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

Abstract

The Carl V. Corley Papers contain the writings, drawings, scrapbooks, notebooks, and published materials that document the career and artistic output of the novelist and illustrator. The collection also includes typescripts and manuscripts of published and unpublished works of gay fiction, southern history, and heterosexual erotica, some of which is in the form of comic books or graphic novels.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00258
Title
Carl V. Corley papers
Date
1930s-1990s
Creator
Corley, Carl, 1921-
Extent
20 Linear Feet, 29 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Carl V. Corley papers contain the writings, drawings, scrapbooks, notebooks, and published materials that document the career and artistic output of the novelist and illustrator. The collection also includes typescripts and manuscripts of published and unpublished works of gay fiction, southern history, and heterosexual erotica, some of which is in the form of comic books or graphic novels.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 Many of Corley's published and unpublished works include cover and textual illustrations produced by Corley.

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.

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. One file in the Illustrations and Comics Series is closed until Corley's death, due to privacy concerns.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Writings, 1955-1997 and undated

Most of the works in this series are drafts and typescripts of novels by Corley, some including cover art or other illustrations. The Writings Series also includes a small amount of correspondence and clippings about Corley's work.

A Rose for Caesar

Bound typescript.

Box 1
A New Earth

Bound typescript re: Tiga Polo.

Box 1
Tiga Polo Goes to Sola Roga

Bound typescript.

Box 1
The Martyr Heart

Bound typescript.

Box 1
The Black Ruby, 1955
(2 versions)

Bound typescript.

Box 1
Atomic Butterfly

Typescript and some illustrations (using earlier title, Scarlet Lantern). Cover art included in Miscellaneous Illustrations.

Box 2
Cad

Typescript and cover art.

Box 2
Goddess in Amber

Typescript.

Box 2
Ava

Typescript.

Box 2
Soldiers in Silk: A Novel Based on Actual Experience
(2 folders)

Typescript.

Box 2
Stardust

Manuscript.

Box 2
Afro Mania

Manuscript, including cover art.

Box 2
Goddess in Genesis
(2 folders)

Manuscript, including cover art.

Box 2
Immortal Gods and Godless Mortals
(3 folders)

Manuscript, including cover art.

Box 2
Star Over Eden
(2 folders)

Manuscript.

Box 2
Tara: A Sequel to Gone with the Wind
(5 folders)

Manuscript.

Box 3
Jaffe Ben Jorden: A Robot Who Played God
(4 folders)

Manuscript. Cover art included in file "Cover art for miscellaneous pulp novels."

Box 3
Alexander, the True Messiah

Manuscript.

Box 3
After a God

Bound typescript re: Roga St. Lo (alternate title Cotton Cavalier). Inside illustrations included in Illustrations and Comics Series.

Box 4
Heart of Anger

Typescript.

Box 4
El Sabine

Typescript. Cover art included in file, "Cover art for miscellaneous pulp novels."

Box 4
Jambalee
(3 Volumes)

Bound typescript. Cover art included in file, "Cover art for miscellaneous pulp novels."

Box 4
Jambalee research notebook
Box 4
Saddle Studs
(2 folders)

Typescript and file with research on cowboy lingo.

Box 29
Rim of the World

Typescript and cover art. Alternate title Prescience.

Box 29
Correspondence with editors and publishers, 1981-1997
Box 29
Clippings re: Corley
Box 29

2. Illustrations and Comics, 1950s-1990s and undated

This series includes cover art, illustrated pages, and comics created by Corley throughout his career as a pulp novelist, newspaper cartoonist, and graphic novelist. Files are arranged by title, and include Corley's work with utopian science fiction, sexual fantasy novels, Louisiana and Southern history, and Biblical history. Also included are examples from Corley's work at the Louisiana and Mississippi Departments of Highways and his comics for a local newspaper, Louisiana's Eunice News.

Corley's illustrations are largely pen or ink, drawn on paper or cardstock boards. Some titles include color, done by watercolor or tempra paint. There are also several titles, most notably the Louisiana history titles, which include collages or other paper media components. The majority of illustrations in this series are original artwork, but there are also several files with published newspaper clippings of Corley's work.

The Miscellaneous Illustrations and Comics file is closed to researchers because it contains Corley's social security number.

Miscellaneous illustrations, comics, and maps

Includes a photograph of Corley.

Box 29
Miscellaneous illustrations and comics

Drawings with Corley's SSN on reverse.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access restricted. This file includes materials with Corley's social security number.

Box 29
Blaze Star: Stellar Conqueror of Exotic Females

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 29
Eunice News published cartoons

Clippings from Eunice News of Corley's comics.

Box 29
Fashion designs

Illustrations by Corley for sex costumes.

Box 29
Kix: Blazes New Trails for Sex

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 6
Fux, the Sex Fox

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 6
Rafe Saxon, Sex Warrior of Lust
(3 folders)

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 7
Sex Gods: An Exotic Pictorial

Illustrated pages.

Box 7
Illustrated History of Genesis
(4 folders)

Sample copy with illustrations and text, as well as 1 folder of disbound scrapbook pages with newspaper clippings of the comic.

Box 8
Scenes from Jesus's life, withdrawn from the Bible
(20 linolium tiles)

"Tempra paintings on tile depicting events that happened to Jesus Christ, but were withdrawn from the Holy Bible."

Box 9
Pe'pa Paree in the History of Eunice, Louisiana

Spiral-bound volume of newspaper clippings featuring Corley's comic strip about the history of Eunice.

Box 5
Pe'pa Paree and the Story of Louisiana
(3 Volumes)

Spiral-bound volumes of newspaper clippings featuring Corley's history of Louisiana, part 1-3.

Box 5
Pe'pa Paree and the Story of Louisiana
(2 Volumes)

Spiral-bound volumes of newspaper clippings featuring Corley's history of Louisiana, part 4-5.

Box 6
Louisiana Festivals

Illustrated pages and scrapbook of newspaper clippings with Corley's depictions of annual festivals throughout Louisiana.

Box 10
In Louisiana: Plantation Life, Civil War, and Reconstruction, pages 1-36

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 11
In Louisiana: Plantation Life, Civil War, and Reconstruction, pages 37-70

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 12
History of Louisiana, pages 22-170, 1961

Illustrated pages and text, covering the birth of the landscape through the War of 1812.

Box 13
History of Louisiana, pages 237-270, 1961

Illustrated pages and text, covering 1870-1888

Box 14
History of Louisiana, pages 271-311, 1961

Illustrated pages and text, covering 1889-1929

Box 15
History of Louisiana, pages 312-343, 1961

Illustrated pages and text, covering 1930-1961

Box 16
Jafa Ben Jordan

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 17
Sola Flare

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 17
Roga

Illustrated pages and text for 2 versions of Roga.

Box 18
Jafa Jule

Illustrated pages and text, incomplete.

Box 19
Suny Blon

Illustrated pages and text, Volume 3 and 5 (incomplete).

Box 20
Papa Hi'Wae Sez...

Comic strip panels with motivational or educational phrases, apparently intended for a the Dept. of Highways.

Box 21
Alex Cale

Corley's first comic strip. Bound volume with hand-colored illustrated pages and text.

Box 21
Untitle comic strip [Floyd Ramond]

Comic strip in bound scrapbook album.

Box 21
Tiga Polo: Sex God of Stellar Space

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 22
20 Miniatures of Louisiana Folk Art

5x5 inch handpainted illustrations of Louisiana folk scenes.

Box 23
Tee Don: The Littlest Journalist

Alternative title: The Illustrated History of Arcadiana. Illustrated pages and text.

Box 23
Sol Polo
(2 folders)

Illustrated pages and text.

Box 27
Blaze Exotica

Illustrated pages.

Box 27
Louisiana Area Maps/Historical posters

Drawn by Corley for the Louisiana Dept. of Highways. Includes regional maps as well as maps of historic homes and events in the state's history.

Box 27
Mississippi Area Maps

Drawn by Corley for the Mississippi State Highway Dept. Includes road maps.

Box 27
Miscellaneous illustrations, including a self portrait.
Box 28
Tony Polo, 1992

Illustrated pages, as submitted to Dark Horse Comics.

Box 28
After a God

Illustrated pages and cover art. Alternate title: Cotton Cavalier.

Box 28
Pe'pa Paree miscellaneous illustrations
Box 28
Cover art for miscellaneous pulp novels

Titles include: Saddle Studs, Swamp Angel, Atomic Butterfly/Scarlet Lantern, Jambalee, Jesse, Satin Chaps, Attala Rose, El Sabine, Fallen Eagle, Purple Winter, Crescent Stud, Sky Eyes, Purple Ring, Walk the August Night, The Black Angel, Star Dusk, Jafa Ben Jordan, and A New Earth.

Box 28

3. Scrapbooks, 1930s-1980s and undated

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 in both states.

Collection of newspaper clippings about Pe'pa Paree, 1969-1981 and undated

Bound scrapbook of newspaper clippings.

Box 21
Mississippi State Highway Dept. portfolio ("No. 2")
Box 24
Mississippi State Highway Dept. portfolio ("No. 3")
Box 24
Photograph album of Corley's family, friends, lovers, and colleagues ("No. 4"), 1930s-1980s
Box 24
Mississippi State Highway Dept. portfolio ("No. 5")
Box 24
Scrapbook, 1950s-1980s

Includes clippings, printed materials (cards, brochures, etc.) of Corley's artwork, and some correspondence.

Box 25
Scrapbook album ("Photographs"), 1940s and undated

Includes some photographs from Corley's WWII service; clippings; sketches of Guam

Box 25
World War II Scrapbook, 1940s and undated

Includes sketches, clippings, photographs, letters, poems, and other memorabilia from Corley's service in Guadacanal, Iwo Jima, and Guam.

Box 26

Historical Note

Chronology

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

Separated Material

Separately Cataloged Material

A portion of printed materials written by Carl Carley and acquired with Acc. 1998-0087 have been separated from the manuscript collection and individually cataloged.

  1. A Gay Trilogy, 1967
  2. A Lover Mourned, 1967
  3. Attala Rose, 1968
  4. Cast a Wistful Eye, 1968
  5. Faces in Secret, 1967
  6. In Homage to Priapus, 1970, edited by E.V.Griffith (includes an excerpt from A Fool's Advice by Carl Corley)
  7. Jesse, Man of the Streets, 1968
  8. My Purple Winter, 1966
  9. Sky Eyes, 1967
  10. Swamp Angel, 1971
  11. That Gay Bar, 1968(?), no author listed
  12. The Scarlet Lantern, 1966
  13. Cajun Casanovas, 1988
  14. The Rafe Saxon Mystery, 1989
  15. "Today and Tomorrow: an engineering analysis of the highway transportation system in Mississippi," 1949
  16. "Louisiana Boys and Girls State," 1968
  17. The Purple Ring

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

Purchase and gift from Carl V. Corley in 1998.

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