University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Robert Raynolds:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research 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Abstract: The collection includes Raynolds' published and unpublished novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction writings, including handwritten and typescript drafts of Raynolds's ten published novels, as well as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: 71 boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder, 8 galley folders (30 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research 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 three series: I. Works; II. Correspondence, 1925-1972; and III. Career-Related and Personal.

The largest series, Works, contains published and unpublished novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction writings.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 Numerous unpublished novels, novel "starts," and his Thomas Wolfe memoir are also present.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.

Th 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.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, Reg. no. 3947

Processed by:

Sean Castilla and Liz Murray, 2003


Robert Raynolds Papers--Folder List

 

I. Works

A. Books
Brothers in the West (1931)
Box Folder
1 1-4 Typescript drafts
5 Page proofs, incomplete
Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
1 6 Correspondence
Box Folder
2 1 Publicity
2-3 Reviews
4-5 Scrapbooks, Harper's Prize
6 "From Paragraph to Novel," drafts and published excerpts, talk for Writer's Club at Columbia regarding writing of novel
7 Play and opera adaptations by Raynolds and Helen Gholson Kittredge
Box Folder
3 1-2 "Cuckoo Furioso," typescript drafts
3-4 "Discovering Solitude," drafts
"Enchanted Wine"
Box Folder
3 5 Notes
6 Handwritten draft
7 Typescript draft
Box Folder
4 1-2 Typescript drafts, revised
3-4 Drafts and fragments
Far Flight of Love (1957)
Note cards [removed to Box 67]
Box Folder
4 5 Outline
6-8 Handwritten drafts
9 Typescript draft
Box Folder
5 1 Typescript draft
2 Typescript draft fragment
3 Pageant Press, publisher's file
4-6 Correspondence, 1948-65
Box Folder
6 1 Mailing and review lists
2-3 Publicity and promotion
4 Reviews
Articles by Raynolds about Far Flight of Love
Box Folder
6 5 "A Challenge in Free Enterprise"
6 "My War for Love: A Scandal in Publishing"
7 "Toward a Grand Decency in Literature"
8 "The Uncorrupted Word"
Fortune (1935)
Box Folder
6 9 Notes
Box Folder
7 1-5 Handwritten drafts
Box Folder
8 1-5 Handwritten and typescript drafts
Box Folder
9 1-3 Typescript drafts
4-5 Draft fragments
6 Correspondence
7 Reviews
"Joy Unconfined"
Box Folder
10 1 Notes and handwritten draft
2-3 Typescript drafts
May Bretton (1944)
Box Folder
10 4 Notes [note cards removed to Box 67-68]
Outline [removed to oversize folder]
Box Folder
10 5 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
11 1-2 Handwritten draft (cont'd)
3-5 Typescript draft
Box Folder
12 1-5 Typescript draft
Box Folder
13 1-3 Typescript draft
Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
13 4 Correspondence
5 Reviews [scrapbook removed to oversize, Box 72]
Box Folder
14 1 "Murder Without Remorse," typescript draft
"My Brother Julian"
Box Folder
14 2 Notes [note cards removed to Box 68]
3 Preliminary sketch
4 Handwritten draft
5 Correspondence
"Night Boss"
Box Folder
14 6 Notes
7-8 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
15 1-2 Typescript drafts
3 "A Number of Men," typescript draft
The Obscure Enemy (1945)
Box Folder
15 4-5 Notes [note cards removed to Box 69]
6 Research materials
7 Handwritten draft fragments
Box Folder
16 1 Handwritten draft
2-3 Typescript drafts
4 Preface draft and jacket copy
Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
16 5 Correspondence
6 Reviews
"Once, on the Prairie"
Box Folder
16 7 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
17 1 Typescript draft and correspondence
2 Typescript synopsis of play adaptation
Paquita (1947)
Box Folder
17 3 Notes [note cards removed to Box 69]
4-6 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
18 1-3 Typescript draft
4-5 Typescript draft revisions
Box Folder
19 1-3 Typescript draft
4-5 Setting copy
Box Folder
20 1 Setting copy, cont'd
Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
20 2 Correspondence
3 Publicity
The Quality of Quiros (1955)
Box Folder
20 4-6 Notes
7-8 Handwritten draft
9 Typescript draft
Box Folder
21 1 Typescript draft, cont'd
2-5 Typescript drafts
Box Folder
22 1-2 Typescript draft
3 Draft revisions
Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
22 4 Correspondence
5 Publicity and reviews [scrapbook removed to oversize, Box 72]
Saunders Oak (1933)
Box Folder
22 6 Notes
7 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
23 1 Handwritten draft, cont'd
2 Typescript draft, first carbon
3 Setting copy
4 Page proofs, incomplete
Galleys [removed to galley files]
Box Folder
23 5 Reviews
6 "Life Catches Up," play adaptation
The Sinner of Saint Ambrose (1952)
Box Folder
24 1-2 Notes and research material [note cards removed to Box 70]
3-9 Drafts and revisions
Box Folder
25 1-7 Drafts and revisions, cont'd
Box Folder
26 1-4 Drafts and revisions, cont'd
5 Setting copy
Box Folder
27 1-2 Setting copy, cont'd
3-4 Page proofs
5 Correspondence
6 Publicity
Box Folder
28 1-3 Reviews [scrapbook removed to oversize, Box 72]
4 Associated visual materials
5 Newspaper serialization
Story Song (1962)
Box Folder
28 6 Notes
7-8 Songs, drafts
Box Folder
29 1 Handwritten draft
2-7 Typescript drafts
8 Correspondence
Box Folder
30 1 Version titled "Shepherd Song and Evening Star"
2 "Wonderful Campfire Night," selected and adapted from Story Song
3 Publicity pieces by Raynolds
Thomas Wolfe: Memoir of a Friendship (1965)
Box Folder
30 4 Notes [note cards removed to Box 71]
5-9 Drafts
Box Folder
31 1-4 Drafts, cont'd
5-7 Correspondence
8 Illustrations and permissions
9 Reviews
10 Newtown Library exhibition description and photographs
Novel starts
Box Folder
32 1 "A Double Life: Carol and Gordon"
2 "John Wallace: American"
3 "Marguerite"
4 "My Abominable Uncle"
5 "My Point of View"
6 "The Restoration of Love"
7 "The Story of Alice Driessler"
8 "Tom Storymaker"
9 Research materials and notes
B. Plays
Box Folder
32 10 "Begin with Music," notes for a play
"Blessed Are the Debonair" (Summer Song)
Box Folder
32 11-14 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
33 1-4 Typescript drafts, fragments, and revisions
5 Correspondence
6 Programs and reviews
"Boadicea"
Box Folder
33 7 Notes and research material
8 Outline and handwritten first draft, Feb. 1938
Box Folder
34 1-10 Handwritten and typescript drafts
Box Folder
35 1-13 Typescript drafts, fragments, and revisions
Box Folder
36 1 Page proofs
2-3 Correspondence
4 Production notes, set design, song arrangement
5 Publicity and reviews
6 Radio adaptation
"Farewell, Villon"
Box Folder
36 7 Notes
8-12 Handwritten and typescript drafts
Box Folder
37 1 Correspondence
2 Programs and reviews
3-5 "Pretty Norma Heath," drafts
"Take All My Loves"
Box Folder
37 6-7 Notes
8-9 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
38 1-8 Drafts, fragments, and revisions
Box Folder
39 1 Revision, Sept. 1937
2 Dramatists' Assembly, Stanford University, Etherege Award in Comedy, 1939
"Thomas More"
Box Folder
39 3 Notes
4-6 Typescript drafts
7 Correspondence
"The Ugly Runts"
Box Folder
39 8 Notes
Box Folder
40 1-2 Notes, cont'd
3-5 Handwritten drafts
6-11 Typescript drafts
Box Folder
41 1-2 Draft fragments and revisions
3 Correspondence
4 "On Producing 'The Ugly Runts'"
5 Reviews
6 Play starts, preliminary notes
C. Short Stories
Box Folder
41 7 Abide in My Heart at Peace
8 Adobe Blond
9 Aliens
Box Folder
42 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
Box Folder
43 1 Cove Girl
2 A Dance at the Indian Woman's
3 The Deep Dream
4 Detour to Heaven
5 Dream Kick
6 Esteban
7 Eternal Now in Comfort
8 Forget It
9 Girl of Earth
10 Girl Who Went to Market
11 Going Down
12 Herman's Children
13 His Heart Could Have No Fortune
14 Horn by Night
15 I'd Rather Fight
16 In a Little Spanish Town
17 In a Quiet Valley
Box Folder
44 1 In Flight, in Hiding
2 In Praise of Sane Readers
3 In Sight of Long's Peak
4 An Interesting Error
5 Jane Dammit and the First Selectman
6 Johnnie's Windowlamp
7 The Lost Print
8 Mariana and the Rat
9 A Meeting in Omaha
10 Men Who Dig Coal
11 Mr. Dobbie
12 Money for Years
13 Montana Mischief
14 The Near-Dead Man
15 Night Story
16 Nocturnal Errand
17 Outrage My Soul
Box Folder
45 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
Box Folder
46 1 They Saw a Star
2 The Thirteen
3 This Little Girl Went to Market
4 Three Women
5 U-Boat Bellyache
6 Where There Is No Vision
7 Winter Fire
8 The Witchcraft Root
9 Without Benefit of Freud
10 The Wreath on the Floor
11 Wyoming pastoral story with screenplay notes
12-16 Early stories, notes, and unfinished drafts
D. Poetry
Box Folder
47 1 Correspondence, indexes, notes
2-5 General poems
6 In Memory of a Common Man
7 Music Out of Earth
8-9 Poems, 1925-1942
Box Folder
48 1 War Song of the United Nations
2 War Town
3 Zilzain
E. Other Writings
Box Folder
48 4-5 Articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, etc.
Essays
The Choice to Love (1959)
Box Folder
48 6-7 Notes [note cards removed to Box 70]
8-11 Typescript drafts
Box Folder
49 1-2 Typescript drafts, cont'd
3-7 Draft fragments
8-9 Setting copy
Box Folder
50 1-2 Correspondence
3 Publicity
In Praise of Gratitude (1961)
Box Folder
50 4 Notes [note cards removed to Box 71]
5 Handwritten draft
6 Typescript draft
Box Folder
51 1-5 Typescript drafts
Box Folder
52 1-7 Draft fragments
Galleys [removed to galley files]
8-10 Correspondence
Box Folder
53 1 Publicity
2 Reviews
3 Reader's Digest version
4 Published versions
"The Song of a Companion of God"
Box Folder
53 5-6 Notes
7-10 Typescript drafts
Box Folder
54 1-16 Typescript drafts and fragments
Box Folder
55 1-3 Typescript drafts and fragments, cont'd
4 Correspondence
5 Christian Higher Education Fund
6-7 Various essays
Box Folder
56 1 Various essays, cont'd
Lectures
Box Folder
56 2-3 Columbia speech
4-5 Various subjects
F. Notes and Research Materials
Box Folder
57 1-6 Notes, various subjects
Box Folder
58 1-6 Notes, various subjects, cont'd
7-8 Research material, clippings
Box Folder
59 1-2 Research material, clippings, cont'd



 

II. Correspondence, 1925-1972

Box Folder
59 3 Clay, George
4 Contracts and copyrights
5 Harold Ober Associates, 1948-64
6 Harper & Row, 1958-65
7 Haydn, Hiram, 1951-64
Box Folder
60 1 Morrison, Adrienne (Pinker and Morrison, Inc.)
2 Publishers and editors
Raynolds, Marguerite Gerdau, primarily to David and Robert Raynolds
Box Folder
60 3-5 1926
6-7 1928-1937
8 1938-1939
9-10 1940-1943
Box Folder
61 1-2 1944-1958
3 1962-1972
4 Undated
5 The Reader's Digest, 1957-65
6 Russell and Volkening, Inc., 1941-65
7 William Morrow & Co. Inc., 1931-63
8 Various correspondents, 1925-72



 

III. Career-Related and Personal

Box Folder
61 9 Articles about Raynolds
10 Autobiographical material
11 Chrichton, Kyle, estate papers
C. H. Booth Library
Box Folder
61 12-13 1957-59
Box Folder
62 1 1960-62
2 1963-64
3 1965
4 Club and professional memberships
5-6 Columbia University, lectureships, 1949-55
7 The Dramatists' Guild
8 Family papers
Financial
Box Folder
63 1 Business correspondence
2-3 Royalties
4-5 Tax returns
6 Fulton, Robert (Skyhook project)
7 Medical records and correspondence
Box Folder
64 1 Obituaries
2 Passports and miscellaneous items
3 Photographs, publicity
4-6 Post card collection
7 Project in Support of Peace
8 Reading course, 1960
Trips
Box Folder
65 1 Mexico
2 Spain
3-4 Miscellaneous
5 Will
6-7 Willkie campaign
Box Folder
66 1-4 Willkie campaign, cont'd
Box
67-71 Note card files
Box
72 Oversize scrapbooks