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Eudora Welty was an avid letter writer. She corresponded with close friends, family, fellow writers and photographers, editors and publishers, and a range of other creative types. When she died in 2001, more than 15,000 pieces of correspondence and ephemera were found in her home.
The letters selected for At Home and Away expose the worldliness of Welty's inner circle. Welty, a life-long resident of Jackson, had deep roots in her community. Her friends included notable Jacksonians as well as a broader community of artists, writers, and thinkers all over the world. The correspondences chosen reflect Welty's love of travel and her fondness for Jackson. This exhibit includes notes from visits to Oxford and Cambridge, a description of who she met at a Fulbright conference, and a memento from a trip to Scotland. Additionally, one will find her home-town memories: an anecdote of the Mississippi State Fair, a description of games played at Welty's home, and tales of grocery store hijinks between friends.
After viewing the exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to write their own letters to Welty.
The Eudora Welty Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the premier collection of Eudora Welty materials in the world and one of the most varied literary collections in the United States. The collection includes manuscripts, letters, photographs, drawings, essays, and film and video footage that spans Welty’s entire life.