MYRICK, SUSAN, 1893-1978.
Susan Myrick papers, 1913-1978

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Myrick, Susan, 1893-1978.
Title: Susan Myrick papers, 1913-1978
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 542
Extent:1.75 linear ft. (4 boxes), 4 oversized bound volumes (OBV), and 10 oversized papers (OP)
Abstract:Papers of journalist Susan Dowdell Myrick, including correspondence, writings, clippings, printed material, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Related Materials in Other Repositories

Susan Myrick papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Collection, University of Georgia.


Gift, 1975, with subsequent additions 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1978.


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

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Susan Dowdell Myrick (1893-1978), Georgia journalist, was born (February 20[?] 1893) and grew up in Baldwin County, Georgia, the fifth of eight children of Thulia Whitehurst and James Dowdell Myrick. Myrick studied to become a physical education teacher at the Georgia Normal and Industrial College (now Georgia College, 1910-1911) and at the Harvard Summer School of Physical Education (1917). She held teaching posts Georgia Normal (1911-1912, 1914--1915, and 1918-1922), at the Student Normal School of Physical Education in Battle Creek, Michigan (1913-1914), in Hastings, Nebraska (1916-1917) and at Lanier School for Girls in Macon (1923-1928). While teaching. Myrick also began preparing for the Macon Telegraph an advice column written under the pseudonym, "Fanny Squeers." Myrick left teaching to join the staff of the Macon Telegraph in 1928, and served as obituary writer, reporter, feature writer, farm editor, associate editor and columnist. Myrick's membership in the Georgia Press Association led to friendships with many writers and journalists, including Margaret Mitchell. When plans were being made to produce a film version of Mitchell's novel, Gone With the Wind, Mitchell recommended that Myrick be consulted about Southern accents, dress, customs, and manners of the Civil War era, and Myrick was employed by Selznick International Pictures in Hollywood as a technical adviser for the film (January - July 1939). Many of the regular columns and articles written by Myrick for Georgia newspapers during her work on the motion picture have been collected and edited by Richard Barksdale Harwell in White Columns In Hollywood by Susan Myrick (Macon: Mercer University Press, 1982). Myrick was a charter member (1934) and president (1947-1948) of the Macon Little Theater and she appeared in performances regularly. Her life-long interest in farming, agriculture, and soil conservation led to service as a member of Macon Chamber of Commerce committees dealing with farming and livestock, to writing a children's reader, Our Daily Bread (1950) about conservation, and to being named Progressive Farmer's "Woman of the Year in Service to Agriculture" (1956). Myrick also served as an advisory board member for the Salvation Army and the Family Services Agency, and as a member of both the Georgia Press Association and the Macon Writers' Club. Myrick officially retired from newspaper work in 1967 at the age of seventy-four but continued writing and participating in community affairs until shortly before her death. Myrick died on 4 September 1978, and was buried in Memory Hills Cemetery, Milledgeville, Georgia. Information for this brief biographical note has come from materials in the Susan Myrick Papers, most notably "Susan Myrick: A Biographical Essay," by Susan Drinnon Morris (unpublished typescript. 1983) located in Series IV of the collection.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the papers of Susan Myrick 1913-1978. The papers include correspondence, columns written for the Macon Telegraph, clippings, printed material, photographs, and scrapbooks. A large portion of the collection concerns the filming of Gone With the Wind. Correspondents include Martha Berry, Herb Bridges, Wright Bryan, Roland Flamini, Julian LaRose Harris, Richard Barksdale Harwell, John R. Marsh, Margaret Mitchell, Eugene C. Patterson, David O. Selznick, John C. Settlemayer, Phinizy Spalding, and Eliot Wigginton.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings, (3) Gone With the Wind, and (4) Photographs and other papers.

Description of Series