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Wilma Dykeman Papers Concerning The Far Family

Identifier: MS-2516

  • Staff Only

This collection contains the book The Far Family by Wilma Dykeman and three letters to/from Wilma (Dykeman) & Jim Stokely to/from Erich Rosenberg about the book. Every item dates to March or April 1966.


  • 1966 March 31-1966 April 26

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection, dating March and April 1966, contains the book The Far Family by Wilma Dykeman and three letters to/from Wilma (Dykeman) & Jim Stokely to/from Erich Rosenberg about the book.

Biographical/Historical Note

Wilma Dykeman (1920-2006) was a fiction and nonfiction writer whose works primarily focused on the people and land of Appalachia. An Asheville, N.C. native, she graduated from Biltmore Junior College in 1938 (now the University of North Carolina, Asheville) and then earned a bachelor's degree in speech from Northwestern University in 1940. That same year she married James R. Stokely Jr. The couple had two sons, Dykeman C. Stokely and James R. Stokely III. Throughout her life, Wilma Dykeman has been credited as an author, speaker, historian, teacher, and environmentalist. She taught at Berea College and at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the latter for more than 20 years.

The 1955 book The French Broad started Wilma Dykeman's career as an author and historian. In 1981, the state of Tennessee designated her as the honorary state historian until her death in 2006. She wrote several novels, including The Tall Woman (1962), The Far Family (1966) and Return the Innocent Earth (1973). During her extensive writing career, she authored or co-authored 20 books and five decades' worth of news columns and articles. She maintained homes in both Newport, Tenn. and Asheville.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased in October 2003.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult: MS.3754 Wilma Dykeman Papers Concerning Explorations MS.3778 Wilma Dykeman Papers Concerning Highland Homeland MS.3800 Wilma Dykeman and James R. Stokely Jr. Papers

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA