Finding aid for the Paul Flowers Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Flowers, Paul A. (Paul Abbott), 1905-
Paul Flowers Collection
Date [inclusive]
circa 1948-1962
General Physical Description note
2 boxes (.834 linear feet)
Correspondence, photographs, clippings and printed ephemera related to journalist Paul Flowers and William Faulkner.

Prefered Citation

Paul Flowers Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

Paul Flowers was a journalist for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Scope and Content Note

Collection includes correspondence during Flowers' tenure as a columnist for the Commercial Appeal; notable are the letters from Faulkner to Flowers. Additionally, the collection includes clippings from the  Commercial Appeal and other periodicals concerning Faulkner, photographs of Faulkner and various pieces of printed ephemera.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries

Access Restrictions

The Paul Flowers Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Paul Flowers, 1977.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 19 May 2009.

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Related Materials

Faulkner Resources at the University of Mississippi

For a description of the William Faulkner archival collections housed at the University of Mississippi, please view our William Faulkner Subject Guide

Resources on Paul Flowers

William Faulkner Foundation Collection contains Paul Flowers' Wisconsin State College commencement address, 3 August 1962, "William Faulkner: Paradoxes or Contrasts?".

Faulkner Photographs Collection contains an image of Faulkner and Flowers (Folder 1.9).

Paul A. Flowers papers, University of Memphis Libraries. Collection includes professional and personal correspondence with a variety of contemporary figures in politics, literature and the arts, 1949-1979; some clippings and scrapbooks of Flowers’ writings; family letters and photographs, 1894-1980.

Separated Material

Photographs from this collection have been removed for preservation.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • clippings (information artifacts)
  • correspondence
  • photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Faulkner, William, 1897-1962
  • Flowers, Paul A. (Paul Abbott), 1905-


  • Journalists -- Tennessee -- Memphis

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 


Folder 2: TLS. William Faulkner to the Commercial Appeal, Oxford, Miss, "I have just read Mr. Clayton Steven's letter...", 3 April 1950 

Folder 3: TLS. William Faulkner to Editor, Commercial Appeal, Oxford, Miss. "re my letter of yesterday, 23rd, about the Turner trial in Kosciusko, Miss.", 24 March 1950 

Folder 4: Poem memorializing William Faulkner by Charles Nelson, 16 July 1962 

Folder 5: Broadside: "In Memory of William Faulkner This Business will be Closed" 

Folder 6: Paul Flowers Letters 

TLS. R. Taylor Keys to Flowers, 4 May 1948 

TL.(carbon) Norman Cousins, editor The Saturday Review, to Flowers , 20 May 1955 

TNS. Norman Cousins to Flowers, 31 May 1955 

TLS. Mrs. Allene Horton to Henry Mitchess of the Commercial Appeal, 29 April 1957 

TNS. J.M. Faulkner to Flowers, 15 July 1962 

TNS. Murray C. Falkner to Flowers, 4 September 1963 

ALS. J.M. Falkner to Flowers, Undated 

TLS. Louis Cochran to Flowers, 25 February 1962 

TL. David Goforth to Editor, Commerical Appeal, 4 April 1965 

TLS. James Webb to Flowers, 1 August 1962 

Folder 7: Photographs 

Separated Materials note

Removed for preservation

Glossy of Goldsborough Portrait of Faulkner    (3x4)

Glossy of John and William Faulkner    (3.75x6.5)

Glossy of the John Faulkner Family    (8x10)

Glossy of William Faulkner and Ole Miss Fraternity    (8x11)

Glossy of William Faulkner before Movie Billboard    (8x10)

Glossy of William, Murry, John and Dean Faulkner as Children in Formal Portrait    (5x7)

Folder 8: Clippings of "Letters to the Editor" of the Commerical Appeal, February-May 1955    (24 letters)

T.T. Wolstenholme, 6 February 1955 

William Faulkner. , 20 February 1955 

Fred A. Patterson, 6 March 1955 

M.D. Willett, 6 March 1955 

J.R. Cofield, 13 March 1955 

William Faulkner, 20 March 1955 

William A. Winfield, 20 March 1955 

C.J. Martin, 27 March 1955 

W.C. Neill, 27 March 1955 

William Faulkner, 3 April 1955 

James R. Nation, 10 April 1955 

William Faulkner, 10 April 1955 

Dave Womack, 10 April 1955 

Student (Dorsey, Mississippi), 10 April 1955 

William Faulkner, 17 April 1955 

Talmadge D. Littlejohn, 17 April 1955 

N.E. Dacus, 17 April 1955 

Lee Covington, 17 April 1955 

Charles W. Bell, 17 April 1955 

Mississippi Teacher, 17 April 1955 

Fox Johnson, 24 April 1955 

Billy E. Jones, 24 April 1955 

Dave Womack, 24 April 1955 

C.C. Smith, 15 May 1955 

Folder 9: Pamphlets and Photographs    (7 items)

Folder 10: TCS. Mrs. Gene Horton to Flowers, 9 July 1962 

Folder 11: TLS. Bennett Cert to "Book Reviewer" [Flowers], 11 June 1954 

Folder 12: ALS. J.M. Faulkner to Flowers, Undated 

Folder 13: Various Correspondence 

Scope and Contents note

Including TNS from Phil Stone to Flowers, 5 November 1947

Folder 14: Various Correspondence 

Scope and Contents note

Including ALS from Mrs. Calvin S. Brown, 8 July 1962.

Folder 15: News Releases    (4 items)

Folder 16: News Releases    (4 items)

Folder 17: News Releases    (5 items)

Folder 18: Faulkner Speeches 

Faulker's Speech of Acceptance of Nobel Prize in Stockholm, 10 December 1950 

Faulkner's Address for National Book Award, 25 January 1955 

Faulkner's Address before Southern Historical Association, 10 November 1955 

Folder 19: Random House Biographical Sketch of Faulkner    (6pp.)

Folder 20: David Goforth and Charles Nelson. "William Faulkner: What Oxford Thinks", 21 July 1962    (4pp.)

Folder 21: William Faulkner. "The South and the Negro" The New Yorker, 23 October 1948 

Folder 22: Faulkner, William. William Faulkner: The Nobel Prize Speech. New York: The Spiral Press, March 1951. 

General note

"Three thousand five hundred copies..."--Colophon.

Folder 22: Negatives of John Faulkner    (4 negatives)

Folder 23: Loose Periodicals 

Mississippi Quarterly. v.17 no.3, Summer 1964    (2 copies)

Arizona Quarterly. v.21 no.2, Summer 1965 

The Faulkner Feuds by Thomas Felix Hickerson, 1964 

Studies in English v.6, 1965 

Three Views of the Segregation Decisions: papers read at a session of the twenty-first annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Memphis, Tennessee, November 10, 1955. William Faulkner, Benjamin E. Mays, Cecil Sims, with a foreword by Bell I. Wiley. 

Southern Observer, May 1953 

Informations & Documents. "Au Pays de Faulkner". no296, 1 August 1970 

The Saturday Review, 28 July 1962 

Illinois Central Magazine, October 1965 

Mississippi Magazine, Spring 1962 

The Delta Review, July-August 1965 ; May 1969 ; Fall 1970 

The Nation, 15 February 1958 

Ford Times, June 1975 

Mississippi Library News, September 1962 

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Box 2 

Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner 

Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner 

Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner 

Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner 

Magazine Articles Concerning Faulkner 

Wire Service Bulletins Concerning Faulkner 

Wire Service Bulletins Concerning Faulkner 

Wire Service Bulletins Concerning Faulkner 

Newspaper Clippings Concerning Faulkner 

Newspapers Concerning Faulkner 

Newspapers Concerning Faulkner 

Newspapers Concerning Faulkner 

Newspapers Concerning Faulkner 

Newspapers Concerning Faulkner 

Newspapers Concerning Faulkner 

Newspapers Concerning Faulkner 

Newspaper Clippings 

Southern Historical Association, 21st Annual Meeting, November 1955 

TLS. Phil Stone to Flowers, 3 March 1959 

Scope and Contents note

Regarding Philip Alston

Promotional Pamphlet on Paul Flowers 

TNS. Jessica Daves, editor of Vogue, to Flowers, 9 June 1954 

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