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Preliminary Guide to the Carl V. Corley Papers, 1930s-1990s

Collection Overview

The Carl V Corley Papers contains the writings, drawings, scrapbooks, notebooks, and published materials that document the career and artistic output of the novelist and illustrator. The collection includes copies of all twenty-two of Corley's published works of gay male pulp fiction. In addition to these published items, the collection also includes typescripsts and manuscripts of published and unpublished works of gay fiction, southern history, and heterosexual erotica, some of which is in the form of comic books or graphic novels. Corley's pulp novels were set primarily in early twentieth century Mississippi and Louisiana, though several were set in the South Pacific, where Corley served during World War II, and reflect varying degrees of autobiographical content. Corley's later works also show his interest in historical subject matter as well as utopian science fiction. Many of Corley's published and unpublished works include cover and textual illustrations produced byCorley. The collection further includes photographs of the artist and friends, works by related authors and artists, correspondence with publishers, and some work-related notes and materials.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Carl V. Corley papers, 1930s-1990s
Creator
Corley, Carl V.
Extent
24.0 Linear Feet, 650 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Scrapbooks, artwork, manuscripts and typescripts of published and unpublished works by Corley and books and and issues of magazines in which his work appears. Also included is correspondence relating to submission of work to publishers. Scrapbooks include photographs, drawings and notes relating to Corley's service in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. Scrapbooks also include research and preliminary studies for several books and comic strips. There are scrapbooks which document Corley's work for the Mississippi and Lousiana Departments of Highways. One scrapbook contains Corley's personal photographs of friends and lovers from high school to the present. Included are maps and posters relating to Mississippi and Lousiana history and geography created by Corley while working for the Department of Highways.

Correspondence
(1 folder)
Box 1
Clippings (see also Oversize Boxes 1 and 15)
(2 folders)
Box 1
Photograph album, 1930s-1990s
Box 1
Clippinzgs about Pe'pa Paree
Box 1
"Pe'pa Paree in the History of Eunice, Louisiana"
Box 1
"Pe'pa Paree and the Story of Louisiana" (5 scrapbooks)
Box 1
"Louisiana Festivals"
Box 1
Work done for the Mississippi Highway Dept., 1947-1959 (3 scrapbooks)
Box 1
"Papa Hi'wae Sez"
Box 1
"Alex Cale, My First SF Comic Strip," 1939-1940
Box 1
Floyd Raymond Comic Strip, 1938-1939
Box 1
"Compiled Lexicon on Cowboy Lingo before writing Saddle Studs," (see Box 3)
Box 2
"Preparation for Jambalee" (see Box 3)
Box 2
The Martyr Heart
Box 2
Tiga Polo Goes to Sola Roga
Box 2
The Black Ruby
Box 2
A New Earth
Box 2
A Rose for Caesar
Box 2
Jambalee
Box 2
Jambalee
Box 3
After a God
Box 3
Soldiers in Silk: A Novel Based on Actual Experience
Box 3
Heart of Anger
Box 3
El Sabine
Box 3
Rim of the World (with cover art)
Box 3
Saddle Studs
Box 3
Atomic Butterfly
Box 4
Cad
Box 4
Goddess in Amber
Box 4
Ava
Box 4
The Black Ruby
Box 4
Goddess in Genesis (with cover art)
Box 4
Afro Mania (with cover art)
Box 4
Gorgeous Light (with cover art)
Box 4
Immortal Gods and Godless Mortals (with cover art)
Box 4
Stardust
Box 4
Star over Eden
Box 4
Tara: A Sequel to Gone with the Wind
Box 5
Jaffe Ben Jorden: A Robot who Played God
Box 5
Alexander, the True Messiah
Box 5

Includes text for illustrated stories and comics, See also Oversize Boxes 13-16 and Oversize Cabinet IV:13.

Illustrated History of Genesis
Box 6
Tee Don, Illustrated History of Acadiana
Box 6
20 Miniatures of Louisiana Folk Art
Box 6
Kix
Box 6
Fux, the Sex Fox
Box 6
Blaze Star, Stellar Conqueror of Exotic Females
Box 6
Sex Gods, an Exotic Pictorial (illustrated posters)
Box 6
Rafe Saxon, Sex Warrior of Lust
Box 6
Scenes from Jesus' Life (tempera painted tiles)
Box 7
Clippings, Correspondence, Drawings, 1953-1983
Box OS1
"Album on Military Art, Marine Corps, World War II"
Box OS1
"World War II Scrapbook, 1940-1945"
Box OS2
Genesis
Box OS2
Illustrated History of Louisiana
Box OS3
Illustrated History of Louisiana
Box OS4
Illustrated History of Louisiana
Box OS5
Louisiana Folk Festivals
Box OS6
Louisiana, Plantation Life, the Civil War and Reconstruction
Box OS7
Louisiana, Plantation Life, the Civil War and Reconstruction
Box OS8
Suny Blon
Box OS9
Jafe Jule
Box OS10
Jafe Ben Jordan
Box OS11
Sola Flare
Box OS11
Roga
Box OS12
Tiga Polo: Sex God of Stellar Space
Box OS13
Miscellaneous Cover Art and Illustrations
Box OS14
Corley's illustrations from the Eunice News
Box OS15
Oversize Posters and Maps designed by Corley
Box OS15
Blaze Exotica
Box OS16
Sol Polo: Astral Calvalier
Box OS17

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1921Born in Florence, Mississippi
1939-1945Served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific
1947-1961Illustrator, Staff Artist, and Unit Chief in the Mississippi Highway Department
1961-1981Illustrator, Staff Artist, and Unit Chief in the Louisiana Highway Department

Carl V. Corley is an author and illustrator of a variety of materials such as gay "pulp fiction," comic books, physique art, science fiction, Louisiana history (especially on Cajun folkways), and also books on religious themes.

Corley was born in Florence, Mississippi in 1921. He graduated from Florence High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific in World War II. After the war, Corley worked as an illustrator for the Highway Department in Mississippi (1947-1961) and Louisiana (1961-1981). In his official capacities, he designed and drew tourist guides, manuals, pamphlets, road maps, and traffic surveys. In the 1970s and early 1980s, he contributed an illustrated strip on Louisiana folklore to the Eunice(LA) News.

In the 1950s, Corley made a name for himself as a "physique artist," as he contributed drawings of scantily clad men to fitness magazines--a genre that has been identified by cultural historians as early homoerotica. Between 1966 and 1971, he published twenty-two paper back novels of gay male "pulp fiction."

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Carl V. Corley Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Purchased from Carl V. Corely in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Marion Hirsch and Don Sechler

Completed August 7, 1998

Encoded by Don Sechler

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.