Charles F. Heartman: A Bookman for the South

Charles F. Heartman sitting.

Charles F. Heartman (1883-1953) was a man of books. He began collecting early in life while also editing and writing for a literary periodical called De Literat. Heartman participated in all aspects of the book trade throughout his life, mainly as a dealer, but also as a collector, bibliographer, editor and occasional author. He held strong opinions about his chosen field and various other topics, which he expressed in writing and in lively conversations. Heartman became known for his thorough descriptions and also for collecting and dealing in African-Americana and materials related to the American South. He built relationships with librarians, historians and other collectors throughout the country.

Born in Germany, Heartman relocated to London before moving on to New York. Heartman eventually moved his family south and attempted to establish a Utopian colony for intellectuals. He purchased land outside of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1936 and named the site and publishing business "The Book Farm." This exhibit showcases materials from the Charles F. Heartman Papers which illustrate Heartman's personal life, career, and adventures in rural living on the "Book Farm."

The exhibit will run through December 2010. It can be viewed from 9:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday in room 305 of McCain Library & Archives. For more information about the exhibit, contact Peggy Price at or 601.266.5077.