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Finding Aid for the Yoknapatawpha Press Collection (MUM00499)

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Finding Aid for the Yoknapatawpha Press Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Yoknapatawpha Press Collection
Dates: 1979-1992
Creator: Wells, Dean Faulkner; Wells, Lawrence
Physical Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00499
Location: General Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Contains materials related to Yoknapatawpha Press, a southern regional small press in Oxford, Miss.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dean Faulkner Wells and Lawrence Wells, 1995

Processing Information

Collection processed by Joel Gillaspie, June 2012. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, June 2012.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Faulkner, William, 1897-1962
Wells, Dean Faulkner
Wells, Lawrence
Yoknapatawpha Press
Publishers and publishing -- Mississippi -- Oxford
Small presses -- Mississippi -- Oxford


clippings (information artifacts)
order forms
broadsides (notices)

Historical Note

Founded in 1975, Yoknapatawpha Press is a southern regional small press which publishes works by southern writers. It was founded by the late Dean Faulkner Wells and Lawrence Wells, who served as co-publishers and editors, and is owned and operated by Lawrence Wells. Yoknapatawpha Press is named for William Faulkner's fictional county, Yoknapatawpha, from the Chickasaw word meaning "gentle water."

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials, chiefly promotional items and news clippings, related to Yoknapatawpha Press.

User Information

Preferred Citation

Yoknapatawpha Press Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Yoknapatawpha Press Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

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.

Related Material

Resources at the University of Mississippi

For more collections related to William Faulkner, please see the Archives' William Faulkner Subject Guide.

The Faulkner Newsletter & Yoknapatawpha Review, published by Yoknapatawpha Press, is available in Archives and Special Collections as well as online as a digital collection:

Container List

1.1 Faulkner Newsletter and Yoknapatawpha Review
Faulkner Newsletter and Yoknapatawpha Review, October–December 1983
Scope: Two copies
Faulkner Newsletter and Yoknapatawpha Review, October–December 1982
1.2 Promotional materials
Photocopy of Newspaper Article: "Nostalgia and Pain," from The Charlotte Observer, October 1981
Scope: Review of Terrains of the Heart by Willie Morris
Photocopy of news release from Yoknapatawpha Press, undated
Scope: Re: North Towards Home by Willie Morris
Photocopy of newspaper article: "Turning Over a New Leaf," from the Times–Picayune, 1 November 1981)
Scope: Recipes from great American writers
Article: "The Faulkner Connection," undated
Photocopy of publication announcement for Faulkner’s Helen: A Courtship, 1981
News release re: publication of Always Stand in Against the Curve by Willie Morris, undated
Photocopy of announcement about Yoknapatawpha Press, undated
Scope: Includes a brief history of the press, its infrastructure, location, and prior publications
1.3 Miscellaneous
Business cards, a packing slip, empty envelope, and a postcard with a photograph of Dean Faulkner Wells and Lawrence Wells
1.4 Magazine articles
"'Passage' by Willie Morris,"Veranda, Spring 1992
"War of the Words,"American Way, 1 August 1992
Scope: Faulkner and Hemingway Write-Alike contest, 1992
"Pound and Fury,"American Way, 1 August 1989
Scope: Faulkner Write-Alike contest, 1989
1.5 Catalogs and order forms
1.6 Broadsides/Broadsheets
Advertisement for The Ghosts of Rowan Oak – William Faulkner’s Ghost Stories for Children, recounted by Dean Faulkner Wells, and Willie Morris’s Good Ole Boy, undated
Proof dustjacket for William Faulkner’s The Wild Palms, published by Picador Classics, undated
Proof dustjacket for William Faulkner’s Soldier's Pay, published by Picador Classics, undated
1.7 Articles and pamphlets
"A Christmas Remembered", The Oxford Times, 20 December 1985
Scope: Dean Faulkner Wells's reminiscence of a Christmas with William Faulkner
Yoknapatawpha Press catalog, 1985
"In the Heart of the Literary South, a Tradition Lives on,"The Boston Globe, 19 December 1986
Scope: Two copies, one incomplete
"Home Fires Burning" by Lawrence Wells. The Commercial Appeal Mid – South Magazine, 28 September 1986
"Does the ‘Southern Writer’ Really Exist?"The Boston Globe, 9 December 1986
"Belle Duck’s Story" by Dean Faulkner Wells. The Commercial Appeal Mid – South Magazine 18 November 1984
"Faulkner Fan With a Purpose" by Lawrence Wells. The Times – Picayune Dixie, 25 April 1976
Scope: Two copies
Promotional pamphlet: "William Faulkner – The Cofield Collection," undated
"A Christmas Remembered,"Parade magazine
1.8 Promotional postcards and brochures
1.9 Miscellaneous
Registration Card and Envelope for Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Invitation to Author Awards Gala, undated
Invitation to Celebrate Part for The Great American Writer’s Cookbook, 22 September 1981
Announcement: "Of Dining and Dynasties," presented by Cave Creak Productions, 23 September 1994
1.10 Promotional brochure, cover featuring "The Ghosts of Rowan Oak" published by Yoknapatawpha Press (1980 – 1981 listings)
Scope: Seven copies
1.11 Booklet: "William Faulkner – A Perspective From the Brodsky Collection," by Robert W. Hamblin and Louis Daniel Brodsky 2 October 1979 – 13 December 1979
Scope: Two copies

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