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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection's Alabama authors collection W.0064

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

February 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-27T10:59-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

A. S. Williams III Americana Collection's Alabama authors collection

Unit ID:

W.0064

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet

Dates:

1868-1989

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Correspondence, manuscripts, signed book pages, publication announcements, catalogs, and newspaper clippings related to the careers of several Alabama authors as well as the Alabama Writers Conclave and the Birmingham Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

A. S. Williams III Americana Collection's Alabama authors collection, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, signed book pages, publication announcements, catalogs, and newspaper clippings related to the careers of several Alabama authors. In addition to materials related to individual authors, the collection also contains a small number of records related to two Alabama literary clubs: the Alabama Writers Conclave and the Birmingham Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

While some of the authors featured in this collection are represented by a single document, the collection contains slightly more extensive holdings related to Thomas Chalmers McCorvey, Frank Owsley Jr., and Mary Behrendsen Ward. Material related to Thomas Chalmers McCorvey include a handwritten speech entitled "Marriage and its Customs" from 1877 and a letter from McCorvey's father. The Frank Owsley Jr. papers consists of a series of correspondence between Owsley and book dealer Pat Cather, dated from 1983-1984. The Mary Behrendsen Ward papers consist of a collection of personal correspondence dated from 1929-1948, and approximately ten manuscripts, including the short stories "That Danged Woman," "Behind the Mask," "Birmingham's Amusing Sign Language," and a collection of Christmas poems.

The second box includes materials that Patrick Cather created and collected. While the collection contains materials written by multiple authors, the bulk of the material consists of Cather's professional and personal correspondence. Most of this correspondence is dated between 1980 and 1994 and includes orders placed to Cather and Brown Books and correspondence related to Cather's personal collection of Alabama books and pamphlets.

The third phase box contains publication announcements, book catalogs, and newspaper clippings relating to Alabama authors and publishers. Although most of the material in this group dates between 1920 and 1988, the bulk are dated from 1980 to 1988. In addition to announcements released by small local publishers, University of Alabama Press materials are also included.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2014

General note

Titles on phase box spines: Alabama Authors - Letters and Manuscripts; Letters to Patrick Cather from Alabama Authors; and Ephemera Relating to Alabama Books and Authors

Biographical/Historical note

Brief biographies of six of the authors featured in this collection are listed below.

Octavus Roy Cohen was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 26, 1891. He attended Porter Military Academy, and Clemson College, and received an honorary Litt.D. from Birmingham Southern College, in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1927. Cohen worked as newspaper reporter at the Birmingham Ledger, the Charleston News and Courier, and the Newark Morning Times. He published a total of fifty-six books, many of which were detective novels. Cohen died in 1959.

Born in Haleburg, Alabama, on January 11, 1888, Grover Cleveland Hall worked as the associate editor and editor of the Montgomery Advertiser from 1910-1926. In 1928, he won the Pulitzer Prize for best editorial writing for a series of editorials published in the Advertiser. He died in 1941.

Thomas Wesley Martin was born in Scottsboro, Alabama, on August 13, 1881. While serving as Alabama Power Company chairman of the board, Martin petitioned Congress for the creation of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Martin published a brief history of the battle, titled The Story of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, in 1960. Martin died on December 8, 1964.

Historian Frank Owsley Jr. was born on June 13, 1928, in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his BA and MA from Vanderbilt University and his PhD from The University of Alabama in 1955. Owsley taught at George Washington University, the U.S. Naval Academy, and Auburn University.

Samuel Minturn Peck was born on November 4, 1854, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A doctor and writer, Peck was named the first poet laureate in Alabama, serving from 1930-1938. Peck died on May 3, 1938.

Mary Behrendsen Ward was born in 1898. She was a member of the Alabama Writers Conclave and the National League of American Pen Women, and was named Alabama's poet laureate, serving from 1954-1959. She died in 1985.

Source(s)

Alabama Writers' Conclave. (local)

Brannon, Peter A. (Peter Alexander), 1882- (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Carmer, Carl, 1893-1976 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Cason, Clarence, 1896-1935 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Cather, James Pat (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Chambers, Kate Waller, 1855- (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Cohen, Octavius Roy, 1891-1959 (local)

Evans, Richard V. (local)

Ewing, Kathryn McElroy (local)

Hall, Grover Cleveland, 1888-1941 (local)

Hoole, William Stanley, 1903- (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

March, William, 1893-1954 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Martin, Thomas W. (Thomas Wesley), 1881-1964 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

McCorvey, Thomas Chalmers, 1851-1932 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Owsley, Frank Lawrence, 1890-1956 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Peck, Samuel Minturn, 1854-1938 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Sims, J. Marion (James Marion), 1813-1883 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Smith, J. Q. (local)

Stillman, Annie R. (local)

Strode, Hudson, 1892-1976 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Walter, Eugene, 1921-1998 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Ward, Mary Behrendsen (local)

Warren, Lella (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Weeden, Howard, 1847-1905 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Wyeth, Louis Weiss, 1812-1889 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Alabama--Authors (lcsh)

Books and Book History (localbroad)

Booksellers and bookselling (lcsh)

Correspondence (aat)

Literature and Authors (localbroad)

Manuscripts for publication (aat)

Alabama authors correspondence, 1869-1978, not dated Box W0064.01 Folder 1

Alabama author manuscripts Box W0064.01 Folder 2

Octavus Roy Cohen genealogy Box W0064.01 Folder 3

Richard V. Evans correspondence, 1929-1943 Box W0064.01 Folder 4

Kathryn McElroy Ewing correspondence, 1947-1951 Box W0064.01 Folder 5

Grover Hall letter, 1939 Box W0064.01 Folder 6

Thomas W. Martin typescript Box W0064.01 Folder 7

Thomas Chalmers McCorvey speech and letter, 1877, 1930 Box W0064.01 Folder 8

Frank Owsley Jr. correspondence, 1983-1984 Box W0064.01 Folder 9

Samuel Minturn Peck, 1927-1931 Box W0064.01 Folder 10

J. Marion Sims genealogical material Box W0064.01 Folder 11

Judge J. Q. Smith correspondence, 1918, 1930, not dated Box W0064.01 Folder 12

Annie R. Stillman manuscript Box W0064.01 Folder 13

Mary Behrendsen Ward correspondence, 1929-1948, not dated Box W0064.01 Folder 14

Mary Behrendsen Ward manuscripts Box W0064.01 Folder 15

Louis Wyeth letter, 1868 Box W0064.01 Folder 16

Alabama Writers Conclave Box W0064.01 Folder 17

Birmingham Branch, National League of American Pen Women Box W0064.01 Folder 18

Newspaper clippings, 1930-1978, not dated Box W0064.01 Folder 19

Signed book title pages, 1900-1941 Box W0064.01 Folder 20

Composition book Box W0064.01 Folder 21

Red notebook Box W0064.01 Folder 22

Kate Waller Chambers manuscripts Box W0064.01 Folder 23

Publication Announcements, 1957-1976 Box W0064.03 Folder 1

Publication Announcements, 1980-1988 Box W0064.03 Folder 2

Undated publication announcements Box W0064.03 Folder 3

University of Alabama Press publication announcements, 1981-1988 Box W0064.03 Folder 4

University of Alabama Press catalogs, 1979-1986 Box W0064.03 Folder 5

Confederate Publishing Company publication announcements Box W0064.03 Folder 6

Newspaper clippings, 1920-1987 Box W0064.03 Folder 7

Library Collection lists and pamphlet, 1948-1985 Box W0064.03 Folder 8

Eugene Walter materials, 1987 Box W0064.03 Folder 9

Foundation Stone materials Box W0064.03 Folder 10

The Valley and the Hills materials Box W0064.03 Folder 11

Miscellaneous catalogs and announcements Box W0064.03 Folder 12

Patrick Cather correspondence Series:

Components in Detail

Correspondence, 1951-1984 Box W0064.02 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1985-1989 Box W0064.02 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1990-1994 Box W0064.02 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1907-1948 Box W0064.02 Folder 4

Miscellaneous correspondence with Alabama authors Box W0064.02 Folder 5

Miscellaneous Box W0064.02 Folder 6