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Preliminary Guide to the Jim Grimsley Papers, 1970-2002 and undated

Collection Overview

Collection includes personal journals (1973-1993); personal and professional correspondence (1970s-1996), handwritten notebooks containing the creative beginnings of his novels and plays, drafts of all of his writings (1970s - 1997); publicity, reviews, and publications by or about him in small magazines.

The addition (acc# 2003-0041)(3150 items, 5.0 linear feet) is minimally processed. Consists primarily of annotated typescripts, drafts and galleys of Grimsley's latest publications (including novels and plays), and provides an in-depth look at his recent work. Also includes personal correspondence (1982-2001); a journal and appointment books (1977-[1980s]); translations of his novels; and periodicals containing his contributions.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Jim Grimsley papers 1970-2002 and undated
Creator
Grimsley, Jim
Extent
18 Linear Feet, 5650 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.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Access is restricted. Diaries/journals and personal correspondence are available to researchers only with permission of donor during his lifetime or until 1/1/2020; all other papers are open to researchers.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

1973-1993
Box 1
Personal
Box 2
Personal
Box 3
Other correspondence, ca. 1982-1996
Box 4
23 volumes
Box 5
19 volumes
Box 6
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
Printed Materials
Box 13
Clippings
Box 13
Videotapes
Box 13
Printed Materials
Box 14

[Contents are restricted. Patrons must obtain written permission of the donor before use.]

Appointment books, 1980s
Box 1
Personal correspondence, 1992-2000
Box 1

[Attention: Contains pictorial materials.]

[Contents are restricted. Patrons must obtain written permission of the donor before use.]

Personal correspondence, 1982-2001
Box 2
Journal, 1977-1978
Box 2
Oct./Nov. 2000 issue (2 copies), Mar. 2002 issue

Issues include Grimsley stories.

Box 3
Un Largo Camino

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

Box 3
Hebrew translation of Comfort and Joy, 2001
Box 3
Kirith Kirin

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

Box 3
Boulevard typescript, with editing marks
Box 3

[Tech Services needs to make use copy of computer disk before use.]

[Attention: Contains pictorial material.]

Winter Birds typescript (partial)
Box 4
Drag Queens of the 21st Century script rewrite, 1994-1995
Box 4
Mr. Universe play galleys, 1993
Box 4
American Theatre, Sept., Nov. 1990, Jan., Apr., Oct. 1991 issues
Box 4
Men's Style, Dec. 1995
Box 4
Copies of introductions to Grimsley's work by Kaye Gibbons and Craig Lucas, 1997
Box 4
Comfort and Joy, typescript with editing marks, 1995-1998
Box 4
Mr. Universe and Other Plays, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1998
Box 4
Mr. Universe and Other Plays, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1998 (cont.)
Box 5
Comfort and Joy manuscript, 1997
Box 5
Boulevard typescript with editing marks, undated
Box 5
Boulevard typescript with publisher's editing marks
Box 6
Kirith Kirin typescript with editing marks, 1999
Box 6
Boulevard typescript with comments by Elisabeth Lewis Corley, 2000
Box 6
Getting the News typescript with editing marks
Box 7
Kirith Kirin typescript and page proofs with editing marks, 1999-2000
Box 7
Into Greenwood typescripts (2 versions), one with editing marks
Box 7
Thoroughly script, undated

Early draft of play later retitled Free Market.

Box 7
The Ordinary

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

Box 8
Into Greenwood, 2000
Box 8
Reason to Live
Box 8
Kirith Kirin cover
Box 8
My Drowning, setting manuscript and page proofs, 1996-1997
Box 8
In Berlin script (2 copies), one with editing marks, 1998, 2000
Box 8
Boulevard

Version printed April 1, 2000 before rewrites.

Box 8
Composition book with pages inserted: Rewrite of Kirith Kirin, Feb. 1998
Box 9
Thoroughly script
Box 9
Comfort and Joy, setting manuscript and page proofs , with editing marks, 1999-2000
Box 9
The Ordinary typescript
Box 9

Historical Note

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

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jim Grimsley Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Purchased in 1997; addition received 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Ginny Daley and Paula Jeannet

Completed July 1997

Additions minimally processed by Elizabeth Arnold

Last Updated July 9, 2003

Encoded by Lisa Stark; Elizabeth Arnold

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

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