Series 1
Frank L. Stanton papers, 1885-1978
Boxes 1-4, OP 1-4, BV1, OBV 1

Scope and Content Note

This series includes material about Stanton collected or generated by either Stanton or his family. The series includes correspondence, writings, photographs, and printed material.

Correspondence (Subseries 1.1), which dates from 1890 to 1948, bulks between 1920 and 1928. Personal correspondence includes letters exchanged between Stanton and his family and friends. General and business correspondence includes that from publishers, a copyright form, a permission notice and "fan" letters, many of which include poems offered for publication. Family correspondence (those letters to and from family member excluding Stanton) includes a letter to Mrs. Stanton describing the Roycroft Shop and Inn of Aurora, New York, and many messages of sympathy from Stanton's admirers written at the time of the poet's death. Correspondents include Atlantans Clark Howell Warren Akin Candler, Samuel White Small, and Mildred (Woolley) Seydell and authors Charles William Hubner, William Nathaniel Harben, and James Whitcomb Riley. Each group of letters is filed chronologically.

Subseries 1.2 includes both Stanton's unpublished drafts and published writings. These are handwritten or typed drafts, newspaper proofs, published news columns put into scrapbooks, published sheet music, broadsides, the bulk of which date from ca. 1890-1920. The "Just From Georgia" scrapbook was compiled by a fan in Portland, Maine. The "Strathmore" scrapbook was compiled by Stanton and is a gathering of his columns and poems ca. 1915-1920. Poem drafts are filed in alphabetical order and are listed in an appendix after the container list.

The third subseries (1.3) is comprised of photographs, illustrations and drawings. The majority are images of Stanton. Original drawings are by Lewis C. Gregg and Vance Cotter. One drawing of Stanton and one drawing of his "Just From Georgia" character, Brother Dickey, (both by Gregg, 1903) were originally in the possession of Julian L. Harris who donated them to Emory University.

Most clippings and printed materials (Subseries 1.4) are biographical in nature. Includes are clippings concerning Leona and Marcelle Stanton and information on various Stanton homes. Also found here are an advertisement for the Frank Stanton Jr. Organization promoting the merits of Stanton's "Poem a Day" to newspapers across the nation, programs for functions at which Leona Stanton read her husband's work, and an article about the gift of the Stanton papers to Emory University. Two publications about Frank Stanton are also included, one edited by another Georgia poet laureate Wightman F. Melton, who was related to Stanton by marriage.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four subseries: (1.1) Correspondence, (1.2) Writings, (1.3) Photographs, illustrations and drawings, and (1.4) Clippings and printed material.

Description of Subseries