Andrew H. Sparks papers

Andrew H. Sparks papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Sparks, Andrew Horace, 1919-1989
Title: Andrew H. Sparks papers
Dates: circa 1930-1989
Quantity: 11.8 Linear feet (24 document boxes, 1 card file box, 1 oversized box, 2 oversized folders A)
Coll. Number: ms2777

Biographical/Historical Note

Journalist and magazine editor, of Atlanta, Ga.

"Andrew Sparks was born in Birmingham, Ala., in 1991, and grew up in Millen, Ga. (pop. 2,500), where his first newspaper story was published when he was 12. A group of 7th grade and high school boys toured the North Carolina mountains on a school bus, and the Millen News offered a prize--$5--to the boy who wrote the best article about the trip. Andrew Sparks took notes, and won, He still takes copious notes, which he believes are the basis of factual and accurate reporting, certainly for long magazine pieces.

He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1940, the only man in his class to get two degrees--B.A. and M.A. In college he also wrote a 600-page novel; it didn't sell but he learned alot about historical research--and typewriting. Afterwards he taught school for two years, one of them in freshman English at North Georgia College.

During World War II he spent three years in service, half of it in England with the 8th Air Force. Yank published one humorous piece he wrote about a Dear John letter, "Send Me Love by V-Mail."

Back in Atlanta he applied to the late editor Angus Perkerson for a job on The Atlanta Journal Magazine, the nation's oldest or second oldest Sunday supplement. He's still writing for it and in these 23 years has covered much of the South, from Hell's Hollow, Ga., to Cape Kennedy, interviewed a miscellany of characters (mountain midwife, poet Conrad Aiken, a muskrat-eating fireman, and the Queen of Holland to name a few), and has covered a wide range of events from presidential visits to a girls' school spend the night.

Conservation is one of his special interest."

-unfinished autobiographical sketch, written about 1968 (2:9)

Sparks eventually became editor of the Atlanta Magazine (finally titled Atlanta Weekly) until it ceased publication in 1985. Sparks met and married Olive Ann Burns, author of Cold Sassy Tree, (see MS 2776) at the magazine. They had a son John A. Sparks, of Colorado Springs, CO, and a daughter Becky Sparks of Atlanta.

Both Andy and Olive Ann were diagnosed with lymphoma in the late 70s, and Andy died in 1989 of heart failure. Olive Ann died a year later.

Sparks' placement of conservation at the top of what would have been a long list of "special interests" explains what shaped much of his career as reporter and researcher. This collection contains primarily the materials relating to stories written or researched for the Atlanta magazine. Their organization as subject headings follows Sparks' division. Finished stories, handwritten notes, drafts and contacts were kept in folders for each story he worked on. The photographs basically follow this division.

Owing to the diversity of subjects included and Sparks own interests reflected, simple subject indexes are included at the end of this inventory.

Personal materials include Sparks' writings, done throughout his career and evidently constantly rewritten, military papers, sketches and printed material on his particular hobbies. Only "Send Me Love by V-Mail" and portions of "Wild Islands" which first appeared in the Atlanta magazine have been published.


Scope and Content Note

Chiefly notes and finished stories researched by Sparks while writer for and editor of Atlanta Weekly magazine; together with correspondence, unpublished short stories, novel entitled Wild Islands, and other papers. Topics include historic preservation and conservation in Georgia.


Index Terms

American literature--Georgia--Atlanta
American literature--Georgia.
American periodicals--Georgia.
Atlanta weekly
Authors, American--Georgia.
Conservation of natural resources--Georgia.
Fiction.
Historic preservation--Georgia.
Journalists--Georgia.
Newspapers--Georgia--Atlanta--History--Sources
Newspapers--Georgia--History--Sources
Periodical editors--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Abbot, John
 
2Abbot, John
 
3Abbot, John; correspondence re
 
4Abbot, John; McElveen family
 
5Abbot, John; Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
 
6Abbot, John; notes
 
7Abbot, John; notes, Lucien Harris
 
8Abbot, John; research material
 
9Abbot, John; research material
 
10Abbot, John; story
 
11Aiken, Conrad
 
12All Fools' Art Show-2nd annual
 
13 Antique Monthly
 
14Archives and History, Ga. Dept. of
 
BoxFolder
21Asbury, Francis
 
2Atlanta Historical Society
 
3Atlanta Preservation Center
 
4Avary, Myrta L.
 
5Award; Ga. Business & Industry Assn.
 
6Azaleas
 
7Bath Gardens
 
8Baugh, Margaret
 
9Biography
 
10Bird islands
 
11Bird painter
 
12Birdsville (Jenskins Co.)
 
13Birth certificate
 
BoxFolder
31Boy Scouts-Dahlonega
 
2Bradley, Burt
 
3Broad River
 
4Broad River house
 
5Brookgreen Gardens
 
6Camellias
 
7Campbell Co. Historical Society
 
8Caricatures
 
9Cemeteries-Washington Co.
 
10Certificates
 
11Chambers House (Madison)
 
12 Chattahoochee River, mss.
 
13Cherokee Garden Club
 
BoxFolder
41Chieftains house (Rome)
 
2Clippings
 
3College Park
 
4Collins, Major C.
 
5Correspondence, 1939-1940
 
6Correspondence, 1941-1943
 
7Correspondence, 1945
 
8Correspondence, 1946 January-September
 
9Correspondence, 1946 October-1947
 
10Correspondence, 1948
 
11Correspondence, 1949
 
12Correspondence, 1950
 
13Correspondence, 1953-1954
 
14Correspondence, 1955-1956
 
15Correspondence, 1957-1960
 
16Correspondence, 1962-1964
 
17Correspondence, 1965-1966
 
18Correspondence, 1967
 
BoxFolder
51Correspondence, 1968
 
2Correspondence, 1969
 
3Correspondence, 1971
 
4Correspondence, 1972-1975
 
5Correspondence, 1976-1977
 
6Correspondence, 1978
 
7Correspondence, 1979-1981
 
8Correspondence, 1982
 
9Correspondence, 1983 January-May
 
10Correspondence, 1983 June-December
 
11Correspondence, 1984
 
12Correspondence, 1985
 
13Correspondence, undated
 
14Cumberland Island
 
15Cumberland Island
 
BoxFolder
61Cumberland Island
 
2Cumberland Island
 
3Cumberland Island
 
4Cumberland Island Conservancy Inc.
 
5Cumberland Island, hearing
 
6 Currents in Affective Illness; January 1984
 
7Dahlonega
 
8Dahlonega Revitalization Study
 
9Dahlonega stories
 
10Drama Club (North Georgia College)
 
11Eagle Tavern (Watkinsville)
 
BoxFolder
71 Early Architecture in Georgia
 
2Edisto Island
 
3Editorial conference, 26th
 
4Editorial conference, 27th
 
5Editorial conference, 28th
 
6Editorial conference, 29 th
 
7 Editorial newsletter, March 1959
 
8Edwards, Anne
 
9Egg Island
 
10Elliotia (Metter Garden Club)
 
11Expressway model (Atlanta)
 
12Farming (in Georgia)
 
13Financial papers
 
14 Flags of Five Nations (Golden Isles)
 
BoxFolder
81 Ford Times
 
2Fort Frederica
 
3 Foxfire, Vol. 1 No. 1
 
4Frog town
 
5"Future of the Marshlands & Islands of Georgia"; conference, 1968
 
6"Future..." conference
 
7"Future..." conference
 
8"Future..." conference
 
9"Future..." conference
 
10 Garden Gateways
 
11Gardening
 
12Garrett, Franklin
 
13Gatlinburg (Tennessee)
 
BoxFolder
91Geese
 
2Genealogy
 
3Georgia furniture
 
4Georgia furniture
 
5Georgia Historical Commission
 
6 Georgia Historical Quarterly
 
7 Georgia Magazine, 1968
 
8Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
 
9Ghosts (South Carolina coast)
 
10Goldberg, Peggy Fox
 
11 The Golden Isles of Georgia, mss.
 
12 The Golden Isles of Georgia, draft
 
13"Goodbye My Lady", movie (Albany)
 
14Goosepond (Oglethorpe County)
 
15Great Hall house (Warrenton)
 
BoxFolder
101Green house (Madison)
 
2Gwinnett, Button
 
3Gwinnett, Button
 
4Hancock County history
 
5Hanks murder (Valdosta)
 
6Hatcher, George
 
7Hilton Head
 
8Historic preservation; miscellaneous notes
 
9Historical Societies & Agencies; conference, 1967
 
10Ice age
 
11Indian monument (Colquitt)
 
12 Intracoastal Waterway: Atlantic Section
 
13Islands; notes
 
14Islands; notes
 
15Islands; printed material
 
BoxFolder
111Jarrett Manor (Toccoa)
 
2Jekyll Island
 
3Jennings, Sibley
 
4Kettle Creek Manor (Rayle)
 
5Key-Sparks' office
 
6Kiokee Church
 
7Lang, Powell
 
8"Last house on Peachtree"
 
9Lee, J.C.
 
10Legal papers (WWII)
 
11Lewis, Meriwether
 
12Log house (Gainesville)
 
13Log house (Lawrenceville)
 
14Macfie house (Talliaferro County)
 
15Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
 
16Magazine, future of
 
17Magazine, history
 
18Magazine, history, 1944
 
19Magazine, history, clippings
 
BoxFolder
121Magazine; history, notes
 
2Magazine; improvement
 
3Magazine; letters
 
4Magazine; outlines
 
5Magazine; printed material
 
6Magazine; special sections
 
7Magnolias
 
8Maps
 
9Maps
 
10Marshes (McIntosh County)
 
11McGehee house (Elbert County)
 
12Medicine show
 
13Medicine show
 
14Mercer founder
 
15Midway
 
16Midway Church
 
17Milledgeville
 
BoxFolder
131Military papers/training
 
2Miscellaneous
 
3Mitchell, Margaret
 
4Mitchell, Margaret
 
5"Naked Hunt", movie (Hilton Head)
 
6Negatives
 
7North Ga. College; bulletin, directory
 
8Notes; misc.
 
9Notes; misc.
 
10Office, plans
 
11Ogburn, Charlton
 
12Ogeechee River
 
BoxFolder
141"Old road" (Washington County)
 
2Old Rock House (McDuffie County)
 
3Oldest house in Ga. (Union Pt./Atlanta)
 
4Oldest house in Ga. (Union Pt./Atlanta)
 
5Oney, Steve
 
6Ossabaw
 
7Ossabaw, notes
 
8Ossabaw Island Project
 
9Pamplets (historical/preservationist)
 
BoxFolder
151Pamphlets (historical/preservationist)
 
2Perennials
 
3Parks, Benjamin
 
4Perkerson, Medora Field
 
5Perrow, Eber C.
 
6Photos: Augusta, GA. White House
 
7Photos: Birdsville, GA. Houses
 
8Photos: Birdsville, Jones Plantation
 
9Photos: Columbia County, GA. Unidentified house
 
10Photos: Cumberland Island, GA. (see also Wassaw Island)
 
11Photos: Cumberland Island, GA.
 
12Photos: Cumberland Island, GA.
 
13Photos: Cumberland Island, GA.
 
14Photos: Cumberland Island, GA.
 
15Photos: Cumberland Island, GA.
 
16Photos: Cumberland Island, GA.
 
17Photos: Cumberland Island, GA.
 
18Photos: Devereaux, GA. Pierson House
 
19Photos: Egg Island
 
20Photos: Elbert County, GA (?). Unidentified house
 
21Photos: Elberton, GA. Unidentified house. (negatives only)
 
22Photos: Goosepond, GA. Houses & views
 
BoxFolder
161Photos: Hancock County, GA. Unidentified house
 
2Photos: McDuffie County, GA. The Rock House
 
3Photos: Madison, GA (vicinity). Chambers House
 
4Photos: Maxeys, GA & vicinity, Houses & views relating to Pres. Johnson's family in Georgia
 
5Photos: Milledgeville, GA. Scott-Carter-Furman-Smith House
 
6Photos: Morgan County, GA. Chambers House
 
7Photos: Ogeechee River & vicinity
 
8Photos: Ossabaw & St. Catherine's Islands
 
9Photos: Ossabaw Island
 
10Photos: Ossabaw Island
 
11Photos: Raytown, GA (see also Sharon, GA). MacFie House
 
12Photos: St. Catherine's Island
 
13Photos: Sapelo Island
 
14Photos: Sapelo Island
 
15Photos: Savannah Beach & Wassaw Island
 
16Photos: Savannah, GA. House where 1st Legislature met
 
17Photos: Screven Co, GA. Skinner House
 
18Photos: Sharon, GA. McKeen-McKeon House
 
19Photos: Sharon & Raytown, GA. Churches & houses
 
20Photos: Sparks & others
 
21Photos: Sparta, GA. The Old Dominion
 
22Photos: Stone Mountain, GA. Thornton House
 
23Photos: Taliaferro County, GA. Bryson House
 
24Photos: Taliaferro County, GA. McFie House
 
25Photos: Thomson, GA (vicinity). Old Quaker House
 
26Photos: Thomson, GA (vicinity). Old Rock House
 
27Photos: unidentified houses & locations
 
BoxFolder
171Photos: Great Hall House, Warrenton, GA
 
2Photos: unidentified island
 
3Photos: Union Point, GA. Thornton House
 
4Photos: Washington, GA. Houses
 
5Photos: Washington, GA. Houses (vicinity). Simons House
 
6Photos: Washington, GA. Tolbert (John) House
 
7Photos: Washington, GA. unidentified house
 
8Photos: Washington County, GA. Houses & views
 
9Photos: Wassaw Island
 
10Photos: Wassaw Island
 
11Photos: Wassaw Island & Cumberland Islands
 
12Photos: Watkinsville, GA. Eagle Tavern
 
13Photos: White Plains, GA. Unidentified house
 
14Photos: Wilkes County, GA. (negatives only)
 
15Playbills
 
16Plot Club
 
17Plymouth Drama Festival
 
18Poetry
 
19"Pompey's Head", movie (Brunswick, GA)
 
20"Pregnant possums"
 
21Pres. Lyndon Johnson's ancestors in Ga.
 
22Pres. Lyndon Johnson's ancestors in Ga.
 
BoxFolder
181Prince Faisal's farm (Etowah)
 
2Restaurants (Middle Ga.)
 
3Retirement
 
4Riley, Harrison
 
5Rock Mill
 
6Roe-Harper House
 
7Sapelo Island
 
8Sapelo Island
 
9Savannah; Revolutionary battle site
 
10Savannah; tours, pamphlets
 
11Scott House (Wrightsboro, GA)
 
12Sea Horse Key
 
13Seeds
 
BoxFolder
191Sharks & stingrays
 
2Sharon, GA
 
3Shortia
 
4Simons House (Washington, GA)
 
5Sketches
 
6Sketches
 
7Skidaway
 
8Skidaway
 
BoxFolder
201Sparks, George M.
 
2Sparks, John
 
3 Sparks Quarterly
 
4 Spasmodical
 
5Speech: Millen, GA
 
6Speech: N. Georgia College
 
7Speech: Angus Perkerson's retirement
 
8Speeches
 
9St. Catherine's Island
 
10Stephens, Alexander
 
11Stone Mountain
 
12 The Story of Sea Island
 
13Story ideas
 
14Story ideas
 
15Tank, Bony
 
16 Tarheel Traveller, news releases
 
17Tar Pit Recreation Area
 
18Telephone directory (Atlanta Journal/ Constitution)
 
19Thornton House (Union Point, GA-Stone Mountain)
 
20Thornton House, garden
 
21Transcripts (college)
 
BoxFolder
211Trimble House (East Point, GA)
 
2Tullie Smith House (Atlanta, GA)
 
3Tullie Smith House (Atlanta, GA)
 
4Turtles
 
5Twenty-five Year Club (AJ/C)
 
6Univ. of Georgia, bulletin, 1935-36
 
7Univ. of Georgia Junior College, bulletins, 1935/36
 
8Walker House (Harris County)
 
9Walton House (Augusta, GA)
 
10War diary/writings
 
11War woman Mill
 
12"Washington ate here..."
 
13Washington County Tax Digest, 1825
 
BoxFolder
221Washington, GA
 
2Washington, GA, restorations
 
3Washington-Wilkes County
 
4Wassaw Island
 
5Wassaw Island
 
6Webb, Jackson
 
7Webb, Jackson; Overland mss.
 
8White House (Augusta, GA)
 
9Wild heron
 
10Wilkes County
 
11Williams House (Savannah, GA)
 
12Williams, Vinnie
 
13Writings: "Auction in the Country"
 
14Writings: "Bag and Baggage"
 
15Writings: "The Big Bluff"
 
16Writings: "Durward Sons"
 
17Writings: "English lodgings"
 
BoxFolder
231Writings: "Ghosts and Us"
 
2Writings: "The Governor and the Mermaid"
 
3Writings: ideas (N. Ga. College)
 
4Writings: "In the Arms of Venus"
 
5Writings: "The Little Spinster"
 
6Writings: "Lonely Hearts"
 
7Writings: "Lord's Corner"
 
8Writings: "Melting Pot"
 
9Writings: "The Name of Richard Hunter"
 
10Writings: "Old Lady"
 
11Writings: "Old Lady"
 
12Writings: "Old Lady"
 
13Writings: "Old Lady"
 
14Writings: "Old Lady"
 
15Writings: "Old Lady"
 
16Writings: "Old Lady"
 
17Writings: "Out of Magnolias"
 
18Writings: "The Paper Hanger's Tale"
 
19Writings: "Provincial Portrait"
 
20Writings: "Secrets of the Sea"
 
BoxFolder
241Writings: "Send Me Love By V-Mail"
 
2Writings: short stories, fragments
 
3Writings: "Swan Song for Love"
 
4Writings: "Swan Song for Love"
 
5Writings: "Swan Song for Love"
 
6Writings: "Swan Song for Love"
 
7Writings: "Wild Islands"
 
8Writings: "Wild Islands"
 
9Writings: "Wild Islands" correspondence
 
10Writings: "William Jay-Architect to Savannah"
 
11Wrightsboro, GA
 
12 Yellow Jacket (Georgia Tech)
 
13Zaleski, Philip
 
Box
25Card index; background for stories
 
OS FolderOS Folder
2A1ANewspapers, clippings, photos
 
Oversize_Box
26Plaque- commemorating retirement of Andy Sparks, circa 1985