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Shirley Whitney Kerr Collection of Jane Merchant Material

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3794

This collection contains correspondence, magazine and newspaper articles, notes, and objects all concerning Jane Merchant that Shirley Whitney Kerr collected and kept over the years she knew Merchant and after Merchant's death in 1972.

Dates

  • 1950-2000

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

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 (19 folders)

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence, magazine and newspaper articles, notes, and objects all concerning Jane Merchant that Shirley Whitney Kerr collected and kept over the years she knew Merchant and after Merchant's death in 1972.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jane Hess Merchant was born in 1919 in Inskip, Tennessee. She was confined to her bed at the age of twelve from the congenital bone disease Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which also caused her to go deaf at the age of twenty-three. From her bedroom, Merchant was able to write more than 3,000 poems, more than 2,000 letters, dozens of prose pieces, and to publish ten collections of her poetry. In addition to her published works, she also maintained continual correspondence with friends and fans throughout her life. Merchant died in 1972.

Shirley Whitney Kerr, born in 1917, attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and worked in the library. She corresponded with and became friends with Merchant.

Related Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

  1. MS.0333, Jane Merchant Literary Manuscripts Collection, 1954-1968
  2. MS.1001, Alwin Thaler Papers on Jane Merchant, 1952-1972
  3. MS.2057, Sarah Ricketts Collection of Jane Merchant Material, 1937-1992
  4. MS.2150, Jane Merchant Collection (Addendum), 1957-1972

Repository Details

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

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