Nelle Womack Hines Collection Scope and Content
The Nelle Womack Hines Papers consist of five file boxes-two manuscript, one for books published by Hines, one full of photo-plates and three woodcuts, and a box of seven 78 R.P.M. record albums. The manuscript boxes include published and unpublished song sheets, music and poetry, photographs, articles written by and about Nelle Womack Hines and information about the centennial mansion celebration and GSCW, an award, and personal correspondence. The documents cover a span of years from 1917-1960. The bulk dates of the collection range from the 1920s through the mid-1930s. There are no restrictions on this collection.
Box 1 contains approximately .45 cubic feet of material, and File Box 2 contains approximately .75 cubic feet of material; the two boxes comprise paper and photographs that deal primarily with Nelle Womack Hines' literary works, both published and unpublished, particularly poetry. A small number of photographs identify members of the Hines family. Clippings from scrapbooks take up a majority of the material. Additions from the presidents' files in Hines' correspondence to Drs. Parks, Wells and Beeson, shed light on the professional aspect of Hines' life. The plays, stories and features written by Hines may be of particular interest to researchers investigating the Jim Crow South, particularly "Old Miss" and "Rastus and the Angels".
Box 3 contains multiple copies of the three published books by Nelle Womack Hines, Waifs From Wild Meadows, a collection of poems; Home Keeping Hearts, a collection of poems by Hines written later in life; and "Such Goings On" a collection of personal, local stories, and writings similar to those in A Treasure Album of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, Georgia.
Many of the 15 newspaper photo-plates of various sizes in Box 4, can be identified with photographs from A Treasure Album,"Such Goings On" as well as from photographs in newspaper clippings. The clarity of the records in Box 5 is undetermined as they have not been listened to and many of the records need preservation work. The compositions can be found in various folders in Boxes 1 and 2.
There are major gaps in all areas of the collection. Nelle Womack Hines taught at GNIC/GSCW for forty-one years. No paperwork relating to her many years as a music teacher or of her other responsibilities is included. A little more information on her club activities is available in the form of programs, newspaper clippings and information written for a particular event. Also, apart from a few letters and photographs, information on the Hines family is missing. (The closest material is biographies of NWH written by some of her students in File Box 2, File 2A, taken from the vertical file. Biographical data and family stories is located in "Such Goings On.") Also, there is little professional (except from Presidents' File Box 2, Folders 1-2B) material, no friendship correspondence and little familial correspondence. This collection focuses on Nelle Womack Hines' published and unpublished work, the history of GSCW and information about NWH in clippings (1936-1938).