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Stetson Kennedy Papers


Collection Processed by: Jorge Arévalo Mateus, PhD

Collection Guide Prepared by:

Original finding aid was prepared by Jorge’ Arevalo Mateus, PhD; updated by Steven Putt, Intern & Tiffany Colannino, Archivist – Woody Guthrie Archives, August 2012; updated by Kate Blalack, December 2013.

© Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.

Date Range:

1945-1985

Extent:

0.3 linear feet

Provenance:

Stetson Kennedy, 2009

Biographical Sketch:

William Stetson Kennedy was born October 5, 1916 in Jacksonville, Florida.  He was a founding member and past president of the Florida Folklore Society and authored several books related to folklife, human rights, justice, and the stewardship of nature.  His first book titled Palmetto Country, focused on his experience of Florida folklife during his work for the Works Progress Administration.  The book was published in 1942 as part of the American Folkways Series.  Upon reading the book Woody Guthrie wrote Kennedy a letter saying:

I don’t know of a book on my whole shelf that hits me any harder than your Palmetto Country. It gives me a better trip and taste and look and feel for Florida than I got in the forty-seven states I’ve actually been in body and tramped in boot. If only, and if only, all out library books could say what you did – the jokes and songs and old ballads about voodoo and the hoodoo and the bigly winds down in your neck of the woodvine.

This correspondence began what was a lifelong friendship between Guthrie and Kennedy.  Guthrie was a regular guest at Kennedy’s Beluthahatchee home in Florida and wrote several songs there.  Kennedy also maintained regular correspondence with Woody Guthrie’s wife Marjorie (Mazia) Guthrie.

Stetson Kennedy was the recipient of the Florida Folk Heritage Award and the Florida Governor’s Heartland Award.  He died August 27, 2011.

Scope and Content:

From 1946-1988, Stetson Kennedy collected correspondence, periodicals, printed materials, and song lyrics related to Woody Guthrie. The collection consists of .3 linear feet of material all of which are original or photocopied paper documents including correspondence, periodicals, printed material, and song lyrics.

Language:

Materials entirely in English.

Collection Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection. All materials are subject to copyright.

Arrangement:

The collection is organized into four series presented in seven folders.  Contents within each folder are arranged chronologically.

Related Material:

See also Woody Guthrie Archives printed materials accessions #2009-111 which consists of newspaper clippings and articles relating to Woody Guthrie’s time spent in Beluthahatchee, Florida on Stetson Kennedy’s estate. Articles discuss the designation of the property as a Literary Landmark by the Friends of Libraries USA, and the establishment of a Foundation and Archives at the estate.

Georgia State University also holds a collection of related archival material titled “Papers, 1933-1981.” (oclc number: 28419537)

List of Series

Series 1:  Correspondence
Series 2:  Periodicals
Series 3:  Printed Material
Series 4:  Song Lyrics

Container Lists: 

Series 1:  Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 From Woody Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy. Includes 1 postcard from Woody Guthrie to Marjorie Mazia School of Dance and 1 postcard from Woody Guthrie which was not sent.

  • Letter from Woody Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Refers to Stetson Kennedy as “SOUTHERN PATRIOT” and suggests the, “Christian American Fascist outfit uses slick words to keep your people broke…”Dated April 21, 1945. Photocopy.
  • Typewritten note from Woody Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy about the book Palmetto Country.  Dated January 6, 1950.  The note is in a protective sleeve and appears to include a typewritten transcription added later.
  • Letter from Woody Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Begins, “Dear Stetz, Good news to hear about you running for office down there.”  Dated August 15, 1950. Photocopy.
  • Note from Woody Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Concerns advice that Woody stay in New York, “another year or so.” Handwritten in ink over a pencil drawing of a tall ship labeled “Old Gib Liner” which is signed “Jack Elliott” and dated Aug 1951.”  The note is signed “Woodeye Gee.” Laminated.
  • Letter from Woody Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.   Relates news that Woody and Marjorie are to divorce.  Dated November 5, 1951.  Original, typewritten, signed in ink, laminated.
  • Letter from Woody Guthrie.  Fragment of an original typewritten letter. Dated March 13, 1952.
  • Letter from Woody Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.   Concerns plans to visit Florida with the whole family.  Undated.  Original, typewritten, signed in ink, laminated. Undated.
  • Postcard from Woody Guthrie to Marjorie Mazia School of Dance.  The front reads “Alligator—An ‘OldTimer’ in Florida.” Undated.
  • Postcard from Woody Guthrie.  The front reads “286: – ‘MAID OF THE MIST.’ NIAGRA FALLS” with a hand written note from Woody that reads, “You can’t see any maid nor any mist nor any of these pretty skies till all these warclouds roll away. Woody Guthrie” The back has a typewritten note transcribing Woody’s writing and indicating the postcard was not sent. Undated.
Box 1 Folder 2 From Stetson Kennedy to miscellaneous recipients.

  • Letter from Stetson Kennedy to “Wife love.”  Excerpt reads, “Am in touch with the Guthries, who phoned Fla to ask if we could affirm Belutha as residence for one or the other for some time past so they can go ahead with the divorce.”  Typewritten, signed in pencil.  Handwritten date of 1951.
  • Letter from Stetson Kennedy to Marjorie Guthrie. Concerns a “local paper wants to do something on Woody’s presence here…” Dated January 14, 1981.
  • United States Postal Service Western Union Mailgram from Stetson Kennedy to Arlo Guthrie.  Reads, “Sorry I couldn’t come up to say good bye to Marge.  The world will always be a better place because of your Maw and Paw.  Keep up the good work.”  Singed in ink “Stet Kennedy.”  Dated March 18, 1983.
  • Letter from Stetson Kennedy to Alan Lomax. Suggests having Jack Elliott record the songs Woody wrote but never recorded.  Carbon Copy with handwritten notes. Dated April 1, 1984.
  • Letter from Stetson Kennedy to Kay Kennedy. Concerns travel from New York back to Florida by train possibly with Jack Elliott.  Typewritten, signed “SK” in ink. Undated.
Box 1 Folder 3 From Marjorie Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.

  • Letter from Marjorie Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy. Photocopy.  Family update letter dated February 2, 1966. Envelope postmarked February 3, 1966.
  • Letter from Marjorie Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Concerns a half hour interview conducted with David Frost which was to air in Jacksonville December 3.  Dated “THANKSGIVING…1969”
  • Letter from Marjorie (MG) to Stetson Kennedy.  Envelope postmarked December 20, 1972.  Happy New Year card.
  • Card from Marjorie Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Happy New Year. Postmark on envelope December 27, 1973.
  • Letter from Marjorie Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Mentions authorization for Joe Klein to write a Woody Guthrie biography. Dated February 20, 1979.
  • Letter with envelope from Marjorie (MG) to Stetson Kennedy.  Envelope postmarked December 22, 1980.  Written on Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease stationary.
  • Letter from Marjorie to Stetson Kennedy.  Dated July 22, 1981.  Written on Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease letterhead.
  • Letter from Marjorie (MG) to Stetson Kennedy.  Envelope postmarked December 21, 1981.  Enclosed is a photocopy of the “Congressman Henry A. Waxman News” dated December 16, 1981 which presents the “Orphan Drug Act, section-by-section.”  The reverse side of the photocopy presents a Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease newsletter dated December 18, 1981 which encourages support of the Orphan Drug Act.
  • Letter from Marjorie Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Concerns an update on various projects. Dated July 7, 1982.
  • Letter from Marjorie to Stetson Kennedy. Seems to be about a shared publication.  Dated July 22, 1982.
  • Letter from Marjorie Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Concerns small corrections to an article. Dated August 28, 1982.
  • Letter from Marjorie Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy.  Marjorie letting Stetson know, “I am not well…..cancer…” Dated January 5, 1983.
  • Envelope from Marjorie M. Guthrie to Stetson Kennedy postmarked January 7, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 4 To Stetson Kennedy.  Includes two envelopes addressed to Jack Elliot c/o Stetson Kennedy and two Woody Guthrie tribute letters received by Stetson Kennedy.

  • Envelope addressed to Mr Jack Elliott c/o Mr Stetson Kennedy, Box 263, Route #6, South Jacksonville, Florida.  The envelope is official letterhead from “Abraham Adnopoz, M.D.,F.I.C.S., One Hundred Two Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn 26, New York” and includes a handwritten note which reads, “Jack’s father- S.K.” with an arrow pointing to the letterhead address. Postmarked March 2, 1952.
  • Envelope addressed to Jack Elliott c/o Stetson Kennedy, Route 6 Box 263, South Jacksonville, Fla.  Postmarked March 2, 1952.
  • Envelope addressed to Stetson Kennedy from The Woody Guthrie Newsletter.  Postmarked March 1, 1962.
  • Letter from Joe Klein to Stetson Kennedy.  Asks for help writing the “’official’ biography of Woody Guthrie.” Typewritten, signed. Dated June 26, 1978.
  • Letter from Joseph C. Hickerson, Head, Archive of Folk Song, The Library of Congress, to Stetson Kennedy.  Original. Dated May 4, 1979.  Concerns radio recordings made by Mr. Guthrie and the Almanac Singers for the Office of War Information in May 1942.  Songs mentioned being “on these recordings” include Round and Round Hitler’s Grave, Reuben James, Takin’ It Easy, and Reckless Talk.
  • Letter from Joe Klein to Stetson Kennedy. Suggests “the book will be published in September.” Typewritten, signed. Dated May 29, 1980.
  • Tribute Letter from a fan named Glen Ross to Woody Guthrie titled “FOR WOODY GUTHRIE” with handwritten note, “These came recently- and there have been others- equally moving to me!!” and “(over).”  The reverse presents a tribute from Carolyn Pinket (England) to Woody Guthrie titled “Prayer to Woody (and Marjorie).” Dated April 26, 1982.
  • Letter from Ralph Rinzler, Director, Office of Folklife Programs, Smithsonian Institution to University of Tulsa.  Concerns the possibility of establishing the Woody Guthrie Archives at the University of Tulsa.  Photocopy with handwritten note “In Progress.”  Dated April 30, 1982.
  • Letter from Irma C Bauman, “Assistant to M Guthrie” to Stetson Kennedy.  Concerns Marjorie request that Irma retype her letter because there were so many errors. Dated January 7, 1983.
  • Letter in unaddressed “Joseph R. Sakmyster  ADS AUTOGRAPHS” letterhead envelope from Joseph R. Sakmyster to Howard Leventhal. Letter reads, “Pursuent [sic] to instructions from Mr. Stetson Kennedy, I have forwarded the Guthrie Collection to you.” Dated June 14, 1988
  • Letter from Joe Klein to Stetson Kennedy. Concerns upcoming visit. Typewritten, signed. Undated.
  • Letter from Joe Klein to Stetson Kennedy. Says, “…waiting for the book to come out in September.” Typewritten, signed. Undated.

 

Series 2:  Periodicals

Box 1 Folder 5 Contains photocopies and clippings from articles about Woody Guthrie and his songs. Also contains a few issues of the The Woody Guthrie Newsletter.

  • Lampell, Millard. “It’s Jackhammer Music, it says what the people have to say.”  US Weekly.   August 30, 1941. Photocopy.
  • “Cultivating the Songs of the People.”  New York Times.  Sunday August 25, 1946.  Photocopy of newspaper clipping.
  • “People’s Songs, Songs of Labor and the American People.”  November 1946, vol. 1, No. 10.
  • “People’s Songs, Songs of Labor and the American People.”  December 1946, vol. 1, No. 11.
  • Davidson, Bill. “The Way-faring Strangers Have Hit it Rich – Hootenanny, From Burl Ives to Susan Reed, the New Folk-song Craze has Boomed Into Big Business.” Salute. Handwritten date reads, “Dec 1946 vol. 1 no. 7.”
  • “Sacred Cows Gored in Song in Hootenanny.” Chicago Sun. Saturday October 11, 1947.  Newspaper clipping mounted with glue on typewriter paper.
  • “People’s Songs, Songs of Labor and the American People.”  December 1947, vol. 2, No. 11.
  • “People’s Songs, Songs of Labor and the American People.”  February and March 1948, vol. 3, No. 1&2.
  • “People’s Songs, The Buffalo Skinners – turn to page 3.” June 1948, vol.3, No. 5.
  • Sing Out! A People’s Artists Publication. August 1950. Vol. 1, no. 4. Contains printed version of The Almanac Singers “Strange Death of John Doe.”
  • Woody Guthrie Newsletter, November 1961. Published by The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund.
  • Hendricks, Alfred T. “Woody Guthrie in Hospital for 10 years.” New York Post.  Monday, March, 4, 1963.  Photocopy says, “issued by the Guthrie Children’s trust Fund.”
  • Woody Guthrie Newsletter, April 1963. Published by The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund.
  • Woody Guthrie Newsletter, September 1965. Published by The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund.
  • Woody Guthrie Newsletter, June 1966. Published by The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund.  Addressed to STETSON KENNEDY.
  • “Woody Guthrie is Dead.” Typewritten note indicates “Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville” with hand written date of 10/3/67 [October 3, 1967]
  • “This Machine Kills Fascists!” photocopy.  Typewritten note indicates Jacksonvillemagazine, no 3, 1975.  Published by Chamber of Commerce (!) Article by Kennedy, Stetson.
  • Going, Norm. “He’s Bound For Glory” Florida Times Union November 6, 1976. p.E-4.
  • Dunaway, David.  “Bound for Glory on the Gravy Train.” Mother Jones.  December 1976. p.55-57. Photocopy.   Concerns the United Artists release of the film “Bound for Glory.”
  • Robertson, Nan. “Wife of Dead Balladier is Still Devoted.” Tallahassee Democrat. Hand written date February 15, 1977.
  • Welles, Darla. “Lament for a Folksinger.” San Diego Evening Tribune. Friday, November 17, 1978.
  • McCarthy, Colman. “The Hope of Marjorie Guthrie.” The Washington Post. Wednesday, November 22, 1978. Photocopy.
  • Seeger, Pete. “Song of the Clearwater.” Parade. November 26, 1978.
  • “Invited to the White House.” Philadelphia Inquirer. Friday, December 8, 1978.  Photocopy. Marjorie is pictured with President Carter with the caption indicating, “She was there because the entertainment was provided by ‘Woody Guthrie,’ as performed by Tom Taylor.”  Handwritten note reads, “Politics??”
  • Galton, Lawrence. “Researchers Zero In On a ‘Diabolical’ Disease.” Parade. December 17, 1978
  • Linville, Judi. “’Things Are Different’ for HD Families Today.” North Side. Thursday, November 22, 1979. Reprinted by: Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, Inc.
  • Guthrie, Marjorie. “A Personal View of Genetic Counseling.” From Counseling in Genetics, edited by Y.E. Hsia, K. Hirschhorn, R.L. Silverberg, L. Godmilow. Copyright 1979 and reprint permission by Alan R. Liss, Inc., New York, N.Y. Reprinted by: Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, Inc. Handwritten note reads, “Part of my story! M.”
  • “This Land Was His Land.” Book review written by Mary Lee Settle of the title “Woody Guthrie: a Life.”  By Joe Klein.  New York York Times Book Review, December 7, 1980.
  • Kennedy, Stetson. “Woody Guthrie: So Long It’s Been Good To Know Ya.” Review of “Woody Guthrie: A Life Story” by Joe Klein. Florida Times-Union Jacksonville Journal.  Sunday December 14, 1980.
  • Kempton, Murray. “The Curse of the Guthries.” The New York Review.  February 19, 1981.
  • Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, Inc. Newsletter, Spring 1982, number 33.  Features “In My Corner” a brief column by Marjorie Guthrie.  Marjorie Guthrie is also pictured at a press conference presenting, “petitions supporting the Orphan Drug Bill to Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chairperson, House Subcommittee on Health and Environment.”
  • Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, Inc. Newsletter, Summer/Fall 1982, number 34.  Features “In My Corner” a brief column by Marjorie Guthrie.  Marjorie Guthrie is also pictured with new “National Committee for Research” president, former six-term Democratic Congressman James D. Roosevelt.  Signed “For Marjorie, Hope it was a good story!  With much affection and respect. Jim Roosevelt.”
  • Coburn, Randy Sue. “On the Trail of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.”  Esquire. April 1984
  • Newspaper clipping describing the work of Alan Lomax after the death of John Lomax specifically as it relates to the publishing of a songbook and bringing a, “great task to its culmination” and how he has prepared , “three admirable appendices: Sources and References, Selected List of Books, and Selected List of Records.”  Undated.
  • “Let’s Sing!  The Story of People’s Songs, Inc.” handwritten note indicates the periodical title “The Jewish Fraternalist, Aug.-Sept.”
  • “Guthrie, Woody.” The New Grove Dictionary of American Music.  Undated photocopy with attached documents.  Documents include one page photocopy of a shorter encyclopedia entry for “Guthrie, Woody” with handwritten note which reads, “old pre SK version.” Other documents consist of 6 pages of correspondence between Stetson Kennedy and representatives of the publisher with dates ranging from 1982-1985.
  • “Film Festival Personalities.” Newspaper clipping of Marjorie Guthrie and Arlo Guthrie pictured with a caption indicating they attended the “John Muir Medical Film Festival.”  Title at the top of the clipping reads “Contra Costa” and photography byline reads “Times photos/ Dan Rosentrauch.” Handwritten note reads “Me and Mine O” with an arrow to the picture of Arlo and Marjorie. Photocopy. Undated.
  • “Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.” Periodical clipping of photo with caption on reverse which offers a brief bio and lists “Friday Main Stage One, Saturday Main Stage Two.”  Laminated. Undated.

Series 3:  Printed Material

Box 1 Folder 6 Contains miscellaneous article clippings, newspaper clippings (including Woody’s Obituary), pamphlets, and brochures.

  • “Bound For Glory.”  Folkways Records Album #FA 2481 insert.  Subtitled, “The songs and story of Woody Guthrie sung by Woody Guthrie, Told by Will Geer, Edited by Millard Lampell.” Copyright dates of 1956 and 1961.
  • “Folkways Records 1961 New Releases, October-November.”  Flyer.
  • “Folkways Records New Releases, November-December 1961.”  Flyer.
  • “Folkways Records New Releases, January-February 1962.”  Flyer.
  • “Folkways Records New Releases, March-April 1962.”  Flyer.
  • “Folkways Records New Releases, February – 1963.”  Flyer.
  • Hickerson, Joseph C. “A List of Material Relating to Woodrow Wilson (Woody) Guthrie.” (from Library of Congress, Music Division, Archive of Folk Song.) March 4, 1977.
  • “Woody Guthrie Publications, inc. 1981 Price List.” Lists books and one recording available for mail order.  Handwritten note indicates paperbacks of Bound for Glory and Born to Win are out of print.
  • Bibliography titled “WORKS.” Typewritten note reads, “(For more comprehensive listing see discography compiled by Jim Kweskin, c/o Guthrie Archive, 250 W. 57th Street, New York.)”  Latest dated material on bibliography is 1981.  Photocopy.
  • Printed flyer advertising a newsletter titled “Resist.”  Introduction reads, “Many years ago, Woody Guthrie was asked to sing at a party.  Since he made his living in that way, he asked about the fee.  ‘But it’s for a good cause!’  ‘I don’t sing for bad causes,’ Woody replied.”  Includes list of “Resist Grants—1982.” Published by the Red Sun Press.
  • “Festival of American Folklife 1982.” Advertises evening concert “June 25: Tribute to the music of Woody Guthrie.” Photocopy.
  • “SING OUT! Magazine presents a musical tribute to America’s greatest balladeer ‘Songs of, by, for, and to Woody Guthrie, Town Hall, Saturday, April 17.” Flyer.  No year given.
  • “Marjorie Guthrie, 6 October 1917 – 13 March 1983.”    Pamphlet.  Includes various pull quotes and headings of “A Salute to Marjorie Guthrie,” “Marjorie Guthrie: her life, her work, her impact,” and “Biography.” Published by the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.
  • Playbill for People’s Songs Inc. presents “The Midnight Special at Town Hall, a series of American Folk Music Concerts under the Supervision of Alan Lomax” “Strings at Midnight, Sat. Eve., Dec. 7, Carlos Montoya and Pete Seeger”
  • Playbill for People’s Songs Inc. presents “The Midnight Special at Town Hall, a series of American Folk Music Concerts under the Supervision of Alan Lomax”  “Calypso at Midnight, Sat. Eve., Dec. 21, Gerald Clark and band, Duke of Iron, Lord Invader, Macbeth the Great”
  • “Beans, Bacon and Gravy.” Photocopy of song from songbook.  Heading reads “1931 Depression Song, American Folk.”  Introductory text references the “People’s Songs Office” followed by two paragraphs of explanatory text written by Lee Hays and one paragraph written by Woody Guthrie.  Undated.
  • Kennedy, Stetson.  “For Grove Dictionary of Music.”  Typewritten working draft.  Signed by Stetson Kennedy. Undated.
  • Seeger, Pete, Phil Ochs, Gordon Friesen, and Josh Dunson. “Woody Guthrie: A Tribute.” Reprinted from Mainstream magazine, August 1963 by The Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund.
  • Document with typewritten note which reads, “From the files of the FBI procured by Stetson Kennedy via Freedom of Information Act.”  Document reads, “During April 1953 Woodrow Wilson Guthrie [redacted] resided temporarily at the home of Stetson Kennedy on Route 6, Box 263, Jacksonville, Fla.  [redacted] disclosed that Guthrie moved from this address the later part of July 1953 [redacted]  No. Source 100-29988-22 (10)” Photocopy.
  • Shelton, Robert. “A Man to Remember: Woody Guthrie.” Note says, “Reprinted by Guthrie Children’s Trust Fund with permission of the author.” Undated.
  • “…an influence on America as strong as Walt Whitman.”  Broadcast Music, Inc flyer.  Undated.
  • “People’s Songs Inc. presents Pete Seeger, Hally Wood.”  Town Hall Saturday, April 24, 8:30pm.  Ticket order form.  No year given.
  • “Folkways Records Artists’ Catalogue.” Undated.
  • “Do You Have ‘Dangerous Thoughts’? Come Sing and Hear Our ‘DANGEROUS’ Songs at People’s Songs ‘Un-American’ Hootenanny.”  Friday, March 26, 8:30pm, Irving Plaza.    flyer. Undated.
  • Bookmark.  Handwritten note says, “3 newsclips protruding from file.” Undated.
  • “Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie on Folkways Records.”   Flyer. Undated.
  • “Progressive Citizens of America Proudly Presents People’s Songs Artists Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Hally Wood, Betty Sanders, Friday October 10th, Orchestra Hall 216 S. Michigan Ave.”    Flyer.  The reverse of this flyer features a hand written statement on the “purpose of people’s songs” and additional hand written notes which read, “written by me for People’s Songs when asked to become a sponsor, ca 1947? Stetson Kennedy.”
  • Kennedy, Stetson.  “Woody Guthrie – – po-boys’ bard and advocate.”  This appears to be a draft of the review “Woody Guthrie: A Life Story” published in the Florida Times-Union Jacksonville Journal.  Sunday December 14, 1980. Photocopy.  Signed by Stetson Kennedy.  Undated.
  • Kennedy, Stetson.  “YE COMPLEATE GUTHRIE.” Photocopy of typewritten review of “Woody Guthrie: a Life Story.” By Joe Klein.  Describes Stetson Kennedy placing and Woody Guthrie responding to an ad placed “toward the end of the 40’s” in The National Guardian, for “battle worn progressives to come live off the land at ‘My Po Boy Estates.’”  This review is unrelated to the review of “Woody Guthrie: A Life Story” published in the Florida Times-Union Jacksonville Journal.  Sunday December 14, 1980.  16 pages.  Signed by Stetson Kennedy. Undated.
  • Photocopy.  Address label reads Suite 710, 250 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. with handwritten text “Stetson Kennedy Papers.”

Series 4:  Song Lyrics

Box 1 Folder 7 Contains photocopies and one original lyric sheet for four songs written by Woody Guthrie.

  • Hand written lyric sheet for “Palmetto VeeDee Blues.”  Photocopy. Dated December 26, 1949.
  • Single type written page of lyrics for “Kennedy, He’s That Man” and “Talking Stetson Kennedy”  Includes introductory note, “Written by Woody Guthrie to support independent write-in candidacy of Stetson Kennedy, in 1950 general election against George Smathers.” And closing note, “end.  By Woody Guthrie.  I hope it does good.”
  • Hand written music with typewritten lyrics for Woody Guthrie song “The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done.” Handwritten ink pen note reads, “KGIL.”  Signed by Woody Guthrie. Photocopy. Undated.