Guide to the Lula Vollmer Papers, 1924-1932, undated

Summary Information

Title: Lula Vollmer Papers, 1924-1932, undated
Collection: AC.654
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Lula Vollmer Papers include a laminated newspaper articles on her play, Sun-Up and correspondence between Ms. Vollmer and Mrs. Thomas Chesbrough of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Creator: Vollmer, Lula

Biographical/Historical Note

Lula Vollmer (1898–1955) was a playwright. A pioneer in the American folk-play, she was born in Keyser, North Carolina, and educated at what later became Asheville College. After graduation she went to New York to try to sell her play Sun-Up. Although she worked for the Theatre Guild as a box-office clerk, the Guild joined other producers in rejecting the work, which was finally mounted by a minor producer in 1923. It told the story of a vengeful mountain woman, and Vollmer waived her royalties for the play, giving them instead to help educate Southern mountaineers. In the same year she also won praise for her backwoods drama The Shame Woman (1923). None of her subsequent plays was a commercial success, although several had considerable merit. Among the more noteworthy were The Dunce Boy (1925), Trigger (1927), and The Hill Between (1938). (from Oxford Companion to American Theatre)

Scope and Contents

Lula Vollmer Collection of Papers consists of two letters to a Mrs. Chesebrough of Pittsburgh from Lula Vollmer and of one laminated newspaper article about Vollmer's play 'Sun-Up'. The letters which are of a social nature discuss Vollmer's family matters, mutual friends, and Vollmer's career as a playright.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The Lula Vollmer Papers were transferred from the Miscellaneous Genealogy Files on December 1, 2004. Accession number AC.2004.033

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, June 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.654: Lula Vollmer Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

Container List

Papers, 1924-1932, undated ACSC_Box 20, Folder 10