John Donald Wade papers

John Donald Wade papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
Creator: O'Connor, Flannery
Creator: Rittenberry, Ann Wade
Creator: Wade, John Donald, 1892-1963
Creator: Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989
Title: John Donald Wade papers
Dates: 1946-1950
Quantity: 3.8 Linear feet (9 document boxes, 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms2945

Biographical/Historical Note

"A noted biographer, essayist, and literary-review editor, John Donald Wade is best remembered for his participation in the Vanderbilt Agrarian movement of the 1930s and especially his contribution to the symposium that was to become that movement's manifesto, I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (1930). Wade, a Macon County native who spent much of his life in Georgia , was not as prolific as some of his Agrarian colleagues, notably Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren, and as a result did not attain their fame." - "John Donald Wade." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved September 4, 2008)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of John Donald Wade during the years 1946-1950. The major part of the collection is correspondence - letters from Wade soliciting manuscripts for the Georgia review, response letters from authors (including Flannery O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Sinclair Lewis, and others), letters relating to Wade's horticultural interests, and some personal letters. Also included are clippings, printed material, writings by Wade, and thesis research by Anne Wade Rittenberry.

The collection consists of 7 boxes. The date range of the papers is from 1944-1992, with the major portion being 1946-1950. The papers had been roughly organized by name. Many letters were torn and stained and several fragments were included. Anne Wade Rittenberry attached notes to some of the lettters with her personal comments about the correspondent or content of the letter. These notes were removed for conservation purposes and placed in the accession folder.

Boxes 1-5 contain correspondence arranged in alphabetical order. Most of the correspondence concerns the Georgia Review, a literary quarterly which Wade founded. Wade solicited manuscripts for the Review, and the authors responded and submitted their articles for publication. Many of these letters mention the financial problems of the Georgia Review. There is also correspondence relating to personal matters and to Wade's horticultural interests, which included the Marshallville Garden Corporation and highway beautification around Marshallville.

Box 6 contains clippings, printed material, and writings by Wade.

Box 7 contains material that Anne Wade Rittenberry used in her thesis research on Wade. Most of this material is in the form of photocopies with handwritten notations by Rittenberry. The location of the original letters was not given for the material in folders 4, 5, and 6.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Authors, American--Georgia--Milledgeville--Correspondence.
Clippings (information artifacts)
College teachers--Georgia--Athens--Correspondence.
Georgia review--History--20th century--Sources.
Horticulture--Georgia--Athens--History--20th century--Sources.
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951 -- Correspondence
Novelists, American--Georgia--Milledgeville--Correspondence.
O'Connor, Flannery -- Correspondence
Periodical editors--Georgia--Athens--Correspondence.
Printed ephemera.
Research (document genre)
University of Georgia. -- Faculty--Correspondence
Wade, John Donald, 1892-1963 -- Correspondence
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 -- Correspondence
Women authors, American--Georgia--Milledgeville--Correspondence.
Women novelists, American--Georgia--Milledgeville--Correspondence.
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Donald Wade papers. MS 2945. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


The John Donald Wade Papers were acquired by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library on December 10, 1996. They were purchased from Anne Wade Rittenberry, daughter of John Donald Wade.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Wade, John Donald letter, 1963.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence

2Andersonville Memorial Association
3Armstrong, Zella
4Avrett, Robert
6Baker, Eugene
7Ballew, Leighton M.
8Barrow, Elfreda
9Beatty, Richmond C.
10Bick, Jerry
11Bolton, J. D.
12Bondurant, Birdie
13Brickell, Herschel
14Brooks, Robert Preston
15Brown, Marel
17Caldwell, Harmon
18Caldwell, Gov. Millard F.
19Calhoun, Phinizy
20Clay, David M.
21Coffin, Robert P. Tristram
23Daniel, Edna Cain
24Daniel, Frank
25Davenport, T. E.
26Davidson, Donald
27Davidson, Philip
28Davidson, William W.
29DeLoach, R. J. H.
30DeRenne, Wimberly
31DeRoche, Louis
32Doughty, LeGarde S.
33Drewry, John E.
35Edwards, A. S.
36Edwards, Kate F.
37Eidson, John Olin
38Everett, Edwin M.
2Firor, J. William Sr.
3Fisher, Dorothy Canfield
4Fisher, Edgar J.
5Flanders, Lillian S.
6Fleming, Berry
7Fletcher, John Gould
8Folsom, Marion B.
9Forbes, Stanton
10Fort, Tomlinson
11Frederick, Claude M.
12Frederick, Donald Edward
13Frederick, Mary Barrington
15Gaines, Clark
16Garrett, Sims Jr.
17Griffith, E. Claybrook
19Haile, Thomas H.
20Hambidge, Mary C.
21Hamilton, Thomas J.
22Harris, Susie M.
23Hayes, Louise F.
24Hayes, Rev. Zack C. Jr.
25Hendren, L. L.
26Henry, Robert S.
27Herrington, Elliott
28Hesseltine, William B.
29Hicks, Granville
30Hicky, Daniel Whitehead
31Hill, Lewis H. Jr.
32Hill, Walter B.
33Hodgson, Harry
34Hodgson, Hugh
35Holbrook, Alfred H.
36Holt, Hamilton
37Hull, James M.
40Jackson, George Pullen
41James, Edwin
42James, Elizabeth Coates
43Jeter, Douglas
44Johnson, Geoffrey
45Johnson, James G.
46Johnson, Nunnally
47Jones, Mary Callaway
48Jones, William Cole
49Joseph, Donald
2Keeler, O. B.
3Kennard, W. P.
4Kling, Joseph W.
5Knight, Edgar W.
6Kniskern, Maynard
7Kohler, Charlotte
8Krider, Kenneth V.
10Landau, Edmund A. Jr.
11Landy, David
12Langford, Gerald
13Layburn, Ellen Douglass
14Lazier, Wilbur A.
15Leatherman, LeRoy
16LeBron, Adolphe
17Lee, Timothy Ting Fang
18Lewis, H. Michael
19Lewis, Sinclair
20Liddell, Viola Goode
21Lipscomb, Ed
22Lovejoy, Hatton
23Lovell, Jennie
24Lowdermilk, W. C.
25Lundy-Soule, Mary Ella
26Lyons, Clifford
27Lytle, Andrew
29McGehee, Edward G.
30McGill, Ralph
31McGirt, William A. Jr.
32McHatton, T. H.
34Marsh, Margaret Mitchell
35Marsh, Willard
36Marshall, Thomas O. Jr.
37Marshallville Garden Corporation-correspondence, 1950-1962
38Marshallville Garden Corporation-business papers
39Marshallville Garden Corporation-clippings
40Marshburn, Joe H.
41Martin, Walter
42Massey, Gladys M.
43Mathews, Marcia M.
41Meadows, J. C.
2Mezerik, A. G.
3Minnich, H. C.
4Moffitt, James W.
5Montgomery, Marion H. Jr.
6Moody, Minnie Hite
7Morgan, Marshall
8Morrow, Edwina
9Moses, W. R.
10Myrick, Susan
12Napier, B. D.
13News Releases
14Newton, Dr. Louie D.
16O'Callahan, Grace
17O'Connor, Flannery
18Ogburn, Charlton
18Ogburn, Charlton Jr.
19Ogburn, William F.
20Owens, Hubert B.
21Owsley, Frank
23Parks, Edd Winfield (Dr. and Mrs,)
24Paschal, Walter
25Paterson, Isabel
26Pennington, Rev. Edgar L.
27Perry, Marvin B.
28Phelan, Earl W.
29Pickett, P. S.
30Pierce, Rev. A. M.
31Plant, Elizabeth W.
32Powell, Arthur G.
33Provine, Robert Calhoun
34Prunty, Merle C. Jr.
35Putnam, Samuel
37Reade, Frank R.
38Reber, Clara Smith
39Remenyi, Joseph
40Reynolds, Horace
41Reynolds, Hughes
42R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
43Rich, Arthur Lowndes
44Russell, Fielding
45Russell, Rev. Henry Edward
2Slappey, George H. (Mr. and Mrs.)
3Spalding, Hughes
4Sparks, Andrew
5Spencer, John Duncan
6Steed, Hal
7Strong, Katharine
8Strother, Dave C.
9Stozier, Robert M.
11Talmadge, Herman E.
12Tate, Willam
13Thompson, Betty
14Trimble, Lee S.
17Vance, Earl L.
18Vance, Rupert B.
19Van Doren, Carl
20Van Doren, Mark
21Van Sickle, John V.
22Venable, Clarke
24Walker, Robert Sparks
25Walsh, Chad
26Wang, Gung-Hsing
27Ware, John N.
28Waring, J. Frederick
29Warren, James E. Jr.
30Warren, Robert Penn
31Watkins, Floyd C.
32Wells, Dr. Guy H.
33Weltner, Philip
34Wesley, Cecil Cobb
35West, Lillie Soullard
36West, Robert H.
37Westbrook, Edison C.
38White, Goodrich C.
39White, William O.
40Williams, Ida Belle
41Woodward, Vann
42Woody, Robert H.
43Worsley, Etta Blanchard
44Wright, David McCord
45Wright, Louis B.
46Unknown correspondents

Series 2: Newsclippings and Printed Material

61Clippings-Re: Georgia Review, 1946-1950
2Clipping-Obituary of John Donald Wade, 1963
3Clippings-Re: John Wesley, 1930-1931 1947
5Printed material-Re: Georgia Review
6Printed material-Article topics for Georgia Review
7Printed material- Southern Packet, 1947 1949
8Printed material-Program for inauguration of O. C. Aderhold as President of University of Georgia, 1951
9Printed material-University of Georgia
10Printed material-Book jackets for John Wesley, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
11Printed material-General

Series 3: Writings

612"Camellias in Marshallville"
13"Dugonne Bust"
14"Georgia: John Donald Wade to Henry W. Grady"
15"A Long Feud"
16"Marshallville: Where Peaches Started"
17"There's Always Something"
18"The Very Pulse..."
21Book review

Series 4: Thesis Research by Anne Wade Rittenberry

71Davidson-Wade correspondence-Vanderbilt University (photocopies)
2John Donald Wade Papers-University of Georgia (photocopies)
3Interview with Ralph Stephens, 1992
4John Donald Wade material (photocopies)
5John Donald Wade material (photocopies)
6John Donald Wade material (photocopies)
8Correspondence, photos, misc.
10Printed material