Mary Lois Granger papers
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Mary Lois Granger papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Granger, Mary Lois, approximately 1897-1970.
Title: Mary Lois Granger papers
Dates: 1918-1935
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Identification: MS 0321

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Lois Granger (ca. 1897-1970), a native of Savannah, daughter of Harvey Granger, was a novelist, poet and essayist. She published three novels: Widow of Ephesus (New York, Putnam, 1926), Wife to Pilate (New York, Payson & Clark Ltd., 1929) and Lucy and Three (New York, Brewer & Warren, 1930). She contributed to literary magazines and newspapers - poetry, descriptive articles, etc. She edited Savannah River Plantations, by the Savannah Writers' Project (Savannah, Georgia Historical Society, 1947).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of first manuscripts of her published novels, manuscripts of unpublished novels, essays, drama, scenarios written while at Barnard College, and correspondence of and papers relating to her father, Harvey Granger. Many of these concern the development of highways, notably the Atlantic Coastal Highway. The addendum to this collection relates to interracial cooperation and consists of correspondence, pamphlets, and notes concerning race relations.

Index Terms

Eleazer, Robert B., (Robert Burns), 1877-
Granger, Harvey, 1867-1935.
Granger, Mary Lois, approximately 1897-1970.
Letters (correspondence)
Manuscripts for publication.
Roads--Atlantic States.
United States--Race relations.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Mary Lois Granger papers, MS 321, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mary Lois Granger, 1968.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11Items 1-4: Widow of Ephesus, first MS. In Miss Granger's hand
2Items 5-24: Reviews of Widow of Ephesus, 1926-1927
Clippings from literary magazines and newspapers.
3Items 25-27: Wife to Pilate, first MS. In Miss Granger's hand
4Items 28-88: Reviews of Wife to Pilate, 1928-1929
Clippings from literary magazines and newspapers, two letters re the book, and a review by Miss Granger on a book by Eleanor Wylie.
Item 89: Typescript of Widow of Ephesus
Item 90: Typescript of Wife to Pilate



25Items 91-92: Lucy and Three, first MS, originally entitled Light and Shadow. In Miss Granger's hand
6Items 93-128: Reviews of Lucy and Three, 1930
6Item 129: TS of Lucy and Three
6Item 130: TS of unpublished novel, Out Damned Spot
6Item 131: TS of unpublished novel, Angel Faces
7-8Items 132-144: Unpublished short stories, some written while at college
Dated where known: "Achilles Hell," "Believe It or Not!," "From the Head of Zeus," "Lily the Fly by Night," "The Meteor Against the Cuni" (handwritten), "Miss Pinney's Present," "The Pick-Up" (1918), "Takes a Thief," "Too Dear for My Possessing," "Wind-Falls," two untitled stories, one handwritten (1920) and the other typed. Arranged alphabetically.



39Items 145-147: College papers: Essays
"Browning as a Poet Translator" (essay); "The Interlude: Its History and Position in English Drama" (essay); "Brief For the Affirmative" (debate on economic independence of women, 1918).
10Items 148-152: College papers: Drama
"Joel the Slayer" (handwritten), "Michael, the Young King" (1919), "The Night Worker" (handwritten, 1920), "The Play of Daniel," "A Picnic" (with Rhoda Hoff).
11Items 153-154: College papers: music
"Music of the Dance" (1921, sheet music with MS note, "Mary Granger, Gen. Ch."), words and music of "Minus the Highness, or Love is King" with MS note "Scenario by Mary Granger."
12Items 155-158: writings
Composition notebook with miscellaneous notes, some laid in loose; "Up and Down the Frontier Mail" (travel in India), "Wife to Pilate" movie scenario taken from the novel; clippings of article on Fort Pulaski by Mary Granger, published in the New York Times, January 6, 1935, with five photographs of the Fort from National Park Service.
13-16Items 159-248: Correspondence of Harvey Granger (1867-1935), 1927-1934
Letters to and from Harvey Granger re the Good Roads Committee of the Savannah Board of Trade (later the Savannah Chamber of Commerce), and the Coastal Highway.
17Items 249-264: A certificate appointing Harvey Granger to the Board of Chatham County Commissioners, issued by Governor N.E. Harris, 1916, and clippings kept by Harvey Granger regarding himself, 1927-1930
18Items 265-187: Letters of condolence, resolutions and clippings re the death of Harvey Granger, 1935, and a photograph and a line drawing of Harvey Granger
19Items 288-290: Articles regarding Harvey Granger
Bridging the Savannah," by Kenneth E. Palmer, 1954 dedication of the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge, and "Georgia's Great Road Builder," by Gerald Chan Seig, 1967. Filed with these is a copy of Savannah Morning News - Evening Press Magazine, August 13, 1967, with the Seig story.
20Items 291-306: Letter to Mary Granger from R.B. Eleazer, Commission on Interracial Cooperation, 1932 December 28
Pamphlets (circa 1932): "Southern White Women on Lynching and Mob Violence;" "Future Citizens in the South," by Elizabeth McMahan Head; "Americas Tenth Man," by Robert B. Eleazer; "Southern Women and the South's Race Problem," by Robert B. Eleazer; "Some Recent Trends in Race Relations;" "The Racial Situation in America," by Will Winton Alexander; "Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching - Beginning of the Movement;" "A New Public Opinion on Lynching - A Declaration and a Pledge;" "A Realistic Approach to the Race Problem," by R.B. Eleazer; miscellaneous information related to race relations.