Creator: Virginia Bradford Greer, 1919 2008.
Title: Virginia B. Greer Papers
Dates: 1942-1997 [Bulk 1960-1968]
Quantity: 8 Cubic Feet
Abstract: Contains copies of Greers articles in various newspapers and magazines, as
well as material related to her three books and unpublished short stories.
Virginia Bradford Greer was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 30, 1919. At the age of
three, Virginias parents moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where she grew up and married
John Robert Greer in 1936. The couple moved to Mobile in the summer of 1937 after
Johns employer, the Alabama Power Company, transferred him to that city. In 1952
Virginia took a writing correspondence course from the Newspaper Institute of America.
Greer began sending short stories and poems to magazines in the early 1950s, and on
September 16, 1954 began working for the Mobile Press Register. Her first
assignment with the paper was to "liven up" the society pages, or what had come
to be called the "Womens Department" of the paper. The following year she
resigned her position with the Press Register, in part due to her disappointment
with the types of articles her editors expected her to contribute to the page. In 1962 she
returned to the paper, this time as a full-time staff reporter, contributing to more than
just the womens page. One Greer story published by the paper that year was her
interview with Alice Frazer, the last witness to Mobiles 1897 Yellow Fever epidemic.
In the years between her resignation from the paper in
1955 and her return to it in 1962, Greer continued her passion of writing. Her articles
have appeared in such periodicals as Womans Life, Your Life, Success
Unlimited, Modern Maturity, Home Life, Church Recreation, and,
under the pseudonyms Lee Bradford and Lee Hamilton, in True Police Cases. Her
article about Alice Frazer was later reprinted in Literary Mobile in 2003.
Greers Press Register stories won several awards, including the
"Alma" from the American Home Laundry Association for outstanding journalism.
Greer was a member of the Mobile branch of Pen Women and
the Toastmistress Club.
She is also the author of four books. Give Them Their
Dignity (1968) recounts the year that Greer spent teaching youth in a local church. The
Glory Woods: A Hymn of Healing (1976), chronicles her personal battle with cancer. Emergency:
The True Story of a Womans Faith and Service as an Emergency Room Volunteer
(1977) is also drawn from her personal experiences. Her final book, Mobile, Talk About
Town! (1985) discusses some of Mobiles most memorable social and literary
Virginia Greer died in California in February 2008.
Scope and Content
The Greer Papers consists of short stories, newspaper articles, manuscripts, and
correspondence written by Virginia Greer. The papers also contain subject files on various
authors and events, as well as research notes and photographs. In addition, the papers are
comprised of various printed materials relating to Mobile General Hospital and the United
States Department of State.
The papers have been divided into seven series: 1. Correspondence, 1942-1997 (1.25 cubic
feet); 2. Manuscripts and Articles, 1951-1987 (2 cubic feet); 3. Subject Files (1 cubic
foot); 4. Photos (.25 cubic feet); 5. Miscellaneous Printed Material (1.5 cubic feet); 6.
Autographed Books (3 cubic feet); 7. Audio Cassettes
This material is open for research
Virginia B. Greer Papers, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Personal and professional correspondence on a variety of topics, arranged chronologically.
The series also contains two folders of undated greeting cards. A separate box contains
date books and journals for sporadic years between 1968-1996.
2: Manuscripts and Articles, 1951-1987
Comprising the bulk of the collection, this series contains correspondence and drafts of
Greers four books, as well as unpublished short stories and copies of her newspaper
and magazine articles. The series also contains the manuscript of Greers unpublished
autobiography, Confessions of a Peanut Butter Counter.
Alphabetically filed material relating to Greers writing and civic interest. The
series contains correspondence and clippings of several well-known southern authors, such
as Winston Groom, Hodding Carter, and Willie Norris.
The majority of photographs in this series were removed from her newspaper files.
Interested researchers are encouraged to check the Press Register photograph files
(arranged chronologically) for images included in Greers newspaper articles. The
series also contains prints and negatives for Mobile: Talk About Town!
Series 5: Miscellaneous Printed Material
This series contains copies of The Pulse, published for the staff of Mobile General
Hospital, where Greer volunteered. Also included are materials from the United States
Department of State, the Newspaper Institute of America, and two manuscripts given to
Greer for editing. Galley proofs of Mobile: Talk About Town! and several large
promotional posters are also included.
Three boxes of autographed books by various authors. All other books in this collection
were donated to the University of South Alabama Library and may be found in the catalog
1-22. Correspondence, 1942-1947, 1950-1997, and undated
23-24. Correspondence, Greeting Cards
Date Books and Journals, 1967-1996 (coverage is
Back to Top
Manuscripts and Articles
1-8. Give Them Their Dignity, Correspondence,
1961-1971, and n.d.
9. Give Them Their Dignity, Reviews and Press Clippings, 1968-1969
10. Give Them Their Dignity, Notes
11-19. Emergency! Correspondence, 1969-1971, 1975-1977, 1979-1981, and n.d.
21-24. Emergency Room! Manuscript, October 28, 1969
25. Pink Lady in Emergency Room, Manuscript (Short)
26. Pink Lady in Emergency Room, Manuscript (Long)
27. "Jesus Aint Never Late:" The Story of a Hospital Pink Lady,
28. Emergency! Final Manuscript, 1977
29. Emergency! Revision Notes
30-34. The Glory Woods, Correspondence, November 1973-October 1974, June 1975-June
1985, and n.d.
35. The Glory Woods, Excerpts
36. The Glory Woods, Reviews and Press Clippings
37. The Glory Woods, Notes
38. The Glory Woods, Contracts and Royalties
39. Mobile: Talk About Town! Correspondence, 1981-1985
40. Mobile: Talk About Town! Manuscript, 1985
41. Mobile: Talk About Town! Edited Chapters
42. Mobile: Talk About Town! Reviews and Press Clippings
43. Confessions of a Peanut Butter Counter, Correspondence, 1987-1988
44-47. Confession of a Peanut Butter Counter, Manuscript, 1987
48. Confessions of a Peanut Butter Counter, Notes
Back to Top
1. "A Friend, A Daughter, and Annie"
2. "A Jazz Man Dies"
3. "A Little Dirt"
4. "A Rose By Any Other Flavor"
5. "A Shipboard Romance"
6. "A Trying Time for Clarence"
7. "Across the Gap
" Collected Short Stories
8. "Analysis of Escape"
9. "Cancer Facing"
10. "Chilton Powell"
11. "Constructive College Students"
12. "Control Yourself And Your Ulcer"
14. "Dont Drink Out of the Gutter"
15. "Dont Wait Too Long"
16. "The Face of Goodbye"
17. "Faith and God and Joy"
19. "Flying Story"
20. "Handel and the Young Buddhists"
21. "How I Got Mad as Hell"
22. "I Remember Death"
23. "I Saw a Jesus People"
24. "I Was a Woman Juror"
25. "Improvisation: On the Evolution of Jazz"
26. "In Search of a Funeral"
27. "Incident on a Porch"
28. "Instant Language in Origami"
29. "Iron Em Out"
30. "Jerry and the Easter Egg Tree"
31. "The Lady of Primrose Lane" (Prostitution in Mobile)
32. "Landlordism and Wartime Flying Roomers"
33. "Leinkauf Memories"
34. "Madame Rose"
35. "Madam Badhams Biggest Adjustment"
36. "Memories Ripped Up"
37. "The Message"
38. "Mobile History Under Glass: The Overbey Collection"
39. "Mr. Fixit"
40. "Mule Trolley Dinner Boy"
41. "The Murderous Tale of an Oak"
42. "My Son Rides a Motorcycle"
43. "No Appointment Necessary"
44. "No Simple Act"
45. "Of Aches and Pains"
46. "On Going Out of Print"
47. "Opportunities Knock Frequently"
48. "PAC Breakthrough in Mental Illness Rehabilitation"
49. Poems and Quotes
50. "The Quiet People"
51. "Quotes from the Underground"
52. "Random Notes from Roses Café"
53. "Reflections on a Tarnished Eye" (Hurricane Frederic)
54. "Rejection of Louis"
55. "RLS: Glad Beatnik of Edinburgh"
56. "Shack-Up Time"
57. "The Silver Thread of Truth"
58. "Steve Sloan: Quarterback for Christ"
59. "The Story of Mobile Mental Health Center"
60. "Spirit in the Woods"
61. "Teen-Age Christmas Prayer"
62. "They Said it to My Face"
63. "To Aunt Helen"
64. "Toward My Frontier"
65. "Tryst with Faith"
66. "Turkey for Eight"
67. "Two Mr. Novaks Talk School"
68. "Washington Square and Mrs. Beck"
69. "What Burglary Did to Me"
70. "What Space can do for the World"
71. "Why Go on Writing?"
72. Wilhelminas Wondrous Words"
73. The Wilted Wits"
74. "Would Your Patients Recommend You?"
75. "Your Childrens Message"
76. "Your Credit is You"
77-96. Newspaper Articles, 1951-1954, January 1962-October-1965, February 1966-June 1966,
97. Newspaper Articles, Birmingham News, June 26, 1977
98-99. Newspaper Articles, 1985-1986, 1990, 1997
100-102. Magazine Articles, 1953-1972, 1974-1978
Back to Top
Series 3: Subject
1. Alabama Writers Conclave
2. American Home Laundry Association
3. Andrews, Raymond
4. Books & Company
5. Carter, Hodding
6. Church Recreation
7. Communication Conference, 1969
9. "Contact Mobile"
10. Degussa America
11. Dynamics of Grief
12. First Baptist Church of Mobile
13. Frazer Family (See also Tucker Frazer papers in Eichold Collection)
14. Gayfers Department Store
15. Groom, Winston
16. Interview, 1985
17. Haunted Bookshop
18. Medical Association of the State of Alabama
19. Miscellaneous Authors
20. Miscellaneous Pamphlets
21. Mobile Mental Health Center
22. Mobile Press Register
23. Morris, Willie
24-25. Newspaper Institute of America
26. Personal Adjustment Center News and Views
27. Readers Digest, 1962-1976
28. Rayford, Julian
31. Seattle Earthquake, 1965
32. Sholes Typewriters
33. Sledge, E.B.
35. Toastmistresses Club
36. University of South Alabama
Back to Top
1-4. Photographs, Press Register, 1962-1967
5. Photographs, Virginia Greer
6. Photographs, Mobile Talk About Town!
7. Photographs, Color
8. Photographs, Miscellaneous, undated
5: Miscellaneous Printed Materials
1. The Pulse (Mobile General Hospital)
August 1968 May 1970 [Please click here for a list of the
articles within this publication written by Virginia Greer.]
2. Department of State Press Briefings, November 2, 1962 February 6, 1964
1. Newspaper Institute of America Handbook for
2. Burks, Nell. "Once Upon a Time There Was a House"
3. Sage, Joan. "The Grilling Story of St. Joan the Bar-Be-Cued"
Back to Top
1. Galley proofs of Give Them Their Dignity
2. Galley Proofs of Mobile: Talk About Town!
3. Unidentified portrait
Andrews, Raymond. Jesie and Jesus and Cousin Claire.
Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 1991.
Betty, Stafford. Sunlit Waters: The Whale and the Girl
who Cared. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1990.
____________. The Rich Man: A Galilean Chronicle.
New York: Saint Martins Press, 1984.
____________. Sing Like the Whippoorwill. Mystic,
CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1987.
Bragg, Rick. All Over But the Shoutin. New
York: Pantheon Books, 1997.
Burns, Elizabeth. The Late Liz. New York: Popular
Carmer, Carl. Stars Fell on Alabama. Tuscaloosa:
The University of Alabama Press, 1985.
Childress, Mark. Crazy in Alabama. New York: G.P.
Putnam and Sons, 1993.
_____________. Gone for Good. New York: Alfred
_____________. V for Victor. New York: Ballantine
Cline, C. Terry. The Attorney Conspiracy. New
York: Faucet Crest Books, 1983.
____________. Damon. New York: G.P. Putnam and
____________. Death Knell. New York: G.P Putnam
and Sons, 1977
Cotten, Nell. Piney Woods. New York: The Vanguard
Deal, Borden. Walk Through the Valley. New York:
Charles Scribners and Sons, 1956
Dickson, Frank A. The Freelancers Treasury of
Article Ideas. New York: Channel Press, 1961.
Dotson, Bob. In Pursuit of the American Dream. New
York: Athenaeum Books, 1985.
Edwards, Annie, The Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret
Mitchell. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1987.
Ezzell, Ben, The Editors Ass & other
Newspaper Tales from Fifty Years Behind the Desk of Editor Ben Ezzell. The Canadian
Flagg, Fannie. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle
Stop Café. New York: Random House, 1987.
Gibran, Kahil. The Prophet. New York: Alfred
Goellner, Aladar. Von Ranke and the American: Seven
Colloquies. New York: Exposition Press, 1967.
Greenhaw, Wayne. Flying High: Inside Big-time Drug
Smuggling. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1984.
Groom, Winston. As Summers Die. New York: Summit
_____________. Gone the Sun. New York: Doubleday
Groom, Winston and Duncan Spencer. Conversations with
the Enemy: The Story of PFC Robert Garwood. New York: G. P. Putnam and Sons, 1983.
Back to Top
Hearin, Emily Staples. Downtown Goes Uptown. First
Southern Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1983.
Hearon, Olive. Abrahams Children. Bay
Minette: Lavender Press, 1998.
Higginbotham, Jay. Brother Holifield. New York:
Thomas-Knull & Company, 1972.
________________.Fast Train Russia. New York:
Dodd, Mead and Company, 1983.
Jenkins, Peter. A Walk Across America. New York:
William Morrow and Company, 1979.
Kennington, S. Albert. From the Days of Small Things:
The Story of Trinity Church, Mobile, AL. Mobile: Factor Press, 1996.
Larson, Robert E. ed., Preparing to Listen: A
Sourcebook of Teleministry Training. CONTACT Teleministries USA, PA: 1981.
McGuane, Thomas. The Bushwhacked Piano. New
York: Vintage Contemporaries, 1984.
_______________. Something to be Desired. New
York: Vintage Contemporaries, 1984.
McLaurin, Melton and Michael Thomason. Mobile: The
Life and Times of a Great Southern City. Woodland Hills: Windsor Publications, 1981.
Morris, Willie. The Courting of Marcus Dupree.
New York: Doubleday Books, 1983.
____________. Terrains of the Heart and Other Essays
on Home. Oxford, MS: Yoknapatwpha Press, 1981.
Richards, Judith. After the Storm. Atlanta:
Peachtree Press, 1987.
_____________. Summer Lightning. New York: St.
Martins Press, 1978.
Riddick, Tut. People to Know. Mobile: Easter
Publishing Company, 1977.
Schwartz, Marylyn. A Southern Belle Primer, Or Why
Princess Margaret will Never be a Kappa Kappa Gamma. New York: Doubleday Books, 1991.
Sibley, Celestine. The Celestine Sibley Sampler:
Writings and Photographs. Atlanta: Peachtree Press, 1996.
Sledge, Eugene B. With the Old Breed at Peleliu and
Okinawa. New York: Presido Press, 1981.
Thomason, Michael. Trying Times: Alabama Photographs,
1917-1945. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1985.
Toulmin, Harry T. The Great Bingville Fair: People and
Place in Early Toulminville. Daphne: The Village Press, 1983.
Wells, Dean Faulkner, ed. The Great American
Writers Cookbook. Oxford, MS: Yoknapatawpha Press, 1981.
Wilkes, Paul, ed. Merton: By Those Who Knew Him Best.
New York: Harper and Row, 1984.
Back to Top
Series 7: Audio
Audio recording of Greers appearances on Gulf
Coast Today, WALA-TV, April 13, 1976, and Womans World, WKRG-TV, April
written by Virginia Greer (listed alphabetically by title)
"Auxiliary Pays Cost of MGH Laboratory
Equipment," vol. 2, no. 1, August 1969
"Auxiliary President Brings Experience to New
Challenge," vol. 1, no. 11, June 1969
"Auxiliary Rings up $$$ for Hospital," vol. 1,
no. 6, January 1969
"Candy-Stripers Meet Vital Summer Needs," vol.
1, no. 12, July 1969
"Christmas Trees in General," vol. 2, no. 5,
"Fingerprints on Altar Rail Mute Testimony in
Chapel," vol. 2, no. 4, November 1969
"Flowers, Flowers! See the Gift Shop," vol. 2,
no. 3, October 1969
"Night Pediatric Service Needs Volunteers,"
vol. 2, no. 7, February 1970
"Rainbow - Gold - Volunteers," vol. 1, no. 4,
"Six Ministers Enter Clinical Study Program,"
vol. 1, no. 3, October 1968
"Volunteers Can Fill a Need in Mental Care,"
vol. 2, no. 6, January 1970
"Volunteer Chaplaincy Program Great Asset,"
vol. 1, no. 2, September 1968
"Volunteers Undertake Far-Reaching Service,"
vol. 1, no. 1, August 1968
"Why is a Volunteer," vol. 2, no. 8, March 1970