|Creator:||Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951|
|Creator:||Rittenberry, Ann Wade|
|Creator:||Wade, John Donald, 1892-1963|
|Creator:||Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989|
|Title:||John Donald Wade papers|
|Quantity:||3.8 Linear feet (9 document boxes, 1 half box)|
"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. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org (Retrieved September 4, 2008)
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.
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 materials available in the following collections of this repository: Wade, John Donald letter, 1963.