WATKINS, FLOYD C.
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Subseries 2.1
William Faulkner research and writings
Boxes 2 - 12, OP1

Scope and Content Note

The subseries contains material related to Floyd Watkins' research and writing on William Faulkner. The largest part of this material relates to Old Times in the Faulkner Country, the book that Floyd Watkins wrote with John Cullen.

Writings include working notes, manuscripts, typescripts, carbons of typescripts, and other materials related to Floyd Watkins' writings on William Faulkner. Also present here are writings by John Cullen and James Faulkner ("Jimmy"). Some folders contain correspondence related to these various writings. Most of the Old Times in the Faulkner Country material date from the late 1950's and early 1960's when Floyd Watkins and John Cullen were collaborating on their book. Floyd Watkins' other writings on Faulkner date to 1989. This subseries also contains a number of short stories and other writings by James Faulkner (William Faulkner's nephew). Notable among these is James Faulkner's account of the death and funeral of William Faulkner.

The large majority of the correspondence in this subseries is between John Cullen and Floyd Watkins. There is one letter here from William Faulkner to John Cullen. Other correspondents include: Joseph Blotner, James Faulkner, James Meriwether, and Katherine Anne Porter among others. In addition to Old Times in the Faulkner Country, other subjects covered here include: Joseph Blotner's biography of Faulkner, Floyd Watkins' various articles on Faulkner, and James Faulkner's short stories. Most of this material dates from 1956 to 1969, with some from 1978 to 1982.

The subseries contains a variety of different types of printed material collected by Floyd Watkins and relating to William Faulkner. It includes some complete magazines, journals, and newspapers in addition to clippings, and other similar items. Of special note is the Life feature on Faulkner and the issue of the Oxford Eagle that covers Faulkner's death and funeral.

The subseries also contains an assortment of Faulkner material arranged by subject. It includes source material for Faulkner research, and material relating to Faulkner conferences, and class trips to Oxford. The material dates from the 1950's to the 1980's.

The audiovisual material includes photographs, slides, cassette tapes (including transcripts of some tapes), reel-to-reel tapes, and videocassettes. Subjects covered here include Floyd Watkins' trips to Oxford, his interviews with John Cullen, and John Faulkner's painting.

Arrangement Note

Organized into (1) Writings by Floyd Watkins, John Cullen, and James Faulkner, (2) Correspondence, (3) Printed material, (4) Subject files, and (5) Audiovisual material.

Cullen, John and Floyd Watkins, Old Times in the Faulkner Country
Box Folder Content
2 1 First typed draft (1 of 2)
2 2 First typed draft (2 of 2)
2 3 First revised typed draft (1 of 3)
2 4 First revised typed draft (2 of 3)
2 5 First revised typed draft (3 of 3)
Cullen, John
2 6 Untitled short story and related correspondence
Faulkner, James
2 7 "Across the Creek" (photocopy)
2 8 "Auntee Owned Two" (photocopy)
2 9 "Cats Ain't Foxes" (photocopy)
2 10 "The Death and Funeral of William Faulkner": manuscript and photocopy of typescript, 1988
2 11 "The General Goes to Memphis" (photocopy)
2 12 "IDK" (photocopy)
2 13 "I Done Been" (photocopy)
2 14 "A Matter of Choice" (photocopy)
2 15 "A Matter of Honor" (photocopy)
3 1 "My First Gun" (photocopy)
3 2 "No Pistol Pocket" (photocopy)
3 3 "The Pelican" (photocopy)
3 4 "The Picture of John and Brother Will" (photocopy)
3 5 "Rubber Gloves and the Cast Iron Cannon" (photocopy)
3 6 "Solo" (photocopy)
3 7 "You Can't Fill 'Em Up" (photocopy)
3 8 Black Buster and Other Stories: Correspondence, front matter, and table of contents (photocopy)
3 9 Black Buster and Other Stories: 'Two Brothers and a Boy': 'Black Buster's Barbecue'
3 10 Black Buster and Other Stories: 'Two Brothers and a Boy': 'The Picture of John and Brother Will'
3 11 Black Buster and Other Stories: 'Older Folks': 'Aunt Tee and Her Two Monuments'
3 12 Black Buster and Other Stories: 'Older Folks': 'Grandfather Crossing the Creek'
3 13 Black Buster and Other Stories: 'The Boy': 'The Battle in Bailey's Woods'
3 14 Black Buster and Other Stories: 'The Boy': 'First Guns'
3 15 Black Buster and Other Stories: 'The Boy': 'Solo'
3 16 Black Buster and Other Stories: 'The Travellers': 'Saturday Night at the Pelican'
3 17 Black Buster and Other Stories: The Travellers': 'Reading the Maps'
Watkins, Floyd
3 18 "Delta Hunt": notes, carbon typescript with corrections, and related correspondence
3 19 "Faulkner and His Critics": typescript and related correspondence
3 20 "Life in the Worlds of William Faulkner": lecture notes for talk at Westminster School, 1989
3 21 "Sacrificial Rituals and Anguish in the Victim's Heart in 'Red Leaves'": typescript with revisions, unrevised typescript, offprint, and related correspondence, 1990-1992
3 22 "A Travel Guide to Yoknapatawpha and Lafayette Counties": notes, typescript, and related correspondence
3 23 "William Faulkner and Local History": typescript with revisions, unrevised typescript, carbon of typescript, and related correspondence, 1958
Correspondence
4 1 Blotner, Joseph, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1987, 1988
4 2 Cullen, John, 1957
4 3 Cullen, John, 1958
4 4 Cullen, John, 1959
4 5 Cullen, John, 1960
4 6 Cullen, John, 1961
4 7 Cullen, John, 1962
4 8 Cullen, John, 1963
4 9 Cullen, John, 1964-1974
4a 1 Faulkner, James, 1975, 1976, 1978-1979
4a 2 Faulkner, James, 1980-1982
4a 3 Faulkner, James, 1983-1984
4a 4 Faulkner, James, 1985-1988
4a 5 Faulkner, William to John Cullen [Jan/Feb? 1959], TLS, 1p.
4a 6 Hinkle, James, 1982, 1986-1988
4a 7 Meriwether, James, 1960
4a 8 Porter, Katherine Anne, 1974, 1976
4a 9 Raymond, Allen and Barbara, [1982] (includes a note by Joan Williams)
4a 10 Young, Thomas D., 1956-1957
5 1 re "Faulkner and His Critics," 1966-1968, 1970
5 2 re Faulkner Conference at University of Alabama, 1974
5 3 re Faulkner Conference at Univ. of South Carolina, 1968
5 4 re Funding of Faulkner Research, 1956-1959
5 5 re Publication of Old Times in the Faulkner Country, 1959
5 6 re Publication of Old Times in the Faulkner Country, 1960
5 7 re Publication of Old Times in the Faulkner Country, 1961-1963
5 8 re Publication of Old Times in the Faulkner Country, 1971-1974, 1979
5 9 re Reissue of Old Time in the Faulkner Country, 1974-1979
5 10 re "What Happens in Absalom, Absalom!?" 1964-1965, 1967-1968
5 11 Miscellaneous Correspondence re William Faulkner, 1957-1958
5 12 Miscellaneous Correspondence re William Faulkner, 1959-1964, 1968
5 13 Miscellaneous Correspondence re William Faulkner, 1970-1971, 1974-1977, 1982, 1991
Printed material
6 1 Coughlan, Robert, "The Private World of William Faulkner," Life, [1953]: clipping
6 2 The Delta Review, Jul-Aug 1966
6 3 The Delta Review, Sep-Oct 1966
6 4 Old Times in the Faulkner Country: dust jacket
6 5 Old Times in the Faulkner Country: reviews
6 6 Old Times in the Faulkner Country: reviews
6 7 Silver, Margaret, "Miss Maud," McCall's, Oct 1956: clipping
6 8 Watkins, Floyd, "Faulkner, Faulkner, Faulkner," Sewanee Review, Summer 1974
6 9 Watkins, Floyd, "William Faulkner in His Own Country," Emory University Quarterly, Dec 1959
6 10 Wells, Dean Faulkner, "A Christmas Remembered," Nashville Tennessean, 21 Dec 1980 (photocopy)
6 11 Miscellaneous clippings re William Faulkner
OP2 - Oxford Eagle, 1957 August 12
OP1 1 Oxford Eagle, 12 Jul 1962 [Faulkner's death and funeral]
OP1 2 Oxford Eagle, 12 Jul 1962: reprint
OP1 3 Oxford Eagle, 6 Aug 1976 ["Faulkner Country Souvenir Edition"]
OP1 4 Oxford Eagle, 6 Aug 1976
Subject files
6 12 Antebellum homes: pamphlets
6 13 Blotner, Joseph: "Continuity and Change in Faulkner's Life and Art"
6 14 Emerson, Bill: account of Faulkner interview
6 15 Faulkner Conference, Oxford, Mississippi, 1976, 1980, and 1981
6 16 Faulkner genealogies (McCaslin, Snopes, others)
6 17 Faulkner projects
6a 1 Faulkner research notes: characters and events, various works and editions
6a 2 Faulkner research notes: characters and events, various works and editions
6a 3 Hightower
6a 4 Lafayette County Courthouse
6a 5 Lafayette County Land Transfers
6a 6 Oxford trips, 1978, 1980
6a 7 Yoknapatawpha
Photographs and slides
7 1 Class Trips to Oxford [1970's-1980's]
7 2 Faulkner Family
7 3 Highway 78, Near Holly Springs [1987]
7 4 John Faulkner and Unidentified Photographs
7 5 Lafayette County Scenes [1958-1959]
7 6 Miscellaneous Photographs
7 7 Paintings by John Faulkner (folder includes typed description of paintings)
OP3 - Maps, Oxford, Mississippi area, undated
7 8 Rowan Oak and Lafayette County
7 9 John B. Cullen
7 10 Miscellaneous material found with photographs
Audiovisual materials-Audio tape recordings
8 1 Jimmy Faulkner, Oxford Trip, May 1980: Jimmy Faulkner/Jo Marshall slide show tapes (1 cassette tape)
8 2 Visit to Miss Pearl's Store (1 cassette tape)
8 3 Visit to big ditch, cemetery, etc. (1 cassette tape)
8 4 Visit to cemetery and Rowan Oak (1 cassette tape)
8 5 Visit to Chandler House, Taylor, etc. (1 cassette tape)
8 6 Location for "Barn Burning," visit to Motee (1 cassette tape)
8 7 General information (1 cassette tape)
8 8 General information (1 cassette tape)
8 9 Motee Daniels and St. Peter, May 1982 (1 cassette tape)
9 1 Tour chronology and tape summary
9 2-4 Tape no. 1: transcript
9 5-7 Tape no. 2: transcript
9 8-10 Tape no. 3: transcript
9 11-12 Tape no. 4: transcript
10 1-3 Tape no. 5: transcript
10 4-6 Tape no. 6: transcript
10 7-9 Tape no. 7: transcript
10 10 Editor's notes
10 11 Transcriber's notes
11 - Cullen, John (interview), William Faulkner, 1959 [original: open reel tape] [1 of 6]
11 - Cullen, John (interview), William Faulkner, 1959 [original: open reel tape] [2 of 6]
11 - Cullen, John (interview), William Faulkner, 1959 [original: open reel tape] [3 of 6]
11 - Cullen, John (interview), William Faulkner, 1959 [original: open reel tape] [4 of 6]
11 - Cullen, John (interview), William Faulkner, 1959 [original: open reel tape] [5 of 6]
11 - Cullen, John (interview), William Faulkner, 1959 [original: open reel tape] [6 of 6]
Audiovisual materials-Videotape recordings (use copies available)
AV1 - "William Faulkner: A Life on Paper," (PBS) Part I, 1979 [original: Umatic]
AV1 - "William Faulkner: A Life on Paper," (PBS) Part II, 1979 [original: Umatic]
12 3 "Barn Burning," (PBS)
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