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Donald Barthelme Literary Papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Finding Aid/Inventory

Works by Barthelme

Correspondence

Material about Barthelme and His Works

Writing Career

Photographs

Miscellaneous

Students' Works

Works by Others

Clip Art Books

Editorial Career

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Collection Overview

Title: Donald Barthelme Literary Papers, 1956-2001

ID: 03/2002-007

Primary Creator: Barthelme, Donald

Extent: 30.0 Boxes

Subjects: Angell, Roger, Authors, American - 20th century, Authors - 20th century, Barthelme, Donald, Beattie, Ann, Love, Jim, 1927-2005, Lowry, Beverly, New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925), O'Hara, J. D. (James Donald), Paley, Grace, Percy, Walker, 1916-1990, Powell, Padgett, Short stories, American, University of Houston - Faculty, University of Houston. Creative Writing Program

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Galley proofs, Page proofs, Typescripts

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains typescript drafts, galley proofs, and page proofs of Donald Barthelme's novels, collected works, short stories, and other writings, plus collages and collage stories created by Barthelme. One of the richest aspects of the collection is the large set of letters and cards from Barthelme's writing friends and colleagues. The collection also includes about a dozen photographs of Barthelme. In addition, material related to Barthelme's teaching career is incorporated, notably student works that Barthelme received during his years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

Each series is prefaced by a detailed description.

Related Materials:

Donald Barthelme "Forum" Collection (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=258)

The book collection from Donald Barthelme's personal library. (http://library.uh.edu/search~S11?/tdonald+barthelme+literary+papers/tdonald+barthelme+literary+papers/1%2C2%2C98%2CB/exact&FF=tdonald+barthelme+literary+papers&1%2C97%2C)

Biographical Note

Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia in 1931 to parents Donald Barthelme Sr. and Helen (Bechtold) Barthelme. In 1932, the family moved to Houston, where Donald Barthelme Sr. developed an architectural practice and taught at the University of Houston and Rice University. Barthelme had four younger siblings: Joan (born 1932), Peter (born 1938), Frederick (born 1943), and Steven (born 1947).

Barthelme enrolled at the University of Houston in 1949, where he took courses in journalism, literature, creative writing, and philosophy. He became a reporter, critic, and editor for the school's newspaper, The Cougar.

In July 1951, he left the University of Houston for a job at the Houston Post, where he reviewed movies, plays, and concerts. From July 1953 to December 1954 he served in Korea, writing for the 2nd Infantry Division's official publication. Following his return to Houston, Barthelme took a public relations job at the University of Houston. There he founded and became editor of the interdisciplinary journal Forum. In 1961, Barthelme became acting director of the Contemporary Arts Museum. The following year he moved to New York City to edit a new journal of art and literature called Location.

In 1961, Barthelme's short story "The Darling Duckling at School" (later renamed "Me and Mrs. Mandible") appeared in the journal Contact. Inspired by Samuel Beckett, Barthelme rejected the constraints of traditional plot, setting, and character development in favor of verbal collages full of absurdity and wit. In 1963, Barthelme published the story "L'lapse" in the New Yorker, quickly becoming a regular contributor.

In 1964 Barthelme released his first collection of stories, Come Back, Dr. Caligari. From that point on, he stayed at the forefront of American literature for three decades. Barthelme published nine more story collections, and 129 stories and "casuals" in the New Yorker. Always innovative, he created "collage stories" that combined images and text, and "dialogue stories" in which two disembodied voices alternate in conversation. He also published three novels - Snow White, The Dead Father, and Paradise. In 1972 he released a children's book, The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine, winning the National Book Award for Children's Literature.

Barthelme remains best known for Sixty Stories, a 1981 anthology of his finest work from the sixties and seventies. Sixty Stories was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 1982.

Donald Barthelme taught creative writing at City College in New York from 1974-75. In 1979, he was invited to teach in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. Initially he taught in Houston one semester a year, while continuing to live in New York City. In 1983, Barthelme moved to Houston to become a full-time professor. A beloved teacher, he eventually became director of the Creative Writing Progam, a position he held until his death.

Subject/Index Terms

Angell, Roger
Authors, American - 20th century
Authors - 20th century
Barthelme, Donald
Beattie, Ann
Love, Jim, 1927-2005
Lowry, Beverly
New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925)
O'Hara, J. D. (James Donald)
Paley, Grace
Percy, Walker, 1916-1990
Powell, Padgett
Short stories, American
University of Houston - Faculty
University of Houston. Creative Writing Program

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Acquisition Source: This collection was acquired in 2002 from Marion Barthelme.

Acquisition Method: A few miscellaneous items already owned by the University of Houston Libraries were added to the collection. Typescripts of the short stories "City Life," "City Life II," and "A Dream" were purchased from Joseph the Provider Books in the 1980s. Four typescripts of Donald Barthelme's Paris Review interview, one proof sheet of the interview introduction, and letters from George Plimpton and J.D. O'Hara were also purchased from Joseph the Provider Books in the 1980s. A speech on writers delivered at University of Houston in 1974 was purchased from Detering Book Gallery in 1979. The non-fiction piece "Woman is an imaginary being" was transferred from the Donald Barthelme Forum Collection. The Houston Chronicle article "Donald Barthelme: Serious Writer at Play" was donated by Michael Berryhill in 2005.

Related Materials:

Donald Barthelme "Forum" Collection (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=258)

The book collection from Donald Barthelme's personal library. (http://library.uh.edu/search~S11?/tdonald+barthelme+literary+papers/tdonald+barthelme+literary+papers/1%2C2%2C98%2CB/exact&FF=tdonald+barthelme+literary+papers&1%2C97%2C)

Preferred Citation: Donald Barthelme Literary Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Works by Barthelme, [1959]-1990],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1958-1997],
[Series 3: Material about Barthelme and His Works, 1951-2001],
[Series 4: Writing Career, 1972-1997],
[Series 5: Photographs, 1979-1988],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1960-2005],
[Series 7: Students' Works, 1983-1989],
[Series 8: Works by Others, 1975-1989],
[Series 9: Clip Art Books, 1956-1992],
[Series 10: Editorial Career, 1972],
[Series 11: Videocassette],
[All]

Series 1: Works by Barthelme, [1959]-1990
Sub-Series 1: Novels and Collected Works, 1970-1990
This series traces the preparatory stages for Barthelme's published works, which were primarily collections of short stories or novels. The material related to a single work may include typescripts, page layouts, galley proofs, page proofs, dust jackets, and other formats. Materials are arranged in order of their production, beginning with typescripts and ending with dust jackets. Some of the short story collections include bound volumes which collected typescripts, photocopied drafts, and the printed pages of previously published stories together. Prior to 1975, Barthelme rarely kept early drafts of his work.
Sub-Sub-Series 1: Amateurs, 1976
Box 1
Folder 1: Copyedited typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, with corrections (bound)
Folder 2: Title page layout
Box 24
Item 1: Galley proofs, with corrections
Box 29
Folder 1: Page proof, partial
Sub-Sub-Series 2: City Life, 1970
Box 1
Folder 3: Carbon copy of typescript and printed pages, with corrections
Folder 4: Copyedited typescript and printed pages, with corrections (bound)
Folder 5: Paste up
Folder 6: Page proofs, author's, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 7: Page proofs, printer's, with artwork
Sub-Sub-Series 3: The Dead Father, 1975
Box 1
Folder 8: Typescript fragments, photocopied
Folder 9: Typescript fragments, photocopied
Folder 10: Early typescript, photocopied
Folder 11: Typescript with corrections, with note (bound)
Folder 12: Typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 13: Typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 14: Layout pages, with partial photocopied typescript
Box 2
Folder 1: Copyedited typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 2: Copyedited typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 3: Dust jacket
Box 24
Item 2: Page proofs, uncut
Sub-Sub-Series 4: Forty Stories, 1987
Box 2
Folder 4: Table of contents
Folder 5: Typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, with corrections
Folder 6: Typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, with corrections
Folder 7: Typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, with corrections
Folder 8: Typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, with additions and correction
Folder 9: Typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, with additions and correction
Folder 10: Typescript, photocopied, and printed pages
Folder 11: Dust jacket
Sub-Sub-Series 5: Great Days, 1979
Box 2
Folder 12: Copyedited typescript,  photocopied, and printed pages, with corrections; with layout and dust jacket (bound)
Folder 13: Dust jacket
Box 24
Item 3: Galley proofs
Item 4: Galley proofs
Sub-Sub-Series 6: Guilty Pleasures, 1974
Box 2
Folder 14: Copyedited printed, typescript, and photocopied pages with corrections; with title page layout (bound)
Folder 15: Galley proofs, photocopied
Folder 16: Camera-ready copy for Delta Edition
Folder 17: Camera-ready copy for Delta Edition
Sub-Sub-Series 7: The King, 1990
Box 3
Folder 1: Earlier typescript
Folder 2: Earlier typescript
Folder 3: Various typescripts and partial typescripts
Folder 4: Various typescripts and partial typescripts
Folder 5: Later typescript
Folder 6: Copyedited typescript, photocopied, with corrections by Frederick Barthelme, with letter from Frederick Barthelme to Kathy Banks of Harper & Row, August 27, 1989
Folder 7: Final typescript in black folder (two)
Folder 8: Final typescript in black folder (two)
Folder 9: Typescript for readings
Folder 10: Woodcuts for art research? (photocopies)
Folder 11: Layout with original artwork
Folder 12: Artwork (photocopies)
Folder 13: Galley proof, photocopies, with note
Sub-Sub-Series 8: Overnight to Many Distant Cities, 1983
Box 3
Folder 14: Typescript, including photocopies, with corrections
Folder 15: Typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, with corrections [mostly from Sixty Stories and Overnight to Many Distant Cities]
Sub-Sub-Series 9: Paradise, 1986
Box 4
Folder 1: Typescript pages, with note from Donald Barthelme
Folder 2: Early typescript
Folder 3: Early typescript
Folder 4: Early typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 5: Early typescript, photocopied, with corrections
Folder 6: Early typescript, photocopied
Folder 7: Early typescript, photocopied
Folder 8: Early typescript, photocopied, with new dedication
Folder 9: Early typescript, photocopied, with new dedication
Folder 10: Final typescript
Folder 11: Final typescript
Folder 12: Corrections for typesetter
Folder 13: Corrections for typesetter
Folder 14: Copyedited typescript
Folder 15: Copyedited typescript
Box 5
Folder 1: Galley proof, author's
Folder 2: Galley proof, printer's
Folder 3: Galley proof
Folder 4: Page proof, author's
Folder 5: Page proof, author's
Folder 6: Page proof, printer's, 5/21/86
Folder 7: Page proof, printer's, 5/21/86
Folder 8: Page proof, printer's, 5/21/86
Folder 9: Page proof, printer's, 5/21/86
Folder 10: Page proof, printer's, 6/26/86
Folder 11: Page proof, printer's, 6/26/86
Folder 12: Page proof, final
Folder 13: Dust jacket
Sub-Sub-Series 10: Presents, 1980
Box 5
Folder 14: Page proofs, with corrections
Sub-Sub-Series 11: Sadness, 1972
Box 5
Folder 15: Dust jacket
Sub-Sub-Series 12: Sam's Bar, 1987
Box 6
Folder 1: Typescript draft, photocopied
Folder 2: Typescript draft, alternate, photocopied
Folder 3: Introduction, storyboards, and loose pages, with correspondence
Folder 4: Page proofs, with corrections
Box 29
Folder 2: Draft with inserted text
Sub-Sub-Series 13: Sixty Stories, 1981
Box 6
Folder 5: Copyedited typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, 1981
Folder 6: Copyedited typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, 1981
Folder 7: Copyedited typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, 1981
Folder 8: Copyedited typescript, photocopied, and printed pages, 1981
Folder 9: Galley proofs, author's
Folder 10: Galley proofs, author's
Folder 11: Galley proofs, author's
Folder 12: Galley proofs, printer's
Folder 13: Galley proofs, printer's
Folder 14: Galley proofs, printer's
Box 7
Folder 1: Page proofs
Folder 2: Page proofs
Folder 3: Page proofs
Folder 4: Page proofs
Folder 5: Page proofs, author's
Folder 6: Page proofs, author's
Folder 7: Page proofs, printer's, 4/13/81
Folder 8: Page proofs, printer's, 5/27/81
Folder 9: Page proofs, printer's, 5/27/81
Folder 10: Page proofs, printer's, 6/10/81
Folder 11: Page proofs, printer's, 6/10/81
Folder 12: Dust jacket
Sub-Sub-Series 14: Snow White, 1967
Box 7
Folder 13: Copyedited typescript with corrections (bound)
Sub-Sub-Series 15: Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts, 1968
Box 7
Folder 14: Copyedited photocopied and printed pages, with correspondence from Jane Bierhorst
Box 25
Item 1: Page proofs
Item 2: Page proofs, author's, with corrections
Sub-Series 2: Short Stories, [1959]-1987
This series includes short stories in manuscript or typescript form. Barthelme rarely kept early drafts of his work, so many of these stories are in a finished or nearly finished stage and show minimal editing by the author. Some galley proofs, tear sheets, and paste ups are also included.
Box 8
Folder 1: The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1977
Folder 2: Affection, 1983
Folder 3: The Agreement, 1974: Typescript, photocopied
Folder 4: The Agreement, 1974: Tear sheet, photocopied
Folder 5: Alice, undated
Folder 6: Among the Beanwoods/The Beanwoods [unpublished], undated
Folder 7: The Apology, 1978: Typescripts
Folder 8: The Apology, 1978: Tear sheet
Folder 9: Aria, 1979
Folder 10: The Art of Baseball, undated
Folder 11: The Author, 1987: Typescripts
Folder 12: The Author, 1987: Tear sheet
Folder 13: The Balloon, 1965
Folder 14: Basil from her Garden, 1985: Typescripts
Folder 15: Basil from her Garden, 1985: Galley proof
Folder 16: Basil from her Garden, 1985: Tear sheet
Folder 17: Bishop, 1980
Folder 18: Bluebeard, 1986: Typescripts
Folder 19: Bluebeard, 1986: Tear sheet
Folder 20: Brain Damage, undated: Typescript
Folder 21: Brain Damage, undated: Paste up
Folder 22: Captain Blood, [1979]
Folder 23: The Captured Woman, 1976
Folder 24: The Catechist, [1971]
Folder 25: Chablis, 1983: Typescript, photocopy
Folder 26: Chablis, 1983: Tear sheet
Folder 27: Challenge, 1981: Typescripts
Folder 28: Challenge, 1981: Galley proof
Folder 29: Challenge, 1981: Tear sheet
Folder 30: City Life, undated
Folder 31: City Life II, 1969
Folder 32: A City of Churches, undated: Typescript
Folder 33: A City of Churches, undated: Paste up
Folder 34: Concerning the Bodyguard, 1978: Typescripts
Folder 35: Concerning the Bodyguard, 1978: Tear sheet
Folder 36: Construction, 1985: Typescripts
Folder 37: Construction, 1985: Galley proof
Folder 38: Conversations with Goethe, 1980: Typescripts
Folder 39: Conversations with Goethe, 1980: Tear sheet
Folder 40: Cornell, undated
Folder 41: Cortes and Montezuma, 1977: Typescripts
Folder 42: Cortes and Montezuma, 1977: Paste up
Folder 43: The Crisis, 1977
Folder 44: Critique de la Vie Quotidienne, undated
Folder 45: The Dassaud Prize, 1976
Folder 46: Daumier, undated
Folder 47: Departures, [1971]
Folder 48: The Director, undated
Folder 49: The Discovery, undated
Folder 50: The Dolt, undated
Folder 51: A Dream, 1973
Folder 52: Edward and Pia, undated
Folder 53: Edwards, Amelia, photocopied, undated
Folder 54: The Emperor, 1980
Folder 55: Eugenie Grandet, 1968
Folder 56: The Explanation, undated
Folder 57: The Extremely Large Cheese (carbon copy), undated
Folder 58: The Falling Dog, undated
Folder 59: The Farewell Party, undated
Folder 60: A Few Moments of Sleeping and Waking, undated
Folder 61: A Film, 1970: Typescript
Folder 62: A Film, 1970: Tear sheet
Folder 63: The Fireman, undated
Folder 64: Florence Green is 81, undated
Folder 65: Flying to America, undated
Folder 66: The Foolfarm Report, undated
Folder 67: Game, undated
Folder 68: The Genius, undated
Folder 69: Grandmother's House, 1979
Folder 70: Great Days, undated
Folder 71: The Great Debate, 1976: Typescripts
Folder 72: The Great Debate, 1976: Tear sheet
Folder 73: Heroes, 1980
Folder 74: How I Write My Songs, 1978: Typescripts
Folder 75: How I Write My Songs, 1978: Galley Proof
Folder 76: I Bought a Little City, undated: Typescript
Folder 77: I Bought a Little City, undated: Galley proof
Folder 78: The Inauguration
Folder 79: January, 1987: Typescript
Folder 80: January, 1987: Galley proof
Folder 81: Jaws, undated
Folder 82: Kierkegaard Unfair to Schlegel, undated
Folder 83: The King of Jazz, 1976: Typescripts
Folder 84: The King of Jazz, 1976: Paste up
Folder 85: Kissing the President, 1983
Folder 86: The Leap, 1978
Folder 87: Letters to the Editore, undated
Folder 88: Lightning, 1982
Folder 89: A Man, undated
Folder 90: Man's Face, undated
Folder 91: Manual for Sons, 1975
Folder 92: Margins, undated
Folder 93: Marie, Marie, Hold on Tight, undated
Folder 94: Momma, 1978: Typescripts
Folder 95: Momma, 1978: Tear sheet
Folder 96: Monumental Folly (with Edward Sorel), undated: Tear sheet
Folder 97: More Zero, 1986: Typescripts
Folder 98: More Zero, 1986: Tear sheet
Folder 99: Morning, 1978: Typescripts
Folder 100: Morning, 1978: Tear sheet
Folder 101: The Mothball Fleet, 1971
Box 9
Folder 1: Natural History, undated: Tear sheet
Folder 2: The New Member, [1974]
Folder 3: The New Music, 1978: Typescripts
Folder 4: The New Music, 1978: Tear sheet
Folder 5: The New Owner, undated
Folder 6: Newsletter, undated
Folder 7: A Note on Angels, undated
Folder 8: Nothing: A Preliminary Account, 1973
Folder 9: One Hundred Ten West Sixty-First Street, 1973
Folder 10: On the Deck, 1986: Typescript
Folder 11: On the Deck, 1986: Galley proofs
Folder 12: On the Steps of the Conservatory, 1977
Folder 13: Opening, 1984: Typescripts
Folder 14: On the Deck, 1986: Galley proof
Folder 15: On the Deck, 1986: Tear sheet
Folder 16: Our Work and Why We Do It, 1973: Typescript
Folder 17: Our Work and Why We Do It, 1973: Tear sheet
Folder 18: Overnight to Many Different Cities, 1980
Folder 19: Pages from the Annual Report: Tear sheet, [1959]
Folder 20: The Palace at Four A.M.: Typescript, 1983
Folder 21: The Palace at Four A.M.: Galley proof, 1983
Folder 22: Paradise (Before the Egg Broke), undated
Folder 23: Paraguay, undated
Folder 24: The Party, undated
Folder 25: Pepperoni, 1980
Folder 26: Perpetua, [1971]
Folder 27: The Phantom of the Opera's Friend, undated
Folder 28: Philadelphia, undated
Folder 29: The Photographs, 1974
Folder 30: The Piano Player, undated
Folder 31: The Policemen's Ball, undated
Folder 32: Pool [unpublished], undated
Folder 33: Presents, undated
Folder 34: The Question Party, 1977
Folder 35: Rebecca, undated
Folder 36: Recitative [unpublished?], undated
Folder 37: Report, undated
Folder 38: Return, [1984]
Folder 39: The Rise of Capitalism, 1970
Folder 40: Rough Draft [unpublished?], undated
Folder 41: Sakrete, 1983: Typescript
Folder 43: The School, undated
Folder 44: Sentence, undated
Folder 45: A Shower of Gold, 1963
Folder 46: Simon, 1984: Typescripts
Folder 47: Simon, 1984: Galley proof
Folder 48: Simon, 1984: Tear sheet
Folder 49: Sindbad, 1984: Typescripts
Folder 50: Sindbad, 1984: Galley proof
Folder 51: Snap Snap, 1965
Folder 52: Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby, [1973]
Folder 53: The Story Thus Far, undated
Folder 54: Subpoena, undated
Folder 55: Swallowing, [1972]
Folder 56: Tales of the Swedish Army, 1977
Folder 57: The Teachings of Don B.: A Yankee Way of Knowledge
Folder 58: The Temptation of St. Anthony, undated
Folder 59: Terminus, undated
Folder 60: Thailand, undated
Folder 61: That Cosmopolitan Girl, undated
Folder 62: This Newspaper Here, 1965
Folder 63: Three Great Meals, 1987: Typescripts
Folder 64: Three Great Meals, 1987: Galley proof
Folder 65: Three Great Meals, 1987: Tearsheet
Folder 66: Tickets, undated
Folder 67: To London and Rome, undated
Folder 68: Untitled ("Benjamin Ziff…"), undated
Folder 69: Views of My Father Weeping, undated
Folder 70: Visitors, 1981: Typescript
Folder 71: Visitors, 1981: Galley proof
Folder 72: Wasteland!
Folder 73: We Hope You'll Be Very Happy Here
Folder 74: Well We All Had Our Willie and Wade Records…, undated: Typescript
Folder 75: Well We All Had Our Willie and Wade Records…, undated: Galley proof
Folder 76: Well We All Had Our Willie and Wade Records…, undated: Tear sheet
Folder 77: What To Do Next, 1973
Folder 78: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Report, undated
Folder 79: The Wound, 1973
Folder 80: Wrack, 1972
Folder 81: You are as Brave as Vincent Van Gogh (photocopy), 1977
Folder 82: You are Cordially Invited [unpublished], undated
Folder 83: The Zombies, 1977
Folder 84: Fragments, undated: "…canned goods…"
Folder 85: Fragments, undated: The Donkey Prince
Folder 86: Fragments, undated: Elise has cancer…
Folder 87: Fragments, undated: Hamlet's Ghost…
Folder 88: Fragments, undated: In a country under the sea…
Folder 89: Fragments, undated: Just before he died, Heidegger…
Folder 90: Fragments, undated: Moving
Folder 91: Fragments, undated: The skeleton in the closet…
Folder 92: Fragments, undated: Tell me everything…
Folder 93: Fragments, undated: Then I dreamed…magic show…
Folder 94: Fragments, undated: Untitled Collage Story
Folder 95: Fragments, undated: Untitled
Folder 96: Fragments, undated: Varieties of Outcry [collage story]
Folder 97: Fragments, undated: Well C.T. got back here…
Folder 98: Fragments, undated: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1977
Folder 99: Fragments, undated: You must take my course…
Folder 100: Fragments, miscellaneous, undated
Folder 101: Fragments, Tear sheets, 1978
Box 29
Folder 3: Adventure, undated
Folder 4: Bluebeard, 1986: Page proof
Folder 5: The Dassaud Prize, 1976: Page proof
Folder 6: The Teachings of Don B.: A Yankee Way of Knowledge: Tear sheet, 1973
Folder 7: Well We All Had Our Willie and Wade Records…, undated: Page proof
Folder 8: Proofs, The New Yorker, 1964-1987
Sub-Series 3: Plays, 1974-1999
Typescripts and other materials related to plays by Donald Barthelme or adapted from his work.
Sub-Sub-Series 1: The Conservatory, undated
Box 10
Folder 1: Typescript, photocopied
Sub-Sub-Series 2: The Emerald [teleplay], [1981]
Box 10
Folder 2: Typescript
Folder 3: Typescript with letter from Harrison Starr
Sub-Sub-Series 3: The Emerald, adaptation by Adam Greenfield, 1999
Box 10
Folder 4: Typescript, photocopied, in folder
Sub-Sub-Series 4: Friends of the Family, undated
Box 10
Folder 5: Typescript, photocopied
Sub-Sub-Series 5: Great Days, [1983]
Box 10
Folder 6: Typescript
Folder 7: Typescript, photocopied (American Place Theatre)
Folder 8: Typescript, photocopied (American Place Theatre), with corrections, in folder
Folder 9: Typescript, photocopied
Folder 10: Programs; layout for program, 1983
Box 29
Item 1: Set design
Drawer F.8
OVS_Folder 3: Set Design
Sub-Sub-Series 6: Snow White, A Play with Music, 1974
Box 10
Folder 11: Typescript, with corrections
Sub-Sub-Series 7: Straws in the Wind, 1975
Box 10
Folder 12: Program
Sub-Series 4: Poetry, undated
Two fragments of poems by Barthelme.
Box 10
Folder 13: Harder than whale meat…
Folder 14: Peter Hope…
Sub-Series 5: Non-Fiction, 1972-1988
A variety of non-fiction material is gathered in this series. Most of it is essays written for publication, such as the pieces published anonymously in the "Notes and Comments" section of The New Yorker. Some pieces not for publication are also found in this series, such as introductions delivered for other writers and eulogies. Material is primarily in the form of typescripts, galley proofs, and tear sheets.
Box 10
Folder 15: Amphigorey, Also by Edward Gorey, 1983: Typescript
Folder 16: Amphigorey, Also by Edward Gorey, 1983: Galley proof
Folder 17: As Grace Paley Faces Jail with Three Other Writers, undated
Folder 18: Being Bad [Robert Rauschenberg], undated: Typescript
Folder 19: Being Bad [Robert Rauschenberg], undated: Galley proof
Folder 20: Rosellen Brown's Fiction, undated
Folder 21: The Case of the Vanishing Product, photocopy, undated
Folder 22: Donald Barthelme on Superman III, 1983
Folder 23: Eulogies, 1978-1979 and undated
Folder 24: Exquisite Creatures, undated
Folder 25: Introductions and Blurbs, undated
Folder 26: Jim Love Up to Now: An Introduction, 1980: Typescript
Folder 27: Jim Love Up to Now: An Introduction, 1980: Galley proof
Folder 28: Most Wonderful Trick [John Hawkes]: Clipping, 1984
Folder 29: Notes and Comment [New Yorker]: Typescripts, undated
Folder 30: Notes and Comment [New Yorker]: Galley proofs, 1978
Folder 31: Notes and Comment [New Yorker]: Tear sheets, 1976-1978 and undated
Folder 32: Notes and Comment [New Yorker]: Photocopies, undated
Folder 33: Not-Knowing, undated: Typescripts
Folder 34: Not-Knowing, undated: Photocopies
Folder 35: An Objection [Letter to the Editor], undated
Folder 36: On Houston and Making a Difference, 1988
Folder 37: On Our Street, 1983: Galley proof
Folder 38: On the Level of Desire: Typescript
Folder 39: Real Fakes [Letter to the Editor], 1973
Folder 40: Remarks, 1972-1981 and undated
Box 25
Item 3: Not-Knowing, undated: Galley proofs
Box 29
Folder 9: Notes and Comment [New Yorker]: Page proofs
Folder 10: On the Level of Desire: Galley proofs, 1987
Sub-Series 6: Related Artwork and Collage Stories, [1970]-1988
This series includes the artwork and "collage stories" that Barthelme created by gluing engravings, woodcuts, and pieces of clip art to posterboard or other backgrounds. Some loose collage pieces have been reglued to their backgrounds using reversible wheat starch paste.
Box 10
Folder 48: At the Tolstoy Museum, paste up, [1970]
Folder 49: Artwork by Donald Barthelme, 1977-1988 and undated
Folder 50: Artwork by Others, 1980 and undated
Folder 51: Loose Collage Pieces, undated
Box 26
Folder 1-15: The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine [children's book] layout with artwork, [c1971]
Box 27
Folder 1-4: The Educational Experience [collage story]
Folder 5-8: The Emerald, [1979]
Folder 9: Fragments:
Item 1: "My grandfather faints, forwardly, in the direction of the new"
Item 2: Untitled
Box 28
Folder 1-2: The Inauguration [collage story]
Folder 3-4: The Show [collage story], [1970]
Folder 5: The Story Thus Far [collage story]
Box 29
Folder 11: The Rook’s Progress (with Jim Love), Preliminary Section, [ca. 1988]
Folder 12: Drawing of Donald Barthelme, 1974
Folder 13: Engravings/Collage Sources, undated
Folder 14: Transfer Lettering, undated

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