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Collection Number: 04080

Collection Title: Olive Tilford Dargan Papers, 1934-1947.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 17 items)
Abstract Olive Tilford Dargan (1869-1968) was an author and poet of Asheville, N.C., who used the pen name "Fielding Burke". The collection contains some scattered papers of Olive Tilford Dargan and a typed draft of nine chapters of her novel, A Stone Came Rolling, published in 1935.
Creator Dargan, Olive Tilford, 1869-1968.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Olive Tilford Dargan Papers, #4080, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from M. H. Ross of Chapel Hill, N.C., December 1975.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Olive Tilford Dargan (1869-1968) was an author and poet of Asheville, N.C. Born near Litchfield, Ky., she attended Peabody College and Radcliffe College, and later married Louis Peagram Dargan of Darlington, S.C. In 1906 the Dargans moved to Almond, N.C. After the drowning death of her husband in 1915 and a fire at her Almond home in 1923, Dargan moved to Asheville, N.C., where she lived the remainder of her life.

Olive Tilford Dargan published two volumes of short stories, four volumes of plays, four volumes of poetry, and three novels under the name "Fielding Burke." Among her best known works are her first volume of plays, Semiramis and Other Plays, 1904; From My Highest Hill, a collection of short stories about the Appalachian mountains, 1941; and her first novel, Call Home the Heart, 1932, about the Gastonia, N.C., textile strike. Her last collection of short stories, Innocent Bigamy, was published in 1962.

Dargan received numerous awards for her writing including an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina in 1925. She also served as a trustee of the consolidated University of North Carolina.

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The collection contains a few scattered papers of Olive Tilford Dargan and a typed manuscript of chapters from one of her novels. The typed draft is of nine chapters of "Roots in Heaven," which was later published as A Stone Came Rolling in 1935. Also included are a few letters and other items related to Dargan's work, a partial manuscript of an unknown poem, and a photograph of Dargan, circa 1930s.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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