Guide to the Jim Grimsley Papers, 1970-2015 and undated
Collection includes Grimsley's personal journals, personal and professional correspondence, handwritten notebooks containing the creative beginnings of his novels and plays, drafts of of his writings, publicity, reviews, and publications by or about him in small magazines. Also includes published copies and translations of his writings.
- Collection Number
- Jim Grimsley papers
- 1970-2010 and undated
- Grimsley, Jim, 1955-
- 18 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Collection contains personal journals (1973-1993); personal and professional correspondence (1970s-2015); handwritten notebooks containing the creative beginnings of his novels and plays; datebooks and appointment journals; writing drafts (1970s-2016); published copies and galleys of his works, including translations; publicity, reviews, and publications by or about him in periodicals. Topics in his writings include family violence, homosexuality, the lives of young boys, racism and desegregation, and growing up in the Southern United States. The collection includes materials from all stages of Grimsley's creative process for his many plays, short stories, articles, and books. Grimsley's papers also include a significant amount of material from his work as an author of speculative and science fiction, including drafts of essays and books, editorial correspondence, and documentation of his participation in science fiction conventions.
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[Identification of item], Jim Grimsley Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Other correspondence, ca. 1982-1996
Personal correspondence, 1992-2000
Personal correspondence, 1982-2001
Asimov's Science Fiction
Issues include Grimsley stories.
Oct./Nov. 2000 issue (2 copies), Mar. 2002 issue
Un Largo Camino
Spanish translation of Comfort and Joy; Editorial Egales, 2001.
Hebrew translation of Comfort and Joy, 2001
Advanced reading copy, bound upside-down; Meisha Merlin, 2000.
Boulevard typescript, with editing marks
Winter Birds typescript (partial)
Drag Queens of the 21st Century script rewrite, 1994-1995
Mr. Universe play galleys, 1993
American Theatre, Sept., Nov. 1990, Jan., Apr., Oct. 1991 issues
Copies of introductions to Grimsley's work by Kaye Gibbons and Craig Lucas, 1997
Mr. Universe and Other Plays, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1998
Comfort and Joy, typescript with editing marks, 1995-1998
Mr. Universe and Other Plays, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1998 (cont.)
Comfort and Joy manuscript, 1997
Boulevard typescript with editing marks, undated
Boulevard typescript with publisher's editing marks
Kirith Kirin typescript with editing marks, 1999
Boulevard typescript with comments by Elisabeth Lewis Corley, 2000
Getting the News typescript with editing marks
Kirith Kirin typescript and page proofs with editing marks, 1999-2000
Into Greenwood typescripts (2 versions), one with editing marks
Printout of pages written Summer 1999 prior to rewrite, Summer 2000.
Into Greenwood typescript, 2000
Reason to Live typescript
My Drowning, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1996-1997
In Berlin script (2 copies), one with editing marks, 1998, 2000
Version printed April 1, 2000 before rewrites.
Thoroughly script, undated
Early draft of play later retitled Free Market.
Composition book with pages inserted: Rewrite of Kirith Kirin, Feb. 1998
Comfort and Joy, setting manuscript and page proofs , with editing marks, 1999-2000
Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use copies must be made in advance of a researcher's visit. Contact Research Services to request the production of access or listening copies. This restriction applies to materials in Box 30.
The Sanguine, undated
typescripts; appeared in Asimov's
Wendy, 2006 and undated
Science fiction story killed by Asimov. Includes galleys, Asimov's Forum thread about the incident. Story published in Subterranean.
Getting the News, undated
Perfect Pilgrim, 2002 and undated
Progress printings and Asimov's galleys
120 Hours of Sodom, undated
Drafts and Asimov's galleys
Georgia: A Twisted Road, 2003
Surely Some Revelation is at Hand, undated
The Physical Universe can be Transcended, undated
A Mother of Refugees, undated
The Existentialists, 1983
Second Hand in Motion, undated
99 Uses for a Naked Man, 2007 and undated
Winter Birds, 2002
Typescript, working manuscript draft
Comfort and Joy, 1992
Last Green Tree, 2005 - 2006 and undated
Three different versions of Last Green Tree. The first folder is the Fist Printed Copy. The First Draft - Editor's Copy consists of the next 2 folders. The last 2 folders are the Copy Editor's Manuscript.
Forgiveness, 2004 and undated
Contains complete manuscript folder, Early partial manuscript folder, Bound copy with draft and cover proof page, and a partial manuscript folder (2004)
How I Shed my Skin, 2014 and undated
Draft titles before final title include Good White People/Darkness and White. First two folders are typescript, followed by research materials (2014). The next two folders are typescript and typescript with edits. The final folder is a draft with edits for Darkness and White.
Unbending Eye, undated
First folder is a working manuscript. Second folder is a manuscript notebook draft.
Turtle Run, 2001
Incomplete novel, typescript
Mrs. Delaney's Boarding House, undated
Boulevard, 1982 and undated
Manuscript excerpt folder (1982), and typescript folder (undated)
The Ordinary, 2003 and undated
First two folders are Editor's Copy. Following three folders are Progress Print, probably the first complete manuscript. Next two folders are Progress Print, undated but smaller type indicates it is late in the book. A single folder is Early partial mansuscript. The last folder is Editor's Notes (2203).
Leap Project - Alliance, 2003-2004 and undated
Includes music, notes, correspondence
Little Agnes, undated
Incomplete Screenplay, collaboration with Madeleine St.Roman.
Dreamboy, 1998 and 2001
Adaptations by Eric Rosen (1998) and James Bolten (2001). Both are drafts, James Bolten script based on Jim Grimsley's novel.
Bound galleys and published copies, various translations, of Grimsley's novels, 1990s-2010s
Published copies of anthologies containing Grimsley's writings, including speculative fiction, gay fiction, and Southern fiction genres, 1990s-2010s
Reviews, 2004-2006 and undated
Press/Coverage of Jim Grimsley, 1990s-2000s
Publications - Nonfiction serials, 1990s-2000s
Publications - Fiction serials, 1998-2003
General Correspondence, 2001-2010
5 folders are 2001-2009, last folder is 2009-2010.
Biz Kids board materials, 2000s
A Bird of Prey audiovisual, including Biz Kids recordings, undated
(3 items, 2 cassettes and 1 CD)
Game module for Neverwinken Nights, 2008 and undated
Planning notes, working notes, notebook
2 Notebooks with drafts of stories, 1974-1975
Notebooks, diaries, some drafts, 1990s
Convention materials, 2000s
Resume materials, 1990s-2000s
Emory University, 1998-2008
Correspondence, student work, other university business
Peter Hagan, 1990-2005
Medical Systems Development Corp (MSDC), 1990
Celeste Miller and Company, 1980's-1990's
Correspondence, board materials
PEN American Center, 1995-2003
Royalty Statements, 1994-2010
7 Stages, 1999 and undated
Correspondence, business materials
Tor Books, 2000s
Correspondence, style sheets, proofs, edits
Playwriting classes by Jim Grimsley, 1980s-1990s
Yaddo, 1986-1993 and undated
ACT SF, undated
'A Bird of Prey' photographs
Handwritten Journal Pages from O'Neill Theater Center, 2002
ACME Theater, 1982-1985 and undated
Contracts, lease, , drafts
A Few Good Men/ You Never Know, undated
Removed from the ACME Theater folder.
About Face Theater, 2000-2003
Includes material re: Fascination
Book Beat episode 4, 2004
Author from Rocky Mount, NC, currently residing in Atlanta, GA.
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Purchased in 1997; addition received 2002 and 2015.
Accessions described in this guide: 1997-0055; 2003-0041; 2015-0153; 2016-0001
Processed by Ginny Daley and Paula Jeannet
Completed July 1997
Additions processed by Elizabeth Arnold, 2003 and Meghan Lyon, 2016
Last Updated March 2016
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.