Richard Harwell collection

Richard Harwell collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Harwell, Richard Barksdale
Title: Richard Harwell collection
Dates: 1972-1986, undated
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms2803

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Barksdale Harwell, librarian, bibliographer, and author, was born 6 June 1915, in Washington, Georgia, and died March 9, 1988, in Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from Emory University (English, 1937; Library Science, 1938) and received an honorary doctorate from New England College (1966). Harwell worked in libraries at Duke University (1938-1940), Emory University (assistant director, 1940-1943; Special Collections Department head, 1946-1948; assistant librarian, 1948-1955), Virginia State Library (1956-1957), Bowdoin College (1961-1968), Smith College (1968-1970), Georgia Southern College (1970-1975), and University of Georgia (1975-1980). Harwell was also active in several professional associations, including the Association of College Research Libraries, Southeastern Library Association, and the American Library Association. Harwell wrote and edited several books about the Civil War, Confederate imprints, and Gone With The Wind, and was the compiler of many bibliographies and the author of numerous pamphlets, articles, and reviews. Emory University MARBL website. (Retrieved 8/18/2009)

Erskine Caldwell wrote twelve books of nonfiction, twenty-five novels, and nearly 150 short stories. Profoundly influenced by his father, a minister and social reformer, he was intent on depicting life among the lowly in Georgia and the rest of the South. His concern for the less fortunate-poor whites and blacks-shines in his great novels and short stories of the 1930s. This concern also permeates the strongest writing of his later years, his nonfiction works of the 1960s." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved 8/18/2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of miscellaneous correspondence between Richard Harwell and the Caldwells, among others, as well as various clippings.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Caldwell family -- Correspondence
Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987
Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987 -- Correspondence
Clippings (information artifacts)
Harwell, Richard Barksdale -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Richard Harwell collection, MS 2803. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1972-1977
2Correspondence, 1978-1979
3Correspondence, 1980-1981
4Correspondence, 1982-1986
5Correspondence, undated
6Writings, undated
7Writings by Richard Harwell
8Writings: "Volcano" motion picture, English dialogue by Erskine Caldwell
9Book lists and catalogs
10Printed Material