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Darker Grows the Valley Collection

Identifier: MS-0006

  • Staff Only

This collection houses a corrected galley proof of Harry Harrison Kroll's novel Darker Grows the Valley.


  • circa 1947

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

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


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection houses a corrected galley proof of Harry Harrison Kroll's novel Darker Grows the Valley.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry Harrison Kroll was born to Darius Wesley and Caroline (Cripe) Kroll near Hartford City, Indiana on February 18, 1888. He married Nettie Heard on May 12, 1911 and the couple had three children: Harry Harrison Jr., Robert Torrey, and Danny Wesley. Kroll worked as a rural school teacher and high school principal in Alabama before earning his BS (1923) and MA (1925) from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. He went on to work as a Professor of English and Head of the English Department at Lincoln Memorial University (1925-1927), as a Professor of Journalism at Iowa Wesleyan College (1928-1929), and as an Associate Professor and Head of the English Department at the University of Tennessee Junior College at Martin. Kroll was also a prolific writer and produced a number of books, including The Cabin in The Cotton (1931), Three Brothers and Seven Daddies (1932), The Ghosts of Slave Driver’s Bend (1937), The Keepers of the House (1940), Rogues’ Company (1943), Lost Homecoming (1950), The Long Quest (1953), Barbara’s Farm (1955), The Medicine Man (1955), Summer Gold (1955), and Smoldering Fire (1955). Harry Kroll retired in 1958 and died on June 11, 1967.


This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Harry Harrison Kroll donated this proof to Special Collections in 1948.

Existence and Location of Copies note

A published copy of Darker Grows the Valley can be found in the Rare Books collection (PS3521.R566 D3).

Related Archival Materials

For more information about Harry Harrison Kroll's life and work, interested researchers may wish to consult MS.3684.

  1. MS.0007: I Was a Sharecropper, 1937
  2. MS.0008: Their Ancient Grudge, 1946
  3. MS.1799: Photograph of Harry Harrison Kroll, 1950 April 13

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