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Berry Fleming papers

Berry Fleming papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Berry Fleming papers
Creator: Fleming, Berry, 1899-1989
Inclusive Dates: 1930-1989
Language: English
Extent: 4.2 Linear Feet 8 boxes and 1 volume
Collection Number: ms3560
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Berry Fleming (1899-1989) was an American novelist best known for his 1943 novel Colonel Effingham's Raid. Fleming was born in Augusta, Georgia and lived there for most of his life. He graduated from Harvard University in 1922 and began working for the Augusta Newspaper in 1923. His first novel, The Conqueror's Stone, was published in 1927. He was fairly successful as an author in the 1930s and 1940s, but his popularity diminished after he fired his publicist. Just months before his death in 1989 he had a resurgence in popularity with his novel Captain Bennett's Folly, which was favorably reviewed in The New York Times.

His daughter was the late music critic and editor Shirley Fleming.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the manuscripts and personal materials of author Berry Fleming. Many of his novels, such as Two Tales from Autumn and The Bookman's Tale, are included as well as several editions and variations of his comedy play The Acrobatz. Included are Fleming's ledgers, Harvard memorabilia, and photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Berry Fleming papers, ms3560, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Authors, American -- Georgia.
Harvard University
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
School records.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Writing

11The Acrobats RCA tape, 1963 July
12The Acrobats (the play in book form)
13The Acrobats revised for July 1963 staged reading
14The Acrobats revised for 1962 staged reading
15The Acrobats acting script
16The Acrobats revised script, 1979
17 The Affair at Honey Hill
18 The Bookman's Tale
21 The Bookman's Tale
22 Country Wedding
23 Once there was a Fisherman
24 Rifleman Benson
25Two Tales for Autumn pages 1-56
26Two Tales for Autumn pages 57-133
27Two Tales for Autumn pages 134-196
28Two Tales for Autumn pages 197-264
29Two Tales for Autumn pages 265-332
31Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 1-63
32Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 64-170
33Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 171-248
34Two Tales for Autumn- Inventory and Captain Bennett's Folly pages 249-321
35 Triptych
36 Who Duelt by a Churchyard
38Correspondence- publishers
1Books, published (not by Fleming)

2. Personal materials

41Bible, 1895
42-4Black ledgers
45Copyright ledger
51Harvard Fly Club Directory, 1919-1990
52Harvard Fly Club Directory, 1979
53Harvard Class of 1922 Thirtieth Anniversary Report, 1952
54Harvard Class of 1922 Forty-fifth Anniversary Report, 1967
56The Harvard Freshman Red Book, 1922
1Harvard Class Album, 1922

3. Shirley Fleming

51-3Chatham Hall Yearbook
61Correspondence from Shirley
62-3Correspondence re: Berry's death, 1989
66Printed materials
71-2Smith College- class notes
73Smith College- exams, directory, inauguration
74-5Smith College- writings
76Birth tile