Wylly Folk St. John papers

Wylly Folk St. John papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: St. John, Wylly Folk
Title: Wylly Folk St. John papers
Dates: 1928-1975
Quantity: 17.0 Linear feet 37 document boxes, 10 half boxes, 1 oversized folder
Coll. Number: ms2145

Biographical/Historical Note

Wylly Folk St. John (1908-1985) was an award-winning Georgia author of children's mystery fiction. After graduating from the University of Georgia's School of Journalism (1930), St. John began writing novels, and short stories, and as a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal Magazine. Her most acclaimed writing are eight mystery novels for juvenile readers, while she also produced many adult short stories published as back-of-the-book novels in magazines such as Redbook. Ms. St. John grew up in Savannah, Georgia, but moved to Social Circle, Georgia, where she was an active member of many citizen and community councils. St. John has also received many writing awards including Georgia Author of the Year, Georgia Author of the Year for Fiction, and Theta Sigma Phi's award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains business and personal items, manuscripts and writings. The highlights of this collection are St. John's many published and unpublished manuscripts. Included are several letters from friends and admirers in and around Social Circle, Georgia, where she lived.

Index Terms

Children's literature.
Manuscripts (documents)
St. John, Thomas Franklin, 1906-1983
Women authors, American--Georgia.

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 note

Wylly Folk St. John papers, ms2145, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Christmas Tree Mystery

11TMS draft-carbon w/ revisions
21Correspondence (Personal)
2-3Correspondence (Business), 1968-1969
4Correspondence (Business & Personal), 1969
5Correspondence (From readers), 1969
6-7Correspondence (Business & readers), January-May 1970
8-13Correspondence (From readers), 1971-1979
2Galley w/ corrections
3Mailing List
4Publication Agreement with Viking Press
5Book cover
6-8Clippings, 1969
10Printed Materials (Magazines & Programs)
11Financial Statements

2. Ghost Next Door

41Manuscript notes
2TMS draft-original & carbon
3-4TMS draft with revisions
5-7TMS draft-carbon
51Correspondence (Personal)
2Correspondence (Business)
3Correspondence (Publisher)
4-7Correspondence (Business), 1971
8-11Correspondence (From readers), 1972-1974
12Book covers
16-19Printed Materials

3. The Mystery Book Mystery Files

61John E. Drewry Book Review
3Page proofs, author's copy with some corrections
2TMS draft with revisions, notations
4TMS draft-carbon
5TMS draft-carbon with corrections
6TMS draft with revisions
7TMS draft-carbon
8TMS draft-carbon with revisions
71-2Correspondence (Personal)
3Correspondence (From readers), 1968
4-11Correspondence (Personal), 1968-1971
12-14Correspondence (Viking Press), 1974-1975
15-16Correspondence, 1976
17Correspondence (From readers), 1978
18-19Correspondence - Undated
81Book covers
5Poster and Book covers
6Printed Material (Viking Press)
7Personal Papers ragarding Anne Dyer, 1969

4. The Mystery of the Ginger Bread House Files

91TMS draft-carbon
2TMS draft w/ revisions
3Transcipt draft
101Author's Galley
2Correspondence (Children's Book Council, New York), 1967
3Correspondence (Viking Press), 1968
4-14Correspondence, 1969-1980
111MS notes
2Book covers
3Book illustrations-camera ready
5Drawings & Reproductions
7-8Printed Materials (Magazines & Journals)
9Honorary Pin from The United Daughters of the Confederacy
10 The Atlanta Journal Constitution Magazine, 1969 April 27
11One page biography

5. The Mystery of the Other Girl Files

121MS draft w/revisions (incomplete)
2TMS draft w/revisions (first copy of second draft)
131-10Correspondence, 1969-1973
11Correspondence (Viking Press), 1970
12Correspondence - Undated
141Book cover
5-6Drawings-camera ready
7 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 1968
9Printed Materials
10Royalty earnings, summaries

6. The Secret of the Seven Crows Files

151MS draft
2TMS draft (First 31 pages)
4TMS w/revisions
7Galleys-marked set

6.1 Manuscripts

161-9Correspondence, 1972-1975
10Correspondence (Viking Press), 1976
11-12Correspondence, 1976-1982
13Correspondence - undated
14Book covers
15-18Clippings, 1968-1974
20Photograph Negatives
21Author's Notes
24-25Printed Materials

7. The Secrets of Hidden Creek Files

171TMS-First draft
2TMS draft w/revisions
3-4TMS draft-carbon
5TMS draft with corrections
181-5Correspondence (Business & Personal), 1963-1966
4 Christian Observer, 1968
5 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 1966
7Notes, Incomplete TMS carbon
8-11Printed Materials

8. The Secrets of Pirate Inn Files

201-16Correspondence, 1951-1973
211Agreement with Viking Press
2Royalty Statements
3Book Covers
6TMS draft with revisions
7TMS draft with publisher's notes
8-9TMS draft-carbon
10 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 1968 May 19
221TMS draft-incomplete
2MS notes
4Drawings-Book Illustrations
5Newspapers, 1968
8Printed Materials
10 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 1968

9. Uncle Robert's Secret Files

231Author's notes
2TMS draft with revisions
3TMS draft-items
4TMS draft-carbon with some corrections
5TMS draft
6Galley proof
241-8Correspondence, 1971-1974
251Book cover
6-7Photographs of illustrations
9-10 The Walton Tribune copies, 1972-1973
11 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 1973 June
13Printed Material
14Book catalogues

10. Year Before Next Files

3-4TMS draft-carbon
5TMS draft with revisions
6MS notes

11. Short Stories-Manuscripts

271TMS-carbon "A Big Day"
2TMS-"A Case of Environment"
3TMS-"A Good Joke in Bracciano"
4TMS-"A Time to Love" (three copies)
5TMS-"A Whole Lot Older" with revisions
6TMS-"Act of God"
7TMS-"Adam and Eve"
8TMS-carbon "Aftermath" (see also "Debt of Honor")
9TMS-"Arrowheads" with revisions
10TMS-"Ask Him for a Raise"
11TMS-"Aura of Doubt"
12TMS-"Candies are for Christmas"
13TMS-"Castles" (two copies)
14TMS-"Christmas in a Trailer"
15TMS-"Debt of Honor" (two copies)
16TMS-"Dog vs. Delinquency"-carbon
17TMS-"Double Jeopardy"
18TMS-"Escape Reading"
19TMS-"Everybody Brings Home a Cuckoo Clock"
20TMS-"Easter Egg" carbon w"revisions
21TMS-"Four Kids are Better than three"
22TMS-"Ghosts" with revisions
23Paper on Georgia State College for Women
24TMS-"The Heidelburg"
25TMS-"I Love Your Truly" (two copies)
26TMS-"If You're Going to West Germany---"
27TMS-"International Culture Center"
28TMS-"Invitation to the Wedding"
29TMS-"It's Hard to Say Goodbye"
30TMS-"Jenny and the Roly-Polys"
31TMS-"Just One More"
32TMS-"King Solomon and the Enoch Ardent Case"
33TMS-"Lady of the Japonicas"
34TMS-"Last Night in Thebes"
35TMS-"Let's Not Call it Love"
36TMS-"Likewise a Levite"
37TMS-"Lover's Leap" by Ira Avery
281TMS-"Majority Vote" (two copies)
2TMS-"Mice" with revisions
3TMS-"Middle Aged Girls" (two copies withrevisions)
4Paper on Muscular Dystrophy
5TMS-"My Child has Two Fathers"
6TMS-"My Hot and Cold War with the Plumbers"
7TMS-"Mother Goes Home" original & carbon
8TMS-"Name Sake" withrevisions
9TMS-"Never to be Forgotten"-carbon
10TMS-"Not a Chance in the World"
11TMS-"Of Course I Told Her I Was Married"
12TMS-"Our Volkswagon is a Sweetheart" (three copies)
14TMS-"Overnight Bag"-carbon withrevision
15TMS-"Polka Dot Bandit" ("The Aura of Doubt") with revisions
16TMS-"Price Above Rubies"
17TMS-"Juan Edwardo in the U.S. War Corps"-carbons
18TMS-"Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" (two copies)
19TMS-"Run,Run,Run" with revisions
20TMS-"The Shadow Trader" withrevisions
21TMS-"Six Easy Lessons" (two copies)
22TMS-"Sixth Day"
23TMS-"So Much to Remember"
24TMS-"Stretch Out Your Hand"-carbon
25TMS-"The Crown"-carbon
26TMS-"The Delicate Balance" carbon (two copies)
27TMS-"The Embezzler" (two copies)
28TMS-"The Forefinger of God" (two copies)
29TMS-"The Greatest is Carity"
30TMS-"The Killer"
31TMS-"The Lonesomest Christmas" carbon
32TMS-"The Lost Man" (Half hour T.V. drama)
33TMS-"The Maddening Crowd"
34TMS-"The Man Who could not Kill" (two copies)
35TMS-"The Ludwig" with revisions incomplete
291TMS-"The Magic Pill that Helps the Wives of Alcoholics"
2TMS-"The Miracle"
3TMS-"Stretch Out Your Hand"
4TMS-"The Nymph's Last Garment"
5TMS-"The Obvious Suspect"-carbon
6TMS-"The Off-White Lie" withcarbon
7TMS-"The One that was Different" carbon
8TMS-"The Overnight Bag"
9TMS-"The Phone is Ringing"
10TMS-"The Second Stone" carbon with revisions
11TMS-"The Separation"
12TMS-"The Shining Lie" with carbon
13TMS-"The Spinster" with carbon
14TMS-"The Warm Place" with carbon
15TMS-"The Way to Napoleon" with carbon
16TMS-"There Might be Something in it" with carbon
17TMS-"There was an Old Lady"
18TMS-"Sunny Hours" (two copies)
19TMS-"Trial by Jury"
20TMS-"Welcome to the Club"
22TMS-"Upside Down for God"
23TMS-"Weavers" with revisions
24TMS-"Welcome to God" with revisions
25TMS-"When Savannah had Christmas Bonfires" carbon with revisions
26TMS-"Who Needs a Repairman Anyway" (two copies with revisions)
27TMS-"Winter in the Heart"

12. Novels and Plays-Manuscripts

301TMS-draft "A Husband, St. Catherine" carbon
2TMS-"A Prospect of Flowers" (two carbons with revisions)
3TMS-"Daphne's Ghost" (three copies)
4TMS-"Deferred Payment" (three copies)
5TMS-"Diamond in the Rough" T.V. Drama (two copies)
6TMS-"Elizabeth has to Solve a Mystery" with revisions
7TMS-"Identity Unknown" with revisions
311TMS-"Murder by the Book" carbon with revisions
2TMS-"No Mistake" carbon with outline T.V. Drama
3TMS-"Of Some Have Compassion"
4TMS-"She Used to Live Here" (two acts)
5TMS-"Silence In Heaven" with revisions
6TMS-"Silence In Heaven"
321TMS-"Silence In Heaven"
2TMS-"The Hideout" carbon
3TMS-"The Intimate Stranger"
4TMS-"Diamond in the Rough" carbon
5TMS-"The Other Side of the Mountain" second draft (Three Act Play)
6TMS-"The Other Side of the Mountain" carbon
7TMS-"The Other Side of the Mountain"
8TMS-"The Secret in the Basket" draft with publisher's notes
9TMS-"The Thin Glass Wall"
331TMS-"No Vacancy" carbon
2TMS-"Double Jeopardy" originally titled "Take Away This Guilt"
3TMS-"The Day the Lord Made" carbon
4TMS-"The Desparate Woman" with revisions
5TMS-"The Grass is Greener" (four copies)
6TMS-"The Intimate Stranger" carbon

13. News Clippings


14. Correspondence

351From publisher, 1948
2Personal, 1952
3-4From publisher, 1953-1955
5-6From publisher and personal, 1956-1957
7-17Business and personal, 1958-1962
361-14Business and personal, 1963-1967
371-15Business and personal, 1968-1974
381-18Business and personal, and undated material, 1975-1977

15. Manuscripts, Book Notes, and Royalty Statements

391Biographical Information
2Book Reviews
3TMS-"Edgar" carbon
4TMS-"McMaban on South Carolina Graham Story"
6-8Book notes
9Notes and drafts
10Book notes
11Royalty Statements

16. Print Materials

401-8 Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazines, 1950-1970
411-6 Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazines, 1970-1971
421-7 Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazines, 1971-1972
431-4 Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazines, 1972-1973
441-5 Literary Guild Bulletin, 1958-1966
6Other Printed Material
7Script, miscellaneous
451Writer's journals
2Medical and writer's journals
3Women's and writer's journals
4Reports on Georgia Railroad & Banking Company
5Reports on employment and women
6Christian materials - Spiritial Frontiers
461Miscellaneous Magazines
2 Writer's Yearbook, 1955
3 Redbook, 1955 January
4 Redbook and Miami Herald Magazine, 1960, 1971
5 Writer's Magazine, 1958-1966
6 Writer's Digest and Writer's Magazine
7 Life Magazine, 1959 April 6
471-7Publications-Writer's Journals, 1956-1973

17. Oversized Materials

OS Folder
1APhotograph - pages 42, 43, 1968 May
Illustration - title page
Illustration - Chapter 6, page 72
Article - "Darien, Where History Happened" - photocopy
Illustration - pages 30,31, 1972 November 5