D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives


" Wilma Dykeman at Carmel, California, 1936 "
from the Wilma Dykeman Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville

Title Wilma Dykeman Collection
Creator Wilma Dykeman
Alt. Creator James Stokely, II
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/dykeman_wilma/default_dykeman_wilma.htm
Subject Keyword : Wilma Dykeman ; Jerome Dykeman ; James Stokley ; French Broad River ; Great Smoky Mountains National Park ; Carolina Mountain Club ;   writers  ; Dali Lama ; Berea College, KY ; Newport, TN ; Asheville, NC ;  environmentalism ; race relations ; Appalachian history ; Appalachian writers ; Rivers of America ; rivers ; pollution ; poetry 
Subject LCSH : Dykeman, Wilma, 1920 - 2006
Dykeman, Jerome (d. 1964)
American literature -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- History and criticism
American literature -- Appalachian Mountains -- History and criticism
Appalachians (People) in literature
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Description and travel

French Broad River
French Broad River Valley (N.C. and Tenn.) -- History
North Carolina -- Hisotry
Tennessee -- History
Authors, American -- North Carolina -- Biography
Description Wilma Dykeman  (1920 - 2006) was a student of Biltmore College from 1936 - 38.  Biltmore College, later Asheville-Biltmore College, was a precursor of the University of North Carolina Asheville.  The years Wilma spent in Biltmore College were the foundation of Wilma's early educational development and included her first formal  publication efforts.  As a member of the staff of "Bluets" , the institution's creative writing publication, Wilma worked with Virginia Shriver who  was an important figure in the early administrative history of the institution as well as a mentor to Wilma Dykeman and other budding writers.  The Wilma Dykeman Collection is a combination of virtual items (Jerome Dykeman scrapbook) and other scrapbooks, original documents and letters donated by the Dykeman family to the university.  The collection also contains  miscellaneous items associated with Wilma's career as a writer, an environmentalist and an educator. 

The most remarkable item in the Dykeman collection is the large scrapbook referred to as the "Jerome Dykeman Scrapbook," as it was compile by Jerome Dykeman, Wilma's older brother and is a comprehensive gathering of early ephemeral material related to Wilma Dykeman.  The scrapbook covers the first thirty years of Wilma's life and  includes her earliest writing samples, photographs of family and events,  many  biographical details,  educational details, career vignettes and announcements of her marriage to James Stokely.  It is a comprehensive picture of Wilma's developmental years and a record of the many influences that shaped her writing and her life.  In addition to the scrapbook are travel photographs,  writing samples, literary criticism, press releases and other accounts gathered by Wilma and her family that record key activities she engaged over her long and illustrious life time.

The collection does not contain any original manuscripts.

Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville
Contributor Dykeman Stokely
Date Original 1929 - 2005
Date Digital 2012-04-04
Type Collection ; Text ; Images
Format 1 linear ft.
Source M2012.
Language English
Relation Is related to:  Southern Appalachian Writers Collection,  D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville ; Jerome Dykeman Papers, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville; Carolina Mountain Club D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville ;Carolina Mountain Club, home page for the active clubhttp://carolinamtnclub.com/index.html ; Appalachian Mountain Club ; University of North Carolina Archives, Publications, Bluets1937 - 38  ; Wilma Dykeman, The Humanities and Social Justice: Teaching for the Public Good, [AV Video2001.01.2]  ; Lecture ;Wilma Dykeman Interview by History @ Hand [AV Video2004.01.1]  Sharon Fahrer and Jan Schochet interviewed Wilma Dykeman in her home on April 24 and April 29, 2004 ; Wilma Dykeman Memorial CD - [Is part of the Southern Appalachian Writers Collection, UNCA.]  Created by the Dykeman family, the disc includes photographs and clips of interview with William Friday ; Video : "Founder's Day Dinner Honoring Wilma Dykeman, Distinguished Alumna, UNC, Asheville,"  10/6/00. Ramsey Library Special Collections, video resources ;
Coverage temporal 1899 - present
Coverage spatial Asheville, NC ; western North Carolina 
Rights No restrictions. Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.  
Donor Donor number  420
Acquisition 2012-04-12 ; 2012-06-01 ; 2012-07-20
Citation Wilma Dykeman Collection, [M2012.0D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville
Processed by  D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections staff, 2012-04-04 ; 2012-07-18 HW
BIOGRAPHY Few writers have personified their homeland more fully than Wilma Dykeman. Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1920, she attended the Biltmore Junior College, a precursor of UNC Asheville.  After graduating, Dykeman met her husband James Stokely, with whom she would collaborate on a number of books throughout their marriage (he died in 1977).  Wilma Dykeman maintained homes in both Newport, Tennessee (Stokely’s hometown) and Asheville, throughout her long life.  Her most noted book, The French Broad, is a feat of regional history, having never gone out of print since its publication in 1955. Wilma  Dykeman passed away in Asheville in December of 2006. 

The Scrapbook prepared by Wilma Dykeman's half-brother Jerome Dykeman, is one of the most comprehensive biographical resources available for the author's early life.
BIBLIOGRAPHY Bibliography  (Prepared as part of the Wilma Dykeman memorial, 2006, by UNCA alum, Brittany Lippard
BOX 1  
OS2012.01.01 Jerome Dykeman's Scrapbook of Wilma Dykeman's first 30 Years  [135 pages - a virtual collection.  Color photocopy .  Originals returned to donor.]]

Pages 1 - 50
Pages 51 - 135


Scrapbooks [Literary reviews]


Photographs      (For additional photographs, see Scrapbooks)
         Family, general
        Jerome Dykeman
         Wilma Dykeman        
BOX 2  
M2012.01.02.01 Publications List

Program -  "Wilma Dykeman - A Celebration.  Remembering and
Celebrating the Life of Wilma Dykeman, Author, Speaker, Historian, Educator, Environmentalist,  May 20, 1920 - December 22, 2006."
(June 13, 2007, 4-6 pm, Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC.  [  Shelved with Graduate Publications - Copy in Public Reading Room. Original ]

"Bluets - A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Expression of Progressive Undergraduate Opinion" Biltmore College, Asheville, N.C.
-January and May 1936
-Vols. XV, No. 1. January 1942 ; XIX, No. 3. Winter 1946-47
-Wilma Dykeman Memorial Service 2007.




dyk_f_001 to _005 -- Group portraits of family and friends
dyk_N_001 to _010 -- Hart Snyder's Negatives of Carter Creek Falls (similar to ISO100 or 120 Kodak Safety film emulsion negatives.)

dyk_001 to _034 -- Miscellaneous Black and White prints of portraits and landscape photos c.a. 1945-55

dyk_035 to _060 -- Miscellaneous Color prints of portraits and landscape photos c.a. 1940s to 1960s.



From Bernard Elias. Carolina Mountain  Club. "Let's Go! Quarterly News Bulletin. Vol. 29, No. 4. October, 1971. Copy