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Jan Bakker and Francelia Butler Papers on Ruskin, Tennessee

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2842

This particular collection of papers focuses on Bakker and Butler's road to being published with the Edwin Mellen Press. It includes Correspondence, editors remarks, notes, and manuscripts. A VHS video of Ruskin is in Folder 9, and there are photographs in Folders 11 and 12. Butler and Bakker's final manuscript submitted for print is in the final folder, 15.

Dates

  • 1776-2003 [bulk 1997-2001]

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 the Special Collections Library.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection of papers focuses on Bakker and Butler's road to publishing At Ruskin, Tennessee: An Introduction to Another Socialist Commune in America with the Edwin Mellen Press. It includes correspondence, editors remarks, notes, and manuscripts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jan Bakker and Francelia Butler published A Study of the Socialist Commune at Ruskin, Tennessee in 2001. Bakker was a professor of English at Utah State University and holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee. He served as consulting editor to the journal Children's Literature and published the book Pastoral in Antebellum Southern Romance in 1989. Butler (1913-1998) wrote for the International Herald Tribune in Paris during the 1930s and taught English for 21 years at the University of Connecticut. She launched the International Peace Games Festival for elementary school teachers and children, founded the journal Children's Literature, and also published a book on skip-rope rhymes, entitled Skipping Around the World in 1989.

The Edwin Mellen Press published the Ruskin documents in 2002 under the title At Ruskin, Tennessee: An Introduction to Another Socialist Commune in America. Butler died in 1998, before the book was published, but has been has been memorialized with a stained-glass window in St. John's Episcopal Church in Utah, donated by Bakker.

For more information regarding the authors or this subject, please see MS.2360.

Arrangement

This is a single box collection with no series.

Acquisition Note

Donated to the Hoskins Special Collections Library in August, 2006.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480