Berry Fleming papers

Berry Fleming papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Fleming, Berry, 1899-1989
Title: Berry Fleming papers
Dates: 1930-1989
Quantity: 4.2 Linear feet 8 boxes and 1 volume
Coll. Number: ms3560

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. Included are Fleming's ledgers, Harvard memorabilia, and photographs.

Index Terms

Authors, American--Georgia.
Harvard University.
Novelists, American--20th century.
School records.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Berry Fleming papers, ms3560, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Writing

11 The Acrobats RCA tape, 1963 July
2 The Acrobats (the play in book form)
3 The Acrobats revised for July 1963 staged reading
4 The Acrobats revised for 1962 staged reading
5 The Acrobats acting script
6 The Acrobats revised script, 1979
7 The Affair at Honey Hill
8 The Bookman's Tale
21 The Bookman's Tale
2 Country Wedding
3 Once there was a Fisherman
4 Rifleman Benson
5 Two Tales for Autumn pages 1-56
6 Two Tales for Autumn pages 57-133
7 Two Tales for Autumn pages 134-196
8 Two Tales for Autumn pages 197-264
9 Two Tales for Autumn pages 265-332
31 Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 1-63
2 Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 64-170
3 Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 171-248
4 Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 249-321
5 Triptych
6 Who Duelt by a Churchyard
8Correspondence- publishers
1Books, published (not by Fleming)

2. 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

3. 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