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Accession 574

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

2000 pieces, 1.0 linear feet



Historical Note

Frances Patton Statham was born January 26, 1931 in Catawba, South Carolina. She is the daughter of Ernest Boyd & Kathleen Patton. She attended Winthrop College and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1951. The next year on June 28 Frances married Dr. George Wilkes Statham. Continuing her education, Mrs. Statham attended the University of Georgia and received a M.F.A in 1970. Frances also studied at the Royal Conservatory in Canada and with tenor Ralph Errolle. In November of 1976 France Patton Statham divorced her husband and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she now resides. Mrs. Statham has written several historical romances set in the south.

Scope and Content Note

The Frances Patton Statham Papers consists mainly of papers related to her literary career. Ms. Statham, Winthrop Class of 1951, has written several historical romances set in the south. The collection consists of correspondence, book reviews of From Love’s Ashes and On Wings of Fire, manuscripts of From Love’s Ashes, copies of her short story, “ When the Gypsies came”, newsletters and other publications related her involvement in the Atlanta Women’s Auxiliary, the Atlanta Professional Women’s organization, and to several literary societies, workshop pamphlets she attended, advertising items (magazines, flyers, posters, promotional photographs) for her publications, newspaper clippings, and a 1983 15 minute documentary film of Ms. Statham.


The personal papers of author Frances Patton Statham were received as a deposit from Ms. Statham herself. The College Archives received the collection on April 5, 1984.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Frances Patton Statham Papers - Accession 574

LC Subject Headings

Statham, Frances Patton--Archives; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Alumni and alumnae; Statham, Frances Patton--Authorship; Romance fiction, American