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Finding-Aid for the Eudora Welty SMMSS (MUM00471)

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Descriptive Summary
Welty, Eudora
Eudora Welty SMMSS.
Inclusive Dates:
Materials in:
Collection contains invitation, programs, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs, ephemera, broadsheet, and galleys related to the life of Eudora Welty. Items were created 1925-2005.
6 boxes.
B-8 (5 boxes) & G-11 (1 oversized box).
Repository :
The University of Mississippi
J.D. Williams Library
Department of Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, USA
Phone: 662.915.7408
Fax: 662.915.5734
Cite as:
Eudora Welty SMMSS (MUM00471). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

Scope and Contents Note
Collection contains invitation, programs, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs, ephemera, broadsheet, and galleys related to the life of Eudora Welty. Items were created 1925-2005.

Access Restrictions
Use Restriction
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Container List

French insert for The Optimists Daughter, 1974 (00-967).

Invitation to Mississippi State Historical Museum exhibit, "Welty:
An Exhibition of photographs by Eudora Welty," 22 September - 2
November 1977 (00-169).

Small card bearing autograph of Eudora Welty, n. d. (00-615).

Announcement for exhibit "Eudora Welty: A Mississippi Album," at
University of North Dakota Art Galleries, Grand Forks, 20 March -
7 April 1978 (00-624).

Pamphlets for Eudora Welty Symposium at the University of Mississippi, 1977 (20 copies).

"An Evening with Eudora Welty,11 program from Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series, 2 March 1982.

Program from the Inauguration of the Eudora Welty Chair in Southern Studies at Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 15 March 1982.

Pre-publication notice for Robber Bridegroom, 1987 (88-35).

T.L.S. Eudora Welty to John Sykes Hartin, Director of Libraries at University of Mississippi, 29 October 1954.

River (March 1937), with Welty's "Retreat" (00-81).

Silhouette (Spring 1979), with "Eudora Welty Speaks to Young Writers" (00-91).

Photographs of Eudora Welty, Cleanth Brooks and others at "Eudora
Welty: A Keepsake," exhibit and commissioning of William Faulkner
U.S. Postal Stamp, 1987 (88-45).

Photograph of William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, 1952. Gift of
Ellen J. Stekert. Second copy also in Faulkner Photographs (14B-
15) (89-5).

Photocopies of Eudora Welty letters to Bill Ferris. Originals in Ferris Collection (89-44).

Photocopy of Eudora Welty article from Lamar Life, "A Salute from one of the Family," n. d., 3 pp. (91-52).

Program from reception honoring Eudora Welty and Richard Ford, hosted by Friends of the Jackson-George Counties Regional Library, 22 October 1987 (00-76).

Program from New State Theatre production of "The Ponder Heart,"
10-19 September 1982.

Transcription of remarks at "Evening to Honor the Memory of Hubert Creekmore," Price George Hotel, New York City, 10 February 1967; Eudora Welty1 page 9 (92-29).

Program from the National Book Award, 1951 (93-119).

Program from "An Evening with Eudora Welty," at Panola Playhouse, 31 March - 2 April, no year (00-1109).

Program from "Eudora Welty -- Words into Fiction," at University of Mississippi, 12 March 1964 (00-687).

T.L.S. Eudora Welty to Seymour Lawrence, 4 September 1961 (86-19).

Books for Spring and Summer 1999, University Press of Mississippi, with advertisement for "The First Story" by Eudora Welty, p.5. (00-1442)

Nine b/w photographs of speakers for Welty Symposium (Polk, Smith, Price, Prenshaw, Brooks, Welty), Nov 1977. (00-1460).

Five b/w photographs of scenes from a University of Mississippi production of "The Ponder Heart" by Eudora Welty, performed for the Welty Symposium, Nov 1977 (00-1461).

Program. "The Eudora Welty Film & Fiction Festival" (Mississippi Writers Association; Jackson, MS; May 1996).

Catalogue. "Eudora Welty: The Robert E. Finley Collection" (Bertram Rota Ltd., Booksellers; 2000).

Pamphlet. "The Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y: Eudora Welty, April 22, 1985" (NY) [signed by Welty].

Pamphlet. "The Writer's Voice of the Center for the Arts at the West Side Y presents 'A Benefit for Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry & Prose, March 27, 1990" (NY) [signed by Welty].

Pamphlet. "Eudora Welty Library" (Jackson, MS) [signed by Welty].

Eudora Welty. "White Fruitcake" (NADJA for Albondocani Press, December 1980). With envelope. 2 copies one donated by Mrs. Jan Magee Evers.

"The American Experience #114" (PBS series on January 3, 1989 -- "Eudora Welty -- One Writer's Beginnings").

Program. "New State Theatre Presents 'The Ponder Heart'" (Jackson, MS; September 10-19, 1982). Two copies signed by Welty.

"The American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards" (NY; May 1972). [Eudora Welty and Walker Percy].

Program. "Panola Playhouse: 'An Evening With Eudora Welty' March 31-April 2 8:00P.M." (MS; no year).

TLS. August 20, 1978. Eudora Welty in Jackson, MS to James C. Mitchell in Mansfield, MA. Re: signing copy of The Eye of the Story; TV series; Lamar Life banks.

Articles on Eudora Welty's death (July 2001).

Program for Welty's Funeral Service (Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, 2001). 6 copies.


Broadsheet. February 15, 1925. The Commercial Appeal, Jackson, Mississippi Rotogravure Edition. Includes a photograph of Welty's father C.W. Welty as the front page of this edition was devoted to the dedication ceremonies for the newly completed Lamar Life Building in Jackson, Ms. Note: Welty's father was then the Vice President and General Manager of the Lamar Life Insurance Company.

Catalogued Item: PS 3545 E 537 R6 1943. "The Robber Bridegroom"/
Eudora Welty, published by The Philadelphia Inquirer. April 11,

Photograph. C. 1987. Black and White Photograph of Eudora Welty/ Hubert Worley, Jr. (94-11).

Prints. Undated. Home of Eudora Welty, Two Prints/ Michael Holloway. (00-79)

Limited Edition Prints. Set of five limited edition Eudora Welty photographs from the Welty Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Home Places: 5 Photographs by Eudora Welty. (2000-119). Note: One image, entitled "Going to Town." Utica, Mississippi. Before 1935. 20x30cm has been framed and placed in framed items location: YY7.

Small Poster. Eudora Welty: A Keepsake. Department of Archives & Special Collections, The University of Mississippi. Note: Signed by Eudora Welty. Size: 9.5"x12". Removed to Administrative Offices.

Proofs. Eudora Welty Photographs (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1989). 14 pages, 3 of which are mounted. (2001-89).

Newspaper poster advertisement upon Welty's death. "Eudora Welty, 1909-2001" (Jackson, MS: Clarion Ledger, 2001). (2002-107)

"Eudora Welty, c.1990," a print by Barry Moser. Number 24 of a limited series of 100 signed by the artist and sold by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Includes broadsheet regarding the sale of the print.

"Eudora Welty, print #2", a print by Barry Moser. Number 24 of a limited series of 100 signed by the artist and sold by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. (2005-5)

"Eudora Welty, print #3", a print by Barry Moser. Number 24 of a limited series of 100 signed by the artist and sold by the Old Capitol Shop. (2006-36)


Galleys of Noel Polk's Eudora Welty: A Bibliography of Her Works (3 folders) (00-159).

Galleys of Eudora Welty: A Keepsake, University of Mississippi, 1987.

Eudora Welty: A Keepsake, University of Mississippi, 1987; 5 signed copies

Memorandum of Agreement, "Music from Spain," 1948 (82-3).

Typed Transcription of a Tape-Recorded Conversation with Eudora Welty in her Home on August 8, 1978/Martha van Noppen. 35pp.

Promotional Pamphlet for the 1987 Edition of Eudora Welty's The Robber Bridegroom, Designed and Illustrated by Barry Moser for Pennyroyal Press.

The Library of America, Fall 1998 and Complete List of Titles. Note: Includes Library of America listing for the work Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays, and Memior/ Richard Ford and Michael Kreyling, eds. and Eudora Welty: Complete Novels/ Richard Ford and Michael Kreyling, eds.

Program. May 1-4, 1996. Program for the Eudora Welty Film and Fiction Festival, "Eudora Welty's Sense of Place"/ Presented by The Mississippi Writers Association, The Mississippi Film Office and The Junior League of Jackson.

CD-ROM Insert for "The Memory Is a Living Thing: Words of Eudora Welty."

Program. May 29-31, 1997. Program from the Eighth Annual Natchez Literary Celebration, "Famous Southern Families In Fiction and Fact," Natchez,Ms.

TLS. December 5, 1940. Eudora Welty to Enda Frederikson. 1p.

TLS. October 16, 1940. Edna Frederikson to Eudora Welty. 2pp. Carbon.

Limited Edition Broadside "Toast Offered in Celebration of the Publication of the Library of America's WELTY, on the anniversary of the first publication of A Curtain of Green. November 7, 1998. Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS.

University Press of Mississippi Bookmark Commemorating the Ninetieth Birthday of Eudora Welty, April 13, 1999.

Hill Street Press Printed Tribute to Eudora Welty, Eudora Welty: Writers' Reflections On First Reading Welty. April 13, 1999. 3 copies.

Antigua & Barbuda Stamp Sheet, "Super Seniors of the Twentieth Century," which contains a stamp of Eudora Welty.

'Gothicism up to Date' by Benjamin F. Fisher, 1996. Review of Gothic Tradition and Narrative Techniques in the Fiction of Eudora Welty (1994), from Review (18), pp. 249-253.


Promotion for "A Mississippi Album" (University of North Dakota Art Galleries, 1978). Signed by Welty. From the Leila & Douglas Wynn Collection.

Program for "An Evening with Eudora Welty" (Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, 1982). Signed by Welty. From the Leila & Douglas Wynn Collection.

Announcement of Bye, Bye Brevoort in limited edition (1980). From the Leila & Douglas Wynn Collection.

Invitation to Governor's Mansion & an after-theatre supper, both in honor of the world premier of "The Ponder Heart" (1982). From the Leila & Douglas Wynn Collection.

Postcard for Welty photograph exhibition at the University of North Carolina (1982). From the Leila & Douglas Wynn Collection.

Promotion for Fritz Peters' The World Next Door (1949). Signed by Welty. From the Leila & Douglas Wynn Collection.

Spriral bound typed manuscript of an article on Welty by Henry Mitchell of the Washington Post (1972). From the Leila & Douglas Wynn Collection.

Pamphlet for Mississippi Museum of Art exhibit "Passionate Observer: Eudora Welty among Artists of the Thirties" (2002).

Program. "Welty Weekend at the W. Reception and Art Exhibit featuring work by David Rae Morris and MUW Faculty, October 17, 2002." Also postcard featuring artwork of David Rae Morris.

Program. "An Evening with Eudora. New Stage Theatre. Jackson, Mississippi. February 28th, 1986."

Lithograph of Eudora Welty by Marc A. Snyder (2003). 1 of 20. With vita of Snyder.

Note: Please use photocopies for research. Circa 1941-1966. Eight letters from Eudora Welty to one of her literary agents at Russell & Volkening. Control #2004-6. Including:

TLS. [1941-1945]. Eudora [Welty] to Henry [Volkening]. 1p. Re: Recent visit, traveling in wartime, Robber Bridegroom, and Doubleday.

TLS. [Spring 1942]. Eudora [Welty] to Henry [Volkening]. 1p. Re: Guggenheim Fellowship, American Prefaces and "Still Moment," looking for southern writers, and Diarmuid Russell.
TLS. July 20, 1942. Eudora [Welty] to Henry [Volkening]. 1p. Re: Attached newspaper advertisement for Tourist City Goat Dairy, Diarmuid Russell, Kenyon Review, Doubleday, Robber Bridegroom, heat in Jackson, John Crowe Ransom, and Gosky Patties.

TLS. November 7, [1942]. Eudora [Welty] to Henry [Volkening]. 1p. Re: the printing of the Robber Bridegroom, reviews of the work, Yaddo, Robert Hivnor, Hubert Creekmore, St. Petersburg, Florida, Diarmuid Russell, and Stephen Crane.

TLS. August 29, 1966. Eudora [Welty] to Henry [Volkening]. 1p. Written on Eudora Welty's letterhead. Re: working in the summer and a recent party in New York at the Pierre.

TLS. July 18 [year not listed]. Eudora [Welty] to Henry [Volkening]. 1p. Re: Fulbright Conference at Cambridge, and the play version of The Ponder Heart.

TNS. August 4 [year not listed]. Eudora [Welty] to Henry [Volkening]. 1p. Re: elated about receiving a recent check in the mail.

TLS. October 10 [year not listed]. Eudora [Welty] to Henry [Volkening]. 1p. Re: 'Cecil White, the Mississippi Department of Archives & History, and her garden.

Pamphlet. "Eudora Welty House" (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, c.2004).

"Eudora Welty House" (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, c.2004).
Information packet.

March 22, 2005. Eudora Welty Foundation information on a proposed capital campaign. Includes questionnaire.

Undated. Hand colored valentine by Eudora Welty for her brother Edward. Accompanied by ALS. Undated. Eudora Welty to Russel Snyder. 1p. re: Snyder had the valentine and did not want to return it and so he sent Welty a gift of a watercolor instead. In this letter Welty thanks Snyder for the gift.

Program. "Eudora Welty -- A Remembrance" April 25, 2002. Millsaps College

Program. "Passionate Observer" Symposium, Mississippi Museum of Art. (2002)

Program. "Outdoors at Eudora's" April 19, 2001. Belhaven College

Program. "Service of Death and Resurrection for Alice Eudora Welta, April 13, 1900 to July 23, 2001" Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, Jackson, Mississippi.

Photograph of Eudora Welty's gravesite.

Production folder for Palaemon Press' publication of "Retreat" by Eudora Welty. 1981. Note: First published in River, March 1937. Contains annotations by Welty to the various proofs. Control # 2007-20.

Items relating to the privately printed publication "For Reynolds Price." 1982-1983. Includes several Welty items: 1) TLS. October 11, 1982. Eudora Welty to Stuart [Wright]. 1p. Re: manuscript for Reynolds Price's birthday; 2) Annotated TMs. [1982]. Eudora Welty's birthday tribute to Reynolds Price. 2pp.; 3) Unbound copy "For Reynolds Price. 1 February 1983." Note: the Welty piece includes her annotations and official "ok."