Henry Volkening collection of J. F. Powers, 1930-1949 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The Henry Volkening Collection of J. F. Powers contains correspondence dating from 1930 through 1949. The letters appear in a single series and are divided into two subject categories: correspondence with Jim Powers and letters promoting other clients' works (primarily Christine Weston).
The materials in this collection document the early years of Powers' writing career. In correspondence with his agent, Powers discusses revising and renaming some of his stories as he prepares to publish Prince of Darkness and Other Stories. He examines the effect his titles may have on Catholic readership and comments on the difficulty of publishing in The New Yorker and Harper's. Powers frequently mentions submitting stories to Chuck Shattuck of Accent for criticism, though Shattuck's comments do not appear in the correspondence.