Beginning in 2010, Joyner Library acquired a substantial portion of the literary collection of Stuart Wright, a bibliographer and collector whose work focused on some of most important American writers of the twentieth century. The initial component of the collection includes some 3,000 printed works and 6,000 manuscripts, and two additions received in 2012, when processed, will greatly expand the scope of the collection. Included are portions of the private libraries of Richard Eberhart, who taught for many years at Dartmouth College, the English poet Donald Davie, and such southern writers as Randall Jarrell, Andrew Lytle, John Crowe Ransom, Peter Taylor, Robert Penn Warren, and Eudora Welty, as well as many first editions of their publications. Five of the writers represented in the collection served as poets laureate of the United States. Many of the books contain significant inscriptions, annotations, and insertions that shed light on the writers' thought processes and their relationships with their peers. Books that have been cataloged are searchable in Joyner Library's Classic Catalog by limiting the search to the Stuart Wright sub-collection. They may be used in the reading room of the Manuscripts and Rare Book Department.
The manuscripts are divided into twenty-two sub-collections of varying size. Of particular importance are the papers of Madison Smartt Bell, Richard Eberhart, Randall Jarrell, John Crowe Ransom, Peter Taylor, and Robert Penn Warren. Included are correspondence, literary manuscripts, notebooks, scrapbooks, and photographs. Finding aids for each sub-collection are available through the Special Collections Division's Manuscript & Archives Collection Guides interface under "Wright, Stuart Collection." These collections may be used in the Special Collections reading room on the third floor of the library.