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Francis Irby Gwaltney Papers

Identifier: MS G995 429

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Scope and Content Note

Francis Irby Gwaltney’s papers most strongly reflect his literary career and include manuscripts of published and unpublished novels, short stories, sketches, and plays for screen, television and stage. Gwaltney’s correspondence with his literary agents, editors, publishers and friends, such as Norman Mailer, trace his literary career from 1947 to 1980. Other material in the collection concerns Gwaltney’s teaching positions at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston, and Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Gwaltney’s papers also include family correspondence and other documents which pertain to the educational, financial, and other concerns of the Gwaltney family.


  • 1921-1981
  • Majority of material found within 1947-1981


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Restrictions apply to some files; consult staff member for more details on restricted materials.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Francis Irby Gwaltney, author and educator, was born in Traskwood, Arkansas in 1921 and raised in Charleston.

Biographical Outline:

Date Event
September 9, 1921 Born in Traskwood, Saline Co., Arkansas to Francis Boulanger and Mary Effie Irby Gwaltney
February 1923 Father died in Traskwood
ca 1928 Family moved to Charleston, Arkansas
1942-1946 Served with the Cavalry, AUS, in the South Pacific
ca 1944 Mother died in Charleston, Ark.
Aug. 19, 1947 Married Emma Carolyn Calhoun in Conway, Ark.
1949 Received B.A. degree in English, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
1949-1952 English and speech teacher, Fayetteville High School
1951 Received M.A. degree in English from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
1952 A daughter, Mary Lee, born
1952-1953 Instructor in speech and English, Arkansas Polytechnic College, Russellville
1953-1957 Salesman, School and College Textbooks, J. B. Lippincott Co.
September 15, 1955 A son, Francis Irby Gwaltney, Jr., born in Conway
1957-1960 Research Assistant and later Acting Executive Secretary of the Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock
1960 Salesman, Customade Products Corp., Sign and License Dept., Conway, Ark.
1961 Salesman, Delta Metals, Inc., Conway, Ark.
1961-1963 Ph.d. candidate in English, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
1963-1970 Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Ruston
1970-1981 Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville
February 27, 1981 Died in Russellville, Ark.
For more information about Gwaltney, See Kelton, Jim. "Francis Irby Gwaltney (1921–1981)," Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.


21.75 Linear Feet (44 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic into three series:
  1. Series 1. Personal and Family Papers
  2. Series 1. Subseries 1. Family Correspondence
  3. Series 1. Subseries 2. Personal Correspondence
  4. Series 1. Subseries 3. Miscellaneous Personal and Family Papers
  5. Series 2. Professional Papers
  6. Series 2. Subseries 1. Academic Appointments
  7. Series 2. Subseries 2. Literary Career
  8. Series 3. Literary Manuscripts
  9. Series 3. Subseries 1. Novels
  10. Series 3. Subseries 2. Short Stories and Sketches
  11. Series 3. Subseries 3. Plays- Screen, Television, Stage
  12. Series 3. Subseries 4. Miscellany

Acquisition Information

The Francis Irby Gwaltney Papers was donated to the Special Collections Department by Mrs. Gwaltney in January 1982 and November 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Department.
Francis Irby Gwaltney Papers
ca 1983
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States