, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Saturday Review of Literature, The Literary Digest, Poetry 47, The Sewanee Review, The New Republic, Mountain Life and Work, Kaleidograph, and The Atlantic. In 1937 Viking Press published Hounds on the Mountain a collection of his poems. The young author's first published short story, All Their Ways are Dark, appeared in The Atlantic in June of 1936.
Many of his subsequent works were authored in a 150-year-old log house, owned by his neighbors and friends the Amburgey family, located between the Dead Mare Branch and Wolfpen Creek facing Little Carr in Knott County. Still retreated to this secluded thirty-one acre, mostly mountainous tract, located nine miles from the Settlement School in 1939. The location was a perfect place to try his hand at farming, to raise a garden, to observe the wonders and horrors of nature, and to ponder and participate in his adopted community.
It was at the log house that Still completed his collection of short stories, On Troublesome Creek, Hounds on the Mountain, and his most acclaimed work River of Earth published in 1940. The novel tells the story of a coal miner and his family who travel from one mine to another in search of work during the depressed late 1920s. The family is maintained by their strong bond in the face of hardship and calamity. The book's setting was inspired by Still's experience surveying people in their homes while he served with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Dean Cadle, in the foreword to the 1978 edition of the work, compares River of Earth to John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and noted that they were the only books chronicling the demoralizing Depression years that have continued to gain readers in more affluent ones. Called a work of art by Time Magazine, River of Earth is considered a modern classic. Still's realism, his use of dialect and narration, his acute awareness of relationships and human character, and his economical yet richly descriptive approach captured high praise from critics and won him the Southern Author's Award.
Still's other writings also drew critical praise. Not only did his short stories appear in the O. Henry Memorial Prize Stories series (1937, 1938, 1939, and 1941), several were also included in Best American Short Stories (1946, 1950, 1952). The young writer became acquainted with other authors at renowned literary workshops such as the Bread Loaf Conference (1937), the MacDowell Colony (1938) and at the Yaddo Arts Colony (1939, 1940, 1941, 1951, and 1981). Moreover, he also received two Guggenheim fellowships in 1941 and 1946.
In spite of his age, at thirty-six Still was among the first men drafted into the Army/Air Force from Knott County. Attaining the rank of Sergeant E-7, he served for two years in the Gold Coast, a British colony which became Ghana in 1956. While in Africa he visited Egypt, Palestine, and Eritrea. He survived a crash landing in the Sudan, attacks of blackwater fever (malaria) and a bad case of dysentery. After he returned to Kentucky he rejoined the staff of the Hindman Settlement School in 1951. Ten years later in 1962 he joined the Department of English at Morehead State University as an Associate Professor - a post he held until 1970. Thereafter he was a visiting professor at Ohio University (Portsmouth), and at Berea College (1972) and served as a lecturer at numerous institutions.
Retirement allowed Still to write full-time. As a consequence he underwent another literary renaissance which included publication of several children's books, collections of folklore, short stories, and poetry and in 1977 his second and last novel, Sporty Creek: A Novel About an Appalachian Boyhood, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y.). Other books included: Way Down Yonder in Troublesome Creek: Appalachian Riddles and Rusties (G. P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y., 1974), Pattern of a Man and Other Stories (Gnomon Press, 1976), Jack and the Wonder Beans (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1979), The Run for the Elbertas (University of Kentucky Press, 1980), Rusties and Riddles and Gee-Haw Whimmy-Diddles (University Press of Kentucky, 1989), The Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life (University Press of Kentucky, 1991), and The Appalachian Mother Goose (University Press of Kentucky, 1998).
James Still's work did not go unnoticed. In 1979 the University of Kentucky established the James Still Fellowship program to encourage Appalachian-related research. Moreover, during the 1980s he worked with Kentucky and Tennessee Public Television on programs featuring his work. In addition, he appeared regularly as a commentator on National Public Radio. He also received numerous awards and honorary degrees from such institutions as Berea College, Lincoln Memorial University, Morehead State University, and the University of Kentucky. In 1995 he was named Poet Laureate of Kentucky.
An inveterate reader, Mr. Still's interests included botany, entomology, Appalachian folklore, the Civil War and World War I. He also made many trips to Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador to study the Mayan civilization. Perhaps the most treasured events, however, were the annual birthday parties sponsored by the Hindman Settlement School and his friends during the decades preceding his death on April 28, 2001. Also important in Still's life was his enduring relationship with his adopted daughter Teresa Perry Reynolds to whom he left his literary legacy.
Scope and Content
The James Still photographs and sound recordings (dated circa 1890s-2001, undated; 5.45 cubic feet; 12 boxes) are the personal photographs and sound recordings of the writer James Still. Included are negatives, photographs, and slides, as well as contact sheets for various photographers.
Images include portraits and snapshots of Still; his friends and family; his home on Dead Mare Branch; his garden, yard, and cats; his travels; and his years in the Army Air Corps during World War II. There are also images from Lincoln Memorial University where he earned his undergraduate degree, as well as photographs from his years spent at the Hindman Settlement School. Other images include various landscapes and outdoor scenes; public appearances, speaking engagements, and events which Still attended; and images Still received with letters, cards, and other correspondence.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.Access to sound recordings is restricted to the user copy only.
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

Negatives, contact sheets, and slides, 1970s-1990s, undated

These folders contain negatives from rolls of film circa 1970s-1990s, negatives of several different formats with a signed note from Still dated 6 August 83, which says: After these negatives are developed return them to me, and I'll return them to Morehead State U. from whence they came. I'll identify them when I'm next down Fayette County way. There are also contact sheets of various photographers, as well as slides.

Roll 1-Outdoor scenes, undated

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Roll 2-Perry family at Christmas; exterior of Still's home, 1973 December

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Roll 3-Perry family at Christmas; interior of Still's home, circa 1975

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Roll 4-Still's house and garden; funeral in Hindman, KY, circa 1978

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Roll 5-Latin America; Teresa Perry; Still's yard/garden, circa 1970s

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Roll 6-Still outdoors with rocks/waterfall/stream; Still's yard, circa 1978

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Roll 7-Still outdoors with rocks/stream; Still's cats/yard, circa 1978

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Roll 8-Asia; Still's yard/house, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Roll 9-Perrys and friends; Still's house/yard/cats, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Roll 10-Richard M. Nixon center dedication, Hyden, KY, 1978 July 2

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Roll 11-Still's cats/trees; unidentified men, undated

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Roll 12-Still family and family reunion, circa 1981

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Roll 13-Perrys; Amburgeys; outdoor scenes, undated

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Roll 14-Still's garden/cats; Still at a school, undated

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Roll 15-Man and woman; wall with Roman numeral on it, undated

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Roll 16-Televised Carl Perkins funeral, 1984

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Roll 17-Outdoor scenes; Still's house, undated

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Roll 18-19-Still in London, circa 1990s

  • Box 1, folder 18-19
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Roll 20-Still in Central America, undated

  • Box 1, folder 20
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Roll 21-Unidentified house and 90th birthday party, Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, KY, 1996 July

  • Box 1, folder 21
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Negatives from Morehead State University, undated

  • Box 1, folder 22
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Contact sheets, Carlyle Cross and Thomas B. Frazier, 1977 September

  • Box 1, folder 23
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Contact sheets, Warren Brunner, undated

  • Box 1, folder 24
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Contact sheet, Lexington Herald-Leader, 1982 July

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Contact sheets and negatives, UNC Asheville, undated

  • Box 1, folder 26
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Slides, 1978-1993, undated

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Slides, undated

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Miscellaneous, 1930s-1990s, undated

These folders contain images that did not fit well in other categories. Many are landscapes or outdoor images. Others were groups of images that were found together which could fit in several categories.

Landscapes and street scenes, circa 1930s

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Photos found in envelope together, 1993 August

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Outdoor scenes by Warren Davis and Peter Kayafas, 1998, undated

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Photos of paintings of Still, 1990, undated

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Photo duplicates from Morehead State University, 1979 October

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Photos found in envelope together and from same roll of film, undated

  • Box 2, folder 8
[Note: All of the items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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General miscellaneous, undated

  • Box 2, folder 9
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General miscellaneous, undated

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Snapshots of Still, 1920s-1990s, undated

Arranged chronologically, these folders contain snapshots of Still, including photographs taken at his Dead Mare Branch Home. There are also folders with Still in unspecified outdoor locations and a folder with photos from May 1995 that appear to have been taken the same day.

1920s-1990s

  • Box 3, folder 1
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undated

  • Box 3, folder 2
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At his Dead Mare Branch home, 1930s-1980s

  • Box 3, folder 3
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At his Dead Mare Branch home, undated

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Outdoor scenes with rocks and water, 1978

  • Box 3, folder 5
[Note: All of the items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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In a field, circa 1970s

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Unidentified location, 1995 May 15

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Snapshots of Still with others, 1920s-1990s, undated

Arranged chronologically, these folders contain snapshots of Still with other people. One folder contains (nitrate?) negatives and one print of Still with a library science graduate student in 1931.

1920s-1930s

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Negatives and print, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1931

  • Box 3, folder 9
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1950s-1960s

  • Box 3, folder 10
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1980s

  • Box 3, folder 11
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1990s

  • Box 3, folder 12
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undated

  • Box 3, folder 13
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Portraits of Still, 1920s-1992, undated

These folders contain portraits of Still, taken by both professional and amateur photographers.

By Charley Cargille Studios, Johnson City, TN, circa 1920s

  • Box 3, folder 14
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By Dean Cadle, Newport, TN, 1954

  • Box 3, folder 15
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By Dean Cadle, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1959

  • Box 3, folder 16
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By Thomas V. Miller Jr./Louisville Courier-Journal, 1960 January

  • Box 3, folder 17
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By Dean Cadle, 1964

  • Box 3, folder 18
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By Bob Connor, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1975 October

  • Box 3, folder 19
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By Carlyle Cross, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1977 September

  • Box 4, folder 1
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By Thomas B. Frazier, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1977 September

  • Box 4, folder 2
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By John Stephenson, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1978

  • Box 4, folder 3
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By Warren Brunner, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1982 November

  • Box 4, folder 4
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By Earl Palmer, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1986

  • Box 4, folder 5
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By Daniel Price, 1986 August

  • Box 4, folder 6
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By Whyland's Studio, 1992

  • Box 4, folder 7
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By Molly Bundy, 1992 June

  • Box 4, folder 8
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By Richard Nugent, undated

  • Box 4, folder 9
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By Earl Palmer, at Dead Mare Branch home and Jethro Amburgey's shop, undated

  • Box 4, folder 10
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By Dean Cadle, inside Dead Mare Branch home, undated

  • Box 4, folder 11
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By Dean Cadle, outside Dead Mare Branch home, undated (possibly 1959)

  • Box 4, folder 12
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Photographers unknown, at Dead Mare Branch home, undated

  • Box 4, folder 13
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Photographers unknown, location unknown, undated

  • Box 4, folder 14
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Portraits of Still with others, 1954-1987

These folders contain portraits of Still with others taken by professional photographers.

By Dean Cadle, Newport, TN, 1954

  • Box 4, folder 15
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By Carlyle Cross, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1977 September

  • Box 4, folder 16
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By Thomas B. Frazier, at Dead Mare Branch home, 1977 September

  • Box 4, folder 17
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By Dean Cadle, unknown location (includes one close-up of Teresa Perry), 1977 November

  • Box 4, folder 18
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By Frank Majority Jr., Whitesburg, KY, 1987

  • Box 4, folder 19
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Still's Dead Mare Branch home, 1940s-1990s, undated

These folders contain images, both interior and exterior of Still's Dead Mare Branch home, by both professional and amateur photographers. Folder 2 contains images from late 1940 when Still first moved to the house, which was abandoned.

Exterior, 1940s-1990s

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Exterior (album series), 1940 November

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Exterior, by Dean Cadle, 1959 December, undated

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Exterior and interior, by Vassie Hagan, (includes one image of Still in his yard), 1969

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Exterior and interior, by John Stephenson, 1978

  • Box 5, folder 5
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Exterior, by Randy Hall, undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Exterior (from same roll of film) (Though many of these images are almost identical, they differ very slightly, under magnification, in focus, angle, height, or distance of the camera), undated

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Exterior (miscellaneous), undated

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Interior, by Bob Connor, 1975 October

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Interior, by Dean Cadle, undated

  • Box 5, folder 10
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Interior (miscellaneous), undated

  • Box 5, folder 11
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Miscellaneous gate/well images, 1952-1964, undated

  • Box 5, folder 12
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Still's army service photographs, 1940s, undated

These folders contain photographs taken during Still's service in the Army Air Corps in World War II. They include images of various locales in Africa and images of Still in uniform. Two folders contain (nitrate) negatives. Corresponding prints are in the folders that follow.

Negatives, Gulf of Guinea, Gold Coast, and misc. places in Africa, circa 1940s

  • Box 5, folder 13
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Negatives, Egypt and misc. places in Africa, circa 1940s

  • Box 5, folder 14
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Gulf of Guinea and Gold Coast in Africa, circa 1940s

  • Box 5, folder 15
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Egypt and misc. places in Africa, circa 1940s

  • Box 5, folder 16
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Individual and group portraits various locations, circa 1940s

  • Box 6, folder 1
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Photos of Africa/Africans by M. Samuels, circa 1940s

  • Box 6, folder 2
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Airbrushed and colorized digital prints of Still in Army Air Corps uniform, undated

  • Box 6, folder 3
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Still's education and employment, 1920s-1960s, undated

These folders contain images pertaining to Still's education and employment. Though he also attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne and Vanderbilt University, the images in these folders are from Lincoln Memorial University where he earned his undergraduate degree. He worked as a librarian at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY, for more than forty? years.

Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, circa 1920s

  • Box 6, folder 4
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Hindman Settlement Library and School, 1930s-1960s, undated

  • Box 6, folder 5
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Public appearances and speaking engagements, 1974-1998, undated

Arranged in chronological order, these folders contain images of Still at various public appearances and speaking engagements. When known, the name, location, and time of the event has been given.

Still receiving honorary degree, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, 1974 June 2

  • Box 6, folder 6
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East Tenn. State University, Johnson City, TN, 1979 January

  • Box 6, folder 7
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Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, and Hindman, KY, 1979 October 4

  • Box 6, folder 8
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Elizabeth Madox Roberts conference, St. Catherine College, Springfield, KY, from Sharon Teagarden, 1981 October 30

  • Box 6, folder 9
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Still accepting award, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, 1982 October 29

  • Box 6, folder 10
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Alumni and friends of the university, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, 1982 November 19

  • Box 6, folder 11
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Literary hall of fame, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, 1983 January

  • Box 6, folder 12
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Visiting Betty Jean Wells's class, Lynchburg, VA, 1985 June

  • Box 6, folder 13
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Lipscomb Reception, unspecified location, 1986

  • Box 6, folder 14
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Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, KY, 1988 March

  • Box 6, folder 15
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Book signing, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, 1988 April

  • Box 6, folder 16
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Still accepting award, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, 1988 June

  • Box 6, folder 17
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Still performing with Jim Wayne Miller, WV Capitol Theatre, Charleston, WV, by Phyllis Moore, 1988 November

  • Box 6, folder 18
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Kaila Perry kindergarten graduation, unspecified location, 1989

  • Box 6, folder 19
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Rock Castle County High School, Mt. Vernon, KY, 1989 October

  • Box 6, folder 20
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Unspecified location, 1989 November

  • Box 6, folder 21
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River of Earth Celebration, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, 1990 February 5

  • Box 6, folder 22-24
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River of Earth 50th anniversary, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, by Lexington Herald-Leader, 1990 April 3

  • Box 6, folder 25
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River of Earth 50th anniversary, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, by Frank Majority, 1990 April 3

  • Box 6, folder 26
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River of Earth 50th anniversary, University, of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1990 April 3

  • Box 6, folder 27
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Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1991 April

  • Box 6, folder 28
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Book signing, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 1991 April

  • Box 6, folder 29
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Children's function, unspecified location, 1991 June

  • Box 6, folder 30
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85th birthday, unspecified location, from Rebecca Michael, 1991 July

  • Box 6, folder 31
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Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, 1991 August 29

  • Box 7, folder 1
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Kentucky Book Fair, unspecified location, 1991 November

  • Box 7, folder 2
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Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, from Wilma, 1992 June 21

  • Box 7, folder 3
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Faculty scholars program picnic, University of KY, Lexington, KY, 1992 July 14

  • Box 7, folder 4
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86th birthday luncheon, New Gratz Hotel, Lexington, KY, 1992 July

  • Box 7, folder 5
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Southeast Kentucky Community College, campus unspecified, 1993

  • Box 7, folder 6
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Faculty scholars summer picnic, University of KY, Lexington, KY, 1993

  • Box 7, folder 7
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Book signing, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, 1993 June 22

  • Box 7, folder 8
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James Still Fellow 87th birthday dinner, Merrick Inn, Lexington, KY, from Molly Bundy, 1993 June 21

  • Box 7, folder 9
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James Still Fellow 87th birthday dinner, Merrick Inn, Lexington, KY, and Bundy home, New Albany, IN, from Molly Bundy, 1993 June and July

  • Box 7, folder 10
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Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC, 1993 September

  • Box 7, folder 11
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Book fair, Frankfort, KY, 1993 November

  • Box 7, folder 12
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At governor's mansion, Frankfort, KY, 1993 November 19

  • Box 7, folder 13
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Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, KY, 1994 October

  • Box 7, folder 14
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Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, KY, 1994 October

  • Box 7, folder 15
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Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, by Norma Mahood, 1994 November 30

  • Box 7, folder 16
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Poet laureate event, Frankfort, KY, from Secretary Jelsma, 1995 April

  • Box 7, folder 17
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Poet laureate event, Frankfort, KY, from Carolyn Kent, 1995 April

  • Box 7, folder 18
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89th birthday party, University of KY, Lexington, KY, 1995

  • Box 7, folder 19
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89th or 88th birthday party, Hindman, KY, 1995 July or 1994 July

  • Box 7, folder 20
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Faculty scholars program 89th birthday party, University of KY, Lexington, KY, 1995 September 13

  • Box 7, folder 21
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Book event, Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, KY, 1995 October 14

  • Box 7, folder 22
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90th birthday party, unspecified location, by Cynthia Cooke-Whitte, 1996 July 13

  • Box 7, folder 23
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Unidentified house and 90th birthday parthy, Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, KY, 1996 July

  • Box 7, folder 24
[Note: all items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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92nd birthday party, Still's Dead Mare Branch home, 1998 July 18

  • Box 7, folder 25
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Writers' workshop, Hindman, KY, 1998 July

  • Box 7, folder 26
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Graduation, Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY, undated

  • Box 7, folder 27
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Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, undated

  • Box 7, folder 28
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Governor's Awards in the Arts, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Frankfort, KY, undated

  • Box 7, folder 29
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Outdoor event, unspecified location, undated

  • Box 7, folder 30
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Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, from Barbara S. Harris, undated

  • Box 7, folder 31
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Writer's workshop?, Still's Dead Mare Branch home, from Alice Adams, undated

  • Box 7, folder 32
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Miscellaneous, unspecified locations, undated

  • Box 7, folder 33
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Portraits and snapshots, 1890s-1977, undated

Arranged chronologically, these folders contain portraits and snapshots of men, women, children, and groups. One folder contains a group of images of a boy with a dulcimer, and the last three folders are images of unidentified men by named photographers.

Mixed sex/age groups, 1920s-1990s

  • Box 8, folder 1
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Mixed sex/age groups, undated

  • Box 8, folder 2
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Women, 1890s-1970s

  • Box 8, folder 3
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Women, 1980s-1990s, undated

  • Box 8, folder 4
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Men, 1930s-1990s

  • Box 8, folder 5
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Men, undated

  • Box 8, folder 6
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Children, 1950s-1980s

  • Box 8, folder 7
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Children, 1990s, undated

  • Box 8, folder 8
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David Cadle with dulcimer, 1966

  • Box 8, folder 9
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Men, by Thomas B. Frazier, 1977 September

  • Box 8, folder 10
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Man, by Carlyle Cross, 1977 September

  • Box 8, folder 11
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Men, by Thomas Huston, undated

  • Box 8, folder 12
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Still's yard, garden, and cats, 1970s-1984, undated

These folders contain images of Still's property on Dead Mare Branch, including photographs of his garden and yard as well as his cats. Most appear to have been taken by Still himself.

Yard and garden, undated

  • Box 8, folder 13
[Note: all but one of the items in this folder are prints of negatives found in various folders in Box 1.]
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Yard and garden, circa 1970s, undated

  • Box 8, folder 14
[Note: all but one of the items in this folder are prints of negatives found in various folders in Box 1.]
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Yard and cats, 1978, 1984, undated

  • Box 8, folder 15
[Note: all but four of the items in this folder are prints of negatives found in various folders in Box 1.]
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Still's family, 1890s-1990s, undated

These folders contain images of Still's family arranged chronologically and/or by event.

1890s-1920s

  • Box 8, folder 16
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1930s-1980s

  • Box 8, folder 17
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undated

  • Box 8, folder 18-19
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J. Alexander Still's funeral, 1957 October

  • Box 9, folder 1
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Family reunion, circa 1981

  • Box 9, folder 2
[Note: All but four of the items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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Comer Still's funeral, 1988 October

  • Box 9, folder 3
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Digital copy prints, 1920s-1980s

  • Box 9, folder 4
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Livings/Samples (great-nieces and great-nephews), circa 1970-1990s, undated

  • Box 9, folder 5
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Some relatives at a reunion, 1998

  • Box 9, folder 6
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Still's adopted family, the Perrys, 1967-1998, undated

These folders contain images of Still's adopted daughter, Teresa Perry, her children, and her family. There is also a folder of photographs of Still with members of the Perry family. Look for a good close-up of Teresa Perry taken by Dean Cadle in Box 5, Folder 4.

Teresa Perry, 1972-1988, undated

  • Box 9, folder 7
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Kaila (Perry) Bradley (Teresa's daughter), 1983-1989, undated

  • Box 9, folder 8
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Jake Bradley (Teresa's son), 1998

  • Box 9, folder 9
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Teresa's immediate family, 1967-circa 1975, undated

  • Box 9, folder 10
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Other Perry relatives, circa 1974-1978

  • Box 9, folder 11
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Still with the Perrys, 1972-1998, undated

  • Box 9, folder 12
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Still's friends and visits with friends, 1960s-2001, undated

These folders contain images of people Still spent a good deal of time with or corresponded with frequently, the family of his godson (the Thompsons), and his best friend (Jethro Amburgey) and his family. There are also photos of Still visiting his friends the Bundys and the Caudills at their homes and one folder with images of unidentified friends of Still visiting him at his own home.

Paul Thompson family, 1989, undated

  • Box 9, folder 13
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Amburgeys, 1960s-1980s, undated

  • Box 9, folder 14
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Amburgeys, undated

  • Box 9, folder 15
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Amburgeys, negatives with prints, undated

  • Box 9, folder 16
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Weinbergs, 1992-2001, undated

  • Box 9, folder 17
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Visits, the Bundys, New Albany, IN, 1988 November 13 and 1989 October 12

  • Box 9, folder 18
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Visit, the Bundys, New Albany, IN, 1993 February 3-6

  • Box 9, folder 19
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Visit, the Bundys, New Albany, IN, and Lexington, KY, 1994 February-May

  • Box 9, folder 20
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Visit, Dennis Gibson, Greenville, IN, and the Bundys, New Albany, IN, 1994 October 1-2

  • Box 9, folder 21
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Visit, unidentified guests at Still's home and other places, 1996

  • Box 9, folder 22
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Visit, the Caudills, Louisville, KY, and the Bundys, New Albany, IN, 1999 July

  • Box 10, folder 1
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Visits, Johnson City, TN, 1989-1995

  • Box 10, folder 2
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Visit, gathering at Still's home, undated

  • Box 10, folder 3
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Still's travels, 1940s-1990s, undated

These folders contain images of Still's travels throughout the world and the United States, including photographs of the western U.S., Jerusalem, various locations in Latin America, and England.

Western United States, 1941

  • Box 10, folder 4
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Jerusalem/Palestine, circa 1940s

  • Box 10, folder 5
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Guatemala, Honduras, and other places in Latin America, circa 1970s

  • Box 10, folder 6
[Note: All but three items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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unidentified location in Asia, undated

  • Box 10, folder 7
[Note: All items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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Devon, England, 1987

  • Box 10, folder 8
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London, England, circa 1990s

  • Box 10, folder 9-10
[Note: All items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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Events, 1952-1984

These folders contain photographs of events, many of which appear to have been taken by Still himself with the exception of the images of the James T. Farrell visit and Carl Perkins funeral, which were taken by others. The images of the Carl Perkins funeral are actually pictures of a television on which the funeral is being aired.

Funeral, 1952

  • Box 10, folder 11
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James T. Farrell visit to Morehead, 1968

  • Box 10, folder 12
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Richard M. Nixon center dedication, Hyden, KY, 1978 July 2

  • Box 10, folder 13
[Note: All items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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Funeral for an Amburgey, circa 1978

  • Box 10, folder 14
[Note: All items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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Televised funeral for Carl Perkins, 1984

  • Box 10, folder 15
[Note: All items in this folder are prints of negatives found in Box 1.]
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Photographs Still received with correspondence, 1954-1999, undated

These folders contain images Still received with letters, cards, and other correspondence. They are arranged chronologically by postmark date when it is known or by the date written if there is no postmark. Some have neither a date written nor a postmark, but are known to have been received with correspondence. [For some photos from correspondence, see public appearances/speaking engagements folders.]

Postmarked, 1954 January 27-1989 December 11

  • Box 10, folder 16
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Postmarked, 1991 December 10-1994 June 12

  • Box 10, folder 17
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Postmarked, 1994 December 7-1998 October 5

  • Box 10, folder 18
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Postmarked, 1998 November 17-1999 September 27

  • Box 11, folder 1
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Postmarked, 1999 December 1-1999 December 27

  • Box 11, folder 2
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Partial postmark/date, circa 1970s

  • Box 11, folder 3
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Partial postmark/date, circa 1980s

  • Box 11, folder 4
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Partial postmark/date, circa 1990-1994

  • Box 11, folder 5
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Partial postmark/date, circa 1995-1999

  • Box 11, folder 6
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No postmark/date, undated

  • Box 11, folder 7
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Sound recordings, 1986-1992, undated

Series contains audiocassettes of interviews with and readings by James Still. Each audiocassette includes the original, user copy, and preservation copy. Additionally, the series contains two unidentified reel-to-reel tapes.

National Public Radio broadcast featuring James Still reading a poem about Memorial Day in Kentucky, circa 1980s

  • Box 12, item 1907
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National Public Radio broadcast featuring James Still, Verna Mae Sloan, and Gurney Norman, undated

  • Box 12, item 1908
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WFPL Louisville, Kentucky interview with James Still, performed by John Gregory, undated

  • Box 12, item 1909
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Reading by James Still at an Elder Hostel as part of the Kentucky Open House series, lengthy introduction by Alice Brown, undated

  • Box 12, item 1910
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Reading by James Still at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 12, item 1911
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River of Earth 50th Anniversary Celebration, University of Kentucky, 1990 April 3

  • Box 12, item 1912
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Oral History interview with James Still, 1991 August 2

  • Box 12, item 1913-1914
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Commercial recording Heritage by James Still and Randy Wilson, 1992

  • Box 12, item 1915
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Audience recording of musical Oh! Henry!, 1986

  • Box 12, item 1916
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Unlabeled reel-to-reel tapes, undated

  • Box 12, item 1917-1918
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