Raymond Andrews papers, 1947-1992 (bulk 1971-1991)

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Andrews, Raymond.
Title: Raymond Andrews papers, 1947-1992 (bulk 1971-1991)
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 673
Extent:21.75 linear ft. (46 boxes), 3 oversized bound volumes (OBV), 5 oversized papers (OP), and AV Masters: .5 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of Georgia African American author Raymond Andrews including correspondence, literary manuscripts, scrapbooks, printed material, audio visual materials, photographs, and memorabila.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: The letters of Judi Zygelman are closed until 2042.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in This Repository

Benny Andrews papers and Viola Andrews papers


Purchased in 1989; subsequent additions purchased and donated from various sources in 1992 and 1993.


[after identification of item(s)], Raymond Andrews papers, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Raymond Andrews was born June 6, 1934 in rural Morgan County, Georgia. He was the fourth of ten children of George and Viola Andrews. At fifteen Andrews left home to live, work, and attend school in Atlanta. He graduated from Washington High School in 1952. After graduation he served for four years in the U.S. Air Force, including a period of service in Korea.

After leaving the Air Force, Andrews briefly attended Michigan State University before moving to New York City where he held a variety of jobs. In the late-1950s and early-1960s he worked as a reservations agent for KLM Airlines in New York. During that time he travelled widely, including extended trips to Switzerland and Holland. In 1966 he married Adelheid Wenger (Heidi) in New York City.

Andrews’ first published work was a short story published in Sports Illustrated in 1966. Over ten years later his critically acclaimed novel Appalachee Red was published by the Dial Press. This novel, which spans half a century of black life in Andrews’ fictional Muskhogean County, received the James Baldwin Prize in 1979. The following year he and his wife divorced, and he published the second volume of the Muskhogean trilogy, Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee. The trilogy was completed in 1983 with the publication of Baby Sweet’s. All three novels were later reprinted by the University of Georgia Press.

During the 1970s and 80s, Andrews published essays and reviews, gave frequent lectures and readings, and participated in numerous writing workshops. In 1990 Andrews published his memoir of his own childhood growing up in rural Georgia, The Last Radio Baby. The following year he published a new novel, Jessie and Jesus and Cousin Claire.

Raymond Andrews took his own life in November 1991 at the age of 57.

Scope and Content Note

The Raymond Andrews papers include correspondence, literary manuscripts, notebooks, scrapbooks, printed material, sound recordings, photographs, video tapes, and memorabila dating from 1947 to 1991. The papers document Andrews’ life and work, including each of his published novels, Appalachee Red, Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee, Baby Sweet's, Jessie and Jesus and Cousin Claire; as well as his memoir, The Last Radio Baby and shorter writings. In addition to the original manuscripts for these works, the collection also includes files of promotional material, reviews, and materials related to Andrews receiving the James Baldwin Prize in 1979.

The correspondence series includes both family and professional correspondence from 1965-1992 (bulk 1980-1991). Prominent literary correspondents include: Richard Bausch, Harry Crews, Gary Gildner, John Hersey, Mary Hood, and Joyce Carol Oates. (A selected index to the correspondence series is in the appendix at the end of this finding aid.)

Among the additions to the Raymond Andrews papers are Raymond Andrews’ letters to Walter Volmut and to Emily Calhoun, photographs from Andrews’ reading at Emory University, and clippings and other printed material from his memorial service.

Arrangement Note

Organized into ten series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings by Raymond Andrews, (3) Notebooks, (4) Subject files, (5) Printed material, (6) Audiovisual materials, (7) Memorabilia, (8) Scrapbooks, (9) Financial papers, and (10) Collected materials.

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