Lonnie Coleman personal letters

Lonnie Coleman personal letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-1982
Title: Lonnie Coleman personal letters
Dates: 1942-1986
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet 1 box
Coll. Number: ms3370

Biographical/Historical Note

William Laurence Coleman (Lonnie Coleman), born in Georgia, was the author of short stories and novels, most notably the bestselling Beulah Land trilogy.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence from Lonnie Coleman to Edgar Jean Bracco (sometimes addressed to endearing nicknames) from 1942-1945. Coleman writes about his personal feelings for Bracco, and provides criticism and support of Bracco’s work. Coleman also writes about how Bracco has influenced him. There is also correspondence from Lonnie to Roy Williams, Nowell Briscoe, and Oma Ratchford from 1980-1982. The collection also consists of correspondence regarding a biography Nowell Briscoe is writing about Lonnie Coleman from 1983-1986. Correspondence is between Briscoe and James Oliver Brown of Curtis Brown Associates, LTD; Briscoe and Edgar Bracco; and Briscoe and Dr. Roy Williams. Correspondence between Briscoe and Bracco concern Bracco’s relationship with Lonnie Coleman. Also included are interview questions Briscoe asked Dr. Roy Williams (regarding Coleman) and a typescript of the interview. Some of the letters from Nowell Briscoe are photocopies of the original letters.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-1982 -- Relations with men

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Lonnie Coleman personal letters, ms 3370, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Conditions Governing Access note

Though the collection is open for research, the audio recording does not have reference copies; however, reference copies are available upon request at The Walter J. Brown Media Archives. Audio research requests are dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, February 1942-June 1942
2Letters, July 1942-May 1945
3Letters, interview notes, typescript, 1980-1986
4Letters, photocopies of newpaper clippings, undated