Guide to the Mary Huff Poems, 1938-1949

Summary Information

Title: Mary Huff Poems, 1938-1949
Collection: UA.5138
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

Mary Huff was a librarian at Appalachian State University from 1942-1982. This collection consists of one binder of Miss Huff's poetry primarily written in 1947, which she gave to fellow librarian William Leonard Eury.

Creator: Huff, Mary

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Alice Huff (December 3, 1916-December 15, 1992) was born in Willington in McCormick County, SC. She was the daughter of J.W. and Alice B. Huff, and had three siblings: J.W. Huff, Jr., Mrs. Ray Jarvis, and William Bramlett Huff. Both her father and brother William shared Miss Huff's interest in writing poetry.

Miss Huff received her junior college diploma from Mars Hill College (1934-1936). She then entered Limestone College (1936-1938), where she majored in English and Education and earned her A.B. While she was at Limestone, she had her first poems published in the Lantern, the school newspaper literary publication. She then attended the George Peabody College for Teachers (now a part of Vanderbilt University—1939-40), where she was awarded the B.S. in Library Science. She worked as an assistant librarian at Mars Hill College during the summer and fall of 1940.

In 1942, Mary Alice Huff was appointed to the position of cataloger in the Appalachian State Teachers College (now Appalachian State University) library. Miss Huff increased significantly the volume of original cataloging undertaken in the Appalachian State University library. She worked with all three of the head librarians who worked from the time of the opening of the university to the time of her retirement: Mrs. Emma H. Moore, Mr. Leonard Eury, and Mr. Richard Barker. She also worked with four presidents/chancellors: Dr. B.B. Dougherty, Dr. W.H. Plemmons, Dr. Herbert Wey, and Dr. John E. Thomas.

Information written by Keith Alexander Erwin Sources: Appalachian State University files and personal correspondence.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of approximately 77 poems contained in one binder/notebook. The poems were written by Mary Huff, a librarian at Appalachian State University from 1942-1982. The bulk of the poems were written in 1947. Their primary subject is William Leonard Eury, librarian and creator of the Appalachian Collection. The notebook was given to Eury from Miss Huff, as indicated by the two dedications located in the notebook. The first states that the poems refer to other men as well as Eury, and the second states their rightful ownership belongs to Eury as they are written to him, for him, and about him.

The poems primarily discuss the love and heartache experienced by Miss Huff towards Leonard Eury. No record has been found to indicate that these feelings were ever reciprocated by Eury, however, he did keep them as part of the Appalachian Collection.


This collection remains in its original order as arranged by Mary Huff.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was transferred from the Appalachian Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Michak, 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA 5138: Mary Huff Poems, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Notebook of Poems