The Women’s Diaries and Letters of the South series publishes documentary editions of letters, diaries, memoirs, editorials, and oral history interviews created by women residing in the American South from the colonial era to the present day.

The series is also pleased to announce Women of the South, forthcoming multi-collection editions suitable for use in American history and women’s history survey courses.

Each volume will feature:

  • Diverse women: a range of voices for a particular time period
  • Extended stories: unpublished documentary stories by different contributing editors
  • Different genres: diaries, letters, editorials, speeches, oral history interviews, and memoirs.

Series Highlights

Country Women Cope with Hard Times

A Collection of Oral Histories

Edited by Melissa Walker

Through her edited interviews, Melissa Walker provides firsthand descriptions of the influence of modernization on ordinary people struggling through the agricultural depression of the 1920s and 1930s.

Selected Letters of Anna Heyward Taylor

South Carolina Artist and World Traveler

Edited by Edmund R. Taylor and Alexander Moore

The correspondence of Anna Heyward Taylor (1879-1956) captures the globe-trotting adventures of an intrepid South Carolina artist and a guiding spirit of the Charleston Renaissance.

Live Your Own Life

The Family Papers of Mary Bayard Clarke, 1854-1886

Edited by Terrell Armistead Crow and Mary Moulton Barden

Mary Bayard Clarke (1827-1886) published poetry and prose, traveled widely, and corresponded with prominent men and women of her day. Clarke's papers offer a wealth of revisionist insights as they tell the life story of a remarkable woman.

For a complete list of titles in the series, please visit the Women’s Diaries and Letters of the South page at the University of South Carolina Press website.

Advice for Editors

Editors working on documentary projects within the remit of the Women’s Diaries and Letters of the South series are encouraged to contact the editors for further information. Guidelines for submission are available at the University of South Carolina Press website.