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Louise Jones DuBose Papers (MC 2)


Biographical Note

After receiving her A.B. from the University of South Carolina in 1920, Mary Louise Jones DuBose came to Columbus.  She lived with her aunt, Miss Clara Gunby, and worked as a reporter for the Enquirer, then operated by Julian and Julia Harris.  After covering a prize fight, an event she dared not let her aunt know she attended, she adopted the pen name of Nancy Telfair at the suggestion of Julia Harris.  In 1928, Columbus Office Supply hired Nancy Telfair to write the centennial history of Columbus.  Afterwords, she left Columbus and later served as director of the Federal Writers Project in South Carolina, as a professor at the University of South Carolina, and as director of the U.S.C. Press.  Throughout her various careers she continued to write. In the 1920s, her poems appeared in Ernest Hartsock's Bozart magazine, some were reprinted by the Literary Digest; her books included The Woman from Off: A One Act Play (1936), South Carolina Folktales (1941), Windstar (1943), and Enigma (1962).  She returned to Columbus in 1975 to participate in a program on Women's history.


Scope and Content

Her correspondence in this collection reflects her career as a reporter and includes letters from Julian and Julia Harris, as well as their photographs.  It also documents her literary activites during that period.  This collection includes some historical information about public education in Columbus (1927); material pertaining to her lecture in a program on Columbus Women (1975)--including her speech and some publicity; and a brief biography (typescript, 1p.) by Loretto Lamar Chappel, "Louise Jones DuBose of the University of South Carolina Press," (1962).  It also contains four letters of Augusta Jane Evans--three of them to members of the Benning family.


Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Louise Jones Dubose Papers (MC 2) must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Louise Jones Dubose Papers (MC 2)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia



This collection was donated by Louise Jones DuBose in 1975. At the same time the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, was in the process of acquiring her material relating to her career in South Carolina.  That facility processed both parts of the collection, then photocopied the originals dealing with Columbus, which form a portion of this collection.


Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1: Beecher Family connections

Folder 2: Biographical essay by Loretto Lamar Chappell 1962

Folder 3: Correspondence between John S. Lupold and University of South Carolina (2), 1974,1975

Folder 4: Correspondence from Augusta Jane Evans 1860, 1861

Folder 5: Correspondence to Louise Dubose 1923-1945

Folder 6: Correspondence to Nancy Telfair 1926-1938

Folder 7: "The First 100 Years Were the Hardest"; souvenir brochure of 100th anniversary of Atlanta
Includes map of John C. Calhoun's railroad expansion 1845

Folder 8: "Introduction" by A.W. Cozart of Nancy Telfair

Folder 9: "Mrs. Stowe's Cousin" and "Explanation of Mrs. Stowe's Cousin"
Includes old photograph of Laura Beecher Comer

Folder 10: Newspaper clippings-Nancy Telfair and Louise Dubose

Folder 11: Photographs of Julian Harris and Mrs. Julian Harris, the former Miss Julia Collier

Folder 12: Programme: The Students' Club, Columbus, Georgia 1900-1901

Folder 13: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings on the Columbus Public Schools

Folder 14: "South by Southeast" from University of South Carolina 1990

Folder 15: "Women in Columbus, 1828-1928", 2 copies, 1975