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Horace Kephart Collection Add. #1

Identifier: MSS 82-2
This addition to the Horace Kephart collection contains photocopies of correspondence, legal papers, manuscripts and notebooks. The correspondence concerns Kephart, his friends and associates, and members of his family. It can be divided into two groups, marked by Kephart's death in April 1931. Much of the material before 1931 concerns Kephart's published works, activities involving the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail, and other matters relating to Appalachian life and the wilderness experience. After 1931 there is an emphasis on the administration of Kephart's estate and plans for a suitable memorial in his honor. Much of this latter correspondence is carried on by I.K. Stearns, a close friend of Kephart's and administrator of his estate after the death of Jack Coburn. Among the topics mentioned were the placement of Kephart's library and personal belongings in the park museum and the internment of Kephart's body within the boundaries of the national park.

Other items in the collection include drafts of two stories by Kephart and a notebook of quotations compiled by him on the wilderness experience. Also, there are two articles about Kephart written by Dodette Westfeldt Grinnell.


  • 1886 - 1941


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