Guide to the Ruth Faulk Papers, RG 889

Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: March 2004

Date Span:

1.0 cubic feet; 450 items.

Number of Boxes:
2 document boxes.

Type of material:
Personal correspondence and poetry.

Physical condition:
Some aging.

Arranged by author chronologically.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Ruth Trammell Faulk was born May 6, 1910, in Lafayette, Alabama. She received her A.B. in 1931 from Huntingdon College, and her M.S. degree from Auburn University in 1947. She married Noah M. Faulk of Selma, and had one daughter, Carolyn Sue. Ruth later divorced her husband. Ruth taught high school English in Lafayette, Chambers County, from 1931—1932. She taught high school mathematics in Opelika, Lee County, from 1942—1947. She then became an assistant professor of English at Auburn University in 1947, and taught at Auburn until her death. She was the faculty advisor of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honorary society. She died in a car accident on December 17, 1971, while on her way to spend the holidays with her daughter in Columbia, South Carolina. Carolyn Sue Faulk received her B.A. degree in from Auburn University in 1955. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. She taught English at the University of South Carolina until her death. She died of a lung hemorrhage in Columbia, South Carolina, on August 10, 1972. Her will provided for a scholarship to be set up in both her and her mother’s name to be given to a deserving upperclassman in English at Auburn University. This scholarship went into effect in 1974.

Scope and Content:
Consists mainly of poems written by both Ruth and Carolyn Faulk. The poems are mainly not dated, making it difficult to tell who wrote which poem. When it was possible, the listing includes who wrote the poem. The collection also includes some homemade booklets of favorite poems by other poets, possibly put together by Carolyn. Some miscellaneous notes and variations of poems in various forms of completion are also included. It is unsure if any of these poems were ever published.

Item list:
Box 1

Box 2

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