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Cotton Noe papers, 1915-1949

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Cotton Noe papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


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Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Cotton Noe papers, 1915-1949, 1M49M4, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


.7 cubic ft.


Poet, teacher, lawyer. John Thomas Cotton Noe was born in Washington County, Ky. He attended Franklin College in Indiana and did graduate work at Cornell and at the University of Chicago. He taught English for a time and was an administrator at the secondary school level. He later taught English at Lincoln Memorial University and at the University of Kentucky, where he became head of the College of Education. He published seven volumes of poetry and wrote many poems for anthologies under the name Cotton Noe. In March, 1926, the General Assembly of Kentucky conferred the honor of Poet Laureate of Kentucky on Noe which he retained until his death in 1953.

Scope and Content

These are the papers, poems and articles of John Thomas Cotton Noe. In the collection are many of the author's original and draft typescripts of poetry collections, some of which were later published. Included among the typescripts are those of "Oolooloon", "Tip Sams" and "Pen Sketches of Kentucky Folk". Also present is a typescript of IN KENTUCKY, an anthology of poems by Noe published in 1940. One folder contains many printed papers and poems the majority published in various issues of the KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERLY. In addition there are addresses given by Noe, lectures and critiques by the author, articles and correspondence. Among the correspondents are Alice Hegan Rice, Lucy Furman, James Lane Allen, Edwin Carlile Litsey and Lynn Hamilton.


  • Rice, Alice Caldwell Hegan, 1870-1942.
  • Furman, Lucy S.
  • Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925.
  • Litsey, Edwin Carlile, 1874-1970.
  • Hamilton, Lynn,.
  • Poets.
  • Poetry.
  • Poets laureate.
  • Educators.
  • Lawyers.
  • Poems.
  • Articles
  • Typescripts.
  • Noe, James Thomas Cotton, 1864-1953

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