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Margaret S. Sullivan Papers (MC 298)

Biographical Note

Margaret Sue Sullivan, PhD (January 4, 1935- December 27, 2012) was a teacher and literary scholar.  During her research, she became friends with Carson McCullers (1917-1967) and Lillian Smith (1897-1968), among other notable Southern writers.

According to her obituary in the Columbus Ledger Enquirer, Sullivan was born January 4, 1935 to Cora Howell and Jordan James Sullivan in Green Mountain, North Carolina.  Her siblings were Dr. James Howell Sullivan (April 1, 1931-October 2, 2008), who was married to Margaret (Bunny) Thomas Sullivan (November 9, 1933-February 12, 2009); Nancy Sullivan Bush (July 9, 1935-November 25, 1999), who was married to John Bush and Patricia Sullivan Conner (November 23, 1936-March 26, 2003), who was married to Frank H. Conner, Jr.

Margaret and her family moved to Chipley, Georgia in her early years before settling in Columbus, Georgia.  She was a 1952 graduate of Columbus High School.  She graduated from Duke University in 1956 and returned to Columbus to teach at Jordan High School and to pursue her Master's Degree at Auburn University.  She then became a Professor of English at Auburn and taught her favorite subject on Southern Women's Literature. She was an authority on many southern writers, especially Carson McCullers, on whose life and literature she devoted years of research, as well as Lillian Smith. During her research, she became friends with both McCullers and Smith, as well as with Dr. Mary E. Mercer (1911-2013) and Paula Snelling (1899-1985), the executors of the McCullers and Smith estates, respectively.

She returned to Duke University to attain her Doctorate in English Literature in 1966. She was a professor of English at The George Washington University until she returned to Columbus to live in 1972, partly due to having been diagnosed with lupus, which she fought the rest of her life.

She was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church for 68 years, was an active member of the French Lit Club and in years past, Mensa. She also lectured on Carson McCullers and was active with the Springer Opera House, Elderhostel of Columbus and other local organizations. She died on December 27, 2012 and is buried in Parkhill Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia.

Scope and Content

These papers include Sullivan's school papers, research materials (mainly focusing on Carson McCullers and Lillian Smith) from graduate school through her later life, newspaper clippings of local and national events, copies of her dissertation, and a varied and voluminous correspondence. Below are two lists of selected correspondents; one alphabetically by signature and the other by last name, if known:

Selected Correspondents of Margaret S. Sullivan, alphabetically by the name they used in correspondence:

Alberta = Alberta Schwartz

Alice = Alice Clark

Alice = Alice Degilio

Alicia = Alicia Jurado

Alva = Alva Current-Garcia

Ann = Ann & Howard (last name not known)

Arlin = Arlin Turner

Arthur = Arthur Rosenthal

Barbara = Barbara Freeman

Barbara = Barbara & Bob Kernelk

Barbara = Barbara Maris

Barbara = Frank & Barbara Star

Beau = Beau Brian

Belle (or Aunt Belle) = Mrs. Clarence Bailey

Bev = Beveridge Webster

Bill = William Erwin

Carlton = Carlton Johnson

Caroline = Caroline Cable

Casey = unidentified

Cesi = Cecilia Cook

Chuck = Charles Padora

Clint = Clinton J. Atkinson

Clarence (or Uncle Speedy) = Clarence Bailey

Constance = Constance Johnson

Cora = Cora Howell, later Mrs. J. J. Sullivan

Dawn = Dawn Langley Simmons, a.k.a. Pepita

Dean = Dean Barton

Dee = Dee Rainey

Diane = Tim & Diane Aureden

Dick = Richard & Lilo Larner

Dolores = Mrs. Rick Eckberg

Don = Don Dixon

Donald = Donald Diamon

Donna = Donna and B. T. (Bennie) Abbott

Doris = Doris Bullock

Dot = Dorothy Lewis Griffith

Edwin = Edwin Peacock

Elizabeth = Elizabeth Barton

Emily (Miss Emily) = Mrs. Colin Davies

Emily (Miss Emily) = Emily Massee, later Mrs. James F. Brown

Emily = Emily Woodruff

Estelle (Miss Estelle) = Mrs. W. E. H. Searcy, III

Esther = Esther Smith

Fred = Frederick Marshall Karsten

Gene = Gene Current-Garcia

Genie = Genie Rose

George = George P. Brockway

Gin = Virginia Tucker, later Mrs. Thomas Melgaard

Helen = Helen Anne Caine, later Mrs. Benjamin Ira Franklin

Helen = Helen Harvey

Humphrey = unidentified

Isabelle = Jim & Isabelle Portner

Jay & Zee = Jay & Zee Claiborne

Jim = Jim & Isabelle Portner

John = unidentified

Judy = Judy Brown

Judy = Judy Frazer and later Mrs. Bernice (Bernie) Brouillette

Judy = Judy Ludwig

Judy = Mrs. Fred Stoll (of NYC in 1976)

Karen = Karen Tucker Melgaard, later Mrs. Russell Ward Miller

Lee = Nathalie Lee Goldstein

Lil = Lillian Smith

Liz = Elizabeth Barton

Liza = Liza Molodovsky

Locke = Locke Bullock

Louise = unidentified

Margaret = Margaret Smith, a.k.a. Rita

Maris = Maris Urbans

Mark = Mark Orton, later married to Doris Cunningham

Mary = Mary Ames

Mary = Mary Dawson

Mary = Mary Louise Lasher

Mary = Mary Elizabeth Mercer, MD

Mary = Mary Tucker

Mary Ann = Mary Ann and Henry (last name not known)

Mary Ann = Mary Ann Taylor

Mary Ellen = Mary Ellen Templeton

Mitsy = Edna H. Campbell, later Mrs. Imre Kovacs

Monica = Monica Fleishman

Muriel = Muriel McClanahan

Myrtis = Mrs. H. Maxwell Morrison, Jr.

Nancy = Nancy Bunge

Nancy = Nancy Bush

Nelson = Nelson Shipp

Noel = Noel Dorman

Noel = Noel Mawer

Norman = Norman Rothschild

Odessa = Odessa Elliott

Olga = Olga Perlgueig, a.k.a. Olga Merx

Pastora = unidentified

Pat = Mrs. Harold Davis

Pat = Pat Stutts

Pat = Patricia Sullivan, later Mrs. Frank H. Conner, Jr.

Paula = Paula Snelling

Pepita = Dawn Langley Simons

Rinky = Mrs. Charles J. Caine

Rita = Margarita Smith

Roberta = Mrs. J. E. Bush

Ruth = Mrs. William H. Barns

Ruth = Ruth and Richard Howell

Ruth = Ruth Lehmann

Sally = Sally Fitzgerald

Sally = Sally & Bill Thomas

Sam = Sam & Cheryl Dimon

Sissie = Bill and Sissie Morris

Speedy (Uncle Speedy) = Clarence Bailey

Susan = Mrs. Tom Rogan

Susanne = Susanne Schaup

Susan = Susan Sigmon

Tom = Tom Wrergbricke

Virginia = Virginia Spencer Carr

Virginia = Virginia Tucker, later Mrs. Thomas Melgaard

Walter = Walter Sturdivant

Selected Correspondents of Margaret S. Sullivan by last name:

Abbott, Mrs. B. T (Bennie); known as Donna

Aureden, Tim and Diane

Ames, Mary

Ann and Howard (not otherwise identified)

Atkinson, Clinton J. (1928-2002); actor and director, working mostly in New York, and friend of Margaret S. Sullivan

Bailey, Belle and Clarence (Aunt Bell and Uncle Speedy); relatives on Cora Howell Sullivan's side of the family

Barns, Mrs. William H., known as Ruth

Barton, Dean; 5th grade teacher of Carson McCullers

Barton, Elizabeth; sister of Dean Barton, 5th grade teacher of Carson McCullers

Brian, Beau

Brockway, George P.; editor of Lillian Smith

Brouillette, Judy Frazer; live-long friend of Margaret S. Sullivan, married to Bernard (Bernie) Brouillette in 1967

Brown, Emily Massee (Miss Emily); married to James F. Brown and sister of Jordan Massee, a cousin of Carson McCullers

Brown, Judy

Bullock, Locke and Doris

Bunge, Nancy; teaching colleague and friend of Margaret S. Sullivan

Bush, Catherine; niece of Dr. Margaret Sue Sullivan and daughter of John and Nancy Sullivan Bush

Bush, Jeff; nephew of Dr. Margaret Sue Sullivan and son of John and Nancy Sullivan Bush

Bush, Nancy Sullivan (1935-1999); sister of Dr. Margaret Sue Sullivan, married to John Karl Bush

Bush, Roberta; the mother-in-law of Nancy Sullivan Bush

Bush, Steve; nephew of Dr. Margaret Sue Sullivan and son of John and Nancy Sullivan Bush

Cable, Caroline

Cain, Helen see: Mrs. Benjamin Ira Franklin

Caine, Mrs. Charles J., known as Rinky

Campbell, Edna H see: Kovacs, Mitsy

Carr, Virginia Spencer; biographer of Carson McCullers and rival of Margaret Sullivan

Claiborne, Jay & Zee

Clark, Alice

Conner, Patricia Sullivan (1936-2003), known as Pat or Patsy; sister of Dr. Margaret Sue Sullivan, married to Frank H. Conner, Jr.

Conner, Frank H., III; son of Frank H., Jr. and Patricia Sullivan Conner, married to Susan

Conner, William Jordan, known as Will; nephew of Dr. Margaret Sue Sullivan and son of Frank H. Conner, Jr. and Patricia Sullivan Conner, married to Natalie

Conner, Ann (d. 1999); daughter of Frank H. Conner, Jr. and Patricia Sullivan Conner, married to John Kraynik

Cook, Cathy and Bruce; parents of Cecilia (Cesi), Bob and Katy Cook

Cook, Cecilia, known as Cesi; daughter of Cathy and Bruce Cook

Current-Garcia, Alva and Gene

Davies, Mrs. Colin, known as Miss Emily; daughter of a Methodist preacher who lived in Columbus while Carson McCullers lived there. Was very useful to Margaret S. Sullivan in her McCullers research

Davis, Pat; married to Harold Davis

Dawson, Mary; friend of Margaret S. Sullivan

Degilio, Alice

Diamond, Donald (1915-2005); musician and teacher at Julliard, and a friend of Carson McCullers and her family. Useful to Margaret S. Sullivan in her McCullers research.

Dimon, Sam and Cheryl

Dixon, Don

Dorman, Noel

Eckberg, Jason, son of Dolores Eckberg

Eckberg, Mrs. Rick (Dolores), mother of Jason

Elliott, Odessa

Erwin, William (Bill)

Fitzgerald, Sally (1917-2000); friend and biographer of Flannery O'Connor, as well as the editor of her letters and short stories. Also friend of Margaret S. Sullivan.

Fleishman, Monica

Franklin, Mrs. Benjamin Ira, born Helen Cain

Frazer, Judy, see; Brouillette, Judy Frazer

Freeman, Barbara

Goldstein, Nathalie Lee; McCullers scholar and friend of Margaret S. Sullivan

Griffith, Dorothy Lewis (b. 1932); pianist and friend of McCullers' piano teacher, Mary Tucker. She became a long-time friend and correspondent of Margaret S. Sullivan

Harvey, Helen; neighbor and friend of Carson McCullers in Columbus

Henry, Mary Ann

Howell, Ruth and Richard

Humphrey (unidentified)

Johnson, Constance and Carleton

Jurado, Alicia

Karsten, Frederick Marshall, known as Frank

Kernelk, Barbara and Bob

Kovacs, Edna H Campbell, known as Mitsy; life-long friend of Margaret Sullivan

Larner, Richard (Dick) and Lilo

Lasher, Mary Louise

Lehmann, Ruth

Louise (unidentified)

Ludwig, Judy

Maris, Barbara (in Baltimore in 1975)

Mawer, Noel

McClanahan, Muriel

Melgaard, Karen Tucker; daughter of Mrs. Thomas Melgaard. She married Russell Ward Miller in 1971.

Melgaard, Mrs. Thomas; daughter of Mary Tucker, known as Virginia or Gin

Mercer, Dr. Mary Elizabeth (1911-2013); the doctor, friend and heir of Carson McCullers, and very useful to Margaret S. Sullivan in her McCullers research

Merx, Olga = Olga Perlgueig

Molodovsky, Liza

Morris, Mrs. William, known as Sissie

Morrison, Jr., Mrs. H. Maxwell, known as Myrtis

Orton, Mark (married Doris Cunningham in 1968

Padorn, Charles, known as Chuck

Pastora (otherwise unidentified)

Peacock, Edwin

Perlgueig, Olga = Olga Merx

Porter, Katherine Ann; novelist and contemporary of Carson McCullers.

Portner, Jim and Isabell; neighbors and friends of Margaret S. Sullivan in Fairfax, Virginia

Rainey, Dee

Regan, Susan; married to Tom Regan

Rosa, Genie

Rosenthal, Arthur; a close friend of Margaret Sullivan when she lived in New York in the 1960s

Rothschild, Norman (1908-1998) was a Columbus, Georgia artist and co-owner of the David Rothschild Company.  He was a friend of Carson McCullers and became acquainted with Margaret Sue Sullivan as a result of her McCullers research during the 1960s.  They formed a friendship that lasted as long as he lived.

Schaup, Susanne; Austrian-born friend of Margaret S. Sullivan and perhaps one of her students

Schwartz, Alberta

Searcy III, Mrs. W. E. H., known as Miss Estelle

Shipp, Nelson

Sigmon, Susan; perhaps a student of Margaret S. Sullivan

Simmons, Dawn Langley, known as Pepita; friend of Carson McCullers in her New York days.

Smith, Ester; sister of Lillian Smith

Smith, Lillian, known as Lil

Smith, Margareta, known as Rita; sister of Carson McCullers

Snelling, Paula; partner of Lillian Smith

Star, Frank and Barbara

Stoll, Judy; Mrs. Fred Stoll; friends of Margaret S. Sullivan who lived in New York in the 1970s

Sturdivant, Walter; writer and friend of Margaret S. Sullivan

Stutts, Pat

Sullivan, Cora Howell (1907-1988); mother of Margaret S. Sullivan and her siblings

Sullivan, Elizabeth T., known as Beth; daughter of James H. & Bunny Sullivan

Sullivan, James Howell (1931-2008); brother of Dr. Margaret Sue Sullivan, married to Margaret Thomas Sullivan (Bunny)

Sullivan, James H. Sullivan, Jr., known as Jay; son of James H. and Bunny Sullivan, married to Elizabeth G. Sullivan

Sullivan, Margaret, known as Meg; daughter of J. H. and Bunny Sullivan, married to James L. Clark

Sullivan, Margaret Thomas (1933-2009), known as Bunny, married to James (Jimmy) Howell Sullivan

Sullivan, Nancy; daughter of James H. and Bunny Sullivan, married to Robert F. Burgin

Taylor, Mary Ann; friend of Margaret S. Sullivan

Templeton, Mary Ellen; friend of Margaret S. Sullivan

Thomas, Sally and Bill

Tucker, Mary (d. 1982); Carson McCullers' piano teacher in high school who became a friend of Margaret S. Sullivan during her research on McCullers

Turner, Arlin; Margaret S. Sullivan's dissertation advisor and friend

Urbans, Maris.

Webster, Beveridge; pianist and colleague of Dorothy Lewis Griffin, known as Bev

Woodruff, Emily

Wrergbricke, Tom

1897-2011                                               13 boxes (13 c.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Margaret Sullivan Papers must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Margaret S. Sullivan Papers (MC 298)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia



This collection was a gift from the estate of Dr. Margaret Sullivan.


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/McCullers Collection (MC 296)

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

John Zeigler and Edwin Peacock Collection (MC 182)

Series, Box and Folder List

Series 1 – Margaret Sullivan

Box 1

Folder 1 – Britto, Betty—The Bat Poet, adapted from Randall Jarrell's Book The Bat Poet, 1988

     This folder contains both a typescript of the play and a published version.

Folder 2 – Britto, Betty—Between the Ages, 1995

     This is a manuscript for a play about three strong women who reflect the changes in the status of women over three generations. The folder also contains a copy of page 23 of the script, and some notes concerning a planned staged reading of the play.

Folder 3 – Britto, Betty—Columbus Magazine, Talent is not Enough: A Bit about the Springer Opera House School of Theater Art (with photos of Margaret Sullivan), September 1982

Folder 4 – Cather, Willa, On Death Comes for the Archbishop, an article about her writings in The Commonweal (photocopy), 1927

Folder 5 – Columbus High School Class of 52 Reunion, 1982

     This folder contains two copies of the booklet for the 30th reunion of the Class of 1952 and other items related to the planning and activities of the occasion, including list of attendees, newspaper clipping and other material.

Folder 6 – Correspondence, General, 1956-1963

     Although much of Margaret Sullivan's correspondence in the 1960s and 1970s dealt with her research into Carson McCullers, it often dealt with family and friends and so much of it was placed in the General Correspondence folders.  Some lengthy exchanges of letters have been filed separately, such as that of Mary Tucker and Mary Mercer.  The correspondence which dealt with Lillian Smith and with Virginia Carr is in separate series.  Her correspondence with certain individuals was held together by Sullivan, and others were grouped together during processing.  These appear in alphabetical order after the General Correspondence.

Folder 7 – Correspondence, General, 1964

Folder 8 – Correspondence, General, 1965

Folder 9 – Correspondence, General, 1966

Folder 10 – Correspondence, General, 1967

Folder 11 – Correspondence, General, 1968

Folder 12 – Correspondence, General, 1969

Folder 13 – Correspondence, General, 1970

Folder 14 – Correspondence, General, 1971

Folder 15 – Correspondence, General, 1972

Folder 16 – Correspondence, General, 1973

Folder 17 – Correspondence, General, 1974

Folder 18 – Correspondence, General, 1975 (January-November)

Folder 19 – Correspondence, General, 1975 (December)

Folder 20 – Correspondence, General, 1976

Series 1 – Box 2

Folder 1 – Correspondence, General, 1977 (January-June)

Folder 2 – Correspondence, General, 1977 (July-December)

Folder 3 – Correspondence, General, 1978 (January-June)

Folder 4 – Correspondence, General, 1978 (July-December)

Folder 5 – Correspondence, General, 1979

Folder 6 – Correspondence, General, 1980

Folder 7 – Correspondence, General, 1981

Folder 8 – Correspondence, General, 1982-1985

Folder 9 – Correspondence, General, 1986-1987

Folder 10 – Correspondence, General, 1988-1992

Folder 11 – Correspondence, General, 1993-2011

Folder 12 – Correspondence, General, fragmentary and undated

Folder 13 – Correspondence, General, fragmentary and undated

Folder 14 – Correspondence-Atkinson, Clinton, 1975-1978

     Clinton J. Atkinson (1928-2002) was an actor and director, working mostly in New York, but also involved in community theater. He directed at least 4 plays at the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia which is where he met Sullivan. They also socialized in New York.

Folder 15 – Correspondence-Brouillette, Mrs. Bernard (Judy Frazer), 1959-1985

     Judy Frazer was a longtime friend of Margaret Sullivan's. She married Bernard Brouillette on June 17, 1967 and lived in Salem, Alabama.

Folder 16 – Correspondence-Bunge, Nancy L., 1970-1978, 1984

     According to her website, Nancy Bunge was born and grew up in Wisconsin.  She received her AB with honors from Radcliffe College (Harvard University), her MA from the University of Chicago in English Literature and her PhD in American Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  These letters to Dr. Sullivan mainly concern her experiences teaching literature.  They apparently met in Washington in the late 1960s, perhaps during Dr. Sullivan's time at The George Washington University.

Folder 17 – Correspondence-Bush, Nancy Sullivan (Mrs. John Karl Bush), 1963-1981 and undated

     This folder contains letters from Margaret Sullivan's sister Nancy and her family.  She was born on July 9, 1935 and died November 25, 1999.  She married John Karl Bush in 1963 and they had three children, Steve (b. 1964), Jeff (b. 1967?) and Catherine (b. 1970?).

Folder 18 – Correspondence-Conner, Pat Sullivan (Mrs. Frank H. Conner, Jr.), 1957-1971 and undated

     This folder contains letters from Margaret Sullivan's sister Patricia, who usually signed "Pat" or occasionally "Patsy".  She was born November 23, 1936 in Columbus, Georgia and died March 26, 2003 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She married Frank H. Conner, Jr. in 1957 and they had three children, Dr. William Jordan Conner (who married Natalie and had a daughter, Zoe), Ann Conner (1962-1999), (who married John Kraynik and had two children, John and David) and Frank H. Conner III, (who married Susan and had four children, John, Michael, Henry and Lauren).

Folder 19 – Correspondence-Conner, Pat Sullivan (Mrs. Frank H. Conner, Jr.), 1973-1991 and undated

Series 1 – Box 3

Folder 1 – Correspondence-Davies, Emily (Mrs. Colin Davies), 1975

     Emily Davies was the daughter of a Methodist preacher who lived for a time in Columbus, Georgia and knew Carson McCullers in the mid-1920s.

Folder 2 – Correspondence-Dawson, Mary

     Mary Dawson was a friend of Margaret Sullivan from her days at Duke.

Folder 3 – Correspondence-Diamond, David, 1977-1978

     David Diamond (1915-2005) was a musician and teacher at Julliard, and a friend of Carson McCullers and her family.

Folder 4 – Correspondence-Fitzgerald, Sally, 1977

     Sally Fitzgerald (1917-2000) was a friend and biographer of Flannery O'Connor, as well as the editor of her letters and short stories.

Folder 5 – Correspondence-Goldstein, N. Lee, 1962-1967

     This folder includes Margaret Sullivan's notes on Nathalie Lee Goldstein's Master's Thesis: The Art of Fiction: A Study of Carson McCullers from The American University in 1962.  It is cataloged under R 813.54 Goldstein and available in the CSU archives.  It also includes the correspondence of Sullivan and Goldstein.

Folder 6 – Correspondence and other material-Griffith, Dorothy Lewis, 1946-1987 and undated.

     This folder contains letters between Margaret Sullivan and Dorothy Lewis Griffith (born July 7, 1932) , as well as several letters from Mary Tucker to Dorothy Lewis Griffith from the 1960s and 1970s.  Also included below are letters from the pianist Beveridge Webster to Dorothy Lewis Griffith in the 1950s.  (His papers are at the University of Maryland.)

Folder 7 – Correspondence-Griffith, Dorothy Lewis with Beveridge Webster, 1953-1955

     These are letters from the pianist Beveridge Webster (1908-1999) to Dorothy Lewis Griffith.  (His papers are at the University of Maryland.)

Folder 8 – Correspondence-Griffith, Dorothy Lewis with Beveridge Webster, 1955

     This 12 page letter is undated, but internal evidence indicates that it is from late 1955.

Folder 9 – Correspondence-Griffith, Dorothy Lewis with Beveridge Webster, 1955

     This 8 page letter is undated, but it is probably written shortly after the one above, in late 1955.

Folder 10 – Correspondence-Griffith, Dorothy Lewis with Beveridge Webster, December 6-11, 1955

     This 10 page letter was written over a period of several days. The last page is missing and the rest of this letter exists only as a photocopy.  The original photocopy was moldy, so a second generation of the copy was made.  The quality of that copy makes it hard to read, so it was also scanned and a transcript made.

Folder 11 – Correspondence-Griffith, Dorothy Lewis with Beveridge Webster, January 6-February, 1956

     This 10 page letter was written over a period of several weeks.

Folder 12 – Correspondence-Griffith, Dorothy Lewis with Beveridge Webster, March-April, 1956

     This 6 page letter was also written over an extended period.

Folder 13 – Correspondence-Griffith, Dorothy Lewis with Beveridge Webster, October, 1956-1973

     This folder contains a few letters, music programs and photocopies of postcards.

Folder 14 – Correspondence-Kovacs, Mitsy (Edna H. Campbell), 1962-1980

     Mitsy (Edna) Campbell Kovacs was a life-long friend of Margaret Sullivan's.

Folder 15 – Correspondence-Mercer, Mary, 1968-1982

     Mary Elizabeth Mercer was the doctor, friend and heir of Carson McCullers.  This folder includes photos of Margaret's trip to Nyack, NY to visit her in August of 1973.

Folder 16 – Correspondence-Porter, Katherine Ann, 1975

     Katherine Ann Porter was a novelist and contemporary of Carson McCullers.

Folder 17 – Correspondence-Portner, Jan & Isabelle, 1969-1975

     Jan Portner rented Margaret Sullivan's apartment in Alexandria, Virginia for several years.

Folder 18 – Correspondence-Rosenthal, Arthur F., 1962-1966

     Dr. Rosenthal was a close friend of Margaret Sullivan while she was living in New York.

Folder 19 – Correspondence-Rothschild, Norman S., Robert Pace & Cheryl Crawford, 1965-1975

     Norman S. Rothschild (1908-1998) was a Columbus, Georgia artist and co-owner of the David Rothschild Company.  He was a friend of Carson McCullers and became acquainted with Margaret Sullivan as a result of her McCullers research during the 1960s.  They formed a friendship that lasted as long as he lived.

Folder 20 – Correspondence-Rothschild, Norman S., Robert Pace & Cheryl Crawford, 1976-1977

Folder 21 – Correspondence-Rothschild, Norman S., Robert Pace & Cheryl Crawford, 1978-1980

     This folder also contains the New York Times obituary of Cheryl Crawford.

Folder 22 – Correspondence-Schaup, Suzanne, 1966-1986

     This folder also includes her essay, Adventure in Language: or My Longest Love Affair, n.d.

Folder 23 – Correspondence-Sigmon, Susan P., December 3, 1992-May 18, 1993

     This folder also includes her short story, Babychild

Folder 24 – Correspondence-Simmons, Dawn Langley (Pepita), 1978, 1982

     These letters are from the person who gave Carson McCullers her Chinese robe.  Her original name was Gordon Langley Hall.  Her entry in Wikipedia gives an account of her change of gender and her career.

Folder 25 – Correspondence-Smith, Margarita (Rita), 1973-1975

     Rita Smith (1922-1983) was Carson McCullers' sister.

Folder 26 – Correspondence-Sturdivant, Walter, 1972-1979

     Sturdivant was a writer and friend of Margaret Sullivan.  This folder also includes his short story, The Gifted Child.

Folder 27 – Correspondence-Sullivan, Cora, 1962-1971 and undated

     Cora Howell Sullivan (August 12, 1907-July 16, 1988) was married to J. J. Sullivan, the brother of Margaret, Nancy, Patricia and J. H. Sullivan.

Folder 28 – Correspondence-Sullivan, James H. and family, 1962-1970

     James H. Sullivan was born in April 1, 1931 and died October 2, 2008. He married Margaret (Bunny) Thomas (b. 9 November, 1933 and died 12 February, 2009).  They had four children, Nancy, Beth, Margaret (Meg) and Jay.

Folder 29 – Correspondence-Sullivan, James H. and family, 1971-1983 and undated

Folder 30 – Correspondence-Taylor, Mary-Ann, 1963-1967

     Mary Ann Taylor was a friend of Margaret Sullivan from Columbus, GA and Auburn, AL.

Folder 31 – Correspondence-Templeton, Mary Ellen, 1975-1980 and undated


Series 1 – Box 4

Folder 1 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary, 1936, 1965

     Mary Tucker was Carson McCullers' piano teacher in high school and became a friend of Margaret Sullivan during her research on McCullers.  This folder contains two 1936 letters to Mary Tucker from Dean Barton, McCullers' 5th grade teacher.

Folder 2 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary, 1966

Folder 3 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary, 1967

Folder 4 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary (With Letters from Mary E. Mercer and others), 1968

Folder 5 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary, 1969

Folder 6 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary (With Letters of Virginia Carr and Mary Mercer), 1970

Folder 7 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary, 1971

Folder 8 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary, 1972

Folder 9 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary, 1973

     This folder also contains correspondence between Virginia Carr's publisher Ken McCormick and Mary Tucker and a letter from Virginia Carr to Mary Tucker.

Folder 10 – Correspondence-Tucker, Mary, 1974-1977, 1982

     This folder also contains Mary Tucker's 1982 obituary from her local newspaper in Lexington, Virginia.

Folder 11 – Duke: A Magazine for Alumni and Friends (April/May, 1991) and a copy of the English Newsletter (1988), 1988-1999

Folder 12 – Elderhostel Material – Columbus College and Pine Mountain, August, 1991-January 1992

Folder 13 – Fiction Ideas, n.d.

Folder 14 – Hawthorne, Nathanial – Blithedale Romance, critiqued by Diane Moskal & others, March 30, 1970 - March, 1971

     This folder contains various critiques of Nathanial Hawthorne's novel, The Blithedale Romance. They seem to be mainly by students of Dr. Sullivan.

Folder 15 – Intertel (International League of Intelligence), 1975-1976

     This folder contains information about an organization of which Margaret Sullivan was a member.

Folder 16 – Life Magazine – Remembering Jackie (Kennedy), July 15, 1994

Folder 17 – Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, 1977

     This folder contains a draft paper on the history of the Institute and a poster regarding some stolen art.

Folder 18 – Newspaper Clippings (1)

     These three folders contain clippings from various newspapers concerning literary issues, local Columbus events and people, reviews of movies, plays and books and obituaries.

Folder 19 – Newspaper Clippings (2)

Folder 20 – Newspaper Clippings (3)

Folder 21 – Notes (1)

     These four folders contain Sullivan's notes from various research projects. They include note cards, steno notebooks made during interviews with various people including Tennessee Williams, and many undated scraps of paper.

Folder 22 – Notes (2)

Folder 23 – Notes (3)

Folder 24 – Notes (4)

Series 1 – Box 5

Folder 1 – Notes (5)

Folder 2 – Notes (6)

Folder 3 – Notes (7)

Folder 4 – Notes (8)

Folder 5 – Notes (9)

Folder 6 – Notes (10)

Folder 7 – Notes from Interviews

Folder 8 – O'Connor, Flannery-Research, 1970s-1980s

Folder 9 – O'Connor, Flannery-Movie Script, 1998

     This folder contains the script, Flannery, by Kristen McGary and Amy McGary, with Margaret Sullivan's comments.

Folder 10 – O'Connor, Flannery – Cammarata, Melinda: O'Connor's Displaced Person: A Sojourner in "The Midst of the Ungodly", March 14, 1991

Folder 11 – Saul Prologue – Stanford Writing Center – Dept. of English CA, May 3, 1963

Folder 12 – School Related (1), 1950s

Folder 13 – School Related (2), 1950s

Folder 14 – School Related (3), 1960s

Folder 15 – School Related (4), 1970s

Folder 16 – School Related (5) Term Papers – Duke University, 1955-1956

Folder 17 – School Related (6)-The George Washington University – Notes

Folder 18 – School Related (7)-Witchcraft Notes

Folder 19 – Shaw, Peter, Plagiary, published in The American Scholar (photocopy), pages 325-337, Summer 1982

Folder 20 – Spoto, Donaldo – The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams (partial photocopy), Little Brown & Co., March, 1985

Folder 21 – Sullivan, Margaret – Pepe, n.d.

     This folder contains two copies of a typescript manuscript for a short story.

Folder 22 – Sullivan, Margaret – Journal & Notes, 1990s-2000s

Folder 23 – Temple Israel – Jewish Ladies Aid Society of Temple Israel: Our First Century (1874-1974), Columbus, GA, April 27, 1974

     This folder contains a photocopy of the booklet and Margaret Sullivan's notes relating to the Temple

Folder 24 -- Cohiscan - Columbus High School yearbook, 1952


Series 2 – Lillian Smith

Box 1

Folder 1 – Articles about Lillian Smith-Atlantic Magazine, Lillian Smith: A Prophecy of Strange Fruit, vol. 9, Issue 10, pages 40-44, February, 1970

Folder 2 – Articles about Lillian Smith-Brightleaf: A Southern Review of Books, September, 1997, page 50 and March-April, 1998 passim.

Folder 3 – Articles about Lillian Smith-Community Magazine with two articles by Dorothy Besal, Prophet for Our Time, June 1965 and Ode to Lillian Smith, December, 1966

Folder 4 – Articles about Lillian Smith-Mad River Review with an article by Margaret Sullivan, Lillian Smith: The Public Image and the Personal Vision, 1967

This folder also contains Sullivan's notes for this article.

Folder 5 – Articles about Lillian Smith-The Progressive with an article by Margaret Long, Lillian Smith: A Match for Old Screamer, February, 1965

Folder 6 – Articles about Lillian Smith-The South Atlantic Quarterly with an article by Redding S. Sugg, Jr., Lillian Smith and the Condition of Woman, Spring, 1972

Folder 7 – Articles about Lillian Smith-Southern Exposure with article by Jo Ann Robinson, Lillian Smith: Reflections on Race and Sex, vol. IV, no. 4, page 43 47, 1977

Folder 8 – Barnett, Eugene E.—As I Look Back: Recollection of Growing Up in America's Southland and of Twenty-Six Years in Pre-Communist China, 1888-1936, 1959 (?)

     This is a typescript of the autobiography of Eugene E. Barnett, written apparently in 1959.  He was married to Lillian Smith's sister, Bertha Mae.  He recounts his childhood in Florida and his college days in Oxford, Georgia and Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  He tells of becoming involved with the YMCA in North Carolina and later in Hangchow and Shanghai, where he performed organizational and administrative work with the China National and International YMCA committees.  This manuscript was apparently never published but was made available by University Microfilms in 1981.

Folder 9 – Bio-Bibliography of Mrs. Lillian Smith by Letty Morehouse – FSU, August, 1956

Folder 10 – Bibliography, Draft, 1960s

     This folder contains two draft forwards by Paula Snelling.

Folder11 – Bibliography Correspondence, 1969-1971

Folder 12 – A Bibliography of Lillian Smith & Paula Snelling: With an Index to South Today, by Margaret Sullivan, published in the Bulletin of the Mississippi Valley Collection, No. 4 Spring, 1971

Folder 13 – Inventory of the Lillian Smith Papers (1897-1966), compiled by Judy Muse and Ann Farrell, n.d.

Folder 14 – Biographical Material – A Critical and Biographical Study of Lillian Smith (notes), 1960s

This folder contains the notes of Margaret Sullivan for a planned biography of Lillian Smith which was not completed due to Sullivan's ill-health.

Folder 15 – Biographical Material-Miscellaneous, 1900s-1960s

Folder 16 – Biographical Material-Newspaper clippings about Lillian Smith and her works, 1940s-1960s

Folder 17 – Biographical Material – Obituaries and Tributes (Lillian Smith), September, 1966

Folder 18 – Congress of Racial Equality, 1966

     This folder contains information regarding Lillian Smith's decision to resign from CORE's advisory committee.

Folder 19 – Correspondence, General, 1910-1914, 1928, 1931-1932, 1937

Folder 20 – Correspondence, General, (Mostly Laurel Falls-Related) 1944-1948

     This folder mainly concerns Laurel Falls Camp for Girls, but not exclusively.   It includes Lillian Smith's announcement of a "sabbatical year" for Laurel Falls Camp due to her health and finances. There is also some undated general information on the camp at back of the folder.

Folder 21 – Correspondence, General, 1954-1965

     This folder contains letters, mostly concerning Smith's books, from Carson McCullers, Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandburg, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (President of the UN General Assembly, Lewis Mumford and others.

Folder 22 – Correspondence-Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1949

     This and the following folders are with mainly letters to and from George Brockway and others at Norton and Company regarding the publication of Smith's Book, Killers of the Dream. There are also other letters regarding publicity for the book and other related matters.

Folder 23 – Correspondence-Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1950

Folder 24 – Correspondence-Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1951

     This folder also contains the commencement speech given by Smith at the Kentucky State College in Frankfort on June 5th, 1951, titled Ten Years from Today, and describes a future South without racial segregation.

Folder 25 – Correspondence-Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1960

     There is a nine-year gap when Lillian Smith did not communicate with George P. Brockway due to a publishing dispute.  Their correspondence resumed in 1960.

Folder 26 – Correspondence-Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1962

Series 2 -- Box 2

Folder 1 – Correspondence-Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1963

Folder 2 – Correspondence -Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1964

Folder 3 – Correspondence-Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1965

Folder 4 – Correspondence-Brockway, George P. (photocopies), 1966

Folder 5 – Correspondence-Sullivan, Margaret, January-June, 1965

     This folder contains a 21 page account of Margaret Sullivan's visit to Lillian Smith in late June.  Many of the letters in this and the following 5 folders exist in multiple copies, sometimes with slightly different annotations in either Lillian Smith's or Margaret Sullivan's hand.

Folder 6 – Correspondence-Sullivan, Margaret, July-August, 1965

Folder 7 – Correspondence-Sullivan, Margaret, September-December, 1965

Folder 8 – Correspondence-Sullivan, Margaret, January-August, 1966

     This folder also contains some undated fragments of letters.

Folder 9 – Correspondence-Sullivan, Margaret, 1967-1969

     This folder and the next one contain correspondence with Esther Smith (Lillian Smith's sister), Paula Snelling (Lillian Smith's partner and executor) and others concerning Lillian Smith after her death plus some photos.

Folder 10 – Correspondence-Sullivan, Margaret, 1970-1992 and n.d.

Folder 11 – Laurel Falls Camp for Girls, 1930s-1966

     This folder contains camp-related brochures, booklets, instructions, articles, and a 1966 essay by Jane Parks Ward, Letter from Buss Eye.  This folder also contains several undated scripts for skits to be put on by the campers.

Folder 12 – Research-Race Relations, 1950s-1960s

     This folder contains photocopies of articles related to segregation, race relations and related material gathered by Margaret Sullivan as part of her background research for her work on Lillian Smith.



Folder 13 – Works-Autobiographical Material (photocopies), 1897-1966

     These 104 pages were typed by Lillian Smith for her future biographer.  They cover her birth, early years, various aspects of her working life (writer, camp-director, columnist, book reviewer, etc.), her personal life, publications, speeches, political activities, and comments by others on her own works.

     Much of this material is duplicated in a piece-meal fashion in various letters to Margaret Sullivan, but this set was found together and provides a more unified access to Smith's stream-of-consciousness approach to summarizing her life.


Folder 14 – Works-Articles by Lillian Smith, 1942-1949

Folder 15 – Works-Articles by Lillian Smith, 1950-1966

Folder 16 – Works –Articles and Newspaper Clippings (Copies) about Lillian Smith, 1940s-1950s

Book Reviews

Folder 17 – Works-Book Reviews by Lillian Smith, 1950s-1966

Folder 18 – Works-Book Reviews by Paula Snelling, 1930s-1950s

Series 2 – Box 3

Books, Columns and Stories

Folder 1 – Works-Dear Susu and Plain Case of Arithmetic by Lillian Smith, 1939

     This is a photocopy of a story or article describing a summer at Laurel Falls Camp in 1939 and a script or article about mixed race children, with no date.

Folder 2 – Works – The Journey – Reviews and Criticism, 1954-1957

Folder 3 – Works – Killers of the Dream – Reviews and Criticism, 1946-1949

Folder 4 – Works – Memory of a Large Christmas – Reviews, 1962

Folder 5 – Works – Pseudopodia/The North Georgia Review (photocopies), 1936-1938

     The periodical, edited by Smith and Paula Snelling, changed its name from Pseudopodia to North Georgia Review with the Spring, 1937 issue.  The magazine changed its name once again with the Winter, 1942/43 issue to South Today.  There is also a letter in this folder from Paula Snelling to Winston Broadfoot of the Duke University Library regarding Lillian Smith's papers and their disposition.  This letter is dated April 9, 1967

Folder 6 – Works – The North Georgia Review (photocopies), 1938-1940

Folder 7 – Works -- The North Georgia Review (photocopies), 1941-1942

Folder 8 – Works – South Today (photocopies), 1942-43

Folder 9 – Works – South Today (photocopies), 1944-45

Folder 10 – Works – South Today Magazine - Index, 1936-1945

     This folder contains an index for magazine covering all three incarnations, Pseudopodia, the North Georgia Review and South Today, from 1936 through 1946, possibly prepared by Redding S. Sugg, Jr.

Folder 11 – Works – South Today – Reviews and Criticism, 1938-1971. It also includes the June 1971 issue of South Today with an article on the legacy of Lillian Smith.

Folder 12 – Works – Now is the Time -- Reviews, 1955

Folder 13 – Works – One Hour – Reviews, 1959-1960

This folder also includes an undated, unaddressed, fragmentary letter (pages 1 and 3 survive) by Lillian Smith describing her progress in finishing the book.

Folder 14 – Works – Our Faces, Our Words – Reviews/Notes, 1964-1965

Folder 15 – Works – A Southerner Talking, a column by Lillian Smith in the Chicago Defender (the sets of photocopies), 1948-1949

Folder 16 – Works – Strange Fruit, Reviews and Criticism, 1944-1971

Folder 17 – Works – Strange Fruit – Banning and Legal Case, 1944

Folder 18 – Works – Strange Fruit (Play) – Annotated Script (photocopy), 1945

Folder 19 – Works – Strange Fruit (Play) – Theater Programs, 1945

Folder 20 – Works – Strange Fruit (Play) – Drama Reviews and Criticism, 1945


Folder 21 – Works – Speeches and Interviews, 1944-1966

     This folder contains typescripts and printed versions of her speeches, commencement addresses and interviews.  There is a typescript chronological listing of her engagements from 1948 to 1963 at the front of the folder.

Folder 22 – Works – Literary Criticism, 1947-1963

     This folder contains general literary criticism of Lillian Smith and her writings.  Reviews and articles on individual works are filed with their folders, above.

Series 3 – Carson McCullers

Box 1

Folder 1 – Carson McCullers – Family Genealogy

Folder 2 – Johnson, Graham (a cousin of Carson McCullers), Memoir of a Columbus Boyhood (Part 1), 2000

Folder 3 – Johnson, Graham, Memoir of a Columbus Boyhood (Part 2), 2000

Folder 4 – The Oxford American Magazine, In Her Own Words: The Life and Times of Carson McCullers, 1997

Folder 5 – James Reeves McCullers' French Death Certificate, extract made in 1965

Folder 6 – Letters from Carson McCullers to John Van Druten and others, copied by Margaret Sullivan, n.d.

Folder 7 – Note from Carson McCullers to Helen Harvey, n.d.

This note was given by Helen Harvey to Margaret Sullivan as a Christmas present in 1971.

Folder 8 – Photos of Carson and Reeves McCullers and families, 1920s-1950s.

Folder 9 – Unidentified VHS labeled "Carson McCullers", n.d.

Folder 10 – Carson McCullers – Obituaries, 1967

Folder 11 – Carson McCullers and Margaret Sullivan, 1960s-1980s

Folder 12 – Notes, 1960s-1970s

Folder 13 – The Friends of Carson McCullers, 1983

     Margaret Sullivan initially founded this group to raise funds to erect the historical marker in front of Carson McCullers home on Stark Avenue, and afterwards to support the Carson McCullers Center established in the house.

Folder 14 – The Friends of Carson McCullers, 1984-2002

Folder 15 – Sullivan, Margaret-The Ballad of the Sad Café – Thesis Chapter, June 22, 1961

Folder 16 – Sullivan, Margaret-Clock without Hands – (Paper for Duffey), January 17, 1964

Folder 17 – Sullivan, Margaret-Reflections in a Golden Eye – Thesis Chapter, May 26, 1961

Folder 18 – Sullivan, Margaret-Dissertation—Carson McCullers 1917-1947: The Conversion of Experience, 1966

Folder 19 – Sullivan, Margaret-Dissertation (copy 2)—Carson McCullers 1917-1947: The Conversion of Experience, 1966

Folder 20 – Wallace, Harry-Thesis—Lifelessness Is the Only Abnormality: A Study of Love, Sex, Marriage, and Family in the Novels of Carson McCullers, 1976

Series 4 – Virginia Spencer Carr

Box 1

Folder1 – Carson McCullers and the Search for Meaning, Virginia Spencer Carr (Thesis), December 1969 (part 1)

Folder 2 – Carson McCullers and the Search of Meaning, by Virginia Spencer Carr (Thesis), December 1969 (part 2)

Folder 3 – Newspaper Clippings about Virginia Carr and Lonely Hunter (1), 1970s-1980s

Folder 4 –Newspaper Clippings about Virginia Carr and Lonely Hunter (1), 1970s-1980s

Folder 5 – The Tar-Baby: A Modern Fable – Correspondence, 1972-1975, 1978, 1983, 1985, n.d.

     This folder included the only direct contact found between Margaret Sullivan and Virginia Carr, which occurred in December of 1983 when Dr. Carr mailed her a check to join the Friends of Carson McCullers and Dr. Sullivan sent it back uncashed, with a note explaining the reason.  In addition, Dr. Sullivan included a letter from Mary Tucker to Virginia Carr telling her what she thought of the book and of being included in it (she was furious), as well as reviews sent to her by Norman Rothschild (who signed his note "Maximillian") and Mary Dawson.

Folder 6 – The Tar-Baby: A Modern Tale – Selected Plagiarisms – Margaret Sullivan, Duke 1966 – Virginia Carr, Florida State 1969

     This folder contains multiple copies of selected passages with Margaret Sullivan's annotations.

Folder 7 – The Tar-Baby: A Modern Fable – Newspaper Articles, 1970s

Series 5 – Publications, Audio and Video Material

Box 1

Tapes and Recordings

David Diamond Postponed – David Diamond October 5, 1984

Ruth Coffman, March 3, 1988

Julie Harris Interview

Carson McCullers Reads from The Member of the Wedding and Other Works

Carson McCullers – Love Me – Presenter: Russel Davies, Producer: Noah Richler – With Reading by Eleanor Bron – New York Drama Scene: Emma Wood and Russel Davies – 1745-1830 – BBC Radio 3, July 5, 1995

Jose Quintero – Columbus GA, January 17, 1972

Jordan Massee

Mary Mercer I – Mary Mercer II

Jordan Massee I – Jordan Massee II

Floria Lasky – Josh Logen and Cheryl Crawford

Evans Mitchell and Mary Mitchell Lindsay 0- Sunday, September 9, 1990
     8 mm home movie of the wedding of Carson and Reeves McCullers in September of 1937.

Photos of Margaret Sullivan, 1960's

Series 5 – Box 2 - Tape Recordings

     This box contains approximately 150 cassette tapes, with a mix of commercially produced recordings and and research-related recordings.  Fifty eight were identified as having been created by Dr. Sullivan in the process of her research on Carson McCuller, including 57 cassette tapes and 1 reel-to-reel tape.  In 2018/2019 the CSU Archives had these recordings digitized.  Dr. Sullivan's labels, placed on each side of each recording, were photographed and included (if extant) as part of the digital preservation process.  The reel-to-reel tape is of Carson McCullers dictating letters.

     The cassette tapes mostly consist of Dr. Sullivan reading from McCullers' correspondence and papers in late 1963 in McCullers home in Nyack, New York.  In addition to this set of tapes, however, there are also 2 cassettes recorded in September of 1977 of David Diamond reading from his diary entries from 1940/1941 about his meeting the McCullers and his subsequent affair with Reeves; a cassette tape make of an interview with Helen Harvey, a close childhood friend of McCullers; and one of a group discussion among three other friends of both Reeves and Carson McCullers.  Dr. Sullivan also mistakenly used the same numbers for two cassette tapes (Tape 7 and Tape 8).  The two relating to Annemarie Schwarzenbach have been removed from the set of recordings made in 1963 at the Nyack house and placed with the three items list above at the end of this description.

     After the digitization, an archives processor listened to 19 of the recordings and made notes of their contents.  These notes should be, in most cases, taken as paraphrases and not verbatim transcriptions.  In all cases, Sullivan included the name of the correspondent, their return address, the date and the complete document.  She would also include editorial asides, such as "Now this is an important letter" or offer her opinion of the full name of someone mentioned in passing by a nickname or first name only in a letter.  All 58 of the tapes have been uploaded to the CSU Digital Archives, but only these 19 have been listened to and paraphrased.  Many cry out to be full transcribed, such as the letters recorded on Side B of tape 12 from Janet Flaner and others just after the death of Reeves McCullers.  The letters from John L. Brown and his wife Simone which are on Side A of tape 12 are also epistolary masterpieces.  The processor's paraphrases do not do them justice.  Much of the materials read by Sullivan are now in the Carson McCullers collection of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin.

     Both sides of each one of the 58 tapes have been uploaded and are available for listening.  All 58 have the metadata as supplied by Dr. Sullivan, if extant, but as of April 2019 only the 19 tapes mentioned above have been described and given more detailed metadata such as fullers titles and tags.  This fuller metadata includes expanding (and in a few cases correcting) Dr. Sullivan's abbreviations have been expanded, such as "The Member of the Wedding" for her "MW", or "Annemarie Schwarzenbach" for her "Anne Marie".  The processor also standardized the labeling of the tape sides, so they all say Side A or Side B (rather than the occasional Side 1 or Side 2).  Dr. Sullivan also labeled two tapes as #7 and that has been dealt with as well.

     The fact that Dr. Sullivan grew up only 18 years later than Carson McCullers in the same part of Columbus, Georgia as McCullers and also attended the same schools means that they both had a very similar enunciation, pronunciation and accent. It is almost as if one were hearing the voice of Carson McCullers herself.

     The links below connect to Dr. Sullivan's digital recording files as well as a photograph of her original label for each digitized tape.  To the extent possible, the numbering arrangement of Dr. Sullivan is followed, although in those cases where her labels are missing and in the case when she used the same number twice.  The resource number to which the items below are linked was determined by the order of digitization.

Reel-to-Reel Tape

Reel-to-Reel Tape 1 – Side A – Carson McCullers dictating letters -- 1 minute, 32 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  #25 [crossed out] Carson, Track 1, Dec. 1963

     The front of the box containing the reel-to-reel tape says "Tape 1 – Carson" and "Tape 2 – Kennedy", although both sides are Carson McCullers dictating letters.  The label on the reel itself says "Carson" and is dated December 1963, which is probably the date of Sullivan's copying of the tape.

     Carson McCullers dictating a letter to Elizabeth Schwartz [Carson's German translator who lived in Switzerland].  This is only a few seconds long when the recording stops.  After a pause there is a dictated letter to Mary Mercer saying that she (Carson) is practicing the use of the Dictaphone machine that Mercer had given to her.  She says that she had just dictated a letter to Elizabeth Schwartz, who had given Carson "that lovely photograph of Annemarie" (Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942), Swiss photographer, writer and poet, and friend of Carson).  She also mentions that "Robbie" [Robert Lantz, Carson McCullers' literary agent], had told Carson that the German edition had sold out and they were preparing another one.

Reel-to-Reel Tape 1 – Side B – Carson McCullers dictating letters -- 8 minutes, 39 seconds

Sullivan's Label – 25-69, Pope John, 70-79 [Bylon?], 80-182 Kennedy Funeral, 183-Oswald
Tape 2 -- Kennedy

     Carson McCullers dictating a letter to Marielle [Bancou] (artist and friend of McCullers] (1921-2015) for about 1 minute and 10 seconds, during which Carson tells Marielle that Mary [Mercer] had given her a Dictaphone, then corrects herself to "a talking machine" for Christmas.  "Ernest, a precious boy who lives upstairs, is helping me to run it. " Then there is a 1 minute 10 second gap before Ernest, presumably, says "the machine will now record" and asks Carson if she would like to recite a poem.  She recites two, one with the phrases "Nothing resembles nothing, yet nothing is not blank.  It is configured hell" and "Of ticking clocks on winter afternoons".  Then another minute of silence.

     Then at about 4 minutes in, Carson resumes dictating the letter to Marielle.  She tells again about receiving the tape recorder from Mary Mercer and says she hopes it will help her with her writing and to not be self-conscious and able to record her works.  She goes on to ask Marielle to help arrange an exchange of Mary's house in Nyack for a house in Paris for a summer or six months.  "You're wonderful at doing things like that, darling. When are you coming back here darling?  I just miss you so much when you're away.  Ida [Reeder] sends you her love and to Pascal [Marielle's son] and, of course, so do I."  "Your little snow white".  Then there is an aside to someone to whom Carson says, "She used to call me 'My little snow white' ".

Cassette Tape 1 -- Letters -- Carson McCullers to Reeves McCullers

Cassette Tape 01 Side A  -- Carson McCullers to Reeves-November-December, 1944 -- 31 minutes, 19 seconds

Cassette Tape 01 Side B -- Carson McCullers to Reeves to January 6 1945 -31 minutes, 18 seconds

Cassette Tape 2 -- Letters -- Carson McCullers to Reeves McCullers

Cassette Tape 02 Side A -- Carson McCullers to Reeves to June 1945 -- 31 minutes, 28 seconds

[N.B.--There is no Side B]

Cassette Tape 3 -- Letters -- Carson McCullers to Reeves McCullers

Cassette Tape 03 Side A -- Carson McCullers to Reeves Letters -- 31 minutes, 8 seconds

Cassette Tape 03 Side B -- Carson McCullers to Reeves Letters -- 8 minutes, 26 seconds

Cassette Tape 4 -- Letters -- Reeves McCullers to Carson McCullers

Cassette Tape 04 Side A -- Reeves to Carson McCullers Letters 1-5, Camp Forrest -- 31 minutes, 1 seconds

Cassette Tape 04 Side B -- Reeves to Carson McCullers, Letters 6-12 -- 31 minutes, 29 seconds -- 31 minutes, 29 seconds

Cassette Tape 5 -- Letters -- Reeves McCullers to Carson McCullers

Cassette Tape 05 Side A -- Reeves to Carson McCullers, Letters 12-16 -- 31 minutes, 53 seconds

Cassette Tape 05 Side B -- Reeves, Letter 16 - D-Day -- 31 minutes, 49 seconds -- 31 minutes, 49 seconds

Cassette Tape 6 -- Letters -- Reeves McCullers to Carson McCullers

Cassette Tape 06 Side A -- Reeves to Carson McCullers, D-Day to July 14, 1944 -- 31 minutes, 3 seconds

Cassette Tape 06 Side B -- Reeves to Carson McCullers, July 14 1944 - Sept 1944 -- 31 minutes, 2 seconds

Cassette Tape 7 -- Letters -- Reeves McCullers to Carson McCullers

Cassette Tape 07 Side A -- Reeves to Carson McCullers, Sept 1944 - Nov 1944 -- 31 minutes, 13 seconds

Cassette Tape 07 Side B -- Reeves to Carson McCullers, Nov to Dec 1944 -- 31 minutes, 13 seconds

Cassette Tape 8 -- Letters -- Reeves McCullers to Carson McCullers

Cassette Tape 08 Side A -- Reeves to Carson McCullers, Dec 18, 1944 - Aug 8, 1945 -- 31 minutes, 31 seconds

Cassette Tape 08 Side B -- Reeves to Carson McCullers, Aug 8 1945 - May 22 1946 -- 17 minutes, 39 seconds

Cassette Tape 9 -- Jester Clane

Cassette Tape 09 Side A -- Jester Clane (break) -- 10 minutes, 46 seconds

     Margaret Sullivan reading "44 pages, mostly Jester Clane, with the first page The History of Death about Mr. Malone".  The recording ceases after 1 minute and 40 seconds.  The drafts of both of these McCullers short stories are at the Harry Ransom Center at UT-A.

[N.B. – There is no side b]

Cassette Tape 10 -- Jester Clane

Tape 10 – Side A – Jester Clane 2 -- 31 minutes and 21 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 10a – Side 1 – Jester 2 II

     Margaret Sullivan continuing her reading of the draft of McCullers' short story, Jester Clane, which is now in the Harry Ransom Center at UT-A.

Tape 10 – Side B –Jester Cane II -- 31 minutes and 22 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 10b – Side 2 – Jester II

     Margaret Sullivan concludes her reading of the draft of McCullers' short story, Jester Clane, which is now in the Harry Ransom Center at UT-A.

Cassette Tape 11 -- Newton Arvin Letters and John Huston/Ireland Letters

Tape 11 – Side A – Newton Arvin / John Huston -- 31 minutes and 02 seconds

Sullivan's Label: Side 11a – Newton Arvin/John Houston from Ireland [MC 289-5-1-006a: Label]

     Margaret Sullivan begins with letters from Newton Arvin of Smith College, North Hampton.

Sept. 20, 1942--discussing Carson's recent illness, new home for her mother and new house in Nyack.  Asked about her work, Reeves, his trouble sleeping, his friend Howard Dowdy, hopes to move in a month to more permanent quarters.  Three hand-written letters from Newton

Oct 4, 1953—Good to hear from Carson after so many years of silence, hopes to see her, his distress at hearing what anguish she had suffered in the last years.

Oct 20, 1953—deeply touched by her letter and the memories of Yaddo, his illnesses and hospitalizations.

Aug 10, 1954—distressed to hear of her recent illness and wishes to hear more about her.  Thinks of her often.

 Oct 28, 1960 -- Next is a typed letter from Michelle Cantarella enclosing a clipping about Newton Arvin and his retirement due to his mental health and "more trouble with the state police".  The clipping details the reasons for his retirement, including his arrest for "possession of obscene pictures".

     Sullivan next reads material having to do with the filming of Reflections in a Golden Eye:

Aug 11, 1965 from Richard Burton hoping she will get well soon

undated from Marlon Brando saying that John [Huston] often speaks of you and your "desire to get out of that damn bed and get to Ireland".  He tells her that she makes John do his best.  Brando comments that it has been a long time since they met at her apartment.

Sullivan then describes empty envelopes with John Houston's name embossed on them, used to record telephone numbers.  Sullivan also reads a letter from Huston telling Carson that all arrangements for her upcoming trip to visit him at his home in Ireland will be made, and giving her details of her flight on Aer Lingus.  There are also prescriptions written by Dr. Dyar, articles about fox hunting, the article from the Irish Times of April 10, 1967 that was the result of a lengthy interview with McCullers while at the Irish home of John Huston, a large map of Europe, a mention of additional letters which Sullivan does not read

May 30, 1967 a partial letter from Gladys Hill conveying well-wishes from people who had met McCullers during her visit to Ireland, as well as describing Huston's trip to Rome and seeing some scenes from Reflections in a Golden Eye.  The recording ends in mid-sentence.

Tape 11 – Side B – Ireland Letters -- 11 minutes and 36 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 11b Side 2 – II 2 Ireland Letters

May 30, 1967 Sullivan reads the letter in full that she started at the end of the preceding tape from Gladys Hill about the trip to Rome, and return to Ireland.  It was very detailed about what they ate, how they slept, what they did, and details about both Reflections and Huston's next movie.  Enclosed a letter from Dr. Dyer.  Looking forward to visiting McCullers in October.  "Loves, hugs and kisses". 

July 10, 1967 from Gladys Hill, describing a rainy day in Galway, Ireland and the filming of Huston's next [unnamed] movie.  Also wrote of Huston's family.  Huston will be in New York by October 18 for the premier of Reflections.

August 15, 1967 from Gladys Hill about a telephone call from Carson, and telling her of their day of filming and eating and scouting locations for the film.  She also describes an Irish Christmas and Boxing Day.  "End of the Irish Material", says Sullivan.

Cassette Tape 12 -- Letters -- John L. and Simone Brown to Carson McCullers and Letters About the Death of Reeves McCullers

Tape 12 -- Side A -- Letters to Carson McCullers from John L Brown and and Simone -- 28 minutes and 27 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 12a – Side 1 – Letters to Carson – Letters John and Simone Brown

     [John Lackey Brown (1914-2003) and his wife Simone were friends of both Carson and Reeves McCullers.  John had a long career with the Department of State.  His papers are at the archives of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.]

All the letters on this tape are from John and/or Simone and are addressed to Carson and/or Reeves, unless otherwise noted.  The effects of the McCarthy-inspired purge of the Department of State caused by the activities of Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee touch the Browns in 1953 and are frequently referred to, as well as Carson's departure from France and separation from Reeves, and his deterioration over the course of 1953 and 1954. Sullivan reads, "This is a series of letters having to do with the death of Reeves, but I'm going to read some happier letters first from John and Simone Brown.  He was with the Foreign Service of the United States of American in France."

August 10th, 1950 from the Browns to Carson and Reeves.  John described his family's August vacation situation, with Simone and the children in the mountains above a river and him on Mount Parness.  He enclosed a "rather idiotic" review of The Member of the Wedding and tells them that Carl Brooks is very interested in bringing out her short stories, and remains hopeful about her new novel "in utero", saying "all seems sweetness and light on the HM [Houghton Mifflin] front".  He is looking forward to the month of September in the Dordogne region of France where he hopes to finish a study of local domed churches and the Byzantine influence in France.  He also hopes to reread some favorite books and study Dante and not look at a newspaper for the entire time.  He asks Carson for a copy of her poems.

December 31, 1950 (postcard) wishing Reeves and Carson a happy new year for 1951

Good Friday evening, 1951 saying that although they had not had much time together, the McCullers had seemed much more like family that their "real" families, and they looked forward to seeing more of them in the future.  He describes an idyllic day in the French countryside, gathering eggs from their hens and ducks for breakfast, walking in the fields full of daffodils, visiting a nearby chateau and a 9th century church in the village, remarking on the contrast to the turmoil going on in Paris, just 15 miles away with the on-going strikes of railway workers, bus drivers, subway workers and even of the undertakers.  He describes a recent tour he had made through eastern France and Belgium lecturing on recent American novelists (much of it focused on her works).  He says that they hope to be in the U.S. in September on home leave and that he longs to smell the air of Times Square and ride on a Fifth Avenue bus.  He closes saying that he hopes the moon is shining as brightly in Nyack as it is where they are.

December 31, 1951 poem dedicated to Carson, "Remembering the Nyack Symposium"

February 19, 1953 note on U.S. Information Service stationary enclosing a magazine article

letter dated "Sunday" from Simone on stationary from Houghton Mifflin's Paris offices.  Simone says she hopes Carson won't mind the stationary, but it was among her father's things.  She says that they have received Rita's letter and are happy to hear that Carson is recovering and that what she needs is a long rest.  She has asked Madame Joffre to pack and send Carson's books to Nyack, but that there may be a delay due to lack of money.  She also mentions Carson's trunks which Madame Joffre and M. Levy [the McCullers' housekeeper and man-servant at their French home] have delivered to the Browns with instructions to forward to Nyack as well.  Simone is concerned about some of the things to be shipped, such as silverware, porcelain and her clothing.  There may be a heavy duty to get the silver through customs.  She is also concerned that the porcelain is not packed well enough for shipment.  They have, of course, not opened the trunks but want to know that it is well packed before they ship it.  The clothes also will require a detailed listing to indicate that it belongs to Carson and thus will not subject to duties.  The boys are well.  "Today is John Brown Jr.'s 5th birthday, Papa is still working on his book, the dogs are being sweet"

October 11, 1953 acknowledging her letter of the 5th.  He will go to the embassy and make a sworn statement that he had seen the silver "on the sideboard and the flat silver in use in your home in Nyack.  Reeves is coming on Wednesday to make a list of everything in your trunk and then will go to American Express to carry out the necessary formalities for shipping.  There is a strong possibility that we may be returning to the United States within a couple of months and we may be able to bring these things with us.  If we do, is there a possibility of renting the top floor of your house in Nyack until we know what we will do?  With all the changes in the government nobody here really knows what is going to happen."

October 13, 1953 letter from Simone saying that Reeves had come down on Wednesday to take care of shipping the trunk.  He felt that Carson especially wanted the polychrome angel and he took it to the post office and sent it to Carson via airmail.  The rest of the contents of the trunk will be shipped by American Express

October 27, 1943 [sic, but from the content it is clearly from 1953] saying that they hope that Carson is feeling better and that the wooden angle has arrived safely.  Reeves was there for several days and they have shipped a trunk with Carson's silver and her clothes.  John is waiting for a phone call from Reeves about the other items.  John also tells Carson that he has heard from Madame Joffre that M. Levy is recovering slowly from his car accident and has bouts of amnesia.  Also they are annoyed because they have not been paid in 4 months and they are running short of money.  Reeves is drinking heavily these days and that is another cause for concern.

November 10, 1953 from John saying "Reeves has not done anything that he promised to do, consequently Simone is coming to Paris today to go make the arrangements herself.  They will be shipped by rail to Le Havre thence to New York. . . The injustice, the intrigue, the dirty political deals have saddened me beyond saying.  I don't know yet where we will go . . . we'll come out of this but it will leave scars and I don't know if I'll ever regain a belief in human beings and a sense of joy in the world

November 14, 1953 saying, "Carson, darling, your letter was an oasis in the desert we are now crossing". . . "We have not seen Reeves for some time". . .his "telephone has been taken out for the obvious reason and that makes it all the more difficult to keep in touch.  Simone is doing everything for the shipment of the trunks.  The movers are coming on Tuesday to take them to the American Express in Paris."  Their plans are to stay until the first of the year, while his book is launched, but "the bureaucratic atmosphere we are living in stifles joy.  It is an atmosphere of pussyfooting, of dread, of denunciation of the most despicable pettiness.  It is a mixture of Kafka and Ubu-Roi . . . If you or Rita know of any openings in publishing, do let me know"

letter dated "Monday evening" from the early 1960s from John Brown addressed to" dearest Carson" thanking her for a weekend at Nyack and describing how Alex drove him into town.  He went in to Mademoiselle and paid a ceremonial visit to Cyrilly [Abels].  Rita escorted him into the Presence.  As a matter of fact Cyrilly was nice and interested.  He was off to Washington but would return on Saturday and then "we will all descend on you like a hoard of Visigoths and Ostrogoths", he also adds love to Marielle and Mary "I liked them both so much" and "I'll find out about the Russian business in Washington".

Tape 12 – Side B – Letters to Carson McCullers about Reeves' Death -- 30 minutes and 24 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 12b Letters to Carson – Reeves's death letters

     Margaret Sullivan reading the letters connected with Reeves death.

"Saturday" [probably November 21, 1953, just after Reeve's suicide on Thursday] letter from Bob [probably Bob Meyers] saying "Up until now Mr. Porter hasn't had anything more to say about the release of Reeves from the official medical officers.  As we have explained, inasmuch as he was discovered in the hotel some hours later, there is always the question of determining the exact cause of death.  We can do nothing about finalizing the services until then.  Janet [Flanner] and John [Brown] both to be here all this week.  They say they can be ready at a moment's notice.  We shall probably have to hold the services in the morning because of cremation needs.  I shall cable the exact time.  Monique and Richard Richt [?] have phoned and will be here.  About Bachivillers, they too will know.  Shall I call Sarah Morris [?].  All of us here feel badly about the whole thing, in spite of the troubles Reeves gave us the whole year.  Don't forget, they were real problem to him, too.  He was mentally sick and we must all look at it from that angle.  I shall write in more detail about the service.  Incidentally I can't find a reference to a Bach double concerto other than the one in D for two violins.  Is that it?

Saturday, December 5, 1953 from Janet Flanner, describing the funeral service for Reeves in the American church, with John L. Brown reading the 23rd Psalm.  She described the flowers, mentioned the preacher's biblical passages, named those who attended, including Truman [Capote?], and the interment ceremony in the American Legion cemetery in Neuilly.  She also mentioned that the McCullers' housekeeper was there, and will call her in a day or two about the dogs.  Flaner said that Reeves had been a brave soldier and this was the end of his war, adding that perhaps the war had played its part and destroyed his resistance to ordinary life.  "There were surely none of us who did not weep for him. . . we all felt forgiveness and pity and fondness and human love. . .I can't write more.  His disappearance and absence from your scene must give you the liberty for work, which is your inheritance from him now"

November 23, 1953 from Simone Brown sending their condolences and telling McCullers of the progress of shipping her 4 trunks and getting the export licenses, damage insurance, etc. relating to them.  Simone will send the keys separately

November 22, 1953 probably from Ira and Edith Morris extending sympathy and hoping to see Carson in December

November 25, 1953 from Ferry (or maybe Jerry) sending love and sympathy

sympathy note mailed on November 26, 1953 from Muriel Rickhauser

November 27, 1953 sympathy note from Bob and Vivian Crozier

letter dated "Saturday" from Natalie Murry, of Contadori Publishing, expressing sympathy and saying that Reeves' death was his great gift to Carson

November 29, 1953 sympathy note from Dorothy D. Harvey

November 30, 1953 letter from Mary Tucker, offering sympathy and inviting McCullers to come visit them in Lexington, Virginia

undated sympathy note from H. Wittle "Bill" Fittleson

Dec 1, 1953 letter on NY Times stationary from John P. Callahan in Karachi, Pakistan expressing sympathy

sympathy note mailed December 1, 1953 from Lillian Hellman (Margaret Sullivan comments that there is another of those Xerox messages that says that in New York and/or in Texas all this material has been Xeroxed, adding "I hope that is true")

December 5, 1953 sympathy note from Newton Arvin

sympathy letter mailed December 8, 1953, from Howard Mandel, also enclosing 8 color photos of Howard, Frank (in the yellow shirt), Carson taken at the McCullers' home outside Paris, complete with their housekeeper, Madame Joffre, and their two dogs

December 5, 1953 letter from Elizabeth at Yaddo expressing her sympathy and also inquiring about Carson's health and telling of her own

January, 1954 letter (Long) from Lillian Smith expressing her sympathy and her belief that Carson will endure.

Cassette Tape 13 -- Special Letters

Tape 13 – Side A -- Special Letters -- 31 minutes and 18 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 13a – Side 1 – Special Letters I

     These are letters from celebrities, close friends and some fan letters, read by Margaret Sullivan. They include:

January 23, 1967 get well card from President and Mrs. Johnson

May 12, 1966 note from Robert Lantz saying that he knows that Brando has written and that John Huston hopes to see her in Ireland next year.

Nov 15 1966 fan letter dated from "Antaclito", a Filipino immigrant whose real name is Zoro David

May 3, 1966 note from Andre Girard describing his reaction to the film, The Member of the Wedding and saying that he and Marielle hope to stop by to see McCullers the following week

undated thank-you note from Mary Rodgers Guattel

August 4, 1963 note from Cheryl Crawford referring to Mary Mercer's Bentley and hoping to have a Bentley race with her

David Garrett letter dated November 19, 1959 about meeting McCullers at a party in New York with Hindu diplomats and Alsatian dogs and would like to visit her around Christmas

undated note from Betsy Brewer about the acceptance of Aeneas' book of Greek sketches and a visit to her of Ben Edwards.  She also asks McCullers how the arrangement for Alice Rowald's [?] apartment in Paris is going and comments that she hope's Edward Albee's play is going well [perhaps referring to the Broadway production of The Member of the Wedding.]

September 11 [with no year but obviously written during World War II] letter from Mary M expressing worry about Reeves, asking about being able to publish an extract from Carson's current book in Bazaar, and knowing that Carson would like to be in France in the midst of the danger, but reassuring her that her writing was also very important

undated note from H. William Vitalson thanking McCullers for a gift of her book, with a guest list on the back

Special Delivery envelop dated July 8, 1958 [empty]

August [no year] letter from Pete about his time spent at the beach in Massachusetts writing 9 hours a day trying to finish his novel

undated postcard of the Hollywood Bowl from "Speed" and a note that says "Everyone loves your book"

October 7, 1953 note from J. Jean Evans about some books they had discussed

March 10, 1950 letter from Harold Strauss of Knopf Books declining to become Carson McCullers' editor until she had made a clean break with Houghton-Mifflin

February 25, 1950 letter from Harrel Wolfolk thanking McCullers for her gift of an inscribed copy of her book and describing a frenetic housewarming party outside Charleston, South Carolina

March 6, 1950 note from Egon Hostovskty congratulating Carson on the dramatization of The Member of the Wedding and saying that he hopes to see her soon

November 7, 1959letter from Mary Tucker and Carson's reply [unread since they were "transcribed by Mother"]

June 8, 1953 letter from Cheryl Crawford addressed to "Darling Carson and Reeves" referring to her current work on a play, hoping that Carson will finish Clock since she's rolling on it and not interrupt that work with another play and wishing that Carson had seen Camino Real

July 15, 1953 letter from Tennessee Williams saying that he is in Barcelona and Frank is in Rome.  Just before leaving Rome he had tried to see Reeves in the hospital but he had already checked out.  He said that his relations with Frank were strained.  Paul Bowles is in Madrid and Williams had convinced Visconti to hire Paul to write some dialog for an Italian movie.  Williams also mentions that he has heard that "Miss Capote" is in Europe but they haven't seen each other.  He also talks about his bulldog, Mr. Moon, who is in Rome with Frank.

Tape 13 – Side B – Special Letters 2 -- 31 minutes and 14 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 13b – Side 2 – Special Letters

     These letters read by Margaret Sullivan include:

November 25, 1952 letter from Kay Boyle (Mrs. J.M. Franckenstein) saying that she was distressed to hear from Janet the day before that Carson had not received Boyle's note thanking her for her support right after the ordeal of the hearing.  They still don't know the decision of the panel and may not for several weeks.  [This is presumably the McCarthy hearings as a result of which von Franckenstein was fired from his job with the State Department]

June 14, 1951 note from Brooks Adkinson thanking McCullers for a copy of her book

June 28, 1951 note, also from Brooks Adkinson thanking McCullers in more detail after he had read her book, saying that in his opinion it is better than Hemingway and Faulkner

Mar 1, 1950 postcard from Claire Booth Luce congratulating her on her play;

February 22, 1961 postcard from Vanwicks [?] Brooks thanking McCullers for a "a nice message you sent me"

January 27, 1950 letter from John Van Druten who refers to The Member of the Wedding as "the best thing on Broadway since The Glass Menagerie, adding that he had thought for a long while that theatre should take over some of the work of the novel and that she had succeeded in her "widening of the camera lens" through the play

undated McCullers' reply to Van Druten thanking him for his letter and saying that his reaction to the play was the most insightful she had received, and referring to Tennessee Williams and how she met him after the novel The Member of the Wedding was published and closed by inviting Van Druten to come visit her in Nyack

February 7, 1950 note from Van Druten regretting that he was leaving New York to return to his home in California, but that he was seeing The Member again on Wednesday so that the last thing he would take away with him from the New York season would be her play

June 24, 1951 note from John Druten thanking McCullers for her gift of an autographed copy of her book of short stories

an undated, hand-drawn map of the way to Janet Flanner's home in the French country-side, with notes from Flanner and Margarita to Reeves

October 25, 1962 letter from Tennessee Williams asking how the lecture went and saying that he is back in Key West where the noise from jet fighters flying over kept him from sleeping and hoping that the Cuban crisis soon ends.  He has paid off the mortgage on the Key West properties and enclosed a picture of him and Carson

Sullivan says "This letter that may have been in the Special Delivery envelope of July 8, 1958 from Peter Felderman hoping that Carson is better and promising to come see her after his visit to his grandmother

30 April, 1947 letter from Cyril Connelly asking McCullers for something to put in the upcoming special edition of Horizon

April 10, 1946 letter from Marjory Rowland praising The Member of the Wedding

the contents of a folder labeled Houghton Mifflin, April-May 1946 which includes several letters concerning reviews of Member, especially disagreeing with the review written by Edmund Wilson in The New Yorker.

Cassette Tape 14 -- Letters -- Special and Regular

Tape 14 – Side A – Special and Regular Letters 3 -- 30 minutes and 42 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 14a – Side 3 – Special/Reg [with check-mark]

Sullivan reading letters:

April 1, 1946 [conclusion] from Christine Noble Govan about Wilson's review of Member

letter from Kenneth S. Sagen to Edmund Wilson excoriating his review

April 2, 1946 letter from Leonard Erving to Houghton Mifflin about the reviews of Member

March 24, 1946 letter from Howard Dowdy praising Member

July 7, 1945 letter from Rome on V mail from Corporal Klaus Mann describing his tour of war-torn Europe, hopes to meet Erika, hopes to be discharged before the end of the year, say hello to Reeves

"recent communications" note dated February 8, 1956 from Mary Rodgers;

Christmas 1958 postcard from Marielle Bancou saying "I never loved you and admired you as much as I do tonight"

photograph dated Paris, December 1960 with a letter saying "Darling I love you for having finished your book . . . "

August 6, 1967 letter from Marielle Bancou in London saying she would soon be in Nyack, and sending her love to Ida

     Some letters typed by Carson McCullers in ALL CAPS to Mary Mercer; to Marielle about a planned cruise, about Mary Mercer's housekeeper going mad; to Marielle about the assassination of President Kennedy

     Sullivan says "And here is a series of all kinds of letters to Carson"

February 4, 1950 from Ramsom H. Gurganes [?] who had met her back in Prohibition day

September 17, 1961 from Debora Davis referring to the Three Arts Club and remembering a "girl in burette and sneakers absorbed in a writer's workshop at Columbia in 1936 or 1937", "you gave me a tea pot which has survived four marriages"

July 12, 1963 from Edwin Peacock and John Zeigler with several photos dated April 1963 of them, Carson McCullers and Mary Mercer.  The letter says Oliver Evans came to talk over their early days in Columbus and asking for tickets for the opening night of the play, and thanking them for gifts received from Mary and Carson

15 April, 1963 from Bob Walding [?] and Ed Berry saying that they treasure her friendship and remembering their times together in Columbus and other places, partly thorough reading her books;

21 October from Bob about an upcoming dinner party and a trip to New York, and possibly moving back to Indiana from Paris.

Tape 14 – Side B – Letters to Carson McCullers -- 30 minutes and 43 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 14b – Side 4 Letters to C

November 7, 1961 letter from Frances and Albert Hackett about Carson's illness and hand issues.  Describes a wildfire in their area of Los Angeles and their evacuation plans, they are coming to New York soon to see plays and to see her

July 7, 1961 letter from Elizabeth Schmack [?] describing a drought in Switzerland and her hopes to move soon to Zurich in autumn, will keep the chalet.  Sorry to hear that Carson had lost the picture of Annemarie and the poem

June 11, 1963 note about a call to thank Mrs. Charles T. Ables for Ida's purse, and to thank McCullers for the Ballad of the Sad Café

note dated around Christmas and New Year's from Mary Tucker thanking McCullers for a poinsettia and talking of various parties, an article about Edward Albee's work, refers to McCullers' pneumonia

August 14, 1963 letter from Grace S. McCallister thanking McCullers for a party on August 2

July 20, [1962?] letter from Jo [Joanne Gomme?] thanking her for a gift of a silver tray that McCullers sent her as a wedding present

January 19, 1965 letter from Alex apologizing for not writing and saying was a wonderful experience it was to serve as her nurse and to thank Dr. Mercer for her hospitality

21 April, 1966 letter from George Freedley regarding the "Ballad of Carson McCullers" and his meeting of her at Cherry Grove with Jane and Paul Bowles

May 11, 1966 McCullers reply asking for his review of "The Ballad of Carson McCullers"

November 15 letter from Jim Spicer about meeting her "that rainy afternoon" and asking to meet her again.  He remarks on reading Clock Without Hands and her collected works and how much he admires them

undated note from Joe "to remind you of me who drove you and Max from Peggy's" and hopes to visit her soon

undated  letter from Howard Moody who will see her when next at Glen Paterson's

March 25 from Josephine Mullins who says "I hesitate in writing to you but I remember you and your mother. . . from when you lived next door to us on Stark Avenue, I also remember you as a musician"

undated letter from Melven J. Lasky [Floria Lasky's brother] thanking her for flowers McCullers sent, hopes to see her soon

march 21, 1950 postcard from the Bahamas thanking Carson for her cable signed C.L.R

March 21, 1950 letter rom Viola W. Bernard thanking McCullers for her invitation to a fundraiser, and replying to McCullers request for a recommendation about a doctor in Nyack saying she doesn't know anyone to recommend, and also mentions elephants at the Clarkstown Country Club

undated letter from Dr. Sigbert Hershfield in Rome to Carson and Reeves thanking her for her gift of a book and her invitation to Paris, discusses his father's illness, and declines their invitation, glad to hear that the country life "agrees with you both and you are in a better state, especially with Reeve's gastric ulcers"

January 14, 1953 partial letter from Ira Morris to Reeves and Carson from Morocco detailing the on-going riots and unrest, and their pleasant time spent in Marrakesh and are waiting for their visas before going on to West Africa for two weeks

March 2, 1953 letter from Dr. Hugh Gainsbourgh in London saying that it was good to hear from Carson, discussing Reeve's illness and a recommended low-fat diet and recommending another doctor for a second opinion and hopes to see them in Paris sometime

March 13, 1950 letter from Fran Sullivan about The Member of the Wedding opening on Broadway, and hopes she will go on writing for the theater and the Empire Theater where it was performed.

Cassette Tape 15 -- Regular Letters to Carson McCullers

Tape 15 – Side A – Letters to Carson McCullers Regular -- 31 minutes and 23 seconds

Sullivan's Label: Side 1 – 15a – Carson Reg. Letters 2

Margaret Sullivan reading the following:

December 26, 1953 letter from Howard Mandel wishing Carson a Merry New Year, hears of her wanderings from Frank, seeing Doris Lees' series of imaginary portraits of women writers including Gertrude Stein, the Bronte sisters, Emily Dickinson, Edith Sitwell, George Sands, Sappho and Carson McCullers "the painting of you is really superb", we must arrange a meeting with her, many parties but now I must settle down to business

10 December, 1953 letter from Tanya Tolstoy saying she got Carson's letter from Paris, doesn't intend to leave Switzerland until the end of the month and hopes Carson and dear Bebe are well

March 23, 1950 letter from Dr. Alfred Wolkenberg, "seller of fine antique reproductions", saying he is glad that Carson is getting better, he has the flu and has got to read some books he had neglected including one from 1947 and sends a book to her. The letter is signed Frank

17 July 1953 letter from Dennis, saying "I'm afraid that your copy of Bottegha Obscure has gotten dog-eared and he is enclosing a new copy of it.  He had read [a draft of] Clock twice and says it is an encouraging start to her novel which he urges her finish, and he enclosed a review from the New York Times, enjoyed lunch together, Dennis

August 8, 1953 letter from Gene Reynolds saying Louise Lalu picked up a copy of one of your books and said "it would be funny as I got around to reading one of Carson's books in Italian", liked the Ballad of the Sad Café, discusses other books and authors, including one by Annemarie [Schwarzenbach]

October 23, 1953 letter from William Mayer, MD, saying he couldn't see her a couple of days ago, hopes she is better

March 7 [no year] letter from Mrs. Jacob Anthony Begner, inviting Carson to a party on April 6, wanting to see her, signed Edith

October 19, 1958 letter from Hilda Bruch, MD saying she thought that Carson would want to see how she had condensed the first draft adding that without her help she could never have done it, also enclosing an article about Gertrude W. Borge, who gave much aid and comfort to refugees in America, including Dr. Bruch when she arrived in 1934

February 17, 1959 letter from Harold Vinal, saying he will edit the Autumn issue of Voices and asking her to contribute some poems

two back pages of letter from Jessie McFail Kimbro from Columbus, Georgia saying "Carson you have really gotten to the top of the ladder" and talks about Carson's nanny [another missing page] and talks about Carson's aunt and her grandmother, Mrs. Waters, also talks about changes to the neighborhood of her grandmother's house

October 21 1953 postcard from Ruth, saying "I know you lived here too.  I like everything fine except I'm lonely.  Home November 14

October 18, 1953 or 1963 post card to Rita Smith saying having a good vacation, love Minnie

July 21, 1963 postcard saying Mission accomplished. Went 6 dollars over budget but I think you'll be pleased, Love, Jack

postcard from Assisi to Carson and Dr. Mercer saying that the whole region is overwhelming, Much love, Cornelia

June 22, 1967 postcard mailed from Cape Hatteras saying "This is the farthest south I've been.  Want to go to Georgia.  Beginning of July Street Car Named Desire in Nyack.  Want to be there.  Peter O'Brian

October 12, 1963 letter from Frank saying "Best wishes for a successful opening and a long run"

August 3, 1967 letter from Frank saying he was sorry he missed Carson's phone call and saying that Jean is improving and can move the left side, adding "I have many letters of Annemarie's but they're in German, there may be some photos which I will try to find"

June 24, 1958 note from Jane asking when they can have lunch

undated letter from William Beyer of Arkansas about an article written about her in the Manchester Guardian Weekly and her work, especially Ballad, and enclosing a poem he wrote about loneliness and desire

January 21, 1959 letter from Sandy Campbell of New York City recalling pleasant time that she spent in Nyack with Carson and the time that Carson and Reeves spent with her during the night of Summer and Smoke and asking her to sign some slips of paper to place in her copies of Carson's books

1966 nearly illegible letter from Davis F [?] Oxford asking for Carson's help in getting a visa to come visit her in America

invitation to the wedding of Joanne Gomme [Carson's nurse during her trip to England for the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 1962] to be held on August 10, 1963, with a note on the back saying in Carson's handwriting "Gift send 6/24/63"

another wedding invitation from Mrs. Louise Rita Miller for the wedding of Patty Louise to Tommy Johnson Williams in September

July 28 letter from Cookie Buckley saying that she loved being with Carson and Mary and described how hot who it was where she is and enjoyed Carson's hospitality and thanks to Ida, talks of her family and problems

December 1, 1958 letter from Corning White saying that she had recently received two letters from Max Whetherly [?] with no return address, and saying that he and Mrs. White might be going to Europe in the summer and hope to lease their apartment to Max while they are gone.  He asks Carson if she can give them his current address

July 30 [no year] letter from Lila van Sayer saying that she would love to see Carson and how much she enjoyed Clock Without Arms [sic]

undated letter from Ralph saying there has been a mix-up about where Max should have sent something, adding that she has found lots of McCullers fans at her college in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Tape 15 – Side B – Letters to Carson -- 31 minutes and 22 seconds

Sullivan's Label: [blank, but continues with Carson's regular letters from the other side] [MC 289-5-1-009b: Label]

Margaret Sullivan reading the following

August 13, 1963 note from Mrs. Barbara Blakemore thanking Carson for including her

July 19, 1963 letter from Leonard Byrne saying that he is delighted to hear of a new book and the opening of Ballad

24 September 1957 letter from Ben asking her to call him

November 7 card from Sherke [?] thanking Carson for her beautiful orchid

January 5, 1954 card from Jane and Bob Stanton announcing the birth of Alexander Hardy and recalling a visit to Nyack and apologizing for being so long in thanking her for it

December 29 Christmas card from Takako Shinano of Tokyo, Japan

undated card from another Japanese correspondent Mrs. Mitahashi asking for some American stamps

several Christmas cards of various dates

get well cards of various dates

Valentine cards

various empty envelopes

August 2, 1963 postcard from Oliver Evans saying "addendum to yesterday's letter" if there is any difference between your inside rooms and Capote's "Other Rooms" I fail to see it

June 14, 1963 letter from Oliver Evans thanking her for her wire and saying that he intends to arrive in Nyack in a week or less

February 26, 1963 letter from Oliver Evans saying that he is relieved she will cooperate with him in a biography of her

March 1962 letter from Oliver Evans with a copy of an article of his from the MLA journal [Sullivan reads extensively from this essay]

letter dated "Thursday" from Dr. Katherine Cohen [Carson's psychiatrist in London] describing her vacation scenery and routine, and her difficulties at entering Holland due to an expired passport

October 2 and 3 letter from Dr. Katherine Cohen in Rotterdam, saying that she is sorry her first letter went astray

February 10, 1954 letter from Mary Alberta Hinton to an unnamed person [perhaps Carson's mother, Margarite Smith?] saying that she is sorry about the misfortunes befalling her and how important it is to get back on her feet to help Carson and Rita

a "long newsy letter" dated December 28, 1953 from Bessie Hicks of Columbus, Georgia to Mrs. Lamar Smith [Carson's mother] about the death of Mattie and her help with Herman's illness, about family and friends in Columbus, also mentions the shipment of "her mirror, such a lovely thing" [probably the pier mirror that she took to Nyack when she moved in with Carson]

Cassette Tape 16 -- Special Letters to Carson McCullers

Cassette Tape 16 – Side A – Letters to Carson - 30 minutes and 45 seconds

Sullivan's label Side 16a – 31 minutes and 15 seconds [MC 289-5-1-010a:]

Margaret Sullivan reading "special letters of Carson"

Carbon copy of a letter dated "Sunday" from Margarita Smith [Rita Smith, Carson's sister] to Edwin [Peacock] and John [Zeigler] telling them that she and her mother are having a quiet day at home and that Sister [Carson] is in the Doctors' Hospital for a few days for some new and special treatment.  She and Reeves have a passage booked on the America for May 20, and adding that she is distressed about his recent illness and her first trip to the NY zoo in Central Park, spring flowers are starting

undated letter from Tommy Bodkin enclosing a telegram and predicting that she will win the Critics Award, and hopes to see her before her trip to Ireland

undated letter from Tommy Bodkin enclosing a letter, misses her and hope that her treatment will kill her pain

November 20, 1951 letter from William March to Reeves, "sorry to have missed you and Carson", has been working and finished a novel called October Island to be published in England, and is going to start another in the new year

July 23, 1958 letter from Paula Sue Abrams thanking her for coming to Columbia to lecture and commenting on her work and its effect on the young, praising both her work and her person

dated July 31, 1958 letter from John Fieldman inviting her to speak at the Indiana University Literary Awards Banquet and offering her 500 dollars as a speaker's fee, as well as giving her some information about the University and the Award

July 19, 1958 letter from Alan Chestat [?] inviting her to attend an assembly program on literary topics, offering her 150 dollars as a speaker's fee

July 18, 1958 letter also inviting her to speak on a college campus

July 14, 1958 letter from A.S. Buarck of the magazine The Writer offering to publish her talk to Columbia University in the magazine

January 16, 1954 letter from Columbus from Archie G. Smith about a debate he had proposed to the Kiwanis Club twenty years earlier on whether environment or heredity had the greater influence on one's character, but which other members of the entertainment committee felt could not be done justice in such a limited time frame.  He suggested that she take this topic on for a new book, and told her that he had a photograph of the Kiwanis Club taken on June 29, 1920 on the steps of the 1st Baptist Church.  Her father is standing in the middle of the door, and in the group are the Rhodes Brown, President of the Kiwanis Club that year, and names other members

October 1, 1953 letter from Elizabeth Mitchie of Gaucher College inviting her to deliver a lecture at Gaucher College in Baltimore and offering her 500 dollars as a speaker's fee

May 1, 1952 letter to Mrs. Lamar Smith from Hannah Josephson of the American Academy of Arts and Letters saying that Mr. Paul Bigelow has delivered the typed manuscript of The Member of the Wedding for an exhibit and it has been insured for 5000 dollars, she also invites her and "your distinguished daughter" to the opening ceremonial of the exhibit and in a PS asks if there is photograph of Mrs. McCullers for use in the exhibit

honorary membership card for the International Mark Twain Society signed by Gail Cyril Clemens

note referring to cancelled checks, 25 shares of United Fruit not in deposit box, and asking about Reeves' power of attorney

plane tickets on BOC and excess baggage tickets from London to NY October 25, 1951

24 October, 1951 receipt for travel expenses London to NY

August 7, 1951 receipt from Dr. G. Williams for professional services

2 August,1951 receipt from the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth for first class passages for Reeves and Carson McCullers

August 8, 1951 baggage declaration and entry in NY signed by Reeves McCullers

November 30, 1950 letter from Nina Holton of Houghton Mifflin concerning her stories Wunderkin and April Afternoon

October 17, 1960 carbon copy of a letter from Hardwick Mosely of Houghton Mifflin to Robert Lantz expressing outrage at McCullers' decision to change publishers and hoping to have a chance to get her to change her mind

October 20, 1960 letter from Robert Lantz to Carson, with a cc to Floria Lasky, about a letter from Houghton Mifflin, and asking her to call him in regards to it

December 26, 1950 letter from Hardwick of Houghton Mifflin telling Carson about the results of their efforts in pre-selling the Ballad of the Sad Café and their planning for its official publication

December 27, 1961 letter from of Houghton Mifflin to Robert Lantz concerning the publication of Clock Without Hands in Braille

December 12, 1950 letter from Alfred Kantourovich [?] Verlag about a German edition of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

December 6, 1950 letter about the German edition of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

registration from the American Kennel Club for a bulldog [Christopher] of McCullers' born September, 1950

March 22, 1950 letter from John Chapman of The News: New York's Picture Newspaper asking to use a digest of The Member of the Wedding in The Next Best Plays

empty envelope mailed to Yaddo

Cassette Tape 16 – Side B – Letters and Telegrams to and from Carson McCullers -- 30 minutes and 45 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 16b Side 2 – Letters/Telegrams to & from Carson

Margaret Sullivan reading McCullers letters:

April 14, 1946 letter from Sandy Campbell saying he had read The Member of the Wedding and asked for her to autograph his copy of the book

July 31, 1945 letter from Major Pope saying that when he and a friend had spoken to Kay Boyle during a visit to his command "last winter" she had mentioned "that you [McCullers] had more than ordinary misgivings about what sort of reactions your books and stories had produced".  He read the Heart is a Lonely Hunter and found it intolerable that the human heart must be either lonely or a hunter, saying that the heart must be more flower-like than that and grows to a satisfaction deeper than the mind's discouragements, and that the end of the Ballad might hint at that conclusion

April 5, 1946 letter  from Constance Coyle [?] of Houghton Mifflin about McCullers' dissatisfaction with her publishers' ad campaign for The Member of the Wedding and adding that her displeasure causes them very real chagrin.  She enclosed reviews (including one from Newton Arvin) and copies of advertisements; included in the batch of materials are reviews for all McCullers' books, as well as reviews of Oliver Evans' book on McCullers, The Ballad of Carson McCullers, which Sullivan reads at great length

a series of telegrams congratulating her for success of The Member of the Wedding on Broadway and some of her responses

in addition to the telegrams of congratulations there is a telegram dated November 27, 19?? [Sullivan says that the year is smudged and unreadable] from Reeves McCullers to Mrs. Lamar Smith saying that Carson is much better but must see no one but Bebe, Rita, William and himself for some time.  Will arrive LaGuardia on Air France on Sunday morning and will cable approximate time of arrival

September 4, 1951 telegram from Carson to Lt. Reeves McCullers asking to have bank airmail a notarized copy of her bank balance to London to enable her to sponsor Angelina for a visitor's visa

February 25, 1954 telegram to Mama from Charleston with get-well wishes from Edwin and John and closing "I embrace you, your own sister"

July 31, 1953 telegram from Floria Lasky to Princess Ceatani in Paris saying "Wires received.  Due to situation, Reeves, Carson's affairs and confusion, she intends honor her obligations sending 300 dollars now for Augenblick.  Have him send full details unpaid items.  Also confirm to him Carson's previous advice not to accept any further items.  Carson unwell.  Send communications to me.  Expect to resolve matter completely within week."

October 18, 1953 telegram to Lt. Madam Carson McCullers, "Sending one big trunk, personal belongings, silver angel, air mailed letter follows, Reeves Brown (Sullivan says, "This is also item 270")

Cassette Tape 17 -- Letters from Carson McCullers from the Blue Box

Cassette Tape 17 Side A -- Letters from Carson to Recipient / Blue Box –30 minutes and 39 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 17a Side 1 Carson to Recipients - Blue Box [MC 289-5-1-011a: Label]

Margaret Sullivan reading Carson McCullers materials:

February 17, 1963(?) First part of a letter previously read from Mrs. Jessie McFail Kimbrow [?] saying in part "As your and Grafton's birthday will be soon be here I've been thinking about years ago.  We lived across the street from you on 13th until 1912 [sic] when I married. . . I remember when Margarite had you practice the piano.  Do you remember that lovely old piano?  I think it was the Carson piano.  Margarite loved music very much. . . We used to play dolls a lot together.  I always had a cat.  Your mother couldn't stand cats. . . [The letter contains more reminisces about family and friends]

June 3, 1963 Carson's reply June 3, 1963 thanking her for her letter "which carried me back to Columbus and the old days when I was a child"

August 15, 1963 letter from Carson to Clara Spensen with a note, "Was not mailed at Mrs. McCullers request", saying she had not written because of so many things that have been going on, that they are hoping that Montgomery Clift will be well enough to play Singer in the movie of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, hoped you would have visited in the fall and now hopes that she will be her companion in Nyack, as she was to "that divine Tanya", adding that Clara's time would be mostly free.  Carson then says, "I am not alone in Nyack.  I have a most beloved friend, Dr. Mary E, Mercer, who lives in her beautiful house on top of a mountain.  Spiritually we share our lives together and without her I would not have survived my life the last five years.  She has the tranquility of Out of Africa . . . She was my psychiatrist and after treatment she became my best friend and medical coordinator.  She talks to all the doctors and translates to me what they say", adding that Clara is the only person she could feel comfortable dictating to

drafts of letters to John and Simone with various dates in March [year unknown but probably 1958 or 1959 from Carson to John and Simone [Brown?] saying that she is looking forward to seeing them in Rome, recently had an occasion of heart failure while she was climbing the steps of her psychiatrist's snowy terrace, this is a sour spring day but I am thinking I am looking forward to them coming home, recovering from another attack of heart failure, talks of Baudelaire, "come soon, soon, soon", talking about finishing Clock Without Hands

June 27, 1963 letter from Gabriele C. Talle [?] of Diogenes Verlag in Zurick to Robert Lantz about publishing translation of Member of the Wedding and The Square Root of Wonderful

July 8, 1963 Carson's reply to Floria Lasky saying since "I do not like Square Root, that is not important to me, but the rights to Member are, Robbie is unable to act because of Audrey, Carson has never felt that she was the agent for her and says that Audrey met her through her friendship with Tennessee and came to Carson while she in the Neurological Hospital, she does not know my reputation in Europe, my wishes are for Robbie to handle all rights to my works, she thinks that she and Audrey should part and asks Floria to instruct Audrey to let Robbie handle all issues relating to the rights to Carson's works

May 11, 1963 letter from Edward Albee, apologizing for not writing in so long and thanking her for the children's verses she had sent him and for reading them to him last summer on Water Island, commenting on how important the sound of her voice in her wonderful writing.  He suggests that she should record them, with incidental music between them and suggesting that she talk with Robbie and Mary, closing by hoping that he and Terrence can see them before long

May 28, 1963 Carson's reply to Albee thanks him for his comments about the children's verses and saying that she will share is comments with Robbie and Mary.  She also asks him, when he sends the script for Ballad to put her part in capitals and triple space the lines "so that I will be able to read it easily it and perhaps memorize by the time we record it".  She explains that she has an obscure neurological defect that causes her to skip two or three lines at the time and "that is the reason I cannot read aloud.  I am not going to be nervous about this because you promised me that you would help me.  Do you think Mary's tape recorder would do?  And where should we do it?"  She adds "Tom has done his film play of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter . . .Monty Clift is going to play in it.  Mary [Mercer]suggests very firmly that the recording should be done in Nyack to save energy and breath"

April 2, 1963 letter from Elizabeth Schnack thanking Carson for her kind letter and saying that she is happy Carson is going to Charleston for the Easter weekend and will be sending her some postcards of a Swiss landscape that is associated with Annemarie, adding how happy she is that she is being looked after so well by her friend and her housekeeper, hopes to re-translate McCullers older works since she has done Clock without Hands and her newer works into German after she finishes Faulkner.  Elizabeth added that she had written something about her visit to McCullers in Nyack

May 28, 1963 Carson's reply says that her lack of a secretary is the reason for her delay in writing.  She regrets that Elizabeth will not be coming to the U.S. until 1965.  Carson and Mary had a lovely trip to Charleston.  Does not much like Square Root of Wonderful and "on the other hand I dearly love The Member of the Wedding and wishes that that one would be issued by the Swiss publisher

August 23, 1959 letter from Carson to Edith [Sitwell] saying "My cousin Jordan Massee and I are thinking of you and Osbert with such lingering loving thoughts".  She goes on to thank her for her superb anthology and hopes to see them again soon.  Tells her that she has a novel half-completed.  She went to a psychiatrist and "she not only restored me to my own soul" but took Carson to the very best hospitals where they found that they can operate on her paralyzed arm and leg.  The stroke was caused by childhood rheumatic fever.  "Meanwhile I have finished my analysis and my doctor and I are the very best friends.  You will adore her as she already adores you."

August 23, 1959 letter from Carson McCullers to Jay asking him to write the Ford Foundation before their September 15th deadline nominating Carson for a grant saying that she intends to dramatize her forthcoming novel and to make an opera of Ballad

August 23, 1959 letter from Carson to Thornton [Wilder?] saying how much she loved his work and asking him to write the Ford Foundation to recommend her for a grant

undated partial letter from Carson to Cyrilly saying that her first instinct was to call, but wants him to know that I "am thinking of you with love. . ."

August 13, 1963 letter from Carson to Aunt Gertrude, Aunt Kenney and Uncle Bill asking for a favor.  She says that the first time she made any money she sent her father an ebony cane with an engraved silver handle.  When he died "we sent the cane to Uncle Henry".  It had both Carson's and her father name on the handle.  Now that Uncle Henry is dead, Carson wonders if the cane has been kept and if so, now that she has to use a cane to walk, she would love to have it, both for the family sentiment and for its usefulness to her

August 1, 1973 [sic, but probably 1963] letter from Oliver Evans saying that after having read all her work for the third or fourth time, "I am absolutely appalled by how much of it has been copied by Truman Capote", adding specific examples, although he likes Capote, but never before realized how derivative he is; he asks Carson some specific questions for his book on her [Sullivan breaks off the letter here].

Tape 17 – Side B – Carson McCullers to Oliver Evans Letters /Answers to Questions from the Atlanta Journal/Letter to "J" -- 30 minutes and 41 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 17b – Side 2 – Letters Carson to [Oliver] Evans/Questions to J Letter [MC 289-5-1-011b: Label]

Margaret Sullivan continuing to read the letter from Oliver Evans begun on side a of tape 17 (side 1) with more questions, with Carson's comments about Capote and his copying her

dated Saturday AM letter from Oliver Evans saying "Dear Carson, I'm didn't mean to sound cross in my last letter.  Perhaps the tension I've been under is beginning to show" describing his trip across the desert and getting settled in his new position.  Had hoped to get the first 25,000 words off to the publisher, but was held up by her delay in answering his initial letter with questions.  Understands that she had been ill and had not kept a copy of the letters . He reconstructed them and added other even more detailed ones not included above and her answers are written on his letter.  Needs the answers to finish the 5th chapter.  Had dinner with Gore Vidal and Christopher Isherwood recently

August 19, 1963 letter from Carson to Oliver with comments

July 17, 1963 letter from Oliver Evans about his biography of her and his research, including interviews with Floria Lasky and Edwin Peacock and asking many specific questions

[most of the rest of the tape is a series of letters and postcards with mostly more biographical questions and Carson's answers some inclosing photographs]

August 6, 1963 from Mrs. Margaret Rutherford of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asking for information for an article timed to coincide with the opening of the Broadway play of the Ballad of the Sad Café, inclosing questions to which Carson replied on August 20th of 1963

September 3, 1959 letter from Carson thanking Jay for writing to the Ford Foundation about her possible grant.

Cassette Tape 18 -- Letters -- Various

Tape 18 – Side A – J Letters -- 31 minutes and 25 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 18a Side 1 – J Letters from Carson [MC 289-5-1-012a: Label]

Margaret Sullivan reading Carson-related correspondence, starting the tape with a letter to J which Sullivan had begun to read at the end of the last tape. She describes it as "a very important letter written by Carson on September 3, 1953 to J thanking him to say that he would write to the Ford Foundation.  The letter gives a lengthy chronology of her development as a writer and the events of her life, and tells something of her plans for the future, mentioning the The Square Root of Wonderful, her intention to made a play of her yet unfinished Clock Without Hands, and also writing the libretto for an projected opera to be made from Ballad of the Sad Café.  Sullivan finishes the letter here

March 23rd, 1953 letter in response to a cable from her sister Rita asking about the symbolism of leukemia in Clock Without Hands.  Carson replies saying "My idea is that that extreme moral suffering of an impending death of a person brings out their most extreme qualities, both for good and evil.  During Clock Without Hands Malone is engaged in a struggle with his soul which is more important than his physical disease.  There are times when he seems lost in hatred, prejudice and cruelty, but in the end his soul turns to goodness even although his body dies.  Incidentally, before deciding on leukemia I talked with four doctors and consulted several case histories so the medical data is correct.  What are the symbols?  To me, they are the personal ciphers to the solution of a work.  Why one symbol comes instead of another I don't know.  One could write books about symbolism.  More narrowly, the symbol of the white blood cells in the case of leukemia crowding out the dark ones is peculiarly a symbol of the South.  This book, a long one, is about good and evil, prejudice and the affirmation of the goodness of life.  Malone's disease, with the attendant moral agony, quickens and intensifies these conflicting emotions.  I do hope this answers the question in your cable."  She goes on to say a chapter is being published and asks Rita to come up with a better title than "Clock Without Hands, a work in progress"

Sullivan starts "a letter dated March 30" but stops mid-sentence.  After a pause she begins again with the letter dated March 30 [1953?] from Marguerite [Marguerite Chapin, better known as Marguerite Caetani, Princess of Bassiano, Duchess of Sermoneta] in Rome asking forgiveness for not sending her a check earlier, explaining that her expenses with Bottegha Oscure are so heavy that her money affairs are strained, she hopes for a larger circulation in the U.S., with perhaps some help from the Ford Foundation, sorry Carson is ill and hopes that Reeves will find congenial work in Paris

Easter, April 5, 1953 letter from Carson at Bachivillers to Marguerite [Caetani], saying that it is a cold wet Easter but the bells are ringing merrily in the church nearby, but she was up late the night before and is tired and she is dictating this to Reeves.  Carson thanks Marguerite for her recent long good letter but says that she is returning Caetani's check for 250 dollars because it was drawn incorrectly, refers to "The Anne Frank" play and her disappointment in it's not going forward, adding that things are looking up for Reeves and he will soon be happily situated in Paris

March 15, 1962 letter from Carson to Mr. Georges Pollet saying that in answer to his first question, she had visited France many times and lived at Bachivillers, near Paris for a couple of years, never lived in Switzerland but had great success in Swiss editions of her works, she can't help him more but due to her illness she can't help him more with his research

March 9, 1962 letter from Mr. Georges Pollet to Carson asking the questions to which she replied in the preceding letter, preparing an article on McCullers for a magazine, asking for photographs and several questions relating to her works and publication in other countries, only some of which she answered

September 10, 1962 letter from Carson to Tom and Martha Maschler saying that she is looking forward to seeing them in England and asking if he will be attending the literary conference in Cheltenham and helping her out in her talk

another letter as a postscript from Mary Mercer to Tom and Martha saying that Carson had just read the above letter to her and adding that it would be a great comfort to all of them if they would help her find someone to help her and also to get a wheelchair for her and watch over her well-being during her stay;

March 1, 1962 letter from Floria Lasky enclosing an income statement for Ida [Reeder] showing her income and social security tax and sending Ida instructions on how to pay her income tax and the amount due

March 15, 1962 Carson's reply saying that she feels so helpless these days since Floria is so long away, when are you ever going to call me, mentions that she has 20,000 dollars in the bank that needs to be invested, Ida is worried about her income tax forms.  Carson adds that Mary Mercer suggests that Carson go into the hospital on June 6 for another leg operation and hopes that after that there will be only one more and then the days of leg operations will be over

August 15, 1954 letter from Carson to Edwin [Peacock] and John [Zeilger] saying that she was going to write to a woman who upset her terribly, Katherine Cohen, the English psychiatrist and publisher.  She adds she must gather her strength and doesn't have the time and strength to write to family and friends

ugust 15, 1954 letter from Carson to Grace, saying that she would love to come to her house, but that they should articulate the plans better, such as when would be best for Grace, adding that her mother is still in the nursing home but will be out in September, so that month would be best for Carson.  Carson was sorry she missed them in New York, and wants them to come see her in Nyack "as soon as I can get the house established" and closes with "Love to the Admiral"

August 16, 1954 letter from Carson to Doris Lee saying that she loved the portrait she had done of Carson and asking for photographs of all the portraits that she had done of other women artists so she could have them framed and line the staircase of her new house, ending by saying that she hoped to have her see her new house in Nyack soon;

carbon copies of the letters to Grace and to Doris Lee

October 20, 1953 letter from Carson to John H. Davidson of Cambridge, England saying that she was pleased with his letter and referring to her love of music.  She asked him if he had ever read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and said she was sure that he would get the contrapuntal quality of it.  She closed by saying how much she had enjoyed the English autumn and hoped to hear his music some day

November 3, 1952 letter from her house at Bachivillers outside Paris to Houghton Mifflin asking them to send her 15 copies of The Ballad of the Sad Café by ordinary mail, insured if possible and to bill her

October 20, 1953 letter to Miss Jan Crammer saying that she hoped to meet her some day

October 20, 1953 letter to Miss Naomi Mitchiem of Argyle, Scotland thanking her for her letter

October 20, 1953 letter to Miss Jean Reynolds thanking her for her interesting letter in which she had asked if Annemarie had read Reflections in a Golden Eye to which Carson replied, "It was dedicated to Annemarie whom I did love dearly" and closed by hoping to meet someday

May 10, 1958 letter from Carson to Sir Carroll Reed saying after that "enchanting afternoon" with him she had begun a long letter to him about the hazards and safeties of her work and also about his suggestion to set Reflections as a play in England, where it would be "less bothered by censorship and the golden haze of Hollywood and money".  She also said that The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is a natural as a movie and should be filmed on location, adding that she also told him how much she loved him and would adore to work with him if he would direct the movie.  She then told him that she had had a brain wave and that she wanted him also to do The Ballad of the Sad Café and offered suggestions for the casting of the movie.  She called Shirley Lawrence to check on Reed's availability, and asked him to reply quickly.  She said that she has sent him a copy of her favorite book, Out of Africa, just as a love gift.  She tells him what happened to the letter.  She had given it to a sweet young boy that is love with her, as a young 19 year old boy is in love with an older woman, adding that he is reading to her.  When she gave him the letter to read and correct the spelling, he read it and was furious at her for writing such a letter to a man she had only saw once.  He said he would mail it, but I think he didn't, he kept if for himself.  She goes on to talk about other cast and crew for the movie.  Asks him to cable her.  Tells of a long supper with Tennessee Williams about the script, cast and crew.  Suggests it be filmed at the mountain home of Lillian Smith near Atlanta.  Carson adds "The KKK has been trying to get Lillian out for a long time. We'll get them out!"

Sullivan says, "Here is a series of four communications", the first one is from Mr. Hingorani of Harley Street to Carson at her home in Bachivillers thanking her for her letter and saying that he hopes to make another trip to India in the next months for September or October of next year and would be happy to include her and her husband in his party.  He will keep her informed about his plans

November 3, 1952 Carson's replied that she had been in Rome working on a movie script and saying that she and Reeves very much hope to be included in his party traveling to India the next year

7 November 1952 letter from Mr. Hingorani thanking her for the book and will give her details of the India trip by next year.

Tape 18 – Side B – Carson's Letters -- 31 minutes and 24 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 18b Side 2 – Carson's letters [MC 289-5-1-012b: Label]

Margaret Sullivan reading:

Autograph, to Mr. Medsker

envelope to Mr. Westly Hartley in Anaheim

May 18, 1963 letter from McCullers to Robert Lantz in New York saying "I hate reading all this stuff, but I don't know what to do"

May 18, 1963 letter from Carson to John Ziegler saying "Dearest John, I wish you could find out Gordan Hall's cousin's name" and goes to ask that he do it without letting Gordon know that she asked.  She explains that Gordon is coming for a visit and she doesn't want him to know that she doesn't remember his cousin's name

May 10, 1963 letter from John to McCullers and Mary Mercer saying how much they enjoyed their visit and thanking them for the candy they left with John and Edwin as a gift.  Zeigler gives details of his and Edwin's plans to go to Europe in August and perhaps having an opportunity to visit them in Nyack on the way.  He also tells of a planned trip to New York with Edwin's sister to see two performances of the Royal Ballet

May 18, 1963 letter (marked "Not sent at Mrs. McCullers request") from McCullers to Hy [or Ty?] Cohens asking him not to send her any books at this time and telling him "I have nominated Peter [Max] for the Academy; I have written to the Ford Foundation about him and also to the Guggenheim, closing with "Love to you and Helen"

the preceding was in reply to a letter from Hy [or Ty?] dated May 16, 1963 on World Publishing Co. letterhead asking McCullers, as a favor, to read an advance copy of a novel by a young Tennessean named Baker Hall and to comment either on or off the cover.  He adds that he would like to introduce Peter Max to McCullers

May 28, 1963 letter from McCullers to Cecil Beaton at Warner Bros. thanking him for letter concerning the children's verses and hoping that he can come to Nyack for a real visit and referring to a letter from a kinsman to Tanya's saying that Clara is, as we would expect, very lonely and hoping that she can visit in the Fall.  This letter has a note "Cecil's letter mailed to Robert Lantz 5-9-63

May 28, 1963 letter from McCullers to Jane Howard in London saying that Mary was overwhelmed by the jewels and saying that she doubts that either she or Mary could come to Europe this year since Mary plans to build a garage and she [McCullers] needs to paint her house, "therefore we will have to save our pennies for another season."  McCullers adds that she is delighted hear that Jane is in love and tells her to "of course include him in the standing invitation to come visit in Nyack"

the preceding is in replay to a letter dated March 31, 1963 from Jane Hall to McCullers saying that she was happy to have heard from McCullers and was sorry to hear about her illness.  She also hoped that Mary was amazed by the jewels, both as to quality and quantity.  She adds that the TV piece they had done in the UK was much talked about.  She [Jane} read a piece from the Ballad.  She hopes they McCullers and Mary can come to England in the summer and that she and Colin could do things for her.  She also adds that she is in love, but that it is a secret.  She hopes to come to the U.S. and will let Carson know if it works out

June 20, 1963 letter Corso from Elizabeth Schneck to McCullers thanking her for her letter and a copy of "your brilliant play, The Member of the Wedding".  She says that she had met with Carson's Swiss publisher in Zurich, who would be delighted to publish a translation of the play and he would write to Robert Lantz about the rights.  She said that she had a hard fall in Zurich due to the weakness in her foot.  Her doctor wants her to take a sulphur cure, but she can't until she finishes her translation of Faulkner's The Reevers.  She goes on to discuss when would be best for Carson to visit Switzerland and suggests that it would better the next year rather than 1963

June 26, 1963 Carson's reply to Elizabeth Schneck commiserates with her about the difficulties of getting around with physical issues.  She hopes to see Elizabeth in 1964 in Nyack

July 3, 1963 letter from McCullers to Elizabeth Schneck talking of the summer weather and goes on to say that the magazine with Annemarie's photograph and poem had disappeared and asking Elizabeth to send her another copy.  McCullers goes on to describe a visit to "my lawyer and power of attorney [Floria Lasky] and her children . . .For the first time in 15 years I swam.  For the first time in 15 years David and I danced to Mozart."

August 15, 1963 letter from McCullers to Mary Russell, saying "I have been faced with your problem and I do not know what to tell you so you must work it out yourself but I sent you all good wishes"

the preceding is a reply to Mary Russell's letter dated August 7, 1963 to McCullers saying that she was writing her master thesis in the works of McCullers and has reached a point where she can't justify to herself the completion of the thesis.  She asks McCullers for her advice on continuing

October 31, 1963 letter from Gabriele Puspel to McCullers concerning some work on Dylan Thomas and asks about the times that he attended Carson's parties in London.  She would like the names of other attendees and McCullers' impressions of Thomas

McCullers' reply to the preceding letter says that she met Thomas several times when Tennessee Williams gave dinner for McCullers' stay in St. George's Hospital in London.  Edie Sitwell introduced me to Dylan

July 27, 1959 letter from Joan Snowden to McCullers c/o Houghton Mifflin, saying how moved she was by The Member of the Wedding

McCullers reply to the preceding is dated August 8, 1959 and says "I bless you for writing such a lovely letter to me."

letter dated "Wednesday" from Janet Flanner to McCullers enclosing a clipping from an east German publication and suggesting how she should respond to it

April 2, 1953 statement from McCullers saying "It has recently come to my attention through my friend Miss Janet Flanner of the New Yorker Magazine" that an east German communist magazine USA had recently reprinted portions from her book The Heart is a Lonely Hunter without her knowledge or permission.  Furthermore, the comments about Karl Marx had been torn from their context and presented as if it represented her own personal opinion.  "Nothing is farther off from the truth."

attached there is a copy of the magazine, with a picture of the Rosenbergs and their children on the cover

April 8, 1953 letter on U.S. Department of State stationary from the U.S. Embassy in Paris on behalf to Ambassador Dillon to Mr. [sic] Carson McCullers concerning the communication of March 30, 1953 and enclosing a copy of a letter sent by the embassy public affairs officer to Bonn regarding the matter.  The enclosed letter, dated April 8, 1953, was addressed to the public affairs officer of the High Commission on Germany and stated that Mr. [sic] Carson McCullers objected to the unauthorized publication of an excerpt from his [sic] novel in an east German publication and they embassy in Paris would like to have copies of any pertinent communications relating to the efforts made in Bonn to deal with the matter

[there are several back and forth notes, statements and letters concerning this, with one bearing a hand-written note to McCullers from "John", who was probably her friend John L Brown who was assigned to the U.S. Embassy]

January 13, 1953 letter on Columbia Pictures stationary from Fred Zimmerman to McCullers offering her and Reeves a belated Happy New Years and going on to discuss the reactions to The Member of the Wedding, opining that the main point of agreement is that it will not a big money-maker.  He reiterated his feeling that the movie should have been based on the novel and not the play but expressed his appreciation at having had the opportunity of being involved with the project

McCullers reply to the preceding is dated January 27, 1953 thanking Zimmerman for his letter and saying that she had been in Rome working on a script for Selznick that didn't go very well.  She also told him that she was at work on a new novel, but was going to stop off to do a stage adaption of Anne Frank's diary for Cheryl Crawford

January 5, 1953 letter from McCullers to Mr. Ivo Chisea telling him that she has sent him a copy of her play The Member of the Wedding for his consideration for an Italian production

June 15, 1950 letter to Claire Fontaine, recommending Marty Mann's work on alcoholism

April 2, 1952 letter to Bob, Jennie and Carrie from McCullers proposing making the Ballad of the Sad Café into a musical instead of her original idea of an opera

December 5, 1950 letter from McCullers to Mrs. Hogan enclosing 4 poems for inclusion with the forthcoming omnibus edition of her works.  She asked Mrs. Hogan to disregard any poems suggested by her sister [Rita] and to use them after Wunderkind if they are used.

Cassette Tape 19 -- Borosom Interview and Publishers Letters

Tape 19 – Side A – Borosom Interview / Vogue Pound -- 25 minutes and 7 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 19a Side 1 – Record (?) & the Boroson Interview – Published Vogue Books [MC 289-5-1-013a: Label]

Sullivan begins the tape by saying, "This is a published article by Warren Boroson titled Leading Lady of Literature and it published The Record Weekend Magazine of October 22, 1960.  I think the area must be northern New Jersey, Bergenfield/Hackensack.  It is an interview with Carson McCullers."  She goes on to describe the photographs that accompany the article before reading the article itself.  The interview was around the time of the Broadway opening of The Member of the Wedding.  Carson answers questions about her writing methods and also what other writers have influenced her.

Tape 19 – Side B – Publishers Letters / Bill Hope -- 13 minutes and 49 seconds

Sullivan's label: 19b Side 1 [sic] For Publishers/Letters Publishers – Bill Hope [MC 298-5-1-013b: Label]

Sullivan reading

October 21, 1953 letter from The London Magazine to Floria Lasky with information about the magazine

February 13, 1947 letter from Dennis M. Cohen of Crescent Press, McCullers' English publisher, sending her a copy of The Member of the Wedding and hoping to soon meet her.  He also apologized for the appearance and quality of the book, explaining that post-war production difficulties were very great

February 16, 1953 letter from Cohen saying how pleased he is that the terms for re-printing The Heart is a Lonely Hunter are acceptable to her, and hoping that she will delay dramatizing the Diary of A young Girl [Anne Frank] and finish her new novel first

July 1, 1958 letter from Samuel French, Inc. enclosing the proof of McCullers' play The Square Root of Wonderful asking that she correct and return it.  Do not approve Broadway version, only approve our original version as published by Houghton Mifflin.  Same enclosed

advertisements dated 1962 and 1963 for Italian publishers, along with a Thomas Wolfe book

May 8, 1961 letter from John L. Brown on Foreign Service stationary for the U.S. embassy in Rome asking Carson to authorize an Italian publisher to include a chapter from Clock without Hands in his literary review.  He asks how she is and says that they are all well

November 16, 1950 letter from Nunnally Johnson of 20th Century Fox, saying that there was no need for McCullers to answer his note since he knew she was ill.  He recalled McCullers father and his drug store and its wonderful smell, the smell of old drug stores before the pneumatic rubber tuna fish salad days.  (Sullivan interjects that Carson's father had a jewelry store and that Johnson must have been thinking of the drug store of McCullers' uncle Graham.)  He hoped to meet her before long

Sullivan says "this letter was written to follow up the Andrew Bay episode, or in the middle of it rather, looking as if it had been ripped in half because it has been scotch taped back together".  The letter is from Bill (probably Bill Hope, Sullivan adds). It is dated June 25, 1958 and was sent from Paris regarding the translation of The Member of the Wedding for a French stage production.

Cassette 20 -- Letters Relating to Translations

Cassette Tape 20 – Side A – Andre Bay Letters / The Member of the Wedding Translation -- 19 minutes and 23 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 20a Side 1 – Andre Bay Letters and MW Translation [MC 289-5-1-014a: Label]

Margaret Sullivan begins the tape by saying "This concerns the translation by Andre Bay of the play of The Member of the Wedding which was planned in correspondence of June of 1958.  The final letter, which I have copied elsewhere in French . . . a rough draft is given here of three, four pages and there's a note at the top that says "Dictated, we think, by Carson to Marielle Bancou for Andre Bay.  Evidently this proposed translation, the idea for it went back many years for there is first of all an initial letter in French from Andre Bay which is undated".  She continues with the undated letter, translating it into English.  In it Andre Bay regrets not seeing Carson on her last trip to Paris comments on the success of The Member of the Wedding, and thinks that a production in France would be as successful.  He suggests that Ethel Waters come to Paris for the production.  (Sullivan comments that the top half of the letter is torn off)

May 17, 1951 letter, also in French, from Andre Bay in which he mentions getting an option to do her piece for a translation first and a production in Paris after that.  He says that he will have his agent contact her producer.  He was spoken of it to John L. [Brown?] and he is also enthusiastic about it

undated letter

Tape 20 – Side B – Letters -- 26 minutes and 38 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 20b Side 1 [sic] – Letters/[fans to Carson?] [MC 289-5-1-014b: Label]

Sullivan reading: She starts the tape by saying, "Here's a fan letter":

May 24, 1963 from Kathleen van Halder to Carson saying that her 11th grade class is studying The Heart is a Lonely Hunter but they have a question about a paragraph on page 27 of the Bantam paperback edition

June 3, 1963 Carson' replies that the paragraph in question is symbolic about nationalities and that she is sure that her parents and teacher can be of help in answering her questions

May 8, 1963 letter from Bantam Books about the possibility of publishing one of her works in a planned anthology of short novels of contemporary American authors

June 3, 1963 McCullers replies saying that she does not have any unpublished short novels at this time

March 15, 1963 letter saying that McCullers' article about "that radiant being" Isak Denisen in the recent Saturday Review has prompted David Donaho to write to McCullers about the pleasure she has given him over the years, as well did Isak Denisen

June 3, 1963 McCullers' reply is to thank him for his letter and for linking her work with Dinesen's

May 30, 1963 letter from William S. Gray saying how much he appreciates the beauty and clarity of her work and after re-reading it, he is more convinced of that opinion than ever;

June 3, 1963 McCullers' reply says in its entirety, "Thank you, thank you and thank you.  It is so blessed to be appreciated. My best to you"

May 28, 1963 letter from John Zeigler describing a quick trip to Philadelphia, Washington and Virginia.  He answers a question she had posed to him in a letter read earlier by Sullivan concerning the name of Gordon Hall's cousin.  He tells her that it is Isabell Whitney, one of the rich Whitney who left Gordon all this money that he now able to splurge with.  Zeigler says that he doesn't believe that they were related, but it easier to say "cousin" than to explain that he was kind to her and she rewarded him with this wonderful legacy.  They look forward to seeing her in September

June 3, 1963 McCullers' reply ays that when Gordon came to visit he brought her a beautiful Japanese robe which had belonged to Mrs. Whitney.  I will wear it to the opening in September

May 30, 1963 - a long letter from Fred Thiterman in Sweden thanking her for the signed copy of her book, and telling her of his plans for university and perhaps to immigrate to the United States and, he hopes, to have the chance of meeting her

June 4, 1963 - McCullers' reply thanks him for his letter and says that if she is still in Nyack she will be happy to meet him, giving him her phone number

undated letter from Christine McKenzie Willaughby in San Francisco about her pleasure in McCullers' work and what it has meant to her

June 3, 1963 - McCullers' reply thanks her for her note

May 22, 1963 letter from Eugene Haines thanking McCullers for her recent article about Isak Denisen in the Saturday Review, saying that he knew Tanya [as Denisen was known by many people] and had been a frequent guest at her home in Denmark.  He enclosed a photo of the Baroness taken with his Polaroid camera.  He also told McCullers that Denisen mentioned her with real warmth that day, and also said how much the death of Marilyn Monroe had disturbed her

June 4, 1963 - McCullers' reply thanks him for his letter.  She tells him that she has invited Clara [Tanya's companion] to come see her in Nyack and regrets that they would not be able to have any musical evenings if Clara did come since McCullers had sold her piano after her crippling stroke

June 4, 1963 letter from Parmenia Miget thanking McCullers for her Saturday Review tribute to Isak Denisen, saying that Tanya was a very close friend.  Ten years earlier Denisen began to give her notes for an eventual biography and she would like to meet McCullers before she finished in the next few months

June 12, 1963 - McCullers reply says that she would like to meet with her and saying that she has several photos of Denisen.  She, too, was disturbed by the death of Marilyn Monroe

May 26, 1963 letter from Judy Hatch, a high school student writing an English term paper.  She posed several questions to McCullers, including whether she believed in the finality of death, whether living in the South had affected her opinion of the Negro race, did her love of music make it easier for her to bring it to life in her writings, does she use symbolism, or merely write as it comes to her, what was her childhood like

June 23, 1963 - McCullers reply says that to answer her letter in detail would take too much time and suggests that she read McCullers' work and draw her own conclusions.

Cassette Tape 21 -- Letters to Carson McCullers from Mary Mercer/Travel and The Member of the Wedding Movie / Paris Jessie Letters

Cassette Tape 21 – Side A – Mary Mercer to Carson/Travels -- 30 minutes and 52 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 21 Side A – Mary Mercer to Carson/[Travels?]  [MC 289-5-1-015a: Label]

Cassette Tape 21 Side B -- The Member of the Wedding Movie / Paris Jessie Letters -- 27 minutes and 34 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 21 2 Side B -- MW Movie / Jessie Paris Letters [MC298-5-1-015b]

Cassette Tape 22 -- Cassette Tape 22 -- Letters, General and Speaking Engagements / Tax Floria Lasky

Cassette Tape 22 --  Side A -- Letters General / Speaking Engagements -- 31 minutes and 7 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  22 a --Letters General / Speaking Engagements [MC298-5-1-016a]

Cassette Tape 22 -- Side B -- Letters to and From Floria Lasky Concerning Taxes

Sullivan's label:  22b - Tax Lasky [MC298-5-1-016b]

Cassette Tape 23 -- Laksy File 1950-January 1953

Cassette Tape 23 -- Side A -- Lasky File May 1950 -- 31 minutes and 16 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  Lasky File May 1950 [MC298-5-1-017a]

Cassette Tape 23 -- Side B -- Lasky File to 1953 -- 31 minutes and 10 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  Lasky File to 1953 [MC298-5-1-017b]

Cassette Tape 24 -- Lasky File 1953-1965

Cassette Tape 24 -- Side A -- Lasky File -- January -May, 1953 -- 31 minutes and 15 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  24a Lasky File January '53 to May 7 [MC298-5-1-018a]

[N.B.--There is no Side B

Cassette Tape 25 -- Lasky File, May 1953-1965

Cassette Tape 25 -- Side A -- Lasky File -- May 1953 to [?] -  -- 31 minutes and 13 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 25a Lasky May 1953 to [MC298-5-1-032a]

Cassette Tape 24 -- Side B -- Last Lasky File -- May 1953-1965

Sullivan's Label:  24b -- Last Floria Bills 1965   [MC298-5-1-032a]

Cassette Tape 26 -- Fan Letters and Robert Lantz File Parts 1 and 2

Cassette Tape 26 Side A -- Fan Letters / Robert Lantz File Part 1 -- 31 minutes and 16 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  Fan / Lantz I [MC298-5-1-033a]

Cassette Tape 26 Side B -- Robert Lantz File Part 2 -- 31 minutes and 15 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  26 b Lantz File II [MC298-5-1-033b]

Cassette Tape 27 -- Robert Lantz File Part 3 and Gordan Langley Hall File Part 1

Cassette Tape 27 Side A -- Robert Lantz File Part 3 -- 31 minutes and 20 seconds

Sullivan's Label 27a Lantz File III [MC298-5-1-034a]

Cassette Tape 27 Side B -- Gordan Langley Hall File Part 1 -- 31 minutes and 22 seconds

Sullivan's Label 27b Gordon Langley Hall [MC298-5-1-034b]

Cassette Tape 28 -- Gordon Langley Hall/Anne Frank/Libling Wood File Part 1

Cassette Tape 28 Side A -- Gordon Langley Hall Part 2/Anne Frank Part 1 -- 31 minutes and 22 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 28a GL Hall 2 / Anne Frank [MC298-5-1-035a]

Cassette Tape 28 Side B -- Anne Frank Part 2 / Libling Wood Files Part 1 31 minutes and 22 seconds

Sullivan's Label: Anne Frank / Wood [MC298-5-1-035b]

Cassette Tape 29 -- Libling Wood File Part 2;  Lasky-Reeves Death; and Weber-Obolensky

Cassette Tape 29 Side A-- Libling Wood File Part 2 -- 31 minutes and 14 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 29a Wood Lebling 2 [MC298-5-1-036a]

Cassette Tape 29 Side B -- Lasky Reeves Death ; 2 Weber - Obolensky -- 31 minutes and 14 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  Lasky Reeves Death ; 2 Weber - Obolensk [MC298-5-1-036b]

Cassette Tape 30 -- Old Files

Cassette Tape 30 Side A -- Old Files/Rita Smith Letters -- 30 minutes and 47 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  30a Old Files Rita Letters [MC298-5-1-037a]

Cassette Tape 30 Side B -- Old Files, Rita Smith, Org, Rev of TW [?] -- 30 minutes and 52 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  30b Old Files, RS, Org Rev of TW [?] in BSC[?]

Cassette Tape 31 -- Works; the Troubled Chair (Fragment); Rita Smith Letters

Cassette Tape 31 Side A -- Works-The Troubled Chair (Fragment) -- 30 minutes and 46 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  31 a Works-The Troubled Chair (Fragment) [MC298-5-1-038a]

Cassette Tape 31 Side B -- Fragments ; Rita Smith Letters -- 30 minutes and 46 seconds

 Sullivan's Label:  31b Frangments Letters Rita

Cassette Tape 32 -- Illuminations and Night Glare Part 1


Cassette Tape 32 Side A -- Illuminations and Night Glare -- 31 minutes and 11 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 32a Illuminations and Night Glare I [MC298-5-1-039a]

Cassette Tape 32 Side B -- Illuminations and Night Glare -- 31 minutes and 11 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 32b Illuminations and Night Glare I [MC298-5-1-039b]

Cassette Tape 33 -- Illuminations and Night Glare Part 2

Cassette Tape 33 Side A -- Illuminations and Night Glare Part 2 -- 31 minutes and 20 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  33a -- Illuminations and Night Glare II [MC298-5-1-040a]

Cassette Tape 33 Side B - Illuminations and Night Glare Part 2 -- 31 minutes and 17 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  33b Illuminiations and Night Glare II [MC298-5-1-040b]

Cassette Tape 34 -- Illuminations and Night Glare Part 3

Cassette Tape 34 Side A -- Illuminations and Night Glare Part 3 -- 31 minutes and 21 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  34a Illuminations and Night Glare III [MC298-5-1-041a]

Cassette Tape 34 Side B -- Illuminations and Night Glare Part 3 -- 31 minutes and 21 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  34b Illuminations III  [MC298-5-1-041b]

Cassette Tape 35 -- Poems, Illuminations and Night Glare / F. Jasmine Addams Musical

Cassette Tape 35 Side A -- Illuminations and Night Glare -- 30 minutes and 55 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  35a Poems Illum [MC298-5-1-042a]

Cassette Tape 35 Side B -- F. Jasmine Addams Musical -- 30 minutes and 45 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  F. Jasmine Addams Musical Short [MC298-5-1-028b]

Cassette Tape 36 -- Autobiograhy -- Flowering Dream -- Virginia Story -- Holiday and Georgia Piece, Part 1

Cassette Tape 36 Side A -- Autobiography - Flowering Dream -- Virginia Story -- Holiday -- 15 minutes and 9 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 36a Autobiog (Blank) Flow Dr.-Holiday-VJS  [MC298-5-1-043a]

Cassette Tape 36 Side B -- Georgia Piece 37 pages - Part 1 -- 26 minutes and 24 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  36b -- Ga Piece 37 pages Pt 1 [MC298-5-1-043b]

Cassette Tape 37 -- Ballad of the Sad Cafe manuscript / Brooklyn - Howard - BBC interview / Georgia Piece, Part 2

Cassette Tape 37 Side A -- Ballad of the Sad Cafe manuscript / Brooklyn - Howard - BBC interview -- 18 minutes and 35 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  37a -- BSC Brooklyn Howard BBC [MC298-5-1-044a]

Cassette Tape 37 Side B -- Georgia Piece, Part 2 -- 18 minutes and 29 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  partially blank Ga Art 17-35 rest blank

Cassette Tape 38 -- Rest of Georgia Piece / Letters / Letters to Simeon Smith

Cassette Tape 38 Side A -- Rest of Georgia Piece / Letters -- 30 minutes and 50 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  38a Rest of GA piece, 29-37 Letters [MC298-5-1-045a]

Cassette Tape 38 -- Side B -- Letters to Sim Smith -- 30 minutes and 50 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  38b  letters to Sam Smith [MC298-5-1-045b]

Cassette Tape 39 -- Simeon Smith Letters to Estate / Estate Letters

Cassette Tape 39 Side A -- Simeon Smith Letters to Estate -- 30 minutes and 51 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  39a Letters Sim Smith file to Estate [MC298-5-1-046a]

Cassette Tape 39 Side B -- Estate Letters -- 30 minutes and 52 seconds

Sullivan's Label 39b Estate letters [MC298-5-1-046b]

Cassette Tape 40 -- Letters Biog / Rita's Square Root Letters

Cassette Tape 40 Side A -- Letters Bio -- 30 minutes and 45 seconds

Sullivan's Label: letters Biog [MC298-5-1-047a]

Cassette Tape 40 Side B -- Rita's Square Root Letters -- 30 minutes and 46 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  40b Rita Square Root Letters [MC298-5-1-047b]

Cassette Tape 41 -- Letters on Biography 1970 / Mortgaged Heart Letters / Rita Smith

Cassette Tape 41 Side A -- Letters on Biography 1970 -- 30 minutes and 53 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  Letters for biog. 1970 etc. [MC298-5-1-048a]

Cassette Tape 41 Side B -- Mortgaged Heart Letters / Rita Smith 30 minutes and 12 seconds

Sullivan's Label: MH letters Rita [MC298-5-1-048b]

Cassette Tape 42 -- Estate Letters / Estate

Cassette Tape 42 Side A -- Estate Letters -- 30 minutes and 26 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 42a Estate letters  [MC298-5-1-049a]

Cassette Tape 42 Side B -- Estate Letters (short) 24 minutes and 50 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  42a Estate short [MC298-5-1-028a]

[Processor's note -- Sullivan reused a cassette originally labeled "Lasky File to Jan '53".  She later wrote in blue ink "Estate Short".  She also mislabeld it as 42a, duplicating the one before.  The processor decided to title it as Tape 42 Side B.]

Cassette Tape 43 -- Sympathy Letters to Rita and her replies / Letters Virginia Carr Biography

Cassette Tape 43 Side A -- Sympathy Letters to Rita and her replies -- 30 minutes and 46 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 43a  Rita Symp [MC298-5-1-050a]

Cassette Tape 43 Side B -- Bryan, Virginia Carr, Presley -- 30 minutes and 43 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  Bryan, Carr, Presley

Cassette Tape 44 -- Rita Smith, Robert Lantz, Floria Lasky, Mortgaged Heart

Cassette Tape 44 Side A -- Sympathy Letters to Rita Smith and her Replies -- 30 minutes and 46 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  43a Rita Symp [MC298-5-1-050a]

Cassette Tape 44 Side B -- Rita Smith, Robby Lantz, Floria Lasky, The Mortgaged Heart -- 26 minutes and 25 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 44a  Rita, Robbie, Floria, MH [MC298-5-1-051a]

Cassette Tape 45 -- Reeves/The Mortgaged Heart/Jordan Massee ("Boots"), The Mortgaged Heart

Cassette Tape 45 Side A -- Reeves/The Mortgaged Heart/Jordan Massee ("Boots")  30 minutes and 28 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  45a Reeves, MH, Boots [MC298-5-1-052a]

Cassette Tape 45 Side B -- Jordan Massee ("Boots") and The Mortgaged Heart -- 30 minutes and 26 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 45 b Boots, MH [MC298-5-1-052b]

Cassette Tape 46  -- Honey Camden Brown 93 page manuscript)

Cassette Tape 46 Side A -- Honey Camden Brown -- 30 minutes and 59 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  46a  Honey Camden Brown I [MC298-5-1-053a]

Cassette Tape 46 Side B -- Honey 2 -- 30 minutes and 59 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  46b  Honey 2

Cassette Tape 47 -- Honey 2 / The Foot Warmer by Collette

Cassette Tape 47 Side A -- Honey 3 -- 13 minutes 58 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  47 a II 1 Honey

Cassette Tape 47 Side B -- The Foot Warmer by Collette -- 9 minutes and 32 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  47b II 2 Collette The Foot

Cassette Tape 48 -- Eugene O'Neill

Cassette Tape 48 Side A -- Eugene O'Neill (short story) -- 7 minutes and 14 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 48a Eugene O'Neill

[N.B.--There is no side B]


Annemarie Schwarzenbach Cassette Tape 01

Annemarie Schwarzenbach Cassette Tape 01 – Side A – Ruth Yorck's Essay on Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Part 1 -- 30 minutes and 46 seconds

Sullivan's Label: Side 07a – Annemarie [Schwarzenbach] I [N.B. Sullivan mislabeled this cassette as #7, duplicating the number.]

     Margaret Sullivan reading an untitled essay of 24 pages by R.L. Yorck [presumably Countess Ruth Landshoff-Yorck von Wartenburg] . It recounts how Ruth Landshoff-Yorck met Annemarie Schwarzenbach through "Peter", a mutual friend, and their subsequent relationship.  It also covers Schwarzenbach's relationship with her brother and her eventual death.

Sullivan reads the essay very carefully, spelling out names of people and places.

Annemmarie Schwarzenbach Cassette Tape 01 – Side B – Ruth Yorck's Essay n Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Part 2 -- 5 minutes and 17 seconds

Sullivan's Label: Side 7b – II Annemarie-end – RL Yorck

Sullivan picks up the essay by re-reading a few words from side A and finishes the essay.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach Cassette Tape 02

Annemarie Schwarzenbach Cassette Tape 02 – Side A – Letters I -- 27 minutes and 22 seconds

Sullivan's Label: Side 8a – I Annemarie letters [Sullivan mislabeled this cassette as #8, duplicating the number.]

Sullivan reads several letters from Annemarie Schwarzenbach written from the Belgian Congo, Lisbon, Portugal and Morocco during 1941 and 1942. Annemarie discusses her relationship with McCullers as "a bitter, loving fight". "You have suffered from me." She also talks about her reactions to being in the Belgian Congo and traveling along the rivers, lakes and forests of the country. She also mentions her reaction to Carson's Reflections in a Golden Eye, refers to Klaus and Erika [Mann], her own divorce, to a visit of Carson to Columbus, money worries, her gratitude for Carson's letters and cables, her views on writing and on book, her "last bad time in New York", her isolation, death and eternity, hopes to see Carson in Mexico "or where ever" after the war, of having Carson translate her book, as she hopes to translate "Reflections. One letter is dated March 20, 1942 from the boat sailing from Angola to Lisbon, and concerns a recent serious illness of Caron, finishing her novel, dealing with "the unpleasant atmosphere, the small colony circle", her decision to leave Leopoldville and return to Lisbon, hoping to return to Switzerland or perhaps London and continuing her anti-Fascist efforts, "your last book was pure, almost perfect", and finally from June of 1942.

[N.B. – There is no side b for this tape]


David Diamond Cassette Tape 01

David Diamond Diary -- Cassette Tape 1  Side A – 30 minutes and 29 seconds

Sullivan's Label: Tape 56a – DD [David Diamond] Diary 1, September 27, 1977 [MC 298-5-1-056a: Label]

     This and the next 2 items consist of David Diamond (1915-2005) reading selections from his diaries which concern Carson and Reeves McCullers.  They were read for Margaret S. Sullivan by Diamond on September 27, 1977.  Occasionally Sullivan will ask him a question or they will discuss some point.  He is obviously scanning his handwritten diaries from the time he met the McCullers in 1941.  He stumbles frequently over his own handwriting and will comment on materials he is skipping.  His voice is very soft and at times is almost inaudible, even with the volume at the maximum.  There is also a ticking clock in the background which contributes to the poor quality of the recording.

     These diaries may be among the 210 c.f. of the David Diamond Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. 

     This tape covers Diamond's diary from May 22 through June 16, 1941

     The tape opens with Margaret Sullivan saying, "Recorder, are you working?  Testing, testing" immediately followed by David Diamond reading the first entry dated May 22, 1941 which begins, "I have met Carson McCullers and I shake as I write."  He goes on to describe their meeting the night before, at which he was high, having just ended a relationship with John.  He was charmed by "this lovable child/woman" whose loneliness or loveliness struck him as he entered the room.  He debates with himself what the word is, and ultimately can't make it out.  He met both Carson and Reeves "whom I know I love".  Over the next few days they meet frequently, usually at parties and dinners where alcohol affects them all.  After a week, Carson announced "Reeves, David is part of our family.  I love him."  Diamond loved them both, but concentrates on his physical attraction to Reeves, which was reciprocated.  Shortly after they met, Reeves told him that he was the first man for whom he had felt a physical attraction.  Diamond's reading is often interrupted by his comments on people and events mentioned in the diary.

David Diamond Diary -- Cassette Tape 1 – Side B – 30 minutes and 28 seconds

Sullivan's Label: 56b – DD [David Diamond] Diary 2, September 27, 1977 [MC 298-5-1-056b-Label]

June 27, 1941 through September 1 [Labor Day], 1941

     More of the diary, focusing on Diamond's physical relationship with Reeves.  At one point, about 25 minutes in to the tape, he stops and says to Margaret Sullivan, "The rest is just everything leading to that scene at the bridge.  This could go hours.  I really don't see how this could be of value to you, all this about my personal relationship with Reeves".

David Diamond Diary -- Cassette Tape 02

David Diamond Diary -- Cassette  Tape 02 – Side A – 30 minutes and 1 second

Sullivan's Label: [57a] – DD [David Diamond] 3, September 27, 1977 [MC 298-5-1-057a-Label]

     This begins with an unclear date, but may be the rest of the September 1, 1941 entry.  The next entry is for October 4, 1941.  Over the next few days Diamond comments on the increasing depression of Reeves, saying on October 10, "I do love sleeping with Reeves but somehow I feel that I am holding on to Death" . . . "I love him too much for my own safety.  He will leave me a tortured wreck".  On October 14, 1941 Diamond wrote "These are two days I shall not write about.  Reeves is so intent on destroying himself.  He has withdrawn into a shell".  On October 27 he says, "There is something terrible brewing".  A couple of days later Diamond writes that he opened a letter to Reeves from a nurse and found that they were planning a date at the same time that Reeves is telling Diamond that he plans to spend his live with him.  Diamond pauses at this point and says to Margaret Sullivan, "This is hard" and a little later, "I can still feel the pain."  He moved out of their shared apartment on November 14, 1941.  The entries become much more scattered, and the last one is for December 31, 1956 when Diamond saw Carson at a New Year's Eve event "at the Strausburgs, after the show". . . She was "wearing a Chinese get-up, a far cry from the 11th Street days."  As she was leaving, with Rita helping her walk, "she turned to me and said, 'David are you happy?'  I said I was and her look was venomous.  I am not [unclear if this was said by David or by Carson.]  I am happier than I used to be, I said, and she flinched and turned away."

Helen Harvey Cassette Tape

Helen Harvey Interview -- Cassette Tape 01 -- Side A -- 10 minutes and 38 seconds

 Sullivan's Label:  Helen [MC298-5-1-030a]

Helen Harvey Interview -- Cassette Tape 01 -- Side B -- 5 minutes and 4 seconds

Sullivan's Label:  Blank [MC298-5-1-029b]


Norm, Hugh, Hale Cassette Tape

Norm [Rothschild], Hugh, Hale Cassette Tape 01 -- Side A -- 43 minutes and 40 seconds

     This is an interview/discussion with Margaret Sullivan, Norman Rothschild and two other men identified only as Hugh and Hale

Sullivan's label: Norm, Hugh, Hale [MC298-5-1-029a]

There is no Side B