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Finding Aid for the Paul Flowers Collection (MUM00142)

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Finding Aid for the Paul Flowers Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Paul Flowers Collection
Dates: circa 1948-1962
Collector: Flowers, Paul A. (Paul Abbott), 1905-
Physical Extent: 2 boxes (.834 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00142
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, clippings and printed ephemera related to journalist Paul Flowers and William Faulkner.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Paul Flowers, 1977.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 19 May 2009.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Faulkner, William, 1897-1962
Flowers, Paul A. (Paul Abbott), 1905-
Journalists -- Tennessee -- Memphis


clippings (information artifacts)

Biographical Note

Paul Flowers was a journalist for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee.

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes correspondence during Flowers' tenure as a columnist for the Commercial Appeal; notable are the letters from Faulkner to Flowers. Additionally, the collection includes clippings from the Commercial Appeal and other periodicals concerning Faulkner, photographs of Faulkner and various pieces of printed ephemera.

User Information

Prefered Citation

Paul Flowers Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Paul Flowers Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

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Related Material

Faulkner Resources at the University of Mississippi

For a description of the William Faulkner archival collections housed at the University of Mississippi, please view our William Faulkner Subject Guide

Resources on Paul Flowers

William Faulkner Foundation Collection contains Paul Flowers' Wisconsin State College commencement address, 3 August 1962, "William Faulkner: Paradoxes or Contrasts?".

Faulkner Photographs Collection contains an image of Faulkner and Flowers (Folder 1.9).

Paul A. Flowers papers, University of Memphis Libraries. Collection includes professional and personal correspondence with a variety of contemporary figures in politics, literature and the arts, 1949-1979; some clippings and scrapbooks of Flowers’ writings; family letters and photographs, 1894-1980.

Separated Material

Photographs from this collection have been removed for preservation.

Container List

Folder 1.1 TLS. William Faulkner to [Paul] Flowers, Oxford, Miss, "This time of year I'm a farmer", Undated
Folder 1.2 TLS. William Faulkner to the Commercial Appeal, Oxford, Miss, "I have just read Mr. Clayton Steven's letter...", 3 April 1950
Folder 1.3 TLS. William Faulkner to Editor, Commercial Appeal, Oxford, Miss. "re my letter of yesterday, 23rd, about the Turner trial in Kosciusko, Miss.", 24 March 1950
Folder 1.4 Poem memorializing William Faulkner by Charles Nelson, 16 July 1962
Broadside: "In Memory of William Faulkner This Business will be Closed"
Folder 1.5 Paul Flowers Letters
TLS. R. Taylor Keys to Flowers, 4 May 1948
TL.(carbon) Norman Cousins, editor The Saturday Review, to Flowers , 20 May 1955
TNS. Norman Cousins to Flowers, 31 May 1955
TLS. Mrs. Allene Horton to Henry Mitchess of the Commercial Appeal, 29 April 1957
TNS. J.M. Faulkner to Flowers, 15 July 1962
TNS. Murray C. Falkner to Flowers, 4 September 1963
ALS. J.M. Falkner to Flowers, Undated
TLS. Louis Cochran to Flowers, 25 February 1962
TL. David Goforth to Editor, Commerical Appeal, 4 April 1965
TLS. James Webb to Flowers, 1 August 1962
Folder 1.6 Photographs
Separated Material: Removed for preservation
Glossy of Goldsborough Portrait of Faulkner (3x4)
Glossy of John and William Faulkner (3.75x6.5)
Glossy of the John Faulkner Family (8x10)
Glossy of William Faulkner and Ole Miss Fraternity (8x11)
Glossy of William Faulkner before Movie Billboard (8x10)
Glossy of William, Murry, John and Dean Faulkner as Children in Formal Portrait (5x7)
Folder 1.7 Clippings of "Letters to the Editor" of the Commerical Appeal, February-May 1955 (24 letters)
T.T. Wolstenholme, 6 February 1955
William Faulkner. , 20 February 1955
Fred A. Patterson, 6 March 1955
M.D. Willett, 6 March 1955
J.R. Cofield, 13 March 1955
William Faulkner, 20 March 1955
William A. Winfield, 20 March 1955
C.J. Martin, 27 March 1955
W.C. Neill, 27 March 1955
William Faulkner, 3 April 1955
James R. Nation, 10 April 1955
William Faulkner, 10 April 1955
Dave Womack, 10 April 1955
Student (Dorsey, Mississippi), 10 April 1955
William Faulkner, 17 April 1955
Talmadge D. Littlejohn, 17 April 1955
N.E. Dacus, 17 April 1955
Lee Covington, 17 April 1955
Charles W. Bell, 17 April 1955
Mississippi Teacher, 17 April 1955
Fox Johnson, 24 April 1955
Billy E. Jones, 24 April 1955
Dave Womack, 24 April 1955
C.C. Smith, 15 May 1955
Folder 1.8 Pamphlets and Photographs (7 items)
Folder 1.9 TCS. Mrs. Gene Horton to Flowers, 9 July 1962
TLS. Bennett Cert to "Book Reviewer" [Flowers], 11 June 1954
ALS. J.M. Faulkner to Flowers, Undated
Folder 1.10 Various Correspondence
Scope: Including TNS from Phil Stone to Flowers, 5 November 1947
Folder 1.11 Various Correspondence
Scope: Including ALS from Mrs. Calvin S. Brown, 8 July 1962.
Folder 1.12 News Relases (4 items)
Folder 1.13 News Relases (4 items)
Folder 1.14 News Relases (5 items)
Folder 1.15 Faulkner Speeches
Faulker's Speech of Acceptance of Nobel Prize in Stockholm, 10 December 1950
Faulkner's Address for National Book Award, 25 January 1955
Faulkner's Address before Southern Historical Association, 10 November 1955
Folder 1.16 Random House Biographical Sketch of Faulkner (6pp.)
David Goforth and Charles Nelson. "William Faulkner: What Oxford Thinks", 21 July 1962 (4pp.)
Folder 1.17 William Faulkner. "The South and the Negro" The New Yorker, 23 October 1948
Folder 1.18 Faulkner, William. William Faulkner: The Nobel Prize Speech. New York: The Spiral Press, March 1951.
Note: "Three thousand five hundred copies..."--Colophon.
Folder 1.19 Negatives of John Faulkner (4 negatives)
Box 1 Loose Periodicals
Mississippi Quarterly. v.17 no.3, Summer 1964 (2 copies)
Arizona Quarterly. v.21 no.2, Summer 1965
The Faulkner Feuds by Thomas Felix Hickerson, 1964
Studies in English v.6, 1965
Three Views of the Segregation Decisions: papers read at a session of the twenty-first annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Memphis, Tennessee, November 10, 1955. William Faulkner, Benjamin E. Mays, Cecil Sims, with a foreword by Bell I. Wiley.
Southern Observer, May 1953
Informations & Documents. "Au Pays de Faulkner". no296, 1 August 1970
The Saturday Review, 28 July 1962
Illinois Central Magazine, October 1965
Mississippi Magazine, Spring 1962
The Delta Review, July-August 1965 ; May 1969 ; Fall 1970
The Nation, 15 February 1958
Ford Times, June 1975
Mississippi Library News, September 1962
Folder 2.1 Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.2 Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.3 Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.4 Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.5 Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.6 Wire Service Bulletins Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.7 Wire Service Bulletins Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.8 Wire Service Bulletins Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.9 Newspaper Clippings Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.10 Newspapers Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.11 Newspapers Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.12 Newspapers Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.13 Newspapers Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.14 Newspapers Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.15 Newspapers Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.16 Newspapers Concerning Faulkner
Folder 2.17 Newspaper Clippings
Folder 2.18 Southern Historical Association, 21st Annual Meeting, November 1955
Folder 2.19 TLS. Phil Stone to Flowers, 3 March 1959
Scope: Regarding Philip Alston
Folder 2.20 Promotional Pamphlet on Paul Flowers
Folder 2.21 TNS. Jessica Daves, editor of Vogue, to Flowers, 9 June 1954