Erskine Caldwell papers

Erskine Caldwell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987
Creator: Caldwell, Virginia
Title: Erskine Caldwell papers
Dates: [circa 1930-1978]
Quantity: 13.2 Linear feet (4 document boxes, 1 half box, 7 oversized boxes, 2 flat boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of Erskine Caldwell from ca. 1930-1978. Includes several manuscripts of Caldwell's works, both published and unpublished; a small amount of correspondence; scrapbooks of memorabilia from Caldwell and his wife Virginia's travels; newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs, and advertising ephemera pertaining to Caldwell and his writings; awards presented to Caldwell; and photographs.
Coll. Number: ms1156

Biographical/Historical Note

Erskine Caldwell (1903 – 1987) was an author who grew up in the American South. He is most famous for his novels Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre, which won him critical acclaim because of his writings about poverty, racism and social problems in the South. He became controversial among his fellow Southerners, however, because they felt like he was was deprecating the people and culture of the region.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

American literature.
Authors, American--Georgia.
Manuscripts (documents)

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Erskine Caldwell papers. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Ira S. and Caroline Bell Caldwell papers.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Writings: Manuscripts, and Proofs

11"The Cold Winter" proof w/corrections
2"Crossing Kansas" typescript w/corrections
3"The Empty Room" proof w/corrections
4 Jackpot typescript w/corrections & manuscript
5"Joe Craddock's Old Woman" proof w/corrections
6"A Lover of Horses" typescript w/corrections
7"Memorandum" proof w/corrections
8"Molly Cotton-Tail" proof w/corrections
9"Pablo" (a play) typescript w/corrections
10"Picking Cotton" proof
11"The Sunfield" proof w/corrections
12"Uncle Henry's Love Nest" proof
13"A Woman in the House" proof w/corrections
14Adaptation: Ray McIver-"The Ballad of Candy Man Beechum"
14Series 12 Erskine Caldwell: A Bibliography (manuscript)

2. Printed Material

115"Call It Experience" ( Writer's Digest, 1951 August)
16"Chekov Through the Eyes of the Writers of the World" ( Soviet Literature, 1980 # 1)
17Commentary on illustration by Roberta Egan ( An Illustration Is Worth a Thousand Words)
248Printed Material: Programs and miscellany

3. Criticism, Interpretation, etc.

118MacDonald, Scott "An Evaluative Check-list of Erskine Caldwell's Short Fiction" ( Studies in Short Fiction, 1978)
19Martin, Jay "Erskine Caldwell's Singular Devotions
20Talmy, Vladimir (trans.) "A Soviet Critic on Erskine Caldwell"

4. Bibliography

121"Anthologies Containing EC Stories and Comments"

5. Book Jackets

21 38 Stories
2 Annette
3 The Bastard and Poor Fool
4 Call It Experience
5 Certain Women
6 Claudelle Inglish
7 Close to Home
8 Complete Stories of Erskine Caldwell (Selections)
9 The Courting of Susie Brown
10 Episode in Palmetto
11 Erskine Caldwell's Gulf Coast Stories
12 Georgia Boy
13 God's Little Acre
14 God's Little Acre-The Book of the Film
15 Gretta
16 Gulf Coast Stories
17 A House in the Uplands
18 In Search of Bisco
19 Jackpot-Selected Stories
20 Jenny
21 Journeyman
22 Kneel to the Rising Sun
23 A Lamp for Nightfall
24 The Last Night of Summer
25 Love and Money
26 Men and Women
27 Miss Mamma Aimee
28 The Negro in the Well and Other Stories
29 Place Called Estherville
30 The Sacrilege of Alan Kent
31 Say, Is This the USA
32 Southways
33 The Sure Hand of God
34 A Swell Looking Girl
35 This Very Earth
36 Tobacco Road
37 Tobacco Road-The Play
38 Tobacco Road. God's Little Acre, Trouble in July
39 Tragic Ground
40 Trouble in July
41 We Are the Living
42 The Weather Shelter
43 When You Think of Me
44 Where the Girls Were Different
45 A Woman in the House
46 Writing in America
47Unidentifiable book jackets

6. Personal Material

2Biographical material
3Caldwell, Mrs. I.S.-Articles
4Caldwell, Mrs. I.S.-Medal for English composition
5Caldwell. Mrs. I.S.- Various Veracious Verses
6Caldwell, Virginia-Bookplate design
7Christmas cards
8Genealogy-Cosby Family

7. Awards, Certificates, Memorabilia, etc.

41American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters-Ceremonial Program, 1976
2American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters-Ceremonial Program, 1978
3Bulgarian Short Story medal, 1970
4French Line, "Liberté", (LeHavre, NY) medal
5Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano 1947-77 medal
6Jacksonville, FL-Ambassador-At-Large certificate, 1970
7Jacksonville, FL-Key to the city
8Miss and Mr. Nude America Contest-Judge's ribbon
9Poland-500 th Anniversary medal
51Tuscon Press Club Horseshoe, 1944-64
2United Airlines plaque, 1959
3King of Spades poster inscribed "Skinny"
4Portable knotholes "for peeping purposes" from Tom Baugh
5Russian passport and street pass, 1930s
6Caricature of Erskine Caldwell-Unsigned
7Caricature of Erskine Caldwell-Signed Svárte
8Cartoon of Caldwell characters-Signed Hirshfeld
9Cartoon with caption, "C'mon, they just caught Erskine Caldwell down to Lacyville"
10Cartoon with caption, "He's reading F. Scott Fitzgerald now. You should have been here when he was reading Erskine Caldwell."
11La Agencia de Comunicación International de los Estados Unidos de América, etc.-Certificate, 1978
12Marquis Who's Who in America-Certificate
13University of Virginia Alumni Association -Certificate, 1977
14Bulgarian Short Story Award-Certificate, 1973
15Cartoon with caption, "Literary Renegades", etc.
16Air France-Certification of crossing sound barrier, 1979
32Sketch of Erskine Caldwell - signed Hans Bendix, 1959

8. Photographs


9. Oversize Material

Awards, Certificates, and Memorabilia
OS BoxItem
61University of South Florida Celebration of Literature Award-Plaque, 1977
2The Press and Union League Club of San Francisco-Caricature of Erskine Caldwell by "Pancho", 1960
3The Raven Society, University of Virginia-Certificate, 1959
4Styrofoam "Happy Face" inscribed "Occupant Occupied"
5Georgia Writers Association Literary Achievement Award-Certificate, 1968
6Cartoon with caption, "It's always Christmas underneath the Signet tree"
7State of Arizona, Office of the Secretary-Certificate, 1953
8The Euphemian Literary Society-Diploma, 1959
9The Authors Club of Los Angeles-Certificate
10The Ferdinand Phinizy Lectures 1975 Proudly Presents...Erskine Caldwell -Broadside
11Illustration from Swedish version of Georgia Boy by John Lindquist - signed by Erskine Caldwell, 1970 January
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611Erskine Caldwell seated, holding cigarette
12Erskine and Virginia Caldwell in New York City, 1978
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911957 (2)
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131Clippings, Magazine articles, etc

10. Artifacts

11Kup's Show cup
2University of Virginia "Alumni Fun" 1965 pewter cup
3Press and Union League Club of San Francisco black cat
4Bronzed baby shoe labeled "Erskine Caldwell"
5Military helmet marked "Herbst"
6Military helmet worn while correspondent in Moscow