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Guide to the Coleman Dowell Papers
1925-1985
 MSS.036

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Coleman Dowell Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1925-1993
Abstract: (Robert) Coleman Dowell (1925-1985) was a composer, lyricist, poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He corresponded with many famous authors and well-known personalities from the early 1960's through 1984. The collection includes correspondence, original sheet music composed by Dowell for television and Broadway musicals during his early years in New York City, photographs, and manuscripts of published and unpublished novels, poetry, short fiction, and plays.
Quantity: 32 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS.036

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Biographical Note

(Robert) Coleman Dowell was born to Mordon and Beulah Dowell in Adairville, Kentucky on May 29, 1925. Dowell attended several country schools, among them, a one room schoolhouse where Latin and Greek were taught. His last two years of high school were at Simpson County High in Franklin, a new county school where he was on the school paper. Dowell served in the U.S. Army, Medical Corps from 1944-45 and as an assistant to the prosecution in war crimes trials in Manila in 1945-46. He was eventually promoted to the rank of sergeant. During this period he also attended the University of the Philippines. Dowell returned home to the U.S. in 1946 and settled in Louisville for a few years where he was a full-time member of the National Guard. Here, he wrote the musical play that brought him to New York

Dowell moved to New York City in 1950, initially finding work as a model for automobile and airline ads and as a typist. From 1950-53 Dowell was employed as a song writer and lyricist for the Dumont television show, Once Upon a Tune, which starred Bea Arthur, Elaine Stritch, Alice Ghostley, and Charlotte Rae. Dowell composed nearly 1,000 works for weekly broadcast. He also worked as David Merrick's protege and with John LaTouche on the abortive Broadway musical version of Eugene O'Neill's  Ah, Wilderness!. 1957 was a pivotal year for Dowell. It was in January of this year that he managed to meet Carl Van Vechten, author of  The Tattooed Countess. Dowell wanted permission to attempt to adapt the piece to the musical stage. He played for Van Vechten selections from a score for  The Tattooed Countess and won Van Vechten's approval for the rights. Carl Van Vechten was known to his friends as "Carlo." His career included stints as a music critic for the  New York Times, as a novelist during the 1920s, and as a photographer for which he never sought nor received payment. He photographed many of the major figures in the arts world. His wife was Fania Marinoff, a retired actress. Van Vechten introduced Dowell into his circle of friends which included many celebrities: Isak Dinesen, Langston Hughes, Leontyne Price, Geoffrey Holder, Gloria Vanderbilt, Sidney Lumet, Eileen Herlie, Kim Hunter, Barbra Streisand, Dianne Carroll, Pearl Bailey, Anthony Armstrong Jones, Tallulah Bankhead, Luise Rainer, Laurence Olivier, Gertrude Stein, the Gish sisters, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, George Kaufman, Noel Coward, and Maurice Sendak, among others.

The Tattooed Countess, which opened in 1961, was panned by the critics and closed within a few days. Dowell, who had written the book, score and lyrics, tried his luck with another theatrical experiment,  Eve of the Green Grass. This play was presented at the Chelsea Art Theatre in 1965 and starred Kim Hunter. Seeing his play on the stage, Dowell concluded that the theatre was not his metier and turned his attention to writing novels. This was done without the mourning that the failure of  The Tattooed Countess had induced. Dowell's early experiences in the theatre were used in two magazine articles, "At Home with Drosselmeier" and "A Handful of Anomalies" which were published in  Bomb Magazine in 1984 and 1985, respectively. His theatrical career was also included in his unfinished autobiography,  A Dark Book, which was published by The Dalkey Archive Press in June 1993 under the title:  A Star-bright Lie.

Dowell had found only disillusionment in the theater. He decided to seek his fortune as a writer of fiction. Dowell had already experienced some success in writing fiction. His short story, "Alter Frau im Garten" had been published in 1962. Over a fifteen year period Dowell wrote five novels: One of the Children is Crying (1968),  Mrs. October was Here (1974),  Island People (1976),  Too Much Flesh and Jabez (1977), and  White on Black on White (1983). Remarkably, the first four novels had been written concurrently. These novels were intricate both in concept and in form. It was during this period that Dowell enjoyed the critical praise and friendship of such noted authors as Walter Abish, Thom Gunn, John Hawkes, Ann Lauterbach, Gilbert Sorrentino, Maurice Sendak, Edmund White, and Tennessee Williams.

Dowell was talented and he yearned to be famous. He very much needed a popular readership. One of the Children is Crying, one of his most accessible books, was widely reviewed, with reviews appearing in Boston, Denver, Hollywood, Houston, Louisville, Milwaukee, Sacramento, and Tulsa. Since  One of the Children is Crying had been published earlier in England under the title,  The Grass Dies, reviews also appeared in England and Ireland. Surprisingly, reviews for Dowell's second novel,  Mrs. October was Here, were meager and from rather obscure sources. Nevertheless, this novel was always mentioned as being Dowell's favorite.  Island People was a favorite with critics and other authors, and was called Dowell's masterpiece. Supporters of this novel included Tennessee Williams, Gilbert Sorrentino, Ihab Hassan, and Walter Abish, but reviews were still not as plentiful as had been the case with his first novel.  The New York Times called it "a work of art" and brought Dowell some national attention.  Too Much Flesh and Jabez was the least reviewed of Dowell's novels.  The New York Times, nevertheless, called it "a tour de force."  White on Black on White received many, but mixed, reviews. Dowell was given a tribute before the publication of his last novel in the Fall 1982 issue of  The Review of Contemporary Fiction. This issue, called the Paul Bowles-Coleman Dowell number, contains the major critical articles on Dowell which had appeared up to this date.

Three different journals published nearly all of Dowell's short fiction. New Directions: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry published the following titles: "The Keepsake" (#26, 1973), "The Birthmark" (#27, 1973), "I Envy You Your Adventure" (#28, 1974), "First Person Biography" (#29, 1974), "Victor: (#30, 1975), "If Beggars were Horses" (#31, 1975), "Singing in the Clump" (#32, 1976), "The Moon, the Owl, my Sister" (#33, 1976), "Ham's Gift" (#35, 1977), and "My Father was a River" (#36, 1978). The English quarterly,  Ambit, published the following titles: "I am the Beast" (#61, 1975), "The Drought Ends" (#65, 1976), "Her Good Man Gone" (#69, 1977), "A Lifetime Proposition" (#73, 1978), "Patridge House" (#76, 1978), "The Snake House" (#79, 1979), "The Silver Swanne" (#89, 1980), "Person Waiting" (#94, 1983), and "Kitty" (#100, 1985).  Conjunctions published "The Great Godalmighty Bird" (#4, 1983), "Eve of the Green Grass" (novel excerpt) (#6, 1984), and "Writings on a Cave Wall" (#8, 1985). As has been already stated, "Old Woman in a Garden" or "Alte Frau im Garten" (translation by Ruth Landskoff-Yorck) was published in  Frankfurter Heftein 1962. "Handy" appeared in  Kentucky Renaissance in 1976, and "The Hobo" appeared in  ADENA in Spring 1986. During 1983 both  Conjunctions and  Grenfell Press republished "The Silver Swanne" which  Conjunctions editor, Bradford Morrow, in "Postscript,"  The Houses of Children: Collected Stories (1987) termed Dowell's greatest work of short fiction. It should also be noted that Dowell reviewed books for the  Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky from 1978-1985.

Dowell received critical praise from the leading authors and critics of his day. He never received the popular support he so desperately needed. His later years were plagued by ill health. Although there were good times, Dowell could not escape feelings of disillusionment, suicide, or as he put it, "the balcony beckons me." In the early morning hours on Saturday August 3, 1985, Dowell leapt from his 15th floor apartment balcony overlooking Fifth Avenue. As is the case with so many other writers or artists, the attention focused on Coleman Dowell accelerated after his death. In 1987, The Houses of Children: Collected Stories was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson and this publishing company also reissued  One of the Children is Crying.  Too Much Flesh and Jabez was also made available via the Dalkey Archive Press.

Three major works by Dowell were left unfinished. These include Eve of the Green Grass, a novel; Dowell's autobiography entitled,  A Dark Book and his private journal 1968-1984 which is a running diary of his life, writings, attitude towards people, and also includes personal observations for stories. Two excerpts from  A Dark Book had been published earlier in  Bomb magazine under the titles: "At Home with Drosselmeier" (#10, Fall 1984) and "A Handful of Anomalies" (#13, Fall 1985). These deal with Dowell's early adventures in New York City and his relationship with Carl Van Vechten, as well as his early theatrical career.

Dowell was given a final tribute at his apartment on November 3, 1985. A large number of famous personalities representing the worlds of dance, art, literature, music, theater, and education toasted their friend and praised his accomplishments as a gifted composer, poet, playwright, novelist, and critic.

Sources:

  • The Coleman Dowell Papers, (New York: Fales Library, NYU, 1993)
  • Contemporary Authors, (Detroit: Gale Research, 1990)
  • Kuehl, L., & J. Kuehl, eds. (1989). Prospectus for a start-bright lie: Coleman Dowell's Theatrical Memoirs (NY: The Review of Contemporary Fiction7:3 Fall 1987)

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Scope and Content Note

The Coleman Dowell Papers includes correspondence, musical scores and lyrics, photographs, and ephemera, as well as the texts of three major unfinished works: a novel, a private journal, and an autobiography. The latter, which Dowell had entitled A Dark Book, was published in 1993 as  A Star-Bright Lie. The 2008 Accretion includes all of the above, as well as an audio recording of Dowell singing some of his songs. The accretion also contains various materials related to the publication of  A Star-Bright Lie, as well Bertrand Slaff's attempts to publish Dowell's journals.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series:

Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Published and Unpublished Works
Series III: Musical Works and Lyrics
Series IV: Works by Others and Miscellaneous Materials
Series V: Media

Although the greatest concentration of correspondence is found in Series I, correspondence is interfiled throughout the Papers.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Published and Unpublished Works
  3. Series III: Musical Works and Lyrics
  4. Series IV: Works by Other and Miscellaneous Materials
  5. Series V: Media
  6. Miscellaneous Oversize

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Griffin, John Howard, 1920-1980
  • Greene, Harlan
  • Halliday, Mark
  • Gunn, Thom
  • Fey, Isabella
  • Dunphy, Jack
  • Geva, Tamara
  • Ford, Ruth, 1915-
  • Kuehl, John Richard, 1928-
  • Koch, Ed, 1924-
  • Lauterbach, Ann, 1942-
  • Laughlin, James, 1914-1997
  • Hunter, Kim, 1922-2002
  • Herlie, Eileen
  • Kent, Louise Andrews, 1886-1969
  • Inge, William
  • Pais, Lila
  • Purcell, John
  • Purdy, James
  • Segal, Lore Gorszmann
  • Low, Betty
  • Lyndon, Andrew
  • Morrow, Bradford, 1951-
  • O'Brien, John, 1879-1952
  • Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
  • Van Vechten, Fani Marinoff
  • White, Delilah, 1903-
  • White, Edmund, 1940-
  • Sendak, Maurice
  • Sessoms, Hella
  • Slaff, Bertram
  • Sorrentino, Gilbert
  • Wilson, Morris
  • Williams, Shirley
  • Whitmore, George, 1945-1989
  • Abish, Cecile
  • Aman, Madeleine
  • Arnold, Kenneth
  • Abish, Walter
  • Adams, Frances
  • Beeson, Jack, 1921-
  • Beeson, Nora
  • Baker, Roger
  • Bax, Martin
  • Dowell, Coleman
  • Collins, Jack
  • Dignan, Josef

Document Type

  • Paintings (visual works)
  • Galley proofs.
  • Typescripts.
  • Drawings
  • Scripts (documents)

Subject Topics

  • Authors, American -- Correspondence.
  • American drama |y 20th century.
  • American literature |y 20th century.
  • Composers, American.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Coleman Dowell Papers; MSS 36; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Separated Materials

The following books were separated from the archive and cataloged as part of the Fales print collection. They can be searched in the NYU catalog, Bobcat.

Abrams, Linsey. Charting the Stars. New York: 1979
Bancroft, Mary. Autobiography of a Spy. New York: 1983
Bax, Martin. The Hospital Ship. New York: 1976
Beeson, Jack. To a Lady Who Asked for a Cypher [sheet music]. New York: 1970
Britton, Burt, ed. Self-Portrait: Book People Picture Themselves. New York: 1976
Colum, P. & Cabell, M.F., eds. Between Friends: Letters of James Branch Cabell and Others, New York: 1962
Dunphy, Jack. An Honest Woman. New York: 1971
Dunphy, Jack. Nightmovers. New York: 1967
Eliot, Elizabeth. Heiresses and Coronets. New York: 1959
Elmslie, Kenward. Moving Right Along Calais, VT: 1980
Geva, Tamara. Split Seconds. New York: 1972
Goldman, Michael. At the Edge. New York: 1969
Goldman, Michael. First Poems. New York: 1966
Greene, Jonathan. Scaling the Walls Lexington, KY: 1974
Gunn, Thom. Moly and My Sad Captains. New York: 1973
Gunn, Thom. The Passages of Joy. New York: 1982
Gunn, Thom. . Selected Poems: 1950-1975 London: 1979
Hunter, Kim. Loose in the Kitchen. North Hollywood: 1975
Kuehl, John. The Fool-Spy. New York: 1967
Kuehl, John. John Hawkes and the Craft of Conflict. New Brunswick, NJ: 1975
Kuehl, J. & Moore, S., eds. In Recognition of William Gaddis Syracuse, NY: 1984
Latouche, John. Ballet Ballads [music]. New York: 1949
Laughlin, James. In Another Country San Francisco: 1978
Lauterback, Ann. Closing Hours. New York: 1983
Lauterback, Ann. The Dark Door. New York: 1985
Lauterback, Ann. Sacred Weather. New York: 1984
McClure, Michael. Scratching the Beat Surface San Francisco: 1982
Martin, Stephen. Edges. New York: 1978
Morrow, Bradford. After a Charme. New York: 1984
Morrow, Bradford. Posthumes. New York: 1982
Morrow, Bradford. The Preferences. New York: 1983
Purdy, James. Children is All. New York: 1961
Purdy, James. Color of Darkness and Children is All. New York: 1965
Purdy, James. Colour of Darkness London: 1961
Purdy, James. I Am Elijah Thrush London: 1972
Purdy, James. . Malcolm. New York: [1959]
Purdy, James. The Runnning Sun. New York: 1971
Rexroth, Kenneth. Selected Poems ed. by Bradford Morrow. New York: 1984
Roster, Norman. Thrive Upon the Rock. New York: 1965
Scott, Zachary. John Emory. New York: 1965
Segalen, Victor. Stelae trans. by Nathaniel Tarn. Santa Barbara: 1969
Sendak, Maurice, illus. [presentations]
Sendak, Maurice, illus. The Bat-Poet / Randall Jarrell. New York: 1964
Sendak, Maurice, illus. Fantasy Sketches Philadelphia: 1970
Sendak, Maurice, illus. The Griffin and the Minor Canon / Frank Stockton. New York: 1963
Sendak, Maurice, illus. Higglety Pigglety Pop! New York: 1967
Sendak, Maurice, illus. In the Night Kitchen. New York: 1970
Sendak, Maurice, illus. The Light Princess / George MacDonald. New York: 1969
Sendak, Maurice, illus. Lullabies and Night Songs / Alec Wilder. New York: 1964
Sendak, Maurice, illus. Nikolenka's Childhood / Leo Tolstoy. New York: 1963
Sendak, Maurice, illus. Poems from William Blake's "Songs of Innocence" / William Blake. London: 1967
Sendak, Maurice, illus. Sarah's Room / Doris Orgel. New York: 1963
Sobin, Gustaf. Caesure: Midsummer Plymouth, UK: 1981
Sobin, Gustaf. Celebration of the Sound Through. New York: 1982
Sobin, Gustaf. Ten Sham Haikus. New York: 1983
Sorrentino, Gilbert. Aberration of Starlight. New York: 1980
Sorrentino, Gilbert. Blue Pastoral San Francisco: 1983
Sorrentino, Gilbert. A Dozen Oranges Santa Barbara: 1976
Sorrentino, Gilbert. Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things. New York: 1971
Sorrentino, Gilbert. Mulligan Stew. New York: 1979
Sorrentino, Gilbert. The Orangery Austin, TX: 1978
Sorrentino, Gilbert. Selected Poems: 1958-1980 Santa Barbara: 1981
Sorrentino, Gilbert. Something Said San Francisco: 1984
Sorrentino, Gilbert. White Sail Santa Barbara: 1977
Stein, Gertrude. Alphabets and Birthdays. New Haven: 1957
Stein, Gertrude. A Novel of Thank You / Carl Van Vechten, ed. New Haven: 1958
Van Vechten, Carl. The Blind Bow-Boy. New York: 1923
Van Vechten, Carl. . Fire Crackers. New York: 1925
Van Vechten, Carl. . Peter Whiffle: His Life and Works. New York: 1927
[Van Vechten, Carl] The American Record Guide June 1960
[Van Vechten, Carl] The American Record Guide June 1960 . A Bibliography / compiled by Klaus W. Jonas. New York: 1955
[Van Vechten, Carl] The American Record Guide June 1960 . Carl Van Vechten; 1880 - 1964 San Francisco: 1965
[Van Vechten, Carl] The American Record Guide June 1960 . Carl Van Vechten and the Twenties / E. Lueders. Albuquerque: 1955
[Van Vechten, Carl] The American Record Guide June 1960 . 80 Writers...in Honor of His 80th Birthday, 17 June 1960. New Haven: 1960
Vanity Fair: Selections. New York: 1960
White, Edmund. A Boy's Own Story. New York: 1982
White, Edmund. Forgetting Elena. New York: 1973
Whitmore, George. Getting Gay in New York. New York: 1976
Yutang, Lin. Imperial Peking. New York: 1961
Zinnes, Harriet. I Wanted to See Something Flying. New York: 1976

Provenance

The Coleman Dowell Papers were donated by Dr. Bertram Slaff, M.D., to the Fales Library at New York University in December 1986. Mr. Frank Walker, Head of Special Collections, acted as liaison between the Archives and Dr. Slaff and arranged for the collection's delivery to the Fales Library.

In 2008, Dr. Slaff donated an additional 1.5 linear feet of materials, notated hereafter as "Accretion 2008."

Processing Information note

In March 2016, boxes from all series were renumbered to numerically follow boxes in Series I. Also, Series IV: Works By Others and Miscellaneous Materials, was divided into four subseries. Researchers with citations to previous box numbers may contact fales.library@nyu.edu for assistance with identifying new box numbers.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence

Scope and Contents note

Series I: Correspondence, consists of correspondence between Dowell and many famous authors and well-known personalities dating from the early 1960s through 1984, for example, Maurice Sendak, Gilbert Sorrentino, Carl Van Vechten, and Edmund White.

 

Offsite boxes & barcodes

Box 1 - Barcode: 31142042236557 Box 2 - Barcode: 31142042236565 Box 3 - Barcode: 31142042236573

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: I.1 Folder : 1 A n.d.
undated
Box: I.1 Folder : 2 Abish, Walter and Cecile: 1975
1975
Box: I.1 Folder : 3 Adams, Frances: 1967, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, n.d.
1967-1985
Box: I.1 Folder : 4 Aman, Madeleine: 1967, 1978, 1985
1967-1985
Box: I.1 Folder : 5 Arnold, Kenneth: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981
1976-1981
Box: I.1 Folder : 6 B: 1951, 1952, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, n.d.
1951-1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 7 Baker, Roger: 1963, 1969, 1984
1963-1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 8 Bax, Martin: 1974, 1979, 1982, 1985, n.d.
1974-1985
Box: I.1 Folder : 9 Beeson, Jack and Nora: 1959, 1973, 1976
1959-1976
Box: I.1 Folder : 10 Boston University [Gotlieb, Howard] 1969, 1974, 1986
1969-1986
Box: I.1 Folder : 11 C - D: 1974, 1978-1982, 1984, 1985, n.d.
1974-1985
Box: I.1 Folder : 12 Collins, Jack: 1983
1983
Box: I.1 Folder : 13 Dignan, Josef n.d.
undated
Box: I.1 Folder : 14 Dowell, Coleman [to Collins, Jack]: 1983, 1984
1983-1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 15 Dowell, Coleman [to Hella and others] 1968, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980-1984
1968-1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 16 Dunphy, Jack: 1968-1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1984
1968-1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 17 E - F: 1954, 1959, 1961-1963, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984
1954-1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 18 Family [Dowell, Mrs. M.W.]: 1951, 1965, 1967
1951-1967
Box: I.1 Folder : 19 Family [Dowell, Ron (nephew)]: 1974, 1976, n.d.
1974
Box: I.1 Folder : 20 Family [Misc.]: 1953-1955, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1984
1953-1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 21 Family [Wohlken, James & Gayle]: 1966, 1967, 1971, 1981-1984
1966-1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 22 Family [Wohlken, Jeremy & Shane]: 1982, 1983
1982-1983
Box: I.1 Folder : 23 Fey, Isabella: 1954
1954
Box: I.1 Folder : 24 Ford, Ruth: 1963, n.d.
1963
Box: I.1 Folder : 25 G - K: 1957, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1974-1976, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985
1957-1985
Box: I.1 Folder : 26 Geva, Tamara: 1966, 1967
1966-1967
Box: I.1 Folder : 27 Greene, Harlan: 1984
1984
Box: I.1 Folder : 28 Griffin, John Howard: 1962, 1967, 1969
1962-1969
Box: I.1 Folder : 29 Gunn, Thom: 1980, 1982, 1983
1980-1983
Box: I.1 Folder : 30 Halliday, Mark [correspondence and ms.]: 1974
1974
Box: I.1 Folder : 31 Herlie, Eileen: 1959, 1960
1959-1960
Box: I.1 Folder : 32 Hunter, Kim: 1967, 1975
1967-1975
Box: I.1 Folder : 33 Inge, William: 1959
1959
Box: I.2 Folder : 1 Kent, Louise Andrews: 1956, 1967, n.d.
1956-1967
Box: I.2 Folder : 2 Kentucky Education Association: 1980, 1983, n.d.
1980-1983
Box: I.2 Folder : 3 Koch, Ed: 1974
1974
Box: I.2 Folder : 4 Kuehl, John [to and from]: 1976-1980, 1982-1984
1976-1984
Box: I.2 Folder : 5 L: 1961, 1962, 1965, 1982, n.d.
1961-1982
Box: I.2 Folder : 6 Laughlin, James: 1972 - 1977
1972-1977
Box: I.2 Folder : 7 Lauterbach, Ann [includes ms.]: 1983-1985
1983-1985
Box: I.2 Folder : 8 Low, Betty: 1979, n.d.
1979
Box: I.2 Folder : 9 Lyndon, Andrew: 1963, 1967, 1971, 1973, n.d.
1963-1973
Box: I.2 Folder : 10 Letters from Readers: 1961, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1977-1982, 1984, 1986, n.d.
1961-1986
Box: I.2 Folder : 11 M: 1953, 1955, 1965, 1975-1980, 1982, 1985 Morrow, Brad
1953-1985
Box: I.2 Folder : data_value_missing_04200659d05f1ddd777d1b44d16b171f [see Brad Morrow, Series IV, Box 1:1]
undated
Box: I.2 Folder : 12 N - R: 1959, 1960, 1962, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1984
1959-1984
Box: I.2 Folder : 13 O'Brien, John: 1982, 1983, 1985
1982-1985
Box: I.2 Folder : 14 Pais, Lila: 1957, 1965, 1968, 1970, n.d. Purcell, John
1957-1970
Box: I.2 Folder : data_value_missing_40461ca30834d095d1d479b1885c40e9 [see White, Edmund, Series I, Box 3:16]
undated
Box: I.2 Folder : 15 Purdy, James: 1963, 1965, 1967, 1974, n.d.
1963-1974
Box: I.3 Folder : 1 S: 1965, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1985
1965-1985
Box: I.3 Folder : 2 Segal, Lore & mother (Franzi Groszmann): 1971, 1972
1971-1972
Box: I.3 Folder : 3 Sendak, Maurice [see also Map Case]: 1968-1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1982, n.d.
1968-1982
Box: I.3 Folder : 4 Sessoms, Hella: 1969-1972, 1982-1985
1969-1985
Box: I.3 Folder : 5 Slaff, Bertram: 1980-1983, n.d., 1957, 1963-1968, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978
1957-1983
Box: I.3 Folder : 6 Sussler, Betsy: 1984
1984
Box: I.3 Folder : 7 Sorrentino, Gilbert: 1976, 1978, 1980-1984
1976-1984
Box: I.3 Folder : 8 T: 1961, 1964, 1968, 1978, 1984, 1985
1961-1985
Box: I.3 Folder : 9 Tam's Death: July 13 1978
1978
Box: I.3 Folder : 10 Unidentified: 1946, 1950, 1957, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1984
1946-1984
Box: I.3 Folder : 11 Unidentified n.d.
Box: I.3 Folder : 12 Van Vechten, Carl: 1957, 1958
1957-1958
Box: I.3 Folder : 13 Van Vechten, Carl: 1959 - 1964
1959-1964
Box: I.3 Folder : 14 Van Vechten, Carl: Photos & postcards: 1957-1961, n.d.
1957-1961
Box: I.3 Folder : 15 Van Vechten, Fania Marinoff: 1959, 1960, n.d.
1959-1960
Box: I.3 Folder : 16 W - Z: 1954, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1974, 1979, 1983
1954-1983
Box: I.3 Folder : data_value_missing_cbc580a8494913eac05157cb9dfc1b08 White, Delilah [see White, Edmund, Series I, Box 3:16]
undated
Box: I.3 Folder : 17 White, Edmund: 1976, 1978, 1980-1985, n.d.
1976-1985
Box: I.3 Folder : 18 Whitmore, George: 1978
1978
Box: I.3 Folder : 19 Williams, Shirley n.d.
undated
Box: I.3 Folder : 20 Wilson, Morris: 1975, 1976
1975-1976
Box: I.3 Folder : 21 The Writer [A.S. Burack, ed.]: 1967, 1968, n.d.
1967-1968

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Series II: Published and Unpublished Works

Scope and Content note

Series II: Published and Unpublished Works, contains reviews pertaining to Dowell's published works, and some correspondence, mostly from friends or admirers regarding a particular novel, short story, etc. This series is divided into two subseries: Subseries A: Novels and Short Stories; and Subseries B: Plays and Dramatic Writings. The bulk of Dowell's published works is novels; unpublished material consists of plays, poems, and miscellaneous writings. Much of the materials in Subseries B are copies of Dowell's published novels or plays which he used as research material for other projects. The series also contains The Great Godalmighty Bird- a long, unpublished play with songs, personal correspondence, lists of scenes for the plays and themes, and short two- or three-character plays.

 

Offsite boxes & barcodes

Series II, Subseries A: Box 1 - Barcode: 31142042236581 Box 2 - Barcode: 31142042236599 Box 3 - Barcode: 31142042236607 Box 4 - Barcode: 31142042236615 Box 5 - Barcode: 31142042236623 Box 6 - Barcode: 31142042236631 Box 7 - Barcode: 31142042236649 Box 8 - Barcode: 31142042236656 Box 9 - Barcode: 31142042236664 Box 10 - Barcode: 31142042236672 Box 11 - Barcode: 31142042236680 Box 12 - Barcode: 31142042236698 Box 13 - Barcode: 31142042236706

Series II, Subseries B: Box 1 - Barcode: 31142042236714 Box 2 - Barcode: 31142042236722

Subseries A: Novels, Short Stories and Other Writings

Scope and Contents note

(1949 - 1986)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 1 Cancer: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 2 City Sundays: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 3 The Great Godalmighty Bird: 1983
1983
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 4 Ham's Gift: 1977
1977
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 5 Ham's Gift [German translation] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 6 I Envy You Your Great Adventure: 1966-68, 1974
1966-1974
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 7 If Beggars Were Horses: 1975
1975
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 8 In The Mood: [1966-68], 1986
1986
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 9 The Moon, The Owl, My Sister: 1976
1976
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 10 My Father was a River: 1978
1978
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 11 The Silver Swanne: 1979, 1980
1979-1980
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 12 The Silver Swanne: [notes] [ca. 1979]
1979
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 13 The Kid's Brother [later, Wool Tea]: 1983
1983
Box: II.A.1 Folder : 14 Writings as Yet Unfound in a Kentucky Cave n.d. [later, Writings on a Cave Wall 1985
1985
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 1 One of the Children is Crying/The Grass Dies. [British ms.]: ca. 1968
1968
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 2 One of the Children is Crying/The Grass Dies. [carbon ms.]: ca. 1968
1968
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 3 One of the Children is Crying/The Grass Dies [clippings]: 1967, 1968
1967-1968
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 4 The Grass Dies [correspondence]: 1964-1965
1964-1965
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 5 One of the Children is Crying [correspondence]: 1967
1967
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 6 One of the Children is Crying [correspondence]: 1968-1975
1968-1975
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 7 One of the Children is Crying [corrected ts, p 1-126]: ca. 1968
1968
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 8 One of the Children is Crying [corrected ts, p 126-230]: ca. 1968
1968
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 9 One of the Children is Crying [Reviews] 1987
1987
Box: II.A.2 Folder : 10 One of the Children is Crying [Title page, ad card & quote page] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 1 Mrs October Was Here [ts. carbon]: ca. 1974
1974
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 2 Mrs October Was Here [ts. annotated]: ca. 1974
1974
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 3 Mrs October Was Here [notes and fragments]: n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 4 Mrs October Was Here [early version]: n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 5 Mrs. October Was Here [miscellaneous]: n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 6 Mrs. October Was Here [miscellaneous]: n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 7 Mrs. October Was Here [miscellaneous]: n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 8 Mrs October Was Here [miscellaneous; clippings]: 1973, 1974
1973-1974
Box: II.A.3 Folder : 9 Mrs October Was Here [correspondence]: 1970-1978
1970-1978
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 1 Island People [Ian]: ca. 1976
1976
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 2 Island People [The Keepsake]: 1973
1973
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 3 Island People [The Surgeon]: ca. 1976
1976
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 4 Island People [Webster's story (1)]: 1976
1976
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 5 Island People [Webster's story (2)]: 1976
1976
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 6 Island People [Webster's story (3)]: 1976
1976
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 7 Island People [fragments] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 8 Island People [fragments] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 9 Island People [correspondence]: 1973, 1975, 1976
1973-1976
Box: II.A.4 Folder : 10 Island People [clippings]: 1976
1976
Box: II.A.5 Folder : 1 Island People [Up At Claudo's] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.5 Folder : 2 Island People [1]: ca. 1976
1976
Box: II.A.5 Folder : 3 Island People [2]: ca. 1976
1976
Box: II.A.5 Folder : 4 Island People [3]: ca. 1976
1976
Box: II.A.5 Folder : 5 Island People [scrapbook]: 1976, 1977
1976-1977
Box: II.A.6 Folder : 1 Too Much Flesh and Jabez [notes and fragments]: 1977
1977
Box: II.A.6 Folder : 2 Too Much Flesh and Jabez [Edmund White's notations]: 1977
1977
Box: II.A.6 Folder : 3 Too Much Flesh and Jabez [correspondence]: 1977
1977
Box: II.A.6 Folder : 4 Too Much Flesh and Jabez [clippings]: 1977, 1978, 1981
1977-1981
Box: II.A.7 Folder : 1 White on Black on White [original ms. p. 1-135]: ca. 1983
1983
Box: II.A.7 Folder : 2 White on Black on White [original ms. p. 136-252]: ca. 1983
1983
Box: II.A.7 Folder : 3 White on Black on White [ms. p. 1-141]: ca. 1983
1983
Box: II.A.7 Folder : 4 White on Black on White [ms. p. 142-283]: ca. 1983
1983
Box: II.A.7 Folder : 5 White on Black [notes and fragments] ca. 1983
1983
Box: II.A.7 Folder : 6 White on Black on White [contract and correspondence]: 1982, 1983
1982-1983
Box: II.A.7 Folder : 7 White on Black on White [correspondence]: 1983, n.d.
1983
Box: II.A.7 Folder : 8 White on Black on White [clippings]: 1983, 1984
1983-1984
Box: II.A.8 Folder : 1 The Houses of Children [ms.] (part 1: p. i-iii, 1-138): ca. 1986
1986
Box: II.A.8 Folder : 2 The Houses of Children [ms.] (part 2: p. 139-220) ca. 1986
1986
Box: II.A.8 Folder : 3 The Houses of Children [ed. draft 1]: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.8 Folder : 4 The Houses of Children [ed. draft 2]: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.8 Folder : 5 The Houses of Children [Afterword by Bradford Morrow]: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.8 Folder : 6 The Houses of Children [Show proof]: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.8 Folder : 7 The Houses of Children [reviews]: 1987
1987
Box: II.A.9 Folder : 1 White on Black on White [galley proof. p.1-125]: 1983
1983
Box: II.A.9 Folder : 2 White on Black on White [galley proof. p.126-251]: 1983
1983
Box: II.A.9 Folder : 3 The Silver Swanne [unbound copy]: 1983
1983
Box: II.A.9 Folder : 4 The Silver Swanne [unbound copy]: 1983
1983
Box: II.A.9 Folder : 5 The Houses of Children [galley proof (revise) ]: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.9 Folder : 6 The Houses of Children [galley proof (revise) ]: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.9 Folder : 7 The Houses of Children [annotated galley proof]: 1986
1986
Box: II.A.10 Folder : 1 Autobiography [fragments] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.10 Folder : 2 A Dark Book [later, A Star Bright Lie] [ts] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.10 Folder : 3 A Dark Book [1st draft] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.10 Folder : 4 Memoir about Carl Van Vechten n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.10 Folder : 5 What I Did On My Vacation n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.11 Folder : 1 Eve of the Green Grass [Willow's Story] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.11 Folder : 2 Eve of the Green Grass n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.11 Folder : 3 Eve of the Green Grass [fragments] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.11 Folder : 4 Eve of the Green Grass [Discards? Edited] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 1 And What of the Valley? n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 2 The Black Conductor n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 3 Boy n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 4 Boy of My Dreams n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 5 Cat n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 6 Chris n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 7 Dedication & Elegy (to Tam): ca. 1978
1978
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 8 The Diary of a Bigot n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 9 The Dory [formerly, The Gag & Puke] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 10 The Geisha n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 11 I Am n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 12 The Indian Giver n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 13 The Intruder n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 14 Ivy: n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 15 Jenny Come Home [Bobby Dowell aged 12] ca.: 1949
1949
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 16 The Landlords n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 17 Liars Cookbook n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 18 The Long Weekend n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 19 Mademoiselle du Paris n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 20 Maya [see also, Up at Claudo's] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 21 Moetter n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 22 Miscellaneous Writing (1): 1968, n.d.
1968
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 23 Miscellaneous Writing (2) n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 24 Miscellaneous Writing (3) n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.12 Folder : 25 Miscellaneous Writing (4): 1985, n.d.
1985
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 1 Old Woman in a Garden: ca. 1962
1962
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 2 The Other Room n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 3 Poems A-G: 1964, 1982, n.d.
1964-1982
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 4 Poems H-L n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 5 Poems M-R: 1960, 1964, 1978, 1979, n.d.
1960-1979
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 6 Poems S-Z n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 7 Poems: Miscellaneous n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 8 Polish Story n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 9 Snap n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 10 The Twenties n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 11 Up at Claudo's n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 12 Untitled ["I have wanted to see three things"]: 1965
1965
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 13 Untitled ["It was the day he arranged..."] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 14 Untitled ["It's the noise"] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 15 Untitled ["Men go to work."] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 16 Untitled ["My first editor"] n.d.
undated
Box: II.A.13 Folder : 17 Yetta Arenstein Memorial: 1965
1965

Subseries B: Plays and Dramatic Pieces

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 1 Gentle Laurel [later, Eve of the Green Grass]. 1965
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 2 Gentle Laurel [later, Eve of the Green Grass]. 1965
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 3 Eve of the Green Grass [ms.]. 1965
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 4 Eve of the Green grass [notes and fragments]. 1965
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 5 Eve of the Green Grass [Act 1 and background notes]. 1965
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 6 Eve of the Green Grass [Revised by Bert Slaff]. 1965
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 7 Eve of the Green Grass [Act 1&2 and notes]. 1965
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 8 Eve of the Green Grass [Act 1&2 and explanatory notes]
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 9 Eve of the Green Grass [Act 1. Incomplete]. 1965
1965
Box: II.B.1 Folder : 10 Eve of the Green Grass [correspondence & writings]. 1962, n.d.
1962
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 1 Ah, Wilderness [newspaper article]: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 2 Beautiful Dreamer [C. Dowell?]. 1959
1959
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 3 Beautiful Dreamer [variant version] [1959]
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 4 Call back April: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 5 Chloe: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 6 Cora's Pill: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 7 The Crystal Tree [by Coleman Dowell?]: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 8 The Crystal tree [by Doris Julian]. 1956
1956
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 9 The Great Godalmighty Bird n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 10 Haymarket [musical play]. 1958
1958
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 11 The Indian Giver: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 12 Little Maggie: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 13 Mrs October Was Here: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 14 Paul and Paul's Super Ego: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 15 The Penthouse: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 16 Shangri-La: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 17 Sleeping Rock: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 18 Tropicana: n.d.
undated
Box: II.B.2 Folder : 19 Untitled murder mystery: n.d.
undated

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Series III: Musical Works and Lyrics

Scope and Contents note

Series III: Musical Works and Lyrics, spans the years from the 1950s to 1960s. The bulk of the material falls in the year 1961 when Dowell's largest theatrical work, The Tattooed Countess, opened on Broadway. The work contains book, lyrics, and score by Dowell and signifies the major effort of his theatrical production. Dowell's second largest musical effort, Haymarket, although unfinished, also contains a large number of musical works and lyrics. Most of Dowell's theatrical works are heavily annotated. The lists of song titles included in this material provide an opportunity to study Dowell's creative processes, as he changed or reworked his material. It is not unusual to find a lyric assigned to one of Dowell's musicals also appearing in another of his theatrical works.

Dowell's music and lyrics from the 1950-1953 television series, Once Upon A Tune, are included in the Collection. Although Dowell composed nearly one thousand songs for the weekly broadcast of this show over its run, most of these are not included in his papers.

 

Offsite boxes & barcodes

Box 1 - Barcode: 31142042236839 Box 2 - Barcode: 31142042236847 Box 3 - Barcode: 31142042236755 Box 4 - Barcode: 31142042236763 Box 5 - Barcode: 31142042236771

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: III.1 Folder : 1 Ah, Wilderness!: n.d.
undated
Box: III.1 Folder : 2 Haymarket Lyrics: n.d.
undated
Box: III.1 Folder : 3 Haymarket Sheet Music: n.d.
undated
Box: III.1 Folder : 4 Lida Questa: n.d.
undated
Box: III.1 Folder : 5 Miscellaneous Lyrics: n.d.
undated
Box: III.2 Folder : 1 Miscellaneous Musical Works: n.d.
undated
Box: III.2 Folder : 2 Music from C. Dowell's Library: n.d.
undated
Box: III.2 Folder : 3 Musical Collaborations: n.d.
undated
Box: III.2 Folder : 4 Once Upon A Tune. 1950-1953
1950-1953
Box: III.2 Folder : 5 Streisand Material. 1965
1965
Box: III.3 Folder : 1 The Tattooed Countess (Reeds). 1961
1961
Box: III.3 Folder : 2 The Tattooed Countess (Horns). 1961
1961
Box: III.3 Folder : 3 The Tattooed Countess (Cello). 1961
1961
Box: III.3 Folder : 4 The Tattooed Countess (Harp). 1961
1961
Box: III.4 Folder : 1 The Tattooed Countess (Piano). 1961
1961
Box: III.4 Folder : 2 The Tattooed Countess (Vocals). 1961
1961
Box: III.4 Folder : 3 The Tattooed Countess (Entre Acte/Orch. parts masters) 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 1 The Tattooed Countess (Book). 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 2 The Tattooed Countess (Book). 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 3 The Tattooed Countess (Book photocopy) 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 4 The Tattooed Countess (Book with revisions). 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 5 The Tattooed Countess (Correspondence). 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 6 The Tattooed Countess (Telegrams). 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 7 The Tattooed Countess (Clippings). 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 8 The Tattooed Countess (Playbills). 1961
1961
Box: III.5 Folder : 9 The Tattooed Countess (Set transparencies). 1961
1961

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Series IV: Works by Others and Miscellaneous Materials

Scope and Contents note

Series IV: Writings by Others and Miscellaneous Materials, contains photographs of Coleman Dowell, family members and other individuals. Correspondence is interfiled with typescripts, plays, novels, short stories, poems, etc., written by other people.

 

Offsite boxes & barcodes

Box 1 - Barcode: 31142042236813 Box 2 - Barcode: 31142042236821

Subseries A: Bradford Morrow

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: IV.1 Folder : 1 Correspondence 1982-1984
1982-1984
Box: IV.1 Folder : 2 Above the Chautaquas [ms.]. 1984
1984
Box: IV.1 Folder : 3 The American Baedeker of Mateo Lupi [ms.]: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.1 Folder : 4 Contrapposto [ms.]: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.1 Folder : 5 Cutt's Grace [ms.] [see also, Who Else I Don't Like]. 1984
1984
Box: IV.1 Folder : 6 The History of It [ms.]: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.1 Folder : 7 Hung Storm [ms.]. 1982
1982
Box: IV.1 Folder : 8 Papa Itzhak (1) [ms.]: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.1 Folder : 9 Papa Itzhak (2) [ms.] n.d.
undated
Box: IV.1 Folder : 10 Post Partum [ms.] (2 versions): n.d.
undated
Box: IV.1 Folder : 11 Who Else I Don't Like [ms.] [see also, Whom No Hate...]. 1984
1984
Box: IV.1 Folder : 12 Whom No Hate Stirs None Dances [ms.] [see also, Who Else...]: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.1 Folder : 13 Printed Material. 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, n.d.
1982-1985

Subseries B: Works by Others

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: IV.2 Folder : 1 Adams, Jody [ms.] [The No-Name Blues]: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.2 Folder : 2 Arnold, Kenneth. [mss.] [Better Homes and Gardens; She Also Dances]. 1980, n.d.
undated
Box: IV.2 Folder : 3 Deba: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.2 Folder : 4 For Sukey T. (author unknown) [ms.] [1974/75]
undated
Box: IV.2 Folder : 5 Hines, Glen: "For Coleman" [ms. poem]. 1979
1979
Box: IV.2 Folder : 6 Kuehl, John and Linda Kandel Kuehl [An Interview with Coleman Dowell]. 1979
1979
Box: IV.2 Folder : 7 Laughlin, James [ms. & printed material]. 1974, 1978, n.d.
1974-1978
Box: IV.2 Folder : 8 Martin, Stephen: A Comparative Study in Androgyny in 1984. Twentieth-Century Literature [ms. & corresp.]
1984
Box: IV.2 Folder : 9 Martin, Stephen-Paul [Excorcism and Grace]: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.2 Folder : 10 Masseaux, Brett [ms.] [Maybe at the Next Station...]: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.2 Folder : 11 Schneider, Louise [ts.] [Orphaned Children of the Orphaned South]. 1968
1968
Box: IV.2 Folder : 12 Sorrentino, Gilbert [mss. and printed material]. 1984, 1985, n.d.
1984-1985
Box: IV.2 Folder : 13 Unidentified writings: n.d.
undated
Box: IV.2 Folder : 14 Van Vechten, Carl [printed material] 1960, n.d.
1960
Box: IV.2 Folder : 15 White, Edmund: Caracole [ms.] (pp. 1-216): n.d.
undated
Box: IV.2 Folder : 16 White, Edmund: Caracole [ms.] (pp. 217-426): n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 1 White, Edmund: A Man of the World [ms.]. n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 2 White, Edmund (Printed Matter). 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984
1979-1984

Subseries C: Miscellaneous

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: IV.3 Folder : 3 Clippings. 1968 1973, n.d.
1968-1973
Box: IV.3 Folder : 4 Dowell Family Genealogy. n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 5 French lessons with Yvette Arenstein. n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 6 Italian lessons. n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 7 Legal documents. 1956, 1957, 1962, 1968, 1970, n.d.
1956-1970
Box: IV.3 Folder : 8 Misc. notes, literary sketches & quotes. n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 9 Printed and pictorial matter. 1961, 1965, 1976, 1980
1961-1980
Box: IV.3 Folder : 10 Photos: C. Dowell and Family. n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 11 Photos: Others. n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 12 Reviews by C. Dowell. 1977, 1979, 1985, n.d.
1977-1985
Box: IV.3 Folder : 13 Reviews & Articles about C. Dowell and his work. 1974, 1976, 1977, n.d.
1974-1977
Box: IV.3 Folder : 14 The Tattooed Countess [framed newspaper ad for the musical]. 1961
1961

Subseries D: Addenda

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: IV.3 Folder : 15 Bibliography [of C. Dowell's work by Bertram Slaff]. n.d.
undated
Box: IV.3 Folder : 16 Morrow, Bradford [Coleman Dowell Obituary]. 1985
1985
Box: IV.3 Folder : 17 Karl, F. [The Faulknerian Presence in Contemporary American Fiction]. 1987
1987
Box: IV.3 Folder : 18 Kuehl, Linda K. and John R. [Prospectus for A Star-Bright Lie: Coleman Dowell's Theatrical Memoirs]. 1989
1989
Box: IV.3 Folder : 19 Printed Material [New Directions' Fiftieth Anniversary]. 1986
1986

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Miscellaneous Oversize

Posters, newspapers, scrapbook, etc.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: IV.4 Folder : data_value_missing_688b5f0da9a0d1192c7fc9797fc252b3 The Tattooed Countess poster. 1961
1961
Box: IV.4 Folder : data_value_missing_1da7ee44497af0cf8f5366692291bb35 The Tattooed Countess set design (watercolor). 1961
1961
Box: IV.4 Folder : data_value_missing_4d75897be23083fb8191073174829b87 Misc. newspapers 1968, 1969
1968-1969
Box: IV.4 Folder : data_value_missing_b5c3e4dd0186f35304f40aa39af15301 Mrs. October Was Here: scrapbook of reviews. 1974
1974
Box: IV.4 Folder : data_value_missing_2933c3f1ae1b591d1253fd2be4176385 Ink drawing on placemat by Hugh Dilworth (?). 1962
1962

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Accretion 2008 - Series I: Correspondence

Scope and Content note

This series contains a small amount of correspondence between Dowell and various friends and publishers. Those folders labeled "Miscellaneous Letters" contain photocopies, primarily of letters written by Dowell to his family members, collected posthumously by Bertram Slaff. The series also contains correspondence between Slaff and others regarding Dowell's death.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 1 D'Amico, Maria Vittoria
1984
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 2 Dahl, Gunnar Andreas
1994
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 3 Dunphy, Jack
1987
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 4 Fitzgerald, G.

General

Contains one hand-addressed, empty envelope.

1972
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 5 Frankfurter Hefte
1962
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 6 Froman, Jane
1957, 1959, 1960
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 7 Glassgold, Peter
1980
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 8 Herlie, Eileen
1958-1960
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 9 Hoepffner, Bernard
1993-1994
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 10 Kaldheim, Peter
1974-1975
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 11 Kroll, Lucy
1995, 1997
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 12 Landskoff-Yorck, Ruth
1963
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 13 Laughlin, James
1980
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 14 Low, Betty
1964, undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 15 Mielziner, Joe
1953, 1955
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 16 Miscellaneous Letters (1 of 2)

General

Primarily photocopies of letters composed by Dowell, mostly written to members of his family.

Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 17 Miscellaneous Letters (2 of 2)

General

Primarily photocopies of letters composed by Dowell, mostly written to members of his family.

Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 18 Prager, Robert
1984
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 19 Rakoff, Vivian M.
1986
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 20 Rejection Letters from Publishers
1971, 1982, undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 21 S. Fischer Verlag, Publishers
1962-63, 1965
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 22 Semmons, Hella
1968-1984, 1991
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 23 Sendak, Maurice

General

Contains one letter and numerous hand-addressed, empty envelopes.

1967-1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1981
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 24 Slaff, Bertram
1955-1972

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Accretion 2008 - Series II: Published and Unpublished Works

Scope and Content note

The primary focus of Accretion 2008 Series II is Bertram Slaff's attempts to publish Dowell's journal, which Slaff titled An American Eccentric. Slaff edited the journal entries, and arranged them thematically. The folders in this series reflect the various iterations of these arrangements. There is also a manuscript of edited journal entries specifically surrounding Dowell's relationship with his dachsund, which Slaff titled  Cole and Tam - A Writer and His Dog. The series also contains various published and unpublished materials, including photocopies of Dowell's suicide note and will.

Conditions Governing Access

All folders containing excerpts from Dowell's journals are restricted until 31 December 2010.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 25 An American Eccentric [annotated draft]
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 26 An American Eccentric [annotated draft: Descriptive Writing]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 27 An American Eccentric [annotated draft: Noteworthy Events]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 28 An American Eccentric [annotated draft: Observations]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 29 An American Eccentric [annotated draft: Personality Characteristics and Quirks]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 30 An American Eccentric [annotated drafts: Physical Health]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 31 An American Eccentric [annotated draft: Relationship with Doug]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 32 An American Eccentric [annotated draft: Romantic and/or Social Involvements]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 33 An American Eccentric [annotated draft: Suicidal Thoughts]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 34 An American Eccentric [annotated drafts: Writings]
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 35 An American Eccentric [annotated journal]
1977-1984
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 36 An American Eccentric [journal fragments]
1970-1984
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 37 An American Eccentric [journal manuscript pp. i-v, 1-130]
1964-1974
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 38 An American Eccentric [journal manuscript pp. 131 - 307]
1974-1984
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 39 An American Eccentric [supplemental and administrative materials]
1992-1993
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 40 Cole and Tam - A Writer and His Dog [manuscripts and correspondence]
1990
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 41 A Dark Book / A Star-Bright Lie [correspondence]
1987, 1989
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 42 "Der Junge Knecht" - German translation of "Ham's Gift" by Ruth Landskoff-Yorck
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 43 Miscellaneous Book Reviews
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 44 Miscellaneous Writings
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 45 Miscellaneous Writings
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 46 The Party [manuscript and correspondence]
1993
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 47 The Party [manuscript and correspondence]
1993
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 48 Posthumous clippings and excerpts [writings and journals]
1987-1994
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 49 "Reading of Astrological Chart by Isidor Oblo..."
1965
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 50 Suicide Note, Last Will and Testament
1985
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 51 "The Writing of The Silver Swanne"
undated

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Accretion 2008 - Series III: Musical Works and Lyrics

Scope and Content note

Accretion 2008 Series II contains handwritten and annotated sheet music, primarily from The Tattooed Countess.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2008.III.3 Folder : 1 Maybe I'll Leave You
undated
Box: 2008.III.3 Folder : 2 So Long - Vincenzo
undated
Box: 2008.III.3 Folder : 3 Some Sugar Morning
undated
Box: 2008.III.3 Folder : 4 The Tattooed Countess
1961
Box: 2008.III.3 Folder : 5 Think I'll Fall in Love Tonight
undated

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Accretion 2008 - Series IV: Works by Others and Miscellaneous Materials

Arrangement

The contents of folders in this series reflect the original order in which materials were kept by Bertram Slaff.

Scope and Content note

This series contains works by other writers and various materials related to Dowell's life and career. The three folders of photographic materials contain photographic prints, contact sheets, and negative film.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 52 Arlen, Doug: Private! Keep Out!
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 53 Arlen, Doug: Two Men
undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 54 Coleman Dowell "Memorabilia"

General

Contains clippings and writings by or about Dowell, compiled by Bertrand Slaff.

undated
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 55 Copyright, "Maybe I'll Leave You"
1972
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 56 Kentucky Education Association - Miscellaneous Materials

General

Contains materials related to Simpson County High School reunion, as well as a profile of Dowell published in KEA News.

1983
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 57 Photocopies - Photos of Dowell's Ancestors
1999
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 58 Photographic Materials
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 59 Photographic Materials
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 60 Photographic Materials
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 61 Royalty Statements
1978-1984
Box: 2008.I-IV.1 Folder : 62 Slaff, Bertram: Book Review
undated
Box: 2008.IV-V.2 Folder : 1 Slaff, Bertram: Irv Bauer
1995
Box: 2008.IV-V.2 Folder : 2 Slaff, Bertram: Reminiscences About Coleman Dowell
1995-1996
Box: 2008.IV-V.2 Folder : 3 Slaff, Bertram: The Snake's House
1996
Box: 2008.IV-V.2 Folder : 4 Tarn, Nathaniel: The Desert Mothers, "Seeing America First"
undated

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Accretion 2008 - Series V: Media

Scope and Content note

This series contains one audio CD featuring recordings of Dowell singing some of his songs.

Subseries A: Access Copies

Conditions Governing Access

Audio materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers.

Subseries B: Originals

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Box: 2008.IV-V.2 Folder : 5 Media : ID: 036.0001 "Coleman Dowell Sings" CD-R
undated

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Accretion 2008 - Oversize Series III: Musical Works and Lyrics

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2008.III.4 Folder : 1 The Tattooed Countess
1961

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Opened to Public 2011 - Series I: Correspondence

Scope and Content

This portion of correspondence was sealed until 2011, at the request of the collection donor.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2011.I.1 Folder : 1 To: Aman, Madeleine
undated
Box: 2011.I.1 Folder : 2 From: Dennis, Efraim
1973-1975
Box: 2011.I.1 Folder : 4 From: Misenti, Vincent
1972
Box: 2011.I.1 Folder : 5 From: Misenti, Vincent
1973-1974
Box: 2011.I.1 Folder : 6 To: Slaff, Bert
undated
Box: 2011.I.1 Folder : 7 From: Smith, Hubert E.
undated
Box: 2011.I.1 Folder : 8 To: Smith, Hubert E.
undated

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Opened to Public 2011 - Series VI: Journal

Scope and Content

This series consists of Dowell's typescript journals; access to this material was restricted until 2011, at the request of the collection donor.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 1 Journal
1964
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 2 Journal
1969-1970
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 3 Journal
1971
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 4 Journal
1972
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 5 Journal
1973-1974
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 6 Journal
1975
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 7 Journal
1976
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 8 Journal
1977
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 9 Journal
1978
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 10 Journal
1979
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 11 Journal
1980-1981
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 12 Journal
1982
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 13 Journal
1983
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 14 Journal
1984
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 15 Journal
undated
Box: 2011.VI.1 Folder : 16 [Journal] miscellaneous
undated

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