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Series 1
Writings, 1886, 1960-2004
Boxes 1-14

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of writings by Rebecca Ranson and others. Writings by Ranson include plays, poems, short stories, drafts of novels, and other written material. The largest portion of the subseries consists of copies of Ranson's plays, including in-progress drafts, final versions, and copies annotated for performances. The subseries also includes a number of folders containing freehand and brainstorming notes, both from Ranson's time at college and from her professional career. Ranson's handwritten notes often reflect the material in her printed plays; many of the handwritten papers from Ranson's younger years discuss her problems with her parents, especially after becoming pregnant at age 17. These papers also discuss her growing realization (in early adulthood) of her changing sexuality. Also included in this subseries are published booklets compiling interviews that Ranson conducted with residents of the Edgewood and Kirkwood neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia. Writings by others include poems and short stories sent to Ranson by other writers, including some with whom Ranson was romantically involved, especially William "Coke" Ariail, III, Miranda Cambanis, and Mendy Knott. Some of the work was created by inmates that Ranson met through her prison activism, and some was created by members of Atlanta's LGBT community that Ranson knew personally.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two subseries: (1.1) Writings by Rebecca Ranson, (1.2) Writings by others

Description of Subseries