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Jordan Massee-McCullers Collection (MC 170)

Biographical Note Permission to Publish
Scope and Content Box and Folder List
Provenance

Biographical Note

Born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Georgia on February 19, 1917, the author-to-be spent her childhood and teenage years in the town of her birth. After graduating from Columbus High School, the aspiring author moved to New York City. In 1937 she married James Reeves McCullers, and at the age of 23 published her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940). This novel established McCullers as an author, and she continued to write, completing three other novels and a collection of short stories: Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941), The Member of the Wedding (1946), The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951), and Clock Without Hands (1961). Her other works include a play, The Square Root of Wonderful. McCullers, who suffered a series of three strokes which eventually left her partially paralyzed, died in Nyack, New York on September 29, 1967.

Scope and Content

The Jordan Massee-Carson McCullers Collection consists of a variety of items collected about Carson McCullers during Mr. Massee's lifetime. Included in this collection are one framed photograph with accompanying letter, correspondence with McCullers, as well as both handwritten and typed notes written by Massee which relate to McCullers life and writings.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Jordan Massee-Carson McCullers Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Jordan Massee-Carson McCullers Collection, MC 170
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Provenance

Provenance of the items in this collection are twofold: The framed photograph of McCullers and letter was acquired for the Columbus State University from John Waite Rare Books. Other materials were the gift of Dr. Carlos Dews, to whom Massee passed his research materials before his death in 2002.

Note to Researchers

See also:

Ballad of the Sad Cafe Playbill (SMC 60)

The Bradley Memorial Library Carson McCullers Collection (MC 184)

Virginia Spencer Carr Collection (MC 23)

Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians

Carson McCullers Society Records (MC 192)

Loretto Chappell Collection (MC 29)

Carlos Dews Collection (MC 175)

Mary Martha Johnson Photograph Collection (SMC 53)

Clason Kyle Collection (MC 86)

The Valley Reads: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Collection (MC 179)

John Zeigler and Edwin Peacock Collection (MC 182)



Box and Folder List

Box 1

  • Folder 1: Notes on Carson McCullers by Jordan Massee
  • Folder 2: A catalogue of the collection
  • Folder 3: A descriptive checklist of items in the collection
  • Folder 4: Two original photographs of Carson McCullers, undated
  • Folder 5: Xerox copies of Carson McCullers photographs
  • Folder 6: Genealogy charts for: McCullers, Carson; Waters, Scott; Gachet and Smith families
  • Folder 7: Decision magazine, July 1941, contains Carson McCullers article, “The Russian Realists and Southern Literature”
  • Folder 8: Twenty-one letters from Carson McCullers to Jordan Massee and Paul Bigelow, 1944-1962
  • Folder 9: A book review of, The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers, in the New York Herald, March 24, 1946
  • Folder 10: Thirteen letters from Marguerite Smith to Jordan Massee and Paul Bigelow, 1946-1953
  • Folder 11: An excerpt from a letter that Rita Smith wrote to Paul Bigelow and Jordan Massee, Sept. 27, 1947
  • Folder 12: Letter from Tennessee Williams to Paul Bigelow, Feb. 18, 1948
  • Folder 13: Mademoiselle Magazine article about Carson McCullers, Sept. 1948
  • Folder 14: New Year's greeting from Carson McCullers to Jordan Massee, January 1, 1949
  • Folder 15: Article in the Macon News concerning Carson McCullers, March 18, 1949
  • Folder 16: Entries in Jordan Massee's 1949 Journal, March 22-29, 1949
  • Folder 17: Telegram sent by Carson McCullers to Alfred Kasin and Elizabeth Ames, dictated by Carson to Susan Myrick, March 23, 1949
  • Folder 18: Letter from Carson McCullers to Jordan Massee, May 25, 1949
  • Folder 19: Letter from Tennessee Williams to Carson McCullers June 18, 1949
  • Folder 20: Letter from Tennessee Williams to Carson McCullers July 3, 1949
  • Folder 21: Extracts pertaining to Carson McCullers from the journals of Jordan Massee, 1949
  • Folder 22: Reviews of Member of the Wedding, 1949-1950
  • Folder 23: Letter from Carson McCullers to Paul Bigelow, Jordan Massee, and Alice Astor Bouverie, May 30, 1950
  • Folder 24: Letter from Tennessee Williams to Paul Bigelow, August 3, 1950
  • Folder 25: Extracts pertaining to Carson McCullers from the journals of Jordan Massee, Oct. 1950
  • Folder 26: Letter from Jordan Massee to his mother, Nov. 1, 1950
  • Folder 27: Recital of scenes from Macbeth at the Museum of Modern Art, Nov. 16, 1950
  • Folder 28: Two poems by Edith Sitwell, Nov. 1950
  • Folder 29: Extracts pertaining to Carson McCullers from the journals of Jordan Massee, 1950
  • Folder 30: Nine letters from Edith Sitwell to Carson McCullers, 1950-1951

Box 2

  • Folder 31: Reviews of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, by Carson McCullers, May-June 1951
  • Folder 32: Two extracts pertaining to Carson McCullers from the journals of Jordan Massee, 1951
  • Folder 33: Poems written by Carson McCullers and sent to Boots and Paul, 1951
  • Folder 34: Letter from Tennessee Williams to Carson McCullers March 14, 1952
  • Folder 35: “Voices” Magazine, Sept.-Dec. 1952, contains “The Mortgaged Heart”, by Carson McCullers
  • Folder 36: “Voices" Magazine, Sept.-Dec. 1952, contains poems by Carson McCullers
  • Folder 37: An invitation to the Academy of Arts and Letters annual ceremonial, May 27, 1953
  • Folder 38: List of all references to Carson McCullers from Jordan Massee's household account book, May1-Dec. 31, 1956
  • Folder 39: A list of newspaper reviews for, Square Root of Wonderful, Oct. and Nov. 1957
  • Folder 40: List of all visits by Carson McCullers at apartment 2-A West End Ave., New York City, 1957
  • Folder 41: Letter from the John Simon Guggenheim foundation to Carson McCullers, July 1, 1959
  • Folder 42: A card from Carson McCullers to Jordan Massee, ca. Oct. 9, 1950s
  • Folder 43: New York Times article about Carson McCullers, by Nona Balakian, Sept. 3, 1961
  • Folder 44: Reviews of Clock Without Hands, 1961
  • Folder 45: Emanuel Romano exhibition at Rothschild gallery in New York City, Sept. 29-Oct. 23, 1961
  • Folder 46: Review of Clock Without Hands in the Times Literary Review, Oct. 20, 1961
  • Folder 47: Extracts pertaining to Carson McCullers from the journals of Jordan Massee, 1961
  • Folder 48: Extracts pertaining to Carson McCullers from the journals of Jordan Massee, 1962
  • Folder 49: Letters from Edward Albee to Cheryl Crawford, May-July 1963
  • Folder 50: Review in the New York Times of Edward Albee's adaptation of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Oct. 31, 1963
  • Folder 51: Carson McCullers invitation to the inauguration of Lyndon Johnson, Jan 19, 1965
  • Folder 52: An invitation to the American Academy of Arts and Letters annual ceremonial, May 19, 1965
  • Folder 53: A conversation between Jordan Massee and Truman Capote about Carson McCullers, July 1965
  • Folder 54: An article about Carson McCullers in “Das Tintenfass” Oct. 1965
  • Folder 55: All references to Carson McCullers in the 1965 journal of Jordan Massee
  • Folder 56: Announcement of Carson McCullers 50th birthday, Feb. 1967, from an unknown publication
  • Folder 57: Random notes concerning the funeral arrangement of Carson McCullers, Sept. 29, 1967
  • Folder 58: New York Times article about the funeral of Carson McCullers, Oct. 4, 1967
  • Folder 59: “Saturday Review” Oct. 21, 1967, article on Carson McCullers, by Ralph McGill
  • Folder 60: Bequest to Jordan Massee from Carson McCullers, Dec. 1968
  • Folder 61: “Do You Sleep in the Nude” by Rex Reed, pages 38-43 are about Carson McCullers, 1968
  • Folder 62: Reviews of the movie version of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, 1968
  • Folder 63: New York Times review of the musical “F. Jasmine Addams” Oct. 28, 1971
  • Folder 64: Book reviews in the Columbus, Georgia Enquirer concerning Carson McCullers, Dec. 27, 1971
  • Folder 65: Review of the movie version of Member of the Wedding, Oct. 1971
  • Folder 66: Article in the “National Observer” about Carson McCullers, 1971
  • Folder 67: Reviews of The Mortgaged Heart, by Carson McCullers, 1971
  • Folder 68: Clason Kyle article, “A Bit of Carson Comes Home” from the Columbus Enquirer Magazine, Oct. 7, 1973
  • Folder 69: Notes on the Truman Copote book, In Cold Blood, Nov. 1975
  • Folder 70: A catalogue of the Carson McCullers collection, prepared Nov. 24, 1976
  • Folder 71: “Elle” Magazine, Dec. 1976
  • Folder 72: Second re-cap of the Carson McCullers collection, August 16, 1977
  • Folder 73: Six letters from Carson McCullers to Tennessee Williams, undated
  • Folder 74: A letter from Bessie Poore to Cheryl Crawford and Ruth, undated