Margaret S. Sullivan Papers (MC 298)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eckberg, Jason, son of Dolores Eckberg
Eckberg, Mrs. Rick (Dolores), mother of Jason
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.
Franklin, Mrs. Benjamin Ira, born Helen Cain
Frazer, Judy, see; Brouillette, Judy Frazer
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
Johnson, Constance and Carleton
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
Maris, Barbara (in Baltimore in 1975)
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
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)
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
Regan, Susan; married to Tom Regan
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
Searcy III, Mrs. W. E. H., known as Miss Estelle
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
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
Webster, Beveridge; pianist and colleague of Dorothy Lewis Griffin, known as Bev
1897-2011 13 boxes (13 l.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
This collection was a gift from the estate of Dr. Margaret Sullivan.
Note to Researchers
Series, Box and Folder List
Series 1 – Margaret Sullivan
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
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
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 shows 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 and the other 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
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 ten 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)
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.
Series 2 – Lillian Smith
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
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 21page 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
Folder 17 – Works-Book Reviews by Lillian Smith, 1950s-1966
Folder 18 – Works-Book Reviews by Paula Snelling, 1930s-1950s
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
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
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
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
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
This box contains approximately 150 cassette tapes, with a mix of classical recordings and interviews.