Table Of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

Selected Bibliography

Container List

Series 1: The Ink Truck 1954-2000Undated

Series 2: Legs 1926-1988Undated

Series 3: Billy Phelan's Greatest Game 19731976-19781985-1986Undated

Series 4: Ironweed 19701978-19822003Undated

Series 5: O Albany!: Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels 1953-2002Undated

Series 6: Charlie Malarkey Books 1975-19982001Undated

Series 7: The Cotton Club 1983-19861988-198919931997Undated

Series 8: Ironweed (Film Version) 1981-1997Undated

Series 9: Quinn's Book 1981-1988Undated

Series 10: Very Old Bones 19831988-1993Undated

Series 11: Riding the Yellow Trolley Car 1946-1999Undated

Series 12: The Flaming Corsage 1993-19972001Undated

Series 13: Roscoe 1996-2000Undated

Series 14: The Albany Cycle 197619962001-2002

Series 15: Essays and Articles 1963-197019721978-19982002Undated

Series 16: Correspondence 19501959-2003Undated

Series 17: Investigative Journalism 1957-1998Undated

Series 18: Biographical 19691983-2003Undated

Series 19: Trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with President Clinton 19901993-19961998Undated

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WILLIAM KENNEDY PAPERS, (MSS-132), 1926-2003


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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Kennedy Papers
Date: 1926-2003
Physical Characteristics: 41.2 cubic ft.
Abstract: The William Kennedy Papers document nearly a half century of research, writing, and publishing efforts of the internationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize winning author, playwright, essayist, journalist, script writer, professor, and champion of the arts. The collection consists of records related to all of Kennedy’s fiction and nonfiction books through 2002, including his "Albany Cycle" of novels, film scripts, essays, and newspaper articles from the Albany Times-Union. In addition, there is correspondence with other significant authors of American literature, biographical materials, and records documenting a trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with President Bill Clinton.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

William Kennedy, born 1928 in Albany, New York, is an award-winning author and journalist. He is best known for his “Albany Cycle” of eight published novels, one of which, Ironweed, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1984.

Following his childhood and primary and secondary schooling in Albany, Kennedy attended nearby Siena College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree and edited the school's newspaper. Kennedy then began his professional literary career as a journalist at a local newspaper, followed by a U.S. Army newspaper during military service in Europe, the Albany Times-Union, and later as the managing editor of the San Juan Star in 1959. After attending Saul Bellow's fiction writing workshop at the University of Puerto Rico, he left his editorial position to focus on a career as a writer and subsequently returned to Albany in 1963. Kennedy initially wrote feature articles part-time for the Albany Times-Union about slum conditions and integration in the city that garnered him a Pulitzer Prize nomination and were later the inspiration for his nonfiction work O Albany! (1983). While serving as the Times-Union film critic, he released his first novel The Ink Truck (1969).

Beginning in 1975 with his novel Legs, Kennedy introduced his “Albany Cycle” of fiction, books that center upon the state capital and frequently focus on the struggles of recurrent characters, most notably the extended Phelan family. To date he published seven additional novels in this series, most recently Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes (2011). Kennedy also co-authored two children’s books with his son Brendan Kennedy, Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine (1986), and Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose (1993). His first play, Grand View (1996) appeared at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany. Kennedy released a second nonfiction book, Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, in 1993, a collection of essays, interviews, and human interest stories from the past 40 years.

Kennedy also garnered attention with his screenplay writing. He co-wrote The Cotton Club (1984) with the movie’s director Francis Ford Coppola. He penned the script for the film version of his novel Ironweed (1987).

In addition to his own writing career, Kennedy serves as a cultural and educational mentor to others in the field. Kennedy is the founder and executive director of the University at Albany-based New York State Writers Institute. He joined the University at Albany’s English Department in 1974, teaching creative writing and journalism as an instructor until 1982, and now serves as a professor. He also taught at Cornell University in 1982-1983 and was professor at the University of Oregon from 2001-2002.

Today Kennedy is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, he also received many other awards and accolades including a National Book Critics Circle Award, a MacArthur Fellowship (Genius Award), part of which served to establish the Writers Institute, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Regents Medal of Excellence from the State University of New York.

Kennedy met and married his wife Dana Sosa while working in Puerto Rico, and the couple has three adult children.

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Scope and Content Information

The William Kennedy Papers document nearly a half century of research, writing, and publishing efforts of the internationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize winning author, playwright, essayist, journalist, script writer, professor, and champion of the arts. Born and raised in Albany, New York, Kennedy’s novels and nonfiction works frequently evoke a strong sense of place in the state capital, centering upon the city, its history, and its people during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Kennedy transferred his materials to the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives at the University at Albany through a series of acquisitions beginning in 2002. The collection features records related to all of Kennedy’s fiction and nonfiction books through 2002 as well as essays and newspaper articles from the Albany Times-Union. Well-known for embodying the heart of Albany in his work, Kennedy’s donations include extensive material from his “Albany Cycle” of novels, most prominently the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed (1984). However, his earlier works like Legs (1975) and more recent endeavors, such as The Flaming Corsage (1996) and Roscoe (2002) are also well represented. Kennedy also wrote two children’s books with his son, with related papers in the collection. All the files chronicle Kennedy’s meticulous research, writing, publishing, and promotion processes and feature proposals, numerous drafts with edits, rewrites, galleys, page proofs, correspondence, reviews, interviews, residual checks, and printed ephemera.

The Kennedy Papers also chart the transition of novels to film; Kennedy’s own Ironweed, filmed in the Albany area, which appeared on the big screen in 1987, and James Haskins’ The Cotton Club from 1984 for which Kennedy co-wrote the screen play with director Francis Ford Coppola. Relevant papers include working drafts, shooting scripts, looping and line scripts, production notes, call sheets, shooting schedules, and cast lists. In addition the collection has materials related to movie premieres, public relations efforts to market the films, and critics’ reviews.

Kennedy’s correspondence files demonstrate his significant role in late twentieth and early twenty-first century American literature and the arts and offer insights into relationships with other key figures in American literature. Letters detail his close friendships and associations with fellow authors, most notably mentor Saul Bellow and Hunter S. Thompson, as well as John Cheever, Frank McCourt, Joyce Carol Oates, and Philip Roth. The collection also features exchanges with journalists, poets and New York politicians, including Gay Talese, Andy Rooney, and former governor Mario Cuomo.

In addition to having a dedicated series for each of Kennedy's fiction and nonfiction books through 2002, both film scripts, children's books, and correspondence, the papers feature series devoted to related work and other endeavors. The collection holds Kennedy's professional and personal research, interviews, essays, and newspaper articles. In 1995 Kennedy accompanied President Clinton on a trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland as Clinton engaged in key peacemaking efforts. The collection includes background information briefings for the visit, correspondence, and news clips.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - The Ink Truck, 1954-2000, Undated
Series 2 - Legs, 1926-1988, Undated
Series 3 - Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, 1973, 1976-1978, 1985-1986, Undated
Series 4 - Ironweed, 1970, 1978-1982, 2003, Undated
Series 5 - O Albany!, 1953-2002, Undated
Series 6 - Charlie Malarkey Books, 1975-1998, 2001, Undated
Series 7 - The Cotton Club, 1983-1986, 1988-1989, 1993, 1997, Undated
Series 8 - Ironweed (Film Version), 1981-1997, Undated
Series 9 - Quinn's Book, 1981-1988, Undated
Series 10 - Very Old Bones, 1983, 1988-1993, Undated
Series 11 - Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, 1946-1999, Undated
Series 12 - The Flaming Corsage, 1993-1997, 2001, Undated
Series 13 - Roscoe, 1996-2000, Undated
Series 14 - The Albany Cycle, 1976, 1996, 2001-2002
Series 15 - Essays and Articles, 1963-1970 1972, 1978-1998, 2002, Undated
Series 16 - Correspondence, 1950, 1959-2003, Undated
Series 17 - Investigative Journalism, 1957-1998, Undated
Series 18 - Biographical, 1969, 1983-2003, Undated
Series 19 - Trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with President Clinton, 1990, 1993-1996, 1998, Undated

The materials are arranged chronologically for each series except for Series 5: O Albany!, Series 14: Essays and Series 16: Correspondence, which are arranged alphabetically by subject. Series dedicated to literary projects chart the development of each respective effort, generally with working and edited drafts and notes filed first, followed by final drafts, and then related correspondence, reviews, and publicity efforts also arranged by date.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Bellow, Saul
Cheever, John
Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Diamond, Legs, 1895 or 6-1931
Kennedy, William, 1928-
Kennedy, William, 1928- Interviews
Kennedy, William, 1928- Ironweed
Kennedy, William, 1928---Authorship
Kennedy, William, 1928---Film and video adaptations
McCourt, Frank
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Roth, Philip
Thompson, Hunter S.

Associated Titles

Billy Phelan's Greatest Game
Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine
Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose
Cotton Club (Motion picture : 1984)
Grand View
Ironweed
Ironweed (Motion picture)
Legs
O Albany!: Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels
Quinn's Book
Riding the Yellow Trolley Car
Roscoe
The Flaming Corsage
The Ink Truck
Very Old Bones

Subjects

Pulitzer Prizes
American essays
American fiction

Places

Albany (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Clippings
Correspondence
Drafts (documents)
Essays
Galley proofs
Manuscripts for publication
Screenplays

Administrative Information

Alternative Formats Available

A photocopy of the original of the first draft of Legs in Series 2, box 1, folder 1 is available for review in the box for preservation reasons. The original is stored separately.

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, William Kennedy Papers, 1926-2003. M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Kennedy Papers).

Acquisition Information

All items in the William Kennedy Papers were acquired by the University at Albany Foundation and transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, between 2002 and 2005.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Jodi Boyle and Kali M.D. Roy
Date: © 2010 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: -

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Selected Bibliography

Materials authored by William Kennedy.

Fiction

The Ink Truck, 1969
Legs, 1975
Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, 1978
Ironweed, 1983
Quinn's Book, 1988
Very Old Bones, 1992
The Flaming Corsage, 1996
Roscoe, 2002
Chango's Beads and Two-Toned Shoes, 2011

Non-Fiction

O Albany!: Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels, 1983
Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, 1993

Screenplays

Ironweed, 1987
The Cotton Club, co-authored with Francis Ford Coppola, 1984.

Plays

Grand View, 1996

Children's Books Co-Authored with Brendan Kennedy

Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine, 1986
Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose, 1993

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Container List

Series 1: The Ink Truck, 1954-2000, Undated 2.1 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Contains materials about Kennedy's first novel The Ink Truck, initially published in 1969 and then re-issued in 1984 following his success with Ironweed and his receiving the MacArthur Foundation's Genius Award. The novel details the last days of an unsuccessful newspaper strike and is very loosely based on Kennedy's experiences during a newspaper strike in Albany in the mid-1960s. The series includes multiple manuscript drafts, author's notes, book reviews, galleys, publisher agreements and correspondence, and advertising. Please note that the overall series dates are not inclusive.
Box Folder
1 1 Working Copy of First Draft, Undated
2-3 First Draft, Opening Section Removed, Copies 1-2, 1967
4 Revisions to Second Draft, Author's Note Included, 2000, Undated
5-6 Revisions to Second Draft, Undated
7 Second Draft, Undated
8 Revisions to Third Draft, Undated
9 Completed Third Draft, 1967
10-11 Third Draft, Copies 1-2, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Final Copy of Third Draft, Undated
2 Working Copy of Third Draft, Undated
3 Rewritten Pages of Fourth Draft, For Dial Press, 1967
4-5 Working Copy of Fourth Draft, For Dial Press, 1967
6 Completed Fourth Draft, Undated
Box Folder
3 1-2 Fourth Draft, Author Notes Included, Undated
3-4 Dial Press Manuscript with Editor's Notes, Undated
5 Ink Truck Short Story Versions, Undated
6 Excerpts, The Black Beauty Spot, Undated
7 Excerpts, The A Coffin Full of Love, Undated
8 Excerpts, The Ink Truck (It Arrives, Bailey Meets It), Undated
9 Excerpts, Prologue to a Novel "Legs", Undated
10 Drafts with Notes (Folder 1 of 2), 1968
Box Folder
4 1 Drafts with Notes (Folder 2 of 2), 1968
2-5 Author's Notes, 1968, Undated
6 Author's Notebook, Undated
Oversized Folder
1 1-2 Book Galleys, 1969
3 Publicity, Galleys, and Book Design, 1969, 1984, Undated
4 Research Articles and Reviews, 1954, 1964, 1969
5 Research Articles from The Guild Reporter, 1964
Box Folder
4 7 Research Materials for Newspaper Guild, Local 34, 1964-1966
8 Research Materials, Newspaper Articles, 1964-1967
9 Publisher's Correspondence, 1966-1971
10 Newspaper Clippings and Reviews for The Ink Truck, 1969
11 Ads and Reviews, 1969
Box Folder
5 1 Publisher Agreements, 1969-1974,, 1983
2 Royalty Statements, 1969-1973
3 1984 Edition Correspondence, 1984-1985
4 The Ink Truck Reviews, 1984-1985, 1993, Undated
Series 2: Legs, 1926-1988, Undated 4.42 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series focuses on Kennedy's second book Legs, the first in his "Albany Cycle" of novels. Published in 1975, Legs is a fictional account of the notorious Albany gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond. Included are multiple working and edited manuscript drafts spanning a period of several years, galley proofs, rejected and omitted pages, book reviews, profiles about Kennedy, book cover artwork, and correspondence with the publisher. There also are newspaper articles from the 1920s and 1930s about Legs Diamond which Kennedy used to conduct research on Diamond and the period. Please note the overall series dates are not inclusive.
Box Folder
1 1 First Draft of Legs, Rough Copy, December 1968-March 1969
2 First Draft as Sold to Dial Press, 1969
3 First Draft, pages 1-134, Undated
4 First Draft with Author's Notes, Undated
5-6 First Draft with Rejected and Rewritten Pages, 1970
7 Working Copy of Second Draft with Approved Pages, 1970
Box Folder
2 1 Second Draft with Approved Pages, 1-110, 1970
2 Third Draft, pages 111-227, Undated
3 Working Copy of Third Draft in Sections, Undated
4 Third Draft, Misc. Pages, Undated
5 Third Draft, Undated
6 Fourth Draft, Undated
7 Working Copy of Fourth Draft, Undated
8 Fourth Draft, Rejected from Washington Post, Undated
Box Folder
3 1-6 "Fatness" Version with Author Edits, Undated
7 "Fatness" Version, Unedited (Folder 1 of 2), Undated
Box Folder
4 1 "Fatness" Version, Unedited (Folder 2 of 2), Undated
2-4 "Fatness" Version (Fifth Draft), Misc. Pages, Undated
5-6 Final "Fatness" Version (Fifth Draft), Undated
7 Sixth Draft, 1972
Box Folder
5 1 Working Copy of Sixth Draft, 1972
2 Sixth Draft, Rewrites and Rejected Pages, Undated
3 Sixth Draft with Author Edits, 1971-1972
4 Sixth Draft with Author Edits, 1973
5-6 Sixth Draft with Author Edits, Undated
7 Sixth Draft, Final Copy with Edits (Folder 1 of 2), 1974
Box Folder
6 1 Sixth Draft, Final Copy with Edits (Folder 2 of 2), 1974
2-3 Seventh Draft, As Sold to Coward, McCann & Geoghegan (C.M.G.), 1974
4-5 Seventh Draft with Author Edits, Undated
Box Folder
7 1 Cut Pages from Seventh Draft, 1974
2-3 Seventh Draft with Edits, Undated
4-5 Working Copy of Eighth Draft, 1974
6 Master Copy of Eighth Draft with Edits (Folder 1 of 2), 1974
Box Folder
8 1 Master Copy of Eighth Draft with Edits (Folder 2 of 2), 1974
2-3 Transcript of Eighth and Final Draft, 1975
4-5 Final Draft with Edits, 1975
Oversized Folder
2 1 First Galley Proofs, 1975
Box Folder
9 1-3 Misc. Edited Pages, Undated
4 Rejected Pages, Undated
5-6 Omitted Pages with Edits, Undated
Oversized Folder
3 1 Newspaper Articles About Legs Diamond, 1926-1927, 1930-1931
Box Folder
9 7 Dial Press Correspondence, 1969-1973
8 International Famous Agency (I.F.A) Correspondence, 1970-1975
9 Coward, McCann & Geoghegan Booklets, 1973-1974
Box Folder
10 1 Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc. Publishers Correspondence, 1974-1976, 1979, 1981
2 Reviews and Publicity, 1974-1976, Undated
3 Reviews and Publicity, 1975, 1988, Undated
4 Book of the Month Club Magazines, 1975
Oversized Folder
2 2 San Juan Star Profile of Kennedy, 1976
Box Folder
10 5 Newspaper Articles About Legs Diamond, 1979-1981, Undated
6 Original Color Artwork, Undated
7 Book Covers, Undated
8 Information, Undated
Series 3: Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, 1973, 1976-1978, 1985-1986, Undated 3.24 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists of multiple manuscript drafts, notes, and galleys for Kennedy's third novel Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, published in 1978. The story introduces the Phelan family that figures prominently in five additional Kennedy books. Set in Albany during the Depression, Billy Phelan is a small-time gambler and bookie who becomes involved in the kidnapping of a local political boss' son. More than half of the folders in the series contain Federal Bureau of Investigation records of the actual John J. O'Connell, Jr. kidnapping and subsequent extortion case in 1933. The O'Connell family was heavily involved in Democratic Party politics in Albany. Kennedy also corresponded with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the O'Connell kidnapping and received additional case records after the publication of Billy Phelan's Greatest Game.
Box Folder
1 1 First Unfinished Draft, 1976
2 First Unfinished Draft, Undated
3 Draft Pages, Undated
4 Second Finished Draft, Unedited, Undated
5 Second Finished Draft with Edits, As Sold to Viking, 1976
6 Pages From Second Draft, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Working Copy of Second Draft with Edits, 1977
2-6 Third Draft, Pages 1-179, Undated
7 Working Copy of Third Draft, Undated
8 Third Draft with Author Edits, Undated
Box Folder
3 1-2 Working Copy of Final Draft with Edits, Undated
3-4 Editor's Copy of Final Draft with Notes, 1978
Oversized Folder
1 6 Galley Proofs, 1977
Box Folder
3 5 FBI Headquarters File: Volume 1, Section 3, O'Connell Case, Undated
6 FBI Headquarters File: Section 4, O'Connell Case, Undated
Box Folder
4 1 FBI Headquarters File: Section 5, O'Connell Case, Undated
2 FBI Headquarters File: Section 6, O'Connell Case, Undated
3 FBI Headquarters File: Section 7, O'Connell Case, Undated
4 FBI Headquarters File: Section 8, O'Connell Case, Undated
5 FBI Headquarters File: Section 9, O'Connell Case, Undated
Box Folder
5 1 FBI Headquarters File: Section 10, O'Connell Case, Undated
2 FBI Headquarters File: Volume 2, O'Connell Case, 1973
3-4 FBI Headquarters File: Volumes 16-20, O'Connell Case, 1986
Box Folder
6 1-4 FBI Headquarters File: Volumes 16-20, O'Connell Case, 1986
Box Folder
7 1-5 FBI Headquarters File: Unlabeled or Unknown Sections, O'Connell Case, Undated
Box Folder
8 1-3 FBI Headquarters File: Unlabeled or Unknown Sections, O'Connell Case, Undated
4 William Kennedy's FBI Correspondence, 1985-1986
Series 4: Ironweed, 1970, 1978-1982, 2003, Undated 1.26 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists almost entirely of manuscript drafts, edits, notes and galleys for the award-winning Ironweed, published in 1983. The novel, also set in Albany during the Depression, continues the story of the Phelan family. It focuses on Billy Phelan's father Francis, an alcoholic wanderer who returns to the city. Among its many honors, Ironweed received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1983 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1984.
The files document the evolution of the book from a short novel called The Lemon Weed about an alcoholic named Buddy, based upon an actual man Kennedy met and repeatedly interviewed during the 1960s. Of interest are photographs of men and women like Buddy in the streets and missions, taken by a photojournalist friend of Kennedy's and included in the first draft of The Lemon Weed for Subsistence Press.
Please see Series 8, Ironweed (Film Version), for materials documenting the transition of the book to film.
Box Folder
1 1 Preface to The Lemon Weed, Undated
2 The Lemon Weed with Missing "Helen" Section, 1970
3 The Lemon Weed Stories, Undated
4 First Draft of The Lemon Weed, Undated
5 Misc. Pages from The Lemon Weed, Undated
6 The Lemon Weed: A Short Novel, Undated
7 First Draft for Subsistence Press with Images, Undated
8 Copy of First Draft for Subsistence Press, No Images, Undated
9 Incomplete Draft, Undated
10 Author's Note to Self, "The Quest", 1978
11 Three Page One Rewrites, 1978-1979
Box Folder
2 1 Completed First Draft of The Lemon Weed, 1979
2 Original Manuscript, Pages 17-255, Undated
3 Chapters IV and V for Howard Hausman, Undated
4 First Draft of Ironweed, Incomplete, Undated
5 First Draft with Edits, Incomplete, Undated
6 Revised (Second) Draft, Undated
7 Revised (Second) Draft with Edits, Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Chapter VI Revisions, 1980
2 Edited Pages with Notes, 1981
3 Second Draft, Viking Press Copy, 1982
4 Incomplete Second Draft, Pages 124-255, Undated
5 Master Copy of Second Draft, with Edits, Undated
6 Carbon Copy Pages, Undated
7 Final Draft with Typesetters Notes (Folder 1 of 2), Undated
Box Folder
4 1 Final Draft with Typesetters Notes (Folder 2 of 2), Undated
Oversized Folder
4 1 Galley Proofs, ca. 1982
Box Folder
4 2 Notes and Pages Pulled for University at Albany Speech, October 29, 2003, 2003
Series 5: O Albany!: Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels, 1953-2002, Undated 2.34 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Published in 1983, William Kennedy's nonfiction work O Albany! is based upon a series of articles he wrote about the city for the Albany Times-Union in the early-mid 1960s, which garnered him a Pulitzer Prize nomination for journalism. The book looks at Albany neighborhoods, different ethnic and racial groups who settled within the city, landmarks and institutions, and key political leaders. The series includes manuscripts and draft copy, Kennedy's earlier newspaper features, research materials and notes. As all the materials span a significant amount of time, please note the overall dates for this series are not inclusive.
Box Folder
1 1 Unfinished Draft of "Albany: Worst County, Longest Run", Undated
2 One Draft of "Albany, Why Albany?", 1978
3 Nine Drafts of "Arbor Hill", Undated
4 One Draft of "Being Irish", Undated
5 Six Drafts of "Blacks", Undated
6 Documents Regarding "Blacks", 1963-1997
7 News Clippings Regarding "Blacks", 1990, 1997, 2000-2001, Undated
8 Author Notes for "Blacks/Poverty", 1965-1966
9 News Clippings Regarding "Blacks/Poverty", 1965-1966, 1971, Undated
10 Eight Drafts of "Bonafettle", Undated
11 Four Drafts of "The Blvd. of Bluest Dreams", Undated
12 Copy of 1980 Census, 1988
13 Three Drafts of "Capitol Hill", Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Nine Drafts of "Central Avenue", Undated
2 Working Drafts for "The Changing Face of Albany", Undated
3 "The Changing Face of Albany" News Clips, 1964
4 Working Draft of "Debts and Butterings", Undated
5 Four Drafts of "Delaware Avenue I", Undated
6 Nine Drafts of "Delaware Avenue II", Undated
7 One Draft of "The Democrats Convene", Undated
8 Nine Drafts of "Downtown", Undated
9 Eight Drafts of "Epilogue", Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Three Drafts of "Erastus" with Notes, Undated
2 Two Incomplete Drafts of "Erastus", Undated
3 Complete Master Copy of "Erastus", Undated
4 Working Draft for "The Last Word/Erastus", 1983
Oversized Folder
5 1-2 Oversized Research on Ethnic Groups, 1966-1999
Box Folder
3 5 News Clippings on Various Ethnic Groups, 1988, 1990, 1999
6 Literature and Notes Regarding Germans, 1953, 1981-1982, 1990, Undated
7 "Greeks" Personal Correspondence, 2002
8 Eight Drafts of "Introduction", Undated
9 News Clips Regarding "Sons of St. Patrick", 1963, 1987-1989, 1996, Undated
10 Documents Regarding Ireland and "The Irish", 1991-1992, 1994, 1997, Undated
Box Folder
4 1 News Clips Regarding "The Irish", 1963, 1976, 1981, 1990, Undated
2 Draft of Article "South End Italians," Articles 1 and 2, Undated
3 Six Drafts of "The Italians", Undated
4 News Clips Regarding "Italians", 1981, 1992
5 Three Drafts of "Jews", Undated
6 "South End Jews," Articles 1 and 3, Undated
7 Research Documents Regarding "Jews", 1957-1982, Undated
8 Author Notes Regarding "Jews", Undated
9 News Clippings Regarding "Jews", 1963-1964, 1976, 1982
10 Six Drafts of "Legs", Undated
11 Five Drafts of "The Mall Also Rises", 1971
12 Three Drafts of "Nighttown", Undated
Box Folder
5 1 Seven Drafts of "North Albany", Undated
2 Two Drafts of "A Walk on the Waters of Gander Bay", Undated
3 Two Drafts of "The Absolutely Last Hurrah is Yet to Come", 1966
4 Six Drafts of "Dan I", 1974
5 Five Drafts of "Dan II", Undated
6 One Draft of "Dan II/They Bury the Boss", Undated
7 One Draft of "O'Connell", Undated
8 One Draft of "Sidebar: O'Dwyer on O'Connell", Undated
9 Five Drafts of "The Positively Last Hurrah Has Yet to be Heard", 1974
10 Eight Drafts of "Pine Hills", Undated
Box Folder
6 1 Six Drafts of "Prohibition", Undated
2 Six Drafts of "Pruyn Connection I", Undated
3 Eight Drafts of "Pruyn Connection II", Undated
4 Eight Drafts of "South Mall", Undated
5 Four Drafts and Master Copy of "South Mall", Undated
6 Four Drafts of "Sports and Swells", Undated
7 Theater, 1987
8 Eight Writings on the Trinity Institution, Undated
9 Trinity Institution December Schedule, Undated
10 Five Drafts of "Union Station", Undated
11 Documents Covering "The War on Poverty", 1966
12 Four Drafts of "West End I", Undated
13 Four Drafts of "West End II", Undated
14 Four Drafts of "The Whorehouse Neighborhood", Undated
Series 6: Charlie Malarkey Books, 1975-1998, 2001, Undated 1.03 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains materials related to two children's books that William Kennedy wrote with his son Brendan; Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine, published in 1986, and Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose, which appeared in print in 1993. The series features working and edited drafts, galleys, newspaper clippings, reviews, and press tour materials. There also are several folders of correspondence. The files document the difficulties Kennedy encountered in attempting to publish the first book, including many rejection letters from publishing houses beginning in 1975. Of additional interest is correspondence about illustrations, foreign editions, possible film deals, and letters and a book from children who enjoyed the stories.
Box Folder
1 1 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Rejection Letters, 1975-1984, Undated
2 Four Working Drafts with Author Notes, 1981
3 Five Edited Drafts, 1984
4 Seven Drafts of Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine, 1984
5 Four Drafts of Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine, 1985-1986
6 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Illustration Correspondence and Information, 1985-1986, 1988, 2001, Undated
Oversized Folder
5 3 Atlantic Press Monthly Materials, 1986
Box Folder
1 7 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Atlantic Press Correspondence, 1986-1987
8 The Atlantic Monthly Press Book List, 1986-1987
9 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Correspondence for Foreign Editions, 1986-1987, 1989-1990, 1992
10 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Personal Correspondence, 1986-1988
11 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine News Clippings, Articles, Reviews, 1986-1988, 1990, Undated
12 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Publicity, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1997, Undated
13 Bubblegum Trees Correspondence, 1988-1989
14 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Film Project Correspondence, 1990-1991
15 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Sixteen Drafts with Notes, 1990-1991
16 Junior Writer's Week Information and Correspondence, 1990-1994
Box Folder
2 1 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Fourteen Drafts, 1991
2 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Nine Drafts, 1991
3 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Thirteen Edited and Revised Drafts, 1991
4 P.S. 16 Student Letters and Stories, 1991
5 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Related Materials, 1991, 1998, Undated
6 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Illustration Correspondence, 1991-1993
7 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Film Correspondence, 1991-1993
8 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose/Penguin Correspondence, 1991-1994, 1996
9 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Edited Pages, 1992
10 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Final Copy and Three Revised Drafts, 1992-1993
Oversized Folder
5 4 Galleys for Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose, 1993
Box Folder
3 1 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose New Choices Correspondence and Article Information, 1993
2 Penguin Correspondence for Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose, 1993
3 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Publicity Papers, 1994-1995, Undated
4 Chandler School Class Reaction Letters, 1995
5 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Book Cover, Undated
6 Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine Author's Note, Undated
7 Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose Author Notes, Undated
Oversized Folder
5 5 Book Made by Schoolchildren for Kennedy, Undated
Series 7: The Cotton Club, 1983-1986, 1988-1989, 1993, 1997, Undated 2.25 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
In the summer of 1983 William Kennedy accepted director Francis Ford Coppola's invitation to collaborate with him on a film script for The Cotton Club, a 1930s period drama built around the real Harlem night club in New York. He spent the remainder of that summer and the fall writing and editing, as the movie transitioned from the pre-production phase to principal photography. The film debuted in the United States in 1984. This series documents that intensive writing and re-writing effort with many working scripts, rehearsal scripts, shooting scripts, and editing scripts. In addition, there are production memos and notes, call sheets, publicity materials, reviews, correspondence, and a file about the movie premiere.
Box Folder
1 1 Revised Working Draft by Francis Ford Coppola Only, Undated
2 Rehearsal Draft, July 25, 1983
3 Rehearsal Draft with Revised Pages and Editing, July 25, 1983
4 Chronology of Scenes, July 1983
5 Call Sheets, July-November 1983
Oversized Folder
4 2 Call Sheets, August-November 1983
Box Folder
1 6 Revised Rehearsal Draft, August 3, 1983
7 Sunday Afternoon Draft, Master Copy with Editing, August 7, 1983
8 Sunday Night Draft, August 7, 1983
9 Estimating Draft, August 8, 1983
Box Folder
2 1 Estimating Draft with Bob Evans Letter and Comments, August 8, 1983
2 Monday Preview Draft, August 15, 1983
3 Shooting Script (Preliminary), August 16, 1983
4 Shooting Script, Saturday Night Draft, August 21, 1983
5 Shooting Script, August 22, 1983
6 Shooting Script, Sunday Night Draft, August 22, 1983
7 Shooting Script, Master Copy, August 22, 1983
8 Revised Shooting Script, Working Draft, September 26, 1983
Box Folder
3 1 Revised Shooting Script, September 26, 1983
2 Final Draft, October 5, 1983
3 Revised Shooting Script, October 16, 1983
4 Revised Shooting Script, October 26, 1983
5 Revised Shooting Script, November 14, 1983
6 Finale, November 18, 1983
7 Final Script, Master Copy, November 28, 1983
8 Final Script, November 28, 1983
Box Folder
4 1-2 Final Script Rewrites, November 28, 1983
3-4 Final Script, December 8, 1983
5 Cutting Script, Undated
6 Looping Script, Undated
7 Dixie Scenes, Undated
Box Folder
5 1-2 Line Scripts, Undated
3-5 Scripts by Reel Number, Undated
6 Script Rewrites, Undated
7 Script Revisions, Undated
Box Folder
6 1 Script Revisions with Author Notes, Undated
2 Script Rewrites, Undated
3 The Cotton Club Revue and Scene Synopsis, Undated
4 Production Memos, 1983
5 Production Notes, 1983
6 Staff and Crew List, Cast List, 1983
7 Draft of Club Handbill, 1983
8 Robert Duvall Tribute, 1983
9 Publicity over Financing of The Cotton Club, 1983-1984
10 Publicity for The Cotton Club, 1983-1986, 1997, Undated
11 World Premiere of The Cotton Club, Invitation and Correspondence, 1984
12 Reviews and Publicity, 1984
13 "The Cotton Club Stomp" Vanity Fair (Folder 1 of 3), 1984
Box Folder
7 1-2 "The Cotton Club Stomp" Vanity Fair (Folders 2 and 3 of 3), 1984
3 Foreign Publicity, 1985
4 Murder of Roy Radin Clips, 1988-1989
5 "The Cotton Club Stomp," Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, 1993
6 The Cotton Club Memorabilia, Undated
7 Correspondence, Undated
Series 8: Ironweed (Film Version), 1981-1997, Undated 2.01 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series documents the transition of Ironweed from the 1983 award-winning novel to film in 1987. Like the book, the movie focuses on the character of Francis Phelan and his return to Albany during the Depression. William Kennedy wrote the script for the film which was directed by Hector Babenco and starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. It was filmed on location in Albany and the surrounding areas. The materials include many draft and edited scripts, publicity materials, information about casting and locations, call sheets, correspondence, reviews, and two paperback copies of the novel with notes used for script writing. Note the overall dates for the series are not inclusive.
Please see Series 4, Ironweed, for materials related to the writing of the novel.
Box Folder
1 1 Climate Information, 1981, Undated
2 Raw First Draft, August 1985
3 Scene Sequence with Author Edits, August 1985
4 Author Notes, August 1985
5 Dialogue Draft, Undated
6 First Computer Typed Draft, September 3, 1985
7 Script with Author Edits, Undated
8 Script with Author Edits, September 5, 1985
9 Incomplete First Draft with Edits, September 5, 1985
10 Photocopy of First Draft Script, September 5, 1985
Box Folder
2 1 Complete First Draft, September 5, 1985
2 Copy of Second Draft with Author Edits, October 14, 1985
3 Third Draft, October 19, 1985
4 Photocopy of [October 21, 1985] Script, Undated
5 First Draft with Changes Done with Hector Babenco, October 21, 1985, October 1986
6 Second Draft with Author Edits, October 10, 1986
7 Copy of Second Draft Script, October 11, 1986
8 Copy of Second Draft with Author Edits, October 11, 1986
9 Copy of Second Draft Script, October 13, 1986
Box Folder
3 1 Superseded Pages, October 16, 1986
2 Edited Pages, October 24, 1986
3 Copy of Second Drafts with Author Edits, October 25, 1986
4 Photocopies of Location Scenes, October 25, 1986
5 Revised Pages, October 26, 1986
6 Copy of Second Drafts with Author Edits, October 27, 1986
7 Complete Second Draft with No Edits, October 27, 1986
8 Locations, Props, 1986-1987
9 Info. Regarding Casting, 1986-1987, Undated
10 Correspondence, 1986-1988
11 Publicity, 1986-1988, 1993, 1997, Undated
Box Folder
4 1 Revised and Edited Pages, January 20, 1987
2 Revised Second Draft Script, January 21, 1987
3 Third Draft, January 1987
4 Ironweed Script Location/Stage Breakdown, January 1987, Undated
5 Photocopy of Helen's Speech by Meryl Streep and Continuity Notes, January 1987, Undated
Oversized Folder
5 6 Call Sheets, February-May 1987
Box Folder
4 6 Revised Pages, March 2, 1987
7 Additions to "Danny" Scene, March 5, 1987
8 Helen Monologue, March 17, 1987
9 Scene Edits, March 17, 1987
Box Folder
5 1 Copy of Script with Revised Pages, March 17, 1987
2-3 Taft Entertainment Bound Script (2 copies), March 17, 1987
4 Hooverville Extra Lines, May 1987
5 Filming Schedules, 1987
6 Radio News Broadcast on War of the Worlds, 1987
7 "Poor Little Lamb" Lyrics and Information, 1987, Undated
8 Writers Institute Events, 1987, 1997
9 Finale Notes, Undated
10 Cast of Characters/Continuity Lists, Undated
11 Two Copies of Ironweed Paperback Novel, Used for Scriptwriting with Notes, Undated
12 American Film Article Drafts and Information, 1987-1988
Box Folder
6 1 Correspondence, Copies and Pull-outs from The Making of Ironweed, 1987-1988, 1993, Undated
2 England/Ireland Reviews, 1988, 1990, Undated
3 Correspondence, 1996-1997
4 Trolley Information, Undated
5 "He's Me Pal" Lyrics, Undated
6 Ironweed Logo, Undated
Series 9: Quinn's Book, 1981-1988, Undated 2.91 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
Contains drafts, edited copies, the final version, and galleys of Quinn's Book, published by William Kennedy in 1988. Part of the "Albany Cycle," this novel also involves the extended Phelan family, but focuses on the nineteenth century life and adventures of an ancestor named Daniel Quinn. There are many edited and unedited versions of the manuscript; however, the majority of copies are undated. The archivist tried to arrange these undated drafts in chronological order based upon the edits in each version.
Box Folder
1 1 Early Versions of Quinn's Book, Undated
2 Statement of Plan, Summary, Prologue, Undated
3 Early Pages, Book I, Undated
4 Original Pages, Began Anew, 1981-1982
5 First Draft of Chapters 1 and 2, 1983
6 Eight Drafts of Chapter 1, Including Orig. Version, Undated
7 Five Drafts of Chapters 2, 1983, Undated
8 One Draft of Chapter 1-3, Undated
9 Three Drafts of Chapter 3, with Author Notes, 1984, Undated
10 Refined Copy of First Draft, Pages 1-68, March 1985
11 Five Drafts of Chapter 4, with Author Notes, March-May 1985, Undated
12 Chapters 1-5, Undated
13 Chapter 5, Undated
14 Chapters 1-4 with Changes to May 1985 Draft, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Working Drafts and Notes for Chapter 6, May 1985, Undated
2 Five Drafts of Chapter 6 with Author Notes, including One Prior to January 20, 1986 Draft, Undated
3 Four Drafts of Chapter 7, Undated
4 Five Drafts of Chapter 8, including One Prior to and One Following January 20, 1986 Draft, Undated
5 Chapters 5 Through 8, January 20, 1986
6 Five Drafts of Chapter 9 with Notes, April 1986, Undated
7 Two Drafts of Book II, Chapter 1, June 1986, Undated
8 Book II, Chapter 2 with Author Edits, July 1986
9 One Draft of "The Dumb Cake" with Author Edits, Undated
10 One Draft of "At the Races, At the Ball", September 1986
11 Pages with Author Notes, Undated
12 Pages 1-169 with Edits, Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Pages 170-217 with Edits, Undated
2 Pages 22-221, November 2, 1986
3 Book II Revised and Edited Pages, Undated
4 Edited Pages, March 1987
5 Book II, Pages 220-282, Undated
6 Book II, Pages 220-280, Undated
7 Edited Pages, Pages 220-272, Undated
8 Reworking of Pages 273-285, Prior to June 11, 1987, Undated
9 Edited Pages 273-307, Undated
10 Edited Pages 288-337, 1987
11 Edited Pages 293-317, Undated
Box Folder
4 1 Edited Pages 306-339, 1987
2 Edited Pages 317-334, Undated
3 Photocopy of Book I, Undated
4 Photocopy of Book II, Undated
5-6 Master Copy with Author's Editing, ca. June 10, 1987
7 Edited Copy, Incomplete (Folder 1 of 2), Undated
Box Folder
5 1 Edited Copy, Incomplete (Folder 2 of 2), Undated
2 Edited Copy of Book I, Undated
3 Book I, Pages 1-219 with Edits, Undated
4 Book II, Pages 220-335 with Edits, Undated
5 Copy of Book I, Undated
6 Copy of Book II, Undated
Box Folder
6 1 Photocopy Book I, Undated
2 Photocopy Book II, Undated
3 Book I with Edits, Undated
4 Book II with Edits, 1987
5 Unedited Copy of Book I, Undated
Box Folder
7 1 Unedited Copy of Book II, Undated
2 Unedited Photocopy of Book II, Undated
3 Copy of Book I with Minor Edits, Undated
4 Copy of Book II with Minor Edits, Undated
5 Book I with Gerry Howard Edits, August 1987
6 Book II with Gerry Howard Edits, August 1987
Box Folder
8 1-2 Copy of Final Draft, Book I, 1987
3-4 Copy of Final Draft, Book II, 1987
5 Book I with Proof Reader's Marks, Undated
Box Folder
9 1 Book II with Proof Reader's Marks, Undated
Oversized Folder
4 4 Galley Proofs, 1987
Box Folder
9 2 Copy of Quinn's Book, 1988
3 "Dead Matter" and Book Cover, 1988
Series 10: Very Old Bones, 1983, 1988-1993, Undated 4.09 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
William Kennedy continued his writings about the Phelan family with Very Old Bones, his next installment in the "Albany Cycle" of novels published in 1992. This book is set in the 1950s in the city and narrated by Orson Purcell, the out-of-wedlock son of Peter Phelan. The majority of the series consists of manuscript drafts and edited copy, although there are a small number of files containing correspondence, publicity materials, articles and reviews, and excerpts of the novel published in magazines.
Box Folder
1 1 One Draft of Prologue, 1983
2 Early Draft, Undated
3 Early Draft, October 1988
4 Five Drafts with Author Notes, November-December 1988
5 Two Drafts and Edited Pages, December 1988
6 Superseded Pages, January 1989
7 Clean Copy of Winter 1989 Draft, No Editing, ca. January-March 1989
8 Chapter 1 Rewrites, June 1989
9 Four Working Drafts with Author Notes, June-July 1989
10 Cut and Edited Pages, September 1989
11 Four Drafts of Book I, Chapter 2 with Author Notes, October 1989
12 Two Drafts of Superseded Rewrites, October 1989
Box Folder
2 1 Two Drafts of Rewrites, October 1989
2 Three Complete Drafts, November 1989, Undated
3 Incomplete Draft, Pages 1-87, November 1989
4 Rewritten Pages, November 1989, Undated
5 One Draft "New Master" Copy, Undated
6 Chapter 4 Rewritten Pages with Author Edits, December 1989-January 1990
7 Rewritten Pages, April-May 1990
Box Folder
3 1 Edited and Rewritten Pages, June 1990
2 Complete Draft with Author Edits, July 1990
3 Two Drafts of Book II's Chapter Three, Undated
4 Complete Draft of Books I and II with Edits, Superseded September 1990, Undated
5 Book III, Chapter 1 Rewrites, Superseded October 1990, Undated
6 Edited Pages, Superseded April, November 1990, Undated
7 One Draft of Books I and II with Revisions, Superseded December 1990, Undated
8 Book III Edited and Rewritten Pages, Superseded December 1990, Undated
Box Folder
4 1 One Unedited Draft, Pages 1-186, Missing Pages 142-150, Undated
2 Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded January 1991, Undated
3 Phelan Family Geology and Rewrites, Superseded February 1991, Undated
4-5 Edited and Superseded Pages, Superseded March 1991, Undated
6 First Draft, Pages 1-195, 1991
7 First Draft, Pages 196-280, 1991
Box Folder
5 1 Second Draft, Pages 1-197, 1991
2 Second Draft, Pages 198-280, 1991
3 Third Draft with Author Edits, Pages 1-197, 1991
4 Third Draft with Author Edits, Pages 198-280, 1991
5 Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded April-May 1991, Undated
6 Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded June-July 1991, Undated
Box Folder
6 1-3 Written and Edited Pages, Superseded July 1991, Undated
4 Fourth Draft with Author Edits, Pages 1-174, Superseded July 1991, Undated
5 Fourth Draft with Author Edits, Pages 175-305, Superseded July 1991, Undated
Box Folder
7 1 Draft, Unedited, Pages 1-174, July 1991
2 Draft, Unedited, Pages 175-305, July 1991
3 Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded August 1991, Undated
4-5 Rewritten and Edited Pages, Superseded September 1991, Undated
Box Folder
8 1 Rewritten and Edited Pages, Undated
2 Second to Last Draft, Pages 1-189, September 1991
3 Second to Last Draft, Pages 190-361, September 1991
4 Penultimate Draft, Copy, Pages 1-189, September 1991
5 Penultimate Draft, Copy, Pages 190-361, September 1991
Box Folder
9 1 Rewritten and Edited Pages, 1991
2 Penultimate Draft, Pages 1-204, Sent October 1991, ca. September 1991
3 Penultimate Draft, Pages 205-361, Sent October 1991, ca. September 1991
4 "Final" Draft, Viking Copy, Pages 1-189, October 1991
5 "Final" Draft, Viking Copy, Pages 190-363, October 1991
6 Final Draft, A. Silverman Copy with Notes, Pages 1-189, October 1991
Box Folder
10 1 Final Draft, A. Silverman Copy with Notes, Pages 1-189, October 1991
2 Rewritten Pages, Superseded October-November 1991, Undated
3 Photocopy of Penguin USA Manuscript, Pages 1-189, November 1991
4 Photocopy of Penguin USA Manuscript, Pages 190-363, November 1991
5 Printer's Copy of Very Old Bones, Pages 1-189, October 1991
6 Printer's Copy of Very Old Bones, Pages 190-363, October 1991
Box Folder
11 1 Author's Set of Galley Proofs, December 1991
2 Author's Set of Galley Proofs, with Handwritten Edits, December 1991
3-4 Master Galleys, December 1991
5-6 Publicity Materials, 1990-1993, Undated
7 Rewritten Paragraphs for "Exile", December 1991
Box Folder
12 1 Viking Correspondence, 1991-1992
2 Publication Information, 1991-1992
3 Playboy Excerpts, 1991-1992, Undated
4 The Recorder, Volume 6, Number 1, Summer 1992
5 Articles, Reviews, Clippings, 1992, Undated
6 "Fan" Mail, 1992, Undated
Oversized Folder
6 1 Playboy Corrected Galleys, 1992
2 Book Reviews and Profiles, 1992
Series 11: Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, 1946-1999, Undated 1.86 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series includes draft copy, galleys, research materials, correspondence, and notes used to prepare William Kennedy's Riding the Yellow Trolley Car, a collection of his essays, articles, and reviews written across four decades. This second nonfiction book from Kennedy appeared in 1993. Of note is the earliest item within the collection, a short story entitled "Eggs" from 1946 which Kennedy submitted to Collier's: The National Weekly for consideration. In addition there are files about publicity, including a book tour, reviews, and fan mail. Please note the overall dates for the series are not inclusive.
Box Folder
1 1 Short Story "Eggs", 1946
2 Guys and Dolls Script and Articles, 1950-1992
3 John Steinbeck Information, 1962, 1968, 1989, Undated
4 Unused Articles with Notes, 1967-1992, Undated
5 One Draft "Roberta Sue Ficker", 1968
6 Articles and Author Notes Regarding Paul McCartney, 1969, Undated
7 Photocopies of "Trolley Car" Articles, 1964-1987
8 One Draft of "Robert Penn Warren", 1973
9 Correspondence and Articles, 1974, 1985, 1992-1993, Undated
10 Original William Kennedy Articles, 1974-1988, Undated
11 Kennedy Articles Used for Book I, 1982, 1985, Undated
12 Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, Author Notes and Clippings, 1983, 1992, 1999, Undated
13 Notes and Photocopies, 1984, 1987, 1989-1990, 1992
14 "Soto," Articles and Information, 1988, 1992, Undated
15 Drafts and Correspondence Regarding Article "Do the Homeless Have Souls?", 1988-1991
Box Folder
2 1 Writings and Articles Regarding "Dana's Hiccups", 1989, 1992, Undated
2 One Draft of "Norman Mailer Speech", 1991
3 "Two Grandfathers" Correspondence and Drafts, 1991-1992, Undated
4 Eight Drafts of "All My Days Are the Same", 1991-1992
5 Correspondence with Viking Press, 1991-1993
6 Notes and Drafts of the Table of Contents, 1992, Undated
7 Twelve Drafts of the "Introduction", 1992
8 Copyright Correspondence, 1992
9 Nine Drafts of "Guys and Dolls," Writings, 1992
10 Guys and Dolls Script Articles and Information, 1992
11 Guys and Dolls Book Cover, 1992
12 Ten Drafts of "How I Became a Baseball Fan" with Author Notes, 1992, Undated
13 Four Drafts of "Has Anybody Here Seen Runyon?", 1992
Oversized Folder
7 1 First Set of Galley Proofs, 1992
2-3 Galleys, ca. 1992
4-6 Author's Set of Galleys, 1992
Box Folder
2 14 Damon Runyon Information, 1992, 1994, Undated
15 1993 Book Tour Publicity, 1992-1993, Undated
16 Publicity, Correspondence, Clippings and Articles, 1992-1994
Oversized Folder
6 3 Galleys, Publicity, and Research Material, 1992-1993, Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Photocopies of Book Materials, 1993
2 Fan Mail, 1993
3 Reviews, 1993
4 Viking Book Guide, 1993
5 "Robert Frost" Draft for National Observer, Undated
6 Photocopy of "Part One", Undated
7 Photocopy of "Part Two," Examining Writers, Undated
8 Photocopy of "Parts Three and Four", Undated
9 Photocopy of "Parts Five and Six", Undated
10 Photocopy of Pages 1-199, Undated
11 Photocopy of Pages 200-402, Undated
Box Folder
4 1 Photocopy of Pages 403-494, Undated
2 Riding the Yellow Trolley Car Bookcovers, Undated
Series 12: The Flaming Corsage, 1993-1997, 2001, Undated 2.93 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
For his next volume in his "Albany Cycle," William Kennedy returned to recurrent characters Edward and Katrina Daugherty, first introduced in Billy Phelan's Greatest Game. Kennedy charts their lives and subsequent, turbulent marriage in the city between 1884 and 1912 in The Flaming Corsage, published in 1996. The series includes multiple drafts and edited manuscripts, book tour materials, cover artwork, reviews, articles, correspondence, and information about the audio version of the book.
Box Folder
1 1 Prologue and Chapter One Drafts, 1993-1994
2 Chapter One Drafts, 1993-1994
3 Chapter Two Drafts, 1993
4 Early Draft of Chapter 1 and 2, Summary, 1993
5 Early Draft "Untitled Novel", February 1994
6 Chapter 2 Drafts, 1994
7 Rewritten and Edited Pages, 1994
8 Chapter 3 Drafts, 1994
9 Rewrites and Edits, 1994
Box Folder
2 1 First Draft with Edited Pages, 1994
2 "Edward" Drafts, 1994
3 Second Drafts, 1994
4-5 Rewritten Pages, 1994
6 Rewrites and Edits, 1994
7 Third Draft, 1994
Box Folder
3 1 Rewrites and Edits, 1995
2 Partial "New" Third Draft, 1995
3-4 Rewritten and Edited Pages, 1995
5 Partial Chronological Draft, 1995
6 Incomplete Draft, 1995
7 Photocopy of Complete Draft, May 1995
Box Folder
4 1 Photocopy of Complete Draft with Author Notes, 1995
2 Second to Last Draft with Author Notes, Pages 1-220, 1995
3 Second to Last Draft with Author Notes, Pages 221-271, 1995
4 Incomplete Draft, 1995
5 Draft with Edits, May 1995
Box Folder
5 1-2 Rewrites and Edits, 1995
3 Working Copy of Draft for Viking, Pages 1-209, 1995
4 Working Copy of Draft for Viking, Pages 210-293, 1995
5 Final Draft, Pages 1-186, 1995
6 Final Draft, Pages 187-293, 1995
Box Folder
6 1 Master Copy of Final Draft, Pages 1-186, Undated
2 Master Copy of Final Draft, Pages 187-293, Undated
3 Photocopies of Final Draft, Pages 93-293, Undated
4 Photocopy of Viking Draft, Pages 1-190, Undated
5 Photocopy of Viking Draft, Pages 191-293, Undated
6 Copy of John McElroy Draft, Pages 1-153, November 1995
7 Copy of John McElroy Draft, Pages 154-209, November 1995
Box Folder
7 1 William Kennedy Rejected Cuts, Pages 1-164, Undated
2 William Kennedy Rejected Cuts, Pages 165-293, Undated
3 Copy Viking Proofs, December 1995
4 Selected Pages Read by the Author, Pages 1-111, Undated
5 Selected Pages Read by the Author, Pages 112-227, Undated
6 Audio Story Information, 1995-1996
7 Book Covers, Art, and Correspondence, 1995-1996
8 Fan Mail and Reactions, 1995-1996, 2001
Box Folder
8 1 Viking/Penguin Correspondence, 1995-1997
2-3 Book Tour Information, 1995-1997
4 Publisher's Weekly, March 4, 1996
5 Viking Book Guide, May-August 1996
6 Photocopy of Proof Pages, 1996
7 Franklin Library Edition Information, 1996
Oversized Folder
6 4 Readings and Announcements, 1996, Undated
5 Book Reviews and Profiles, 1996-1997
Box Folder
8 8 Publicity Clippings and Notes, 1996-1997
9-10 Articles and Reviews, 1995-1996, Undated
11 Spanish Reviews and Articles, 1999
12 Two Writing Responses to William Kennedy's Novels, 1999
Series 13: Roscoe, 1996-2000, Undated 3.3 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists of manuscript drafts, edited copy, and reviews for Roscoe. Published in 2002, it is part of William Kennedy's "Albany Cycle" of novels. Opening in 1945 Albany, Roscoe centers around Roscoe Conway, a decades-long insider of the Democartic Party and the political machine in the capital city.
Box Folder
1 1 Working Drafts of You Can Imagine How Mac Felt, 1996-1997
2 Working Drafts of Chapters 1 and 2, 1998
3 Working Drafts of Chapter 3, 1998
4 Drafts of Chapters 1-3, 1998
5 Chapters 1-3 Rewrites and Edits, 1998
6 Working Drafts of Chapters 4 and 5, 1998
7 Rewrites (Folder 1 of 3), 1998
Box Folder
2 1-2 Rewrites (Folders 2 and 3 of 3), 1998
3-5 Rewrites and Edited Pages (Folders 1-3 of 6), 1999
Box Folder
3 1-3 Rewrites and Edited Pages (Folders 4-6 of 6), 1999
4 Reading Drafts for Skidmore and AWP-WI, 1999
5 Rewrites, 1999
6 Complete Penultimate Draft, September 1999
Box Folder
4 1-3 Rewrites, 1999
4-5 Rewriten and Edited Pages, 2000
6 Rewrites and Edits, 2000
Box Folder
5 1 Partial Draft, Pages 1-214, January 2000
2 Harry Staley's Copy of Roscoe, Pages 1-214, 2000
3 Harry Staley's Copy of Roscoe, Pages 215-425, 2000
4-5 Rewrites and Edits, 2000
6 Chapter 5, First Computer Draft and Rewrites, 2000
Box Folder
6 1 "Roscoe Among the Saints" Edits and Rewrites, 2000
2-5 Rewrites and Edits (Folders 1-4 of 6), 2000
Box Folder
7 1-2 Rewrites and Edits (Folders 5 and 6 of 6), 2000
3 Roscoe Reading Excerpts, 2000-2001
4-5 Rewrites and Edits, 2001
6 Revised Pages, January 2001
Box Folder
8 1 Paul Slovak's Copy of Penultimate Draft, Pages 1-211, 2001
2 Paul Slovak's Copy of Penultimate Draft, Pages 212-415, 2001
3 Final Draft for Viking, Pages 1-209, February 2001
4 Final Draft for Viking, Pages 210-412, February 2001
5 Final Draft with Word Count, Pages 1-209 (Folder 1 of 2), February 2001
Box Folder
9 1 Final Draft with Word Count, Pages 210-412 (Folder 2 of 2), February 2001
2 Edited and Rejected Pages, 2001
3 Proofreader's Edited Copy of Roscoe, Pages 1-209, Undated
4 Proofreader's Edited Copy of Roscoe, Pages 210-412, Undated
5 Photocopy of Rough Pages, Pages 1-146 (Folder 1 of 2), June 2001
Box Folder
10 1 Photocopy of Rough Pages, Pages 147-292 (Folder 2 of 2), June 2001
2 "Author's Note" Drafts, 2001
3 Correspondence and Notes, 2001
4 Articles and Reviews, 2001-2002
5 Copy of Author's Rough Pages, Pages 1-146, January 2002
6 Copy of Author's Rough Pages, Pages 147-292, January 2002
7 Palace Theater Readings, January 2002
8 Helen and Harry Staley Reading Notes, January 2002
9 Galley Copy of Roscoe, February 2002
Series 14: The Albany Cycle, 1976, 1996, 2001-2002 .66 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
In 1996 and 2002 publishers packaged together several of William Kennedy's "Albany Cycle" novels into single volumes for release in the United States and international market. In 1996 Penguin Books released Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, and Ironweed together for the first time with a new author's introduction. Six years later Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster UK, published two books each containing three re-issued "Albany Cycle" novels. The first consisted of Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, Ironweed, and Very Old Bones. The second featured Quinn's Book, The Flaming Corsage, and Legs. This series includes materials related to these publications as well as a 1976 outline by Kennedy of his vision for the "Albany Cycle" of planned books, and correspondence and proposed artwork for paperback copies of "Albany Cycle" novels issued from Penguin in 2002.
Box Folder
1 1 William Kennedy's "Statement of Plans" for Albany Cycle, 1976
2 The Albany Cycle: Introduction to Legs-Billy-Ironweed Volume, 1996
3 Galley of Legs from the Albany Cycle/Trilogy, 1996
4 Galley of Billy Phelan's Greatest Game from the Albany Cycle/Trilogy, 1996
5 Galley of Ironweed from the Albany Cycle/Trilogy, 1996
6 Book Cover Matter for the Albany Cycle/Trilogy, 1996
7 Drafts, Author Notes, and Preface for Albany Cycle in Paperback, 2001-2002
8 The Albany Cycle Correspondence, Reviews, and Book Matter for Paperback Editions, 2001-2002
9 Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book I, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, 2002
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2 1 Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book II, Ironweed, 2002
2 Galley of Albany Cycle, Part I, Book III, Very Old Bones, 2002
3 Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book IV, Quinn's Book, 2002
4 Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book V, The Flaming Corsage, 2002
5 Galley of Albany Cycle, Part II, Book VI, Legs, 2002
Series 15: Essays and Articles, 1963-1970, 1972, 1978-1998, 2002, Undated 2.03 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Spanning several decades, this series features William Kennedy's essays and a news articles written for such varied outlets as newspapers, magazines, a city guide, a writers' cook book, a National Endowment for the Humanities Project, and a museum. In many instances, the files also include supplemental materials such as research, notes, and correspondence. Please note this series does not contain Kennedy's feature articles for the Albany Times-Union in the mid-1960s on slums, housing integration or poverty. These may be found in Series 17: Investigative Journalism.
Box Folder
1 1 "Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Correspondence, 1989-1990
2 "Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts, August 1990
3 "Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts with Notes by S. Dumbleton and Joe [Gagen], August 1990
4 "Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts with Author's Editing, 1990
5 "Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Drafts with Author's Editing, Undated
6 "Albany: The Lively, Improbable Mosaic Europe Created," Final Draft, Undated
7 "The Capitol in Albany," Introduction, Drafts and Final, 1984, Undated
8 "Perry Duryea," Drafts and Author Notes for New York Times Article, 1972, Undated
9 Empire State College, Courses, 1990
10 "Getting It All, Saving It All," Correspondence, 1978
11 Drafts of "Getting It All, Saving It All," Edited, Undated
12 Grandma Moses, 1963, Undated
13 Correspondence and Articles Regarding Edward Hopper Publication, 1994-1995, 1997, Undated
Oversized Folder
8 1 Oversized Edward Hopper Materials, 1995, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Galley Photocopy of "Edward Hopper and the American Imagination", 1995
2 "Letter to the Reader," Zoetropes, 1999
3-5 Masters of Deception, Research, 1963-1997
6 Masters of Deception, Correspondence, 1997, Undated
7 Masters of Deception, Transcribed Notes of Interviews, 1997
8 Several Drafts of "Wag the Dog," For George Magazine, 1997
9 Interviews and Notes Regarding "Wag the Dog," Article, 1997
10 Travel Diary, Personal and Production Notes on"Wag the Dog", 1997
11 "Masters of Deception"/"Wag the Dog" News Clippings, 1997-1998
Oversized Folder
8 2 "Masters of Deception" Page Proofs and Oversized Materials, 1997, Undated
Box Folder
3 1 "Mr. Lonely Hearts," Information, Draft, and Correspondence, 1994-1995
2 "Negative Cooking, Negative Eating," from The Great American Writers' Cookbook, 1996-1997
3 New Paltz, 1964, Undated
4 News Clippings, September 1, 1963-December 31, 1967
5 News Clippings, January 7, 1968-December 29, 1968
6 News Clippings, January 19, 1969-December 28, 1969
7 News Clippings, January 4, 1970-October 4, 1970
Oversized Folder
8 3 News Clippings of Interest That Relate to Articles - Not Photocopied, 1963-1965
4 News Clippings Written by Kennedy - Photocopied, 1965-1970
Box Folder
3 8 "One Day in Albany," Correspondence, 1994
9 "One Day in Albany," Drafts, 1994
10 "One Day in Albany," Notes, Undated
11 "One Day in Albany," Research, 1994
12 "One Day in Albany," Times-Union Reprint, 1995
13 Author Notes, Drafts and Documents Regarding Articles About Papal Visit, 1965, Undated
14 "The Peopling of America," Research Notes, 1980
15 "Remedios the Beauty is Alive and Well,"Newsweek Drafts and Final Piece, 2002
Box Folder
4 1 "A Sense of Community," Correspondence and Reports, 1980-1981
2 "A Sense of Community," Essay and Scripts, 1980
3 "A Sense of Community," Grant Proposal, 1979
4 "A Sense of Community," Project Updates, 1981-1982
5 "They Who Became We," Drafts, 1980
6 "They Who Became We," Final, 1980
7 "Two Civilized Buildings," Drafts and Notes, 1987
Series 16: Correspondence, 1950, 1959-2003, Undated .6 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains correspondence sent to William Kennedy from fellow authors, journalists, politicians, and members of the film industry. Most notably, the files document his relationships with other well-known writers of American literature, especially his decades-long friendships with mentor Saul Bellow and Hunter S. Thompson. Also included is correspondence with Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank McCourt, Doris Grumbach, John Updike, and more. Materials include letters, greeting cards, post cards, fax transmissions, e-mail and one Western Union mailgram. Nearly all of the other series also include correspondence related to the respective series.
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1 1 Babenco, Hector, 1986, 1993-1994, 2003
2 Banks, Russell, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000-2002
3 Bellow, Saul, 1964-2002
4 Callaghan, Barry, 1989-1990, 1993, Undated
5 Cheever, John, 1968, 1982
6 Cuomo, Mario, 1983-1984, 1986-1988, 1990-1991, 2002
7 Doctorow, E.L, 1974-1993
8 Foote, Shelby, 1997
9 Gaddis, William, 1990
10 Garcia, Marquez, Gabriel, 1992
11 Ginsberg, Allen, 1969
12 Grumbach, Doris, 1974, 1977-1994, 1997-2000, 2002, Undated
13 Heaney, Seamus, 1987
14 Heller, Joseph, 1994
15 Kosinski, Jerzy, 1971-1972, 1975
16 Mailer, Norman, 1986, 1988, 1991-1992, 1994
17 Malmud, Bernard, 1963, 1966, 1981-1982
18 McCourt, Frank, 1996, 2002
19 Merkin, Richard, 1984-1985
20 Montague, John, 1985-1986, 1988-1990, 1994, 1998, Undated
21 Morrison, Toni, Undated
22 Moynihan, Daniel P, 1983-1987, 1993, 1995, 1998
23 Nicholson, Jack, 1998, Undated
24 Oates, Joyce Carol, 1989, 1992-1995, 1999
25 Percy, Walker, 1971
26 Pinon, Nelida, 1988-1990
27 Pinsky, Robert, 1995, 2000-2001
28 Proulx, Annie, 1994-1997, 2000
29 Puzo, Mario, 1980
30 Quinn, Peter, 1984, 1986-1992, 1994-1996, 2002, Undated
31 Rabassa, Gregory, 1987
32 Rooney, Andy, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1999
33 Roth, Phillip, 1987, 1991-1992
34 Rushdie, Salman, 1991
35 Selby, Huber, Jr, 1984, 1988
36 Selzer, Dick, 1990, 1995
37 Sendak, Maurice, 1998
38 Shelton, Ron, 1989, 1995
39 Sillitoe, Alan, 1985-1986, 1988-1990, 2002
40 Smith, Red, 1950
41 Stone, Robert, 1990-1991
42 Styron, William, 1973, 1986, 1988, 1993
43 Talese, Gay, 1986-1987, 1989-1992, 1994, 1996, Undated
44 Terkel, Studs, 1993, 1999
45-46 Thompson, Hunter S, 1959-1965
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2 1-2 Thompson, Hunter S, 1966-1971, 1973-1974, 1983, 1996-1997, 2001
3-5 Thompson, Hunter S., Photocopies, 1959-1971, 1973-1974, 1983, 1996-1997, 2001
6 Updike, John, 1984-1985
7 Vonnegut, Kurt, 1970, 2000
8 Warren, Robert Penn, 1973-1974
9 Wolfe, Tom, 1991
10 General, 1964, 1990, 1992, 2003
Series 17: Investigative Journalism, 1957-1998, Undated 2.19 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series consists of draft articles, background research materials, memos, notes, magazine and newspaper clippings on a number of subjects that William Kennedy explored and reported upon, especially for his Pulitzer Prize nominated series of features for the Albany Times-Union during the mid-1960s. Those articles included investigations into Albany slums, poverty, housing integration, and racial inequalities. While the initial copy appeared in the 1960s, the files in this series document Kennedy's continued interest and active research of the same topics in subsequent decades. Kennedy used the materials on slums as background for O Albany!. Please note the overall dates for the series are not inclusive.
Oversized Folder
9 1 Research Articles on Slums, Civil Rights and Housing, 1957-1988, Undated
Box Folder
1 1 War on Poverty Booklets and Literature, 1959, 1964-1965, Undated
2 Public Accommodations in Summer Resorts, 1960
3 Housing, Rehabilitation, 1960-1961, 1965-1966, 1980, Undated
4 Rent Control, Housing Code, Notes, Clips, Correspondence, 1961-1963, 1965
5-7 Fair Housing Notes and Literature, 1961-1966, Undated
8 State Commissions Brochures, 1962-1963, Undated
9 Urban Renewal, 1962-1963, 1972-1974
10 Newsweek Magazine, July 29, 1963
11 Time Magazine, August 30, 1963
12 "Bombing in Birmingham," Newsweek, September 30, 1963
13 "City Within a City," Newspaper Articles, 1963
14 School Segregation, 1963
Box Folder
2 1-2 Government Brochures, 1963-1964, Undated
3 The Negro in American History Curriculum Resources, 1963-1964
Oversized Folder
9 2 Research Materials on Housing and Civil Rights, 1963-1966, Undated
3 Research Articles on Civil Rights and Housing, 1963-1991
Box Folder
2 4 Intergroup Relations Booklets and Writings, 1963, 1965, Undated
5 Housing Data, 1963, 1965-1966, Undated
Oversized Folder
9 4 Kennedy Real Estate, Poverty, and Slum Articles, 1963, 1965-1966, Undated
Box Folder
2 6 Newspaper Articles, 1963, 1965-1967
7 Slum Series and South End Notes, 1963, 1965, 1971, Undated
8 The Negro and Puerto Rican in American History, 1964
9 Information About Local Fires, 1964-1965
10 Proposed Civil Rights Legislation, January 6, 1965
11 Time Magazine, March 19, 1965
12 Newsweek Magazine, April 5, 1965
13 State of New York Temporary Commission on Revision of the Penal Law and Criminal Code, Special Report on Capital Punishment, 1965
14 Commission on Religion and Race Reports, 1965
15 Post Daily Magazine Articles, "Dark Ghetto" Series, 1965
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3 1 Bill Kennedy "Slum" Articles, 1965
2 "Housing Series" Original Drafts, ca. 1965
3 "Poverty War Series" Original Drafts, ca. 1965
4 "Slum Series" Original Drafts, ca. 1965
5 Civil Rights Special Report, Button-Kennedy Memos, 1965-1966, Undated
6 Newspaper Clippings, Including Kennedy Articles on Poverty, Urban Issues, Housing, 1965-1966, Undated
7 "Slums" Clippings Information, 1965-1967, Undated
8-9 Trinity Institution, Including Kennedy Articles and Notes, 1965-1998, Undated
10 The New Republic, December 3, 1966
11 Clergy Slum Tour, 1966
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4 1 Liberator Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 11, 1966
2 "Social Science Fiction in Harlem" Article, 1966
3-4 White House Conference Booklet "To Fulfill These Rights", 1966
5 Consumer Problems of the Poor Booklet, 1974
6 Housing in the City of Albany, 1977
7 Teachers & Writers Magazine , Vol. 12, No. 3, Arts in Harlem Issues, 1980-1981
8 Housing, 1980, 1982, 1986-1987, Undated
9 New York Articles of Interest, 1994, Undated
10 American Traveler's Guide to Negro History, Undated
11 "Negro Interview Series" Original Drafts, Notes and Resume, Undated
12 Blaming the Victim, Undated
Series 18: Biographical, 1969, 1983-2003, Undated 1.28 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series features biographical materials about William Kennedy. The majority of documents are news clippings about his work, book reviews and analysis, profile pieces, interview transcripts, articles featuring Kennedy's insights and comments on literature and the arts, and related correspondence. Of interest are newspaper clips and a program from Kennedy's first play Grand View which debuted at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany in 1996. There also is a VHS tape of William Kennedy's Albany which aired on PBS and a file discussing the celebration of the acquisition of this collection by the University at Albany. For articles written by Kennedy see Series 15: Essays and Articles or Series 17: Investigative Journalism.
Box Folder
1 1 Interviews for "Conversations with William Kennedy", 1969, 1983-1989, 1992-1997
2 "An Interview with William Kennedy," Fiction International, 1983-1986, Undated
Oversized Folder
10 1 Kennedy Book Dust Jackets with Short Biographies, 1984, Undated
2 Visting Writers Program, Signed Poster and Reading Series, ca. 1984, ca. 1991, ca. 1995
3 Kennedy Profile in Liberation, 1985
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1 3 "An Interview with William Kennedy," The Missouri Review, 1985
4 Journalism Review, 1985
5 "The Man Has Legs," Film Comment, 1985
6 "William Kennedy: An Albany Aficionado," Meetings & Conversations, 1985
7 "William Kennedy: An Interview," The Recorder, 1985, Undated
8 "My High School English Teacher," Teachers and Writers, 1985-1986, 1994
9 "An Interview with William Kennedy," University at Albany Publications, ca. 1987
10 News Clippings, 1988
11 "Public Radio Series: New Year, New Voices in American Literature," A Movable Feast, 1988-1989
12 The Poetry Center, 1989
13 "William Kennedy: The Singularity of Fiction," The Yale Vernacular, 1989-1990
14 Contemporary Writers on Cassette, New Letters on the Air, 1989, 1996
15 "The Art of Fiction: William Kennedy," The Paris Review, Edited Pages and Correspondence, 1989, 1991, Undated
16 Interview of Robert Penn Warren, 1991
17 Writing! Correspondence, 1991
Box Folder
2 1 "William Kennedy Interviewed by Tom Smith" The Public Radio Book Show, 1992
2 "William Kennedy, Scruffy Soul and All,", 1992-1993
3 News Clippings, 1992-1993
4 Interview with William Kennedy, 1993
Oversized Folder
10 4 Kennedy Profile in The San Juan Star, 1993
Video-Tape
1 William Kennedy's Albany, WETA, ca. 1994
Oversized Folder
10 5 Le Nouvel Observateur and A Day in Albany Profile, 1994-1995
Box Folder
2 5 "A Conversation with William Kennedy," Image, 1994-1995
6 News Clippings, 1995-1996
7-8 "Conversations with William Kennedy", 1995-1997
9 "William Kennedy: Past, Passing, and to Come" The Boston Book Review, 1996
Oversized Folder
10 6 Grand View Materials, 1996
Box Folder
2 10 "Beyond Realism: William Kennedy on the Surreal and the Unconscious, the Religious, the Sublime and the Gonzo" New England Review, 1997
11-12 "Conversations with William Kennedy," Manuscript, 1997
13 Lennon Documentary Group, 1997
14 Interview with Colonie High School Student, 1997-1998
15 "William Kennedy: Conversations with American Authors", 1997-1998
16 "William Kennedy: A Reporter in An Imaginary World" Fiction Writer, 1998
17 "Albany is My Kind of Town" Rough Draft Column, 1999
18 Hemingway, Ernest, A&E Biography, 1999
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3 1 "Reading Matters," APME News, 1999
2 "A Fertile Plain for a Writer," Hudson Valley Magazine, 2000
3 "William Kennedy," Writer's Choice.net, 2000
4 "It's Fiction Not Laurels, That Counts for Kennedy," Times-Union, 2001
5 "Reverence for History: A Conversation with William Kennedy," New York State Archives, 2001
6 "Prohibition in Upstate New York: Reaction and Reform," Averill Park High School History Club, 2002
7 Celebration of the Acquisition of the Kennedy Papers, 2003
8 "William Kennedy Discusses His Characters, His Influences, and His Albany," The Buffalo News, 2003
Oversized Folder
10 7 Times-Union Article, Acquisition of the Kennedy Papers, 2003
Series 19: Trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with President Clinton, 1990, 1993-1996, 1998, Undated .77 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
In 1995 William Kennedy accompanied President Bill Clinton to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of an American delegation, following a cease fire between the Irish Republican Army and the Loyalist Military Command in Northern Ireland in 1994. The delegation included elected officials, business, labor, religious, and community leaders and was designed to promote both peace and U.S. investment. This series documents that particular trip, including invitations, arrangements, news clips, maps, travel items, correspondence, and backgrounders. In addition, Kennedy and his wife attended a White House dinner in 1996 given by the Clintons in honor of the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and the first State visit by an Irish president in more than 30 years. The invitation and dinner menu and related correspondence also are included.
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1 1 "An Irish Empire; The Time is Right", 1990
2 News Clippings on Ireland, 1993-1995, Undated
3 Photocopy of "Conference on Northern Ireland", 1994
4 Statement of Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein, 1994
5 Briefing on Northern Ireland Peace Process, 1994-1996
6 Arrangements for Trip, 1995
7 Brochures, 1995
8 Fact Sheet on Ireland, 1995
9 Information Brief on the Shannon Region of Ireland, 1995
10 Invitations and Credentials from Trip to Ireland, 1995
11 News Clippings, 1995
12 President Clinton's Trip to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Speeches, 1995
13 Press Releases, Embassy of Ireland, 1995
14 Springvale Training Facility, 1995
15-16 "The Trip of President Clinton to Northern Ireland and Ireland" Briefing Book, 1995
17 Irish America Magazine, 1995
Oversized Folder
10 7 Shankill (Belfast) Newspapers and Business Backgrounder, 1995, Undated
8-10 Irish Newspaper Coverage of President Clinton's Trip, 1995
Box Folder
1 18 Correspondence, 1995, 1998
19 Irish State Dinner, White House Invitations, 1996
20 Map of Belfast, Undated

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