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Guide to the Jim Grimsley Papers, 1970-2015 and undated

Summary

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 Details

Collection Number
RL.00483
Title
Jim Grimsley papers
Date
1970-2010 and undated
Creator
Grimsley, Jim, 1955-
Extent
18 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

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.

Contents of the Collection

Journals
Box 1
1973-1993
Box 1
Correspondence
Box 2
Personal
Box 2
Personal
Box 3
Other correspondence, ca. 1982-1996
Box 4
Notebooks
Box 5
23 volumes
Box 5
19 volumes
Box 6
Manuscripts
Box 7
A- Dream Boy
Box 7
Dream Boy-H
Box 8
I-M
Box 9
M-P
Box 10
R- Winter Birds
Box 11
Winter Birds-Y
Box 12
Publicity
Box 13
Printed Materials
Box 13
Clippings
Box 13
Videotapes
Box 13
Printed Materials
Box 14
Appointment books, 1980s
Box 15
Personal correspondence, 1992-2000
Box 15
Personal correspondence, 1982-2001
Box 16
Journal, 1977-1978
Box 16
Asimov's Science Fiction

Issues include Grimsley stories.

Oct./Nov. 2000 issue (2 copies), Mar. 2002 issue

Box 17
Un Largo Camino

Spanish translation of Comfort and Joy; Editorial Egales, 2001.

Box 17
Hebrew translation of Comfort and Joy, 2001
Box 17
Kirith Kirin

Advanced reading copy, bound upside-down; Meisha Merlin, 2000.

Box 17
Boulevard typescript, with editing marks
Box 17
Winter Birds typescript (partial)
Box 18
Drag Queens of the 21st Century script rewrite, 1994-1995
Box 18
Mr. Universe play galleys, 1993
Box 18
Men's Style, Dec. 1995
Box 18
American Theatre, Sept., Nov. 1990, Jan., Apr., Oct. 1991 issues
Box 18
Copies of introductions to Grimsley's work by Kaye Gibbons and Craig Lucas, 1997
Box 18
Mr. Universe and Other Plays, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1998
Box 18
Comfort and Joy, typescript with editing marks, 1995-1998
Box 18
Mr. Universe and Other Plays, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1998 (cont.)
Box 19
Comfort and Joy manuscript, 1997
Box 19
Boulevard typescript with editing marks, undated
Box 19
Boulevard typescript with publisher's editing marks
Box 20
Kirith Kirin typescript with editing marks, 1999
Box 20
Boulevard typescript with comments by Elisabeth Lewis Corley, 2000
Box 20
Getting the News typescript with editing marks
Box 21
Kirith Kirin typescript and page proofs with editing marks, 1999-2000
Box 21
Into Greenwood typescripts (2 versions), one with editing marks
Box 21
The Ordinary

Printout of pages written Summer 1999 prior to rewrite, Summer 2000.

Box 22
Into Greenwood typescript, 2000
Box 22
Reason to Live typescript
Box 22
Kirith Kirin cover
Box 22
My Drowning, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1996-1997
Box 22
In Berlin script (2 copies), one with editing marks, 1998, 2000
Box 22
Boulevard

Version printed April 1, 2000 before rewrites.

Box 22
Thoroughly script, undated

Early draft of play later retitled Free Market.

Box 21
Composition book with pages inserted: Rewrite of Kirith Kirin, Feb. 1998
Box 23
Thoroughly script
Box 23
Comfort and Joy, setting manuscript and page proofs , with editing marks, 1999-2000
Box 23
The Ordinary typescript
Box 23

3. Accessions (2015-0153) and (2016-0001)

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

Box 25
Wendy, 2006 and undated

Science fiction story killed by Asimov. Includes galleys, Asimov's Forum thread about the incident. Story published in Subterranean.

Box 25
Getting the News, undated

Asimov's edited copy

Box 25
Perfect Pilgrim, 2002 and undated

Progress printings and Asimov's galleys

Box 25
120 Hours of Sodom, undated

Drafts and Asimov's galleys

Box 25
Georgia: A Twisted Road, 2003

Page proofs with edits

Box 25
Stanley Karenina, 2004

Page proofs

Box 25
On High, undated

Working manuscript

Box 25
Surely Some Revelation is at Hand, undated

Working manuscript

Box 25
Never Fallen, undated

Working manuscript

Box 25
The Physical Universe can be Transcended, undated

Typescript

Box 25
A Mother of Refugees, undated

Typescript

Box 25
Fish Lady, 1978

Typescript

Box 25
Perfect Fit, undated

Typescript

Box 25
Dungeon Master, undated

Typescript

Box 25
The Existentialists, 1983

Photocopy of script

Box 25
Fascination, undated

Script, draft, etc.

Box 25
In Berlin, undated

Script, draft

Box 25
Second Hand in Motion, undated

Script

Box 25
Kirith Kirin, 1999

Prep copy for ebook

Box 25
99 Uses for a Naked Man, 2007 and undated

Script, drafts

Box 25
Winter Birds, 2002
(2 folders)

Typescript, working manuscript draft

Box 25
Comfort and Joy, 1992
(2 folders)

Typescript

Box 25
Last Green Tree, 2005 - 2006 and undated
(5 folders)

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.

Box 25
Forgiveness, 2004 and undated
(4 folders)

Contains complete manuscript folder, Early partial manuscript folder, Bound copy with draft and cover proof page, and a partial manuscript folder (2004)

Box 26
A Bird of Prey, 2006

Scripts

Box 26
How I Shed my Skin, 2014 and undated
(6 folders)

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.

Box 26
Unbending Eye, undated
(2 folders)

First folder is a working manuscript. Second folder is a manuscript notebook draft.

Box 26
Turtle Run, 2001

Incomplete novel, typescript

Box 26
Mrs. Delaney's Boarding House, undated
(2 folders)

Bound draft

Box 26
Boulevard, 1982 and undated
(2 folders)

Manuscript excerpt folder (1982), and typescript folder (undated)

Box 26
The Ordinary, 2003 and undated
(9 folders)

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).

Box 27
Leap Project - Alliance, 2003-2004 and undated

Includes music, notes, correspondence

Box 27
Little Agnes, undated

Incomplete Screenplay, collaboration with Madeleine St.Roman.

Box 27
Dreamboy, 1998 and 2001
(2 folders)

Adaptations by Eric Rosen (1998) and James Bolten (2001). Both are drafts, James Bolten script based on Jim Grimsley's novel.

Box 27
Bound galleys and published copies, various translations, of Grimsley's novels, 1990s-2010s
Box 24
Published copies of anthologies containing Grimsley's writings, including speculative fiction, gay fiction, and Southern fiction genres, 1990s-2010s
Box 24
Reviews, 2004-2006 and undated
Box 27
Free Market, 2001

Reviews

Box 27
Press/Coverage of Jim Grimsley, 1990s-2000s
(2 folders)
Box 27
Publications - Nonfiction serials, 1990s-2000s
Box 27
Publications - Fiction serials, 1998-2003
Box 27
General Correspondence, 2001-2010
(6 folders)

5 folders are 2001-2009, last folder is 2009-2010.

Box 28
Greeting cards, undated
Box 28
Biz Kids board materials, 2000s
Box 28
A Bird of Prey audiovisual, including Biz Kids recordings, undated
(3 items, 2 cassettes and 1 CD)
Box 30
Audio-cassette RL-00483-CS-0001
Audio-cassette RL-00483-CS-0002
Audio-cd RL-00483-OP-0001
Game module for Neverwinken Nights, 2008 and undated

Planning notes, working notes, notebook

Box 28
2 Notebooks with drafts of stories, 1974-1975
Box 28
Notebooks, diaries, some drafts, 1990s
Box 28
Yearbooks, 1973 and 1994
Box 28
Convention materials, 2000s
(4 folders)
Box 29
Resume materials, 1990s-2000s
(3 folders)
Box 29
Emory University, 1998-2008

Correspondence, student work, other university business

Box 29
Anthologies, 1995-2004

Correspondence

Box 29
Peter Hagan, 1990-2005

Correspondence, contracts

Box 29
Medical Systems Development Corp (MSDC), 1990

Jim Grimsley's invoices

Box 29
Celeste Miller and Company, 1980's-1990's

Correspondence, board materials

Box 29
Algonquin, 1985-2003

Correspondence, royalties

Box 29
PEN American Center, 1995-2003

Correspondence, membership

Box 29
Royalty Statements, 1994-2010
Box 29
Contracts/Drafts, 1985

Agreement with Henry

Box 29
ROOB, 2011-2002
Box 29
7 Stages, 1999 and undated

Correspondence, business materials

Box 29
Tor Books, 2000s

Correspondence, style sheets, proofs, edits

Box 29
Playwriting classes by Jim Grimsley, 1980s-1990s
Box 29
Lila Wallace, 1998

Reader's Digest Fund

Box 29
Yaddo, 1986-1993 and undated
Box 29
ACT SF, undated

'A Bird of Prey' photographs

Box 29
Handwritten Journal Pages from O'Neill Theater Center, 2002
Box 29
ACME Theater, 1982-1985 and undated

Contracts, lease, , drafts

Box 29
A Few Good Men/ You Never Know, undated

Removed from the ACME Theater folder.

Audio-phonodisc RL-00483-PD-0001
Box 30
Speeches, undated

Drafts

Box 29
About Face Theater, 2000-2003

Includes material re: Fascination

Box 29
Book Beat episode 4, 2004
Video-cassette RL-00483-VHS-0001
Box 30
 

Historical Note

Author from Rocky Mount, NC, currently residing in Atlanta, GA.


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Provenance

Purchased in 1997; addition received 2002 and 2015.

Accessions described in this guide: 1997-0055; 2003-0041; 2015-0153; 2016-0001

Processing Information

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.