WARREN, LELLA, 1899-1982


Journalist; author; editor. Born– March 22, 1899, Clayton, AL. Parents– Benjamin Smart and Lee Ella (Underwood) Warren. Married– John Spanogle, June 1921. Children– One. Married Gerald Breckenridge, 1936. Married– Buel Whiting Patch, August, 1941. Education– Goucher College, 1918-1919; George Washington University, A.B., 1921. Editor, Commission on Child Health and Welfare, 1930; publicity, 1931, advertising, 1932. Statistician, Farm Housing Survey, 1934. Named Woman of the Year by the Women’s National Press Club; received the George Washington University Alumni Award for outstanding achievement in literature; named to the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 1987. Died March 3,1982.


Contemporary Authors online; “Finding Aid” to the Lella Warren Collection at AUM; Clearing in the Thicket; Foundation Stone; Who’s Who of American Women.


Family Fiction: Unpublished Narratives of Lella Warren.  Birmingham; Summa Publishers, 1989.

Foundation Stone. New York; Knopf, 1940.

A Touch of Earth. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1926.

Whetstone Walls. New York; Appleton Century, 1952.


The papers of Lella Warren are held by the library at Auburn University in Montgomery.