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Collection Number: 05258

Collection Title: Thad Stem Papers, 1939-1984

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Size 14.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 11,200 items)
Abstract Thad Stem Jr. (1916-1980) of Oxford, N.C., wrote novels, poetry, and short stories and contributed editorials and short pieces to the News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.), and other North Carolina newspapers. Majors works by Stem include The Animal Fair (1960), Entries from Oxford (1971), Senator Sam Ervin's Best Stories (1973), and Thad Stem's Ark (1979). Stem is featured in Timothy B. Tyson's memoir Blood Done Sign My Name. The collection contains correspondence and literary materials of Thad Stem. There is substantial correspondence with Jonathan Daniels, Paul Green, Bernice Kelly Harris, Hiram Haydn, and Sam Ragan as well as letters from family members, friends, fans, and editors. Writings include typescript drafts and proofs of Stem's books; drafts of editorials, short stories, poems, and other shorter writing by Stem; and drafts of an unpublished novel. Scrapbooks contain letters to Stem, photographs, clippings, and other memorabilia. Also included are notes, printed materials, and photographs of Stem.
Creator Stem, Thad, 1916-1980.
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.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Thad Stem Papers #5258, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William Anderson of Raleigh, N.C., in January 2006 (Acc. 100329), March 2006 (Acc. 100344), and March 2007 (Acc. 100626).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Thad Stem Jr. of Oxford, N.C., wrote novels, poetry, and short stories and contributed editorials and short pieces to the News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.), and other North Carolina newspapers. Works by Stem include The Animal Fair (1960); Entries from Oxford (1971); Senator Sam Ervin's Best Stories (1973); and Thad Stem's Ark (1979). Stem is featured in Timothy B. Tyson's memoir Blood Done Sign My Name.

Stem died in 1980.

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Correspondence and literary materials of Oxford, N.C., author Thad Stem. There is substantial correspondence with Jonathan Daniels, Paul Green, Bernice Kelly Harris, Hiram Haydn, and Sam Ragan as well as letters from family members, friends, fans, and editors. Writings include typescript drafts and proofs of Stem's books; drafts of editorials, short stories, poems, and other shorter writing by Stem; and drafts of an unpublished novel. Scrapbooks contain letters to Stem, photographs, clippings, and other memorabilia. Also included are notes, printed materials, and photographs of Stem.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1955-1984.

About 1000 items.

Arrangement: chiefly alphabetical.

Processing Note: For additional letters to Stem see Series 3. Scrapbooks.

Primarily letters from family members, friends, fans, and editors. There is substantial correspondence with Jonathan Daniels, Paul Green, Bernice Kelly Harris, Hiram Haydn, and Sam Ragan. There is correspondence between Stem and his step-son, William Anderson, and Williams's wife Lide. There are also letters to Stem's wife Dety, most of them dated after Stem's death.

Folder 1

A #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 1

Folder 2

B #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 2

Folder 3

C #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 3

Folder 4-5

Folder 4

Folder 5

D #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 4-5

Folder 6

E #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 6

Folder 7

F #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 7

Folder 8

G #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 8

Folder 9-10

Folder 9

Folder 10

H #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 9-10

Folder 11

I-J #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 11

Folder 12

K #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 12

Folder 13

L #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 13

Folder 14

M #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 14

Folder 15

N #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 15

Folder 16

O-P #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 16

Folder 17

Q-R #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 17

Folder 18

S #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 18

Folder 19

T #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 19

Folder 20

U-V #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

W #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 21-22

Folder 23

X-Z #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

Unidentified correspondents #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 24-25

Folder 26

Letters from William (Stem's step-son) and Lide Anderson #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 26

Folder 27

Letters to Dety Stem #05258, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1955-1984." Folder 27

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About 6200 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by title followed by short compositions and unpublished novel drafts.

Typescript drafts and proofs of Thad Stem's books. There are also drafts of editorials, short stories, poems, and other shorter writing by Stem as well as drafts of an untitled unpublished novel.

Note that manuscript titles were derived from Stem's original labels.

Folder 28-29

Folder 28

Folder 29

Animal Fair #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 28-29

Folder 30

And All the Pretty Little Horses #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 30

Folder 31

The Bear Hunting Wilson Family #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 31

Folder 32-37

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Before the Image #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 32-37

Folder 38-42

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Eaton in Profile #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 38-42

Folder 43-56

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

Entries From Oxford #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 43-56

Folder 57-58

Folder 57

Folder 58

A Flagstone Walk #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 57-58

Folder 59

Granville #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 59

Folder 60-62

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

History of Johnston County #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 60-62

Folder 63-65

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Journey Proud #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 63-65

Folder 66

Light and Rest #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 66

Folder 67

Mayday and Jewish County #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 67

Folder 68

Penny Whistles and Wild Plums #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 68

Folder 69

PTA Book #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 69

Folder 70-74

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Ransacking Words and Customs (see also Series 3) #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 70-74

Folder 75

Scott Family History #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 75

Folder 76-77

Folder 76

Folder 77

Senator Sam Ervin's Best Stories (see also Series 3) #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 76-77

Folder 78-80

Folder 78

Folder 79

Folder 80

Spur Line #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 78-80

Folder 81-91a

Folder 81

The Tar Heel Press History #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 81-91a

Folder 92-94

Folder 92

Folder 93

Folder 94

Thad Stem's Ark #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 92-94

Folder 95-99

Folder 95

Folder 96

Folder 97

Folder 98

Folder 99

Thad Stem's First Reader #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 95-99

Folder 100-127

Folder 100

Folder 101

Folder 102

Folder 103

Folder 104

Folder 105

Folder 106

Folder 107

Folder 108

Folder 109

Folder 110

Folder 111

Folder 112

Folder 113

Folder 114

Folder 115

Folder 116

Folder 117

Folder 118

Folder 119

Folder 120

Folder 121

Folder 122

Folder 123

Folder 124

Folder 125

Folder 126

Folder 127

Other compositions #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 100-127

Manuscript and typescript drafts of editiorals, short stories, poems, and other writings.

Folder 128-137

Folder 128

Folder 129

Folder 130

Folder 131

Folder 132

Folder 133

Folder 134

Folder 135

Folder 136

Folder 137

Unpublished novel #05258, Series: "2. Writings, 1949-1980." Folder 128-137

Complete and incomplete typescript drafts.

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About 3200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Scrapbooks containing letters to Thad Stem, photographs, clippings, and other memorabilia.

Oversize Volume SV-5258/1

Scrapbook, 1950 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." SV-5258/1

Folder 137a

Scrapbook enclosures, 1950 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 137a

Folder 138

Scrapbook, 1954 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 138

Folder 139

Scrapbook enclosures, 1954 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 139

Oversize Volume SV-5258/2

Scrapbook, 1955-1958 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." SV-5258/2

Folder 140

Scrapbook enclosures, 1955-1958 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 140

Oversize Volume SV-5258/3

Scrapbook, 1959 ( The Perennial Almanac) #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." SV-5258/3

Folder 141-143

Folder 141

Folder 142

Folder 143

Scrapbook enclosures, 1959 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 141-143

Oversize Volume SV-5258/4

Scrapbook, 1959 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." SV-5258/4

Folder 144

Scrapbook enclosures, 1959 (editorials) #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 144

Folder 145

Scrapbook, 1960-1961 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 145

Folder 146

Scrapbook enclosures, 1960-1961 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 146

Folder 147

Scrapbook, 1962-1964 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 147

Folder 148

Scrapbook enclosures, 1962-1964 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 148

Folder 149

Scrapbook, 1964-1965 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 149

Folder 150

Scrapbook enclosures, 1964-1965 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 150

Folder 151

Scrapbook, 1966 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 151

Folder 152

Scrapbook enclosures, 1966 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 152

Folder 153

Scrapbook, 1968 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 153

Folder 154

Scrapbook enclosures, 1968 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 154

Folder 155

Scrapbook, 1970 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 155

Folder 156

Scrapbook enclosures, 1970 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 156

Folder 157

Scrapbook, 1971 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 157

Folder 158

Scrapbook enclosures, 1971 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 158

Folder 159

Scrapbook, 1972 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 159

Folder 160

Scrapbook enclosures, 1972 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 160

Folder 161

Scrapbook, 1973 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 161

Folder 162

Scrapbook enclosures, 1973 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 162

Folder 163

Scrapbook, 1976 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 163

Folder 164

Scrapbook enclosures, 1976 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 164

Folder 165

Scrapbook, 1978 ( Senator Sam Ervin's Best Stories, see also Series 2) #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 165

Folder 166

Scrapbook enclosures, 1978 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 166

Folder 167

Scrapbook, 1978 ( Ransacking Words and Customs, see also Series 2) #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 167

Oversize Volume SV-5258/5

Scrapbook, 1979-1980 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." SV-5258/5

Folder 168

Scrapbook enclosures, 1979-1980 #05258, Series: "3. Scrapbooks, 1950-1980." Folder 168

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About 600 items.

Clippings from newspapers of articles written by and about Thad Stem.

Folder 169-176

Folder 169

Folder 170

Folder 171

Folder 172

Folder 173

Folder 174

Folder 175

Folder 176

Clippings #05258, Series: "4. Clippings, 1939-1980." Folder 169-176

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About 200 items.

Notes, printed materials, and photographs relating to Thad Stem.

Folder 177-178

Folder 177

Folder 178

Notes and printed materials #05258, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1945-1980." Folder 177-178

Image Folder P-5258/1

Pictures #05258, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1945-1980." P-5258/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Danielle Weber, July 2006

Encoded by: Danielle Weber, July 2006

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