Edd Winfield Parks collection

Edd Winfield Parks collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Parks, Aileen West
Creator: Parks, Edd Winfield, 1906-1968
Title: Edd Winfield Parks collection
Dates: 1880s-1970s
Quantity: 10.0 Linear feet (12 document boxes, 6 card file boxes)
Coll. Number: ms290.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Parks was a native Tennessean who spent many years as a literary scholar and a professor at the University of Georgia. He as born in Newbern, Tennessee in February 1906. He earned his Associates degree (1927) from Harvard and received his M.A. (1929) and Ph.D. (1933) at Vanderbilt University. He taught briefly at Vanderbilt and later Cumberland University before taking a permanent position at the University of Georgia. He began teaching English in 1935. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Parks focused on Southern society, literature, and poetry. In 1933, he married Alice Aileen Wells, who worked at the Ward-Belmont School for Young Women and later wrote children's books.

In 1942, he volunteered for the Armed Services and served a Captain of Army Intelligence. When the war concluded, Parks rejoined the University of Georgia in the late 1940s. Much of his work emerged in the 1950s and 1960s: two fiction books, Backwater (1957) and Nashoba (1963); several non-fiction works, which included William Gilmore Sims as Literary Critic (1961), Edgar Allen Poe as Literary Critic (1964), Henry Timrod (1964), Thomas MacDonagh: The Man, the Patriot, the Writer (with Aileen Wells Parks, 1967), and Sidney Lanier: The Man, the Poet, the Critic (1968); a number of young adult and children's books, such as Safe on Second: The Story of a Little Leaguer (1953), Teddy Roosevelt, All-Round Boy (1953), and Teddy Roosevelt, Young Rough Rider (1953).

Parks was a visiting professor for several institutions outside of the United States. He spent a considerable time on a Fullbright Fellowship at the University of Brazil, and he lectured at numerous other colleges in Venezuela, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. During his career he served as a Carnegie fellow, a Fulbright lecturer, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor of English at UGa and president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Parks died in 1968, and his wife died in 1986.

Scope and Content Note

The Edd Winfield Parks collection consists mainly of Parks' manuscripts, research notes, and correspondence with publishers and universities. While five of his published books are included in the collection, most of the manuscripts are in typescript and range from the 1930s through the 1960s. Some manuscripts are hand-written and show his revisions. Parks' research notes are almost entirely on notecards, though they remain unsorted in the majority of boxes. The final six boxes are processed and organized by magazine. Correspondence with publishers and universities about his work and career exist throughout the collection. The only personal materials in the collection are Parks' World War II service materials and his passport collection. Otherwise, the collection centers around his literary work and the research done for his books.


This collection has not yet been arranged. However, a preliminary list has been provided for access purposes.

Index Terms

American literature--20th century
Authors, American--Georgia--Athens.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Edd Winfield Parks collection. MS 290. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

For related collections in the Hargrett Library, see also Edd Winfield Parks papers, MS 2415.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11 Nashoba. First Draft. Pages 1-155.
2 Nashoba. First Draft. Pages 156-300.
3 Nashoba. Second Draft. Chapter I-V.
4 Nashoba. Second Draft. Chapter VI-XIV.
21 Nashoba. Printer's Copy, Final Draft. Pages 1-219. Chapter I-V.
2 Nashoba. Printer's Copy, Final Draft. Pages 220-453. Chapters VI-XIV.
3 Predestinate Iron.
Little Long Rifle.
Safe on Second.
Edgar Allen Poe As Literary Critic.
Thomas MacDonagh: The Man, The Patriot, The Writer.
Rockwel College Annual Centenary 1864-1964
4 William Gilmore Simms as a Literary Critic.
Collected Poems of Henry Timrod.
2Parks' research on Teddy Roosevelt, Edgar Allan Poe, and Davy Crockett
3Parks' Typescript Articles
4Periodicals, mostly The Observer
61University of Georgia Press materials
2Parks' World War II service materials, including War Department correspondence, his Report of Physical Examination, and his transition from his civilian work as a Junior Research Analyst to the Armed Forces
4Mary N. Murfree and Family correspondence, 1880s-1890s
5Research on General James Winchester
6University of North Carolina Press
7Correspondence with Bobbs-Merrill Company
8South American Press Clippings
9University of Brazil
10Southern American Press Clippings and Photographs
71Notes about poetry
2Notes on books
3Notes on books
4A draft of Nashoba
81TIME correspondence about Murfree article
2Research notes on the South
3University of Copenhagen
4Atlanta Journal / Atlanta Constitution correspondence
5American Quarterly correspondence
6American Book Company correspondence
7Lecture notes on Brazil
8Reviews of Parks' works
9University of Georgia Southern Writers Workshop
10State Department correspondence about South American trip
11Brazil Fullbright 1958
12South American correspondence
13Danish Fellowship - official papers and other materials
14Letters from England
15Receipts, bills, etc
16W.W. Norton and Company correspondence
91Unsorted notes on primary sources
2KALKI periodicals
3Unsorted correspondence
4Copies of research done on Thomas MacDonagh
5Copies of research done on Thomas MacDonagh
6Parks' work on Sidney Lanier
101Miscellaneous correspondence
2University of Georgia
4American Literature Group
5Bibliography of Parks
6Potential publications - typescripted
7Potential publications - typescripted
8Modern Literature Association materials
9Passports, WHO certificates, etc
111Sidney Lanier manuscript chapters
2Sidney Lanier typescript
3Edgar Allan Poe typescript
4Henry Timrod manuscript notes
5Henry Timrod manuscript
121Thomas Holley Chivers manuscript
2The Intent of Novelists manuscript
3Portions of Nashoba manuscript
4Paul Hamilton Hayne manuscript
5Simms manuscript (I)
6Henry Timrod manuscript
7Simms manuscript (II)
8Unsorted research notes
9Notecards containing unsorted research notes
13Notecards regarding Poe, Timrod, and Daily South Carolinian
14Notecards containing research on South Atlantic Quarterly, Scott's Monthly Magazine, and Southern Literary Messenger
15Notecards containing research on American Cotton Planter, Baltimore Literary and Religious Magazine, Georgia Gazette, Home Circle, Leisure Home, Magnolia, Memphis Eagle, and others
16Notecards containing research on Southern Literary Messenger
17Notecards containing research on Southern Quarterly Review, Southern Rose, The Vigil, and others
18Notecards containing research on Monthly Review & Review, Omnium Gaiheum, The Orion, The Plantation, The Pambler, Russell's, Southern and Western Monthly, The Southern Index, and others