|Creator:||Burns, Olive Ann|
|Title:||Olive Ann Burns Sparks papers|
|Quantity:||5.7 Linear feet (14 document boxes, 1 oversized folder B)|
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.
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.
In part, photocopies of clippings made for conservation purposes.
Cold Sassy tree.
Gift of Mrs. Sparks's estate, 1991.
Olive Ann Burns Sparks papers. MS 2776. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia libraries.