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May Justus Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1640

This collection houses poetry, correspondence, and a decoupage made with tatted lace documenting the life and work of Tennessee author May Justus.

Dates

  • 1977-1989 August 25, undated

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

0.3 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses poetry, correspondence, and a decoupage made with tatted lace documenting the life and work of Tennessee author May Justus.

Biographical/Historical Note

May Justus was an author of numerous children's books, many of which were set in Appalachia. She was born on May 12, 1898, in Del Rio, Tennessee, to Stephen and Margaret (Brooks) Justus. She attended the University of Tennessee for coursework to be a teacher between 1923 and 1938. During her twenty-five years of teaching, she began to write stories based on her own experiences as a little girl and on folk songs and tales passed on to her by her mother. Even after retiring from teaching to focus on her writing, she continued a children’s story-and-song program and for twenty years maintained a children's library in her attic. Justus received several literary awards, among them the Julia Ellsworth Ford Prize for Gabby Gaffer's New Shoes in 1935 and for Near-Side-And-Far in 1936 and the Boy's Club Award in 1950 for Luck for Little Lulu. Justus also volunteered with the Highlander Folk School beginning in 1932, and she was active in integrating Tennessee schools in the 1950s. She died in Tennessee on November 7, 1989, and is buried in Summerfield Cemetery in Grundy County, Tennessee.

Miriam Glovier was born to Montafernzo and Anesta (Abernathy) Glovier in Florida on September 26, 1916. She married Stuart White Rabb (the couple later divorced) and died on March 7, 1994 in Tryon, North Carolina.

Arrangement

This collection consists of three folders.

Acquisition Note

Miriam Rabb donated these papers to Special Collections.

Related Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult MS.3820, May Justus Collection, 1925-1987.

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