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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works,

Series II. Correspondence, 1958-1999

Series III. Personal and Career-Related

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Alice Adams:

A Preliminary Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Adams, Alice, 1926-1999
Title: Alice Adams Papers
Dates: 1931-2000
Abstract: The Alice Adams papers span her career as a novelist and short story writer. Most of her novels and short story collections are represented by typescripts and/or proofs. Also present are non-fiction articles and book reviews written by Adams. There is extensive correspondence with literary agents, editors, and other writers.
Extent: 30 document boxes, 1 oversize box (osb), 10 galley folders (17.3 linear feet)
Language: English.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Alice Adams papers span her career as a novelist and short story writer. Most of her novels and short story collections are represented, including Listening to Billie, Superior Women, and The Last Lovely City. The collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Works, 1931-2000; Series II. Correspondence, 1950s-1999; and Series III. Personal and Career-Related.

Series I. Works is subdivided into Subseries A. Novels and Short Story Collections, Subseries B. Uncollected Short Stories, and Subseries C. Other Writings. Subseries A. consists of typescripts, proofs, and correspondence relating to her novels and collected short stories. There is also a typescript for her travel book, Mexico: Some Travels and Some Travelers There. Of interest is a typescript draft of an unpublished early novel, The Impersonators, written when Adams and her husband were living in Paris in 1947. There are no handwritten drafts of the works present because Adams destroyed early versions of her works once they had been transcribed.

Subseries B. contains short stories that were not collected in other volumes. Some stories are represented only by typescripts, while others include tear sheets or a published volume of the periodical containing the story, as well as publication correspondence. There is one file of early short stories written in 1946 while Adams was a student at Radcliffe College.

Subseries C. includes non-fiction articles and book reviews written by Adams, as well as many of her working notebooks.

The correspondence in Series II. is arranged alphabetically by last name or subject, depending on the original folder titles in Adams's files. The correspondents reflect both her personal and business relationships. There is extensive correspondence with her various literary agents, including Peter Matson and Lynn Nesbit, as well as Vicky Wilson, her editor at Knopf. Many writers are represented, including Saul Bellow, Alison Lurie, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, and the poet Donald Hall. Many letters and business documents are addressed to Alice Linenthal. Adams married Mark Linenthal in 1946, and although they divorced in 1958, she continued to use her married name on government records and for business purposes.

Series III. Personal and Career-Related includes royalty statements, articles written about Adams, and personal clippings files, as well as a collection of photographs and postcards. The bulk of the photos are travel pictures from Mexico, where Adams often went for vacation, and from various trips to Europe, including a trip taken to Portugal as research for a magazine article. Most of these date from the 1970s and early 1980s. There are several files of personal and publicity photos, including some childhood photographs, as well as wedding photographs from 1946 that shows her parents and husband.

Books, periodicals, audio cassettes, and personal effects received with this collection were transferred to appropriate departments within the Ransom Center.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Index Terms

People
Abrahams, William Miller, 1919- .
Adams, Judith.
Bellow, Saul.
Colwin, Laurie.
Hall, Donald, 1928- .
Mailer, Norman.
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- .
Steele, Max, 1922- .
Wilson, Vicky.
Document Types
Contracts.
Drafts.
Galleys.
Juvenilia.
Notebooks.
Photographs.
Printers' proofs.
typescripts

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2000 (R14720)

Processed by:

Hope Donovan Rider, 2007

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Alice Adams Papers--Folder List

 

Series I. Works,

Subseries A. Novels and Short Story Collections
Container
1.1-4 After the War: a novel (novel, 2000), typescripts
After You've Gone (short stories, 1989)
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1.5-7 Typescripts, offprints, correspondence
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2.1 Typescripts, cont'd
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2.2 Clippings, correspondence
Almost Perfect (novel, 1993)
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2.3-4 Typescript
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2.5 Early revisions
Proofs, master set
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2.6-7 1st pass
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2.8-9 2nd pass
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2.10 Clippings, correspondence
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27.4 Beautiful Girl (short stories, 1979), reviews
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3.1 Careless Love / The Fall of Daisy Duke (novel, 1966), correspondence, reviews
Caroline's Daughters (novel, 1991)
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3.2-6 Typescript
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3.7 Proof, bound
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4.1 Clippings, correspondence
Families and Survivors (novel, 1975)
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4.2 Typescript proofs with handwritten corrections
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osb 28 Galleys
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4.3 Reviews, correspondence
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4.4-5 The Impersonators, typescript, [1947]
The Last Lovely City (short stories, 1999)
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4.6-8 Typescripts, offprints, correspondence
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5.1-7 Typescripts, cont'd
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5.8 Book jackets
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5.9 Clippings, correspondence
Listening to Billie (novel, 1978)
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6.1 Typescript
Proofs
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6.2-3 Heavily corrected
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6.4 '1st rev. master set'
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27.5 Reviews
Medicine Men (novel, 1997)
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6.5 Notebook, circa 1994
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6.6-7.2 Typescript
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27.6 Typescript fragments
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7.3 Proof, bound
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7.4 Clippings, correspondence, publication materials
Mexico: Some Travels and Travelers There (non- fiction, 1990)
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7.5 Typescript
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7.6 Clippings, correspondence
Return Trips (short stories, 1985)
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8.1-5 Typescripts, correspondence, offprints
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27.7 Mexican Dust, typescript, published in The New Yorker, 24 January 1983
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27.8 New Best Friends, typescripts, published in The New Yorker, 15 November 1982
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gf Galleys
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8.6-9.1 Page proofs
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9.2 Reviews, correspondence
Rich Rewards (novel, 1980)
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gf Galleys
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9.3 Reviews, correspondence
Second Chances
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9.4-5 Typescript, photocopy
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9.6 Clippings, publication correspondence
A Southern Exposure (novel, 1995)
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10.1-6 Typescripts
Proofs
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10.7-11.3 'Master set, 1st pass'
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11.4-5 With handwritten corrections
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11.6 Bound
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11.7 Reviews
Superior Women (novel, 1984)
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12.1-3 Typescript, photocopy
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gf Galleys
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12.4-6 Page proofs, with handwritten corrections
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13.1-6 Page proofs
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13.7-14.1 Production materials
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14.2 Contracts, royalty statements
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14.3-4 Clippings, correspondence, publicity materials
Folder
osb 28 Publicity and review materials
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14.5 Party photographs
To See You Again (short stories, 1982)
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14.6-8 Typescripts, correspondence
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15.1-2 Typescript, photocopy
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27.9 At the Beach, typescript, published in The New Yorker, 27 July 1981
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27.10 Greyhound People, typescript, published in The New Yorker, 19 January 1984
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27.11 To See You Again, typescript, published in The New Yorker, 16 March 1981
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gf Galleys
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15.3-4 Page proofs
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15.5 Clippings, correspondence
Subseries B. Uncollected Short Stories
Early stories, drafts
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15.6 circa 1946
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16.1-2 circa 1959-1960s
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16.3-4 Uncollected stories, typescripts, correspondence
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16.5 A-Complicities
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16.6 Arabel's list, drafts, published in Ploughshares
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17.1 Arrangements, drafts, correspondence, published in Epoch
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17.2 The Best Revenge, published in Boulevard
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17.3 Computers-Fa
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17.4 Cressida, in Oregon, typescripts, published in Boulevard
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17.5 For-H
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17.6 Gay Friends, drafts, correspondence, published in Santa Monica Review
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18.1 Humpty Dumpty, drafts, correspondence, tear sheet
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18.2 K-P
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18.3 Love and Work, published in Southwest Review
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27.12 Lovers and Friends, draft, proofs, tear sheets from McCall's, Women's Own, 1982-1983
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27.13 Missing Men, typescript, proofs, tear sheet from The Boston Globe Magazine, 25 November 1990
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18.4 The Oasis, published in The Graywolf Annual Two: Stories by Women
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18.5 R-W
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18.6 The Shipbuilder From Düsseldorf, typescript, published in Story
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29.1 Temporary Friends, typescripts
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29.2 Up the Coast, typescript drafts, galleys, tear sheet photocopy, published in GQ, May 1992
Subseries C. Other Writings
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29.3 Best American Short Stories 1991, edited by AA, introduction draft, correspondence, reviews, 1989-1992
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18.7 Book reviews, 1976-1984
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18.8 Commencement address, University of California, Berkeley, 22 May 1987
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19.1 Diary, circa 1937
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29.4 Frida Kahlo's Passion, draft, research, correspondence, tear sheet photocopy in Art & Antiques, 1988-1989
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19.2-3 Juvenilia, artwork and poetry, circa 1931-1937
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19.4 Miscellaneous projects
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19.5 Non-fiction articles and stories
Notebooks
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19.6 1949-1972
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19.7 1972-1980
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20.1 1979-1985
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20.2 1980-1987
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20.3 1985
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20.4 1987-1988 [Caroline's Daughters]
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20.5 1987-1991
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29.7 1989-1990, Mexico
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20.6 1991-1997
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20.7 1992-1994, The Sick Book, haiku
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21.1 1997-1999
Undated
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29.8 Amsterdam, London, France
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21.2 The Book of Bob-Mirrors, [Almost Perfect]
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29.9 Europe
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21.3 [A Southern Exposure]
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21.4-7 Poetry, drafts, notebooks, circa 1934-1946
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29.5 Summer: Clothes, and Love, essay/story for Summer: An Anthology, drafts, correspondence, 1988
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21.8 Talks about writing and writers, typescripts

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Series II. Correspondence, 1958-1999

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21.9 A-C
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21.10 Abrahams, William (Billy), 1960s-1970s
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21.11-22.1 Adams, Judith, 1962-1998
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29.10 Bellow, Saul, 1952-1982
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22.2 Brown, Margery, 1973-1985
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22.3 Business correspondence, 1985-1998
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22.4 Colwin, Laurie, 1976-1984
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22.5 D-H
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22.6 Dodds, John, 1963-1965
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22.7 Ewert, William, re special edition of Molly's Dog, 1983-1984
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29.11 ‘Fans,’ 1983-1989
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22.8 Hall, Donald, 1990-1996
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22.9 Harris, Jeanne, 1977-1985
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22.10 I-R
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22.11 International Creative Management Inc., agents Lynn Nesbit and Erica Spellman, 1977-1984
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23.1-2 Jessner, Lucie, 1958-1979
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23.3 Johnson, Diane, 1975-1999
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30.1 Kiernan, Frances, 1976-1989
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30.2 Legal, 1994-1996
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30.3 Linenthal, Peter, 1950s-1992
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23.4 Lowry, Beverly, 1986-1994
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30.4 MacMillan, Robert, 1997-1998
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23.5 Mailer, Norman, 1963-1969
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23.6 Maine property, 1960-1986
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23.7-8 Matson, Peter, 1965-1971
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30.5 McNie, Robert, re house and furnishings, 1987-1995
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23.9 The New Yorker, 1968
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30.6-7 Parmenter, Derek, 1993-1998
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30.8 Penguin, 1980-1984
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30.9-10 Pereira, Vasco, 1959-1961, undated
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23.10 Poirier, Richard, 1961-1996
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23.11 Protest, 1985
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23.12 'Rags,' rejections, 1953, 1967-1970
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30.11 ‘Requests,’ for articles, speaking engagements, 1991- 1998
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24.1 S-W
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24.2 Segal, David, 1965-1966
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31.1 Sommerfeld, Franz, 1962
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Max Steele
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31.2-4 1958-1959
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24.3-4 1962-1998
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24.5 Summerlin, Dolly, 1981-1983
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24.6 Wilson, Victoria (Vicky), 1977-1996
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24.7-8 Writers, 1971-1998
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24.9 Writers conferences, 1981-1985
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25.1 Miscellaneous, 1960s, 1974-1999

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Series III. Personal and Career-Related

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25.2 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, award, 1992
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25.3-4 Articles and critical essays about Adams
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25.5 Clippings re poetry, restaurants, travel
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31.6 Literary Women: The Long Beach Festival of Women Authors, program with AA, 1984
Photographs
Personal
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31.7 Childhood
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25.6 Adams-Linenthal wedding, 1946
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31.8 Adams, adult, 1950s-1999
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25.7 Adams and Robert McNie
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25.8 Adams with others, 1971-1974
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25.9 60th birthday album, 1986
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25.10 Headshots and publicity photographs
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25.11 Miscellaneous, loose
Travel
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25.12 Alaska, 1981
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25.13 Boston-New York City, 1984
Europe
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25.14-15 Early 1970s, with Robert McNie
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25.16 1984
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25.17 Italy, 1985
Mexico
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26.1-2 1970s
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26.3 Guanajuato
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26.4 Mexico City
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26.5 San Miguel
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26.6 Zihuatanejo, 1980
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26.7-8 Portugal, 1984
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26.9 Santa Fe, 1985
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26.10 Taos, 1982
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26.11-27.2 Postcards, blank
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31.9 ‘Reasons for not telling people you're a writer,’ handwritten note cards
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27.3 Royalty statements, 1985-1993
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31.10 Stories by others, tear sheets

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