Skip to main content

SCOUT

Special Collections Online at UT

James A. Perkins Poetry Journals

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3933

Collection houses twenty-six poetry journals of James A. Perkins. Each journal is a composition notebook that contains a year's worth of writing, notes, addresses, pictures, assignments, and business cards. This collection contains journals from 1985 to 2011.

Dates

  • 1985 January 3-2011 December 27

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections at special@utk.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (1 full box and 1 half box)

Overview

Collection houses twenty-six poetry journals of James A. Perkins. Each journal is a composition notebook that contains a year's worth of writing, notes, addresses, pictures, assignments, and business cards. This collection contains journals from 1985 to 2011.

Biographical / Historical

James Ashbrook Perkins was born in Covington, Kentucky on February 7, 1941. After attending Holmes High School, he obtained degrees from Centre College (1963), Miami University (1965), and The University of Tennessee (1972), where he got his PhD in English. While working on his doctorate, Perkins spent two years teaching at All Saints Episcopal School in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His dissertation was completed under Bobby Leggett on the American socialist poet Kenneth Fearing. After a year as instructor at UTK, Perkins was hired to teach creative writing and American literature at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he eventually became Professor Emeritus of English and Public Relations.

Perkins participated in four summer seminars and institutes hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities. At a seminar under R. W. B. Lewis, Perkins was reintroduced to the work of Robert Penn Warren and subsequently spent almost two decades researching and writing about Warren. Perkins authored books on Robert Penn Warren, Robert Drake, David Madden and other Southern writers. He was also a poet and writer of short stories. In 1998 Perkins was named a senior Fulbright Scholar to Seoul National University in Korea. Perkins passed away in 2022.

Arrangement

These items are arranged in chronological order and by the creator's own numerical system. The materials are in two boxes, one full box and one half box.

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