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Edd Winfield Parks collection

Edd Winfield Parks collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Edd Winfield Parks collection
Creator: Parks, Aileen West
Creator: Parks, Edd Winfield, 1906-1968
Inclusive Dates: 1880s-1970s
Language(s): English
Extent: 10 Linear Feet (12 document boxes, 6 card file boxes)
Collection Number: ms290
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Dr. Parks was a native Tennessean who spent many years as a literary scholar and a professor at the University of Georgia. He was born in Newbern, Tennessee in February 1906. He earned his Associates degree (1927) from Harvard and received his M.A. (1929) and Ph.D. (1933) at Vanderbilt University. He taught briefly at Vanderbilt and later Cumberland University before taking a permanent position teaching English at the University of Georgia in 1935. In 1933, he married Alice Aileen Wells, who worked at the Ward-Belmont School for Young Women and later wrote children's books.

In 1942, he volunteered for the Armed Services and served as Captain of Army Intelligence. When the war concluded, Parks rejoined the University of Georgia in the late 1940s. Much of his work emerged in the 1950s and 1960s: two fiction books, Backwater (1957) and Nashoba (1963); several non-fiction works, which included William Gilmore Sims as Literary Critic (1961), Edgar Allen Poe as Literary Critic (1964), Henry Timrod (1964), Thomas MacDonagh: The Man, the Patriot, the Writer (with Aileen Wells Parks, 1967), and Sidney Lanier: The Man, the Poet, the Critic (1968); a number of young adult and children's books, such as Safe on Second: The Story of a Little Leaguer (1953), Teddy Roosevelt, All-Round Boy (1953), and Teddy Roosevelt, Young Rough Rider (1953). Parks died in 1968, and his wife died in 1986.

Scope and Content

The Edd Winfield Parks collection consists mainly of Parks' manuscripts, research notes, and correspondence with publishers and universities. While five of his published books are included in the collection, most of the manuscripts are in typescript and range from the 1930s through the 1960s. Some manuscripts are hand-written and show his revisions. Parks' research notes are almost entirely on notecards, though they remain unsorted in the majority of boxes. The final six boxes are processed and organized by magazine. Correspondence with publishers and universities about his work and career exist throughout the collection. The only personal materials in the collection are Parks' World War II service materials and his passport collection. Otherwise, the collection centers around his literary work and the research done for his books.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has not yet been arranged. However, a preliminary list has been provided for access purposes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edd Winfield Parks collection, ms290, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

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

Related Collections in this Repository

For related collections in the Hargrett Library, see also Edd Winfield Parks papers, MS 2415.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Nashoba. First Draft. Pages 1-155.
12Nashoba. First Draft. Pages 156-300.
13Nashoba. Second Draft. Chapter I-V.
14Nashoba. Second Draft. Chapter VI-XIV.
21Nashoba. Printer's Copy, Final Draft. Pages 1-219. Chapter I-V.
22Nashoba. Printer's Copy, Final Draft. Pages 220-453. Chapters VI-XIV.
3 Predestinate Iron.
3 Little Long Rifle.
3 Safe on Second.
3 Edgar Allen Poe As Literary Critic.
3 Thomas MacDonagh: The Man, The Patriot, The Writer.
3Rockwel College Annual Centenary 1864-1964
4 William Gilmore Simms as a Literary Critic.
4 Collected Poems of Henry Timrod.
4 Backwater.
52Parks' research on Teddy Roosevelt, Edgar Allan Poe, and Davy Crockett
53Parks' Typescript Articles
54Periodicals, mostly The Observer
61University of Georgia Press materials
62Parks' World War II service materials, including War Department correspondence, his Report of Physical Examination, and his transition from his civilian work as a Junior Research Analyst to the Armed Forces
64Mary N. Murfree and Family correspondence, 1880s-1890s
65Research on General James Winchester
66University of North Carolina Press
67Correspondence with Bobbs-Merrill Company
68South American Press Clippings
69University of Brazil
610Southern American Press Clippings and Photographs
71Notes about poetry
72Notes on books
73Notes on books
74A draft of Nashoba
81TIME correspondence about Murfree article
82Research notes on the South
83University of Copenhagen
84Atlanta Journal / Atlanta Constitution correspondence
85American Quarterly correspondence
86American Book Company correspondence
87Lecture notes on Brazil
88Reviews of Parks' works
89University of Georgia Southern Writers Workshop
810State Department correspondence about South American trip
811Brazil Fullbright 1958
812South American correspondence
813Danish Fellowship - official papers and other materials
814Letters from England
815Receipts, bills, etc
816W.W. Norton and Company correspondence
91Unsorted notes on primary sources
92KALKI periodicals
93Unsorted correspondence
94Copies of research done on Thomas MacDonagh
95Copies of research done on Thomas MacDonagh
96Parks' work on Sidney Lanier
101Miscellaneous correspondence
102University of Georgia
104American Literature Group
105Bibliography of Parks
106Potential publications - typescripted
107Potential publications - typescripted
108Modern Literature Association materials
109Passports, WHO certificates, etc
111Sidney Lanier manuscript chapters
112Sidney Lanier typescript
113Edgar Allan Poe typescript
114Henry Timrod manuscript notes
115Henry Timrod manuscript
121Thomas Holley Chivers manuscript
122The Intent of Novelists manuscript
123Portions of Nashoba manuscript
124Paul Hamilton Hayne manuscript
125Simms manuscript (I)
126Henry Timrod manuscript
127Simms manuscript (II)
128Unsorted research notes
129Notecards containing unsorted research notes
13Notecards regarding Poe, Timrod, and Daily South Carolinian
14Notecards containing research on South Atlantic Quarterly, Scott's Monthly Magazine, and Southern Literary Messenger
15Notecards containing research on American Cotton Planter, Baltimore Literary and Religious Magazine, Georgia Gazette, Home Circle, Leisure Home, Magnolia, Memphis Eagle, and others
16Notecards containing research on Southern Literary Messenger
17Notecards containing research on Southern Quarterly Review, Southern Rose, The Vigil, and others
18Notecards containing research on Monthly Review & Review, Omnium Gaiheum, The Orion, The Plantation, The Pambler, Russell's, Southern and Western Monthly, The Southern Index, and others