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William Kennedy Papers

1926-2003

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Abstract

The William Kennedy Papers document nearly a half century of research, writing, and publishing efforts of the internationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize winning author, playwright, essayist, journalist, script writer, professor, and champion of the arts. The collection consists of records related to all of Kennedy’s fiction and nonfiction books through 2002, including his "Albany Cycle" of novels, film scripts, essays, and newspaper articles from the Albany Times-Union. In addition, there is correspondence with other significant authors of American literature, biographical materials, and records documenting a trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with President Bill Clinton.

Summary

Creator:
Kennedy, William, 1928-
Date Coverage:
1926-2003
Quantity:
41.2 cubic ft. (about 41.2 boxes)

William Kennedy, born 1928 in Albany, New York, is an award-winning author and journalist. He is best known for his “Albany Cycle” of eight published novels, one of which, Ironweed, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1984.

Following his childhood and primary and secondary schooling in Albany, Kennedy attended nearby Siena College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree and edited the school's newspaper. Kennedy then began his professional literary career as a journalist at a local newspaper, followed by a U.S. Army newspaper during military service in Europe, the Albany Times-Union, and later as the managing editor of the San Juan Star in 1959. After attending Saul Bellow's fiction writing workshop at the University of Puerto Rico, he left his editorial position to focus on a career as a writer and subsequently returned to Albany in 1963. Kennedy initially wrote feature articles part-time for the Albany Times-Union about slum conditions and integration in the city that garnered him a Pulitzer Prize nomination and were later the inspiration for his nonfiction work O Albany! (1983). While serving as the Times-Union film critic, he released his first novel The Ink Truck (1969).

Beginning in 1975 with his novel Legs, Kennedy introduced his “Albany Cycle” of fiction, books that center upon the state capital and frequently focus on the struggles of recurrent characters, most notably the extended Phelan family. To date he published seven additional novels in this series, most recently Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes (2011). Kennedy also co-authored two children’s books with his son Brendan Kennedy, Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine (1986), and Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose (1993). His first play, Grand View (1996) appeared at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany. Kennedy released a second nonfiction book, Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, in 1993, a collection of essays, interviews, and human interest stories from the past 40 years.

Kennedy also garnered attention with his screenplay writing. He co-wrote The Cotton Club (1984) with the movie’s director Francis Ford Coppola. He penned the script for the film version of his novel Ironweed (1987).

In addition to his own writing career, Kennedy serves as a cultural and educational mentor to others in the field. Kennedy is the founder and executive director of the University at Albany-based New York State Writers Institute. He joined the University at Albany’s English Department in 1974, teaching creative writing and journalism as an instructor until 1982, and now serves as a professor. He also taught at Cornell University in 1982-1983 and was professor at the University of Oregon from 2001-2002.

Today Kennedy is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, he also received many other awards and accolades including a National Book Critics Circle Award, a MacArthur Fellowship (Genius Award), part of which served to establish the Writers Institute, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Regents Medal of Excellence from the State University of New York.

Kennedy met and married his wife Dana Sosa while working in Puerto Rico, and the couple has three adult children.

The William Kennedy Papers document nearly a half century of research, writing, and publishing efforts of the internationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize winning author, playwright, essayist, journalist, script writer, professor, and champion of the arts. Born and raised in Albany, New York, Kennedy’s novels and nonfiction works frequently evoke a strong sense of place in the state capital, centering upon the city, its history, and its people during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Kennedy transferred his materials to the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives at the University at Albany through a series of acquisitions beginning in 2002. The collection features records related to all of Kennedy’s fiction and nonfiction books through 2002 as well as essays and newspaper articles from the Albany Times-Union. Well-known for embodying the heart of Albany in his work, Kennedy’s donations include extensive material from his “Albany Cycle” of novels, most prominently the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed (1984). However, his earlier works like Legs (1975) and more recent endeavors, such as The Flaming Corsage (1996) and Roscoe (2002) are also well represented. Kennedy also wrote two children’s books with his son, with related papers in the collection. All the files chronicle Kennedy’s meticulous research, writing, publishing, and promotion processes and feature proposals, numerous drafts with edits, rewrites, galleys, page proofs, correspondence, reviews, interviews, residual checks, and printed ephemera.

The Kennedy Papers also chart the transition of novels to film; Kennedy’s own Ironweed, filmed in the Albany area, which appeared on the big screen in 1987, and James Haskins’ The Cotton Club from 1984 for which Kennedy co-wrote the screen play with director Francis Ford Coppola. Relevant papers include working drafts, shooting scripts, looping and line scripts, production notes, call sheets, shooting schedules, and cast lists. In addition the collection has materials related to movie premieres, public relations efforts to market the films, and critics’ reviews.

Kennedy’s correspondence files demonstrate his significant role in late twentieth and early twenty-first century American literature and the arts and offer insights into relationships with other key figures in American literature. Letters detail his close friendships and associations with fellow authors, most notably mentor Saul Bellow and Hunter S. Thompson, as well as John Cheever, Frank McCourt, Joyce Carol Oates, and Philip Roth. The collection also features exchanges with journalists, poets and New York politicians, including Gay Talese, Andy Rooney, and former governor Mario Cuomo.

In addition to having a dedicated series for each of Kennedy's fiction and nonfiction books through 2002, both film scripts, children's books, and correspondence, the papers feature series devoted to related work and other endeavors. The collection holds Kennedy's professional and personal research, interviews, essays, and newspaper articles. In 1995 Kennedy accompanied President Clinton on a trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland as Clinton engaged in key peacemaking efforts. The collection includes background information briefings for the visit, correspondence, and news clips.

The collection is organized into the following series:

The materials are arranged chronologically for each series except for Series 5: O Albany!, Series 14: Essays and Series 16: Correspondence, which are arranged alphabetically by subject. Series dedicated to literary projects chart the development of each respective effort, generally with working and edited drafts and notes filed first, followed by final drafts, and then related correspondence, reviews, and publicity efforts also arranged by date.

  • Series 1 - The Ink Truck, 1954-2000, Undated
  • Series 2 - Legs, 1926-1988, Undated
  • Series 3 - Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, 1973, 1976-1978, 1985-1986, Undated
  • Series 4 - Ironweed, 1970, 1978-1982, 2003, Undated
  • Series 5 - O Albany!, 1953-2002, Undated
  • Series 6 - Charlie Malarkey Books, 1975-1998, 2001, Undated
  • Series 7 - The Cotton Club, 1983-1986, 1988-1989, 1993, 1997, Undated
  • Series 8 - Ironweed (Film Version), 1981-1997, Undated
  • Series 9 - Quinn's Book, 1981-1988, Undated
  • Series 10 - Very Old Bones, 1983, 1988-1993, Undated
  • Series 11 - Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, 1946-1999, Undated
  • Series 12 - The Flaming Corsage, 1993-1997, 2001, Undated
  • Series 13 - Roscoe, 1996-2000, Undated
  • Series 14 - The Albany Cycle, 1976, 1996, 2001-2002
  • Series 15 - Essays and Articles, 1963-1970 1972, 1978-1998, 2002, Undated
  • Series 16 - Correspondence, 1950, 1959-2003, Undated
  • Series 17 - Investigative Journalism, 1957-1998, Undated
  • Series 18 - Biographical, 1969, 1983-2003, Undated
  • Series 19 - Trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with President Clinton, 1990, 1993-1996, 1998, Undated

A photocopy of the original of the first draft of Legs in Series 2, box 1, folder 1 is available for review in the box for preservation reasons. The original is stored separately.

All items in the William Kennedy Papers were acquired by the University at Albany Foundation and transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, between 2002 and 2005.

Processed by: Jodi Boyle and Kali M.D. Roy in 2010.

Collection record created by: Jodi Boyle

Published: 2010

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Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, William Kennedy Papers, 1926-2003. M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Kennedy Papers).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 2.1 cubic ft. (about 2.1 boxes)
Arranged chronologically.
Contains materials about Kennedy's first novel The Ink Truck, initially published in 1969 and then re-issued in 1984 following his success with Ironweed and his receiving the MacArthur Foundation's Genius Award. The novel details the last days of an unsuccessful newspaper strike and is very loosely based on Kennedy's experiences during a newspaper strike in Albany in the mid-1960s. The series includes multiple manuscript drafts, author's notes, book reviews, galleys, publisher agreements and correspondence, and advertising. Please note that the overall series dates are not inclusive.
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11Working Copy of First DraftUndated

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12-3First Draft, Opening Section Removed, Copies 1-21967

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14Revisions to Second Draft, Author's Note Included2000, Undated

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15-6Revisions to Second DraftUndated

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17Second DraftUndated

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18Revisions to Third DraftUndated

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19Completed Third Draft1967

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110-11Third Draft, Copies 1-2Undated

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21Final Copy of Third DraftUndated

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22Working Copy of Third DraftUndated

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23Rewritten Pages of Fourth Draft, For Dial Press1967

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24-5Working Copy of Fourth Draft, For Dial Press1967

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26Completed Fourth DraftUndated

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31-2Fourth Draft, Author Notes IncludedUndated

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33-4Dial Press Manuscript with Editor's NotesUndated

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35Ink Truck Short Story VersionsUndated

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36ExcerptsThe Black Beauty Spot Undated

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37ExcerptsThe A Coffin Full of Love Undated

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38ExcerptsThe Ink Truck (It Arrives, Bailey Meets It)Undated

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39ExcerptsPrologue to a Novel "Legs" Undated

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310Drafts with Notes (Folder 1 of 2)1968

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41Drafts with Notes (Folder 2 of 2)1968

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42-5Author's Notes1968, Undated

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46Author's NotebookUndated

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Oversized 11-2Book Galleys1969

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Oversized 13Publicity, Galleys, and Book Design1969, 1984, Undated

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Oversized 14Research Articles and Reviews1954, 1964, 1969

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Oversized 15Research Articles fromThe Guild Reporter 1964

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47Research Materials for Newspaper Guild, Local 341964-1966

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48Research Materials, Newspaper Articles1964-1967

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49Publisher's Correspondence1966-1971

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410Newspaper Clippings and Reviews forThe Ink Truck 1969

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411Ads and Reviews1969

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51Publisher Agreements1969-1974, 1983

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52Royalty Statements1969-1973

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531984 Edition Correspondence1984-1985

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54The Ink Truck Reviews1984-1985, 1993, Undated
Quantity:   4.42 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series focuses on Kennedy's second book Legs, the first in his "Albany Cycle" of novels. Published in 1975, Legs is a fictional account of the notorious Albany gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond. Included are multiple working and edited manuscript drafts spanning a period of several years, galley proofs, rejected and omitted pages, book reviews, profiles about Kennedy, book cover artwork, and correspondence with the publisher. There also are newspaper articles from the 1920s and 1930s about Legs Diamond which Kennedy used to conduct research on Diamond and the period. Please note the overall series dates are not inclusive.
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11First Draft ofLegs, Rough Copy1968 December-1969 March

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12First Draft as Sold to Dial Press1969

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13First Draft, pages 1-134Undated

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14First Draft with Author's NotesUndated

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15-6First Draft with Rejected and Rewritten Pages1970

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17Working Copy of Second Draft with Approved Pages1970

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21Second Draft with Approved Pages, 1-1101970

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22Third Draft, pages 111-227Undated

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23Working Copy of Third Draft in SectionsUndated

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24Third Draft, Misc. PagesUndated

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25Third DraftUndated

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26Fourth DraftUndated

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27Working Copy of Fourth DraftUndated

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28Fourth Draft, Rejected fromWashington Post Undated

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31-6"Fatness" Version with Author EditsUndated

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37"Fatness" Version, Unedited (Folder 1 of 2)Undated

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41"Fatness" Version, Unedited (Folder 2 of 2)Undated

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42-4"Fatness" Version (Fifth Draft), Misc. PagesUndated

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45-6Final "Fatness" Version (Fifth Draft)Undated

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47Sixth Draft1972

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51Working Copy of Sixth Draft1972

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52Sixth Draft, Rewrites and Rejected PagesUndated

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53Sixth Draft with Author Edits1971-1972

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54Sixth Draft with Author Edits1973

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55-6Sixth Draft with Author EditsUndated

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57Sixth Draft, Final Copy with Edits (Folder 1 of 2)1974

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61Sixth Draft, Final Copy with Edits (Folder 2 of 2)1974

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62-3Seventh Draft, As Sold to Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (C.M.G.)1974

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64-5Seventh Draft with Author EditsUndated

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71Cut Pages from Seventh Draft1974

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72-3Seventh Draft with EditsUndated

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74-5Working Copy of Eighth Draft1974

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76Master Copy of Eighth Draft with Edits (Folder 1 of 2)1974

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81Master Copy of Eighth Draft with Edits (Folder 2 of 2)1974

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82-3Transcript of Eighth and Final Draft1975

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84-5Final Draft with Edits1975

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Oversized 21First Galley Proofs1975

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91-3Misc. Edited PagesUndated

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94Rejected PagesUndated

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95-6Omitted Pages with EditsUndated

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Oversized 31Newspaper Articles About Legs Diamond1926-1927, 1930-1931

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97Dial Press Correspondence1969-1973

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98International Famous Agency (I.F.A) Correspondence1970-1975

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99Coward, McCann & Geoghegan Booklets1973-1974

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101Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc. Publishers Correspondence1974-1976, 1979, 1981

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102Reviews and Publicity1974-1976, Undated

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103Reviews and Publicity1975, 1988, Undated

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104Book of the Month Club Magazines1975

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Oversized 22San Juan Star Profile of Kennedy1976

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105Newspaper Articles About Legs Diamond1979-1981, Undated

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106Original Color ArtworkUndated

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107Book CoversUndated

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108InformationUndated
Quantity:   3.24 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists of multiple manuscript drafts, notes, and galleys for Kennedy's third novel Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, published in 1978. The story introduces the Phelan family that figures prominently in five additional Kennedy books. Set in Albany during the Depression, Billy Phelan is a small-time gambler and bookie who becomes involved in the kidnapping of a local political boss' son. More than half of the folders in the series contain Federal Bureau of Investigation records of the actual John J. O'Connell, Jr. kidnapping and subsequent extortion case in 1933. The O'Connell family was heavily involved in Democratic Party politics in Albany. Kennedy also corresponded with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the O'Connell kidnapping and received additional case records after the publication of Billy Phelan's Greatest Game.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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11First Unfinished Draft1976

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12First Unfinished DraftUndated

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13Draft PagesUndated

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14Second Finished Draft, UneditedUndated

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15Second Finished Draft with Edits, As Sold to Viking1976

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16Pages From Second DraftUndated

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21Working Copy of Second Draft with Edits1977

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22-6Third Draft, Pages 1-179Undated

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27Working Copy of Third DraftUndated

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28Third Draft with Author EditsUndated

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31-2Working Copy of Final Draft with EditsUndated

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33-4Editor's Copy of Final Draft with Notes1978

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Oversized 16Galley Proofs1977

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35FBI Headquarters File: Volume 1, Section 3, O'Connell CaseUndated

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36FBI Headquarters File: Section 4, O'Connell CaseUndated

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41FBI Headquarters File: Section 5, O'Connell CaseUndated

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42FBI Headquarters File: Section 6, O'Connell CaseUndated

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43FBI Headquarters File: Section 7, O'Connell CaseUndated

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44FBI Headquarters File: Section 8, O'Connell CaseUndated

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45FBI Headquarters File: Section 9, O'Connell CaseUndated

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51FBI Headquarters File: Section 10, O'Connell CaseUndated

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52FBI Headquarters File: Volume 2, O'Connell Case1973

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53-4FBI Headquarters File: Volumes 16-20, O'Connell Case1986

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61-4FBI Headquarters File: Volumes 16-20, O'Connell Case1986

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71-5FBI Headquarters File: Unlabeled or Unknown Sections, O'Connell CaseUndated

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81-3FBI Headquarters File: Unlabeled or Unknown Sections, O'Connell CaseUndated

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84William Kennedy's FBI Correspondence1985-1986
Quantity:   1.26 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists almost entirely of manuscript drafts, edits, notes and galleys for the award-winning Ironweed, published in 1983. The novel, also set in Albany during the Depression, continues the story of the Phelan family. It focuses on Billy Phelan's father Francis, an alcoholic wanderer who returns to the city. Among its many honors, Ironweed received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1983 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1984.The files document the evolution of the book from a short novel called The Lemon Weed about an alcoholic named Buddy, based upon an actual man Kennedy met and repeatedly interviewed during the 1960s. Of interest are photographs of men and women like Buddy in the streets and missions, taken by a photojournalist friend of Kennedy's and included in the first draft of The Lemon Weed for Subsistence Press.Please see Series 8, Ironweed (Film Version), for materials documenting the transition of the book to film.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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11Preface toThe Lemon Weed Undated

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12The Lemon Weed with Missing "Helen" Section1970

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13The Lemon Weed StoriesUndated

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14First Draft ofThe Lemon Weed Undated

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15Misc. Pages fromThe Lemon Weed Undated

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16 The Lemon Weed: A Short Novel Undated

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17First Draft for Subsistence Press with ImagesUndated

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18Copy of First Draft for Subsistence Press, No ImagesUndated

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19Incomplete DraftUndated

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110Author's Note to Self, "The Quest"1978

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111Three Page One Rewrites1978-1979

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21Completed First Draft ofThe Lemon Weed 1979

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22Original Manuscript, Pages 17-255Undated

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23Chapters IV and V for Howard HausmanUndated

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24First Draft ofIronweed, IncompleteUndated

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25First Draft with Edits, IncompleteUndated

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26Revised (Second) DraftUndated

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27Revised (Second) Draft with EditsUndated

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31Chapter VI Revisions1980

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32Edited Pages with Notes1981

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33Second Draft, Viking Press Copy1982

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34Incomplete Second Draft, Pages 124-255Undated

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35Master Copy of Second Draft, with EditsUndated

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36Carbon Copy PagesUndated

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37Final Draft with Typesetters Notes (Folder 1 of 2)Undated

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41Final Draft with Typesetters Notes (Folder 2 of 2)Undated

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Oversized 41Galley Proofs ca. 1982

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42Notes and Pages Pulled for University at Albany Speech, October 29, 20032003
Quantity:   2.34 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Published in 1983, William Kennedy's nonfiction work O Albany! is based upon a series of articles he wrote about the city for the Albany Times-Union in the early-mid 1960s, which garnered him a Pulitzer Prize nomination for journalism. The book looks at Albany neighborhoods, different ethnic and racial groups who settled within the city, landmarks and institutions, and key political leaders. The series includes manuscripts and draft copy, Kennedy's earlier newspaper features, research materials and notes. As all the materials span a significant amount of time, please note the overall dates for this series are not inclusive.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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11Unfinished Draft of "Albany: Worst County, Longest Run"Undated

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12One Draft of "Albany, Why Albany?"1978

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13Nine Drafts of "Arbor Hill"Undated

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14One Draft of "Being Irish"Undated

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15Six Drafts of "Blacks"Undated

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16Documents Regarding "Blacks"1963-1997

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17News Clippings Regarding "Blacks"1990, 1997, 2000-2001, Undated

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18Author Notes for "Blacks/Poverty"1965-1966

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19News Clippings Regarding "Blacks/Poverty"1965-1966, 1971, Undated

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110Eight Drafts of "Bonafettle"Undated

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111Four Drafts of "The Blvd. of Bluest Dreams"Undated

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112Copy of 1980 Census1988

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113Three Drafts of "Capitol Hill"Undated

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21Nine Drafts of "Central Avenue"Undated

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22Working Drafts for "The Changing Face of Albany"Undated

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23"The Changing Face of Albany" News Clips1964

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24Working Draft of "Debts and Butterings"Undated

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25Four Drafts of "Delaware Avenue I"Undated

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26Nine Drafts of "Delaware Avenue II"Undated

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27One Draft of "The Democrats Convene"Undated

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28Nine Drafts of "Downtown"Undated

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29Eight Drafts of "Epilogue"Undated

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31Three Drafts of "Erastus" with NotesUndated

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32Two Incomplete Drafts of "Erastus"Undated

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33Complete Master Copy of "Erastus"Undated

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34Working Draft for "The Last Word/Erastus"1983

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Oversized 51-2Oversized Research on Ethnic Groups1966-1999

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35News Clippings on Various Ethnic Groups1988, 1990, 1999

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36Literature and Notes Regarding Germans1953, 1981-1982, 1990, Undated

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37"Greeks" Personal Correspondence2002

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38Eight Drafts of "Introduction"Undated

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39News Clips Regarding "Sons of St. Patrick"1963, 1987-1989, 1996, Undated

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310Documents Regarding Ireland and "The Irish"1991-1992, 1994, 1997, Undated

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41News Clips Regarding "The Irish"1963, 1976, 1981, 1990, Undated

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42Draft of Article "South End Italians," Articles 1 and 2Undated

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43Six Drafts of "The Italians"Undated

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44News Clips Regarding "Italians"1981, 1992

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45Three Drafts of "Jews"Undated

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46"South End Jews," Articles 1 and 3Undated

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47Research Documents Regarding "Jews"1957-1982, Undated

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48Author Notes Regarding "Jews"Undated

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49News Clippings Regarding "Jews"1963-1964, 1976, 1982

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410Six Drafts of "Legs"Undated

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411Five Drafts of "The Mall Also Rises"1971

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412Three Drafts of "Nighttown"Undated

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51Seven Drafts of "North Albany"Undated

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52Two Drafts of "A Walk on the Waters of Gander Bay"Undated

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53Two Drafts of "The Absolutely Last Hurrah is Yet to Come"1966

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54Six Drafts of "Dan I"1974

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55Five Drafts of "Dan II"Undated

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56One Draft of "Dan II/They Bury the Boss"Undated

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57One Draft of "O'Connell"Undated

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58One Draft of "Sidebar: O'Dwyer on O'Connell"Undated

nam_mss132-5_54

59Five Drafts of "The Positively Last Hurrah Has Yet to be Heard"1974

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510Eight Drafts of "Pine Hills"Undated

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61Six Drafts of "Prohibition"Undated

nam_mss132-5_57

62Six Drafts of "Pruyn Connection I"Undated

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63Eight Drafts of "Pruyn Connection II"Undated

nam_mss132-5_59

64Eight Drafts of "South Mall"Undated

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65Four Drafts and Master Copy of "South Mall"Undated

nam_mss132-5_61

66Four Drafts of "Sports and Swells"Undated

nam_mss132-5_62

67Theater1987

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68Eight Writings on the Trinity InstitutionUndated

nam_mss132-5_64

69Trinity Institution December ScheduleUndated

nam_mss132-5_65

610Five Drafts of "Union Station"Undated

nam_mss132-5_66

611Documents Covering "The War on Poverty"1966

nam_mss132-5_67

612Four Drafts of "West End I"Undated

nam_mss132-5_68

613Four Drafts of "West End II"Undated

nam_mss132-5_69

614Four Drafts of "The Whorehouse Neighborhood"Undated
Quantity:   1.03 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains materials related to two children's books that William Kennedy wrote with his son Brendan; Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine, published in 1986, and Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose, which appeared in print in 1993. The series features working and edited drafts, galleys, newspaper clippings, reviews, and press tour materials. There also are several folders of correspondence. The files document the difficulties Kennedy encountered in attempting to publish the first book, including many rejection letters from publishing houses beginning in 1975. Of additional interest is correspondence about illustrations, foreign editions, possible film deals, and letters and a book from children who enjoyed the stories.
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11Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Rejection Letters1975-1984, Undated

nam_mss132-6_2

12Four Working Drafts with Author Notes1981

nam_mss132-6_3

13Five Edited Drafts1984

nam_mss132-6_4

14Seven Drafts ofCharlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine 1984

nam_mss132-6_5

15Four Drafts ofCharlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine 1985-1986

nam_mss132-6_6

16Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Illustration Correspondence and Information1985-1986, 1988, 2001, Undated

nam_mss132-6_7

Oversized 53Atlantic Press Monthly Materials1986

nam_mss132-6_8

17Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Atlantic Press Correspondence1986-1987

nam_mss132-6_9

18The Atlantic Monthly Press Book List1986-1987

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19Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Correspondence for Foreign Editions1986-1987, 1989-1990, 1992

nam_mss132-6_11

110Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Personal Correspondence1986-1988

nam_mss132-6_12

111Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine News Clippings, Articles, Reviews1986-1988, 1990, Undated

nam_mss132-6_13

112Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Publicity1986, 1990, 1993, 1997, Undated

nam_mss132-6_14

113Bubblegum Trees Correspondence1988-1989

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114Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Film Project Correspondence1990-1991

nam_mss132-6_16

115Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Sixteen Drafts with Notes1990-1991

nam_mss132-6_17

116Junior Writer's Week Information and Correspondence1990-1994

nam_mss132-6_18

21Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Fourteen Drafts1991

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22Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Nine Drafts1991

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23Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Thirteen Edited and Revised Drafts1991

nam_mss132-6_21

24P.S. 16 Student Letters and Stories1991

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25Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Related Materials1991, 1998, Undated

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26Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Illustration Correspondence1991-1993

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27Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Film Correspondence1991-1993

nam_mss132-6_25

28Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose/Penguin Correspondence1991-1994, 1996

nam_mss132-6_26

29Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Edited Pages1992

nam_mss132-6_27

210Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Final Copy and Three Revised Drafts1992-1993

nam_mss132-6_28

Oversized 54Galleys forCharlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose 1993

nam_mss132-6_29

31Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose New Choices Correspondence and Article Information1993

nam_mss132-6_30

32Penguin Correspondence forCharlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose 1993

nam_mss132-6_31

33Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Publicity Papers1994-1995, Undated

nam_mss132-6_32

34Chandler School Class Reaction Letters1995

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35Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Book CoverUndated

nam_mss132-6_34

36Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Author's NoteUndated

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37Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Author NotesUndated

nam_mss132-6_36

Oversized 55Book Made by Schoolchildren for KennedyUndated
Quantity:   2.25 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
In the summer of 1983 William Kennedy accepted director Francis Ford Coppola's invitation to collaborate with him on a film script for The Cotton Club, a 1930s period drama built around the real Harlem night club in New York. He spent the remainder of that summer and the fall writing and editing, as the movie transitioned from the pre-production phase to principal photography. The film debuted in the United States in 1984. This series documents that intensive writing and re-writing effort with many working scripts, rehearsal scripts, shooting scripts, and editing scripts. In addition, there are production memos and notes, call sheets, publicity materials, reviews, correspondence, and a file about the movie premiere.
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nam_mss132-7_1

11Revised Working Draft by Francis Ford Coppola OnlyUndated

nam_mss132-7_2

12Rehearsal Draft July 25 1983

nam_mss132-7_3

13Rehearsal Draft with Revised Pages and Editing July 25 1983

nam_mss132-7_4

14Chronology of Scenes July 1983

nam_mss132-7_5

15Call Sheets July-November 1983

nam_mss132-7_6

Oversized 42Call Sheets August-November 1983

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16Revised Rehearsal Draft August 3 1983

nam_mss132-7_8

17Sunday Afternoon Draft, Master Copy with Editing August 7 1983

nam_mss132-7_9

18Sunday Night Draft August 7 1983

nam_mss132-7_10

19Estimating Draft August 8 1983

nam_mss132-7_11

21Estimating Draft with Bob Evans Letter and Comments August 8 1983

nam_mss132-7_12

22Monday Preview Draft August 15 1983

nam_mss132-7_13

23Shooting Script (Preliminary) August 16 1983

nam_mss132-7_14

24Shooting Script, Saturday Night Draft August 21 1983

nam_mss132-7_15

25Shooting Script August 22 1983

nam_mss132-7_16

26Shooting Script, Sunday Night Draft August 22 1983

nam_mss132-7_17

27Shooting Script, Master Copy August 22 1983

nam_mss132-7_18

28Revised Shooting Script, Working Draft September 26 1983

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31Revised Shooting Script September 26 1983

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32Final Draft October 5 1983

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33Revised Shooting Script October 16 1983

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34Revised Shooting Script October 26 1983

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35Revised Shooting Script November 14 1983

nam_mss132-7_24

36Finale November 18 1983

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37Final Script, Master Copy November 28 1983

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38Final Script November 28 1983

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41-2Final Script Rewrites November 28 1983

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43-4Final Script December 8 1983

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45Cutting ScriptUndated

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46Looping ScriptUndated

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47Dixie ScenesUndated

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51-2Line ScriptsUndated

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53-5Scripts by Reel NumberUndated

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56Script RewritesUndated

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57Script RevisionsUndated

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61Script Revisions with Author NotesUndated

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62Script RewritesUndated

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63The Cotton Club Revue and Scene SynopsisUndated

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64Production Memos1983

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65Production Notes1983

nam_mss132-7_41

66Staff and Crew List, Cast List1983

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67Draft of Club Handbill1983

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68Robert Duvall Tribute1983

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69Publicity over Financing ofThe Cotton Club 1983-1984

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610Publicity forThe Cotton Club 1983-1986, 1997, Undated

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611World Premiere ofThe Cotton Club, Invitation and Correspondence1984

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612Reviews and Publicity1984

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613"The Cotton Club Stomp"Vanity Fair (Folder 1 of 3)1984

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71-2"The Cotton Club Stomp"Vanity Fair (Folders 2 and 3 of 3)1984

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73Foreign Publicity1985

nam_mss132-7_51

74Murder of Roy Radin Clips1988-1989

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75"The Cotton Club Stomp,"Riding the Yellow Trolley Car 1993

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76The Cotton Club MemorabiliaUndated

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77CorrespondenceUndated
Quantity:   2.01 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series documents the transition of Ironweed from the 1983 award-winning novel to film in 1987. Like the book, the movie focuses on the character of Francis Phelan and his return to Albany during the Depression. William Kennedy wrote the script for the film which was directed by Hector Babenco and starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. It was filmed on location in Albany and the surrounding areas. The materials include many draft and edited scripts, publicity materials, information about casting and locations, call sheets, correspondence, reviews, and two paperback copies of the novel with notes used for script writing. Note the overall dates for the series are not inclusive.Please see Series 4, Ironweed, for materials related to the writing of the novel.
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nam_mss132-8_1

11Climate Information1981, Undated

nam_mss132-8_2

12Raw First Draft August 1985

nam_mss132-8_3

13Scene Sequence with Author Edits August 1985

nam_mss132-8_4

14Author Notes August 1985

nam_mss132-8_5

15Dialogue DraftUndated

nam_mss132-8_6

16First Computer Typed Draft September 3 1985

nam_mss132-8_7

17Script with Author EditsUndated

nam_mss132-8_8

18Script with Author Edits September 5 1985

nam_mss132-8_9

19Incomplete First Draft with Edits September 5 1985

nam_mss132-8_10

110Photocopy of First Draft Script September 5 1985

nam_mss132-8_11

21Complete First Draft September 5 1985

nam_mss132-8_12

22Copy of Second Draft with Author Edits October 14 1985

nam_mss132-8_13

23Third Draft October 19 1985

nam_mss132-8_14

24Photocopy of [October 21, 1985] ScriptUndated

nam_mss132-8_15

25First Draft with Changes Done with Hector Babenco October 21 1985, October 1986

nam_mss132-8_16

26Second Draft with Author Edits October 10 1986

nam_mss132-8_17

27Copy of Second Draft Script October 11 1986

nam_mss132-8_18

28Copy of Second Draft with Author Edits October 11 1986

nam_mss132-8_19

29Copy of Second Draft Script October 13 1986

nam_mss132-8_20

31Superseded Pages October 16 1986

nam_mss132-8_21

32Edited Pages October 24 1986

nam_mss132-8_22

33Copy of Second Drafts with Author Edits October 25 1986

nam_mss132-8_23

34Photocopies of Location Scenes October 25 1986

nam_mss132-8_24

35Revised Pages October 26 1986

nam_mss132-8_25

36Copy of Second Drafts with Author Edits October 27 1986

nam_mss132-8_26

37Complete Second Draft with No Edits October 27 1986

nam_mss132-8_27

38Locations, Props1986-1987

nam_mss132-8_28

39Info. Regarding Casting1986-1987, Undated

nam_mss132-8_29

310Correspondence1986-1988

nam_mss132-8_30

311Publicity1986-1988, 1993, 1997, Undated

nam_mss132-8_31

41Revised and Edited Pages January 20 1987

nam_mss132-8_32

42Revised Second Draft Script January 21 1987

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43Third Draft January 1987

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44Ironweed Script Location/Stage Breakdown January 1987, Undated

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45Photocopy of Helen's Speech by Meryl Streep and Continuity Notes January 1987, Undated

nam_mss132-8_36

Oversized 56Call Sheets February-May 1987

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46Revised Pages March 2 1987

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47Additions to "Danny" Scene March 5 1987

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48Helen Monologue March 17 1987

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49Scene Edits March 17 1987

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51Copy of Script with Revised Pages March 17 1987

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52-3Taft Entertainment Bound Script (2 copies) March 17 1987

nam_mss132-8_43

54Hooverville Extra Lines May 1987

nam_mss132-8_44

55Filming Schedules1987

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56Radio News Broadcast on War of the Worlds1987

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57"Poor Little Lamb" Lyrics and Information1987, Undated

nam_mss132-8_47

58Writers Institute Events1987, 1997

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59Finale NotesUndated

nam_mss132-8_49

510Cast of Characters/Continuity ListsUndated

nam_mss132-8_50

511Two Copies ofIronweed Paperback Novel, Used for Scriptwriting with NotesUndated

nam_mss132-8_51

512American Film Article Drafts and Information1987-1988

nam_mss132-8_52

61Correspondence, Copies and Pull-outs fromThe Making of Ironweed 1987-1988, 1993, Undated

nam_mss132-8_53

62England/Ireland Reviews1988, 1990, Undated

nam_mss132-8_54

63Correspondence1996-1997

nam_mss132-8_55

64Trolley InformationUndated

nam_mss132-8_56

65"He's Me Pal" LyricsUndated

nam_mss132-8_57

66Ironweed LogoUndated
Quantity:   2.91 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Contains drafts, edited copies, the final version, and galleys of Quinn's Book, published by William Kennedy in 1988. Part of the "Albany Cycle," this novel also involves the extended Phelan family, but focuses on the nineteenth century life and adventures of an ancestor named Daniel Quinn. There are many edited and unedited versions of the manuscript; however, the majority of copies are undated. The archivist tried to arrange these undated drafts in chronological order based upon the edits in each version.
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nam_mss132-9_1

11Early Versions ofQuinn's Book Undated

nam_mss132-9_2

12Statement of Plan, Summary, PrologueUndated

nam_mss132-9_3

13Early Pages, Book IUndated

nam_mss132-9_4

14Original Pages, Began Anew1981-1982

nam_mss132-9_5

15First Draft of Chapters 1 and 21983

nam_mss132-9_6

16Eight Drafts of Chapter 1, Including Orig. VersionUndated

nam_mss132-9_7

17Five Drafts of Chapters 21983, Undated

nam_mss132-9_8

18One Draft of Chapter 1-3Undated

nam_mss132-9_9

19Three Drafts of Chapter 3, with Author Notes1984, Undated

nam_mss132-9_10

110Refined Copy of First Draft, Pages 1-68 March 1985

nam_mss132-9_11

111Five Drafts of Chapter 4, with Author Notes March-May 1985, Undated

nam_mss132-9_12

112Chapters 1-5Undated

nam_mss132-9_13

113Chapter 5Undated

nam_mss132-9_14

114Chapters 1-4 with Changes to May 1985 DraftUndated

nam_mss132-9_15

21Working Drafts and Notes for Chapter 6 May 1985, Undated

nam_mss132-9_16

22Five Drafts of Chapter 6 with Author Notes, including One Prior to January 20, 1986 DraftUndated

nam_mss132-9_17

23Four Drafts of Chapter 7Undated

nam_mss132-9_18

24Five Drafts of Chapter 8, including One Prior to and One Following January 20, 1986 DraftUndated

nam_mss132-9_19

25Chapters 5 Through 8 January 20 1986

nam_mss132-9_20

26Five Drafts of Chapter 9 with Notes April 1986, Undated

nam_mss132-9_21

27Two Drafts of Book II, Chapter 1 June 1986, Undated

nam_mss132-9_22

28Book II, Chapter 2 with Author Edits July 1986

nam_mss132-9_23

29One Draft of "The Dumb Cake" with Author EditsUndated

nam_mss132-9_24

210One Draft of "At the Races, At the Ball" September 1986

nam_mss132-9_25

211Pages with Author NotesUndated

nam_mss132-9_26

212Pages 1-169 with EditsUndated

nam_mss132-9_27

31Pages 170-217 with EditsUndated

nam_mss132-9_28

32Pages 22-221 November 2 1986

nam_mss132-9_29

33Book II Revised and Edited PagesUndated

nam_mss132-9_30

34Edited Pages March 1987

nam_mss132-9_31

35Book II, Pages 220-282Undated

nam_mss132-9_32

36Book II, Pages 220-280Undated

nam_mss132-9_33

37Edited Pages, Pages 220-272Undated

nam_mss132-9_34

38Reworking of Pages 273-285, Prior to June 11, 1987Undated

nam_mss132-9_35

39Edited Pages 273-307Undated

nam_mss132-9_36

310Edited Pages 288-3371987

nam_mss132-9_37

311Edited Pages 293-317Undated

nam_mss132-9_38

41Edited Pages 306-3391987

nam_mss132-9_39

42Edited Pages 317-334Undated

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43Photocopy of Book IUndated

nam_mss132-9_41

44Photocopy of Book IIUndated

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45-6Master Copy with Author's Editing ca. June 10 1987

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47Edited Copy, Incomplete (Folder 1 of 2)Undated

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51Edited Copy, Incomplete (Folder 2 of 2)Undated

nam_mss132-9_45

52Edited Copy of Book IUndated

nam_mss132-9_46

53Book I, Pages 1-219 with EditsUndated

nam_mss132-9_47

54Book II, Pages 220-335 with EditsUndated

nam_mss132-9_48

55Copy of Book IUndated

nam_mss132-9_49

56Copy of Book IIUndated

nam_mss132-9_50

61Photocopy Book IUndated

nam_mss132-9_51

62Photocopy Book IIUndated

nam_mss132-9_52

63Book I with EditsUndated

nam_mss132-9_53

64Book II with Edits1987

nam_mss132-9_54

65Unedited Copy of Book IUndated

nam_mss132-9_55

71Unedited Copy of Book IIUndated

nam_mss132-9_56

72Unedited Photocopy of Book IIUndated

nam_mss132-9_57

73Copy of Book I with Minor EditsUndated

nam_mss132-9_58

74Copy of Book II with Minor EditsUndated

nam_mss132-9_59

75Book I with Gerry Howard Edits August 1987

nam_mss132-9_60

76Book II with Gerry Howard Edits August 1987

nam_mss132-9_61

81-2Copy of Final Draft, Book I1987

nam_mss132-9_62

83-4Copy of Final Draft, Book II1987

nam_mss132-9_63

85Book I with Proof Reader's MarksUndated

nam_mss132-9_64

91Book II with Proof Reader's MarksUndated

nam_mss132-9_65

Oversized 44Galley Proofs1987

nam_mss132-9_66

92Copy ofQuinn's Book 1988

nam_mss132-9_67

93"Dead Matter" and Book Cover1988
Quantity:   4.09 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
William Kennedy continued his writings about the Phelan family with Very Old Bones, his next installment in the "Albany Cycle" of novels published in 1992. This book is set in the 1950s in the city and narrated by Orson Purcell, the out-of-wedlock son of Peter Phelan. The majority of the series consists of manuscript drafts and edited copy, although there are a small number of files containing correspondence, publicity materials, articles and reviews, and excerpts of the novel published in magazines.
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nam_mss132-10_1

11One Draft of Prologue1983

nam_mss132-10_2

12Early DraftUndated

nam_mss132-10_3

13Early Draft October 1988

nam_mss132-10_4

14Five Drafts with Author Notes November-December 1988

nam_mss132-10_5

15Two Drafts and Edited Pages December 1988

nam_mss132-10_6

16Superseded Pages January 1989

nam_mss132-10_7

17Clean Copy of Winter 1989 Draft, No Editing ca. January-March 1989

nam_mss132-10_8

18Chapter 1 Rewrites June 1989

nam_mss132-10_9

19Four Working Drafts with Author Notes June-July 1989

nam_mss132-10_10

110Cut and Edited Pages September 1989

nam_mss132-10_11

111Four Drafts of Book I, Chapter 2 with Author Notes October 1989

nam_mss132-10_12

112Two Drafts of Superseded Rewrites October 1989

nam_mss132-10_13

21Two Drafts of Rewrites October 1989

nam_mss132-10_14

22Three Complete Drafts November 1989, Undated

nam_mss132-10_15

23Incomplete Draft, Pages 1-87 November 1989

nam_mss132-10_16

24Rewritten Pages November 1989, Undated

nam_mss132-10_17

25One Draft "New Master" CopyUndated

nam_mss132-10_18

26Chapter 4 Rewritten Pages with Author Edits December 1989-January 1990

nam_mss132-10_19

27Rewritten Pages April-May 1990

nam_mss132-10_20

31Edited and Rewritten Pages June 1990

nam_mss132-10_21

32Complete Draft with Author Edits July 1990

nam_mss132-10_22

33Two Drafts of Book II's Chapter ThreeUndated

nam_mss132-10_23

34Complete Draft of Books I and II with Edits, Superseded September 1990Undated

nam_mss132-10_24

35Book III, Chapter 1 Rewrites, Superseded October 1990Undated

nam_mss132-10_25

36Edited Pages, Superseded April, November 1990Undated

nam_mss132-10_26

37One Draft of Books I and II with Revisions, Superseded December 1990Undated

nam_mss132-10_27

38Book III Edited and Rewritten Pages, Superseded December 1990Undated

nam_mss132-10_28

41One Unedited Draft, Pages 1-186, Missing Pages 142-150Undated

nam_mss132-10_29

42Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded January 1991Undated

nam_mss132-10_30

43Phelan Family Geology and Rewrites, Superseded February 1991Undated

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44-5Edited and Superseded Pages, Superseded March 1991Undated

nam_mss132-10_32

46First Draft, Pages 1-1951991

nam_mss132-10_33

47First Draft, Pages 196-2801991

nam_mss132-10_34

51Second Draft, Pages 1-1971991

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52Second Draft, Pages 198-2801991

nam_mss132-10_36

53Third Draft with Author Edits, Pages 1-1971991

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54Third Draft with Author Edits, Pages 198-2801991

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55Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded April-May 1991Undated

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56Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded June-July 1991Undated

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61-3Written and Edited Pages, Superseded July 1991Undated

nam_mss132-10_41

64Fourth Draft with Author Edits, Pages 1-174, Superseded July 1991Undated

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65Fourth Draft with Author Edits, Pages 175-305, Superseded July 1991Undated

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71Draft, Unedited, Pages 1-174 July 1991

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72Draft, Unedited, Pages 175-305 July 1991

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73Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded August 1991Undated

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74-5Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded September 1991Undated

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81Rewritten and Edited PagesUndated

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82Second to Last Draft, Pages 1-189 September 1991

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83Second to Last Draft, Pages 190-361 September 1991

nam_mss132-10_50

84Penultimate Draft, Copy, Pages 1-189 September 1991

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85Penultimate Draft, Copy, Pages 190-361 September 1991

nam_mss132-10_52

91Rewritten and Edited Pages1991

nam_mss132-10_53

92Penultimate Draft, Pages 1-204, Sent October 1991 ca. September 1991

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93Penultimate Draft, Pages 205-361, Sent October 1991 ca. September 1991

nam_mss132-10_55

94"Final" Draft, Viking Copy, Pages 1-189 October 1991

nam_mss132-10_56

95"Final" Draft, Viking Copy, Pages 190-363 October 1991

nam_mss132-10_57

96Final Draft, A. Silverman Copy with Notes, Pages 1-189 October 1991

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101Final Draft, A. Silverman Copy with Notes, Pages 1-189 October 1991

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102Rewritten Pages, Superseded October-November 1991Undated

nam_mss132-10_60

103Photocopy of Penguin USA Manuscript, Pages 1-189 November 1991

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104Photocopy of Penguin USA Manuscript, Pages 190-363 November 1991

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105Printer's Copy ofVery Old Bones, Pages 1-189 October 1991

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106Printer's Copy ofVery Old Bones, Pages 190-363 October 1991

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111Author's Set of Galley Proofs December 1991

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112Author's Set of Galley Proofs, with Handwritten Edits December 1991

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113-4Master Galleys December 1991

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115-6Publicity Materials1990-1993, Undated

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117Rewritten Paragraphs for "Exile" December 1991

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121Viking Correspondence1991-1992

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122Publication Information1991-1992

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123Playboy Excerpts1991-1992, Undated

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124The Recorder, Volume 6, Number 1 Summer 1992

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125Articles, Reviews, Clippings1992, Undated

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126"Fan" Mail1992, Undated

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Oversized 61Playboy Corrected Galleys1992

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Oversized 62Book Reviews and Profiles1992
Quantity:   1.86 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series includes draft copy, galleys, research materials, correspondence, and notes used to prepare William Kennedy's Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, a collection of his essays, articles, and reviews written across four decades. This second nonfiction book from Kennedy appeared in 1993. Of note is the earliest item within the collection, a short story entitled "Eggs" from 1946 which Kennedy submitted to Collier's: The National Weekly for consideration. In addition there are files about publicity, including a book tour, reviews, and fan mail. Please note the overall dates for the series are not inclusive.
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11Short Story "Eggs"1946

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12Guys and Dolls Script and Articles1950-1992

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13John Steinbeck Information1962, 1968, 1989, Undated

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14Unused Articles with Notes1967-1992, Undated

nam_mss132-11_5

15One Draft "Roberta Sue Ficker"1968

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16Articles and Author Notes Regarding Paul McCartney1969, Undated

nam_mss132-11_7

17Photocopies of "Trolley Car" Articles1964-1987

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18One Draft of "Robert Penn Warren"1973

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19Correspondence and Articles1974, 1985, 1992-1993, Undated

nam_mss132-11_10

110Original William Kennedy Articles1974-1988, Undated

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111Kennedy Articles Used for Book I1982, 1985, Undated

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112Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, Author Notes and Clippings1983, 1992, 1999, Undated

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113Notes and Photocopies1984, 1987, 1989-1990, 1992

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114"Soto," Articles and Information1988, 1992, Undated

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115Drafts and Correspondence Regarding Article "Do the Homeless Have Souls?"1988-1991

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21Writings and Articles Regarding "Dana's Hiccups"1989, 1992, Undated

nam_mss132-11_17

22One Draft of "Norman Mailer Speech"1991

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23"Two Grandfathers" Correspondence and Drafts1991-1992, Undated

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24Eight Drafts of "All My Days Are the Same"1991-1992

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25Correspondence with Viking Press1991-1993

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26Notes and Drafts of the Table of Contents1992, Undated

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27Twelve Drafts of the "Introduction"1992

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28Copyright Correspondence1992

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29Nine Drafts of "Guys and Dolls," Writings1992

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210Guys and Dolls Script Articles and Information1992

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211Guys and Dolls Book Cover1992

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212Ten Drafts of "How I Became a Baseball Fan" with Author Notes1992, Undated

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213Four Drafts of "Has Anybody Here Seen Runyon?"1992

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Oversized 71First Set of Galley Proofs1992

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Oversized 72-3Galleys ca. 1992

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Oversized 74-6Author's Set of Galleys1992

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214Damon Runyon Information1992, 1994, Undated

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2151993 Book Tour Publicity1992-1993, Undated

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216Publicity, Correspondence, Clippings and Articles1992-1994

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Oversized 63Galleys, Publicity, and Research Material1992-1993, Undated

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31Photocopies of Book Materials1993

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32Fan Mail1993

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33Reviews1993

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34Viking Book Guide1993

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35"Robert Frost" Draft forNational Observer Undated

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36Photocopy of "Part One"Undated

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37Photocopy of "Part Two," Examining WritersUndated

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38Photocopy of "Parts Three and Four"Undated

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39Photocopy of "Parts Five and Six"Undated

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310Photocopy of Pages 1-199Undated

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311Photocopy of Pages 200-402Undated

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41Photocopy of Pages 403-494Undated

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42Riding the Yellow Trolley Car BookcoversUndated
Quantity:   2.93 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
For his next volume in his "Albany Cycle," William Kennedy returned to recurrent characters Edward and Katrina Daugherty, first introduced in Billy Phelan's Greatest Game. Kennedy charts their lives and subsequent, turbulent marriage in the city between 1884 and 1912 in The Flaming Corsage, published in 1996. The series includes multiple drafts and edited manuscripts, book tour materials, cover artwork, reviews, articles, correspondence, and information about the audio version of the book.
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11Prologue and Chapter One Drafts1993-1994

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12Chapter One Drafts1993-1994

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13Chapter Two Drafts1993

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14Early Draft of Chapter 1 and 2, Summary1993

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15Early Draft "Untitled Novel"1994 February

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16Chapter 2 Drafts1994

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17Rewritten and Edited Pages1994

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18Chapter 3 Drafts1994

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19Rewrites and Edits1994

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21First Draft with Edited Pages1994

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22"Edward" Drafts1994

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23Second Drafts1994

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24-5Rewritten Pages1994

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26Rewrites and Edits1994

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27Third Draft1994

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31Rewrites and Edits1995

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32Partial "New" Third Draft1995

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33-4Rewritten and Edited Pages1995

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35Partial Chronological Draft1995

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36Incomplete Draft1995

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37Photocopy of Complete Draft1995 May

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41Photocopy of Complete Draft with Author Notes1995

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42Second to Last Draft with Author Notes, Pages 1-2201995

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43Second to Last Draft with Author Notes, Pages 221-2711995

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44Incomplete Draft1995

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45Draft with Edits1995 May

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51-2Rewrites and Edits1995

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53Working Copy of Draft for Viking, Pages 1-2091995

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54Working Copy of Draft for Viking, Pages 210-2931995

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55Final Draft, Pages 1-1861995

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56Final Draft, Pages 187-2931995

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61Master Copy of Final Draft, Pages 1-186Undated

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62Master Copy of Final Draft, Pages 187-293Undated

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63Photocopies of Final Draft, Pages 93-293Undated

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64Photocopy of Viking Draft, Pages 1-190Undated

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65Photocopy of Viking Draft, Pages 191-293Undated

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66Copy of John McElroy Draft, Pages 1-1531995 November

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67Copy of John McElroy Draft, Pages 154-2091995 November

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71William Kennedy Rejected Cuts, Pages 1-164Undated

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72William Kennedy Rejected Cuts, Pages 165-293Undated

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73Copy Viking Proofs1995 December

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74Selected Pages Read by the Author, Pages 1-111Undated

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75Selected Pages Read by the Author, Pages 112-227Undated

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76Audio Story Information1995-1996

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77Book Covers, Art, and Correspondence1995-1996

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78Fan Mail and Reactions1995-1996, 2001

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81Viking/Penguin Correspondence1995-1997

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82-3Book Tour Information1995-1997

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84 Publisher's Weekly 1996 March 04

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85Viking Book Guide1996 May-1996 August

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86Photocopy of Proof Pages1996

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87Franklin Library Edition Information1996

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Oversized 64Readings and Announcements1996, Undated

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Oversized 65Book Reviews and Profiles1996-1997

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88Publicity Clippings and Notes1996-1997

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89-10Articles and Reviews1995-1996, Undated

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811Spanish Reviews and Articles1999

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812Two Writing Responses to William Kennedy's Novels1999
Quantity:   3.3 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists of manuscript drafts, edited copy, and reviews for Roscoe. Published in 2002, it is part of William Kennedy's "Albany Cycle" of novels. Opening in 1945 Albany, Roscoe centers around Roscoe Conway, a decades-long insider of the Democartic Party and the political machine in the capital city.
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11Working Drafts ofYou Can Imagine How Mac Felt 1996-1997

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12Working Drafts of Chapters 1 and 21998

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13Working Drafts of Chapter 31998

nam_mss132-13_4

14Drafts of Chapters 1-31998

nam_mss132-13_5

15Chapters 1-3 Rewrites and Edits1998

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16Working Drafts of Chapters 4 and 51998

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17Rewrites (Folder 1 of 3)1998

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21-2Rewrites (Folders 2 and 3 of 3)1998

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23-5Rewrites and Edited Pages (Folders 1-3 of 6)1999

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31-3Rewrites and Edited Pages (Folders 4-6 of 6)1999

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34Reading Drafts for Skidmore and AWP-WI1999

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35Rewrites1999

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36Complete Penultimate Draft September 1999

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41-3Rewrites1999

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44-5Rewriten and Edited Pages2000

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46Rewrites and Edits2000

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51Partial Draft, Pages 1-214 January 2000

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52Harry Staley's Copy ofRoscoe, Pages 1-2142000

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53Harry Staley's Copy ofRoscoe, Pages 215-4252000

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54-5Rewrites and Edits2000

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56Chapter 5, First Computer Draft and Rewrites2000

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61"Roscoe Among the Saints" Edits and Rewrites2000

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62-5Rewrites and Edits (Folders 1-4 of 6)2000

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71-2Rewrites and Edits (Folders 5 and 6 of 6)2000

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73Roscoe Reading Excerpts2000-2001

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74-5Rewrites and Edits2001

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76Revised Pages January 2001

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81Paul Slovak's Copy of Penultimate Draft, Pages 1-2112001

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82Paul Slovak's Copy of Penultimate Draft, Pages 212-4152001

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83Final Draft for Viking, Pages 1-209 February 2001

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84Final Draft for Viking, Pages 210-412 February 2001

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85Final Draft with Word Count, Pages 1-209 (Folder 1 of 2) February 2001

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91Final Draft with Word Count, Pages 210-412 (Folder 2 of 2) February 2001

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92Edited and Rejected Pages2001

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93Proofreader's Edited Copy ofRoscoe, Pages 1-209Undated

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94Proofreader's Edited Copy ofRoscoe, Pages 210-412Undated

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95Photocopy of Rough Pages, Pages 1-146 (Folder 1 of 2) June 2001

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101Photocopy of Rough Pages, Pages 147-292 (Folder 2 of 2) June 2001

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102"Author's Note" Drafts2001

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103Correspondence and Notes2001

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104Articles and Reviews2001-2002

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105Copy of Author's Rough Pages, Pages 1-146 January 2002

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106Copy of Author's Rough Pages, Pages 147-292 January 2002

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107Palace Theater Readings January 2002

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108Helen and Harry Staley Reading Notes January 2002

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109Galley Copy ofRoscoe February 2002
Quantity:   .66 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
In 1996 and 2002 publishers packaged together several of William Kennedy's "Albany Cycle" novels into single volumes for release in the United States and international market. In 1996 Penguin Books released Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, and Ironweed together for the first time with a new author's introduction. Six years later Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster UK, published two books each containing three re-issued "Albany Cycle" novels. The first consisted of Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, Ironweed, and Very Old Bones. The second featured Quinn's Book, The Flaming Corsage, and Legs. This series includes materials related to these publications as well as a 1976 outline by Kennedy of his vision for the "Albany Cycle" of planned books, and correspondence and proposed artwork for paperback copies of "Albany Cycle" novels issued from Penguin in 2002.
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11William Kennedy's "Statement of Plans" for Albany Cycle1976

nam_mss132-14_2

12The Albany Cycle: Introduction to Legs-Billy-Ironweed Volume1996

nam_mss132-14_3

13Galley ofLegs from the Albany Cycle/Trilogy1996

nam_mss132-14_4

14Galley ofBilly Phelan's Greatest Game from the Albany Cycle/Trilogy1996

nam_mss132-14_5

15Galley ofIronweed from the Albany Cycle/Trilogy1996

nam_mss132-14_6

16Book Cover Matter for the Albany Cycle/Trilogy1996

nam_mss132-14_7

17Drafts, Author Notes, and Preface for Albany Cycle in Paperback2001-2002

nam_mss132-14_8

18The Albany Cycle Correspondence, Reviews, and Book Matter for Paperback Editions2001-2002

nam_mss132-14_9

19Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book IBilly Phelan's Greatest Game 2002

nam_mss132-14_10

21Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book IIIronweed 2002

nam_mss132-14_11

22Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book IIIVery Old Bones 2002

nam_mss132-14_12

23Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book IVQuinn's Book 2002

nam_mss132-14_13

24Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book VThe Flaming Corsage 2002

nam_mss132-14_14

25Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book VILegs 2002
Quantity:   2.03 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Spanning several decades, this series features William Kennedy's essays and a news articles written for such varied outlets as newspapers, magazines, a city guide, a writers' cook book, a National Endowment for the Humanities Project, and a museum. In many instances, the files also include supplemental materials such as research, notes, and correspondence. Please note this series does not contain Kennedy's feature articles for the Albany Times-Union in the mid-1960s on slums, housing integration or poverty. These may be found in Series 17: Investigative Journalism.
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11"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Correspondence1989-1990

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12"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts August 1990

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13"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts with Notes by S. Dumbleton and Joe [Gagen] August 1990

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14"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts with Author's Editing1990

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15"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts with Author's EditingUndated

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16"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Final DraftUndated

nam_mss132-15_7

17"The Capitol in Albany," Introduction, Drafts and Final1984, Undated

nam_mss132-15_8

18"Perry Duryea," Drafts and Author Notes forNew York Times Article1972, Undated

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19Empire State College, Courses1990

nam_mss132-15_10

110"Getting It All, Saving It All," Correspondence1978

nam_mss132-15_11

111Drafts of "Getting It All, Saving It All," EditedUndated

nam_mss132-15_12

112Grandma Moses1963, Undated

nam_mss132-15_13

113Correspondence and Articles Regarding Edward Hopper Publication1994-1995, 1997, Undated

nam_mss132-15_14

Oversized 81Oversized Edward Hopper Materials1995, Undated

nam_mss132-15_15

21Galley Photocopy of "Edward Hopper and the American Imagination"1995

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22"Letter to the Reader,"Zoetropes 1999

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23-5Masters of Deception, Research1963-1997

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26Masters of Deception, Correspondence1997, Undated

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27Masters of Deception, Transcribed Notes of Interviews1997

nam_mss132-15_20

28Several Drafts of "Wag the Dog," ForGeorge Magazine1997

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29Interviews and Notes Regarding "Wag the Dog," Article1997

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210Travel Diary, Personal and Production Notes on"Wag the Dog"1997

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211"Masters of Deception"/"Wag the Dog" News Clippings1997-1998

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Oversized 82"Masters of Deception" Page Proofs and Oversized Materials1997, Undated

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31"Mr. Lonely Hearts," Information, Draft, and Correspondence1994-1995

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32"Negative Cooking, Negative Eating," fromThe Great American Writers' Cookbook 1996-1997

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33New Paltz1964, Undated

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34News Clippings1963 September 01-1967 December 31

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35News Clippings1968 January 07-1968 December 29

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36News Clippings1969 January 19-1969 December 28

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37News Clippings1970 January 04-1970 October 04

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Oversized 83News Clippings of Interest That Relate to Articles - Not Photocopied1963-1965

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Oversized 84News Clippings Written by Kennedy - Photocopied1965-1970

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38"One Day in Albany," Correspondence1994

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39"One Day in Albany," Drafts1994

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310"One Day in Albany," NotesUndated

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311"One Day in Albany," Research1994

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312"One Day in Albany,"Times-Union Reprint1995

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313Author Notes, Drafts and Documents Regarding Articles About Papal Visit1965, Undated

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314"The Peopling of America," Research Notes1980

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315"Remedios the Beauty is Alive and Well,"Newsweek Drafts and Final Piece2002

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41"A Sense of Community," Correspondence and Reports1980-1981

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42"A Sense of Community," Essay and Scripts1980

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43"A Sense of Community," Grant Proposal1979

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44"A Sense of Community," Project Updates1981-1982

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45"They Who Became We," Drafts1980

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46"They Who Became We," Final1980

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47"Two Civilized Buildings," Drafts and Notes1987
Quantity:   .6 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains correspondence sent to William Kennedy from fellow authors, journalists, politicians, and members of the film industry. Most notably, the files document his relationships with other well-known writers of American literature, especially his decades-long friendships with mentor Saul Bellow and Hunter S. Thompson. Also included is correspondence with Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank McCourt, Doris Grumbach, John Updike, and more. Materials include letters, greeting cards, post cards, fax transmissions, e-mail and one Western Union mailgram. Nearly all of the other series also include correspondence related to the respective series.
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11Babenco, Hector1986, 1993-1994, 2003

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12Banks, Russell1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000-2002

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13Bellow, Saul1964-2002

nam_mss132-16_4

14Callaghan, Barry1989-1990, 1993, Undated

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15Cheever, John1968, 1982

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16Cuomo, Mario1983-1984, 1986-1988, 1990-1991, 2002

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17Doctorow, E.L1974-1993

nam_mss132-16_8

18Foote, Shelby1997

nam_mss132-16_9

19Gaddis, William1990

nam_mss132-16_10

110Garcia, Marquez, Gabriel1992

nam_mss132-16_11

111Ginsberg, Allen1969

nam_mss132-16_12

112Grumbach, Doris1974, 1977-1994, 1997-2000, 2002, Undated

nam_mss132-16_13

113Heaney, Seamus1987

nam_mss132-16_14

114Heller, Joseph1994

nam_mss132-16_15

115Kosinski, Jerzy1971-1972, 1975

nam_mss132-16_16

116Mailer, Norman1986, 1988, 1991-1992, 1994

nam_mss132-16_17

117Malmud, Bernard1963, 1966, 1981-1982

nam_mss132-16_18

118McCourt, Frank1996, 2002

nam_mss132-16_19

119Merkin, Richard1984-1985

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120Montague, John1985-1986, 1988-1990, 1994, 1998, Undated

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121Morrison, ToniUndated

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122Moynihan, Daniel P1983-1987, 1993, 1995, 1998

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123Nicholson, Jack1998, Undated

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124Oates, Joyce Carol1989, 1992-1995, 1999

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125Percy, Walker1971

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126Pinon, Nelida1988-1990

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127Pinsky, Robert1995, 2000-2001

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128Proulx, Annie1994-1997, 2000

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129Puzo, Mario1980

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130Quinn, Peter1984, 1986-1992, 1994-1996, 2002, Undated

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131Rabassa, Gregory1987

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132Rooney, Andy1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1999

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133Roth, Phillip1987, 1991-1992

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134Rushdie, Salman1991

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135Selby, Huber, Jr1984, 1988

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136Selzer, Dick1990, 1995

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137Sendak, Maurice1998

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138Shelton, Ron1989, 1995

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139Sillitoe, Alan1985-1986, 1988-1990, 2002

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140Smith, Red1950

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141Stone, Robert1990-1991

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142Styron, William1973, 1986, 1988, 1993

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143Talese, Gay1986-1987, 1989-1992, 1994, 1996, Undated

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144Terkel, Studs1993, 1999

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145-46Thompson, Hunter S1959-1965

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21-2Thompson, Hunter S1966-1971, 1973-1974, 1983, 1996-1997, 2001

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23-5Thompson, Hunter S., Photocopies1959-1971, 1973-1974, 1983, 1996-1997, 2001

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26Updike, John1984-1985

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27Vonnegut, Kurt1970, 2000

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28Warren, Robert Penn1973-1974

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29Wolfe, Tom1991

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210General1964, 1990, 1992, 2003
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This series consists of draft articles, background research materials, memos, notes, magazine and newspaper clippings on a number of subjects that William Kennedy explored and reported upon, especially for his Pulitzer Prize nominated series of features for the Albany Times-Union during the mid-1960s. Those articles included investigations into Albany slums, poverty, housing integration, and racial inequalities. While the initial copy appeared in the 1960s, the files in this series document Kennedy's continued interest and active research of the same topics in subsequent decades. Kennedy used the materials on slums as background for O Albany!. Please note the overall dates for the series are not inclusive.
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Oversized 91Research Articles on Slums, Civil Rights and Housing1957-1988, Undated

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11War on Poverty Booklets and Literature1959, 1964-1965, Undated

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12Public Accommodations in Summer Resorts1960

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13Housing, Rehabilitation1960-1961, 1965-1966, 1980, Undated

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14Rent Control, Housing Code, Notes, Clips, Correspondence1961-1963, 1965

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15-7Fair Housing Notes and Literature1961-1966, Undated

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18State Commissions Brochures1962-1963, Undated

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19Urban Renewal1962-1963, 1972-1974

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110Newsweek Magazine July 29 1963

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111Time Magazine August 30 1963

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112"Bombing in Birmingham,"Newsweek September 30 1963

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113"City Within a City," Newspaper Articles1963

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114School Segregation1963

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21-2Government Brochures1963-1964, Undated

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23The Negro in American History Curriculum Resources1963-1964

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Oversized 92Research Materials on Housing and Civil Rights1963-1966, Undated

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Oversized 93Research Articles on Civil Rights and Housing1963-1991

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24Intergroup Relations Booklets and Writings1963, 1965, Undated

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25Housing Data1963, 1965-1966, Undated

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Oversized 94Kennedy Real Estate, Poverty, and Slum Articles1963, 1965-1966, Undated

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26Newspaper Articles1963, 1965-1967

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27Slum Series and South End Notes1963, 1965, 1971, Undated

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28 The Negro and Puerto Rican in American History 1964

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29Information About Local Fires1964-1965

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210Proposed Civil Rights Legislation January 6 1965

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211Time Magazine March 19 1965

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212Newsweek Magazine April 5 1965

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213State of New York Temporary Commission on Revision of the Penal Law and Criminal Code, Special Report on Capital Punishment1965

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214Commission on Religion and Race Reports1965

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215Post Daily Magazine Articles, "Dark Ghetto" Series1965

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31Bill Kennedy "Slum" Articles1965

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32"Housing Series" Original Drafts ca. 1965

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33"Poverty War Series" Original Drafts ca. 1965

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34"Slum Series" Original Drafts ca. 1965

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35Civil Rights Special Report, Button-Kennedy Memos1965-1966, Undated

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36Newspaper Clippings, Including Kennedy Articles on Poverty, Urban Issues, Housing1965-1966, Undated

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37"Slums" Clippings Information1965-1967, Undated

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38-9Trinity Institution, Including Kennedy Articles and Notes1965-1998, Undated

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310 The New Republic December 3 1966

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311Clergy Slum Tour1966

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41Liberator Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 111966

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42"Social Science Fiction in Harlem" Article1966

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43-4White House Conference Booklet "To Fulfill These Rights"1966

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45Consumer Problems of the Poor Booklet1974

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46Housing in the City of Albany1977

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47Teachers & Writers Magazine , Vol. 12, No. 3, Arts in Harlem Issues1980-1981

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48Housing1980, 1982, 1986-1987, Undated

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49New York Articles of Interest1994, Undated

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410 American Traveler's Guide to Negro History Undated

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411"Negro Interview Series" Original Drafts, Notes and ResumeUndated

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412Blaming the VictimUndated
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This series features biographical materials about William Kennedy. The majority of documents are news clippings about his work, book reviews and analysis, profile pieces, interview transcripts, articles featuring Kennedy's insights and comments on literature and the arts, and related correspondence. Of interest are newspaper clips and a program from Kennedy's first play Grand View which debuted at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany in 1996. There also is a VHS tape of William Kennedy's Albany which aired on PBS and a file discussing the celebration of the acquisition of this collection by the University at Albany. For articles written by Kennedy see Series 15: Essays and Articles or Series 17: Investigative Journalism.
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11Interviews for "Conversations with William Kennedy"1969, 1983-1989, 1992-1997

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12"An Interview with William Kennedy,"Fiction International 1983-1986, Undated

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Oversized 101Kennedy Book Dust Jackets with Short Biographies1984, Undated

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Oversized 102Visting Writers Program, Signed Poster and Reading Series ca. 1984, ca. 1991, ca. 1995

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Oversized 103Kennedy Profile inLiberation 1985

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13"An Interview with William Kennedy,"The Missouri Review 1985

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14Journalism Review1985

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15"The Man Has Legs,"Film Comment 1985

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16"William Kennedy: An Albany Aficionado,"Meetings & Conversations 1985

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17"William Kennedy: An Interview,"The Recorder 1985, Undated

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18"My High School English Teacher,"Teachers and Writers 1985-1986, 1994

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19"An Interview with William Kennedy," University at Albany Publications ca. 1987

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110News Clippings1988

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111"Public Radio Series: New Year, New Voices in American Literature," A Movable Feast1988-1989

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112The Poetry Center1989

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113"William Kennedy: The Singularity of Fiction,"The Yale Vernacular 1989-1990

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114Contemporary Writers on CassetteNew Letters on the Air 1989, 1996

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115"The Art of Fiction: William Kennedy,"The Paris Review, Edited Pages and Correspondence1989, 1991, Undated

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116Interview of Robert Penn Warren1991

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117Writing! Correspondence1991

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21"William Kennedy Interviewed by Tom Smith"The Public Radio Book Show 1992

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22"William Kennedy, Scruffy Soul and All,"1992-1993

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23News Clippings1992-1993

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24Interview with William Kennedy1993

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Oversized 104Kennedy Profile inThe San Juan Star 1993

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Video-Tape 1William Kennedy's Albany, WETA ca. 1994

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Oversized 105Le Nouvel Observateur and A Day in Albany Profile1994-1995

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25"A Conversation with William Kennedy,"Image 1994-1995

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26News Clippings1995-1996

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27-8"Conversations with William Kennedy"1995-1997

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29"William Kennedy: Past, Passing, and to Come"The Boston Book Review 1996

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Oversized 106Grand View Materials1996

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210"Beyond Realism: William Kennedy on the Surreal and the Unconscious, the Religious, the Sublime and the Gonzo"New England Review 1997

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211-12"Conversations with William Kennedy," Manuscript1997

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213Lennon Documentary Group1997

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214Interview with Colonie High School Student1997-1998

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215"William Kennedy: Conversations with American Authors"1997-1998

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216"William Kennedy: A Reporter in An Imaginary World"Fiction Writer 1998

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217"Albany is My Kind of Town"Rough Draft Column1999

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218Hemingway, Ernest, A&EBiography 1999

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31"Reading Matters,"APME News 1999

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32"A Fertile Plain for a Writer,"Hudson Valley Magazine 2000

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33"William Kennedy," Writer's Choice.net2000

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34"It's Fiction Not Laurels, That Counts for Kennedy,"Times-Union 2001

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35"Reverence for History: A Conversation with William Kennedy," New York State Archives2001

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36"Prohibition in Upstate New York: Reaction and Reform," Averill Park High School History Club2002

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37Celebration of the Acquisition of the Kennedy Papers2003

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38"William Kennedy Discusses His Characters, His Influences, and His Albany," The Buffalo News 2003

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Oversized 107Times-Union Article, Acquisition of the Kennedy Papers2003
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In 1995 William Kennedy accompanied President Bill Clinton to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of an American delegation, following a cease fire between the Irish Republican Army and the Loyalist Military Command in Northern Ireland in 1994. The delegation included elected officials, business, labor, religious, and community leaders and was designed to promote both peace and U.S. investment. This series documents that particular trip, including invitations, arrangements, news clips, maps, travel items, correspondence, and backgrounders. In addition, Kennedy and his wife attended a White House dinner in 1996 given by the Clintons in honor of the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and the first State visit by an Irish president in more than 30 years. The invitation and dinner menu and related correspondence also are included.
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11"An Irish Empire; The Time is Right"1990

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12News Clippings on Ireland1993-1995, Undated

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13Photocopy of "Conference on Northern Ireland"1994

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14Statement of Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein1994

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15Briefing on Northern Ireland Peace Process1994-1996

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16Arrangements for Trip1995

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17Brochures1995

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18Fact Sheet on Ireland1995

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19Information Brief on the Shannon Region of Ireland1995

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110Invitations and Credentials from Trip to Ireland1995

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111News Clippings1995

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112President Clinton's Trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Speeches1995

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113Press Releases, Embassy of Ireland1995

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114Springvale Training Facility1995

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115-16"The Trip of President Clinton to Northern Ireland and Ireland" Briefing Book1995

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117Irish America Magazine1995

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Oversized 107Shankill (Belfast) Newspapers and Business Backgrounder1995, Undated

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Oversized 108-10Irish Newspaper Coverage of President Clinton's Trip1995

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118Correspondence1995, 1998

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119Irish State Dinner, White House Invitations1996

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120Map of BelfastUndated