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Erskine Caldwell papers

Erskine Caldwell papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Erskine Caldwell papers
Creator: Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987
Creator: Caldwell, Virginia
Inclusive Dates: [circa 1930-1978]
Language(s): English
Extent: 13.2 Linear Feet (4 document boxes, 1 half box, 7 oversized boxes, 2 flat boxes)
Collection Number: ms1156
Repository: Hargrett Library
Abstract: The collection consists of papers of Erskine Caldwell from ca. 1930-1978. Includes several manuscripts of Caldwell's works, both published and unpublished; a small amount of correspondence; scrapbooks of memorabilia from Caldwell and his wife Virginia's travels; newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs, and advertising ephemera pertaining to Caldwell and his writings; awards presented to Caldwell; and photographs.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Erskine Caldwell (1903 – 1987) was an author who grew up in the American South. He is most famous for his novels Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre, which won him critical acclaim because of his writings about poverty, racism and social problems in the South. He became controversial among his fellow Southerners, however, because they felt like he was was deprecating the people and culture of the region.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Erskine Caldwell papers. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 September 11.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

American literature.
Authors, American -- Georgia.
Manuscripts (documents)

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in this repository: Ira S. and Caroline Bell Caldwell papers.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Writings: Manuscripts, and Proofs

11"The Cold Winter" proof w/corrections
12"Crossing Kansas" typescript w/corrections
13"The Empty Room" proof w/corrections
14Jackpot typescript w/corrections & manuscript
15"Joe Craddock's Old Woman" proof w/corrections
16"A Lover of Horses" typescript w/corrections
17"Memorandum" proof w/corrections
18"Molly Cotton-Tail" proof w/corrections
19"Pablo" (a play) typescript w/corrections
110"Picking Cotton" proof
111"The Sunfield" proof w/corrections
112"Uncle Henry's Love Nest" proof
113"A Woman in the House" proof w/corrections
114Adaptation: Ray McIver-"The Ballad of Candy Man Beechum"

Erskine Caldwell: A Bibliography (manuscript)


2. Printed Material

115"Call It Experience" (Writer's Digest, 1951 August)
116"Chekov Through the Eyes of the Writers of the World" (Soviet Literature, 1980 # 1)
117Commentary on illustration by Roberta Egan (An Illustration Is Worth a Thousand Words)
248Printed Material: Programs and miscellany

3. Criticism, Interpretation, etc.

118MacDonald, Scott "An Evaluative Check-list of Erskine Caldwell's Short Fiction" ( Studies in Short Fiction, 1978)
119Martin, Jay "Erskine Caldwell's Singular Devotions
120Talmy, Vladimir (trans.) "A Soviet Critic on Erskine Caldwell"

4. Bibliography

121"Anthologies Containing EC Stories and Comments"

5. Book Jackets

21 38 Stories
22 Annette
23 The Bastard and Poor Fool
24 Call It Experience
25 Certain Women
26 Claudelle Inglish
27 Close to Home
28Complete Stories of Erskine Caldwell (Selections)
29 The Courting of Susie Brown
210 Episode in Palmetto
211 Erskine Caldwell's Gulf Coast Stories
212 Georgia Boy
213 God's Little Acre
214 God's Little Acre-The Book of the Film
215 Gretta
216 Gulf Coast Stories
217 A House in the Uplands
218 In Search of Bisco
219 Jackpot-Selected Stories
220 Jenny
221 Journeyman
222 Kneel to the Rising Sun
223 A Lamp for Nightfall
224 The Last Night of Summer
225 Love and Money
226 Men and Women
227 Miss Mamma Aimee
228 The Negro in the Well and Other Stories
229 Place Called Estherville
230 The Sacrilege of Alan Kent
231 Say, Is This the USA
232 Southways
233 The Sure Hand of God
234 A Swell Looking Girl
235 This Very Earth
236 Tobacco Road
237Tobacco Road-The Play
238 Tobacco Road. God's Little Acre, Trouble in July
239 Tragic Ground
240 Trouble in July
241 We Are the Living
242 The Weather Shelter
243 When You Think of Me
244 Where the Girls Were Different
245 A Woman in the House
246 Writing in America
247Unidentifiable book jackets

6. Personal Material

32Biographical material
33Caldwell, Mrs. I.S.-Articles
34Caldwell, Mrs. I.S.-Medal for English composition
35Caldwell. Mrs. I.S.-Various Veracious Verses
36Caldwell, Virginia-Bookplate design
37Christmas cards
38Genealogy-Cosby Family

7. Awards, Certificates, Memorabilia, etc.

41American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters-Ceremonial Program, 1976
42American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters-Ceremonial Program, 1978
43Bulgarian Short Story medal, 1970
44French Line, "Liberté", (LeHavre, NY) medal
45Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano 1947-77 medal
46Jacksonville, FL-Ambassador-At-Large certificate, 1970
47Jacksonville, FL-Key to the city
48Miss and Mr. Nude America Contest-Judge's ribbon
49Poland-500th Anniversary medal
51Tuscon Press Club Horseshoe, 1944-64
52United Airlines plaque, 1959
53King of Spades poster inscribed "Skinny"
54Portable knotholes "for peeping purposes" from Tom Baugh
55Russian passport and street pass, 1930s
56Caricature of Erskine Caldwell-Unsigned
57Caricature of Erskine Caldwell-Signed Svárte
58Cartoon of Caldwell characters-Signed Hirshfeld
59Cartoon with caption, "C'mon, they just caught Erskine Caldwell down to Lacyville"
510Cartoon with caption, "He's reading F. Scott Fitzgerald now. You should have been here when he was reading Erskine Caldwell."
511La Agencia de Comunicación International de los Estados Unidos de América, etc.-Certificate, 1978
512Marquis Who's Who in America-Certificate
513University of Virginia Alumni Association -Certificate, 1977
514Bulgarian Short Story Award-Certificate, 1973
515Cartoon with caption, "Literary Renegades", etc.
516Air France-Certification of crossing sound barrier, 1979
532Sketch of Erskine Caldwell - signed Hans Bendix, 1959

8. Photographs


9. Oversize Material

Awards, Certificates, and Memorabilia
61University of South Florida Celebration of Literature Award-Plaque, 1977
62The Press and Union League Club of San Francisco-Caricature of Erskine Caldwell by "Pancho", 1960
63The Raven Society, University of Virginia-Certificate, 1959
64Styrofoam "Happy Face" inscribed "Occupant Occupied"
65Georgia Writers Association Literary Achievement Award-Certificate, 1968
66Cartoon with caption, "It's always Christmas underneath the Signet tree"
67State of Arizona, Office of the Secretary-Certificate, 1953
68The Euphemian Literary Society-Diploma, 1959
69The Authors Club of Los Angeles-Certificate
610The Ferdinand Phinizy Lectures 1975 Proudly Presents...Erskine Caldwell -Broadside
611Illustration from Swedish version of Georgia Boy by John Lindquist - signed by Erskine Caldwell, 1970 January
611Erskine Caldwell seated, holding cigarette
612Erskine and Virginia Caldwell in New York City, 1978
131Clippings, Magazine articles, etc

10. Artifacts

11Kup's Show cup
12University of Virginia "Alumni Fun" 1965 pewter cup
13Press and Union League Club of San Francisco black cat
14Bronzed baby shoe labeled "Erskine Caldwell"
15Military helmet marked "Herbst"
16Military helmet worn while correspondent in Moscow