Byron Herbert Reece family papers

Byron Herbert Reece family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Reece, Byron Herbert, 1917-1958
Creator: Reece, Eva Mae
Title: Byron Herbert Reece family papers
Dates: 1923-1985
Quantity: 17.75 Linear feet 32 document boxes, 7 half boxes
Coll. Number: ms3055

Biographical/Historical Note

"Byron Herbert Reece (1917-1958) was the author of four books of poetry and two novels. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, earned two Guggenheim awards, and served as writer-in-residence at the University of California at Los Angeles, Emory University in Atlanta, and Young Harris College in Towns County. For more information, see the article Byron Herbert Reece in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, genealogy and financial papers. The correspondence consists mainly of letters between family members, and the personal and business correspondence of Byron Herbert Reece, some were written to him when he was a tuberculosis patient at Battey State Hospital in Rome, Georgia. After Reece's suicide in 1958, much of the correspondence of Eva Mae Reece pertains to memorials to her brother Byron Herbert Reece and copyright renewals of his works.

Index Terms

Authors, American.
Copyright--Georgia--History--20th century.
Financial records.
Poets, American--20th century.
Reece, Byron Herbert, 1917-1958 -- Correspondence
Reece, Byron Herbert, 1917-1958 -- Family
Reece, Byron Herbert, 1917-1958 -- Finance, Personal
Reece, Byron Herbert, 1917-1958 -- Photographs
Reece, Eva Mae -- Correspondence
Reese family -- Correspondence
Suicide victims--Georgia--Rome--History.
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Byron Herbert Reece family papers, ms3055, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Biographical Information

11Byron Herbert Reece
2Byron Herbert Reece
school items
3Byron Herbert Reece
funeral, memorial
4Juan and Emma Reece
5Eva Mae Reece
6Eva Mae Reece
school items
7Eva Mae Reece
medical information
8Nina Kathryn Reece Lane and children
9Emma Jean Reece
10Thomas Rispoli
11Other family members

2. Genealogy

21Byron Herbert Reece
maternal and paternal charts
2Patricia Rispoli McElroy
3Correspondence, 1981-1983
4Lentz/Lance family
5Lentz/Lance family
information from Robert Lentz
6John H. Lance
murder 1890
7Reece family
8Salem Methodist Church - Union County, GA
9Research - GA Dept of Archives and History
10Research - National Archives

3. Correspondence

Subseries 3A: Family Correspondence

311923 - 1939
21940 - 1941
41943 January - July
51943 August - December
91947 - 1948
111950 January - July
121950 August - December
411951 January - April
21951 May - December
31952 January - June
41952 July - December
51953 January - December
61953 March - August
letters to Byron Herbert Reece in Battey Hospital
31957 January - July
41957 August - December
61959 January - July
71959 November - December
81960 1964
91973 - 1978 July
101978 August - December
611979 January - April
21979 May - August
31979 September - December
41980 January - February
51980 March - April
61980 May - July
71980 August - October
81980 November - December
3Ida Lance Allen
4Naomi Lance Allen
5Eula Lance Bryan
6Rachel Howell
7Undated correspondence
Lizzie Lance
8Kathryn Reece Lane and Jim Lane
9Lane children: Jerry, Rebecca (Butch), Penny, Mike
10Sarah McKinzey
11Byron Herbert Reece
12Emma Lance Reece
13Eva Mae Reece
14T. J. and Lorrena Reece
15Jean Reece Rispoli and Thomas Rispoli
16Patricia Rispoli
17Other family members
18Family invitations, 1944-1979
19Empty envelopes

Subseries 3B: Byron Herbert Reece

2Abbott, Charles D.
3Ackermann, Henry A.
4Ackiss, Susan Davison
5Anderson, Katherine M.
6Andress, Robert P.
7Appleby, Ann
8Arnold, Sallie Bass
9Ashman, Richard
10Askew, Annette Chalker
11Auxier, Sylvia
13Banner, John and Theodora
14Barnard, Theta Reese
15Bartholomew, Charles
16Battey State Hospital (Rome, GA)
17Beazley, George G.
18Bell, David and Pauline
19Bennett, A. Herbert
20Benton, Mrs. George W.
21Beverly, Bryant L.
22Beyer, William
23Bidwell, Claire Lucille
24Biles, Jack
25Binns, Jerry
26Blackstock, Eva
27Blanton, Doris
28Bohannon, Bill and Betty
29Boswell, Elizabeth
30Bouffard, Marian
31Bowers, Elizabeth
32Boykin, Florence
33Brackett, Claud F.
34Branmblett, Agnes Cochran
35Branch, Vivian
36Bridges, Jack M.
37Broadrick, George H.
38Brock, Para Lee
39Brook, David
40Brown, Marel
91Bruce, Irene
2Brush, Albert, 1943-1953
3Brush, Albert
4Bstandig, Frank
5Buckmaster, Henrietta
6Bullard, Helen
7Burgess, Bernard
8Burke, Ruth, 1952-1955
9Burke, Ruth, 1956-1958
10Burns, Olive Ann
11Burrows, Walter F.
12Butler, F. J.
13Butler, Howard P.
15Campbell, Langdon
16Campbell, Marie
17Candler, Tom and Beulah
18Capps, Clifford Sheats
19Carey, Frederick M.
20Carnes, Grace
21Carter, Don and Carolyn
22Cassin, Maxine
23Church, Lillian
24Chylinski, Charles W.
101Clark, Maryann
2Clayton, Eva Swann (Chubbie)
3Clegg, Charles R. and Fay
4Close, Anna Belle
5Cole, Lois Dwight
6Collins, Barbara Ruth and Paul, 1937-1947
7Collins, Barbara Ruth
8Collins, M. D.
9Collins, Roslyn
10Colwell, Ernest Cadman
11Cook, Francis and Nancy
12Cook, Mary
13Coulson, Ed
14Crawford, Nelson Antrim
15Cremean, Robert
16Crunkleton, Jane
18Dance, W. L.
19Daniel, Frank, 1945-1957
20Daniel, Frank
21Dawson, Martha
22Decker, James A. and Dorothy
23Derrick, Ruth
24DeStefano, John
25Dowis, Irma Smith
26Downing, George A. and Lucia
27Downs, Walter
28Drewry, John E.
29Duggar, Louise
30Dunaway, Marson
31Dykeman, Willard Jerome
111Edward Pratt Dickson, 1945 - 1946
2Edward Pratt Dickson, 1947 - 1948
3Edward Pratt Dickson, 1949 - 1950
4Edward Pratt Dickson, 1951-1958
2Eidson, John O.
3E. P. Dutton and Co., 1943-1948
4E. P. Dutton and Co., 1949-1951
5E. P. Dutton and Co., 1952-1954
6E. P. Dutton and Co., 1955-1957
7Ewing, Majl
9Finch, Mildred Austin (Aurelia Austin)
11Garrett, Dickey
12Gaskin, J. R.
13Gassman, McDill
14 Georgia Review, 1952-1956
15Gibbs, Jeanne Osborne
16Glauber, Robert H.
17Goodman, Mae Winkler
131Graham, Elliott
2Greear, Caroline and John
3Greear, Philip and Mildred, 1938-1954
4Greear, Philip and Mildred, 1955-1956
5Greear, Sol
6Griffin, Marvin
7Griffith, Anne R.
8Griffith, E. V., 1947-1956
9Griffith, E. V., 1965
photocopies of letters from BHR published in Georgia Review
10Griswold, Annette
12Hall, Agnes K.
13Hall, Steve and Mrs. J. L. Hall
14Hambidge, Mary
15Haralson, Patrick
16Harris, Grace
17Harris, Joseph B.
18Harris, Robert Bascomb
19Harrison, Henry
20Hassler, Alfred
141Henry, Frances and Patricia
2Hereford, Eula Shaw
3Herren, Edna
4Hewitt, Andrew
5Hicky, Daniel Whitehead
6Hitchcock, James Guy
7Hodgson, Hugh
8Hullender, Martin
9Humphreys, Claud
10Hutchings, Florence
13Janes, Edmund Kelly
14John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Henry Allen Moe, James Mathias, 1951-1958
15Jones, Edward
17Keith, Joseph Joel
18Kiker, Charles W. Jr.
19Kincaid, Robert L.
20King, Carl
21Kirkpatrick, Dow
22Knight, Ray
23Knox, James
25Ladd, Paul
26Lape, Fred
27Lawrence, Helen J.
28Leckie, Georgia
29Lee, Anne
30Leffelaar, Hendrik
31Letters to the editor, 1952-1955
32Lewis, Ann E.
33Lewis. John R. Jr.
34Lewis, Mary E.
35Lewis, Oldin V.
36Lipham, Ellen
37Lord, Russell and Kate
151La Bomnbard, Joan, 1950-1951
2La Bomnbard, Joan, 1952-1953
3La Bomnbard, Joan, 1954
4La Bomnbard, Joan, 1955-1956
2McCurdy, Hilda
3McGee, Helon
4McGill, Ralph
5McKee, Elmore McNeill
6MacMahon, Donald and Gertrude
7Mann, Addie Mae
8Manning, Florence and Lucy
9Marsh, Margaret Mitchell
10Martin, Ed
11Martin, Elizabeth L.
12Martin, Harold
13Massey, Gladys M.
14Mathis, James and Frances
15Maxey, Dan
16Meagher, James
17Menaboni, Sara
18Meredith, Duke Cole
19Meury, Eleanor
20Miller, Birdie
21Miller, Verdie
22Mock, Grapelle Butt
23Montgomery, Vaida Stewart
24Moody, Minnie Hite
25Moore, Orleana
26Moore, Violet
27Morehouse, Bert
28Morrison, H. Stuart
29Moser, Alice
30Murfey, Etta Josephean
31Myers, Garry Cleveland
32Myers, Wilma
171Ruth Camp Malone, 1954 March -July
2Ruth Camp Malone, 1954 August - December
3Ruth Camp Malone, 1955 January - March
4Ruth Camp Malone, 1955 April - July
5Ruth Camp Malone, 1955 August - October
6Ruth Camp Malone, 1955 November - December
7Ruth Camp Malone, 1956-1958
2Neff, Lawrence W.
3Newton, Louis D.
4Nicholl, Louise Townsend
5Nicholson, George T.
6Nicholson, J. M.
7Nicholson, Nelle, 1940-1944
8Nicholson, Nelle, 1945
9Nicholson, Nelle, 1946-1954
10Nunn, Alexander
12O'Connor, Flannery
13O'Donnol, Dion
15Pafford, Ward
16Paris, Edith
17Pattillo, Penelope
18Payne, Joan Balfour
19Peeples, Edwin
20Perkerson, Angus and Medora Field
21Posey, Millard J.
22Pratt, Theodore
23Preaus, Jane Bryan
24Pritchard, J. Carson and Marian
25Publishers - permission to reprint, 1941-1954
26Pyron, Dorothy Jo
28Radway, Leon
29Ragsdale, Theron E.
30Ramsaur, Richard M.
31Ramsden, Howard
32Ramsey, Ralph L.
33Rayburn, Otto Ernest
34Raymund, Bernard
35Redman, Peggy Dowst
36Reed, Marguerite
37Reeves, Oliver Franklin
191Rhea, Dorothy
2Rider, Joe Ann
3Roberts, Edith
4Roberts, Ruby Altizer
5Robison, Doris
6Rockwell, Alice
7Rockwell, Kenneth
8Rodgers, Bryna
9Ross, Irwin
10Rush, William H.
11Russell, Richard B.
12Rustin, Florence
13Rutledge, Archibald
15St. John, Wylly Folk
16Sands, Warren C.
17Saunders, Marion
18Saunders, Tom Byron
19Savage, Norma
20Schossberger, Emily
21Scott, Thomas W.
22Seiwell, Don
23Sharber, Kate
24Sheffield, Alice Austin
25Shenkel, Winifred
26Sibley, Celestine
27Slayden, Thelma
28Smith, D. Vincent
29Smith, Lois Polhill
30Snelling, Paula
31Sparks, Andrew
32Spearman, Fanny Turner
33Steedman, Marguerite
34Stephens, Genevieve
35Stephens, Ralph H.
36Stevenson, Elizabeth
37Stewart, Albert
38Stokely, James and Wilma
39Streeter, F. B.
40Stringer, Clintine
41Strode, Hudson
42Strong, Mary Mitchell
43Stuart, Jesse
44Swallow, Alan
201Sallee, Mary, 1950-1953
2Sallee, Mary, 1954
3Sallee, Mary, 1955 January-June
4Sallee, Mary, 1955-1957
5Sallee, Mary
2Talmadge, Herman
3Tate, William
4Taylor, Nelda
5Terrell, Sandra
6Thoroughman, Mrs. J. C.
7Todd, Alvin
8Tolan, Tollie
9Tolar, Florence
10Tribble, Willie Mack and Mrs.
11Trimble, H. Burton and Mattie
12Tucker, Daisy S.
13Twiggs, Clyde
16Vinal, Harold
17Vincent, John and Ruth
19Wade, John Donald
20Wagstaff, H. C.
21Wald, Jerry
22Waldrep, Jack
23Walker, Mildred
24Walton, Kenneth
25Waring, A. J.
26Warren, James E. Jr.
27Watts, Connie N.
28Webb, Donald E.
29Weinstock, Herbert
30Weir, Mrs. William H.
31Wellborn, Mrs. A. C.
32Wellborn, Bud
33Wesley, Cecil Cobb
34West, Donald L.
35White, May Smith
221Wicke, Myron F.
2Wilkins, Bobby E.
3Wilkins, Laura
4Williams, Loring
5Williams, Nellie
6Williams, Preston H., 1949-1953
7Williams, Preston H., 1954-1956
8Williams, Preston H., 1957-1958
9Wilnert, Ruth
10Wimberly, Lowry C.
11Wolff, Bernard P.
12Woodall, Linda Barnes
13Woolfolk, Harrell
14Wreden, Nicholas
15X, Y, Z
17Multiple signatures
18Invitations, 1939-1953
19Invitations, 1954-1957
20Correspondence to Byron Herbert Reece after his death on June 3, 1958
21Empty envelopes

Eva Mae Reece

Aycock, Louise
Burke, Ruth and Ted
Byron Herbert Reece Memorial, 1958-1959
Byron Herbert Reece Memorial, 1975-1983
Campbell, Langdon
Collected poems - selected by Eva Mae Reece and sent to E. P. Dutton and Co., 1959-1960
Collins, Hazel
Cook, Raymond A.
Copyright, 1967-1977
Crunkleton, Jane
Donations of Byron Herbert Reece material, 1958-1982
England, Lawson and Maudie
E. P. Dutton and Co., 1958-1980
Frier, Ruth Crumley
Georgia Review, 1958-1985
Greear, Mildred
241Hill, Vallarie
2Lance, Frankie
3Lance, Inez
4Lance, Jack and Annie Rose
5Malone, Ruth Camp
6Munson, Mary and Bob
7Sampson, Barbara Ruth
8Saunders, Thomas Byron
9Saunders, Thomas Byron
10Smith, Daisy Frances
11Unknown or multiple signatures
13Empty envelopes
14Christmas gift tags
15Matchbook covers

Juan and Emma Reece, other family members

Juan and Emma Reece, A-M
Juan and Emma Reece, N-W
Juan and Emma Reece, Blairsville Methodist churches
Juan and Emma Reece, Burke, Ruth
Juan and Emma Reece, Downing, George A.
Juan and Emma Reece, Miller, Mary Jo
Juan and Emma Reece, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Juan and Emma Reece, Wright, Harry
Juan and Emma Reece, unknown correspondents
Juan and Emma Reece, empty envelopes
Other family members

Sympathy, 1958

A - C
D - K
L - S
T - W, unknown
Florist gift cards

4. Writings


Byron Herbert Reece

"The Abstract Professor"
"And I At My Harp"
"And I Not Care"
"At the Talking House"
"Ballad of Coulson's Wood"
"A Ballad of Robert Mallard"
"Ballad of the Rider"
"The Bird in the Giddy Garden"
"The Birds"
"The Birds (on the Worn Path)"
"A Boy Sings to the Wind"- collection of poems
"Bulldozer in Eden"
"By the Hearthstone"
"The Circus"
"Collected Ballads"- collection of poems
"Collected Ballads"- collection of poems
"Come In"
"The Count"
"Cussin' Tom at the Gates of Paradise"
2David and Jonathan poems
3Diary, 1933-1938
4Diary in California, 1957 June 19-August 19
6"Eastern Road"
7"An Easter Service"
8"Eye- Witness"
10"The Fairy"
11"Famous Heads"
12"The First Words at Christmas"
13"Flight 911", 1957
14"The Flower Tender"
16"From a Sanitorium Porch", 1954
18"A Good Joke"
19"The Green Bride and Pale Groom"
21"His Wrath"
22"The Hope I Thought to Carry"
23"A Host of Furious Fancies"
25"If I But Had a Little Coat" - from "The Adoration"
26"I'll Take My Stand"
"The Immortal Flame"
28"Inscription for a School House Door"
29"In Sheep's Clothing"
30"I Shall Go Back"
31"The Knower"
33"A Leave-Taking"
34"A Little Anthology of Georgia Poetry"
36"The Man From Over the Mountain"
37"The Mask"
39" A Need of Green"
40"The Nets"
41"No Fences Make Good Neighbors"
42"Not Without Sorrow"
2"On Yonder Mountain Top"
5"Pasture Song" (Pastoral)
collection sent to E. P. Dutton in 1959 by Eva Mae Reece
8"A Psalm of Victory"
10"Remembered Summers"
11"Return to Remembrance"
12"Ruthless Moon"
14"The Sage and the Wayfarer"
15"Sea Shells"
16"Shadow of the Raven's Wing"
17"Shine Sun"
18"Sing Holly-Loo"
21"So Marry"
22"Sonnets for an Ill Season"
23"Spring Day in the Woods"
24"Spring Song"
26"The Thin Woman Upon the Road"
"This Grief"
28"Those Who Conquer"
29"The Three Crosses"
30"Three From Rustic Canyon"
31"Through the Pained and Pregnant Air"
32"Tracks Seen From a Sanatorium"
33"The Traveling Musicians"
34"Treasure in the Earth"
35"The Tree, the Bird, and the Leaf"
37"Under the Laurel"
38"Usual Day"
41"The Water Witch - A Legend of Trahlyta"
42"Weaving Song"
43"The Wet and the Cold"
44"When I Think of Christmas Time"
45"Where and Away"
46"Wind in the Willows"
47"Winter Equation"
48"With You Away"
49"Wolf Creek"
50"The Word"
51"The World in the Wind" - semi-autobiographical material
2Notes, address book
3Notes and clippings for possible use in "Axe and Sword"
4Notes re: the teaching of writing
5Poems - cited by reviewers
6Poems - multiple titles on same page
7Poems - revised from published volumes
8Poems - unfinished and fragments
9Poems - unfinished and fragments
10Prose - unfinished and fragments
11Publishers - acceptance for publication
12Reviews and judging
13Short verse - light

Writings by others

Allen, Ida
Allen, Naomi Lance
Brush, Albert
Burke, Ruth
Campbell, Langdon
Cassin, Maxine
Collins, Barbara Ruth
Collins, C. R.
Cook, Virginia Glover
Crowe, R. McFerran
Dickson, Edward Pratt (pen name - Manfred Wise)
Evatt, Julia Eubanks
Finch, Mildred Austin (pen name - Aurelia Austin)
Frier, Ruth Crumley and Thomas
Gallaway, June Reece
Greene, Edith
Hereford, Eula Shaw
LaBombard, Joan - poems A-Z
LaBombard, Joan - poems untitled
LaBombard, Joan - poems sent to E. P. Dutton and Co.
LaBombard, Joan- poems excluded from ms, and "Elegy"
LaBombard, Joan- "Sign in the Garden"
Lee, Bob [?]
Lozier, Rocky
Millay, Edna St. Vincent
321Nicholson, J. M.
2Raymund, Bernard
3Reece, Eva Mae - biography of Byron Herbert Reece
4Reece, Eva Mae - calendar diaries, 1974-1978
5Reece, Eva Mae - calendar diaries, 1979-1983
6Reece, Eva Mae - notes and poem
7Reece, Eva Mae - school papers
8Rispoli, Jean Reece (Jean Reece Rispoli Rich)
9Rispoli, Patricia
10Rodgers, Bryna
11Sheffield, Alice Austin
12Swallow, Alan
13Teal, Charles B.
14Weatherford, Bill
15Williams, Preston
16Authors A - Z
17Authors unknown

5. Printed material

335. Printed material
Byron Herbert Reece and family
Byron Herbert Reece, 1940-1960
Byron Herbert Reece, 1961-1967
Byron Herbert Reece, 1968-1992
Byron Herbert Reece writings
Byron Herbert Reece music - "If I Had But a Little Coat" and "Homeless"
Byron Herbert Reece memorials, 1959-1985
Reece/Lance family
Reece family writings


Atlanta (GA) Book Fair, 1946
"Aurora" - Agnes Scott College, 1956
Battey State Hospital - Rome (GA)
"The Bridge" - Edward Pratt Dickson
The Charitable Muse - anthology of poetry selected by BHR
Colleges and universities
Elbeetian Legion, 1955
Georgia - Pickens County "Documents and Memoirs..."
Georgia - Union County "1850 Census of Georgia (Union County)"
Georgia - Union County - "Moonshadow" vol. 2,5,6,7
351Georgia - Union County "Mountain Relic", 1980-1981
2Georgia - Union County "Our North Georgia in Song and Verse" scrapbook, 1955-1971
3Georgia - Union County "Sketches of Union County History" V.1,2
4Greear, Philip
5Griffith, E. V.
7High Schools
8John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
9Keith, Joseph Joel
10Lance, Jack and Bert Lance
15"Quill Club Anthology" vol. 3
17Religion - North Georgia Conference, Methodist Church, yearbook and minutes, 1922
361Sandburg, Carl
2School and teaching material
3Scrapbooks - Emma Reece. Byron Herbert Reece
4"Seydell Quarterly"
5Stuart, Jesse
6Swallow, Alan/ Swallow Press
7Todd's Farm - Sarah/Suches, GA
8Waldrep, Jack
9West, Don
10Wolfe, Thomas
11Writers' clubs and associations
12Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA
13Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA - "The Enotah Echoes"
14Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA - newsletters, 1963-1978
15Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA - newsletters, 1979-1984
16Various subjects

6. Photographs and Art

376. Photographs and Art
Photographs - Albert Brush
Photographs - Ruth Burke
Photographs - Barbara Ruth Collins
Photographs - Edward Pratt Dickson
Photographs - Nina Kathryn Lane and Jerry Carole
Photographs - George T. Nicholson
Photographs - Byron Herbert Reece
Photographs - Emma Reece
Photographs - Reece family
Photographs - Reece memorial dedication, 1959 September 26
Photographs - Jean Reece Rispoli and Thomas
Photographs - unidentified people
Photographs - places
Artwork - George Biddle
Artwork -Ruth Burke
Artwork -Kathy Howell
Artwork - Byron Herbert Reece
Artwork - Patricia Rispoli
Sketch - Grandfather Lance's Marsh Board
Artwork - unidentified

7. Financial

387. Financial
Byron Herbert Reece
Accounts ledger, 1953
Bank statements, 1949-1950
Bank statements, 1951
Bank statements, 1952
Bank statements, 1953
Bank statements, 1954-1956
Bank statements, 1957
Bank statements, 1958
Farm ledger, 1943-1946
Income tax
391Publishers: book sales, 1949-1957
2Publishers: book sales, 1958
3Publishers: contracts
4Publishers: copyright
5Publishers: copyrights, 1958
6Publishers: Curtis Publishing Co.
7Publishers: royalty reports, 1945-1957
8Publishers: royalty reports, 1958

Juan and Emma Reece

Eva Mae Reece

3913Eva Mae Reece
14Banking, 1966-1984
15Cash journal, 1969-1974