Vara A. Majette papers

Vara A. Majette papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Majette, Vara A., (Vara Anna), 1875-1974
Title: Vara A. Majette papers
Dates: 1924-1965
Quantity: 1.6 Linear feet (3 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversized portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms3073

Biographical/Historical Note

Vara A. Majette (1875-1974) was an author, lawyer and artist. She was born in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Her father, Dr. William E. Swinney (1848-1919), was a physician. She married Edwin Smith Majette in 1895 and they had three children. After years of social work, she decided to study law and became one of the first women lawyers admitted to the Georgia Bar Association. After her husband's death in 1932, she moved to St. Simon's Island, Georgia where she bought a house named "Tillandsia." She began experimenting with watercolor painting at age 72 using a primitive American art style.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of biographical information, correspondence, writings, research, and photographs. Majette's only published work (1924) was "White Blood," which dealt with race relations. "Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" is based on the life of Fanny Kemble. Research for the book includes a letter written by Fanny Kemble. "Daughters of Men" is about Indian tribes on the Sea Islands when the Spanish first came to Georgia. "Please God..." closely follows Majette's life story. Her writings also include children's stories and poems, some of which are in a scrapbook she made for her granddaughter in 1929.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Correspondence.
Kemble, Fanny, 1809-1893 -- Correspondence
Majette, Vara A., (Vara Anna), 1875-1974 -- Correspondence
Majette, Vara A., (Vara Anna), 1875-1974 -- Daughters of men
Majette, Vara A., (Vara Anna), 1875-1974 -- Dear God
Majette, Vara A., (Vara Anna), 1875-1974 -- Mistress of a thousand slaves
Majette, Vara A., (Vara Anna), 1875-1974 -- Photographs
Manuscripts (document genre)
Photographs.
Research (document genre)
Women artists, American--Georgia.
Women authors, American--Georgia.
Women lawyers--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vara A. Majette papers. MS 3073. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Personal files

BoxFolder
11Biographical information
2Biographical information re: law career
3Correspondence, 1924-1965
4Letters to the editor, 1906-1946
5List of paintings
6Research for "Mistress of a Thousand Slaves
Re: Fanny Kemble
7Research for "Murder for What?"
Re: Murder of Rev. Charles Lee
8Reviews of "White Blood"
9Photographs
 

Series 2: Writings

BoxFolder
21"The Best Bet"
2"A Cold Storage Companion"
3"Daughters of Men" pp. 1-143
4"Daughters of Men" pp. 144-287
5"Daughters of Men" pp. 288-416
6"Daughters of Men" bibliography
7"The House of Adoption"
8"Indian Foods"
9"The Most Remarkable Person I Have Ever Known"
10"Murder for What?"
BoxFolder
31"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 1
2"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 2
3"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 3
4"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 4
5"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 5
6"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 6
7"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 7
8"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 8
9"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 9
10'Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 10
11"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 11
12"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 12
13"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 13
14"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 14
15"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 15
16"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 16
17"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 17
18"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 18
19"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 19
20"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 20
21"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 21
22"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 22
23"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 23
24"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 24
25"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" Chapter 25
26"Mistress of a Thousand Slaves" bibliography
BoxFolder
41"Please God..." pp. 1-101
2"Please God..." pp. 102-200
3"Please God..." pp. 201-300
4"The Shadow of the Turning"
5"The Test"
6Children's stories
7Poems
 

Series 3: Scrapbook

Box
4"The Tall White Candle", 1929
scrapbook of children's stories and pictures made by Vara Majette for her granddaughter, Anne Majette Grant
 
Portfolio
1Children's book, "The Tall White Candle."