Berry Fleming papers

Berry Fleming papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Fleming, Berry, 1899-1989
Title: Berry Fleming papers
Dates: 1930s-1980s
Quantity: 4.2 Linear feet (7 document boxes, 1 carton, and 1 volume)
Coll. Number: ms3560.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

Berry Fleming (1899-1989)was an American novelist best known for his 1943 novel Colonel Effingham's Raid. Fleming was born in Augusta, Georgia and lived there for most of his life. He graduated from Harvard University in 1922 and began working for the Augusta Newspaper in 1923. His first novel, The Conqueror's Stone, was published in 1927. He was fairly successful as an author in the 1930s and 1940s, but his popularity diminished after he fired his publicist. Just months before his death in 1989 he had a resurgence in popularity with his novel Captain Bennett's Folly, which was favorably reviewed in The New York Times.

His daughter was the late music critic and editor Shirley Fleming.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the manuscripts and personal materials of author Berry Fleming. Many of his novels, such as Two Tales from Autumn and The Bookman's Tale, are included as well as several editions and variations of his comedy play The Acrobatz. Most of the personal material belongs to his daughter, Shirley Fleming, but Berry Fleming's ledgers, Harvard memorabilia, and photographs are included.


Arranged in series: I. Writing; II. Personal materials; III. Shirley Fleming papers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Berry Fleming papers, MS 3560. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing



11The Acrobats RCA tape, July 1963
2The Acrobats (the play in book form)
3The Acrobats, revised for July 1963 staged reading
4The Acrobats, revised for 1962 staged reading
5The Acrobats acting script
6The Acrobats revised script, 1979
7The Affair at Honey Hill
8The Bookman's Tale
21The Bookman's Tale
2Country Wedding
3Once there was a Fisherman
4Rifleman Benson
5Two Tales for Autumn pages 1-56
6Two Tales for Autumn pages 57-133
7Two Tales for Autumn pages 134-196
8Two Tales for Autumn pages 197-264
9Two Tales for Autumn pages 265-332
31Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 1-63
2Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 64-170
3Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 171-248
4Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 249-321
6Who Duelt by a Churchyard
8Correspondence- publishers

Personal materials

1Bible, 1895
2-4Black ledgers
5Copyright ledger
51Harvard Fly Club Directory, 1919-1990
2Harvard Fly Club Directory, 1979
3Harvard Class of 1922 Thirtieth Anniversary Report, 1952
4Harvard Class of 1922 Forty-fifth Anniversary Report, 1967
6The Harvard Freshman Red Book, 1922
1Harvard Class Album, 1922

Shirley Fleming

51-3Chatham Hall Yearbook
61Correspondence from Shirley
2-3Correspondence re: Berry's death, 1989
6Printed materials
71-2Smith College- class notes
3Smith College- exams, directory, inauguration
4-5Smith College- writings
6Birth tile
1Books, published (not by Fleming)