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|Abstract||Correspondence of David E. Whisnant, University of North Carolina professor of English, relating to his biography of James Boyd (1888-1944), editor and novelist, and correspondence, writings, a tape recording, and other materials relating to Susan Chester [Mrs. A. Hunt Lyman] (1868- 1917?), founder of the Log Cabin Settlement, a pioneering social service center near Asheville, N.C.|
|Creator||Whisnant, David E., 1938-|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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David Whisnant is an author and professor in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He gathered the material in this collection in the course of his research on James Boyd and Susan Chester.
James Boyd (1888-1944), author, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but spent much of his life in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Three of his five novels, Drums (1925), Marching On (1927), and Long Hunt (1930), are set in North Carolina. Boyd owned and edited the Southern Pines Pilot. (For further information see Dictionary of North Carolina Biography and James Boyd by David Whisnant.)
Susan Guion Chester [Mrs. A. Hunt Lyman] (1868-1917?) established one of the first southern settlement houses, the Log Cabin Settlement, near Asheville, North Carolina, in 1895. Chester married A. Hunt Lyman (d. 1902) in 1898. In 1917, Chester disappeared from a New York-bound steamer. (For more information see Whisnant's article in this collection.)Back to Top
Correspondence of David E. Whisnant, University of North Carolina professor of English, relating to his biography of James Boyd (1888-1944), editor and novelist, and correspondence, writings, a tape recording, and other materials relating to Susan Chester [Mrs. A. Hunt Lyman] (1868- 1917?), founder of the Log Cabin Settlement, a pioneering social service center near Asheville, N.C.Back to Top
Whisnant's correspondence with Katherine (Mrs. James) Boyd about corrections on the manuscript of his biography of her husband and permission to use Boyd's papers, and a letter of permission from Paul Green, undated, to quote from his correspondence with Boyd.
Letters, primarily from Susan Chester's brother-in-law, about her disappearance and efforts to find her; photocopies of clippings about her disappearance; photocopies of articles by Chester on settlement house work; typescript of "Susan G. Chester and the Log Cabin Settlement: First Social Settlement Institution in the Southern Mountains," by David Whisnant; and a taped interview by Whisnant with Eilene Gardner about Susan Chester and the Log Cabin Settlement.
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