The Eudora Welty Digital Archives is now available to the public on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s (MDAH) website.
A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities with a matching contribution from the Eudora Welty Foundation made the digitalization project possible.
The Eudora Welty Digital Archives represents only a sample of Welty-related material housed at MDAH and features selections of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and other media related to Eudora Welty, who was known as the master of the short story and one of America’s greatest authors.
“MDAH is grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for their generous grant which allowed for the construction of the world’s most extensive digital archive of Eudora Welty materials,” MDAH Director Katie Blount said. “We are excited to share this incredible resource with researchers and fans of Eudora Welty.”
Eudora Welty, who passed away in Jackson on July 23, 2001, had a long relationship with the MDAH, making her first donation of manuscripts, papers, and photographs in 1957, and continuing to donate throughout her life.
In addition to documents, the collection includes the house where Welty lived most of her life and wrote her greatest works, her furniture, art, and books, and the garden in which she worked alongside her mother. The complete collection is accessible at the MDAH.
From 1955 to 1970, Eudora Welty published two short stories dealing with the Civil Rights Movement, “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” and “The Demonstrators,” and worked on scenes for a novel while caring for her family.
Now, many of the legendary writer’s works can be accessed right here.