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Series 3
Personal papers, 1864-1972 [bulk 1930-1965]
Boxes 12-16, OP 6-11, OP43

Scope and Content Note

The series contains materials relating to Flannery O'Connor's personal life and her family's papers from 1864-1972. Papers include personal materials belonging to Flannery O'Connor such as notebooks, school-work, awards, and cartoons. Also included are materials relating to her time at the Yaddo Artist Community, as well as documents on running her farm, Andalusia, and medical issues; travel materials; and financial records. Notebooks contain both academic and personal writings and include diary entries and personal notes. Of particular note is her prayer journal, published in 2014 by William Sessions, ed., where she discusses her faith and includes entries addressed to God. Academic materials consist of report cards, diplomas, and school work from Peabody High School, Georgia State College for Women, and State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) master's program in creative writing (now the Iowa Writer's Workshop). There are also awards both presented during Flannery’s lifetime and posthumous awards including the National Book Award (1964), and the Catholic Press Association Journalism Award (1961)

There are materials about Flannery's healthcare including suggested diets, notes on weight, and suggested courses of action as well as documents on farming such as literature on the proper care of cattle and poultry, handwritten notes on farming equipment and material, farm management instructions, and receipts for farming materials and livestock. Also included are membership and identification cards consisting of a Social Security card and brochure, a membership card for the Young Women’s Christian Association of New York, a Notre Dame lending library card, and an identification card for Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company, based in New York City. Religious memorabilia includes prayer cards, religious illustrations and icons, a first communion prayer booklet, devotional materials, prayer manuals, and religious such as medallions, rosaries, and crucifix pendants. There are also pictures of Lourdes (France) from her pilgrimage there in 1958. Other travel materials include itineraries, hotel brochures, luggage tags, a passport, informational brochures, plane tickets, and letters from travel agencies (1946-1963).

Financial records (1943-1959) include bank statements and cancelled checks, personal financial notes, and contracts as well as other financial records including a rationing coupon fragment, account and check books, and notices from life insurance companies. Bank statements come from both the Exchange Bank and the Merchants and Farmers Bank, both based in Milledgeville, Georgia. Personal financial notes consist of checkbook stubs, receipt stubs, financial notebooks and ledgers as well as handwritten notes on financial exchanges. Book contracts consist of four contracts for the books A Good Man is Hard to Find, Wise Blood, and “A Novel,” all signed with Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc. from 1954 to 1956. There are also other legal documents detailing Flannery's book royalties. Other financial papers include brochures on stocks and bonds, some handwritten notes, and reports on income from Andalusia.

There is also a small amount of materials from Flannery O'Connor's family especially her mother's side, the Clines. Documents include financial, legal, and printed material.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by record type.

Family papers
Box Folder Content
12 1 Andalusia, National Register of Historic Places certificate, 1966
12 2 Calling cards, undated
OP35 - Cline family, certificate, Catholic Near East Welfare Association, undated
12 3 Cline, Bernard and Theodore, First Communion Certificates, undated
12 4 Cline, Bernard McHugh, financial and legal materials, 1941-1950
12 5 Cline family, financial records, 1864-1932
12 6 Cline, Frank X., election material, 1952
12 7 Cline, Jr., Frank X., university writings, 1945
12 8 Cline, Herbert A., 1916-1917, 1947
34 - Cline, Hugh, postmaster general certificate, 1929
12 9 Cline, Hugh Treanor, last will and testament, September 30, 1936
OP36 - Cline, Louis I., certificate, Atlanta Sales Executives Clun, Inc., undated
12 14 Cline, Louis I., financial and printed material, 1940-1941
12 14 Cline, Louis I., financial and printed material, 1940-1941
OP# - Cline, Mary, plat map, 1964
OP6 - Cline, Peter, plat map, undated
12 11 Datebook, Phillips, Charlie H., 1883
12 15 Handwritten notes, undated
12 16 Harrison, Hugh, account book, undated
12 12 Hill, Louise Davis, Certificate of Death, 1977
39 3 Invitations, Irish Jasper Greens, 1877, 1885
12 17 Map, hand-drawn, Milledgeville, undated
12 18 O'Connor, Edward, Savannah, Georgia, property, April 22, 1937
12 19 O'Connor, Frank, August 1927
12 13 Semmes, Kate Flannery, last will and probate materials, 1946, 1959
OP43 - Sinking Fund Commission, Savannah, 1881-1882
Flannery O'Connor personal papers
12 20 Andalusia and farming information and orders, 1941-1952, 1962
12 21 Awards and notifications, 1939-1972
OP7 - Awards, Georgia Writers Association, 1965
13 1 Birth certificate, 1925
13 2 Calendar, 1964
39 4 Calendar, work a day, 1939
OP8 - Certificate, first Holy Communion, May 1932
13 3 Death certificate, 1964
13 4 Education, elementary school (Sacred Heart School and St. Vincent's School for Girls, 1931-1934, 1937-1938
13 5 Education, Georgia State College for Women, 1942-1945
13 6 Education, State University of Iowa graduate program, 1946-1947, 1969
13 7 Hair, undated
13 8 High school materials (North Fulton High School and Peabody High School), 1939-1942
OP9 - High school records, 1938-1941
13 9 Identification cards, 1950-1965
13 10 Journal prayer, "Higher Mathematics," undated
13 11 Journals, 1946-1947
13 12 Journals, undated
14 1 Journals and notebooks, undated
14 2 Last will and testament, 1954, 1958, 1964
39 5 Map, Smith College, annotated, undated
14 3 Material in support of application for graduate appointment to University of Wisconsin, Department of English, January 31, 1945
14 4 Medical materials, 1925-1952
14 5 Music composition notebook, undated
39 5 Notebook, undated
14 6 Power of attorney, July 1964
14 7 Proclamation, City of Savannah, 1972
14 8 Recipes, undated
14 11 Religious materials, gifts for First Communion, 1932
14 12 Religious materials, iconography, undated
14 13 Religious materials, pamphlets and booklets, undated
14 14 Religious materials, prayer documents, 1941-1956
14 9 Resolution, State of Georgia, January 1972
14 10 Schedules for speaking events, undated
15 1 Travel documents, 1946-1963
39 7 Wrappings from candles, undated [see also: candles, box 38]
Financial records
15 2 Account book, Exchange Bank (Milledgeville), 1940-1950, 1959
15 3 Bank statement and check, National City Bank of New York, April 1951
OP10 - Bank statements, Exchange Bank (Milledgeville, Georgia), July 1940-August 1945
15 4 Bank statements, Exchange Bank (Milledgeville, Georgia), 1943
15 5 Bank statements, Exchange Bank (Milledgeville, Georgia), 1956-1959 [1 of 3]
15 6 Bank statements, Exchange Bank (Milledgeville, Georgia), 1956-1959 [2 of 3]
15 7 Bank statements, Exchange Bank (Milledgeville, Georgia), 1956-1959 [3 of 3]
OP11 - Bank statements, Merchants and Farmers Bank (Milledgeville, Georgia), April-December 1945
15 8 Book contracts, A Good Man is Hard to Find, 1954-1956
15 9 Book contract, "A Novel," 1955
15 10 Book contract, Wise Blood, 1954
15 11 Checkbook stubs, 1945
16 1 Financial ledger, undated
16 2 Financial receipts notebook, 1957
16 3 Handwritten notes, 1941
16 4 Handwritten receipt, "Estate of Mary F. O'Connor, minor," 1934
16 5 Income tax correspondence, 1953-1956
16 6 Invoices and insurance policies, 1951-1964
16 7 Rationing coupon fragment, August 9, 1944
16 8 Receipts, 1948, 1955, 1963
16 9 Royalty statements, June-December 1954, 1955, April 1956, February 1963
16 10 Stock, American Family Life, 1961
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