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Louise Jones DuBose Papers

Identifier: MC 2

Scope and Contents

Her correspondence in this collection reflects her career as a reporter and includes letters from Julian and Julia Harris, as well as their photographs. It also documents her literary activites during that period. This collection includes some historical information about public education in Columbus (1927); material pertaining to her lecture in a program on Columbus Women (1975)--including her speech and some publicity; and a brief biography (typescript, 1p.) by Loretto Lamar Chappel, "Louise Jones DuBose of the University of South Carolina Press," (1962). It also contains four letters of Augusta Jane Evans--three of them to members of the Benning family.


  • 1860 - 1990

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Louise Jones Dubose Papers (MC 2) must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Louise Jones Dubose Papers (MC 2) Columbus State University Archives Columbus, Georgia

Biographical / Historical

After receiving her A.B. from the University of South Carolina in 1920, Mary Louise Jones DuBose came to Columbus. She lived with her aunt, Miss Clara Gunby, and worked as a reporter for the Enquirer, then operated by Julian and Julia Harris. After covering a prize fight, an event she dared not let her aunt know she attended, she adopted the pen name of Nancy Telfair at the suggestion of Julia Harris. In 1928, Columbus Office Supply hired Nancy Telfair to write the centennial history of Columbus. Afterwords, she left Columbus and later served as director of the Federal Writers Project in South Carolina, as a professor at the University of South Carolina, and as director of the U.S.C. Press. Throughout her various careers she continued to write. In the 1920s, her poems appeared in Ernest Hartsock's Bozart magazine, some were reprinted by the Literary Digest; her books included The Woman from Off: A One Act Play (1936), South Carolina Folktales (1941), Windstar (1943), and Enigma (1962). She returned to Columbus in 1975 to participate in a program on Women's history.


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At the same time the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, was in the process of acquiring her material relating to her career in South Carolina. That facility processed both parts of the collection, then photocopied the originals dealing with Columbus, which form a portion of this collection.

Converse, Tom
August 2015
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Last Revised March 15, 2019

Repository Details

Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

4225 University Ave
Columbus Georgia 31907 United States