Jody Jones Hunter is a collector of works by certain southern authors taught by William Blackburn. The Mississippi authors represented in this collection include William Faulkner (As I Lay Dying, Light in August), Eudora Welty (The Ponder Heart, The Optimist's Daughter), and Willie Morris (North Toward Home, My Dog Skip). Accession (2008-0079) (2.0 lin. ft.; 1000 items; dated 1941-2003) includes a first edition proof copy of Willie Morris's My Two Oxfords, Good Old Boy and the serialized version of Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding in The Atlantic magazine. Also included are a few pages of correspondence between Welty and her friends. The majority of the collection consists of magazine articles and news clippings about Mississippi writers, in particular these two authors, as well as a small amount of similar material for William Faulkner. There are also 6 videotapes of news coverage and movies made from Welty's and Morris's books, along with oversize photographs of them.
This collection includes a wide range of materials, most seeking to document the lives and influences of Mississippi authors. Specifically, the majority of the collection consists of magazines, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and other published interviews and coverage of Eudora Welty and Willie Morris. William Faulkner material is present, but to a much smaller extent, and no primary resource information about Faulkner is available in this collection.
The Eudora Welty materials include correspondence, publications, prints, photographs, and other miscellaneous materials. The correspondence was collected by Jody Jones Hunter, and although it is only a few pages of materials, includes letters in which Welty confides to her recipients about her Fulbright, her resistance to autographing books and articles, her Pulitzer and Gold Medal for Fiction awards, and other personal reflections on her travels and events. Also of note in this series are the first and limited edition materials, including the original serialized version of Welty's "Delta Wedding" in The Atlantic. The majority of the Welty materials are newspapers and clippings, magazine articles, and other brochures and ephemera that discuss Welty or include interviews with her.
The Willie Morris materials also include some first edition and proof copies of his works, including My Two Oxfords and Good Old Boy. Like the Welty materials, the majority of this series consists of magazine and newspaper articles about Morris, as well as miscellaneous Morris-related brochures and ephemera. There are also some photographs of him with Pete, his dog, and with Eudora Welty.
The remainder of the collection consists of general Mississippi and Southern magazine coverage. One folder of materials relates to William Faulkner, consisting largely of Faulkner newsletters from the University of Mississippi. Also included are several videotapes of commercially-produced renditions of Welty's and Morris's work, such as My Dog Skip and Why I Live at the PO, along with taped newscasts or interviews of the authors.