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Charlie May Simon Papers, 1390-1977

Charlie May Simon Papers, 1390-1977

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Charlie May Simon Papers, 1927-1977 UALR.MS.0006

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-10T11:58-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Charlie May Simon Papers, 1390-1977
Dates: Bulk, 1936-1970
Dates: 1390-1977
Quantity: 10.5 Linear feet; 15 document boxes and 3 flat boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0006

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in five series: Series I, Correspondence; Series II, Family and business papers; Series III, Manuscripts, research and reviews; Series IV, Prose and Poetry by other authors; and Series V, Works of art

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, research notes, family and business records, manuscripts, articles, art works and other papers concerning Simon's personal life and literary career.

Biographical Note

Charlie May Hogue was born 1897 August 17 in Drew County, Arkansas. At the age of four, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with her family and married Walter Lowenstein in 1918. After his death in 1925, Charlie May studied art in Paris where she met and married artist Howard Simon. They lived in the Ozarks for three years, and during this time Charlie May was inspired to write, as her father had done, stories about the Ozarks. In 1934, she wrote her first novel Robin on the Mountain. The Simons eventually divorced and Howard moved back to France.

In 1936, Charlie May married Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Gould Fletcher. Fletcher, also an Arkansas native, returned to the state with Charlie May where she continued writing children's stories under the literary name of Charlie May Simon. After Fletcher’s death in 1950, Simon concentrated her writings on biographies of leading humanitarians, including Albert Schweitzer, Toyohiko Kagawa, and Dag Hammarskjöld. Beginning in 1953, she traveled to Africa to research the hospital of Dr. Schweitzer. From 1958 to 1961, she taught English and American literature in Japan.

After returning to Arkansas, she completed the biography on Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary General of the United Nations. Simon completed her last major work, Faith Has Need of All the Truth: A Life of Pierre Teilard de Chardin, in 1974. Her writings were published worldwide, and she was the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees. Simon died in 1977.

Africa--Description and travel--20th century
Estate of Charlie May Simon.
Fletcher, John Gould, 1886-1950
Hogue family
Japan--Description and travel--20th century
Korea--Description and travel--20th century
Schweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965
Simon, Charlie May Hogue, 1897-1977
Simon, Howard, 1903-1979
Smith, Howard Jacob, 1902-1979
Terry, Adolphine Fletcher, 1882-1976
Women authors, American--Arkansas


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Permission to Publish

Requests for permission to publish or cite materials from this collection should be requested from: Dr. Ethel Simpson Trustee of the Fletcher-Simon Literary Estate Mullins Library University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 72701

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic Citation:

Charlie May Simon Papers, 1390-1977, UALR.MS.0006. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info.:

Description of item, folder number, box number, Charlie May Simom Papers, 1390-1977, UALR.MS.0006.

Processing Information note

Completed by Colin Woodward, Ph.D., C.A., January 2014.

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John Gould Fletcher Papers, UALR.MS.0007

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