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Nell Thompson Miller Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0957

The collection contains poetry manuscripts, prose manuscripts, correspondence, clippings, and other materials documenting the life and career of Tennessee author Nell Thompson Miller.

Dates

  • circa 1920-1982

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

2 Linear Feet

Abstract

The collection contains poetry manuscripts, prose manuscripts, correspondence, clippings, and other materials documenting the life and career of Tennessee author Nell Thompson Miller.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nell Thompson Miller, East Tennessean poet, was born in Jellico, Tennessee on March 15, 1903. Manuscripts of her poetry are dated as early as 1930, and her first published collection, Live Coals, appeared in 1939. This was followed by Remembered Loves (1943); a chapbook, Private Willie Lear (1944); Let There Be Peace (1945); This, Too, Has Been My Dream (1946); and her largest collection, A Dusty Road (1972). Many of her poems were broadcast on Cincinnati radio station WLW's program, "Moon River."

During her years of residence in East Tennessee, Nell Thompson Miller operated The Book Nook in Gatlinburg and contributed a daily poetry column, Golden Moments, to the Knoxville Journal. Miller's work appeared in numerous periodicals, and she received several awards and honors, including the National Award for the best poem about State, 1949, and honors associated with her membership in the National League of Pen Women. Miller later moved to Florida, where she taught poetry classes and continued writing. She died in Seminole County, Florida, on March 26, 1995. Miller was married to Russell Preston Ogle (1906-1988).

Arrangement

Collection consists of two boxes divided into two series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Poetry Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Related Materials
  2. Series II: Clippings and Other Materials

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