The papers are arranged in fourteen series:
Father Flye corresponded with over 200 individuals. This series contains over 900 letters to Father Flye and over 60 replies from him. The letters date from 1938 to 1983, but the bulk of the correspondence took place in the 1960s and 1970s. James Agee was a frequent topic of discussion; otherwise, the correspondence consists primarily of personal and family news from former students and friends who lived in the various parishes where Father Flye served. Writers often sought advice on personal matters; the scattered replies from Father Flye provide some evidence of the manner in which he responded. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the senders’ names; replies by Father Flye are filed under the recipients’ names. Letters with unknown senders or recipients are placed in two files at the beginning of the series. An additional file at the end of the series contains greeting cards from individuals with whom no other correspondence occurred or was retained.
Series 2: Journals, 1922-1981 (1.8 cu. ft.)
Boxes 5 - 7
Typescripts and manuscripts of journals dating from scattered years in the 1920s and 1930s and an almost continuous run of journals with daily entries dating from 1957 to 1981. The journals record in some detail the daily events in Flye’s life, along with his thoughts and reminiscences. Of special interest is the journal he kept on a trip to Europe with James Agee in 1925. Arranged chronologically.
Father Flye’s writings between 1919 and 1981, most of them unpublished and on a variety of subjects. Of particular interest for shedding light on Flye’s world view are essays on pacifism, neutrality during World War II, educational philosophy, civil disobedience, and hazing. Arranged chronologically.
Typed copies of Father Flye’s letters to James Agee, 1936-1955, articles about Agee, some writings by Agee, and reviews of Agee’s books and of the published collection of his letters to Father Flye. Voluminous clippings consist primarily of reviews of The Letters of James Agee to Father Flye and of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Death in the Family, and of the play and movie All the Way Home, based on the novel. Some clippings of interviews with Father Flye about Agee also provide information about the priest. The correspondence is filed first; the remaining files are arranged by topic.
Sermon notes, clippings, collected brochures and tracts, church bulletins and newsletters, and some correspondence. Includes information on Episcopal and Catholic monastic orders, the Episcopal liturgy, and Flye’s statement regarding his views on the ordination of women. Organized alphabetically by topic.
Series 6: St. Andrew’s School, 1917-1981 (2.5 cu. ft.)
Boxes 15 - 20
Fund raising brochures, newsletters and newspapers, student regulations, yearbooks, memorabilia, student papers and tests, and Flye’s gradebooks. Arranged alphabetically by topic or title and by format.
Series 7: Education, 1904-1970 (2.9 cu. ft.)
Boxes 21 - 27
Materials related to Flye’s education at Yale, the University of Virginia, and General Theological Seminary. Includes class lecture notes, memorabilia, miscellaneous publications, and Volumes One through Six plus Supplements of the History of the Class 1910, Yale College. Biographical sketches submitted by Flye for those volumes are a good source for basic details about his life. Arranged alphabetically by topic and format.
Notes from lectures and seminars attended between 1918 and 1967, undated copied quotations and bits of information, and notes on telephone conversations with Robert Costa, a friend and writer, in 1969-70, 1983, and other times with no dates recorded. Arranged alphabetically by topic.
Articles, pamphlets, stories, and poetry by friends and by writers Flye admired, much of it unpublished, dated between 1923 and 1980. Arranged alphabetically by author. Also, scattered issues of magazines dating from 1900 to 1967, arranged alphabetically by title.
Series 10: Subject File, nd (3.3 cu. ft.)
Boxes 32 - 39
Pamphlets, brochures, clippings, and miscellany on a variety of subjects, particularly politics, foreign relations, and eastern and mystical religions. Arranged alphabetically.
A copy of Father Flye’s will, correspondence regarding the sale of property in Franklin County, Tennessee, and information about his burial plot in Sewanee, Tennessee. Arranged by topic.
Mostly correspondence of Father Flye’s primary care-giver during his last years on matters related to Flye. Includes some clippings, memorabilia, and miscellany. Arranged by topic.
Series 13: Photography, c. 1910s -1980s (6.1 cu. ft.)
Boxes 41 - 55
Files regarding a traveling exhibit of Flye’s photographs entitled “Through the Eyes of a Teacher”, which toured in 1980-81. Includes correspondence, clippings, financial information, transcripts of interviews with Flye about photography, and galleys of labels and the catalogue. Arranged alphabetically by topic or type of material. Also includes hundreds of photos of children from St. Andrew’s, friends of Father Flye from the various parishes he served over the years, trips to Europe, and of Father Flye himself. Arranged chronologically and topically.
Tapes of James Agee and others reading from their own and others’ works and Father Flye’s sermons, comments on political events, and telephone conversations. Formats included are reel to reel tapes, cassette tapes, and Dictaphone discs transcribed to cassette tapes. Arranged in numerical order.