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Jordan Massee papers

Jordan Massee papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jordan Massee papers
Creator: Massee, Jordan
Inclusive Dates: 1926-2000
Language: English
Extent: 13 Linear Feet (14 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: ms3924
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William Jordan Massee, Jr. was author of the book Accepted Fables which details his life among the elite in Macon, Georgia. He was a cousin of Carson McCullars, and friend of Tennesee Williams. Massee's father, William Jordan Massee, Sr., is often cited as the inspiration for the character Big Daddy from Williams' play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Massee, Jr. worked in New York City for many years, returning to Macon in his old age. He passed away in 2002.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of notes, manuscripts, genealogy, and research materials related to Jordan Massee's autobiography Accepted Fables. Also included is a subject file on topics of interest to Massee, including dance, art, and architecture.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jordan Massee papers, ms 3924, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Autobiographies.
Macon (Ga.)
Massee, Jordan
McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
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1Travel diaries and mementos, 1926-1929
 
boxfolder
21Recap, 1930-1936
 
22Recap, 1937-1939
 
23Recap, 1942-1949
 
24Recap, 1950-1951
 
25Recap, 1952-1953
 
26Recap, 1954-1959
 
27Recap, 1961-1962
 
28Recap, 1963-1966
 
29Recap, 1967-1969
 
210William Jordan Massee and Ethel Oliver Brown genealogy
 
211Accepted Fables, duplicates and lists of copies
 
212Massee History
 
213Assorted chapters
 
214William Jordan Massee and the Jackson Dam
 
215An Anthology of American Verse by Jordan Massee
 
216Correspondence, 1909-1910
 
217Correspondence, 1911
 
218Correspondence, 1912-1914
 
219Correspondence, 1916-1920
 
220Correspondence, 1921-1922
 
221Correspondence, 1923-1925
 
222Correspondence, 1926
 
223Correspondence, 1929 December 3
 
224Correspondence, 1934 August 8
 
225Correspondence, 1936 September 3
 
226Correspondence, 1937
 
227Correspondence, 1948-1949
 
228Correspondence, 1951 July 16
 
229Correspondence, 1954 August 16
 
230Correspondence, 1963-1964
 
231Correspondence, 1960-1962
 
232Correspondence, undated
 
233"Georgia Early History School Project"
 
234Legal and estate papers
 
235Travel itinerary, undated
 
236Notes
 
237Business cards
 
238Calling cards
 
239Printed material
 
240Clippings
 
241Prescriptions, 1917
 
242Hotel and railroad cards
 
243Certificates and membership cards
 
boxfolder
31In Grateful Memory draft volume 1, 1994 June 12
 
32In Grateful Memory draft volume 2, 1994 June 12
 
33Volume 3 (not final), 1995 April 25
 
34Accepted Fables draft, 1998
 
boxfolder
41Accepted Fables draft volume 1, 1998
 
42Accepted Fables draft volume 2, 1998
 
43Accepted Fables draft (new material), 2000 June 15
 
44Accepted Fables draft volume 1, 2000 June 15
 
45Accepted Fables draft volume 2, 2000 June 15
 
boxfolder
51Chronology
 
52Quotations
 
box
6In Grateful Memory original manuscript, 1994
 
box
7Accepted Fables draft, 2000 June 14
 
box
8Accepted Fables draft (with corrections)
 
boxfolder
91Below X
 
92VII The Bibb Brick Company
 
93X The McCaw-Massee House
 
94XI Daddy's Sayings
 
95XI The Golden Years: The Big House on College Street, 1910-1932 1. The House on College Street,the move, and Alterations
 
97XI 3. Daddy's Illnesses
 
98XI 4. Politics
 
99XI 6. Ethel Brown Massee
 
910XI 7. Mother and Daddy's Friends
 
911XI 9. Emily's Education 10. Emily and Daddy Gambling and Fishing 11. Emily's Friends
 
912XI 12. Escapades
 
913XI 13. Martha Lawson Massee
 
914XI 15. Martha and Jordan's Childhood (b)
 
915XI 15. Martha and Jordan's Childhood (c) (d) (f) (g) (h)
 
916XI 15. Martha and Jordan's Childhood (i) (j) (k)
 
917XI 17. Prominent Macon Families (c)
 
918XI 17. Prominent Macon Families (g)
 
919XI 17. Prominent Macon Families (h)
 
920XI 18. Colorful Characters (c)
 
921XI 18. Colorful Characters (d) (e)
 
922XI 18. Colorful Characters (f)
 
923XI 20. Servants in the Big House
 
924XI 22. Food at the Big House
 
925XI 23. Entertaining
 
926XI 24. Guests
 
927XI 25. The Poker Games
 
928XI 27. Fraulein Alwina Eichler
 
929XI 28. Summers: 1915-1928 (a)
 
930XI 28. Summers: 1915-1928 (b)
 
931XI 28. Summers: 1915-1928 (c)
 
932XI 29. Music Has Charms
 
933XI 30. Daddy and Martcha in Europe, 1925
 
934XI 31. Otis Dewey Knight
 
935XI 32. Emily Massee Brown: A Grandchild Arrives
 
936XI 34. Lanier High School for Boys: Five Years in Hell
 
937XI 35. The Crash 36. Leaving the Big House
 
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101XII The Massee Apartments
 
102XIII The Little House on College Street, 1935-1956
 
103XIV European Travels
 
104XV Paul Bigelow (1) (2)
 
105XV Paul Bigelow (3d)
 
106XVII New York (1)
 
107XVII New York (2) (3)
 
108XVI Summers at Sea Island
 
109XVIII Macon 1946-1950
 
1010XIX 1. East End Avenue
 
1011XIX 2. West End Avenue (b)
 
1012XIX 2. West End Avenue (b)
 
1013XIX 2. West End Avenue (d)
 
1014XIX 2. West End Avenue (f)
 
1015XIX 2. West End Avenue (g)
 
1016XIX 2. West End Avenue (m)
 
1017XX Death in Macon
 
1018XXII 1. Macon Visits 2. A New Home on Arlington Place
 
1019XXII 3. Envoi
 
1020Table of Contents
 
1021Appendix
 
1022Miscellaneous
 
1023Photographs for Accepted Fables
 
boxfolder
111Abacus
 
112Maud Alla IV
 
113Allen, Patrick
 
114Anderson, Mary
 
115Apthorp
 
116Architecture
 
117Arenstein, Yetta
 
118Armitage, Merle
 
119Arial, Eugene
 
1110Autographs (Miscellaneous)
 
1111Bach
 
1112Baker
 
1113Balanchine
 
1114Barlow, David, 1995
 
1115Barnes, Djuna
 
1116Barnes, Edwina
 
1117Bellini, Vincenzo
 
1118Benko, Gregor
 
1119Benko, Gregor
 
1120Bernd, Florence
 
1121Bernhardt
 
1122Bible
 
1123Bigelow, S. Paul
 
1124Bizet: Carmen
 
1125Bleach Newspaper clippings
 
1126Blumenthal
 
1127Bonner, Emily
 
1128Books (Rare)
 
1129Boswell, John E., 1994
 
1130Brecht, Hannah
 
1131Brennan, Elaine
 
1132Brennan, Elaine Luthy
 
1133Brewster, Gary, 1985 April
 
1134Brighton Pev.
 
1135Brown, Emily Massee, 1994
 
1136Brown, Massee "Macon in the 30's" on TV
 
1137Bryan, William
 
1138Butler, Sammuel
 
1139Busoni, Ferruccio
 
1140Bryne, Celeste J.
 
1141Carnegie Hall
 
1142Carnegie Hall
 
1143Carp, Augustus
 
1144Carr, Virginia Spencer
 
1145Carr, Virginia Spencer
 
1146Carriere, Eugene
 
1147Cassettes to make
 
1148Castrati
 
1149Cerquetti, Anita, 1994 November
 
1150Cervantes Saavedra
 
1151Champion, David
 
1152Cherry Blossoms
 
1153China
 
1154China, Asia
 
1155Chinese Art
 
1156Chomsky, Noam
 
1157I Ching by Elaine Luthy
 
1158Clark, Lorilotte
 
1159Collazo, Raphael
 
1160Columbus Museum
 
1161Comer, Phil; Fuller, Frederick
 
1162Corn, Chuck
 
1163Cox, Dona
 
1164Dance
 
1165Dance Films
 
1166Denby, Edwin
 
1167Dowben, Bob
 
1168Dews, Carlos
 
1169Dews, Carlos; Dews, Barney
 
1170Duse
 
1171Duse
 
1172Edwards, Harry Stilwell
 
1173Eichter, Alwina
 
1174Einstein
 
1175Eliot, George
 
1176Eltinge, Julian
 
1177Feibelman, Peter
 
1178Flowers, Dried
 
1179Freise, Paul
 
1180Frost, Deirdre
 
1181Fuggette
 
1182Furniture Finishing
 
1183Galli-Curci
 
1184Genee, Adeline
 
1185Georgia Museum of Art
 
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121Georgia Museum of Art
 
122Giannini, Dusolina
 
123Gide
 
124Gibran, Kahlil
 
125Girandoles
 
126Glazier-Cox
 
127Graham, Martha
 
128Greek Drama
 
129Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC) souvenir postcards
 
1210Guilbert, Yvette
 
1211Harris, Roger
 
1212Harwood, Jerry
 
1213Hayes, Roland
 
1214Hill, Howard
 
1215History
 
1216Hathaway, Byron
 
1217Hogan, Jasper
 
1218Holbein and the Court of Henry VIII
 
1219Hopper, Edward
 
1220Hutto, Richard
 
1221Inventory
 
1222Inventory
 
1223Japanese Music
 
1224Jennings, Sibley
 
1225Kelly, Alan
 
1226Karajan, Herbert von
 
1227King, Kenneth
 
1228Kschessinska
 
1229Landowska
 
1230Language
 
1231Languages
 
1232Lawton, Ralph
 
1233Leichtling
 
1234Lesley, Bill
 
1235Lippe
 
1236Lists: 20th Century
 
1237Little, Arnold
 
1238Lyndon, Andrew
 
1239Lyrics
 
1240Macon Museum
 
1241McIntyre
 
1242Magnolia Leaves
 
1243Magnolia Manor
 
1244Mallarme, Stephane
 
1245Mann, Thomas
 
1246Marhefska, Joe
 
1247Marlowe
 
1248Marshall, Sarah
 
1249Marston
 
1250Massee, J.- Driver's License
 
1251Massee, J.- Birth Certificate
 
1252Massee- Property Division
 
1253Massee- Vital Statistics
 
1254Massee, E. B.- Will
 
1255Massee- Daddy to Mother
 
1256Massee- Miscellany
 
1257Meehan, John
 
1258McCullers, Carson
 
1259Melba, Dame
 
1260Melton, Bo
 
1261M-, C.
 
1262Mendelssohn, Eleonora von
 
1263Merrill, James
 
1264Meyer, Paula
 
1265Mickee
 
1266Moller, Hans
 
1267Morris, William
 
1268Moseley, Rufus
 
1269Met Opera
 
1270Muecke, Henry
 
1271Muscadine field day
 
1272Museum of Arts and Sciences (Macon, GA)
 
1273Music
 
1274Namara
 
1275Museum of Degenerate Art
 
1276Nazimova
 
1277New Yorker
 
1278Nietzsche
 
1279Nin, Anais; Guiler, Hugo
 
1280Nordyke, Terence
 
1281Norman, Jessye
 
1282Novels 100 Best
 
1283Obolensky
 
1284Pachelbel
 
1285Paqua, Frederick
 
boxfolder
131Patti
 
132Payne, Calder
 
133Peirce, C. S.
 
134Pergamont, Lola
 
135Philosophy
 
136Pickard, Carey
 
137Plessis- Paterson
 
138Poetry
 
139Ponselle, Rosa
 
1310Porter, Katherine
 
1311Quotations
 
1312Records
 
1313Records
 
1314Reichert
 
1315Reine: Silver
 
1316Religion
 
1317Ribblesdale, Ava
 
1318Richardson, Henry
 
1319Robbery- Bogota, 1981 January
 
1320Romophone
 
1321Roney, Lisa
 
1322Sacks, Oliver
 
1323Sada Yacco, Madame
 
1324St. Denis, Ruth
 
1325Schonberg, H. C.
 
1326Science
 
1327Seely
 
1328Seals, Charles
 
1329Shonberg, Harold
 
1330Silver
 
1331Singers
 
1332Sitwell, Edith
 
1333Skaters (Ice)
 
1334Soong, Charlie
 
1335Southby, Kadin
 
1336Stapleton, Maureen
 
1337Stone, Elly
 
1338Supervia
 
1339Swift, Jonathan
 
1340Skelton, Scott
 
1341Steck, Mary
 
1342Taylor, Laurette
 
1343Tetrazzini Broadcast
 
1344Truitt, Richard
 
1345Tuggle, Robert
 
1346Turbide, N.
 
1347Turbide, N.
 
1348Twain, Mark
 
1349Van Vechten, Carl
 
1350Vidal, Gore
 
1351Wagner Handbook
 
1352Wagner: Tristan
 
1353Waite, John
 
1354Washington Memorial Library
 
1355Wilde, Oscar
 
1356Woodson, Anne
 
1357Woodson, Anne
 
1358Yeats, William
 
1359McCullers, Carson
 
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14Keys
 
oversized_box
1Certificates: William DeVaughn and Martha Massee's marriage certificate, Martha DeVaughn's high school diploma, and William DeVaugh's Scottish Rite certificate, 1930-1959
 
1Carson McCullers newspaper articles
 
1Tennessee Williams magazine article