Manly Wade Wellman papers, 1908-1997

(bulk 1935-1986)


John Hay Library, Special Collections
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146
email: hay@brown.edu

Published in 2013

Collection Overview

Title: Manly Wade Wellman papers
Date range: 1908-1997, (bulk 1935-1986)
Creator: Wellman, Manly Wade, 1903-1986
Extent: 11.0 Linear feet
Abstract: The Manly Wade Wellman papers consist primarily of his fiction and nonfiction manuscripts (originals, carbon copies, and page proofs), personal and professional correspondence, and financial records. Also included are a small collection of manuscripts and correspondence belonging to his wife Frances Wellman.
Language of materials: English
Repository: John Hay Library, Special Collections
Collection number: Ms.2007.029

Scope & content

The Manly Wade Wellman Papers are arranged into two series, one for the papers of Wellman himself and one for those of his wife, Frances (Obrist) Wellman (pen name Frances Garfield).

Manly Wellman’s papers are arranged into five subseries. His correspondence includes an extensive collection of his letters to his mother, Lydia (Isely) Wellman, over a 15-year period. These letters contain much information about the Wellmans’ family life and Manly’s work habits. The volume of his professional writing is also reflected by the considerable amount of correspondence with his literary agent and numerous editors and publishers that is also included herein.

A collection of Wellman’s manuscripts comprises the second subseries, along with the page proofs and galleys of several book-length works. Some of the manuscripts are original typescripts and several of these are copyedited. Others are carbon copies, mimeographs or photocopies of original manuscripts. The collection includes examples of the many genres Wellman worked in, including pulp, speculative, fantastic and historical fiction and nonfiction.

The Legal/Financial subseries consists primarily of book contracts, royalty statements and income tax returns. Wellman supported himself, his wife and son with his writing and this material is an excellent source of information about the business side of the profession.

The last two subseries include a small collection of photographs, sketchbooks, notebooks and newspaper clippings.

The second series is a small collection of the papers of Frances Obrist Wellman, including correspondence, short fiction and several long manuscripts. Most of the correspondence dates from the time of her husband’s death and concerns legal and financial matters relating to Manly’s writings and estate. Also included are notes and drafts of several long manuscripts, one of which is a regional cookbook accompanied by numerous recipe clippings.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1. Manly Wade Wellman
  • Series 2. Frances Wellman

Biographical note

Manly Wade Wellman (May 21, 1903-April 5, 1986) was a prolific American author of both fiction and nonfiction. He made his name in the 1930’s as a writer of fantasy and speculative fiction, eventually becoming a regular contributor to such classic pulp titles as Weird Tales, Astounding, and Startling Stories. He cited H. P. Lovecraft as an influence. As the pulp market died out in the 1940’s Wellman turned his talents to mystery and historical writing, and by the end of his life he had produced a large body of young adult and adult historical novels, biographies and works about Appalachian folklore and music. His biography of South Carolina Civil War General Wade Hampton—Giant in Gray—was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1956.

Wellman was born in Portuguese West Africa to an American doctor and a teacher, brother of writers Paul and Alice Wellman, and of plant pathologist Frederick L. Wellman. After college he married writer Frances Obrist (who wrote as Frances Garfield) and reported for several Wichita, Kansas newspapers. The Wellmans moved to New York City during the Great Depression, where Manly joined the New York Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project. For the most part, though, Wellman earned his living by freelance writing. His love of southern folklore, music and history eventually took him and his family to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he taught and wrote until his death in 1986.

Wellman’s popularity was apparent during his last illness when he and his wife received numerous letters of support and financial contributions from fellow writers and fans. During his lifetime he won the World Fantasy Award twice, the Best Story Award from Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.

His wife, Frances Obrist Wellman, died in May 2000.

Access & Use

Access to the collection: There are no restrictions on access, except that the collection can only be seen by prior appointment. Some materials may be stored off-site and cannot be produced on the same day on which they are requested.
Use of the materials: It is necessary to secure the permission of the holder of the literary rights to the Manly Wade Wellman papers before quoting or making any reproductions in any format from this collection. Please contact the Manuscripts staff for details.
Preferred citation: Manly Wade Wellman papers, Ms. 2007.029, Brown University Library.
Contact information: John Hay Library, Special Collections
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146
email: hay@brown.edu

Administrative Information

ABOUT THE COLLECTION  
Acquisition: The Manly Wade Wellman papers were purchased by Brown University in the early 1980's.
Accruals: Additional materials, along with the Frances Obrist Wellman papers, were donated by David A. Drake in 2000.
ABOUT THE FINDING AID  
Author: Finding aid prepared by Deborah Peterson
Encoding: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-04-02T08:49-0400

Additional Information

Related material: Resources at Brown University:
  • Karl Edward Wagner Papers, Ms. 2002.2
  • Carcosa Press Records, A2003-26 (also: Hay Microfilm F5960)
Resources at other institutions:
  • The Voice of the Mountains web site
  • Fantastic Fiction's Manly Wade Wellman page
  • ISFDB Manly Wade Wellman Summary bibliography
  • Wellman Family Papers, Ms. 88-26, Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University
  • Alice Wellman Papers, CLRC-1627, University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections
  • Frederick L. Wellman Papers, MC 347, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Paul Iselin Wellman Papers (Collection 140). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles
Separated material: Manly Wade Wellman writings in Brown University's collection
Other information:
    Brown University Library catalog record for this collection: Manly Wade Wellman Papers

Inventory


Series 1. Manly Wade Wellman, 1908-1997
10.0 boxes
Box 1-9, 11 (oversize)

Correspondence, 1930-1994
25.0 folders
Box 1

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folders 1-14 Letters to Lydia Wellman from Manly Wade Wellman
15.0 folders
1930-1947
Box 1, Folder 15 Letters to Lydia Wellman from Manly Wade Wellman
undated
Box 1, Folders 16-22 Personal and professional correspondence
8.0 folders
1930-1986
Box 1, Folder 23 Personal and professional correspondence
undated
Box 1, Folder 24 Joint correspondence
1968-1984
Box 1, Folder 25 Miscellaneous correspondence
1951-1994

Manuscripts, 1947-1985
8.0 boxes
Box 1-8, 11 (oversize)

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 26 After Dark (Copyedited typescript)
1980
Box 2, Folder 1 After Dark (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 2, Folder 2 After Dark (Photocopied fragment)
1980
Box 2, Folder 3 The Beyonders (Copyedited typescript)
undated
Box 2, Folder 4 The Brave Horse (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 2, Folder 5 The Brave Horse (Photocopy)
undated
Box 2, Folder 6 Call Me from the Valley (A) (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: pp. 1-175

undated
Box 2, Folder 7 Call Me from the Valley (B) (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: pp. 1-174

undated
Box 2, Folder 8 Call Me from the Valley (B) (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: pp. 175-end

undated
Box 2, Folder 9 Call Me from the Valley (Typed & photocopied fragments)
undated
Box 2, Folder 10 Dead and Gone (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 2, Folder 11 Flag on the Levee (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 2, Folder 12 Frontier Reporter (Typescript)
ca, 1968
Box 2, Folder 13 The Frontier Reporter (Carbon fragment)
Contents Note: pp. 1-146

undated
Box 2, Folder 14 The Hanging Stones (Copyedited typescript)
1982
Box 2, Folder 15 The Hanging Stones (Photocopy)
Contents Note: Includes dust jacket

undated
Box 2, Folder 16 The Hanging Stones (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 3, Folder 1 Haunts of Drowning Creek (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: pp. 1-109

undated
Box 3, Folder 2 Hidden Wickedness (Typescript)
Contents Note: Includes related correspondence

1947
Box 3, Folder 3 House of Straw (Typescript)
Contents Note: pp. 1-131

undated
Box 3, Folder 4 House of Straw (Typescript)
Contents Note: pp. 132-end

undated
Box 3, Folder 5 House of Straw (Typed & carbon fragments)
undated
Box 3, Folder 6 Kingdom of Madison (Typescript)
undated
Box 3, Folder 7 Look Behind You! (A) (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 3, Folder 8 Look Behind You! (B) (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 3, Folder 9 Lost and the Lurking (Copyedited typescript)
1981
Box 3, Folder 10 Lost and the Lurking (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 3, Folder 11 Mask of Truth (Typescript)
Contents Note: pp. 1-199

1980
Box 3, Folder 12 Mask of Truth (Typescript)
Contents Note: pp. 200-378

1980
Box 3, Folder 13 Mask of Truth (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: pp. 1-199

1980
Box 3, Folder 14 Mask of Truth (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: pp. 200-378

1980
Box 3, Folder 15 Master of Scare Hollow (Copyedited typescript)
1964
Box 4, Folder 1 Mountain Feud (Typescript)
undated
Box 4, Folder 2 Mountain Feud (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 4, Folder 3 Old Gods Waken (Copyedited typescript)
1979
Box 4, Folder 4 School of Darkness (Copyedited typescript)
1985
Box 4, Folder 5 School of Darkness (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 4, Folder 6 Settlement on Shocco (Typescript)
undated
Box 4, Folder 7 Sixkiller House (Typescript)
undated
Box 4, Folder 8 Sixkiller House (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: pp. 48-end

undated
Box 4, Folder 9 Sky Notch (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 4, Folder 10 Song and the Silence (Typescript)
Contents Note: pp. 1-143

undated
Box 4, Folder 11 Song and the Silence (Typescript)
Contents Note: pp. 144-end

undated
Box 4, Folder 12 South Fork Rangers (Fragment)
undated
Box 4, Folder 13 Specter of Bear Paw Gap (Copyedited typescript)
undated
Box 4, Folder 14 Specter of Bear Paw Gap (Typescript)
undated
Box 4, Folder 15 Thunder on the Left (Typescript)
undated
Box 5, Folder 1 Tooth Murder Case (Typescript)
undated
Box 5, Folder 2 A Voice Not God's (Carbon)
undated
Box 5, Folder 3 Voice of the Mountain (Copyedited typescript)
1984
Box 5, Folder 4 Voice of the Mountain (Photocopy)
1984
Box 5, Folder 5 Voice of the Mountain (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 5, Folder 6 What Dreams May Come (Copyedited typescript)
1983

Winston-Salem in History (Copyedited typescript), 1955-1976
Box 5, Folder 7
Text of v. 2, 4, 10, 12 and fragments

Box 5, Folder 8 Worse Things Waiting (Carbon copy)
undated
Box 5, Folder 9 Untitled fragment (Typescript)
undated
Box 5, Folder 10 Untitled manuscript (Carbon & Mimeographed copy)
undated
Box 5, Folder 11 Miscellaneous fragments
undated
Box 5, Folder 12 Short Fiction: A-B
undated
Box 5, Folder 13 Short Fiction: C
undated
Box 5, Folder 14 Short Fiction: D-E
undated
Box 6, Folder 1 Short Fiction: F-H
undated
Box 6, Folder 2 Short Fiction: I-L
undated
Box 6, Folder 3 Short Fiction: M
undated
Box 6, Folder 4 Short Fiction: N-R
undated
Box 6, Folder 5 Short Fiction: S
undated
Box 6, Folder 6 Short Fiction: T-Y and Untitled
undated
Box 6, Folder 7 Sherlock Holmes vs. Mars
Contents Note: Multiple versions, fragments, related correspondence.

undated
Box 6, Folder 8 Worse Things Waiting
Contents Note: Short story collection

ca. 1945
Box 6, Folder 9 Plays: E-O
undated
Box 6, Folder 10 Plays: P-W, and fragments
undated
Box 6, Folder 11 Poems
undated
Box 6, Folder 12 Prospectuses, outlines and notes: A-C
undated
Box 6, Folder 13 Prospectuses, outlines and notes: F-H
1936-1953
Box 6, Folder 14 Prospectuses, outlines and notes: K-R
ca. 1938
Box 7, Folder 1 Prospectuses, outlines and notes: S-V
Contents Note: Includes misc. short story outlines

1932-1985
Box 7, Folder 2 Notes and drafts of book about duelling
1974
Box 7, Folder 3 Notes and outline of book about witchcraft
1938-1950
Box 7, Folder 4 Notes and drafts of book about Stewart Murder
1930-1935
Box 7, Folder 5 True crime cases, research and notes
1935-1936
Box 7, Folder 6 Miscellaneous notes
undated
Box 7, Folder 7 Great books lectures
undated
Box 7, Folder 8 Lectures on writing
ca. 1979
Box 7, Folder 9 Lectures on history
ca. 1979
Box 7, Folder 10 Miscellaneous essays
undated
Box 7, Folder 11 Lyrics & music for "Drive In"
Contents Note: Musical comedy by Manly Wade Wellman and Alice Wellman

undated
Box 11 (oversize), Folder 3 Sketchpad
undated
Box 7, Folder 12 Hand-drawn map of Manhattan
undated
Box 7, Folder 13 Screen adaptation of "Who Fears the Devil"
Contents Note: Written by Melvin Levy

undated
Box 7, Folder 14 Proofs: After Dark (Page proofs)
1980
Box 7, Folder 15 Proofs: After Dark (Galley proofs)
1980
Box 7, Folder 16 Proofs: Frontier Reporter
1969
Box 11 (oversize), Folder 2 Proofs: Frontier reporter (Plate proofs)
1969
Box 7, Folder 17 Proofs: Hanging Stones (Page proofs)
1982
Box 7, Folder 18 Proofs: Hanging Stones (Galley proofs)
1982
Box 8, Folder 1 Proofs: Lost and the Lurking (Foundry galleys)
1981
Box 8, Folder 2 Proofs: Lost and the Lurking (Final galleys)
1981
Box 8, Folder 3 Proofs: Napoleon of the West (Page proofs)
1970
Box 8, Folder 4 Proofs: Napoleon of the West (Plate proofs)
1970
Box 8, Folder 5 Proofs: Old Gods Waken (Foundry proofs)
1980
Box 8, Folder 6 Proofs: Old Gods Waken (Final galleys)
1979
Box 8, Folder 7 Proofs: School of Darkness (Page galleys)
1985
Box 8, Folder 8 Proofs: Voice of the Mountain (Page galleys)
1984
Box 8, Folder 9 Proofs: What Dreams May Come (Page galleys)
1983

Personal, legal and financial papers, 1931-1991
2.0 boxes
Box 8-9

Container Description Date
Box 8, Folder 10 Birth and death certificates, will, Social Security card
1940-1988
Box 8, Folder 11 Activities, honors
1952-1982
Box 11 (oversize), Folder 1 New Jersey National Guard certificate
1941
Box 8, Folder 12 Deeds, insurance policies
1944-1964
Box 8, Folder 13 Reprint rights agreements
1946-1991
Box 8, Folder 14 Publishers' contracts
1946-1955
Box 8, Folder 15 Publishers' contracts
1956-1959
Box 8, Folder 16 Publishers' contracts
1960-1969
Box 8, Folder 17 Publishers' contracts
1970-1983
Box 8, Folder 18 Royalty statements
1948-1997
Box 8, Folder 19 Medical expenses
1985-1986
Box 8, Folder 20 Manly Wade Wellman Relief Fund
1985-1987
Box 8, Folder 21 Tax returns (state and federal)
1969-1970
Box 8, Folder 22 Tax returns (state and federal)
1971-1975
Box 9, Folder 1 Tax returns (state and federal)
1976-1979
Box 9, Folder 2 Tax returns (state and federal)
1980-1989
Box 9, Folder 3 Tax returns (state and federal)
1990-1995
Box 9, Folder 4 Miscellaneous financial papers
1953-1985

Scrapbooks, clippings, juvenilia, family papers, 1931-1995
2.0 boxes
Box 9, 11 (oversize)

Container Description Date
Box 9, Folder 5 Reviews
1956-1979
Box 9, Folder 6 Wellman printed matter
1939-1995
Box 9, Folder 7 Miscellaneous printed matter
1931-1960
Box 9, Folder 8 Scrapbook
Contents Note: Correspondence, short story clippings

1931-1932
Box 9, Folder 9 Scrapbook
Contents Note: Submission ledger

1933-1934
Box 9, Folder 10 Scrapbook
Contents Note: Short story clippings

1933
Box 9, Folder 11 Scrapbook
Contents Note: Newspaper clippings

1936-1937
Box 9, Folder 12 Scrapbook
Contents Note: Short story clippings

1925-1932
Box 9, Folder 13 Scrapbook
Contents Note: Letters from publishers

1932-1934
Box 11 (oversize), Folder 4 Scrapbook
1936-1938
Box 9, Folder 14 Scrapbook and loose enclosures
Contents Note: Clippings, letters to editors

1934-1973
Box 9, Folder 15 Loose newspaper clippings
1944-1984
Box 11 (oversize), Folder 5 Juvenilia
undated
Box 11 (oversize), Folder 6 Juvenilia: Kindergarten scrapbook
1908-1909
Box 9, Folder 16 Alice Wellman memoir
undated
Box 9, Folder 17 Miscellaneous family writings
1938-1968
Box 9, Folder 18 Family legal documents
1966
Box 9, Folder 19 Isely-Dubach genealogy
1968
Box 11 (oversize), Folder 7 Thurlow Lieurance scores
1946
Box 9, Folder 20 Miscellaneous non-Wellman writings
1925-1995

Photographs, 1886-1991
Box 9, Folder 21

Series 2. Frances Obrist Wellman Papers, 1929-1999
1.0 box
Box 10

Correspondence, 1929-1999
6.0 folders
Box 10

Container Description Date
Box 10, Folders 1-5 Correspondence
1929-1999
Box 10, Folder 6 Correspondence
undated

Manuscripts
14.0 folders
Box 10

Container Description Date
Box 10, Folder 7 Short fiction: A-C
undated
Box 10, Folder 8 Short fiction: D-E
undated
Box 10, Folder 9 Short fiction: F-J
undated
Box 10, Folder 10 Short fiction: M-P
undated
Box 10, Folder 11 Short fiction: S-W
undated
Box 10, Folder 12 Short nonfiction
undated
Box 10, Folder 13 Shadow of the dog
undated
Box 10, Folder 14 Voice of the dog (Photocopy)
Contents Note: pp. 1-108

undated
Box 10, Folder 15 Voice of the dog (Photocopy)
Contents Note: pp. 109-248

undated
Box 10, Folder 16 Cookbook, pt.1 (Typescript)
undated
Box 10, Folder 17 Cookbook, pt. 2 (Typescript)
undated
Box 10, Folder 18 Cookbook, pt. 1 (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: Includes notes and fragments

undated
Box 10, Folder 19 Cookbook, pt. 2 (Carbon copy)
Contents Note: Includes notes and fragments

undated
Box 10, Folder 20 Cookbook: miscellaneous notes and clippings
undated

Personal, legal and financial papers, 1957-1995
4.0 folders
Box 10

Container Description Date
Box 10, Folder 22 Mother and Stepfather wills
1962-1967
Box 10, Folder 23 Miscellaneous contracts
1986-1995
Box 10, Folder 24 Miscellaneous receipts and notes
1957-1995