2006 Literary Landmarks

  • University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala. T.S. Stribling (1881-1965) was a graduate of State Normal College at Florence (1903) and Pulitzer Prize winner (1933) for
    The Store. Stribling's writings, research materials, and memorabilia are located in the Collier Library Archives and Special Collections at the University of North Alabama. Partner: University of North Alabama. Dedicated Nov. 16, 2006.

  • B. S. Ricks Memorial Library, Yazoo City, Miss. This library was dedicated in recognition of Willie Morris (1934-1999), a journalist, editor, author, and Mississippian. Partners: Yazoo Library Association and Friends of Mississippi Libraries. Dedicated Nov. 10, 2006.

  • Sequoyah's Cabin, Sallisaw, Okla. This historic log cabin, built by Sequoyah's own hands, was the home of Sequoyah, the Cherokee genius who developed the syllabary that brought literacy to his people. Partner: Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO). Dedicated Oct. 6, 2006.

  • Charles C. Wise, Jr. Library, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.V. The writings and personal papers of Louise McNeill, poet laureate of West Virginia from 1977 to 1993, are housed in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection. McNeill is beloved for her depiction of West Virginia life and lore in Paradox Hill, the historical Gauley Mountain and Elderberry Flood, and the autobiographical
    Milkweed Ladies. Partner: West Virginia University Libraries. Dedicated October 2006.

  • Curwood Castle, Owosso, Mich. The writing studio of James Oliver Curwood was dedicated in honor of his many books, stories, magazine articles, films, and his work with conservation. Partners: Michigan Center for the Book and Friends of the Shiawassee District Library, Owosso. Dedicated June 1, 2006.

  • Tennessee Williams House, New Orleans, La. Tennessee Williams owned this 19th century townhouse from 1962 until his death in 1983. Here he worked on his autobiography,
    Memoirs, in which he wrote, “I hope to die in my sleep… in this beautiful big brass bed in my New Orleans apartment, the bed that is associated with so much love…” He always considered New Orleans his spiritual home. Partner: Friends of the New Orleans Public Library. Dedicated June 2006.

  • Handy Writers' Colony, Marshall, Ill.
    From Here to Eternity author James Jones co-founded the Handy Writers' Colony (1949-1964) at the west edge of Marshall with his mentor, Lowney Turner Handy, and her husband, Harry. Jones wrote
    Some Came Running here before moving to New York, and later to Paris. Several other Handy Writers' Colony writers completed and published novels during those years. The house Jones built at the edge of the Colony ground in 1953 still stands. Partners: Marshall Friends of the Library, James Jones Literary Society, Clark County Historical Society, and Marshall Main Street Program. Dedicated May 18, 2006.

  • Des Moines Public Library, Des Moines, Iowa. Forrest Spaulding, Director of the Des Moines Public Library from 1917-1919 and again from 1927-1952, wrote the Library Bill of Rights adopted by the Des Moines Public Library Board on Nov. 21, 1938, and adopted by the America Library Association on June 18, 1948. Partner: Des Moines Public Library. Dedicated April 22, 2006.