Edd Winfield Parks papers

Edd Winfield Parks papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Parks, Aileen West
Creator: Parks, Edd Winfield, 1906-1968
Title: Edd Winfield Parks papers
Dates: 1925-1970
Quantity: 1.6 Linear feet (4 document boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of Edd Winfield Parks from 1925-1970. The papers mainly include correspondence but also typed manuscripts of Parks' writings, research notes, and tax materials. The correspondence is mostly between Parks, fellow critics, and southern literary scholars particularly those involved in the fugitive/agrarian movement. The collection also contains correspondence between Parks, his publishers, and editors as well as letters from his wife, Aileen Wells Parks.
Coll. Number: ms2415

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Parks was a native Tennessean who spent many years as a literary scholar and a professor at the University of Georgia.

He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard and a master's and doctorate from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt he became involved in the Fugitive and Agrarian literary movement with his colleagues and contributed much criticism and research to Southern literature. After graduation Dr. Parks taught at Vanderbilt and Cumberland Universities. In 1935 he began teaching English at the University of Georgia where he remained until his death in 1968.

During his career he served as a Carnegie fellow, a Fulbright lecturer, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor of English at UGa and president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. During WWII he served as a captain in Army intelligence.

Dr. Parks married Aileen Wells in 1933. Mrs. Parks wrote children's books and much of the correspondence is hers. Dr. Parks published one poetry collection, six novels and many books on Southern life and letters. His Segments of Southern Thought, published in 1939, was the first book published by the University of Georgia Press.

Scope and Content Note

Much of the correspondence in the collection is that of fellow critics and Southern literary scholars, specifically those involved in Fugitive/Agrarianism. In Segments... Dr. Parks explains a basis for the philosophy which these men held and brought to their writing:

"I know that it is rank and quixotic nonsense not to join the great bandwagon of industrialism...not to be an ardent liberal in a land that damns the conservative. But I can place little faith in social planning that attempts to deal only with a mechanistic civilization, or with social reforms that reduce all human beings to an exact standard and neglect all the imponderables of life."

Of special note in the collection are letters from Robert Frost, Robert Penn Warren and Allen Tate. Correspondence is arranged by name of author because of the importance of many of the individuals to research of literary influences. They are then arranged chronologically.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Agrarians (Group of writers)
American literature--20th century
Authors, American--Georgia.
Manuscripts (document genre)

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

Edd Winfield Parks papers. MS 2415. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

For related materials at the Hargrett Library, see also Edd Winfield Parks papers, MS 290.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Subject Files

11Alice Stockell Bookshop
2Biology / genealogy
3Book covers/ promo material
6Class notes: criticism
7Class notes: drama
9Cocking-Talmadge Affair, 1941
10Correspondence: A-B
11Correspondence: AAUP
12Correspondence: Allen, John D.
13Correspondence: American Book Company
14Correspondence: Beatty, Richmond C.
15Correspondence: Binkley, W.C.
16Correspondence: Blodgett, Harold
17Correspondence: Boone, Jack
18Correspondence: Brown, Calvin
19Correspondence: C
20Correspondence: Caldwell, Harmon
21Correspondence: Campbell, Harry
22Correspondence: Cappon, Lester J.
23Correspondence: Cardwell, Guy
24Correspondence: Cargill, Oscar
25Correspondence: Cheney, Fannie
26Correspondence: Clark, Harry
27Correspondence: Coleman, Kenneth
28Correspondence: Coons, Arthur G.
29Correspondence: Craddock, Charles E.
30Correspondence: Cumberland University
31Correspondence: Curry, Walter C.
32Correspondence: D-G
33Correspondence: Davidson, Donald
34Correspondence: Davidson, Philip
35Correspondence: Davis, Carroll
36Correspondence: Decker, Betty
37Correspondence: Dickerson, L.M.
38Correspondence: Dictionary of American Biography
39Correspondence: English, Thomas H.
40Correspondence: Farrar & Rinehart
21Correspondence: Fidler, William
2Correspondence: Forque, Norman W.
3Correspondence: Frierson, Cynthia
4Correspondence: Frost, Robert
5Correspondence: Fuller, Sue
6Correspondence: Gale Research
7Correspondence: Gilbert, Allan
8Correspondence: Gohdes, Clarence
9Correspondence: H-K
10Correspondence: Haddon
11Correspondence: Head, Cloyd
12Correspondence: Hightower, John D.
13Correspondence: Holton, Holland
14Correspondence: Hubbell, Jay
15Correspondence: Knickerbocker, William
16Correspondence: Knight, Grant
17Correspondence: L-Ma
18Correspondence: Lawrence, Elwood
19Correspondence: Leeper, Mary
20Correspondence: Leisy, Ernest
21Correspondence: Magazines
22Correspondence: Me-O
23Correspondence: Meine, Franklin
24Correspondence: Moore, Frazier
25Correspondence: Neely, Rae S.
26Correspondence: Ogden, Carroll
27Correspondence: Owsley, Frank
28Correspondence: P-R
29Correspondence: Paine, Gregory
30Correspondence: Parks, Aileen Wells
31Correspondence: Parks, Aileen Wells
32Correspondence: Parks, Bill
33Correspondence: Parks, Mrs. E.W. Sr.
34Correspondence: Parks, E.W. Sr.
35Correspondence: Parks, Jack
36Correspondence: Parks, Sherrill
37Correspondence: Peale, Marjorie
38Correspondence: Percy, William A.
39Correspondence: Pindyck, Frances
40Correspondence: Powell, B.E.
41Correspondence: Prentice-Hall
42Correspondence: S
43Correspondence: school children
44Correspondence: Signal Corps
45Correspondence: Smith, Harry
46Correspondence: Smith, Lillian
47Correspondence: Southall, Maycie
48Correspondence: Stirling, Alison
49Correspondence: T-W
50Correspondence: Tate, Allen
51Correspondence: Taft, Kendall
52Correspondence: Thompson, Eva
53Correspondence: unidentified
54Correspondence: Walker, Jack
55Correspondence: Walker, Roosevelt
56Correspondence: Walsh, Tom
57Correspondence: Warren, Austin
58Correspondence: Warren, Robert Penn
31Correspondence: Webb, William R.
2Correspondence: Wilson, William
3Correspondence: Young, Stark
4Craddock, Charles Egbert
5Essays on Southern literature; by others
6Fellowships/grant applications
7Fugitive/Agrarian movement
8Legal papers
9Macon Writers' Club
11 The New Southern Argonaut
14Poems; Aileen Parks
16Scrapbook (copies)
17Simms, William Gilmore; research
18Southeastern American Studies Assn.
19Southern Humanities Conference; letterhead
24Timrod, Henry; research

Series 2: Writings

41Writings: Black Bear and Puppy
2Writings: The Choice
3Writings: College Beowulf
4Writings : Craddock, Charles Egbert
5Writings: Dawn in the Woods
6Writings: Facts Relating to William Gilmore Simm' 'Mother Goose'
7Writings: The Faded Banners...; review
8Writings: History of Negro Education in Georgia
9Writings: A Matter of Success
10Writings: Memory of Days
11Writings: Ninth Inning Pete
12Writings: On Visiting Bornholm
13Writings: poems
14Writings: Poetic Justice
15Writings: reviews
16Writings: Sut Lovingood's Travels...; introduction
17Writings: The Study of Southern Literature
18Writings: Teddy Roosevelt's First Dear Hunt
19Writings: Three Scandinavian Sculptors
20Writings: The Three Streams of Southern Humor
21Writings: Timrod, Henry