St. John, Thomas Franklin, 1906-1983
St. John, Wylly Folk
|Title: ||Wylly Folk St. John papers|
|Dates: ||circa 1928-1975|
16.9 Linear feet
(37 document boxes, 10 half boxes, 1 oversized folder A)
|Abstract:||The collection consists of papers of Wylly Folk St. John from ca. 1928-1975. The papers include manuscripts and correspondence relating to her literary works; publications in which her works appear; and family photographs.|
|Coll. Number: ||ms2145|
Wylly Folk St. John was an award-winning Georgia author of children's mystery fiction, and a resident of Social Circle, Georgia.
After graduating from the University of Georgia's Journalism School in 1930, St. John began writing novels, and short stories. Folk St. John also worked as a staff writer for the then
Atlanta Journal Magazine. Her most acclaimed collection of writings, however, is made up of eight mystery novels for juvenile readers. She is also the author of many adult short stories that have been published as back-of-the-book novels in major magazines such as
Wylly Folk St. John grew up in Savannah, Georgia, but spent the most recent years of her life in the small town of Social Circle, Georgia. Although many of St. John's interests were national in scope, she managed to spread her influence throughout Social Circle. She was an active member of many citizen and community councils while working on several civic committees to benefit her town.
October 20, 1908 Born near Ehrhardt, South Carolina Spent Childhood in Savannah, Georgia
1926 Honor Graduate of Savannah High School
1930 A.B. Journalism, University of Georgia in Athens Summa Cume Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine as a staff writer
Organizations Member of The Author's Guild
Organizations Member of The Atlanta Press Club
The Secrets of Hidden Creek, Viking Press, 1966
The Secrets of the Pirate Inn (Adapted for television by Disney's Wonderful World of Color) Viking Press, 1968
The Mystery of the Ginger Bread House, Viking Press, 1969
The Christmas Tree Mystery (Journior Literary Guild Selection) Viking Press, 1969
The Mystery of the Other Girl, Viking Press, 1971
The Ghost Next Door, Harper, 1971
Other Publications Five back-of-the-book novels in
Other Publications Short stories and articles in other national magazines
Other Publications Hundreds of articles in
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine
Awards Georgia Author of the Year, 1968
Awards Theta Sigma Phi's Brenda Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Journalism", 1970
Scope and Content Note
This collection of Wylly Folk St. John material is made up of forty-seven boxes of business and personal items, manuscripts and other of her writings. The highlights of this collection are St. John's many published and unpublished manuscripts.
St. John's mystery novel manuscripts may be found in boxes 1,4,5, 9,12,15,17,21-23and 26-33. Related correspondence and other materials including personal and business letters, magazine,articles and miscellaneous short story drafts are randomly placed throughout the collection. These items may be found easily in the collection's index. Oversized materials such as illustrations may be found in oversized folder 1A.
This collection includes several letters from friends and admirers in and around Social Circle that are proof of her contributions to the town.
Correspondence from the many clubs that St. John had membership with is also included in this collection and serve as evidence of her interests outside of Social Circle. Among these memberships are the Author's Guild, the Author's League, the National Society for Literature and the Arts and many other organizations. 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. These awards recognizing St. John reflect her colleagues' respect for her as both an author and a person.
Arranged by record type.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Wylly Folk St. John papers, MS 2145. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.