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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Personal Records

Correspondence

Notebooks

Literary Production

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Max Crawford:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1960-2000 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Crawford, Max, 1938-
Title: Max Crawford Papers,
Dates: 1960-2000 and undated
Abstract: Papers of author Max Crawford from 1960-2000.
Collection # R 7.1
Quantity: 10 boxes (9.3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Max Crawford is a writer born and raised around Blanco Canyon, near Mount Blanco, Texas. He studied at the University of Texas and at Stanford University, where he held a writing fellowship under Wallace Stegner. He has traveled widely since leaving Texas, living in California, Mexico, and France. He currently resides in Livingston, Montana. Many of his novels are set in West Texas, such as Lords of the Plain and The Backslider. Others, such as The Bad Communist, are set in California. His early novels were published by major New York City publishers, but many of his later works were self-published. The University of Oklahoma Press began publishing his work around 2002, both new and previously published titles. Crawford has also published poems and written for literary publications.

A list of his publications include:

  • Crawford, Max. Waltz Across Texas.New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975.
  • Crawford, Max. The Backslider.New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976.
  • Crawford, Max. The Bad Communist.New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1979.
  • Crawford, Max. Lords of the Plain. New York: Atheneum, 1985.
  • Crawford, Max. Six Key Cut. New York: Atheneum, 1986.
  • Crawford, Max. Icarus. New York: Atheneum, 1988.
  • Crawford, Max. Can’t Dance. New York: Atheneum, 1989.
  • Crawford, Max. The Red"&"the White. Livingston, MT: Crawford, 1996.
  • Crawford, Max. Highschoolharry"&"co. Livingston, MT: Crawford, 2000.
  • Crawford, Max. Wing Shot: A Novel. Livingston, MT: Crawford, 2001.
  • Crawford, Max. Wamba. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 2002.
  • Crawford, Max. Eastertown. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 2003.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of literary production in the form of written manuscripts, holographs, and galleys, research materials and hand notes, and literary correspondence with his publishers. Literary records include daily compile activities, expenditures, and correspondence while Mr. Crawford lived in France and Livingston, Montana and other places.

The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World.

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Organization

The collection is organized by literary production, correspondence, and research materials.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Crawford, Max, 1938-
Crawford, Max, 1938- --Archives
Crawford, Max, 1938- --Correspondence
Crawford, Max, 1938- --Manuscripts
Places
Texas--History--Fiction
Texas, West--Religious life and customs--20th century--Fiction
Subjects
Comanche Indians--Wars--Fiction
Football stories
Revolutionaries--California--Fiction
Prisoners--Correspondence
Novelists, American--20th century--Correspondence
Chess

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • William Kittredge Papers, 1954-2000 and undated
  • David Quammen Papers, 1856-1999 and undated
  • Pattiann Rogers Papers, 1960-1999 and undated
  • Barry Lopez, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Rick Bass Papers, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Doug Peacock Papers, 1950-2000 and undated
  • Bill McKibben Papers, 1971-2001 and undated
  • Annick Smith Papers, 1940-2000 and undated
  • David James Duncan Papers, 1959-2002 and undated
  • Sandra Scofield Papers, 1958-2005 and undated

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Max Crawford Papers, 1960-2000 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2000-0355-X

Purchase, 2001

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, 2000, reprocessed by Jamie Wormsbaker, 2007

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence

box folder
1 1 Correspondence between family members. Also contains copies of correspondence sent by Crawford, 1963-1968
2 Poems and letters from William Rivera, 1966
3 Newspaper clippings, letters from friends and publishers including: Toby Tovey, Wallace Stegner, Larry McMurtry, Geri Thoma, Elaine Markson, Nancy Marble, Barry Hannah, Jon Jackson, Bill Elkins, Michael Koepf, Bill Dolson, Thomas A. Stewart (Atheneum), Walter Pawlich (signed broadside), George Wilbur (plus poems) and others, 1983
4 Includes letters from: Kenneth Gangemi, Jon Jackson, Larry McMurtry, George Wilbur, Judith Lord, Elaine Markson, and Michael Koepf; also contains one color photo, 1989-1990
5 Letters from friends and publishers, including: Larry McMurtry, Bill Elkins, George Lynn, John Henry Irsfeld, Michael Koepf, Klotilde Wilbur, Kimberly Wier, Jeff Gerecke, Virginia McKenney, David MacDonald, Denis Johnson, Cyra McFadden, David Quammen, Jonathan Galassi, Leslie Marmon Silko, Elaine Markson, Gary Fisketjon and others. 1995-1996
6 Letters from: Larry McMurtry, Bill Elkins, George Lynn, Chuck Kinder, John Henry Irsfeld, Sonia Guy, Allan Silltoe, Peter Kinsley, Mark Maxwell, Liliane Parpaillon, Bret Crawford, Jim Crawford, Gwen Peterson, David Lewin, Michael Koepf, Karen C. Weider, Kenneth Gangemi, Larry Crouch, Andrew Moss and others, 1997
7 Letters from: Selma Hicks, Larry McMurtry, Bill Elkins, George Lynn, Gary Fisketjon, Denis Johnson, Chuck Kinder, John Henry Irsfeld, Allen Jones, Sonja Guy, Jonathan Galassi, Kenneth Gangemi, Michael Koepf and others; also contains one color photo, 1998
8 Letters from: Larry McMurtry, Bill Elkins, George Lynn, Chuck Kinder, John Henry Irsfeld, Michael Devine, David Lewin, Carolyn Osborne, Michael Koepf, Karen C. Weider, Bruce Anderson, Ed Gehrman, Craig Hokenson, Bob Datilla and others; also contains eight color photos, 1999
9 Correspondence between George Lynn and Crawford plus chess charts and moves. There are more chess games included in previous correspondence folders, 1999
10 Correspondence from Peter Kinsley, 1984-1999

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Personal Records

box folder
1 11 Personal files such as arrest record, transcript and resume, photocopies of poems, miscellaneous papers, 1969-1970 and undated

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Correspondence

box folder
1 12 Hologram poems and letters from George Wilbur (Also known as Hunter George), undated

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Notebooks

box folder
1 13 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc., 1986
14 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc., 1987
15 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc., 1988
16 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc. while living in France, 1991
17 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc. while living in France, 1992
18 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc. while living in France, 1993
19 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc. while living in France, 1994
20 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc. while living in France, 1995
21 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc. while living in Livingston, Montana, 1996
22 Daily recordings of writings, correspondence, expenditures, etc. while living in Livingston, Montana, 1997

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Literary Production

box folder
2 1 Copies of The Redneck Review edited by Crawford. Ran for 3 issues. Contributors: Larry McMurtry, Lennart Bruce, Thom Gunn, Simon Perchik, William Rivera, Max Crawford, David Meltzer, and John Irsfeld. Contains one copy of the Spring 1968 issue, two copies of the Spring 1969 issues, and 3 copies of the Spring 1970 issue, 1968-1970
2 100 Flowers. Copy of the left wing publication that Crawford published and edited, 1971
3 Untitled screenplay with Mexican envelope, written in Palo Alto, California, 1971
4 Stray notes, undated
5 Spiral notebook of notes “Confessions of a screen writer Manque,” Hollywood screen writers, written while Crawford lived in Missoula, MT, 1981
6 Papers written while in college, including one on A.C. Ayers, early 1960s
7 Early poems, 1963-1968
8 Early poems and drafts (Crawford: “About as bad as it gets.”), 1963-1968
9 Poetry: Steno notebook of notes and poetry from the summer, 1968
10 Poetry: Original holograph and typewritten drafts of poems and humor by Crawford, 1968-1970
11 Small group of loose notes and miscellaneous writings undated
12 Original typewritten manuscript of “Nightwriting,” “Desiderata or Murther in the London Librarie,” “BM: G7” or “The Umpteenth Marx,” and “The Last Pedestrian” with holograph corrections by Crawford, undated
13 “Desiderata or Murther in the London Librarie,” early manuscript, undated
14 “Desiderata or Murther in the London Librarie,” later version, undated
15 “Nightwriting”; short story, undated
16 Various holograph manuscripts (Crawford: “Things such as Clack Clack don’t even remember writing and who would.”), Spring 1962 and 1963
17 Manuscript: “Newton’s Fall” poem fragments and manuscript, written and typed in fall of 1963 (Mexico) and 1961-1963 (Austin, TX), 1961-1963
18 “Intermediate” poetry manuscripts both typed and holograph with corrections, 1963-1965
19 “Rain and Joy” early beginnings of a novel written in Mexico City, 1963-1965
20 “Minus Half” novel fragment, miscellaneous papers and stories, 1963-1968
21 “Minus Half” and “The Happy” drafts with mailing envelope, 1963-1968
22 “Hide and Go Seek” folder of manuscripts, 1963-1968
23 Miscellaneous Manuscripts: “The Wappened Widow” and “The Party and Revolution Talk of Revolution” and “Fishwrap” and a children’s story “A Christmas Tree Writes Home,” 1981
24 Waltz Across Texas: Notes, outlines, revisions, and possible titles, 1970-1975
25 Waltz Across Texas: Original holograph manuscript with long opening, missing page 238, 1975
26 Waltz Across Texas: Manuscript fragments typed and written by hand, 1975
27 Waltz Across Texas: Loose notes, revisions, advertisement for the book in a newspaper and magazines, 1972-1975
28 Waltz Across Texas: “No Expectations” also known as Waltz Across Texas, 1st half of 1st version. Outline for part II, 1973
29 Waltz Across Texas: “No Expectations” also known as Waltz Across Texas, 2nd half of the 1st draft. Letter from Ellen Levine at Curtis Brown Ltd., about the book, 1973
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3 1 Waltz Across Texas, duplicate set of galleys, 1975
2 Waltz Across Texas, letter defending allegations that Waltz was plagiarized from Jonathan Kwitney’s book The Mullendore Murdercase, June 1975
3 Backslider: “Mount Blanco Stories” what would become Backslider, Mexico City, 1963
4 Backslider: Original holograph manuscript and poem prayer, December 2, 1965
5 Backslider: Autograph, original and complete holograph manuscript, 1965-1966
6 Backslider: Typed manuscript with corrections, copies of “The Stuck Foot Feed,” some unnumbered pages, pages 1-39 excerpted for story, 1960s
7 Backslider: “Coda West” manuscript from Backslider, copy of 1968 Redneck Review with “Coda West” in it, 1968
8 Backslider: Manuscript fragments and “The Three Wives Tale” story excerpt
9 Backslider: Manuscript with original outlines. “Blassingame” extra material and “Three Wives” material, Grace and Children material, 1975
10 Backslider: Miscellaneous holograph pages
11 Backslider: Early holograph version, 1974
12 Backslider: Early typed draft, 65 pages, 1975
13 Backslider: Original typed manuscript with corrections, 1975
14 Backslider: Early draft, undated
15 Backslider: Typed manuscript. Third draft in Dorothea Oppenheimer box, 1976
16 Backslider: Manuscript proof. Some items placed in flat storage (box 10) 9-4-07, 1975
17 Backslider: Manuscript with original galleys, 1975. Manuscript placed in flat storage (box 10) 9-4-07, 1975
18 Backslider: Manuscript master proof. Some items placed in flat storage (box 10) 9-4-07, October 29, 1975
19 Backslider: Galleys with corrections, 1976
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4 1 The Bad Communist: Early holograph fragment in a folder with notations by Michael Koepf on folder, 1968-1970
2 The Bad Communist: Miscellaneous publications, “bad communists”: Popeye: Literatura Sovietica; Caribbean Studies (inscribed to Crawford by Bill Elkins); London Magazine tearsheet, 1979
3 The Bad Communist: Untitled screenplay and miscellaneous notes both holograph and typewritten, 1968-1970
4 The Bad Communist: 4 notebooks of holograph drafts, outlines, and notes, 1979
5 The Bad Communist: Chapter outlines, timelines, loose notes, 1979
6 The Bad Communist: Paper, miscellaneous typed and holograph notes, corrections and drafts. Letter asking friends for advice on title, 1979
7 The Bad Communist: Early holograph manuscript of an early version of this novel, 1970s
8 The Bad Communist: Early holograph manuscript, undated
9 The Bad Communist: 3 page outline typed manuscript. Missing pages 114-119 and 123-135, 1979
10 The Bad Communist: Early typed manuscript. 324 pages, 1979
11 The Bad Communist: Early narrative version, 1979
12 Lords of the Plain: Holograph and typewritten version of massacre of Indian Ponies, 1963-1968
13 Lords of the Plain: Holograph notebook #1 of drafts, pages 1-80 dated October 28, 1982; written in Missoula, Montana, 1983, 1982-1983
14 Lords of the Plain: Holograph notebook #2 of drafts, pages 81-159 dated March 2, 1983; written in Missoula, Montana, 1983
15 Lords of the Plain: Holograph notebook #3 of drafts, pages 160-238 dated June 9, 1983; written in Missoula, Montana, 1983
16 Lords of the Plain: Holograph manuscript #4 of drafts, pages 239-284, October 5, 1983
17 Lords of the Plain: Original typed manuscript with corrections Part 1, pages 1-316, 1984
18 Lords of the Plain: Original typed manuscript with corrections Part 1, pages 317-552, 1984
box folder
5 1 Lords of the Plain: Master proof copy with corrections (author’s pages); placed in flat storage (box 10) 9/4/07, 1984
2 Lords of the Plain: Master proof copy with corrections; placed in flat storage (box 10) 9/4/07, 1984
3 Lords of the Plain: Master proof copy with corrections; placed in flat storage (box 10) 9/4/07, 1984
4 Lords of the Plain: Advance proof copy with corrections, 1984
5 Lords of the Plain: Typed prologue and epilogue (not published in the book) plus a copy of the 1st edition dust jacket, 1983
6 Icarus: “Archangel” by “Otto Kane” (i.e. Icarus) early typescript, undated
7 Icarus: Typescript beginnings of the novel, undated
8 Icarus: 2 holograph notebooks of chapters 3-7, undated
9 Six Key Cut: Movie script original to book, with notes and corrections; missing pages 1-21; typed manuscript chapters 1 and 2, 1986
10 Six Key Cut: Typed holograph manuscript chapters 3-14 and dust jacket proof, 1986
11 Six Key Cut: Typed manuscript chapters 15-26, 1986
12 Can’t Dance (Original Version): Early holograph manuscript fragment of lost novel missing pages 1-75; 78-99; this is not the later novel about Texas football, 1968-1969
13 Can’t Dance (Original Version): Early typed manuscript; this is not the later Texas football novel, 1968-1969
14 Can’t Dance (Original Version): Early typed manuscript written while Crawford was in Palo Alto California; original mailing envelope included; this is not the later Texas football novel. (Crawford: Totally different from published book), 1971
15 Can’t Dance (Original Version): Typewritten excerpt with corrections; 14 pages; this is not the later Texas football novel. Biography of Crawford included, 1968-1971
16 Can’t Dance (Original Version): “Dixie Pig” holograph excerpt, same as folder # 15 (excerpt from story?) 1972
17 Can’t Dance (Later published version): Later published version of Texas football story, chapters 1 and 2; chapter 1 missing pages 48-60, chapter 2 missing pages 37-38, 1984
18 Can’t Dance (Later published version): Later published version of Texas football story. Chapters 3 and 4; chapter 3 missing pages 1-100, chapter 4 missing page 33, 1984
19 “Can’t Dance” or “All Star,” undated
20 “Texas,” 1987
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6 1 Eastertown: 5 original holograph notebooks of notes, drafts, and outlines, 196?-1992
2 Eastertown: “Cannibals” early beginnings of this novel, 1963-1968
3 Eastertown: Early beginnings written in Mexico City, notes for “Mount Blanco Stories” on the back of these notes, 1963-1965
4 Eastertown: Holograph manuscript of “Elementary and Secondary” what became Eastertown, 1960s
5 Eastertown: 3 page typewritten letter from Crawford pitching “Can’t Dance” and “Elementary and Secondary,” undated
6 Eastertown: Elementary and Secondary, early beginning of Eastertown, undated
7 Eastertown: Typed manuscript with corrections pages 1-201 (plus corrective pages), 1997
8 Eastertown: Typed manuscript with corrections pages 202-459 (with notes at the end), 1997
9 Eastertown: 3 spiral notebooks of holograph pages of a draft of chapters 5-13 (ending), 1997
10 Eastertown: Corrected unbound manuscript volume II, and I, labeled “Max’s Copy,” unpublished, 1997
11 Eastertown: Corrected unbound manuscript volume II, and I, 1997
12 Wingshot: Outline, and letter outlining the start of Wingshot and The Red and The White, 1988
13 Wingshot: Research material, notes on Hemingway, 1998
14 Wingshot: Holograph and notes, missing pages 1-43, 1998
15 Wingshot: Manuscript typed with corrections, 1998
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7 1 Wingshot: Computer typed manuscript; missing pages 87-89, and 163-166 (Numbered according to inside numbers, not top of page), 1998
2 Wingshot: 1st draft with corrections, 1998
3 Wingshot: Labeled final draft, corrections made, 1998
4 highschoolharry"&"co: 3 small notebooks of notes and holograph drafts, 1998
5 highschoolharry"&"co: Incomplete manuscript with corrections, 1998
6 highschoolharry"&"co: Unbound and corrected manuscript, 1998
7 highschoolharry"&"co: Manuscript and rough sheets with corrections, missing chapter 1, 1998
8 highschoolharry"&"co: Manuscript and rough sheets with corrections continued, 1998
9 highschoolharry"&"co: Manuscript with note to Crawford from Peter Matthiessen on title page, 1998
10 highschoolharry"&"co: Entire manuscript, 1998
11 highschoolharry"&"co: First signature of the blue lines, 1998
12 highschoolharry"&"co: Uncorrected manuscript with cover mock up pages 1-22, 2000
box folder
8 1 The Red and The White: Miscellaneous notes and early beginnings, 1975
2 The Red and The White: Large Spiral notebook, 1975-1976
3 The Red and The White: Notebook of notes, outlines, and draft materials, 1980-1990
4 The Red and The White: Notebook of holograph notes, outline, subplots, table of contents, and an army map of Canton China, 1980s
5 The Red and The White: Original typescript volume I pages 3-443 with holograph notes, 1996
6 The Red and The White: Original typescript of volume II pages 444-956, stamped “uncorrected,” 1996
7 The Red and The White: Original typescript with corrections, pages 527-823, 1996
8 The Red and The White: Original typescript with corrections, pages 824-1101, 1996
9 The Red and The White: Original typescript of volume II with additional notes, pages 446-956, 1996
10 The Red and The White: Early typed manuscript pages 1-282, folder 1 of 4, 1996
11 The Red and The White: Early typed manuscript pages 283-587, folder 2 of 4, 1996
12 The Red and The White: Early typed manuscript pages 588-873, folder 3 of 4, 1996
13 The Red and The White: Early typed manuscript pages 874-1101, folder 4 of 4, 1996
14 The Red and The White: Miscellaneous notes, layouts, and cover pages, 1996
15 The Red and The White: Corrected page galleys in cover mock up, 1999
box folder
9 1 Wamba: Early beginnings of what would become Wamba, 1964-1966
2 Wamba: Holograph notebook with plot structure, outlines, and characters, 1999
3 Wamba: Original holograph manuscript (partially there), 1999
4 Wamba: “Two Toe Lone Loba Wolf” typed section, that was later cut, 1999
5 Wamba: Near complete typed manuscript with corrections, 1999
6 Wamba: Reader reports plus Crawford’s responses, 2000
7 Wamba: Corrected typed manuscript, 1 of 3; includes address list, undated
8 Wamba: Corrected typed manuscript, 2 of 3, undated
9 Wamba: Corrected typed manuscript, 3 of 3, undated
box folder
10 1 Lords of the Plain: Master proof copy with corrections (author’s pages), from Box 5, Folder 1, 1984
2 Lords of the Plain: master proof copy with corrections, from Box 5, Folder 2, 1984
3 Lords of the Plain: master proof copy with corrections, from Box 5, Folder 3, 1984
4 Backslider: manuscript proof, from Box 3, Folder 16, 1975
5 Backslider: manuscript with original galleys, from Box 3, Folder 17, 1975
6 Backslider: manuscript master proof from Box 3, Folder 18, October 29, 1975

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