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Guide to the Elise Ayers Sanguinetti papers MSS.0098

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Author:

Finding aid prepared by R. Faber Scott; updated by Martha Bace

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

1988, 2004, 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-09-06T16:37-0500

Language Usage:

English

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Elise Ayers Sanguinetti papers

Unit ID:

MSS.0098

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

5.6 Linear feet Contains correspondence, manuscripts and galley proofs, reviews and notices, other miscellaneous material and photographs

Dates:

1929-2003

Abstract:

This collection consists of the correspondence, manuscripts and galley proofs, as well as reviews and notices of Elise Ayers Sanguinetti, the Alabama author of The Last of the Whitfields (1962), The New Girl (1964), The Dowager (1968), and McBee's Station (1972). Although there are no special restrictions placed on access to the Elise Ayers Sanguinetti papers, literary and copyrights to her published and unpublished writings have not been granted to the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and remain the property of the author. They may be viewed but not photocopied.

creator

Sanguinetti, Elise Ayers , 1926-

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of the correspondence, manuscripts and galley proofs, as well as reviews and notices of Elise Ayers Sanguinetti, the Alabama author of The Last of the Whitfields (1962), The New Girl (1964), The Dowager (1968), and McBee's Station (1972).

The correspondence incluldes letters to and from her parents, Col. and Mrs. Harry M. Ayers (Edel Y.) of Anniston, Alabama, various other family members, agents and editors, as well as letters from friends and classmates. The correspondence is arranged by name and then chronologically. There are also letters of condolence to Elise Sanguinetti on the death of her father in 1964 and one on the death of her mother in 1977.

The collection also includes typescript manuscript copies (with edits) and galley proofs of The Last of the Whitfields, The New Girl, and McBee's Station. There are also clippings and photocopies of notices and reviews of all her novels. The clippings are arranged by the novel title. (There was no attempt made to arrange the clippings by newspaper or magazine or by date.)

There is also a small group of books and essays covering various family histories and another small collection of various alumni and church publications. The group of photographs and negatives include a scrapbook covering Elise Sanguinetti's trip to California in January of 1945 to act as the Maid of Honor at the christening of the S.S. Anniston Victory (584 Anniston Victory, VC2-S-AP2).

Processing Information:

Processed by

R. Faber Scott, 1988; updated in 2004; updated in 2009 by Martha Bace

Preferred Citation:

Elise Ayers Sanguinetti papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Loan/deposit by Elise Ayers Sanguinetti, 1965-1967; addition, Oct. 2006.

Usage Restrictions:

There are no special restrictions placed on access to the Elise Ayers Sanguinetti papers, although literary and copyrights to her published and unpublished writings have not been granted to the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and remain the property of the author. They may be viewed but not photocopied.

Biographical/Historical note

Elise Ayers Sanguinetti was born January 26, 1926 in Anniston, Alabama, the daughter of Harry Mell and Edel (Ytterboe) Ayers. She attended Ashley Hall, a boarding prepartory school in Charleston, South Carolina before attending one year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota followed by a summer session at the University of Oslo (Norway). She received her A.B. degree from the University of Alabama in 1946. In 1950 she married Phillip A. Sanguinetti, a chemical engineer from Norfolk, Virginia. They lived in Pennsylvania and Missouri before returning to Anniston.

Elise Sanuinetti's father, Harry Mell Ayers, was a very strong influence on her career as a writer. Harry Mell Ayers was the owner, editor and publisher of The Anniston Star, and he held the belief that a newspaper should make an effort to improve the community. He was involved with many of the leading issues of Alabama and the nation and took an active interest in civil rights matters and improving education. Sanguinetti's younger brother, Harry Brandt Ayers was also a newspaperman and eventually became editor of The Anniston Star.

Her literary career has included working as a reporter and feature writer for The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama and authoring several novels, including The Last of The Whitfields (1962), The New Girl (1964), The Dowager (1968), and McBee's Station (1971). She is best known for The Last of The Whitfields, which was an expansion of her first published short story, To You , Frere Twig ( Mademoiselle, 1960). She wrote Whitfields while living with her husband in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the difficult, early years of the civil rights movement. The New Girl, while not precisely a sequel to Whitfields, it is a look at boarding schools and the trials and tribulations of being the "new girl" as told by Felicia Whitfield, who also narrated the story of The Last of the Whitfields.

Access Restrictions:

There are no special restrictions placed on access to the Elise Ayers Sanguinetti papers, although literary and copyrights to her published and unpublished writings have not been granted to the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and remain the property of the author. They may be viewed but not photocopied.

Source(s)

Bush, Barbara , 1925- -- Correspondence (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Emerson, O. B. -- Correspondence (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Hall, Wade H. -- Correspondence (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Lang, George -- Correspondence (local)

Merrill, James Ingram -- Correspondence (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Rutledge, Archibald Hamilton, 1883-1973 -- Correspondence (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Sanguinetti, Elise Ayers , 1926- (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Strode, Hudson, 1892-1976 -- Correspondence (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Alabama - Authors (Local)

Novelists, American - 20th Century (lcsh)

CORRESPONDENCE 1.2 Linear feet

Series Description

The Correspondence series incluldes letters to and from her parents, Col. and Mrs. Harry M. Ayers (Edel Y.) of Anniston, Alabama, various other family members, agents and editors, as well as letters from friends and classmates. The correspondence is arranged by name and then chronologically. There are also letters of condolence to Elise Sanguinetti on the death of her father in 1964 and one on the death of her mother in 1977.

Components in Detail

Correspondence - Outgoing - To Col. and Mrs. Ayers and H. Brandt Ayers Box 0098-001 Folder 1

Correspondence - Outgoing - To Agents and Editors Box 0098-001 Folder 2

Correspondence - Outgoing - To Hudson Strode Box 0098-001 Folder 3

Correspondence - Outgoing - Miscellaneous Box 0098-001 Folder 4

Correspondence - Incoming - Hudson Strode Box 0098-001 Folder 6

Correspondence - Incoming - Letters of Condolence Box 0098-001 Folder 7

Correspondence - Incoming - Fan Mail Box 0098-001 Folder 8

Correspondence - Incoming - Requests for Appearnces/Participation Box 0098-001 Folder 9

Correspondence - Incoming - Requests for Material Box 0098-001 Folder 10

Correspondence - Incoming - Requests for Reviews Box 0098-001 Folder 11

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (Charles Scribner's Sons) Box 0098-002 Folder 1

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.) Box 0098-002 Folder 2

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (Herb Jaffe Associates) Box 0098-002 Folder 3

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (Mademoiselle) Box 0098-002 Folder 4

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.) Box 0098-002 Folder 5

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (McIntosh and Otis, Inc.) Box 0098-002 Folder 6

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (Robert Lantz-Candida Donadio Literary Agency, Inc.) Box 0098-002 Folder 7

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (Russell & Volkening, Inc.) Box 0098-002 Folder 8

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (The University of Alabama Press) Box 0098-002 Folder 9

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents (Miscellaneous) Box 0098-002 Folder 10

Correspondence - Incoming - From Publishers, Editors and Agents - Rejection Letters Box 0098-002 Folder 11

Correspondence - Incoming - Miscellaneous, 1936-1969 Box 0098-003 Folder 1

Correspondence - Incoming - Miscellaneous, 1970-1979 Box 0098-003 Folder 2

Correspondence - Incoming - Miscellaneous, 1980-2002 Box 0098-003 Folder 3

Correspondence - Incoming - Miscellaneous, no date Box 0098-003 Folder 4

Correspondence - Edel Ytterboe Ayers - Outgoing Box 0098-003 Folder 5

Correspondence - Edel Ytterboe Ayers - Incoming Box 0098-003 Folder 6

Correspondence - Harry Brandt Ayers - Outging Box 0098-003 Folder 7

Correspondence - Harry Mell Ayers - Outging Box 0098-003 Folder 8

Correspondence - Phillip A. Sanguinetti - Outging Box 0098-003 Folder 9

MANUSCRIPTS AND GALLEY PROOFS 1.6 Linear feet

Series Description

The Manuscripts and Galley Proofs series includes typescript manuscript copies (with edits) and galley proofs of The Last of the Whitfields, The New Girl, and McBee's Station.

Components in Detail

Maunscripts - To You, Frere Twig Box 0098-004 Folder 1

Manuscripts - The Last of the Whitfields - Title page - p.190 Box 0098-004 Folder 2

Manuscripts - The Last of the Whitfields - pages 191-379 Box 0098-004 Folder 3

Manuscripts - The Last of the Whitfields - Galley Proofs Box 0098-004 Folder 4

Manuscripts - The New Girl - Title page - p. 131 Box 0098-005 Folder 1

Manuscripts - The New Girl - pp. 132-283 Box 0098-005 Folder 2

Manuscripts - The New Girl - Galley Proofs Box 0098-005 Folder 3

Manuscripts - The New Girl - Corrections to first edition Box 0098-005 Folder 4

Manuscripts - McBee's Station - pages 1-83 Box 0098-006 Folder 1

Manuscripts - McBee's Station - pages 84-236 Box 0098-006 Folder 2

Manuscripts - McBee's Station - pages 237-328 Box 0098-006 Folder 3

Manuscripts - McBee's Station - pages 329-414 Box 0098-006 Folder 4

Manuscripts - McBee's Station - Galley Proofs - Master Set 11/9/1970 Box 0098-006 Folder 5

Manuscripts - McBee's Station - Galley Proofs - undated copy Box 0098-006 Folder 6

Manuscripts, Unpublished - The Lord Shall Descend from Heaven with a Shout Box 0098-007 Folder 1

Manuscripts, Unpublished - Mothers and Daughters - pages 1-147B (Chapters 1-8) Box 0098-007 Folder 2

Manuscripts, Unpublished - Mothers and Daughters - pages 148-285 (Chapters 9-15) Box 0098-007 Folder 3

Manuscripts - Short Story Publication Record Box 0098-007 Folder 4

Manuscripts - Publishing Agreements Box 0098-007 Folder 5

REVIEWS AND NOTICES 1.2 Linear feet

Series Description

The Reviews and Notices series includes clippings and photocopies of notices and reviews of all her novels. The clippings are arranged by the novel title. (There was no attempt made to arrange the clippings by newspaper or magazine or by date.)

Components in Detail

Reviews and Notices - The Last of the Whitfields (1 of 3) Box 0098-008 Folder 1

Reviews and Notices - The Last of the Whitfields (2 of 3) Box 0098-008 Folder 2

Reviews and Notices - The Last of the Whitfields (3 of 3) Box 0098-008 Folder 3

Reviews and Notices - The New Girl Box 0098-009 Folder 1

Reviews and Notices - The Dowager Box 0098-009 Folder 2

Reviews and Notices - McBee's Station Box 0098-009 Folder 3

Newspaper Articles by Elise Ayers Sanguinetti Box 0098-010 Folder 1

Newspaper Articles about Elise Ayers Sanguinetti Box 0098-010 Folder 2

Newspaper Clippings - Edel Ytterboe Ayers Box 0098-010 Folder 3

Newspaper Clippings - Harry Brandt ("Brandy") Ayers Box 0098-010 Folder 4

Newspaper Clippings - Harry Mell Ayers Box 0098-010 Folder 5

Newspaper Clippings - Phillip Anthony Sanguinetti Box 0098-010 Folder 6

Newspaper Clippings - Elise Ayers Sanguinetti's Grandparents Box 0098-010 Folder 7

Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous (1 of 2) Box 0098-010 Folder 8

Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous (2 of 2) Box 0098-010 Folder 9

FAMILY HISTORIES and MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS 0.8 Linear feet

Series Description

The Family Histories and Miscellaneous Publications series includes a small group of books and essays covering various family histories and another small collection of various alumni and church publications.

Components in Detail

Family Histories

Family Histories Box 0098-011 Folder 1

Family Records of Dr. Thomas Wilborn Ayers Box 0098-011 Folder 2

John Skelton of Georgia Box 0098-011 Folder 3

Nine Generations of the Skelton Family Box 0098-011 Folder 4

Kikungshan (booklet and map) Box 0098-011 Folder 5

The Rooster Crows Again Box 0098-011 Folder 6

Some Ayers and Heirs Box 0098-011 Folder 7

Miscellaneous Publications

Ashley Hall Newsletter and Perspectives: Ashley Hall Alumnae Bulletin Box 0098-011 Folder 8

The Deke Quarterly Box 0098-011 Folder 9

Grace Notes: Newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church, Anniston, Alabama Box 0098-011 Folder 10

Saint Olaf Box 0098-011 Folder 11

University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Science Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Ceremony Box 0098-011 Folder 12

University of Alabama: The Alabama Alumni News Box 0098-011 Folder 13

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Box 0098-011 Folder 14

MISCELLANEOUS 0.8 Linear feet

Series Description

The Miscellaneous series include various photographs and negatives as well as a scrapbook covering Elise Sanguinetti's trip to California in January of 1945 to act as the Maid of Honor at the christening of the S.S. Anniston Victory (584 Anniston Victory, VC2-S-AP2). It also includes tax records and royalty statements. There is also a large manilla envelope full of envelopes.

Components in Detail

Photographs and Negatives - Miscellaneous Box 0098-012 Folder 1

Launching of the SS Anniston Victory - Photographs and Newspaper Clippings Box 0098-012 Folder 2

Tax Records and Royalty Statements Box 0098-012 Folder 3

Miscellaneous Materials (1 of 2) Box 0098-012 Folder 4

Miscellaneous Materials (2 of 2) Box 0098-012 Folder 5

Envelopes Box 0098-013 Folder 1

Scrapbook Box 0098-014