Wylly Folk St. John papers

Wylly Folk St. John papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: St. John, Thomas Franklin, 1906-1983
Creator: St. John, Wylly Folk
Title: Wylly Folk St. John papers
Dates: circa 1929-1965
Quantity: 7.1 Linear feet (17 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversized folder B)
Coll. Number: ms2325

Biographical/Historical Note

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 This collection is primarily an extension of the first, with the addition of various personal materials and unpublished writings.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Both parts of this collection include typed manuscripts of some of St. John's unpublished novels and short stories, some including handwritten revisions.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.

Index Terms

Children's literature, American--20th century.
Manuscripts (document genre)
St. John, Thomas Franklin, 1906-1983
St. John, Wylly Folk
Women authors--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Wylly Folk St. John papers. MS 2325. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Wylly St. Folk John papers, ms2145.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Personal files and photographs

11Awards (2)
2Biographical Information
21Old Photographs
2Family Photographs
3Family Photographs
4Family Photographs
5Family Photographs
6Family Photographs
7Photographs (miscellaneous)
8Correspondence, 1962
9Correspondence, 1962
10Correspondence, 1964
11Correspondence, 1965
12Correspondence, 1965
3Unmarked Postcards
4Unmarked Postcards
5Personal Letters (miscellaneous)
6Personal Letters (miscellaneous)
7Personal Letters (miscellaneous)
8Personal Letters (miscellaneous)
41Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence
2Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence
3Letters from St. John to E at Atlanta Journal Magazine
4Letters from St. John to E at Atlanta Journal Magazine

Series 2: Manuscripts and Notes

51 The Mystery of the Carved (Carbon)
2 And Then There Were Four (Carbon)
3 The Mystery of the Gryphon
61Short Story Notes
2Miscellaneous Clippings
3Drafts and Materials for Greeting Cards
4Novel Topics and Notes
5Notes for story The Cuckold
6TMS To Know The Difference
7Clippings and Notes on Diabetes and Alcoholism
8TMS Better Is the End
71Notes and Index for The Mystery of the Carved
2Miscellaneous Book Notes
3TMS The Mystery of the Gr Herring
4TMS I'm Going to be Carri
5Notes for The Flying Sauc at Skull Hollow
6TMS Cuckoo Christmas
7Notes for We Pluck This F.
8Miscellaneous Clippings and Notes
9Article one "Tourism in W Germany" with pictures
10Miscellaneous Articles and Clipping for Article on Cancer
11Unidentified Manuscript No
81Viking Jr. Books Catalogue
2TMS A Girl Named Fortune
3TMS A Prospect for Flowers
4TMS The Heart is Whole No
5TMS The Night They Came Original and with revisions
6TMS Mad King Ludwig's Castle
91MS Notes and clippings
2Miscellaneous Notes and Letters
3TMS The Warm Place
4Notes and references for The Champion of Trestle Bridge Road
5TMS Said The Starling

Series 3: Thomas St. John Correspondence

9a1October 1928-February 1929
2June 1-21, 1929
3June 22-28, 1929
4July 1-9, 1929
5July 10-31, 1929
6August 1929
7September 1929
8October 1-21, 1929
9October 24-31, 1929
10November, 1929
101December 1-23, 1929
2December 23-31, 1929
3January 6-21, 1930
4January 22-31, 1930
5February 1930
6March 3-18, 1930
7March 19-31, 1930
8April 1-15, 1930
111April 16-30, 1930
2May 1930
3June 1930
4Undated Letters
5Undated Letters
6Undated Letters
7Undated Letters
8Poetry from Thomas to Wylly
9Miscellaneous Correspondence
10Addresses, Empty Envelopes

Series 4: Unpublished Works and Notes

12Novels (Typed Manuscripts)
Better is the End (c. 1)
Better is the End (c. 2)
The Clue in the Chimney Stones (with daughter)
And Then There Were Four p. 1-73
And Then There Were Four p. 74-141
A Girl Named Fortune (c. 1)
A Girl Named Fortune (c. 2)
131 Hungry Generations p. 1-133
2 Hungry Generations p. 134-199
3 Hungry Generations p. 200-301
4 The Mystery of the Carved Cross (c. 1) p. 1-50; with letter
5 The Mystery of the Carved Cross (c. 1) p. 51-126; missing end
6 The Mystery of the Carved Cross (c. 2.)
7 Price Beyond Rubies (with letters)
8 The Secret (c. 1)
141 The Secret (c. 2)
2 The Secret (c. 3)
3 The Secret (c. 4)
4 The Sleeping Woman p. 1-167
5 The Sleeping Woman p. 168-324
6 Ten Commanded
151 That Best Portion p. 1-97
2 That Best Portion p. 98-207
3 That Best Portion p. 208-246
4 The Treasure of Rock Gryphon
5 Whose Baby Was It?
6"The Family That Didn't Keep Christmas"
7"A Fig For Him Who Frets"
8"The House at Wormwood"
9"The Hypochodriac" (with letter)
10"The Killer"
11"Lab D' Amour"
"The Last Man on Earth"
("The Bandit Was Armed and Dangerous")
161"Mother Goes Home"
1a Mother Santa Claus Stories
2"Not a Chance in the World"
3"The Nymph's Last Garment"
4"Petit Sergent"
5"The Provider"
6"Run Run Run" (with letter)
8 The Other Side of the Mountain (Screenplay: with letter)
9Articles, Reviews
11Research Notes
Research Notes
13Research Notes ( The Clue in the Chimney Stones, Treasure of Rock Gryphon, Hungry Generations)
14Research Notes ( The Other Side of the Mountain)

Series 5: Printed Material

171Clippings for Research
2Clippings for Research
3Clippings for Research
4Clippings for Research
5Clippings for Research
6Clippings for Research
7Clippings for Research
8Clippings for Research
9Clippings for Research
10Printed Material (fingerprints)
181Printed Material-Arizona
2Printed Material-Magazines
3Printed Material-Fernbank Science Center
4Printed Material-Rome/Floyd Co. Georgia
5Mystery Writers of America-Directories
6Financial Reports
7 The Volemar Stone (with notes, authorship uncertain)
8"Rebecca's Revenge-"Commuter Diary" by Anne St. John (daughter; with notes)
9 A Lady in the Parlor Coast Guard Newsletter by John Folk

Series 6: Promotional Posters

OS Folder
1BSeries 6 Promotional Posters
Promotional Poster "The Secrets of Pirates Inn" Rich's Department Store
Promotional Poster "The Secrets of Hidden Creek" Rich's Department Store
Promotional Poster "The Secrets of the Seven Crows" Rich's Department Store