Paula Snelling papers

Paula Snelling papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966
Creator: Snelling, Paula
Title: Paula Snelling papers
Dates: 1915-1985
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet 2 boxes, 1 oversized folder
Coll. Number: ms2589

Biographical/Historical Note

Paula Snelling was the lifelong partner of Georgia writer Lillian Smith and collaborated with her on the literary magazine South today and the running of Laurel Falls Camp.

Lillian Smith (1897-1966), author, lecturer, and human rights advocate, was born in Jasper County, Florida, and resided in Rabun County, Georgia. Her best known fiction piece was the controversial 1944 novel Strange Fruit.

For more information, see the article "Lillian Smith (1897-1966)" in New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Paula Snelling from 1915-1985. Papers include Paula’s Teacher’s certificate, newspaper clippings, copies of letters of recommendation, and school papers (course outlines and school reports written by Snelling during her years at Wesleyan Female College and Columbia University). Correspondence are mainly to Paula from family members and friends; and some are from friends Snelling and Lillian Smith knew from Laurel Falls Camp. The collection also includes first edition books by Lillian Smith with personal inscriptions to Paula; the 1919 edition of The Veterropt, the yearbook of Wesleyan College; and a playbill for Stranger Fruit. Of particular interest is School Teaching, pro and con, a paper written by Snelling, and a newspaper clipping explaining the “Why I am a teacher" contest that Snelling’s paper won.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Snelling family
Teacher's writings.
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Paula Snelling papers, ms 2589, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, Clayton Elementary School, 1983 April 29
2Correspondence, McCown, J.H. to Lillian Smith, 1962 May 9
3Correspondence, Mainzer, Sara & Bob, 1982-1985
4Correspondence, Menard, Laura, 1984
5Correspondence, Oliver, Mrs. Arthur S., 1981 September 23
6Correspondence, Rustin, John, illegible
7Correspondence, Simmons, James D. to Sidney Offit, 1973 February 5
8Correspondence Skinner, Frances, 1982-1984
9Correspondence, Snelling, James P., 1918 April 13
10Correspondence, Snelling, Paula to her mother, 1925
11Correspondence, Snelling, Richard, 1918 May
12Correspondence, Stuart, Frances B., 1984
13Correspondence, Wakeford, Mary K., 1918, 1925
14Correspondence, Ward, Jane, [1981], undated
15Correspondence, [Will, Mary], 1918
16Correspondence, Williams, Eulalie A., 1984
17Correspondence, Winders, Mary J., 1984
18Correspondence, Unidentified, [1918], undated
19Certificate, 1924 September 1
Professional College Teacher's Certificate presented to Paula Snelling by the State of Georgia's Department of Education.
20Clippings, 1980-1983, undated
21Letters of recommendation, 1919-1922
22Photograph of exhibit regarding Lillian Smith and Memory of a Large Christmas, undated
23Program for Remembering Lillian Smith, held at Rabun County Public Library, 1983
24School papers, 1915-1925, undated
25 School Teaching, pro and con, circa 1921
21 Killers of the Dream, 1949 September 20
First edition, 1949, inscribed to Paula, from "Lil," 1949.
2 Memory of a Large Christmas, 1962 December 3
First edition, copyright 1962,inscribed to Paula, from "Lil," 1962.
3 Memory of a Large Christmas, circa 1962
First edition, copyright 1962, inscribed "For Palmer from Paula," signed, "Affectionately, Lil," undated.
4 Strange Fruit, 1944 March 2
Copyright 1944, inscribed "To Helen and [Joe Hennessy]," signed "Lillian Smith," 1944.
5 The Journey, 1954 February 10
First edition, copyright 1954, Inscribed to Paula by Lillian Smith, 1954.
6 One Hour, 1959 September 15
First edition, 1959, inscribed to Paula by Lillian Smith, 1959.
7 Our Faces Our Words, circa 1964
First edition, copyright 1964, inscribed "For my very dear Paula," signed "Lil," undated.
8 Veterropt, 1919, 1969
A newspaper clipping from The Macon Telegraph and News laid in.
OS Folder
1Playbill for Strange Fruit, undated