Laura Isabelle "Lollie Belle" Moore Wylie (1858-1923) was born in Alabama to Thomas Polk Moore (1833-1859) and Augusta Ellis Moore (1836?-1907?). In 1865 the Moore family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where they remained. In 1877 Lollie Belle married Hart Wylie (1855-1962) and had two daughters, Augusta "Gussie" Louisa (1879-1954) and Hart (1885-1962). Lollie Belle was a journalist, author, poet, and musician. After the death of her husband, she took a job as society editor at the Atlanta Journal thus becoming the first woman to have a paid position on a daily newspaper in the South. She later edited two small periodicals titled The Butterfly and Society. She wrote numerous poems and short stories, and composed the music for the state song of Georgia. Her published books of poetry were
Legend of the Cherokee Rose (1887) and
The Arcade (1916).
The collection consists of genealogy, correspondence, writings, financial papers, printed material, photographs, scrapbooks and sheet music. Most of the correspondence is to Lollie Belle Wylie from other writers, including some famous authors such as Samuel L. Clemens, Richard Harding Davis, Harry Stillwell Edwards, Joel Chandler Harris, Joaquin Miller, and Jack London. There are numerous letters from Orth H. Stein and Henry Wellington Wack. Also included are many letters from Lollie Belle to her daughter Hart. There are several letters of Howell Cobb and T.R.R. Cobb to or about Samuel P. Thurmond. The writings are mainly by Lollie Belle Wylie and include a detailed memoir of her life in the city of Atlanta. The financial papers are primarily promissory notes and receipts of the Ellis family. Some of the sheet music in the collection was composed by Lollie Belle Wylie.