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Juanita Brown Tobin papers

Identifier: AC-499

Scope and Contents

This collection is filled with hundreds of original poetry by Tobin as well as numerous famous, not-so-famous, and unknown poets. Juanita loved children and participated in many workshops in various schools, encouraging these young poets and artists. Several examples of those unique pictures and poems are included in her collection.

Juanita was an avid scrapbooker and collector of newspaper clippings, not only of her accomplishments, but of other poets and their works. She must have saved every greeting card, thank you card, and expression of love and admiration, because her collection contains 33 scrapbooks full of notes, cards, clippings, photos, and keepsakes.

She took notes wherever she went, as attested in the 40-plus stenographer pads full of notes, recipes, class notes, thoughts, and inspirations. The hundreds of poems, drafts and completed, are ample proof of her quick mind and poetic abilities. Her collection includes several copies of her award-winning books of poetry and her personal Webster's Dictionary 1957 edition, all annotated with personal notes.

The collection also includes family keepsakes and photos, and genealogical papers.


  • 1915-2005, undated



Conditions Governing Access

No Interlibrary Loan.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Juanita Rose Brown Tobin (b. February 12, 1915) was born in Nashville, Tennessee. Daughter of Charles Fisk and Harriet (Hattie) Young Brown. Ancestors from Foscoe, North Carolina. Married John Tobin. Son Paul (b. 1938).

Juanita graduated University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1944, and cared for her mother and two aunts in Florida. She moved to New Jersey to care for grandchildren from 1973 to 1989 after her daughter-in-law left her son to 'discover herself'. She worked several years at Dorothea Dix Hospital as a nurse.

Juanita began writing poetry in 1963. She authored a column "Extended Adventure" for the 'Blowing Rocket' in 1989 until she lost her sight in 2005, copies of most are included in her collection.

She was an active member of the High Country Writers and was known to correspond with and encourage other poets. She attended Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and resided in Davant Extended Care Facility of Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Juanita was the author of In Grape Time (1982), Kingpins and China Dolls (1986), Zekes and a Zillion Cats (1987),The Crooked Pine (1987), Ransom Street Quartet (1995), License My Roving Hands (2001), White Family Saga (2003), and hundreds of other poems.

She won many awards for her books and poetry, many of which were published in numerous publications.

Juanita passed away in January 2007, at 91 years of age.


27.75 Linear Feet ((21 boxes, 13 half-sized manuscript boxes, 2 large shoeboxes, 1 CD boxes, 5 records cartons, 5 oversize boxes, 1 box in cold storage, 1 shoebox in cold storage) )


This is a collection of papers, books and keepsakes of Juanita Brown Tobin, 1915-2007, of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Included are her award-winning books of poetry and personal scrapbooks, along with hundreds of original poems and prose by Tobin and other authors.


When possible, the collection was processed in alphabetical and chronological order. Tobin's scrapbooks and personal notes remain in her original order. Many folders are labeled and in the order she had.

Copies of several color photos were made and included back into the original order of the scrapbooks. The original color and old black & white photos are stored in Cold Storage.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was donated by Juanita Tobin in four increments between March 2003 and October 2004.


Processed by Anita Elliott, February 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.499: Juanita Brown Tobin Papers, 1915-2005, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
February 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
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