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Joan Titus collection

Joan Titus collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joan Titus collection
Creator: Titus, Joan
Inclusive Dates: 1890-2016
Bulk Dates: 1930-1970
Language(s): English
Extent: 13 Linear Feet 13 boxes, 2 oversized folders, and 181 audiovisual items
Collection Number: ms3757
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Lillian Smith (1897-1966), author, lecturer, and human rights advocate, was born in Jasper, Florida, and resided in Rabun County, Georgia. She wrote the novel Strange Fruit, to much acclaim, as well as Killers of the Dream.

For more information see the article Lillian Smith in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Joan Titus served as a researcher at Time Magazine from 1956 to 1960; researcher and associate producer of radio news broadcasts and television documentaries for Time-Life Broadcast Inc. from 1961 to 1966. In 1967 and 1970, she received research grants for a Lillian Smith biography from the Field Foundation.

Scope and Content

This collection includes clippings, correspondence, genealogical files, articles, notes, interviews, transcripts, photographs, and writings, gathered by Joan Titus, relating to Lillian Smith's life and legacy. The correspondence relates to Laural Falls Camp, South Today, Lillian Smith's publications and events, and letters received by Joan Titus regarding Smith. There are several folders of audience reaction cards from screenings of Miss Smith of Georgia from 1964 and 1966.

Also included in this collection are interviews conducted by Joan Titus in March 1962 with Atlanta civic and political leaders, including Ivan Allan, William Hartsfield, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lorimer Douglas Milton, and Reverend Williams Holmes Borders, regarding African American business leaders. Also in March 1962, Titus interviewed Dr. Robert Coles, a child psychiatrist, about the effect of school desegregation on children. Excerpts of the Coles interview were used in Time-Life's radio program "The Children Should be Heard".

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies are available upon request. Audiovisual research requests are dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Joan Titus collection, ms3757, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2013.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Allen, Ivan, 1911-
Audiovisual materials
Coles, Robert
Georgia -- Race relations.
Hartsfield, William Berry
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Laurel Falls Camp for Girls (Ga.)
Milton, Lorimer D., 1898-1986
Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966
Snelling, Paula
Southern States -- Race relations.
Women authors -- Correspondence.
Women authors, American -- Georgia -- Interviews.
Women authors, American -- Georgia -- Photographs.
Women authors, American -- Georgia.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related Collections in the Hargrett Library: Lillian Smith, letters to and from Paula Snelling, ms2337; Lillian Eugenia Smith papers, ms1283a; Lillian Eugenia Smith papers, ms1283; Laurel Falls Camp and Lillian Smith collection, ms2143.

Related audiovisual materials, including interviews related to Atlanta in 1962 and Lillian Smith, from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Lillian Smith Research

1.1 Research Files

11Vol. 1, Camp I Laurel Leaves, 1941-1947
12Vol. 2, Camp II Catalogues and brochures, 1935-1939
13Vol. 3, Camp III plays and correspondence , 1935-1966
14Vol. 3, Camp III plays and correspondence , 1935-1966
71Vol. 4, South Today I; Spring - Fall-Winter, 1936-1939
72Vol. 5, South Today II; Spring - Winter, 1939-1941
73Vol. 6, South Today III; Winter - Autumn-Winter, 1941-1943
74Vol. 7, South Today IV; Spring - Winter, 1943-1945
15Vol. 8, South Today and P.O. [Post Office]; Rosenwald Foundation; 1943 Houseparty; Pseudonym, 1935-1943
16Vol. 9, Miscellaneous Correspondence; South Today, 1936-1965
17Vol. 9, Miscellaneous Correspondence; South Today , 1936-1965
18Vol. 10, Correspondence I A-Br, 1935-1965
19Vol. 11, Correspondence II Bu-Co, 1936-1961
110Vol. 12, Correspondence III Co-F, 1937-1965
111Vol. 13, Correspondence IV G, 1936-1966
112Vol. 14, Correspondence V H-Ku, 1941-1970
113Vol. 15, Correspondence VI Ku-Lo, 1955-1966
114Vol. 16, Correspondence VII Lo-Ma, 1938-1968
115Vol. 17, Correspondence VIII Me-Mu, 1936-1966
116Vol. 18, Correspondence IX N-P, 1936-1966
117Vol. 19, Correspondence X Q-Sm, 1939-1966
118Vol. 20, Correspondence XI So-St, 1942-1966
21Vol. 21, Correspondence XII Su-Z, 1944-1966
22Vol. 22, Publisher's Correspondence; Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943-1945 April
23Vol. 23, Publisher's Correspondence; Reynal and Hitchcock, 1945 May-1957 May
24Vol. 24, Publisher's Correspondence; Harcourt and Brace, 1957 June-1966 July
25Vol. 25, Publisher's Correspondence; Norton I, 1949 April-1949 November 9
26Vol. 26, Publisher's Correspondence; Norton II, 1949 November 14-1960 December 20
27Vol. 27, Publisher's Correspondence; Norton III, 1961 September-1962 November
28Vol. 28, Publisher's Correspondence; Norton IV, 1962 November 6-1964 May 28
29Vol. 29, Publisher's Correspondence; Norton V, 1964 May 28-1966 August 22
210Vol. 30, Documents and Miscellaneous I , 1917-2002
Volume 30 includes: photostat of births from Smith family bible; drawing of Smith home in Jasper; M. White's drawing of Blackwell/White house and Smith house; obituary of DeWitt Smith; Jasper High School commencement program (1915); history of the Crescent, Valdosta mansion; Lillian Smith letter (1917); Lillian Smith's Peabody Conservatory record (1917-1921); Evergreen Theater; "China in 1923" pamphlet; student work YMCA, China '22 pamphlet; index of Mary Blackford's China photos; and excerpts of China log by Eloise Bradshaw.
211Vol. 30, Documents and Miscellaneous I , 1917-2002
212Vol. 31, Documents and Miscellaneous II , 1917-1936
Volume 31 includes: Eugene Barnett's letters (1921); Virginia School catalogue; essays by Virginia School students; report of Shanghi events (1925); Manget's sister's memoirs; and Eugene Barnett's memoirs.
213Vol. 31, Documents and Miscellaneous II , 1917-1936
214Vol. 31, Documents and Miscellaneous II , 1917-1936
215Vol. 32, Documents and Miscellaneous III, 1917-1969
Volume 32 includes: C. W. Smith' prayer at opening of Rabun Superior Court; Lillian Smith's Columbia Teacher College records and letter to her father (1928); report Commission on Interracial Cooperation; interview with Lillian Smith about Rabun County; India famine mission; and Mass. Supreme Court brief on Strange Fruit.
216Vol. 33, Documents and Miscellaneous IV, 1939-2011
Volume 33 includes: playbill for Strange Fruit; "We challenged Jim Crow" pamphlet (1947); Ebony article on Ruby McCollum's killing of Adam; Ainisfield Wolf Awards; Lillian Smith's notes for Fisk award; Smith's resignation from CORE; Marjorie White's obituary; and Reed's paper on women and anti-lynching.
217Vol. 34, Chronological I, 1936-1944 September
218Vol. 35, Chronological II, 1944 September-1951 April 6
31Vol. 36, Chronological III, 1951 June-1954 November
32Vol. 37, Chronological IV, 1954 November-1959
33Vol. 38, Chronological V, 1960-1962
34Vol. 39, Chronological VI, 1963-1965 June
35Vol. 40, Chronological VII, 1965 August-1971 December
36Vol. 40A, Chronological VIII, 1970-2009
37Vol. 41, Radio and TV, 1944-1966
37Vol. 42, Obituaries, 1966
38Vol. 43, Notes to Lillian Smith in hospital, 1966
39Vol. 44, Reviews of Lillian Smith's books I, 1944-1953
310Vol. 45, Reviews of Lillian Smith's books II, 1954-1966
311Vol. 46, Play Strange Fruit, 1945
312Vol. 47, Reviews of Play Strange Fruit, 1945-1946
313Vol. 48, Awards, 1943-1966
314Vol. 49, Bestseller lists, 1944-1954
315Vol. 50, Unpublished: My Bargain with Cancer, 1966
316Vol. 51, Chicago Defender Columns by Lillian Smith, 1948-1965
317Vol. 52, Book Reviews by Lillian Smith, 1950-1966
318Vol. 53, Evelyn Scott Correspondence, 1937-1938
319Vol. 54, Transcript Miss Smith of Georgia
75Vol. 54A, CD Transcript Miss Smith of Georgia
320Vol. 54B Transcript Lillian Smith: Killers, on China and career, Strange Kind of Love
321Vol. 54B Transcript Lillian Smith: Killers, on China and career, Strange Kind of Love
76Vol. 55, 1966 Quotes for film, 1966
77Vol. 55A, Original manuscript for Killers reading
322Vol. 56, Deeds to Smith property in and near Jasper, Florida , 1886-1915
323Vol. 56, Deeds to Smith property in and near Jasper, Florida , 1886-1915
78-9Memoir material by Lillian Smith
41Vol. 58, Morehouse Thesis on Lillian Smith, 1956
42Vol. 59, Captain Spencer SCHW [Southern Conference on Human Welfare] Correspondence, 1947-1949
43Vol. 60, Douty: Southern Conference on Human Welfare , 1955
44Vol. 60, Douty: Southern Conference on Human Welfare, 1955
45Vol. 61, Miscellaneous Speaking engagements and invitations, 1954-1963
46Vol. 62, Lillian Smith's letters, speeches, 1960-1961 sit-in movement, 1960-1961, undated
47Vol. 63, Black Power I, 1966-1967
48Vol. 64, Black Power II, 1967
79Vol. 65, Notes I
710Vol. 66, Notes II
711Vol. 67, Notes III
712Vol. 68, Notes IV
81Vol. 69, Notes V
82Vol. 70, Notes on interviews with Smith family et al
83-4Vol. 71, Jasper News and family chronology
85Vol. 71A, Jasper background
86Vol. 72, Lost Mss
49Vol. 73A, Genealogy: Peeples/Simpson, 1967-1996
410Vol. 73B, Genealogy: Miller/Smith, 1967
411Vol. 73C, Genealogy, 1996-1997
87Vol. 74, Julia
412Vol. 75, The Child, 1933-1967
Notes and transcript: background and identity of the black/white child in Killers of the Dream.
88Vol. 75A, The Child
413Vol. 76, Quotes for Lillian Smith's reading
414Vol. 77, Letters to Joan Titus regarding Lillian Smith I, 1967
415Vol. 78, Letters to Joan Titus regarding Lillian Smith II, 1966-1992
416Vol. 79, Letters to Joan Titus regarding Lillian Smith III , 1966-1985
417Vol. 79, Letters to Joan Titus regarding Lillian Smith III , 1966-1985
418Vol. 80, Letters to Joan Titus regarding Lillian Smith IV, 1967-1970
89-10Vol. 81, Strange Fruit
811Vol. 82, Killers I and II
812Vol. 82A, Killers I and II
51Sons of Temperance (photocopy) Jasper, Florida, 1880-1889
52South Today Correspondence , 1936-1945
53South Today Correspondence , 1936-1945
54Constance McMillan (1924-2006) memorial, compiled by Joan Titus, 2009
55-8Research file, correspondence and clippings (photocopies), 1933-1967
59Macon Writer's Club
510Time Cables to Howland, 1948, 1950
511Edward P. Morgan, American Broadcasting Network, 1960
512-26Human Relations Council - audience reactions to Miss Smith of Georgia, 1964-1966
527Lillian Smith letters, 1964-1965
528Acceptance Speech, Charles S. Johnson Award, 1966
529Lillian Smith letter to George Leonard, 1966
530Index-University of Florida material on Lillian Smith
531Lucinda Ebersole correspondence, 1992-1995
531Judith Giblin James/Jacqueline Clark correspondence, 1994-1995
532Andrew Heiskell correspondence, 1994-1996
533Blanche Wiesen Cook correspondence, 1994-1996
534Conference on Lillian Smith, Georgetown, 1994
535"Lillian Smith: Looking Back to the Future," paper presented by Joan Titus presented at "Listening to Sounds Larger than Our Own Heartbeat", a Conference on Lillian Smith, 1994
536Clifford Kuhn correspondence and "Multiple Narratives of Arthur Raper", 2005-2006
537"Humans in Bondage," "The Right Way is Not a Moderate Way," "The Winner Names the Age" - Lillian Smith
538"The Family of Man", 1955
539New South , 1964-1965
539Harper's Magazine, "The South Today", 1965
540Time, 1967
1LOOK article , 1965
813Notes - Miscellaneous
101Time Life - personal release, 1962
102Virginia Quarterly Review copyright, 1982
103Jasper maps and miscellaneous
105Joan Titus introduction letter
106Notes from folder
107Notes and notebooks
108Race and GA
109Gen. Misc.
1010Crisis and FLC's letter
1011LS - Miscellaneous
1012Mrs. Tilly - Fellowship of the Concerned
1013Packet 1 - Lynching
1014Anti-lynching material
1015LS - Misc.
1016Datebook, 1966
1017Stephen Foster park photos and correspondence
1018Speaking - invitations
1019LS - speeches
1020Re - speeches by LS
1021Re - Magazine articles by and about LS
1022Our Faces - letters about
1023Journey - letters about
1024One Hour - letters about
1025Killers - corresp. about
1026Miscellaneous letters
1027Letters to LS's executors
1028Audience reactions -Smith - Georgia, Tenn, Va
1029Duplicate file on GA desegregation
1030Personal notes to Esther Smith re LS's books
1031Biz correspondence; to
1032Luanne Gilbert correspondence
1033Notes on LS's autobiographical material, etc.
1034Spoken Arts
1035Copyright Ofc.
1036Foundations re LS's film
1037One Hour worksheets
1039Bob Coles
1040Bob and kids
1041Transcript - The Journey - Digital tape in safe dep. box
1042Trembling Earth - transcripts, original and revised
1043Trembling Earth - correspondence
1044News stories
1045Virginia Foster Durr
1046Dorothy Baker
1047Notes re film LS - T-L release form
1048Anniston Mss, 1987
1049Books re LS
1050LS - Misc. background
1052Notes and correspondence
1053Correspondence - Bethune
1054Correspondence - Frances Allee
1055Titus correspondence - Field Foundation, SRC
1056Correspondence - Suzanne Neidland
1057Correspondence - SUNY
1058-59Misc. Notes
1060LIFE article - He Had a Dream, 1969
112Correspondence - Eloise Thomson
113Glenn Rainey Papers (Emory Special Collections) - LS correspondence
114JT's letters to LS
115Correspondence JT-LS
116JT's letters re LS - replies in corres.
117Letter carbons
118University of Florida
119John Inscoe
1110Miscellaneous correspondence
1111Corrrespondence - Mary Fichter
1113Two letters from Robert Coles
1114Santee River - Peeples notes
1115Correspondence - Heiskell
1116Steve Suitts
1117Correspondence - Kubie
1118T - Kubie
1119T - E. Brown
1120LS notes and correspondence
1121Correspondence from LS
1122Address book
1126Julia notes
1134LS's quotes on equality
1136End or re K
1138-41LS notes - notecards
1142LS bio notes
1145LS - Looking Back at the Future
1146LS autobiography
1147LS' MSS
1148LS Misc. and background
1151Clippings - LS
121-4Notes from binders
125-7Notes from binders [copies]
128Correspondence - LS to JT
129Notes from binders - replies to JT's NYT ad, 1981
1210Notes from binders - China
1211Joan Titus correspondence, 1995-2013
1212Notes on Mirror
1213Correspondence to Marion Worley
1214LS biographical data, 1962
1215Interview transcription - George Ashley
1216Correspondence copies
1217Jasper, FL
1218Notes and correspondence
1219Correspondence copies
1220Memoir material by LS, 1965
1221Autobiographical material written by Lillian Smith, 1956, 1963
1222Miscellaneous notes
1224Steno notebook
1225Art as Symbolic Speech - LS notes
1226Notes and correspondence with copies
1227-34Notes and correspondence
13Notes and addresses on index cards

1.2 Photographs

61-2Lillian Smith photo album #1
63Lillian Smith photo album #2
64-6Photo album #1 and #2, negatives
67Mary Darsey
68Edith Tompkins (Worley), Jessie Wickwire, Jessie Blackwell, 1893 April
69Lillian Smith and Majorie White negatives (photos in photo album #1), 1893 April
610Group photo with Lillian Smith and Majorie White, 1893 April
611Piedmont College Yearbook, negatives, 1915-1916
612Virginia School, Huchow, China, 1922-1925
613Blanche Warren, Annie Smith, [?], Thelma Cassin, Marion Worley
614Miss Stanford, Lillian Smith, [?], Sallie Lou MacKinnon, Dr. Nelson, Bishop Braz [?]
615Lillian Smith
617British Emergency Committee trip to India, 1946
618Joan Titus, Clayton, Georgia, 1st visit, 1959
619Lillian Smith, Clayton, Georgia taken by Constance McMillan Carpenter, 1959 September
620Constance McMillan Carpenter letter regarding: Newsweek - review of One Hour, includes photographs of Lillian Smith, 1959
621Frank McCallister and Lillian Smith, 1961
622Miss Smith of Georgia filming, 1962
623Miss Smith of Georgia, on location, Clayton, Georgia, 1962
624Lillian Smith, Clayton, Georgia by Joan Titus, 1962
625Lillian Smith, Clayton, Georgia by Joan Titus, 1963 August
626Marion Worley, Joan Titus, Majorie White, 1967
627Screamer Mountain
628M. E. Church, Jasper, Florida (postcard)
629Constance McMillan drawings for Lillian Smith's Memory of a Large Christmas
1Photographs of Austin Brigg's portrait of Lillian Smith
1Lillian Smith in Boston at time of Strange Fruit (LIFE photographs), 1944
1Lillian Smith at home, at the printers for South Today, and at a Clayton Drug Store (LIFE photographs), 1940-1949
1Portraits of Lillian Smith (2), 1960-1966
1Long format photographs of campers and staff
1Photograph of woman at lake draining
639Photographs - gravestones - Peeples
640Photographs - lake draining
641Color transparencies - Lillian Smith
642Color Photographs of Jasper, FL
643Appraisal for watercolor portrait, 2009
9Slides - including Jasper, Clayton, Okefenokee

1.3 Maps

2Comprehensive zoning map - Jasper, Florida [with notes], 1963
2Map of Jasper, Florida [with notes]
2General highway map of Hamilton County, Florida [with notes]
2Map of Jasper, Florida [copy]
2Comprehensive zoning map of Jasper, Florida [copy]
2General highway map of Camden County, Georgia [with notes]
2General highway map of Ware County, Georgia [with notes]

2. 1962 Interviews

2.1 Interview Files

630Notebook, Titus interviews Atlanta, 1962
631Joan Titus interview with Dr. Robert Coles, 1962
632Field Foundation annual reports, 1966-1969
633"Child's Fifth Freedom," Lawrence Kubie, 1952

3. Joan Titus Files

634Joan Titus resume and professional correspondence, 1952-1971
635Time, "The Curse and the Hope" review of William Faulkner [includes drafts, tear sheet, correspondence] (folder 1 of 2), 1964
Titus was not involved with this cover story.
636Time, "The Curse and the Hope" review of William Faulkner [includes drafts, tear sheet, correspondence] (folder 2 of 2), 1964
637Memorial service for Whitney Moore Young, 1971
1236UGA correspondence - Katherine Stein
1237University of Georgia
13Framed photograph of Lillian Smith with lock of hair