Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Drewey Wayne Gunn Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Drewey Wayne Gunn
Title Drewey Wayne Gunn Collection
Dates: 1900-1910
Abstract: Professor Emeritus Drewey Wayne Gunn served as an active Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty member from 1968 to the present (except for a sojourn in Denmark as a Fulbright teacher and in France as an ESL teacher from 1972 to 1977). He is a literary historian, editor, translator and author. Dr. Gunn donated a collection of Tennessee Williams literature. It includes articles, maps, and plays featuring literature he loves and a field he enhanced with his publications and work. Dr. Gunn, in another donation added 367 volumes of LBGT literature.
Identification A2005-019; A2010-005; A2012-013; A2015-100; A2017-019
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Gunn%20EAD
Quantity: 4 linear ft.
Location: A2005-019 Drewey Wayne Gunn Book Collection, PS3545.I5365 Z8457; A2010-005 Box #1 I-22-4; A2012-013 & A2015-0100 Box #1 I-22-4; A2017-019 Drewey Wayne Gunn Book Collection.
Language: English

Historical Note

Professor Emeritus Drewey Wayne Gunn is a native of North Carolina; he received his B.A. from Wake Forest University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In high school he set a goal of one day entering the Library of Congress catalog -- a goal every librarian applauds. This is one of many goals he accomplished throughout his lifetime. He is a literary historian, editor, translator, and co-author of one novel on the relationship between French poets Verlaine and Rimbaud (currently being translated for a French edition). An early book, American and British Writers in Mexico, was translated into Spanish: the Mexican ministry of education placed copies in all schools and public libraries. Nobel laureate Octavio Paz singled it out for comment in one of his essays. Dr. Gunn received both the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Alumni Research Award (1982) and the Alumni Teaching Award (1996). Two of his books were finalists for a Lambda Literary Award. His book Gay Novels of Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth 1881-1981 was named a Library Journal best reference book. His life partner was Air France translator Jacques Murat. As a professor of Language and Literature he collected a large personal library of gay literature which he began donating in 2014 and 2015 to the James C. Jernigan Library. This collection is the “Drewey Wayne Gunn Collection of Gay Literature” and is available to the public. This collection was used by Dr. Gunn when he worked on papers and his own publications. They contain notes on photographs, articles, and images. Royalties from Dr. Gunn’s publication Gay American Novels, 1870-1970, have been gifted to the Jernigan Library for the support and enhancement of a second collection, “ Drewey Wayne Gunn Donation of Lesbian Literature.”

Scope and Contents

The Drewey Wayne Gunn Collection consists of correspondence, journal publications reviewing Tennessee Williams plays, fifteen publications of Williams’ plays, maps and a paper written by Dr. Gunn, "From the Closet to the Open Stacks: Reflections on the Past Fifty Years at the University." The Tennessee Williams Literary Journals include Spring 1989, vol. I no.1; Winter 1989-90, vol. 1 no. 2; Winter 1990-91, vol. II no. 1; Winter 1991-92, vol. II no. 2; Winter 1993-94, vol. III no. 1; Fall 1995, vol. III no. 2; Fall 1997, vol. IV no. 1; 1999, vol. IV, no. 2; and Spring, vol. 5 no. 1. The Tennessee Williams Newsletters include Spring 1979, vol. 1 no. 1; Fall 1979, vol. 1 no. 2; Spring 1980, vol. 2 no. 1; Fall 1980, vol. II no. 2; Spring 1981, vol. III no. 1; Spring/Fall 1982, vol. III no. 2; and Spring 1983, vol. IV no. 1. The later donation of 367 LGBT volumes of literature are housed in the Drewey Wayne Gunn Collection in Rare Books, they are available in the Jernigan Library Catalog and the South Texas Archives Online Database.


The materials are arranged in the order they were donated in each accession, the volumes are classified by Library of Congress call numbers.

Index Terms

Gunn, Drewey Wayne, 1939-
Murat, Jacques, 1931-1994
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983
Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896
Rimbaud, Arthur, 1854-1891
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Fuentes, Carlos, 1928-2012
Synge, J. M. (John Millington), 1871-1909
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900
Forester, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970
Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012
Texas A&M University-Kingsville -- Faculty publications
Wake Forest University
Fulbright scholarships
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Geographical Names
Kingsville (Tex.)
Chapel Hill (N.C.)
Gay and lesbian studies
Homosexuality and education
Gay men -- Social conditions
Social change
Gay men in literature
Gay rights
Detective and mystery stories, American
Detective and mystery stories, England
Poets, French
French poetry -- 19th century