Olive Ann Burns Sparks papers

Olive Ann Burns Sparks papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Burns, Olive Ann
Title: Olive Ann Burns Sparks papers
Dates: 1945-1990
Quantity: 5.7 Linear feet (14 document boxes, 1 oversized folder B)
Coll. Number: ms2776

Biographical/Historical Note

Olive Ann Burns Sparks was a journalist and author of Atlanta, Ga. born in 1924. She was the wife of Andrew Horace Sparks, and died in 1990.

Her only published novel, Cold Sassy Tree, centers on Cold Sassy, a town loosely-based on Commerce, Ga. where Burns grew up.

Burns was born in Banks County in 1924 and later moved to Macon where she attended Mercer University. She transferred to the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a journalism degree in 1946. She wrote as a free-lancer and columnist for the Atlanta Constitution and then for the paper's Sunday magazine, Atlanta Weekly. Burns met her husband, Andrew Sparks, while working at the magazine he edited. The Sparks had one son, John A. Sparks, and one daughter, Becky Sparks.

In 1975, Burns was diagnosed with lymphoma, which resulted in her death in 1990. Cold Sassy Tree was written as part of Burns' therapy dealing with cancer, she said, as well as the height of her career as a writer.

For more information, see the article "Olive Ann Burns (1924-1990)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, manuscripts of writings, clippings, and other papers, chiefly relating to Burns's novel, Cold Sassy Tree (1984), loosely based on Commerce, Ga., where she grew up, but also relating to her career as writer for Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Weekly.

The collection primarily contains material relating to the novel. The first section of the collection (boxes 1-4) contains those materials, as well as manuscripts of the novel. Boxes 4 through 6 contain earlier materials and more general papers from throughout Burns' career. The one oversized folder contains a variety of documents: diplomas, certificates, promotion posters, songbooks, photographs, and a Lone Scout magazine from 1917.

The addendum is comprised of boxes 7-14. Boxes 7-9 contain correspondence. An original manuscript and one with revisions are in boxes 10 and 11. There is also a master proof in box 12. Box 12 also contains promotional materials, a script and a revised script for the TNT movie based on the book, also titled Cold Sassy tree. Manuscipts of the sequal, Leaving Cold Sassy, can be found in boxes 13 and 14. Box 14 also contains biographical information, clippings, and miscelleneous materials.

Index Terms

American literature--Georgia--Atlanta
American literature--Georgia.
American newspapers--Georgia.
Atlanta constitution.
Atlanta weekly
Authors, American--Georgia.
Commerce (Ga.)--Fiction.
Women authors, American--Georgia.
Women journalists--Georgia.

General Notes

In part, photocopies of clippings made for conservation purposes.

Cold Sassy tree.

Administrative Information

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Sparks's estate, 1991.

Preferred Citation note

Olive Ann Burns Sparks papers. MS 2776. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Cold Sassy Tree files

2Autograph parties
3Bibliography-women writers
5Clippings, 1984
6Clippings, 1985
7Clippings, 1986
8Clippings, 1987-1988
9Clippings, undated
21Correspondence, 1984
2Correspondence, 1985
3Correspondence, 1986-1987
4Correspondence, undated
8Ms., Ch. 1-2, 1975 September
9Ms., Ch. 1-3, 1976 September 10
10Ms., Ch. 1, 1976 November 17
11Ms., Ch.1, 1977 November 11
12Ms., final copy-Ch. 1-2
13Ms., Ch. 8 edited
14Ms., Ch. 8-10
15Ms., Ch. 1-3
16Ms., Ch. 10-2
17Ms., Ch. 2 & 4
18Ms., Ch. 1
19Ms., Ch. 2-3
20Ms., fragments
21Ms. typescript, pp. 1-28
22Ms. typescript, pp. 1-111, 1977
23Ms. typescript, pp. 1-164, 1977(b)
24Ms. typescript; edited, pp. 1-195
31Ms. typescript; edited, pp. 196-408
2Ms. typescript; edited, pp. 409-648
3Ms. author's extra, pp. 1-135
4Ms. author's extra, pp. 136-280
5Ms. author's extra, pp. 281-author's note
6Marketing material (post-publication)
8Notes re writing (speeches, seminars)
2Publicity materials
3The Radio Reader
4Ticknor & Fields, catalogues
6Audio cassettes

Series 2: Subject Files

47Atlanta Historical Society
8"Careers in journalism"
10Children's writing course
11Christmas speeches
12Clippings, early
13Clippings; Sun. magazine, 1945-1949
51Clippings; Sun. magazine, 1950
2Clippings; Sun magazine, 1951-1957
3Clippings; "Ask Amy"-magazine, 1960-1961
4Clippings; "Ask Amy"-magazine, 1965-1966 October
5Clippings; "Ask Amy"-magazine, 1966 November-1977
6Clippings; "Ask Amy"-paper, 1960-1966
7Clippings; "Ask Amy"-paper, 1967-1969
9Correspondence-Larkin, Amy
10Correspondence-Larkin, Amy, undated
11Dummy sheets
12Emory writing course
13Girl Scouts
14Graduation program
15 Just Before Daybreak, Audrey Couloumbis: review copy
16Mercer Silhouette
17Memorial service-remarks
2Notes, misc.
5Scrapbook-"Ask Amy," etc.
6Thamara Duren
7Trashy Book Club
8Writings: alaska
9Writings: breast-feeding
10Writings : Comparing White Supremacy...
11Writings : Cry Me Some Tears
12Writings : debs
13Writings : Ellie's First Christmas
14Writings : europe
15Writings : poem, "I Must Tell You..."
16Writings : Lickity Split
17Writings : Mary Pickford
18Writings : Oh Quit That and Come On To Bed
19Writings : We Conquered the Marines
20Writings : untitled
21Writings : untitled
OS Folder
1BCertificates, photos, posters, songbooks, Lone Scout magazine, etc.

Series 3: Addendum

7Correspondence, 1983-1985
8Correspondence, 1986-1988
9Correspondence, 1989-1992, undated
10 Cold Sassy Tree - original manuscript
11 Cold Sassy Tree - manuscript with revisions
12 Cold Sassy Tree - master proof
Cold Sassy Tree - movie script, promotional materials, clippings
13 Leaving Cold Sassy (sequel) - manuscript
Leaving Cold Sassy - manuscript with notes
14Biographical information, clippings, misc