Lillian Smith: letters to and from Paula Snelling

Lillian Smith: letters to and from Paula Snelling

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966
Creator: Snelling, Paula
Title: Lillian Smith: letters to and from Paula Snelling
Dates: 1943-1955
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Abstract:The collection consists of correspondence between Lillian Smith and her good friend and partner, Paula Snelling, from 1943-1955. The letters are mainly of a personal nature discussing health and family matters, but some discuss Smith's activities while on lecture tours.
Coll. Number: ms2337

Biographical/Historical Note

Lillian Smith was born in 1897 and died in 1966. She was an author, lecturer, human rights advocate. She mainly resided in Georgia. She was one of the first prominent white Southerners to stand against segregation. She wrote the novel, Strange Fruit, to much acclaim, as well as Killers of the Dream.

Paula Snelling was her longtime partner, friend, and cohort. The two began the magazine, Pseudopodia, which was intended for southerners to use for a discussion base. They closed the magazine in 1945 so Smith could continue work on her writing. Lillian and Paula, as determined by their correspondence, continued a long-time relationship which they kept primarily secret from the outside world.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

American literature--20th century
Women authors, American--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lillian Smith, letters to and from Paula Snelling. MS 2337. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Permission to quote from the collection must be obtained from the Lillian Smith estate.

Related Material

See also related collections in this repository: MS 1283- The Lillian Eugenia Smith papers MS 3595- Paula Snelling letters

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