Laura McManus collection

Laura McManus collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: McManus, Laura
Title: Laura McManus collection
Dates: circa 1925-1974
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3142

Biographical/Historical Note

Laura McManus was a camper at Laurel Falls Camp for Girls in Clayton, Georgia in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Laurel Falls Camp for girls in Clayton, Georgia was owned and directed by Lillian Smith. The camp was established in 1920 by C. M. Smith, father of Lillian Smith.

"Lillian Smith was one of the first prominent white southerners to denounce racial segregation openly and to work actively against the entrenched and often brutally enforced world of Jim Crow. From as early as the 1930s, she argued that Jim Crow was evil ("Segregation is spiritual lynching," she said) and that it leads to social moral retardation."--"Lillian Smith (1897-1966)," New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 18, 2008:

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of albums, photographs, clippings, printed material and writings that belonged to Laura McManus. Most of the materials pertain to Laurel Falls Camp and its director, Lillian Smith. The albums contain many photographs of campers and counselors during the 1920s and 1930s. Of particular interest is a 1925 album which includes a written memoir that accompanies the photographs.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century.
Camp counselors--Georgia--Clayton--Photographs.
Campers (Persons)--Georgia--Clayton--Photographs.
Campers (Persons)--Georgia--Clayton.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Laurel Falls Camp for Girls (Ga.).
Laurel Falls Camp for Girls (Ga.). -- Photographs
McManus, Laura
Printed ephemera.
Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966
Women authors, American--20th century.
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Laura McManus collection, MS 3142. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Lillian Eugenia Smith papers, circa 1920-1980; Laurel Falls Camp papers, 1944-1947; Lillian Smith letters, early 1960s; Lillian Eugenia Smith letters to Ashley Montagu, 1956-1966; Lillian Eugenia Smith letters to and from Paula Snelling, 1943-1955; Laurel Falls Camp papers, 1930-1937.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

3Photo Album, 1925
4Photo Album, Ca. 1929 - 1931
5Photo Album, etc., Ca. 1929 - 1934
7Printed Material re: Laurel Falls Camp
8Printed Material - The North Georgia Review, etc., 1937 - 1939