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Charlie May Fletcher Papers

Identifier: MC 283

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains Charlie May Fletcher's correspondence and manuscripts. The correspondence dates from 1950 and consists primarily of letters from publishers and John Gould Fletcher scholars expressing interest in her husband’s works and in his literary collection. Additional correspondence to and from Fletcher can be found in the John Gould Fletcher collection. Manuscript notes for Johnswood, typescripts for the short story collection of "African Legends," and an untitled collection of Cherokee legends, along with Fletcher's acceptance speech for the 1947 Boys Club Junior Book Award, complete the collection.


  • 1945-1973

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

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Biographical Note

Charlie May Fletcher was born in Drew County between Tillar and Monticello on August 17, 1897. Her parents were Charles Wayman and Mary (Jackson) Hogue. The Hogues moved to Memphis a few years later, and Fletcher was educated in the public schools there. After the death of her first husband, Walter Lowenstein, Fletcher went to Paris and studied art at the Grand Chaumiere. There she met and married Howard Simon. Despite their divorce in 1935, she would use his name as a pseudonym for all of her literary works.

Publication in 1933 of Fletcher s article in Scribner's Magazine, "Retreat to the Land," caught the attention of John Gould Fletcher, Arkansas's 1939 Pulitzer prize-winning poet. They met in 1934 and were married on January 18, 1936. Simon’s autobiographical Johnswood, written after Fletcher's death in 1950, tells the story of their marriage.

Fletcher, who published twenty-nine works during her literary career, won the 1947 Boys Club Junior Book Award for Joe Mason, the 1958 Albert Schweitzer Book Prize for A Seed Shall Serve, and the 1970 Jewish Book Club Award for Martin Buber. In 1970, the Arkansas Board of Education created the Charlie May Simon Award for children's literature. The recipient is chosen by a vote of grade school pupils throughout the state.

One of the state's most prolific writers, Fletcher died on March 21, 1977. A bibliography of her works may be found in Charlie May Simon by Lyman E. Hagen.


0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

The collection has been arranged in two series.
  1. Series 1. Correspondence
  2. Series 2. Manuscripts

Acquisition Information

Correspondence and papers pertaining to Charlie May Fletcher were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, by Mrs. Fletcher of Little Rock, Arkansas on October 9, 1975. Three pieces of correspondence from Mrs. Fletcher to Alletah and John Glasier were donated to Special Collections by Mrs. John Glasier of San Diego, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Beth Lohr; completed in September 1988.
Charlie May Fletcher Papers
Mary Beth Lohr
September 1988
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