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.
Historic preservation--Georgia.
Periodical editors--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

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
21Asbury, Francis
2Atlanta Historical Society
3Atlanta Preservation Center
4Avary, Myrta L.
5Award; Ga. Business & Industry Assn.
7Bath Gardens
8Baugh, Margaret
10Bird islands
11Bird painter
12Birdsville (Jenskins Co.)
13Birth certificate
31Boy Scouts-Dahlonega
2Bradley, Burt
3Broad River
4Broad River house
5Brookgreen Gardens
7Campbell Co. Historical Society
9Cemeteries-Washington Co.
11Chambers House (Madison)
12 Chattahoochee River, mss.
13Cherokee Garden Club
41Chieftains house (Rome)
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
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
61Cumberland Island
2Cumberland Island
3Cumberland Island
4Cumberland Island Conservancy Inc.
5Cumberland Island, hearing
6 Currents in Affective Illness; January 1984
8Dahlonega Revitalization Study
9Dahlonega stories
10Drama Club (North Georgia College)
11Eagle Tavern (Watkinsville)
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)
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
12Garrett, Franklin
13Gatlinburg (Tennessee)
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)
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
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
121Magazine; history, notes
2Magazine; improvement
3Magazine; letters
4Magazine; outlines
5Magazine; printed material
6Magazine; special sections
10Marshes (McIntosh County)
11McGehee house (Elbert County)
12Medicine show
13Medicine show
14Mercer founder
16Midway Church
131Military papers/training
3Mitchell, Margaret
4Mitchell, Margaret
5"Naked Hunt", movie (Hilton Head)
7North Ga. College; bulletin, directory
8Notes; misc.
9Notes; misc.
10Office, plans
11Ogburn, Charlton
12Ogeechee River
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
7Ossabaw, notes
8Ossabaw Island Project
9Pamplets (historical/preservationist)
151Pamphlets (historical/preservationist)
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
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
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)
16Plot Club
17Plymouth Drama Festival
19"Pompey's Head", movie (Brunswick, GA)
20"Pregnant possums"
21Pres. Lyndon Johnson's ancestors in Ga.
22Pres. Lyndon Johnson's ancestors in Ga.
181Prince Faisal's farm (Etowah)
2Restaurants (Middle Ga.)
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
191Sharks & stingrays
2Sharon, GA
4Simons House (Washington, GA)
201Sparks, George M.
2Sparks, John
3 Sparks Quarterly
4 Spasmodical
5Speech: Millen, GA
6Speech: N. Georgia College
7Speech: Angus Perkerson's retirement
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)
211Trimble House (East Point, GA)
2Tullie Smith House (Atlanta, GA)
3Tullie Smith House (Atlanta, GA)
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
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"
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"
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
25Card index; background for stories
OS FolderOS Folder
2A1ANewspapers, clippings, photos
26Plaque- commemorating retirement of Andy Sparks, circa 1985