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Collection Number: 04986

Collection Title: Society for the Study of Southern Literature Records (#4986) 1968- [ongoing]

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,000 items)
Abstract The Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 to further scholarship on the writings and writers of the American South. Records of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature include minutes of executive council meetings, newsletters, correspondence, and a few other files all relating to the SSSL's interest in southern literature, southern authors, southern culture, and African-American studies. Correspondence of the organization's secretary-treasurers, Louis D. Rubin, Robert L. Phillips, and Susan Snell, comprises the bulk of the collection.
Creator Society for the Study of Southern Literature.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Robert L. Phillips of Mississippi State University in August 1999 (Acc. 98425).
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 and devoted to scholarship on writings and writers of the American South. Membership is open to all who have an interest in the literature of the South. During the period of these records, the organization had three secretary-treasurers: Louis D. Rubin, 1968-1976; Robert L. Phillips, 1977-1984; and Susan Snell, 1984-1991. Rubin was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Phillips and Snell both were on the English faculty at Mississippi State University.

SSSL sponsors a number of programs, including:

Bibliography of Southern Literature: an ongoing bibliographic record of all books and articles by and about southern writers. Headquartered at Mississippi State University, the project produces an annual annotated bibliography, published by Mississippi Quarterly.

SSSL Biannual Conference: a conference with papers, discussion panels, and other activities at different sites throughout the South.

SSSL Newsletter: newletter published twice a year in April and November that keeps SSSL members up-to-date on Society programs and news of southern literature and writers. It includes a bibliography of recent books published in the fields of southern culture, African-American studies, and southern literature.

SSSL Conference Panels: SSSL-sponsored panels at meetings of leading conferences, including the Modern Language Association, the South Central Modern Language Association, and the American Literature Association.

C. Hugh Holman Award: an annual award given by the SSSL to the most distinguished work of scholarship in the field of southern literature.

In 2000, the SSSL maintained a website at http://www-dept.usm.edu/~soq/sssl.html.

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Records of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature include minutes of executive council meetings, newsletters, correspondence, and a few other files all relating to the SSSL's interest in southern literature, southern authors, southern culture, and African-American studies. Correspondence of the organization's secretary-treasurers, Louis D. Rubin, Robert L. Phillips, and Susan Snell, comprises the bulk of the collection.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Records, 1968- [ongoing].

About 2000 items (2.5 linear feet).

Arrangement: by type.

Records of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature include minutes of executive council meetings, newsletters, correspondence, and a few other files all relating to the SSSL's interest in southern literature, southern authors, southern culture, and African-American studies. Correspondence of the organization's secretary-treasurers, Louis D. Rubin, Robert L. Phillips, and Susan Snell, comprises the bulk of the collection.

Box 1

Constitution #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 1

Executive council and minutes, 1968-1973 #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 1

Newsletter, 1985-1990 #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 1

Correspondence, 1967-1973 #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 1

Box 2

Correspondence, 1969-1973 #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 2

Correspondence, 1976-1979 #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 2

Box 3

Correspondence, January 1980-June 1984 #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 3

Box 4

Correspondence, July 1984-October 1989 #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 4

Box 5

Correspondence, November 1989-December 1991 #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 5

Survey for Book Reprints #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 5

Bibliography Committee #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 5

Essay prize #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 5

E. W. Parks Prize #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 5

Joint sessions #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 5

Money matters #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 5

Membership #04986, Series: "Records, 1968- [ongoing]." Box 5

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