Skip to Main Content

Columbus State University

CSU Archives

CSU Archives

Valley Reads - Carson McCullers (MC 179)


Historical Note

Carson McCullers was born Lula Carson Smith on February 19, 1917 in Columbus, Georgia.  McCullers an accomplished novelist, short story writer and playwright studied creative writing while attending Columbia University and Washington Square College of New York University.  Upon return to Columbus in 1936, McCullers began work on her first novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter that was completed the following year.  Other notable novels by McCullers include The Ballad of the Sad Café, The Member of the Wedding, Reflections in a Golden Eye,and Clock Without Hands.

In honor of the genius that has gone unrecognized in her hometown, the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System launched its inaugural Valley Reads literary event to create an area wide celebration of the book The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and its author Carson McCullers in 2002.

For more biographical information about Carson McCullers see Carlos Dews, "McCullers' Life was Fodder for Her Books" in Columbus and the Valley Magazine, (Sept-Oct 2002), 30-31.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of 1 box of materials, mostly newspaper clippings, pamphlets and assorted ephemera that traces Columbus' celebration of Carson McCullers by reading her work The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.


Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Valley Reads - Carson McCullers (MC 179)  must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Valley Reads - Carson McCullers, MC 179
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Collected by the Columbus State University Archives and Dr. Carlos Dews.

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)

Jordan Massee—Carson McCullers Collection (MC 170)

Mercer/Carson McCullers Papers (MC 296)

Margaret Sullivan Papers (MC 298)

John Zeigler and Edwin Peacock Collection (MC 182)

Box and Folder/Item List

Box 1

  • Folder 1  Book Page
  • Folder 2  Tim Chitwood Clippings
  • Folder 3  Columbus and the Valley Magazine
  • Folder 4 'Heart' Notes Clippings
  • Folder 5  Carson McCullers Clippings
  • Folder 6  Carson McCullers Pamphlets and Ephemera
  • Folder 7  Valley Reads The Heart is a Lonely Hunter


Item 1  Large banner for the Valley Reads event.