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Finding-Aid for the Young/John Pilkington Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Pilkington, John, 1918-2012
Young, Stark, 1881-1963
Stark Young/John Pilkington Collection
General Physical Description note
92 boxes.
This collection includes a compilation of materials accrued by Pilkington preparatory to his publications Stark Young and  Stark Young, A Life in the Arts, Letters 1900-1912. A native of Como, Mississippi, Stark Young was a teacher, playwright, novelist, painter, literary critic and essayist.

Preferred Citation

Stark Young/John Pilkington Collection (MUM00503). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 2019

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.

Source of Collection

Donated by John Pilkington in 1990.

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Related Materials

Related Materials at the University of Mississippi

Stark Young Small Manuscripts contains correspondence, programs, newsletter, and various articles related to the life and work of Stark Young. Items were created 1906-1982.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Authors -- Mississippi

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Correspondence 

Box 1: Correspondence A-B 

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence to Mrs. Ferriday Byrnes (Roane Fleming Byrnes), president of the Natchez Trace Associations. Dated 1936-1937.

Box 2: Correspondence C-Dav 

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence with Lawton Campbell, playwright and ad man. Subject range from the theater, plays, actors, fiction, and social gatherings.

Box 3: Correspondence Dav-G 

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence with Ellen Glasgow.

Boxes 4-5: Goldmann Correspondence 1911-1954 

Scope and Content

Pauline and Mary Goldmann were cousins of Stark Young and lived in Austin, Texas.

Boxes 6-7: Huxley Correspondence 1913-1958 

Separated Materials

Original and photocopied letters from Young to Sir Julian and Lady Huxley. Julian Huxley was an English biologist and scientific writer.

Box 8: Correspondence H-N 

Boxes 9-12: Nelson Correspondence 1900-1955 

Box 13: Correspondence O-Pa 

Box 14: Correspondence Ph-Str 

Box 15-20: Robertson Correspondence 1935-1939 

Scope and Content

Personal letters by Stark Young from New York to his sister (Julia Young Robertson), her husband (John Benjamin Robertson) and their son (Stark Young Robertson), who lived in Austin, Texas. Mainly concentrated to 1935-1938. Letters in 1938 contain first hand accounts of Young's work with the Lunts on Chekov's The Sea Gull.

Boxes 21-22: Scribner Correspondence 

Box 23: Correspondence T 

Box 24: Correspondence V-Y 

Box 25-26: Miscellaneous 

Scope and Content

Holiday cards and correspondence.

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Series II: Pilkington Correspondence 

Box 27: Correspondence A-E 

Box 28: Correspondence E-H 

Box 29: Correspondence I-P 

Box 30: Correspondence R-Z 

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Series III: Series: Pilkington Research/Subject Files 

Scope and Content

Compilation of materials accrued by Pilkington preparatory to his publications Stark Young, Henry Blake Fuller and Stark Young: A Life in the Arts:Letters 1900-1962.

Boxes 31-34: Henry Blake Fuller materials 

Scope and Content

Microfilm transcripts

Box 35: Pilkington Subject Files A-F 

Box 36: Pilkington Subject Files G-R 

Box 37: Pilkington Subject Files S-Z 

Box 38: Pilkington Dated Files 1900-1940 

Box 39: Pilkington Dated Files 1941-1963 

Box 40: Allen Tate, Stark Young research 

Boxes 42-44: Young family Genealogical materials 

Box 49: Young Bibliographic materials 

Boxes 50-51: Miscellaneous composition books, sketches, business transactions 

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Series IV: Stark Young Works 

Box 53: New Republic, 1917-1928 

Box 54: New Republic, 1929-1933 

Box 55: New Republic, 1934-1943 

Box 56: New Republic, 1943-1947 

Box 56B: New York Times, 

Boxes 57-58: Miscellaneous Articles 

Boxes 59-60: Pavilion 


Contains various drafts, notes, manuscripts, and research materials pertaining to the work

Boxes 61-65: Plays 


Includes material related to Guenevere,  Addio,  Madretta,  At The Shrine,  Belle Isle,  Artemise,  Twilight Saint,  Colonnade,  The Dead Poet, and  The Queen of Sheba.

Boxes 66-67: So Red the Rose 


Includes material related to the 1935 film.

Box 68: Southern Treasury of Life and Literature  


Edited by Stark Young

Box 69: White Roads 

Box 70: Galley Sheets 

“Cousin Micajah” 

“Notes on a Vigil” 

“Mary in Heaven” 

“Shadows of the Terrebone” 

So Red the Rose 

“Virgilian Ladies” 

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Series V: Pilkington Manuscripts 

Scope and Content

Contains various drafts, notes, manuscripts, and research materials pertaining to the work specified in the title of the file group.

Boxes 71-76: A Life in Letters, 1900-1962 

Box 77: Henry Blake Fuller 

Boxes 78-82: Heart of Yoknapatawpha  

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Series VI: Miscellaneous 

Box 83: Composition books, sketches, painting facsimiles, business transactions. 

Boxes 84-85: Microfilm (8 boxes) 

Box 86: Warren, Tate, Wheelock material (photocopies) 

Box 87: Pilkington publicity and reviews 

Boxes 88-90:Typescripts of Stark Young letters in notebooks 

Box 91: Book Covers 

Box 92: Ella Somerville/Stark Young Correspodence, 1934-1960 

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