University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Robert Raynolds:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Raynolds, Robert, 1902-1965
Title: Robert Raynolds Papers
Dates: 1925-1972
Abstract: The collection includes Raynolds' published and unpublished novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction writings, including handwritten and typescript drafts of Raynolds's ten published novels, as well as correspondence and publication material. In addition there are drafts of his produced and unproduced plays, two published volumes of essays, articles, books reviews, letters to the editor, additional essays, and lectures.
Extent: 27 cartons, 1 oversize box (osb), 1 oversize folder (osf), 8 galley folders (gf) (30 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

American author Robert Raynolds is best known for his novels, although his last book, published posthumously in 1965 by the University of Texas Press, is a memoir of his friendship with novelist Thomas Wolfe. Other literary forms in his papers include plays, short stories, poetry, book reviews, essays, and lectures.

The collection is organized in five series: I. Works; II. Correspondence, 1925-1972; III. Career-Related and Personal, IV. Materials from Card Catalog, and V. Oversized Materials.

The largest series, Works, contains published and unpublished novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction writings. Subseries A. includes handwritten and typescript drafts of Raynolds's ten published novels, along with correspondence and publication material. His novel, Brothers in the West, received the 1931 Harper's Prize, and The Sinner of Saint Ambrose was selected for the Book of the Month Club in 1952. Settings for Raynolds's novels range from the American west and Mexico to the Roman Empire. Numerous unpublished novels, novel "starts," and his Thomas Wolfe memoir are also present.

Drafts of Raynolds's produced and unproduced plays are found in Subseries B, along with associated production material and correspondence. Numerous short stories are arranged by title in Subseries C and poetry in Subseries D. Two published volumes of essays, The Choice to Love and In Praise of Gratitude, are included in Subseries E, along with articles, books reviews, letters to the editor, additional essays, and lectures. The Works series concludes with general notes and research materials in Subseries F.

The correspondence series consists primarily of letters from Raynolds's wife, Marguerite. Editors, agents, and publishers such as Harold Ober Associates, Harper & Row, Adrienne Morrison, Russell and Volkening, and William Morrow are also included. Additional correspondence has been cataloged individually and is described in the Ransom Center's card catalog.

Series III contains both personal and career-related material such as information about Raynolds, his community activities and memberships, political involvement, personal and financial papers, and lectureships at Columbia University.

Series IV is made up of materials acquired between 1968-1972, previously only listed in the card catalog. Primarily correspondence with various people including Thomas Wolfe, these materials also contain manuscripts by unidentified authors.

Series V consists of oversize scrapbooks.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research (stored offsite - see barcode index)


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase and gifts, 1968-1972 (R3947)

Processed by:

Sean Castilla and Liz Murray, 2003; Kevin O’Sullivan, 2010


 BAR CODE LIST 

  • Box 1: 059188000008970
  • Box 2: 059188000008981
  • Box 3: 059188000008992
  • Box 4: 059188000009000
  • Box 5: 059188000009011
  • Box 6: 059188000009022
  • Box 7: 059188000009033
  • Box 8: 059188000009044
  • Box 9: 059188000009055
  • Box 10: 059188000009066
  • Box 11: 059188000009077
  • Box 12: 059188000009088
  • Box 13: 059188000009099
  • Box 14: 059188000009102
  • Box 15: 059188000009113
  • Box 16: 059188000009124
  • Box 17: 059188000009135
  • Box 18: 059188000009146
  • Box 19: 059188000009157
  • Box 20: 059188000009168
  • Box 21: 059188000009179
  • Box 22: 059188000009180
  • Box 23: 059188000009190
  • Box 24: 059188000009204
  • Box 25: 059188000009215
  • Box 26: 059188000009226
  • Box 27: 059188000009237
  • Box 28: Oversize box retained at HRC

Robert Raynolds Papers--Folder List

 

Series I. Works

Subseries A. Books
Brothers in the West (1931)
Box Folder
1 1-4 Typescript drafts
5 Page proofs, incomplete
Box
gf Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
1 6 Correspondence
7 Publicity
8-9 Reviews
10-11 Scrapbooks, Harper's Prize
12 "From Paragraph to Novel," drafts and published excerpts, talk for Writer's Club at Columbia regarding writing of novel
13 Play and opera adaptations by Raynolds and Helen Gholson Kittredge
14-15 "Cuckoo Furioso," typescript drafts
16-17 "Discovering Solitude," drafts
"Enchanted Wine"
Box Folder
1 18 Notes
Box Folder
2 1 Handwritten draft
2 Typescript draft
3-4 Typescript drafts, revised
5-6 Drafts and fragments
Far Flight of Love (1957)
Note cards [removed to box 25]
Box Folder
2 7 Outline
8-10 Handwritten drafts
11-12 Typescript draft
13 Typescript draft fragment
14 Pageant Press, publisher's file
15-17 Correspondence, 1948-1965
18 Mailing and review lists
19 Publicity and promotion
Box Folder
3 1 Publicity and promotion, continued
2 Reviews
Articles by Raynolds about Far Flight of Love
Box Folder
3 3 "A Challenge in Free Enterprise"
4 "My War for Love: A Scandal in Publishing"
5 "Toward a Grand Decency in Literature"
6 "The Uncorrupted Word"
Fortune (1935)
Box Folder
3 7 Notes
8-12 Handwritten drafts
13-17 Handwritten and typescript drafts
Box Folder
4 1-3 Typescript drafts
4-5 Draft fragments
6 Correspondence
7 Reviews
"Joy Unconfined"
Box Folder
4 8 Notes and handwritten draft
9-10 Typescript drafts
May Bretton (1944)
Box Folder
4 11 Notes [note cards removed to box 25]
Box
osf Outline [removed to oversize folder]
Box Folder
4 12-14 Handwritten draft
15-16 Typescript draft
Box Folder
5 1-9 Typescript draft, continued
Box
gf Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
5 10 Correspondence
11 Reviews [scrapbook removed to oversize box 28]
12 "Murder Without Remorse," typescript draft
"My Brother Julian"
Box Folder
5 13 Notes [note cards removed to box 25]
14 Preliminary sketch
15 Handwritten draft
16 Correspondence
"Night Boss"
Box Folder
5 17 Notes
Box Folder
6 1-2 Handwritten draft
3-4 Typescript drafts
5 "A Number of Men," typescript draft
The Obscure Enemy (1945)
Box Folder
6 6-7 Notes [note cards removed to box 25]
8 Research materials
9 Handwritten draft fragments
10 Handwritten draft
11-12 Typescript drafts
13 Preface draft and jacket copy
Box
gf Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
6 14 Correspondence
15 Reviews
"Once, on the Prairie"
Box Folder
6 16 Handwritten draft
17 Typescript draft and correspondence
18 Typescript synopsis of play adaptation
Paquita (1947)
Box Folder
7 1 Notes [note cards removed to box 25]
2-4 Handwritten draft
5-7 Typescript draft
8-9 Typescript draft revisions
10-12 Typescript draft
13 Setting copy
Box Folder
8 1-2 Setting copy, continued
Box
gf Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
8 3 Correspondence
4 Publicity
The Quality of Quiros (1955)
Box Folder
8 5-7 Notes
8-9 Handwritten draft
10-17 Typescript draft
18 Draft revisions
Box
gf Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
8 19 Correspondence
Box Folder
9 1 Publicity and reviews [scrapbook removed to oversize box 28]
Saunders Oak (1933)
Box Folder
9 2 Notes
3-4 Handwritten draft
5 Typescript draft, first carbon
6 Setting copy
7 Page proofs, incomplete
Box
gf Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
9 8 Reviews
9 "Life Catches Up," play adaptation
The Sinner of Saint Ambrose (1952)
Box Folder
9 10-11 Notes and research material [note cards removed to box 25]
12-21 Drafts and revisions
Box Folder
10 1-8 Drafts and revisions, continued
9-11 Setting copy
12-13 Page proofs
14 Correspondence
15 Publicity
Box Folder
11 1-3 Reviews [scrapbook removed to oversize box 28]
4 Associated visual materials
5 Newspaper serialization
Story Song (1962)
Box Folder
11 6 Notes
7-8 Songs, drafts
9 Handwritten draft
10-15 Typescript drafts
16 Correspondence
17 Version titled "Shepherd Song and Evening Star"
18 "Wonderful Campfire Night," selected and adapted from Story Song
19 Publicity pieces by Raynolds
Thomas Wolfe: Memoir of a Friendship (1965)
Box Folder
11 20 Notes [note cards removed to box 25]
21-23 Drafts
Box Folder
12 1-6 Drafts, continued
7-9 Correspondence
10 Illustrations and permissions
11 Reviews
12 Newtown Library exhibition description and photographs
Novel starts
Box Folder
12 13 "A Double Life: Carol and Gordon"
14 "John Wallace: American"
15 "Marguerite"
16 "My Abominable Uncle"
17 "My Point of View"
18 "The Restoration of Love"
19 "The Story of Alice Driessler"
20 "Tom Storymaker"
21 Research materials and notes
Subseries B. Plays
Box Folder
12 22 "Begin with Music," notes for a play
"Blessed Are the Debonair" (Summer Song)
Box Folder
12 23-26 Handwritten draft
27-30 Typescript drafts, fragments, and revisions
31 Correspondence
32 Programs and reviews
"Boadicea"
Box Folder
13 1 Notes and research material
2 Outline and handwritten first draft, Feb. 1938
3-12 Handwritten and typescript drafts
13-25 Typescript drafts, fragments, and revisions
26 Page proofs
27-28 Correspondence
29 Production notes, set design, song arrangement
Box Folder
14 1 Publicity and reviews
2 Radio adaptation
"Farewell, Villon"
Box Folder
14 3 Notes
4-8 Handwritten and typescript drafts
9 Correspondence
10 Programs and reviews
11-13 "Pretty Norma Heath," drafts
"Take All My Loves"
Box Folder
14 14-15 Notes
16-17 Handwritten draft
18-25 Drafts, fragments, and revisions
26 Revision, Sept. 1937
27 Dramatists' Assembly, Stanford University, Etherege Award in Comedy, 1939
"Thomas More"
Box Folder
15 1 Notes
2-4 Typescript drafts
5 Correspondence
"The Ugly Runts"
Box Folder
15 6-8 Notes
9-11 Handwritten drafts
12-17 Typescript drafts
18-19 Draft fragments and revisions
20 Correspondence
21 "On Producing 'The Ugly Runts'"
22 Reviews
23 Play starts, preliminary notes
Subseries C. Short Stories
Box Folder
15 24 Abide in My Heart at Peace
25 Adobe Blond
26 Aliens
Box Folder
16 1 Angels Are Where You Find Them
2 Annunciation with Violets
3 Appleblossom Murder
4 The Barking of a Dog
5 Bells, Wheels and Whistles
6 Between Laughter and Tears
7 Black and White
8 The Bottle from Home
9 The Breaking Strain
10 Bridle Your Fury with Love
11 The Business Tree
12 But Now He Sleeps Forever
13 Childless Thought
14 A Child's Story
15 The Closing Episode
16 The Comedian
17 Country Fables
18 Cove Girl
19 A Dance at the Indian Woman's
20 The Deep Dream
Box Folder
21 4 Detour to Heaven
Box Folder
16 22 Dream Kick
23 Esteban
24 Eternal Now in Comfort
25 Forget It
26 Girl of Earth
27 Girl Who Went to Market
28 Going Down
29 Herman's Children
30 His Heart Could Have No Fortune
31 Horn by Night
32 I'd Rather Fight
33 In a Little Spanish Town
34 In a Quiet Valley
35 In Flight, in Hiding
36 In Praise of Sane Readers
37 In Sight of Long's Peak
38 An Interesting Error
39 Jane Dammit and the First Selectman
40 Johnnie's Windowlamp
41 The Lost Print
42 Mariana and the Rat
43 A Meeting in Omaha
44 Men Who Dig Coal
45 Mr. Dobbie
46 Money for Years
47 Montana Mischief
48 The Near-Dead Man
49 Night Story
50 Nocturnal Errand
51 Outrage My Soul
Box Folder
17 1 Past Middle Age
2 Pie and Strychnine (Buckshot)
3 Policeman's Daughter
4 Portrait of a Miner
5 The Price of the Picture
6 A Primitive Emotion
7 The Prodigal Father
8 Proletariat
9 Puritan Wench
10 The Quick and the Dead
11 Red Jones, the Boatswain
12 Remember the Blizzard?
13 Rudolf Bindle
14 Running in the Rain
15 Save a Man's Life (Salvatore Gaboardi)
16 The Soldier Was a Child
17 Sombrero
18 The Spanish Chair
19 The Splendid Galleon
20 They Saw a Star
21 The Thirteen
22 This Little Girl Went to Market
23 Three Women
24 U-Boat Bellyache
25 Where There Is No Vision
26 Winter Fire
27 The Witchcraft Root
28 Without Benefit of Freud
29 The Wreath on the Floor
30 Wyoming pastoral story with screenplay notes
31-35 Early stories, notes, and unfinished drafts
Subseries D. Poetry
Box Folder
17 36 Correspondence, indexes, notes
37-40 General poems
41 In Memory of a Common Man
42 Music Out of Earth
Box Folder
18 1-2 Poems, 1925-1942
3 War Song of the United Nations
4 War Town
5 Zilzain
Subseries E. Other Writings
Box Folder
18 6-7 Articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, etc.
Essays
The Choice to Love (1959)
Box Folder
18 8-9 Notes [note cards removed to box 25]
10-15 Typescript drafts
16-20 Draft fragments
21-22 Setting copy
Box Folder
19 1-2 Correspondence
3 Publicity
In Praise of Gratitude (1961)
Box Folder
19 4 Notes [note cards removed to box 25]
5 Handwritten draft
6-11 Typescript drafts
12-18 Draft fragments
Box
gf Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
20 1-3 Correspondence
4 Publicity
5 Reviews
6 Reader's Digest version
7 Published versions
"The Song of a Companion of God"
Box Folder
20 8-9 Notes
10-13 Typescript drafts
14-32 Typescript drafts and fragments
33 Correspondence
Box Folder
21 1 Christian Higher Education Fund
2-4 Various essays
Lectures
Box Folder
21 5-6 Columbia speech
7-8 Various subjects
Subseries F. Notes and Research Materials
Box Folder
21 9-17 Notes, various subjects
Box Folder
22 1-3 Research material, clippings
4-7 Research material, clippings, continued



 

Series II. Correspondence, 1925-1972

Box Folder
22 8 Clay, George
9 Contracts and copyrights
10 Harold Ober Associates, 1948-64
11 Harper & Row, 1958-65
12 Haydn, Hiram, 1951-64
13 Morrison, Adrienne (Pinker and Morrison, Inc.)
14 Publishers and editors
Raynolds, Marguerite Gerdau, primarily to David and Robert Raynolds
Box Folder
22 15-17 1926
18-19 1928-1937
20 1938-1939
21-22 1940-1943
Box Folder
23 1-2 1944-1958
3 1962-1972
4 Undated
5 The Reader's Digest, 1957-1965
6 Russell and Volkening, Inc., 1941-1965
7 William Morrow & Co. Inc., 1931-1963
8 Various correspondents, 1925-1972



 

Series III. Career-Related and Personal

Box Folder
23 9 Articles about Raynolds
10 Autobiographical material
11 Chrichton, Kyle, estate papers
C. H. Booth Library
Box Folder
23 12-13 1957-1959
14 1960-1962
15 1963-1964
16 1965
17 Club and professional memberships
18-19 Columbia University, lectureships, 1949-1955
20 The Dramatists' Guild
21 Family papers
Financial
Box Folder
23 22 Business correspondence
23-24 Royalties
25 Tax returns
Box Folder
24 1 Tax returns, continued
2 Fulton, Robert (Skyhook project)
3 Medical records and correspondence
4 Obituaries
5 Passports and miscellaneous items
6 Photographs, publicity
7-9 Post card collection
10 Project in Support of Peace
11 Reading course, 1960
Trips
Box Folder
24 12 Mexico
13 Spain
14-15 Miscellaneous
16 Will
17-22 Willkie campaign
Box Folder
25 1-5 Note card files



 

Series IV. Materials from Card Catalog

Box Folder
26 1 Works
2 Unidentified recipient
3 Davies, Mrs. Arjay
4 A-F
5 G-L
6 Hall, Baird
7 Lawrence, Barbara
8 M-R
9 Perkins, Maxwell
10 S-Z
11 Unidentified author
12 A-B
13 C
14 D-F
15-16 Davies, Mrs. Arjay
17 Dawson, Cleo
18-19 Der Harootian, Koren
20 G-J
21 Horan, Kenneth
22 Gerdau, Omi
23 Hooper, Grace
Box Folder
27 1 Hooper, Grace, continued
2-4 Hall, Baird
5 K-N
6 Nicholas, Dudley
7 Martin, Bernice A.
8 Lewis, Martin
9-10 Lohrke, Eugene
11-12 Nardi, Dorothy
13 O-R
14 Raynolds, James W.
15 Reiter, André
16 S-Z
17 Root, Margaret W.
18 Wolfe, Thomas
19 Unidentified author-Z



 

Series V. Oversized Materials

Box
28 Oversize scrapbooks