St. John, Thomas Franklin, 1906-1983
St. John, Wylly Folk
|Title: ||Wylly Folk St. John papers|
|Dates: ||circa 1929-1965|
7.1 Linear feet
(17 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversized folder B)
|Coll. Number: ||ms2325|
Wylly Folk St. John was born October 20, 1908, near Ehrhardt, South Carolina. She died on August 16, 1985, in High Shoals, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia and worked at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution Sunday magazine for some time before joining her husband, Thomas St. John, an Army officer, in Germany. St. John was admired as prolific author of articles, short stories, novels, and children's books, writing in several genres but especially children's mystery.
Scope and Content Note
This is the second of two collections of Wylly Folk St. John material. The first collection contains examples of St. John's juvenile and adult novels and short stories, as well as articles for newspapers and magazines. This collection is primarily an extension of the first, with the addition of various personal materials and unpublished writings. The materials in the second collection are in two parts, processed separately and according to differing systems. Boxes 1-9 constitute one portion, boxes 9a-18 the other. There is considerable overlap between these two parts.
Both parts of this collection include typed manuscripts of some of St. John's unpublished novels and short stories, some including handwritten revisions. Related to these are several folders full of research notes and newspaper clippings, which help reveal the author's creative methods. Also featured are many items of personal correspondence, especially from Thomas St. John, the author's husband, from the days of their engagement and early months of marriage. Although smaller in size than the second part, the first, containing many photographs and a wider variety of correspondence, is greater in scope.
This collection provides a somewhat reavealing look at the personal life and other activities of a Georgia writer whose acclaim rests cheifly upon her magazine writings and children's mystery novels.
Arranged by record type.
Preferred Citation note
Wylly Folk St. John papers. MS 2325. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials in this repository: Wylly St. Folk John papers, ms2145.