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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.

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.

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.

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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.
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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1 1Working Copy of First DraftUndated

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1 2-3First Draft, Opening Section Removed, Copies 1-21967

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1 4Revisions to Second Draft, Author's Note Included2000, Undated

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1 5-6Revisions to Second DraftUndated

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1 7Second DraftUndated

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1 8Revisions to Third DraftUndated

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1 9Completed Third Draft1967

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1 10-11Third Draft, Copies 1-2Undated

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2 1Final Copy of Third DraftUndated

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2 2Working Copy of Third DraftUndated

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2 3Rewritten Pages of Fourth Draft, For Dial Press1967

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2 4-5Working Copy of Fourth Draft, For Dial Press1967

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2 6Completed Fourth DraftUndated

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3 1-2Fourth Draft, Author Notes IncludedUndated

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3 3-4Dial Press Manuscript with Editor's NotesUndated

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3 5Ink Truck Short Story VersionsUndated

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3 6ExcerptsThe Black Beauty SpotUndated

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3 7ExcerptsThe A Coffin Full of LoveUndated

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3 8ExcerptsThe Ink Truck (It Arrives, Bailey Meets It)Undated

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3 9ExcerptsPrologue to a Novel "Legs"Undated

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3 10Drafts with Notes (Folder 1 of 2)1968

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4 1Drafts with Notes (Folder 2 of 2)1968

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4 2-5Author's Notes1968, Undated

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4 6Author'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 Reporter1964

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4 7Research Materials for Newspaper Guild, Local 341964-1966

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4 8Research Materials, Newspaper Articles1964-1967

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4 9Publisher's Correspondence1966-1971

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4 10Newspaper Clippings and Reviews forThe Ink Truck1969

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4 11Ads and Reviews1969

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5 1Publisher Agreements1969-1974, 1983

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5 2Royalty Statements1969-1973

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5 31984 Edition Correspondence1984-1985

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5 4The 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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1 1First Draft ofLegs, Rough Copy1968 December-1969 March

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1 2First Draft as Sold to Dial Press1969

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1 3First Draft, pages 1-134Undated

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1 4First Draft with Author's NotesUndated

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1 5-6First Draft with Rejected and Rewritten Pages1970

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1 7Working Copy of Second Draft with Approved Pages1970

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2 1Second Draft with Approved Pages, 1-1101970

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2 2Third Draft, pages 111-227Undated

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2 3Working Copy of Third Draft in SectionsUndated

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2 4Third Draft, Misc. PagesUndated

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2 5Third DraftUndated

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2 6Fourth DraftUndated

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2 7Working Copy of Fourth DraftUndated

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2 8Fourth Draft, Rejected fromWashington PostUndated

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3 1-6"Fatness" Version with Author EditsUndated

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3 7"Fatness" Version, Unedited (Folder 1 of 2)Undated

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4 1"Fatness" Version, Unedited (Folder 2 of 2)Undated

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4 2-4"Fatness" Version (Fifth Draft), Misc. PagesUndated

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4 5-6Final "Fatness" Version (Fifth Draft)Undated

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4 7Sixth Draft1972

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5 1Working Copy of Sixth Draft1972

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5 2Sixth Draft, Rewrites and Rejected PagesUndated

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5 3Sixth Draft with Author Edits1971-1972

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5 4Sixth Draft with Author Edits1973

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5 5-6Sixth Draft with Author EditsUndated

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5 7Sixth Draft, Final Copy with Edits (Folder 1 of 2)1974

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6 1Sixth Draft, Final Copy with Edits (Folder 2 of 2)1974

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6 2-3Seventh Draft, As Sold to Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (C.M.G.)1974

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6 4-5Seventh Draft with Author EditsUndated

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7 1Cut Pages from Seventh Draft1974

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7 2-3Seventh Draft with EditsUndated

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7 4-5Working Copy of Eighth Draft1974

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7 6Master Copy of Eighth Draft with Edits (Folder 1 of 2)1974

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8 1Master Copy of Eighth Draft with Edits (Folder 2 of 2)1974

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8 2-3Transcript of Eighth and Final Draft1975

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8 4-5Final Draft with Edits1975

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Oversized 21First Galley Proofs1975

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9 1-3Misc. Edited PagesUndated

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9 4Rejected PagesUndated

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9 5-6Omitted Pages with EditsUndated

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

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9 7Dial Press Correspondence1969-1973

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9 8International Famous Agency (I.F.A) Correspondence1970-1975

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9 9Coward, McCann & Geoghegan Booklets1973-1974

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10 1Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc. Publishers Correspondence1974-1976, 1979, 1981

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10 2Reviews and Publicity1974-1976, Undated

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10 3Reviews and Publicity1975, 1988, Undated

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10 4Book of the Month Club Magazines1975

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Oversized 22San Juan Star Profile of Kennedy1976

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10 5Newspaper Articles About Legs Diamond1979-1981, Undated

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10 6Original Color ArtworkUndated

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10 7Book CoversUndated

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10 8InformationUndated
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.
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1 1First Unfinished Draft1976

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1 2First Unfinished DraftUndated

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1 3Draft PagesUndated

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1 4Second Finished Draft, UneditedUndated

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1 5Second Finished Draft with Edits, As Sold to Viking1976

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1 6Pages From Second DraftUndated

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2 1Working Copy of Second Draft with Edits1977

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2 2-6Third Draft, Pages 1-179Undated

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2 7Working Copy of Third DraftUndated

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2 8Third Draft with Author EditsUndated

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3 1-2Working Copy of Final Draft with EditsUndated

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3 3-4Editor's Copy of Final Draft with Notes1978

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Oversized 16Galley Proofs1977

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3 5FBI Headquarters File: Volume 1, Section 3, O'Connell CaseUndated

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3 6FBI Headquarters File: Section 4, O'Connell CaseUndated

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5 1FBI Headquarters File: Section 10, O'Connell CaseUndated

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5 2FBI Headquarters File: Volume 2, O'Connell Case1973

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5 3-4FBI Headquarters File: Volumes 16-20, O'Connell Case1986

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6 1-4FBI Headquarters File: Volumes 16-20, O'Connell Case1986

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8 4William 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.
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1 1Preface toThe Lemon WeedUndated

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1 2The Lemon Weed with Missing "Helen" Section1970

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1 3The Lemon Weed StoriesUndated

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1 4First Draft ofThe Lemon WeedUndated

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1 5Misc. Pages fromThe Lemon WeedUndated

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1 6 The Lemon Weed: A Short Novel Undated

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1 7First Draft for Subsistence Press with ImagesUndated

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1 8Copy of First Draft for Subsistence Press, No ImagesUndated

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1 9Incomplete DraftUndated

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1 10Author's Note to Self, "The Quest"1978

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1 11Three Page One Rewrites1978-1979

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2 1Completed First Draft ofThe Lemon Weed1979

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2 2Original Manuscript, Pages 17-255Undated

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2 3Chapters IV and V for Howard HausmanUndated

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2 4First Draft ofIronweed, IncompleteUndated

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2 5First Draft with Edits, IncompleteUndated

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2 6Revised (Second) DraftUndated

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2 7Revised (Second) Draft with EditsUndated

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3 1Chapter VI Revisions1980

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3 2Edited Pages with Notes1981

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3 3Second Draft, Viking Press Copy1982

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3 4Incomplete Second Draft, Pages 124-255Undated

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3 5Master Copy of Second Draft, with EditsUndated

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3 6Carbon Copy PagesUndated

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3 7Final Draft with Typesetters Notes (Folder 1 of 2)Undated

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4 1Final Draft with Typesetters Notes (Folder 2 of 2)Undated

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Oversized 41Galley Proofsca. 1982

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4 2Notes 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.
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1 1Unfinished Draft of "Albany: Worst County, Longest Run"Undated

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1 2One Draft of "Albany, Why Albany?"1978

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1 3Nine Drafts of "Arbor Hill"Undated

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1 4One Draft of "Being Irish"Undated

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1 5Six Drafts of "Blacks"Undated

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1 6Documents Regarding "Blacks"1963-1997

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1 7News Clippings Regarding "Blacks"1990, 1997, 2000-2001, Undated

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1 8Author Notes for "Blacks/Poverty"1965-1966

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1 9News Clippings Regarding "Blacks/Poverty"1965-1966, 1971, Undated

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1 10Eight Drafts of "Bonafettle"Undated

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1 11Four Drafts of "The Blvd. of Bluest Dreams"Undated

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1 12Copy of 1980 Census1988

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1 13Three Drafts of "Capitol Hill"Undated

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2 1Nine Drafts of "Central Avenue"Undated

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2 2Working Drafts for "The Changing Face of Albany"Undated

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2 3"The Changing Face of Albany" News Clips1964

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2 4Working Draft of "Debts and Butterings"Undated

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2 5Four Drafts of "Delaware Avenue I"Undated

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2 6Nine Drafts of "Delaware Avenue II"Undated

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2 7One Draft of "The Democrats Convene"Undated

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2 8Nine Drafts of "Downtown"Undated

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2 9Eight Drafts of "Epilogue"Undated

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3 1Three Drafts of "Erastus" with NotesUndated

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3 2Two Incomplete Drafts of "Erastus"Undated

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3 3Complete Master Copy of "Erastus"Undated

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3 4Working Draft for "The Last Word/Erastus"1983

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Oversized 51-2Oversized Research on Ethnic Groups1966-1999

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3 5News Clippings on Various Ethnic Groups1988, 1990, 1999

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3 6Literature and Notes Regarding Germans1953, 1981-1982, 1990, Undated

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3 7"Greeks" Personal Correspondence2002

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3 8Eight Drafts of "Introduction"Undated

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3 9News Clips Regarding "Sons of St. Patrick"1963, 1987-1989, 1996, Undated

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3 10Documents Regarding Ireland and "The Irish"1991-1992, 1994, 1997, Undated

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4 1News Clips Regarding "The Irish"1963, 1976, 1981, 1990, Undated

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4 2Draft of Article "South End Italians," Articles 1 and 2Undated

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4 3Six Drafts of "The Italians"Undated

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4 4News Clips Regarding "Italians"1981, 1992

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4 5Three Drafts of "Jews"Undated

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4 6"South End Jews," Articles 1 and 3Undated

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4 7Research Documents Regarding "Jews"1957-1982, Undated

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4 8Author Notes Regarding "Jews"Undated

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4 9News Clippings Regarding "Jews"1963-1964, 1976, 1982

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4 10Six Drafts of "Legs"Undated

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4 11Five Drafts of "The Mall Also Rises"1971

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4 12Three Drafts of "Nighttown"Undated

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5 1Seven Drafts of "North Albany"Undated

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5 2Two Drafts of "A Walk on the Waters of Gander Bay"Undated

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5 3Two Drafts of "The Absolutely Last Hurrah is Yet to Come"1966

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5 4Six Drafts of "Dan I"1974

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5 5Five Drafts of "Dan II"Undated

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5 6One Draft of "Dan II/They Bury the Boss"Undated

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5 7One Draft of "O'Connell"Undated

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5 8One Draft of "Sidebar: O'Dwyer on O'Connell"Undated

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5 9Five Drafts of "The Positively Last Hurrah Has Yet to be Heard"1974

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5 10Eight Drafts of "Pine Hills"Undated

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6 1Six Drafts of "Prohibition"Undated

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6 2Six Drafts of "Pruyn Connection I"Undated

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6 3Eight Drafts of "Pruyn Connection II"Undated

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6 4Eight Drafts of "South Mall"Undated

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6 5Four Drafts and Master Copy of "South Mall"Undated

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6 6Four Drafts of "Sports and Swells"Undated

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6 7Theater1987

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6 8Eight Writings on the Trinity InstitutionUndated

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6 9Trinity Institution December ScheduleUndated

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6 10Five Drafts of "Union Station"Undated

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6 11Documents Covering "The War on Poverty"1966

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6 12Four Drafts of "West End I"Undated

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6 13Four Drafts of "West End II"Undated

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6 14Four Drafts of "The Whorehouse Neighborhood"Undated
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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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1 1Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Rejection Letters1975-1984, Undated

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1 2Four Working Drafts with Author Notes1981

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1 3Five Edited Drafts1984

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1 4Seven Drafts ofCharlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine1984

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1 5Four Drafts ofCharlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine1985-1986

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1 6Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Illustration Correspondence and Information1985-1986, 1988, 2001, Undated

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Oversized 53Atlantic Press Monthly Materials1986

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1 7Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Atlantic Press Correspondence1986-1987

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1 8The Atlantic Monthly Press Book List1986-1987

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1 9Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Correspondence for Foreign Editions1986-1987, 1989-1990, 1992

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1 10Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Personal Correspondence1986-1988

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1 11Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine News Clippings, Articles, Reviews1986-1988, 1990, Undated

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1 12Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Publicity1986, 1990, 1993, 1997, Undated

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1 13Bubblegum Trees Correspondence1988-1989

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1 14Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Film Project Correspondence1990-1991

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1 15Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Sixteen Drafts with Notes1990-1991

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1 16Junior Writer's Week Information and Correspondence1990-1994

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2 1Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Fourteen Drafts1991

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2 2Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Nine Drafts1991

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2 3Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Thirteen Edited and Revised Drafts1991

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2 4P.S. 16 Student Letters and Stories1991

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2 5Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Related Materials1991, 1998, Undated

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2 6Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Illustration Correspondence1991-1993

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2 7Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Film Correspondence1991-1993

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2 8Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose/Penguin Correspondence1991-1994, 1996

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2 9Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Edited Pages1992

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2 10Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Final Copy and Three Revised Drafts1992-1993

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Oversized 54Galleys forCharlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose1993

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3 1Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose New Choices Correspondence and Article Information1993

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3 2Penguin Correspondence forCharlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose1993

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3 3Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Publicity Papers1994-1995, Undated

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3 4Chandler School Class Reaction Letters1995

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3 5Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Book CoverUndated

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3 6Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Author's NoteUndated

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3 7Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Author NotesUndated

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Oversized 55Book Made by Schoolchildren for KennedyUndated
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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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1 1Revised Working Draft by Francis Ford Coppola OnlyUndated

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1 2Rehearsal DraftJuly 25 1983

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1 3Rehearsal Draft with Revised Pages and EditingJuly 25 1983

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1 4Chronology of ScenesJuly 1983

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1 5Call SheetsJuly-November 1983

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Oversized 42Call SheetsAugust-November 1983

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1 6Revised Rehearsal DraftAugust 3 1983

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1 7Sunday Afternoon Draft, Master Copy with EditingAugust 7 1983

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1 8Sunday Night DraftAugust 7 1983

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1 9Estimating DraftAugust 8 1983

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2 1Estimating Draft with Bob Evans Letter and CommentsAugust 8 1983

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2 2Monday Preview DraftAugust 15 1983

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2 3Shooting Script (Preliminary)August 16 1983

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2 4Shooting Script, Saturday Night DraftAugust 21 1983

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2 5Shooting ScriptAugust 22 1983

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2 6Shooting Script, Sunday Night DraftAugust 22 1983

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2 7Shooting Script, Master CopyAugust 22 1983

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2 8Revised Shooting Script, Working DraftSeptember 26 1983

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3 1Revised Shooting ScriptSeptember 26 1983

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3 2Final DraftOctober 5 1983

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3 3Revised Shooting ScriptOctober 16 1983

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3 4Revised Shooting ScriptOctober 26 1983

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3 5Revised Shooting ScriptNovember 14 1983

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3 6FinaleNovember 18 1983

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3 7Final Script, Master CopyNovember 28 1983

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3 8Final ScriptNovember 28 1983

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4 1-2Final Script RewritesNovember 28 1983

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4 3-4Final ScriptDecember 8 1983

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4 5Cutting ScriptUndated

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4 6Looping ScriptUndated

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4 7Dixie ScenesUndated

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5 1-2Line ScriptsUndated

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5 3-5Scripts by Reel NumberUndated

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5 6Script RewritesUndated

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5 7Script RevisionsUndated

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6 1Script Revisions with Author NotesUndated

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6 2Script RewritesUndated

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6 3The Cotton Club Revue and Scene SynopsisUndated

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6 4Production Memos1983

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6 5Production Notes1983

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6 6Staff and Crew List, Cast List1983

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6 7Draft of Club Handbill1983

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6 8Robert Duvall Tribute1983

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6 9Publicity over Financing ofThe Cotton Club1983-1984

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6 10Publicity forThe Cotton Club1983-1986, 1997, Undated

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6 11World Premiere ofThe Cotton Club, Invitation and Correspondence1984

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6 12Reviews and Publicity1984

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6 13"The Cotton Club Stomp"Vanity Fair (Folder 1 of 3)1984

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7 1-2"The Cotton Club Stomp"Vanity Fair (Folders 2 and 3 of 3)1984

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7 3Foreign Publicity1985

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7 4Murder of Roy Radin Clips1988-1989

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7 5"The Cotton Club Stomp,"Riding the Yellow Trolley Car1993

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7 6The Cotton Club MemorabiliaUndated

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7 7CorrespondenceUndated
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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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1 1Climate Information1981, Undated

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1 2Raw First DraftAugust 1985

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1 3Scene Sequence with Author EditsAugust 1985

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1 4Author NotesAugust 1985

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1 5Dialogue DraftUndated

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1 6First Computer Typed DraftSeptember 3 1985

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1 7Script with Author EditsUndated

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1 8Script with Author EditsSeptember 5 1985

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1 9Incomplete First Draft with EditsSeptember 5 1985

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1 10Photocopy of First Draft ScriptSeptember 5 1985

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2 1Complete First DraftSeptember 5 1985

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2 2Copy of Second Draft with Author EditsOctober 14 1985

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2 3Third DraftOctober 19 1985

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2 4Photocopy of [October 21, 1985] ScriptUndated

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2 5First Draft with Changes Done with Hector BabencoOctober 21 1985, October 1986

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2 6Second Draft with Author EditsOctober 10 1986

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2 7Copy of Second Draft ScriptOctober 11 1986

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2 8Copy of Second Draft with Author EditsOctober 11 1986

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2 9Copy of Second Draft ScriptOctober 13 1986

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3 1Superseded PagesOctober 16 1986

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3 2Edited PagesOctober 24 1986

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3 3Copy of Second Drafts with Author EditsOctober 25 1986

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3 4Photocopies of Location ScenesOctober 25 1986

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3 5Revised PagesOctober 26 1986

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3 6Copy of Second Drafts with Author EditsOctober 27 1986

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3 7Complete Second Draft with No EditsOctober 27 1986

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3 8Locations, Props1986-1987

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3 9Info. Regarding Casting1986-1987, Undated

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3 10Correspondence1986-1988

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3 11Publicity1986-1988, 1993, 1997, Undated

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4 1Revised and Edited PagesJanuary 20 1987

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4 2Revised Second Draft ScriptJanuary 21 1987

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4 3Third DraftJanuary 1987

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4 4Ironweed Script Location/Stage BreakdownJanuary 1987, Undated

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4 5Photocopy of Helen's Speech by Meryl Streep and Continuity NotesJanuary 1987, Undated

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Oversized 56Call SheetsFebruary-May 1987

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4 6Revised PagesMarch 2 1987

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4 7Additions to "Danny" SceneMarch 5 1987

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4 8Helen MonologueMarch 17 1987

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4 9Scene EditsMarch 17 1987

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5 1Copy of Script with Revised PagesMarch 17 1987

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5 2-3Taft Entertainment Bound Script (2 copies)March 17 1987

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5 4Hooverville Extra LinesMay 1987

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5 5Filming Schedules1987

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5 6Radio News Broadcast on War of the Worlds1987

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5 7"Poor Little Lamb" Lyrics and Information1987, Undated

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5 8Writers Institute Events1987, 1997

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5 9Finale NotesUndated

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5 10Cast of Characters/Continuity ListsUndated

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5 11Two Copies ofIronweed Paperback Novel, Used for Scriptwriting with NotesUndated

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5 12American Film Article Drafts and Information1987-1988

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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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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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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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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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8 12Two 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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1 1Working Drafts ofYou Can Imagine How Mac Felt1996-1997

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1 2Working Drafts of Chapters 1 and 21998

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1 3Working Drafts of Chapter 31998

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1 4Drafts of Chapters 1-31998

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1 5Chapters 1-3 Rewrites and Edits1998

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1 6Working Drafts of Chapters 4 and 51998

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1 7Rewrites (Folder 1 of 3)1998

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2 1-2Rewrites (Folders 2 and 3 of 3)1998

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2 3-5Rewrites and Edited Pages (Folders 1-3 of 6)1999

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3 1-3Rewrites and Edited Pages (Folders 4-6 of 6)1999

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3 4Reading Drafts for Skidmore and AWP-WI1999

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3 5Rewrites1999

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4 1-3Rewrites1999

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4 4-5Rewriten and Edited Pages2000

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4 6Rewrites and Edits2000

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5 1Partial Draft, Pages 1-214January 2000

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5 2Harry Staley's Copy ofRoscoe, Pages 1-2142000

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5 4-5Rewrites and Edits2000

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6 1"Roscoe Among the Saints" Edits and Rewrites2000

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6 2-5Rewrites and Edits (Folders 1-4 of 6)2000

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8 2Paul Slovak's Copy of Penultimate Draft, Pages 212-4152001

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10 7Palace Theater ReadingsJanuary 2002

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10 8Helen and Harry Staley Reading NotesJanuary 2002

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10 9Galley Copy ofRoscoeFebruary 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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1 1William Kennedy's "Statement of Plans" for Albany Cycle1976

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1 2The Albany Cycle: Introduction to Legs-Billy-Ironweed Volume1996

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1 4Galley ofBilly Phelan's Greatest Game from the Albany Cycle/Trilogy1996

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1 7Drafts, Author Notes, and Preface for Albany Cycle in Paperback2001-2002

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1 8The Albany Cycle Correspondence, Reviews, and Book Matter for Paperback Editions2001-2002

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1 9Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book IBilly Phelan's Greatest Game2002

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2 1Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book IIIronweed2002

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2 2Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book IIIVery Old Bones2002

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2 3Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book IVQuinn's Book2002

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2 4Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book VThe Flaming Corsage2002

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2 5Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book VILegs2002
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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1 1"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Correspondence1989-1990

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1 2"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," DraftsAugust 1990

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1 4"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts with Author's Editing1990

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1 6"Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Final DraftUndated

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1 7"The Capitol in Albany," Introduction, Drafts and Final1984, Undated

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1 8"Perry Duryea," Drafts and Author Notes forNew York Times Article1972, Undated

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1 9Empire State College, Courses1990

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1 12Grandma Moses1963, Undated

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1 13Correspondence and Articles Regarding Edward Hopper Publication1994-1995, 1997, Undated

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2 2"Letter to the Reader,"Zoetropes1999

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2 3-5Masters of Deception, Research1963-1997

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2 9Interviews and Notes Regarding "Wag the Dog," Article1997

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3 1"Mr. Lonely Hearts," Information, Draft, and Correspondence1994-1995

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3 8"One Day in Albany," Correspondence1994

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3 9"One Day in Albany," Drafts1994

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3 10"One Day in Albany," NotesUndated

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3 13Author Notes, Drafts and Documents Regarding Articles About Papal Visit1965, Undated

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3 14"The Peopling of America," Research Notes1980

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3 15"Remedios the Beauty is Alive and Well,"Newsweek Drafts and Final Piece2002

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4 1"A Sense of Community," Correspondence and Reports1980-1981

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4 3"A Sense of Community," Grant Proposal1979

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4 4"A Sense of Community," Project Updates1981-1982

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4 5"They Who Became We," Drafts1980

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4 6"They Who Became We," Final1980

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4 7"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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1 1Babenco, Hector1986, 1993-1994, 2003

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1 2Banks, Russell1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000-2002

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1 3Bellow, Saul1964-2002

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1 4Callaghan, Barry1989-1990, 1993, Undated

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1 5Cheever, John1968, 1982

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1 6Cuomo, Mario1983-1984, 1986-1988, 1990-1991, 2002

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1 7Doctorow, E.L1974-1993

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1 8Foote, Shelby1997

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1 9Gaddis, William1990

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1 10Garcia, Marquez, Gabriel1992

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1 11Ginsberg, Allen1969

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1 12Grumbach, Doris1974, 1977-1994, 1997-2000, 2002, Undated

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1 13Heaney, Seamus1987

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1 14Heller, Joseph1994

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1 15Kosinski, Jerzy1971-1972, 1975

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1 16Mailer, Norman1986, 1988, 1991-1992, 1994

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1 17Malmud, Bernard1963, 1966, 1981-1982

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1 18McCourt, Frank1996, 2002

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1 19Merkin, Richard1984-1985

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1 20Montague, John1985-1986, 1988-1990, 1994, 1998, Undated

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1 21Morrison, ToniUndated

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1 22Moynihan, Daniel P1983-1987, 1993, 1995, 1998

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1 23Nicholson, Jack1998, Undated

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1 24Oates, Joyce Carol1989, 1992-1995, 1999

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1 25Percy, Walker1971

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1 26Pinon, Nelida1988-1990

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1 27Pinsky, Robert1995, 2000-2001

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1 28Proulx, Annie1994-1997, 2000

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1 29Puzo, Mario1980

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1 30Quinn, Peter1984, 1986-1992, 1994-1996, 2002, Undated

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1 31Rabassa, Gregory1987

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1 32Rooney, Andy1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1999

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1 33Roth, Phillip1987, 1991-1992

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1 34Rushdie, Salman1991

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1 35Selby, Huber, Jr1984, 1988

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1 36Selzer, Dick1990, 1995

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1 37Sendak, Maurice1998

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1 38Shelton, Ron1989, 1995

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1 39Sillitoe, Alan1985-1986, 1988-1990, 2002

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1 40Smith, Red1950

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1 41Stone, Robert1990-1991

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1 42Styron, William1973, 1986, 1988, 1993

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1 43Talese, Gay1986-1987, 1989-1992, 1994, 1996, Undated

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1 44Terkel, Studs1993, 1999

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1 45-46Thompson, Hunter S1959-1965

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2 1-2Thompson, Hunter S1966-1971, 1973-1974, 1983, 1996-1997, 2001

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2 3-5Thompson, Hunter S., Photocopies1959-1971, 1973-1974, 1983, 1996-1997, 2001

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2 6Updike, John1984-1985

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2 7Vonnegut, Kurt1970, 2000

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2 8Warren, Robert Penn1973-1974

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2 9Wolfe, Tom1991

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2 10General1964, 1990, 1992, 2003
Quantity:  2.19 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
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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1 1War on Poverty Booklets and Literature1959, 1964-1965, Undated

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1 2Public Accommodations in Summer Resorts1960

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1 3Housing, Rehabilitation1960-1961, 1965-1966, 1980, Undated

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1 4Rent Control, Housing Code, Notes, Clips, Correspondence1961-1963, 1965

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1 5-7Fair Housing Notes and Literature1961-1966, Undated

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1 8State Commissions Brochures1962-1963, Undated

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1 9Urban Renewal1962-1963, 1972-1974

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1 10Newsweek MagazineJuly 29 1963

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1 11Time MagazineAugust 30 1963

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1 12"Bombing in Birmingham,"NewsweekSeptember 30 1963

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1 13"City Within a City," Newspaper Articles1963

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1 14School Segregation1963

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2 1-2Government Brochures1963-1964, Undated

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2 3The 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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2 4Intergroup Relations Booklets and Writings1963, 1965, Undated

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2 5Housing Data1963, 1965-1966, Undated

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

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2 6Newspaper Articles1963, 1965-1967

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2 7Slum Series and South End Notes1963, 1965, 1971, Undated

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2 8 The Negro and Puerto Rican in American History 1964

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2 9Information About Local Fires1964-1965

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2 10Proposed Civil Rights LegislationJanuary 6 1965

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2 11Time MagazineMarch 19 1965

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2 12Newsweek MagazineApril 5 1965

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2 13State of New York Temporary Commission on Revision of the Penal Law and Criminal Code, Special Report on Capital Punishment1965

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2 14Commission on Religion and Race Reports1965

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2 15Post Daily Magazine Articles, "Dark Ghetto" Series1965

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3 1Bill Kennedy "Slum" Articles1965

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3 2"Housing Series" Original Draftsca. 1965

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3 3"Poverty War Series" Original Draftsca. 1965

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3 4"Slum Series" Original Draftsca. 1965

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3 5Civil Rights Special Report, Button-Kennedy Memos1965-1966, Undated

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3 6Newspaper Clippings, Including Kennedy Articles on Poverty, Urban Issues, Housing1965-1966, Undated

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3 7"Slums" Clippings Information1965-1967, Undated

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3 8-9Trinity Institution, Including Kennedy Articles and Notes1965-1998, Undated

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3 10 The New Republic December 3 1966

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3 11Clergy Slum Tour1966

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4 1Liberator Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 111966

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4 2"Social Science Fiction in Harlem" Article1966

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4 3-4White House Conference Booklet "To Fulfill These Rights"1966

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4 5Consumer Problems of the Poor Booklet1974

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4 6Housing in the City of Albany1977

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4 7Teachers & Writers Magazine , Vol. 12, No. 3, Arts in Harlem Issues1980-1981

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4 8Housing1980, 1982, 1986-1987, Undated

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4 9New York Articles of Interest1994, Undated

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4 10 American Traveler's Guide to Negro History Undated

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4 11"Negro Interview Series" Original Drafts, Notes and ResumeUndated

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4 12Blaming the VictimUndated
Quantity:  1.28 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
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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1 1Interviews for "Conversations with William Kennedy"1969, 1983-1989, 1992-1997

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1 2"An Interview with William Kennedy,"Fiction International1983-1986, 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 Seriesca. 1984, ca. 1991, ca. 1995

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Oversized 103Kennedy Profile inLiberation1985

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1 3"An Interview with William Kennedy,"The Missouri Review1985

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1 4Journalism Review1985

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1 5"The Man Has Legs,"Film Comment1985

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1 6"William Kennedy: An Albany Aficionado,"Meetings & Conversations1985

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1 7"William Kennedy: An Interview,"The Recorder1985, Undated

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1 8"My High School English Teacher,"Teachers and Writers1985-1986, 1994

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1 9"An Interview with William Kennedy," University at Albany Publicationsca. 1987

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1 10News Clippings1988

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1 11"Public Radio Series: New Year, New Voices in American Literature," A Movable Feast1988-1989

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1 12The Poetry Center1989

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1 13"William Kennedy: The Singularity of Fiction,"The Yale Vernacular1989-1990

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1 14Contemporary Writers on CassetteNew Letters on the Air1989, 1996

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1 15"The Art of Fiction: William Kennedy,"The Paris Review, Edited Pages and Correspondence1989, 1991, Undated

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1 16Interview of Robert Penn Warren1991

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1 17Writing! Correspondence1991

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2 1"William Kennedy Interviewed by Tom Smith"The Public Radio Book Show1992

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2 2"William Kennedy, Scruffy Soul and All,"1992-1993

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2 3News Clippings1992-1993

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2 4Interview with William Kennedy1993

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Oversized 104Kennedy Profile inThe San Juan Star1993

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

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

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2 5"A Conversation with William Kennedy,"Image1994-1995

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2 6News Clippings1995-1996

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2 7-8"Conversations with William Kennedy"1995-1997

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2 9"William Kennedy: Past, Passing, and to Come"The Boston Book Review1996

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Oversized 106Grand View Materials1996

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2 10"Beyond Realism: William Kennedy on the Surreal and the Unconscious, the Religious, the Sublime and the Gonzo"New England Review1997

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2 11-12"Conversations with William Kennedy," Manuscript1997

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2 13Lennon Documentary Group1997

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2 14Interview with Colonie High School Student1997-1998

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2 15"William Kennedy: Conversations with American Authors"1997-1998

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2 16"William Kennedy: A Reporter in An Imaginary World"Fiction Writer1998

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2 17"Albany is My Kind of Town"Rough Draft Column1999

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2 18Hemingway, Ernest, A&EBiography1999

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3 1"Reading Matters,"APME News1999

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3 2"A Fertile Plain for a Writer,"Hudson Valley Magazine2000

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3 3"William Kennedy," Writer's Choice.net2000

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3 4"It's Fiction Not Laurels, That Counts for Kennedy,"Times-Union2001

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3 5"Reverence for History: A Conversation with William Kennedy," New York State Archives2001

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3 6"Prohibition in Upstate New York: Reaction and Reform," Averill Park High School History Club2002

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3 7Celebration of the Acquisition of the Kennedy Papers2003

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3 8"William Kennedy Discusses His Characters, His Influences, and His Albany," The Buffalo News2003

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Oversized 107Times-Union Article, Acquisition of the Kennedy Papers2003
Quantity:  .77 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
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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1 1"An Irish Empire; The Time is Right"1990

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1 2News Clippings on Ireland1993-1995, Undated

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1 3Photocopy of "Conference on Northern Ireland"1994

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1 4Statement of Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein1994

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1 5Briefing on Northern Ireland Peace Process1994-1996

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1 6Arrangements for Trip1995

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1 7Brochures1995

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1 8Fact Sheet on Ireland1995

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1 9Information Brief on the Shannon Region of Ireland1995

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1 10Invitations and Credentials from Trip to Ireland1995

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1 11News Clippings1995

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1 12President Clinton's Trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Speeches1995

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1 13Press Releases, Embassy of Ireland1995

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1 14Springvale Training Facility1995

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1 15-16"The Trip of President Clinton to Northern Ireland and Ireland" Briefing Book1995

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1 17Irish 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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1 18Correspondence1995, 1998

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1 19Irish State Dinner, White House Invitations1996

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1 20Map of BelfastUndated