Murray State's Jesse Stuart Collection contains the published works of southern Appalachia novelist and author Jesse Hilton Stuart. The collection includes numerous first editions, journals, foreign language editions, paperbacks, and signed copies. Stuart donated the collection to the university in 1961. MSU's Dean of Libraries Dr. Adam Murray joined Kate in the studio to talk about the papers' return from Morehead State University.
"Jess Stuart was Kentucky's poet laureate; he apparently published over 2,000 poems, more than 60 books, a large number of short stories, and so he had a tremendous impact as a literary figure in Kentucky. His works and his background really led him to have a large impact on public education in Kentucky, as well."
The fact that Murray State's Pogue Library now possesses the Jesse Stuart Collection is an honor because of the rich history in Jesse Stuart's life story and written word. Dr. Adam Murray describes to Kate just how prestigious this honor is on Sounds Good.