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THE WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN COLLECTION:
GUIDE AND INVENTORY
SPEC.CMS.98

(Compiled by Sarah Hogue)

INTRODUCTION

William T. Vollmann, 1959-, Santa Monica, California. Educated at Deep Springs College, Cornell University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Vollmann is a complex and innovative novelist and journalist who has often mixed the two genres, and who often includes autobiographical elements in the mix. He is also an artist and photographer, and has included this kind of work in his books. In addition, he is a maker of artists’ book, and distributes them through his own press, Cotangent Press. Among his major works are You Bright and Risen Angels (Atheneum, 1987), The Rainbow Stories (Atheneum, 1989), Seven Dreams (ongoing; 3 vols. of 7 planned published by Viking, 1990-1994), An Afghanistan Picture Show (Farrar, Straus, 1992), Butterfly Stories (Grove/Atlantic, 1993), and The Atlas (Viking, 1996). His work is characterized by a fascination with history, society, politics, travel, wilderness, and what some might consider the seamier sides of life (such as prostitution). OSU’s collection includes notes, complete and partial drafts, Vollmann’s work, including, The Rainbow Stories, Seven Dreams 1 (The Ice Shirt), Whores for Gloria, Seven Dreams 6 (The Rifles), An Afghanistan Picture Show, Seven Dreams 2 (Fathers and Crows), Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs, You Bright and Risen Angels, Butterfly Stories, The Atlas, The Royal Family, and other materials including drafts and correspondence for articles. The collection also includes some maps, drawings, and photographs.

The William T. Vollmann papers were acquired by the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library of The Ohio State University Libraries in 6 distinct manuscript archives from 1992 to 2001.

(Please note that additional papers have since been acquired. A second finding aid for those materials is in progress.)


John M. Bennett


WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN COLLECTION -

CATALOGUE OF INVENTORY, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Detailed Listing/ Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1

Folder Numbers #1-9

  1. Manila folder that contains drawings for Rainbow series by “vvc”. Note on the front to Vollmann from the illustrator. There are 10 pc drawings.


  2. Typed draft of Rainbow stories including ms directions by the printer. The Visible Spectrum, (June-Oct. 1986) which includes the following: “The Red line,” “Stories of the Radiology Man,” “The Tale of the Dying Lungs,” “Business Picks Up,” “The Waiting Room,” “Getting Accepted,” “The I. V. League,” “The Red Line and the Blue Line,” “People Without Veins,” “The Green Line,” The Challenge,” “Stories of the Drug Ward,” “Other Voices,” and “Destiny.” 24 sheets of ts.


  3. A continuation of folder 2. The White Knights, (August 1985-February 1986). There is a dedication page to “Bootwoman Marisa”. The White Knights includes: “Ellis Street,” “The last Bald Eagle,” “The Butcher Boys,” “Mark Dagger,” “Dan L,” “Mothers of Skinheads,” “The New Boy,” “Dagger and Spike,” “The Old Days,” “Afternoon at the Command Post,” “Powell Street, Emeryville,” “Afternoon at the Command Post,” “ A Sunset,” “After Dinner,” “Left-wing Utopianism: An Infantile Disorder,” “Keeping it on,” “What Brandi Thought,” “Marisa’s Front Tooth,” “A Cold Sunday,” “Preparations for Death in Ireland,” “King Yama,” “The White House,” “Back to the Palace,” “The Old Look and the New Look,” “About the Photographer,” “Three Futures,” and “What Skinheads Thought.” 79 sheets of ts.


  4. Continuation from folder 2 and 3, titled Red Hands, (June 1986- January 1987). Copy of draft with handwritten and typed notes. 13 sheets of ts.


  5. Ladies and Red Lights orig. typed draft with ms notes (Nov. 1985-Jan. 1987). This includes: “The Black Closet,” “A Speculation,” “Enemies,” “ The Elastic Bank,” “Getting Your Rocks Off,” “The Ethic,” “The Golden Marriage,” “The Golden Marriage II,” “A Sore Loser,” “Turk Street,” “Geary Street,” “Going on,” “Amusing Scenes,” “At the Lamp post,” “The Longshoreman’s Footnote,” “A Benchmark Question,” “A Happy Couple,” “The Missing Link”(a police anecdote) “Four-o’-clock,” “Five-o’-clock,” “Six-o’-clock,” “Birth of the Night,” “Company,” “The Most Delicate Girl,” “Big Al’s,” “The Bosses,”, “A Chat Between Friends,” “More of the Same,” “A Good Story,” “Pimp Ecology,” “Mr. Penis,” “A Thought,” “Mr. Penis’s Thoughts Before Taking a Whore,” “A Note written on a Guest Check and Delivered to Me at the Tu-Lan Restaurant on Sixth Street,” “The Other Side,” “On Her Tail,” “Their Prisoner,” “True Confessions,” “Various Things that Happened to Denise,” “Transportation of the Criminal,” “Consolation,” “A Cautionary Tale,” “Back at the Harem,” “A Blow Job,” “Meanwhile in the Orinda Hills,” “The Facts on Tina,” “The Hatchet,” “Leila and the Knife,” “Tina’s Rules of Life,” “The Other Side Again,” “The New Girl,” “Ambiguities,” “Across the Street,” “Slow Days in North Beach,” “Slow Nights at Dino’s,” “Fast Nights,” “Jennifer,” “Closing Time,” “In the Privacy of Your Own Home,” “The Sixty-Four-Thousand Dollar Questions,” “So Help me God,” “The Sculptor and His Clay,” “The Brat Tries to Understand,” “When She was Naked,” “While Trying Unsuccessfully to make Ginger’s Cunt Wet,” “Why It Was All Worth It,” “Live and Learn,” “Ladies and Red Lights,” “Unlucky Christina,” “Another Loving Mother,” “If Brandi had a Million Dollars,” “It’s Used for Scraping Paint,” “Brandi Gets Busted,” “Early Memories,” “A Good Thing,” “Men,” “That’s Also So I Can Run,” “Justice Catches Up with Brandi,” “The Other Girls,” “Something Nice for a Change,” “Why Christina Whored,” “Why Brandi Whored,” “The Peace-loving Peoples Elaborate,” “Brandi’s Life,” “I Am Stupid Again,” “The Poor Man’s Revenge,” “How to Make Friends and Influence People,” “You Can’t Buy No More,” “Reaction Check,” “Jews and Niggers,” “Tenderloin politeness,” “Works of Art,” “The Sad Truth,” and “The New Generation.” 104 sheets of ts.


  6. Scintillant Orange ts with ms printing instructions (June 1986-Jan.1987). Including: “A Pretty Passion,” “All Objections Answered,” “A Pyromaniac’s Viewpoint,” “Wolves and fires,” “The Beloved,” “Symptoms,” “Idylls of the King,” “The Conquest of Jerusalem, “The Captivity,” “A New Start,” “The Coward,” “Entrance of the Hostages,” “Gold Drive,” “The Stubborn Boys,” “First Interview with Nebuchadnezzar,” “Preparation of The Heroes,” “Heels and Vultures,” “Eggs and Whores,” “Preparations of the Heroes,” “Second Interview with Nebuchadnezzar,” “Discussions,” “Spreading his Wings,” “Shadrach Faces Facts,” “Another Vision of the Tremulously Radiant Princess of Salamanders,” “ A Meditation on the Burning Fiery Furnace,” “Third Interview with Nebuchadnezzar,” “Into the Furnace,” “An Illumination,” “My Point of View,” “Inside,” “First Impressions of Meshach,” “The Bargain Basement,” “The Secret Comes out,” “A Discussion,” “The Angel and the Salamander,” “The former Life of Tremulously Radiant Princess of Salamanders,” “ The Angel and the Salamander,” “Fraternal Epiphany,” “ A Stunning Turnaround,” “The Moral,” “Fourth Interview with Nebuchadnezzar,” “Their Dying Glow,” “The Problem Child,” “Liebestod,” and “Benediction.” 83 sheets of ts.


  7. Yellow Rose ts with ms instructions (May 1985-July 1986). There is a dedication to “Maureen Riordan, partner in crime.” After the story there are four pages of “A Korean Glossary, with Hanja Ideograms.” 47 sheets of ts.


  8. The Yellow Sugar ts with ms instructions (May 1985-June 1986). Dedication “For Ken Miller.” Includes a 2 page Hindustani/Ramasee Glossary and a 1-page Author’s note. 64 sheets of ts.


  9. The Green Dress ts with ms instructions (Jan.-Oct. 1986). Dedicated to “Alyssa Rose Bernstein. Includes: “Hermetica,” “The Panther’s Glance,” “The Green Light,” “Greenness of the Absolute,” “The Pimp,” “The Hour of Tafrac” “Reading the Bride,” “An Accounting,” “The Pharisees,” “The Bed of Furious Hope,” “The Honeymoon,” “Revenge of the Gray Dress,” “She Never Told Me,” “The Closet-Death,” “The Tomb,” “The Lazarus of Desire,” “A Grateful Wife,” “Surrender of the Proxy,” “Until the Divorce,” and “The Marriage Knife.” 40 sheets of ts.



Box 2

Folder Numbers #10-15

  1. The Blue Wallet ts with ms instructions (June-Nov. 1986). Dedicated to Jacob Dickinson and Janis Kibe Dickinson. 30 sheets of ts.


  2. The Blue Yonder ts with ms instructions (Feb. 1986-Jan. 1987). Dedicated “ For Jacob Bray, His Wife Jeanine, and Their Son Ahab.” Includes: “Sunny Days,” “A Nice Fellow,” “ A Church Social,” “Exits,” “Carolina’s Last Night,” “How the World Mourned,” “Heaven On Earth,” “A Sermon,” “Ruby Among the Old Men,” “ Doughnuts and Happiness,” “Pictures from the Deathmask Album,” “Courting Ruby and Lenny,” “A Eulogy,” “The Other,” “The Examination,” “A Moral Embolism,” “Sunny Days,” “Hints and Promises,” “The Woman who Laughed,” “Ruby’s Last Night,” “Sunny Days,” “The Caress of Gloved Hands,” “The Lay of the Land,” “More Clues,” “The Continuum of Chill,” “Blue Pathology,” “Sunny Days,” “Forensic Anthropology,” “The Scavenger Hunt,” “The Witnesses,” “Laboratory Tests,” “The Merry-Go-Round,” “Ruby’s New Face,” “Forensic Odontology” “The Funeral Director,” “Another Eulogy,” “Confirmation,” “The Zombie’s Penny,” “A Relief to All,” “The Blue Yonder,” “The Other’s Inferential Case,” “The Blue Yonder,” “Vectors of the Crime,” “Search for the Lair,” “By Extension,” “Ode to Drano,” “The Wrecking Crew,” “The True and Complete History of Smackwater Jack,” “Still Another Eulogy,” “Their Happy Rest,” “The Death-Pond,” “Concerning the Next World,” “The Dance of Death,” “Why They Didn’t Have Jobs,” “The Next Act,” “Where the Dead Losers Went,” “The Sixth Street Men,” “Old John’s Last Night,” “From the Coroner’s Report,” “Other Opinions,” “Sunny Days,” “A Hypoxic Feeling,” “Sal’s Bedtime,” “The Important “Question,” “Mistakes,” “Paul Raven’s Last Night,” “A Definition,” “The Police Save the Day,” “Gypsy’s Coon-Tail,” “Gypsy Exercises the Dialectic,” “Gypsy Gets Punished,” “Why Gypsy was Unhappy,” “Carved in Stone,” “Fear of Death,” “Gypsy’s Last Wish,” “The Old Game,” “Barlow’s Last Night,” “Sunny Days,” “Thanksgiving Day,” “George the Lizard’s Last Night,” “A Resolution,” “The Zombie by Himself,” “An Invitation,” “The Other’s Last Night,” “After the Orgasm,” “Out of the Yonder,” “The Zombie’s Last Night,” “Rich’s Last Night,” “A Sixth Street Memorial Service,” “Evangeline’s Last Night,” “To Be More Specific,” “Sunny Days,” “The Death of Death,” “The Menu,” “Sunny Days,” “Rainy Nights,” “Sunny Days,” and “The Last word.” 170 sheets of ts.


  3. The Indigo Engineers, ts with ms instructions (July 1986-Feb. 1987). Includes: “But Why Do the Machines Fight Each Other for Possession of the Dead Flesh?” “Concerning the Mummy Cat,” “The Master Plan,” “The Roster,” “Operation of the ‘Chain Thing’,” “A Desperate Step,” “My First Warning,” “Mark Pauline, or, My First Personality Cult,” “Note to Instructions for Setting Up Crawling Machine,” “Survival Research Laboratories,” “Borrowing Things,” “Instructions for Setting Up Crawling Machine,” “Two Weeks Before the Show,” “Werner’s Principles,” “And, Oh, the Destruction!” “The Miracle of the Pit,” “To Reiterate,” “The Miracle of the Apple,” “Form Follows Function,” “Dead Souls,” “The Miracle of the Interrogation,” “The Prettiest Thing is the Darkest Darkness,” “Indigo Mythologies,” “The Miracle of the Tank,” “Tanks,” “The Machines,” “The Vampires and the Mass Grave,” “Desperation,” “The Miracle of the German Officer,” “A Commentary on Why the Germans did not Liquidate Pawel’s Family,” “Previous Events by S.R.L.,” “Machines Brought to Bear, or, The Miracle of the Craters,” “The Lingering End of the Egg-man,” “Germany,” “Further Opinions,” “Sneaky Soldiers,” “Instructions for Setting Up Crawling Machine,” “The World Around Him,” “In Search of a Mineless Zone,” “Nobody and Ruins,” “In the Parking Lot,” “Dead Flesh Again,” “Werner’s Complaint,” “Why You and I are Not Good Enough to Destroy,” and “My Judgment.” 57 sheets of ts.


  4. Violet Hair, ts with ms. Instructions (June-Oct. 1986). Dedicated to Robert Harbison. Includes: “Saint Catherine of Siena,” “Saint Catherine of San Diego,” “Hear Earthly Unearthliness,” “The Boundaries of the Catherine-Horizon,” “A State of Grace,” “However,” “My Materialization,” “At the Dinner Table,” “Authentic or Not,” “What the TV said,” “A Summer Night,” “Next Morning,” “My Fundamental Being,” “ The Cathedral of Saint Catherine,” “Complications of the Second Night,” “ Stephanie’s Morning Meditation,” “Another Meditation,” “How to Study Heidegger,” “Spirit Stuff,” “What the TV said,” “The Third Night,” “Mount Shasta Again,” “Assessment of Holy Progress,” “What the TV Said,” “The Third Night,” “Mount Shasta Again,” “Assessment of Holy Progress,” “What the TV said,” “The Smile,” “The Fourth Night,” “Friendly Advice,” “The Long View,” “What Heidegger Said,” “What the Great Soviet Encyclopedia Said,” “What the TV said,” “The Fifth Night,” “The Courtship of Catherine,” “A Flat Joke,” “What the TV Said,” “Loss, Diversion, Defiency, and Projection,” “Why Catherine Became a Saint,” “A Visit,” “Catherine’s Alphabet,” “The Sixth Night,” “A Subtle Distinction,” “Catherine’s Ghost Stories,” “What Heidegger and Catherine Said,” “A Dream,” “Another Dream,” “Anxiety of the Ontic Rose,” “Another Subtle Distinction,” “My Rival,” “Wickedness,” “Another Sad Story About Catherine,” “Still Another Sad Story,” “Dependency,” “What Happened When Catherine Forgot to be Tense,” “What the TV Said,” “Leaping-In-For,” “The Being of Catherine-In-The-World,” “Conjectural Physics,” “Ontological Exposition of Futurity,” “However,” “The Last Morning,” “What the TV Said,” “A Metaphysical Drive,” “Retrospective: Catherine Decides Not to Go to Heaven,” “A Metaphysical Drive (continued),” “Golgotha,” “Hell,” “A Question,” and “What the TV said.” Followed by a “Heideggerian Glossary.” 80 sheets of ts.


  5. X-Ray Visions ts with ms instructions (July-Sept. 1986). Dedicated to Janice Kong-Ja Ryu. Includes: “Hymn,” “The First Vision,” “The Second Vision,” “The Third Vision,” and “Seeing Through the Colors.” 14 pages of ts.


  6. Part a
    Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes. 989 sheets of ts.



Box 3

Folder Numbers #15b-16

  1. Part b
    [continuation of folder 15a, in box 2].

  2. Large manila folder containing notes, correspondence, and corrections from Seven Dreams I: The Ice Shirt.
    Includes:

    • Letter from Vollmann to Ms. Frances Pishny, E.D. of the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc. 3/17/87
    • Sheet requesting donations explaining present work’s availability and supporting materials (2 pages).
    • Letter and article stapled together to Vollmann from Jacob (wife Janis) regarding mummies and Greenland. 9/1/86
    • Two page letter from Vollmann to Professor Johannessen requesting advice on “Seven Dreams.” 2/6/86
    • One page letter response to Vollmann from Johannessen UC Berkeley. 3/9/87
    • Two page letter from Vollmann to Canada Map Office requesting maps of Canada. 2/6/87
    • One page request from Vollmann to Mr. Niels Grossen asking for travel advice about Greenland. 2/27/87
    • One page response to Vollmann from Jim Ellsworth, superintendent Auyuittuq National Park Reserve in Canada. 4/13/87
    • Six pages of miscellaneous information received on scare cartridges (wildlife control) and North West Territories in Canada.
    • One page request to Mr. Frank Grotto of Map Gretto for Canadian maps. 5/16/87
    • Two page letter to Mr. Dennis Stossel of Arctic Operation in Minetoba regarding travel plans. 5/16/87
    • One page letter to Corporal Jim O’Neill regarding bringing a shotgun to Canada. 5/16/87
    • Two page letter to Mr. Erythor Benediktsson of Iceland regarding questions about Vollmann’s visit there.
    • Handwritten page from Seth to “Janice, Bill or whoever is there.”
    • Two page typed rough draft of “The prehistoric overview.”
    • Five page letter to Ruth Holmes Whitehead (Assistant Curator in History Nova Scotia Museum) answering correspondence and inquiring more information from her. 3/14/88
    • Four page letter to Bernard Francis, Director of Micmac Language Institute inquiring about word definition. 3/14/88
    • One page letter from Esther Whitby of Andre Deutsch Ltd. Vollmann’s Editor? 3/31/88
    • Two page letter to Ruth Holmes Whitehead about changes he made from her suggestions. 4/25/88
    • Thin manila folder (“The Ice shirt Correspondence 2” written on front) containing typed edited material sent to Esther Whitby.
    • One page handwritten notes on “Skraeling Progression” and “Norse Progression.”
    • Three page letter to Esther Whitby regarding final changes. 2/20/89
    • Stapled groups of revisions to Ice Shirt.
    • Two page letter typed from Esther Whitby regarding changes. 2/6/99
    • Three page typed informal letter to Howard at Andre Deutsch regarding specifics in text.
    • Two page copy of article “News from the Norse” by Jane Smiley, “New Republic Magazine.” 5/16/88
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby with status of different books. 5/26/88
    • Letter to Nuka Moller regarding Inuit/Greenlandic parts of Ice Shirt.
    • Page stapled letter to Henrik Wilhjelm at University of Greenland for reference questions. 6/9/88
    • Note from Linda Pawson at Andre Deutsch regarding photo of Vollman. Asking if Ken Miller was the photographer? 6/22/88
    • Handwritten letter from Bob (Warbism?- possibly from Andre Deutsch) from London regarding Ice Shirt.
    • Short note from Esther Whitby. 7/19/88
    • Three page letter to Esther Whitby with notes on Ice Shirt and Whores for Gloria. 7/24/88
    • Letter from T.G. Rosenthal of Andre Deutsch regarding contracts. 7/20/88
    • Two page response to TG Rosenthal. 7/27/88
    • Two page letter to Dennis Stossell of Atmospheric Environment Service in Canada about travel.
    • 7/30/88
    • One page response from T.G. Rosenthal. 8/2/88
    • One page letter from Esther Whitby. 8/4/88
    • One page letter from Esther Whitby about postal strike. 9/15/88
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby on final editing. 9/9/88
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby on final editing. 9/9/88
    • Two page copy of letter about Ice Shirt. The writer signed , but the name is unreadable.
    • Letter and ms. Changes to Esther Whitby in response to her request that it be cut down. 10/1/88
    • Three page letter to Howard Davies about Ice Shirt illustrations. 4/25/89
    • Two-page letter from Esther Whitby about suggested cuts to be made. 10/6/88
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby with suggested changes. 11/14/88
    • Short note from TG Rosenthal. 1/28/88
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby continuing change suggestions. 12/16/88
    • Three pages of possible cuts.
    • One page letter from Esther Whitby. 1/12/89


    • Four-page letter from Whitby to Howard Davies (copy of letter) about Ice Shirt edits. 12/19/89
    • Three page letter from H. Davies to Vollmann with suggestions. 1/11/89
    • Four pages of edits titled “Memo for Esther and Howard” 1/21/89
    • Personal letter from Bob (Harbesm?) from London about Ice Shirt. 2/89
    • Two page letter and four pages of revisions to Esther and Bob. 2/7/88
    • Seven page letter to Vollmann from Howard in London regarding text. 6/12/89
    • Two random pages the first titled “Sources and a Few Notes.” 12/6/89
    • Stapled and paper clipped copy of Glossary.
    • Manila folder titled “Seven Dreams I: The Ice Shirt Correspondence #1” containing: changes, letter to Paul with letter of potential weak spots, note from Esther 4/11/88, Seven Dreams (description of project), three page letter to Nuka 5/6/88, letter from Esther 5/12/88, letter from Esther 9/4/89, first possible script for book jacket, letter from Esther 9/6/89 regarding the galleys, and a memo to Bill with Ice Shirt (Maps).


    • - Approx. 200 sheets.



Box 4

Folder Numbers #17-18

  1. Copy of Seven Dreams with ms notes on it about pages, typefaces, and instructions. These include maps and drawings. Approx. 400 sheets.


  2. Copy of Ice Shirt. Typeset with a few ms instructions. Approx. 300 sheets.



Box 5

Folder Numbers #19-21

  1. Manila folder with “Ice Shirt Correspondence,” including:
    • Galley Proofs: Memo to Heather/Design, 4 pages from Howard.
    • 2 pages of prelims and postlims order and queries to author, HD to BV 12/6/89.
    • 2 pages of revised introduction.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby 9/28/89.
    • 2-page letter from T.G. Rosenthal about publishing of Ice Shirt and not publishing Vollmann’s, Afghanistan Picture Show.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby about maps 8/16/89.
    • Letter from P. McGrath about “Grave of Lost Stories,” 10/18/89.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby 11/25/89.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby 1/15/90, regarding new publication date for Ice Shirt, (5/24/90).
    • Letter from Esther Whitby 3/15/90.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby that was included with an advance copy of the Ice Shirt 4/4/90.
    • 3 page copy of a book jacket.
    • Letter from Scott Anderson at Penguin about paperback publication of Ice Shirt 4/30/90.
    • Letter and announcement from T.G. Rosenthal regarding the merger of Andre Deutsch Ltd. With another publishing organization 6/4/90.
    • 2 page copy of jacket copy from Penguin to Bill.
    • Handwritten letter from Wolfsbane at Penguin to Bill and Janice 8/21/90.
    • Handwritten page (front and back) by Vollmann about Ice Shirt.         - 28 sheets


  2. Bound copy of Ice Shirt (says Seven Dreams on front) with green front and back. The copy is in 8 ½” by 11” form.


  3. Proofs of Ice Shirt from Andre Deutsch (gray front and back) with Vollmann’s ms corrections. Approx. 450 sheets



Box 6

Folder Numbers #22-26

  1. Handwritten letter to Esther Whitby on notebook paper regarding Ice Shirt and the Whiting foundation (the Whiting foundation gave him $25,000).

  2. Manila folder titled “Correspondence The Rainbow Stories #1,” includes:
    • Sketches for The Green Dress, by Stephanie Reynolds.
    • Four pages (falling apart) ms, The Yellow Sugar at the top of the Appendix it is titled, “The Thugs Secret Dialect.”
    • Three page letter to Veronica (who is at the time incarcerated) regarding illustrations she may do for him. 1/16/85
    • Letter to Alice Turner, fiction editor of “Playboy Magazine,” about the possible publishing of one of Vollmann’s stories. 10/29/85
    • Two letters from Granta in New York. The first letter is to thank him for his submission. 3/11 The second rejects it (story about San Francisco skinheads). The second letter is from Marie Ricapito. 3/19
    • Letter to Veronica in response to a letter from her. 2/26/86
    • Two page letter to Veronica about the use of some of her artwork. 5/17/86
    • Letter to Esther Whitby about status of Rainbow Stories. 7/23/86
    • Letter to Fran Kiernan, also c.c. To Tom Stewart at Athenum, and Esther Whitby at Andre Deutsch. 7/23/86
    • Three page letter to Veronica (photos had been enclosed with it) about Rainbow Stories. 10/10/86
    • Letter to U.S Prostitutes Collective in San Francisco asking for anyone to share her story. 7/28/89
    • Letter to Esther Whitby. 8/14/86
    • Two page letter to Veronica (2 p.g.’s not included). 8/13/86
    • Letter to Mr. Pauline asking permission to do a piece on Survival Research Laboratories for Rainbow Stories. 10/8/86
    • Two page proposal to Survival Research Laboratories about Vollmann’s plan there.
    • Postcard from Jones or James in London. 10/86
    • “Poetry and Prose” section of the Tenderloin Times, v.10, n. 5.
    • Two page letter to Veronica about Vollman’s visit with her.
    • Three page letter to Bob and Esther with submission of ms of Rainbow Stories. 1/25/87
    • Letter from Esther Whitby in response. 2/17/87
    • Two page letter to Esther about Rainbow Stories and trying to get together on the East Coast (U.S.) 2/25/86
    • Response to Sara Fisher in London (possible agent). 2/25/86
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby. 3/2/87
    • Letter from Bob (Esther Whitby’s husband?) about his dissatisfaction of Rainbow Stories. 3/7/87
    • Letter to Bob in response. 3/18/87
    • Two page letter to Dr. Lester Adelson about Vollmann’s use of Dr. Adelson’s book Pathology of Homicide in “The Blue Yonder,” of Rainbow stories. 2/23/86
    • Letter of received ms from Dr. Adelson, who is a pathologist and acting coroner in Cuyahoga County (Ohio). 3/12/87
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby regarding Rainbow Stories. 3/12/87
    • Letter to Esther 3/20/87
    • Letter to Dr. Adelson, with thanks. 3/18/87
    • Postcard from Bob while in Paris. 3/26/87
    • Letter requesting advice to Dr. Boyd Stephens (Chief medical Examiner in San Francisco County) about forensic pathology in Rainbow Stories. 3/20/87
    • Letter from Bob. 4/8/87
    • Letter from Thomas Stewart, President and Publisher at Athenum, about Rainbow Stories P.R. 4/17/87
    • Letter from Andre Deutsch about Rainbow Stories contract. 4/23/87
    • Vollmann’s response to contract. 4/27/87
    • Six page “Rainbow Stories: Statement of Purpose.”
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby. 5/5/87
    • Two page letter to Esther Whitby. 5/18/87
    • Letter to Sarah Mengue (contracts manager at Andre Deutsch). 5/18/87
    • Two page letter to Jake Dickinson, regarding Rainbow Stories. 5/18/87
    • Postcard from Esther in Deep Springs. 6/10/87
    • Handwritten letter to Veronica. 12/22/86
    • Three handwritten pages from Bill to (?), possibly parts of letters (2 are in red ink and one is in blue ink).
    • Stapled packet on Survival Research Laboratories.
    • Page with two articles copied on it.
    • Three page letter to Esther after her postcard.
    • Letter to Veronica, who Vollmann feels is mad at him?
    • Letter to Veronica’s prison about what can be sent to her. 8/14/87
    • Letter to Tom Stewart (President and publisher at Athenum) with Vollmann’s new address.
    • Two page letter to Esther about Deutsch, Veronica, and Brad Morrow.
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby. 8/2/87
    • Note and copy of letter to Tom Stewart from Esther Whitby about Rainbow Stories. 8/17/87
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby. 9/7/87
    • Letter to Esther Whitby. 9/18/87
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby. 9/21/87
    • Two page letter to Esther Whitby. 10/2/87
    • Letter from Nicky Mayhew, who is the publicity director at Andre Deutsch, about Brad Morrow and “Conjunction Magazine”. 9/22/87
    • Letter from Esther Whitby about a visit to San Francisco. 9/28/87
    • Letter from Tom Stewart about Rainbow Stories edits. 10/7/87
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby regarding Rainbow Stories editing. 10/5/87
    • Postcard from Esther Whitby. 10/12/87
    • Two page letter from Esther responding to letter from her on 10/3/87. 10/16/87
    • Handwritten letter from Bob about his visit to San Francisco.

              -Approx. 90 sheets



  3. Large manila folder titled (ms) “Rainbow Stories Correspondence #2.” Includes:
    • Pages paper clipped with Rainbow Stories editing ideas from Esther Whitby and Vollmann’s handwritten responses.
    • Note from Esther Whitby. 11/9/87
    • Letter from Lester Adelson, M.D. (Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine) who helped with scientific portions of Rainbow Stories.
    • One page letter from Stephen Reynolds about use of his name in “Violet Hair.” 9/18/87
    • Publication release; signatures from S.F. Skinz allowing Vollmann use of their names. 9/12/87
    • Signature from Catherine S. Reynolds for Vollmann to base character on her. 11/29/86
    • Three page letter from Esther Whitby regarding edits. 11/16/87
    • Note from Esther as addition to previous letter. 11/17/87
    • Copy of a two page letter from Esther to Tom Stewart at Athenum about Rainbow Stories.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby regarding “libel business.” 11/19/87
    • Letter from Esther continuing previous letter about using names. 12/3/87
    • Letter to Esther (paper clipped) including the revised text of “Red Hands.”
    • Two sets of papers (both paper clipped). They are copies of Rainbow edits beginning with “The Visible Spectrum;” the stories are not present in their entirety.
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby about revisions. 1/5/88
    • Letter from Esther Whitby, the name of the book will now be callled Under the Rainbow. 1/13/88
    • Page copy of You Bright and Risen Angels critique paragraph by Kathy Acker.
    • Two page letter to Howard Davies about Under the Rainbow edits. 1/11/88
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby. 2/4/88
    • Four page letter to Esther from Howard Davies about edits. 2/1/88
    • Note from Esther Whitby with Howard Davies’s printing instructions (paper clipped). 2/8/88
    • Four page letter to Esther Whitby, continuing edits. 2/18/88
    • Letter from Bob. 6/27/86
    • Copy of Andre Deutsch Advance Information Description of Under the Rainbow.
    • Copy of description of Under the Rainbow.
    • Copy of ms written description of Under the Rainbow.
    • Letter from Nicky Mayhew, Publicity Director at Andre Deutsch, regarding “Conjunction Magazine,” and Brad Morrow.
    • Letter to Brad Morrow from Nicky Mayhew about publication of “White Knights” in “Conjunctions Magazine.” 3/3/88
    • Letter from Esther Whitby, the title has been changed back to Rainbow Stories. 3/2/88
    • Letter from Esther Whitby to Brad Morrow. 2/4/88
    • Three page letter to Esther Whitby (stapled) into information on Rainbow Stories, the Ice shirt, Afghanistan Picture Show, and Why do Flies Buzz.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 3/10/88
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 5/5/88
    • Four copies of title page ideas for Rainbow Stories title graphics. 5/12/88
    • Note from Linda Pawson about Rainbow set of proofs attached to copy of letter from Esther Whitby to Vollmann. 5/24/88
    • Stapled letter to Esther Whitby with last minute edits of Rainbow Stories. 5/29/88

              -Approx. 80 sheets



  4. Thin manila folder with “RS” written on it in pencil, including: copy of a picture of Dolman by Ken Miller, two page letter to Tom Stewart (Athenum Publishers) about Rainbow Stories 4/10/87, letter from Esther Whitby about finishing up Rainbow Stories and beginning of Ice Shirt, copy of back jacket flap for Rainbow Stories, copy of “memo to Anne” from Esther about jacket copy. 7/7/88, copy of jacket copy from Andre Deutsch, letter from Marcia Burch at Viking Penguin, about publishing You Bright and Risen Angels in Paperback. 9/1/88. 8 sheets


  5. Manila folder with a note written on it to Vollmann from S.F. Skinz and “Historical Curiosity.” A pathologist’s comments on the “Blue Yonder", and also a ms version of “The Green Dress,” including: first 99 pages of “Blue Yonder” with notes by Dr. Adelson a pathologist, and a printout of the first forty pages of “The Green Dress.” Approx. 150 sheets



Box 7

Folder Number #27

  1. Printout of Seven Dreams (The Rifle text).



Box 8

Folder Numbers #28-32

  1. Paper clipped miscellaneous letters including:
    • Letter to Esther Whitby that accompanied Dream 6. 2/25/92
    • Letter from TG Rosenthal. 3/24/92
    • Letter from Esther Whitby about Rifles. 3/30/92
    • Letter (computer printout) to Esther Whitby. 7/10/92

              -Approx. 500 pages


  2. Resolute Bay, copy of Dream 6. 445 sheets

  3. Copy of Whores for Gloria. 150 sheets

  4. Manila folder of “Whores for Gloria correspondence, including:
    • Letter from Martin Fletcher, managing editor at Picador. 9/6/91
    • Whores for Gloria, rejection letter from Suhrkamp Verlag. 9/31/91
    • Letter from Paul Cremo of Spring Creek Productions, about possible film project of Whores For Gloria.
    • Letter to Arnold Goodman at Goodman Associates from Allen Peacock at Simon and Schuster rejecting publication of Whores for Gloria. 7/19/90
    • Letter to Arnold Goodman from Ann Patty at Poseidon Press, rejecting Whores for Gloria. 2/14/90
    • Letter to Arnold Goodman from Amy Hertz of Henry Holt and Company rejecting Vollmann’s manuscripts. 10/30/89
    • Letter to Arnold Goodman from Gary Fisketjon on Atlantic Monthly Press rejecting Whores For Gloria, and Afghanistan Picture Show. 12/6/89
    • Letter to Arnold Goodman from Rose Kernochan of W.W. Norton and Company rejecting Whores for Gloria, and Afghanistan Picture Show. 12/7/89
    • Letter to Vollmann from Martin Fletcher of Pan Books accepting Whores for Gloria, and rejecting Afghanistan Picture Show. 12/6/89
    • Seven permissions from the subjects in Ken Miller’s photographs for Whores for Gloria.
    • Short Biography of Ken Miller, included on the back is a descriptive tribute by Vollmann.
    • Personal, ms letter to Vollmann from Ken Miller. On the second page there is a drawing in the same ink, but the source is unknown.
    • Three page confidential letter to Esther Whitby regarding Tom Stewart wanting Vollmann to switch from Andre Deutsch to Athenum. 5/31/88
    • Note from Esther Whitby. 7/4/?
    • Two page confidential letter from Esther Whitby regarding Vollmann’s letter 5/31/88. 6/26/88
    • Three page stapled printout of photos matching sentences in Whores for Gloria.
    • Three page letter to Juris Jurevecs of SOHO Press about possible publishing of Whores for Gloria, including Vollmann’s resume. 7/11/88
    • Rejection letter for (?) From Aperture. 9/28/88
    • Gray paper with “obscure note on WFG accidentally left in rejected ms by publisher (SOHO),” written on it.

              - contains 49 sheets.


  5. Yellow Envelope containing Whores for Gloria text (old version), with ms corrections. 129 sheets of ts.



Box 9

Folder Numbers #33-34

  1. Manila folder containing printout of Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs, 1989, with ms revisions. Approx. 250 sheets of ts.


  2. a. Manila folder (extra wide) titled “Seven Dreams 2: Fathers and Crows...editorial correspondence, author’s illustrations/excerpts for magazines, draft pages corrected by author/anthropologists, some letters from anthropologists, source illustrations/ DCB entries". Including:
    • Two postcards, one from Bruce, the other illegible.
    • Letter from TG Rosenthal. 9/14/90
    • Letter from Penelope Buckland (sales director of Andre Deutsch) regarding Ice Shirt sales. 9/28/90
    • Fax from TG Rosenthal. 10/11/90
    • Two page letter from TG Rosenthal regarding Fathers and Crows. 10/24/90
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby. 10/29/90
    • Two page letter from Noah Richler about Fathers and Crows editing.
    • Two page letter from TG Rosenthal about sales. 11/6/90
    • Letter from TG Rosenthal. 11/9/90
    • Fax from Rosenthal to Amanda Vail at Viking Penguin in N.Y. 11/9/90
    • Two page letter from Nina Fircks (Rights Director at Andre Deutsch).
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 11/20/90
    • Fax from TG Rosenthal to Amanda Vail.
    • Three page stapled letter to AHV from SEA regarding Vollmann’s Fathers and Crows.
    • Letter to Paul Slovak (Viking Penguin). 6/3/91
    • Letter to Amanda Vail (Viking Penguin) regarding sending Fathers and Crows to Andre Deutsch. 6/3/91
    • Letter to Tom Rosenthal (with copy of Amanda Vail’s letter) with Vollmann’s concerns. 6/3/91
    • Letter to TG Rosenthal from Amanda Vail (copy). 6/19/91
    • Copy of letter from Esther Whitby. 6/12/91
    • Letter and copy from Esther Whitby. 6/25/91
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 7/11/91
    • Three page letter (connected printout) to Paul Slovak at Viking Penguin regarding Viking Penguin. 8/1/91
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby regarding Fathers and Crows. 8/5/91
    • Copy of fax to George Plimpton (“The Paris Review”) from Nina Fircks.
    • Letter from TG Rosenthal with copy of letter to Rosenthal from Rick Powers regarding the MacArthur award. 9/30/91
    • Copy of fax from Esther Whitby. 9/30/91
    • Fax letter and twelve pages of author’s queries from Esther Whitby. 10/3/91
    • Fax letter and queries from Howard Davies. 10/4/91
    • Fax and two pages of measurement questions from John Cleary. 11/7/91
    • Paper clipped letter and edits (including copy) to Howard Davies. 11/11/91
    • Three pages of edits from Howard Davies. 11/13/91
    • Five page letter to Esther regarding Fathers and Crows maps. 11/11/91
    • Five page letter to Howard Davies with queries. 11/18/91
    • Letter to Rachel Haidu regarding foreign buyers for Whores for Gloria. 12/8/91
    • Letter to Maria Cortes regarding Whores for Gloria. 12/8/91
    • Six page letter and queries on Fathers and Crows from Howard Davies. 3/25/92
    • Three page stapled letter to Howard Davies with edits. 3/30/92
    • Letter from “Paul the Thin” Slovak at Viking Penguin.
    • Manila folder with illustrations and excerpts for magazines.
    • Pages (rubber banded) ms corrections, and some research copies (?).
    • Paper clipped, miscellaneous correspondence.

              - Approx. 450 sheets
    34 b. stray page 51 from Fathers and Crows



Box 10

Folder Numbers #35a-35b

  1. Part a
    Edits and manuscripts of Seven Dreams: Fathers and Crows.


  2. Part b
    A continuation of folder 35a.



Box 11

Folder Numbers #35c-37

  1. Part c
    A continuation of folders 35a and 35b.


  2. Part d
    A continuation of folders 35a, 35b, and 35c.


  3. Thirteen stories and Thirteen Epitaphs manuscript. 318 sheets of ts.


  4. Plain manila folder that contains:
    • Five pages of Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs “Notes for Design.”
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 4/3/91
    • Paper clipped letter to Esther Whitby with seven pages of proofs for Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs.
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby regarding Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs. 1/24/91
    • Stapled letter from Howard Davies with Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs revision ideas. 1/23/91
    • Three page letter to Lewis Lapham (“Harper’s Magazine”) regarding publishing some of Vollmann’s work.
    • Two page letter to Howard Davies from Esther Whitby about Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby with ms phone numbers written down. 11/1/90
    • Five pages and three smaller stapled pages with Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs line-by-lines.
    • Copy of fax to Fred Jordan (Pantheon) from Esther Whitby. 12/7/90
    • Paper clipped set of revisions for Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs.
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 3/25/91
    • An extract from Notes to Deutsch.
    • Paper clipped letter and revisions of Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs to Esther Whitby and Howard Davies.
    • Stapled handwritten line-by-lines for “The Bad Girl” in Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs.
    • Three miscellaneous pages.
    • Two black line drawings.



Box 12

Folder Numbers #38-42

  1. Wide manila folder titled “XIII Stories and XIII Epitaphs,” containing: Letter to John Glusman (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in NY) with essay on the aesthetics of weapons and ms version of Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs, old printout of An Afghanistan Picture Show, small manila folder, and two ms letters from Ken Miller in Thailand (the second letter is dated 2/10/89).


  2. Thin manila folder containing:
    • Copy of a fax to James Linville (Paris Review Eds.) from Arnold Goodman (Goodman Literary Agents) regarding the withdrawal of An Afghanistan Picture Show from Paris publications. 11/6/90.
    • Letter from Roger Straus (book publisher) about publishing An Afghanistan Picture Show. 3/13/91
    • Handwritten copy of a letter to John Glusman (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) that accompanied An Afghanistan Picture Show. 8/24/91
    • Letter from Jennifer Berman (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). 8/29/91
    • Letter from John Glusman about An Afghanistan Picture Show title.
    • Letter from John Glusman that accompanied a rough sketch for the jacket. 11/19/91
    • Note from John Glusman about book cover. 12/19/91
    • Letter from Jennifer Berman (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) about cover and illustrations for An Afghanistan Picture Show. 12/29/91
    • Letter from Jennifer Berman about illustrations and photographs. 1/15/92


  3. Blue folder with “APS post-82” written on front. Contains:
    • Handwritten letter from friend (cannot read name) that has just returned from a family reunion in the UK. 12/15/90
    • Handwritten personal letter from Senator Major General Shirin Di Khan Niazi. 7/26/86
    • Handwritten personal letter from friend (cannot read name, but not from the USA). 8/23/84
    • Handwritten personal letter from the Senator in Pakistan (Shirin Di Khan Niazi) followed by a Christmas card. 10/21/85
    • Handwritten letter from the Senator (Shirin Di Khan Niazi) while he was in New York with the Pakistan Prime Minister. 9/20/87
    • Two page letter from Vollmann to Ambassador Jamsheed Marker about interviewing President Zia (of Pakistan) for An Afghanistan Picture Show. 9/28/87
    • Two page ms letter stapled from Senator Niazi about An Afghanistan Picture Show. 12/4/86
    • Article from “The Wall Street Journal,” titled “Afghan Rebels are Rewriting History,” by William McGurn. 11/30/87


  4. Plain blue folder containing: research on Afghanistan and the Soviet Union, a sketch for An Afghanistan Picture Show, letter from Esther Whitby 6/21/83, letter from Austin Olney (Director Houghton Mifflin Company) rejecting An Afghanistan Picture Show 12/19/83, note from Professor Eugene Bardach about Bennett Prize in Political Science, and a letter from Barney Karpfinger (John Schaffner literary Agents) rejecting An Afghanistan Picture Show 2/9/83.


  5. Yellow folder that contains:
    • Two page, ms letter from Senator Niazi about his trip to Washington D.C. 2/26/88
    • Typed song about the war and Peshawar by R. Kipling and R.W. Service.
    • Journal on “Afghan Refugees: 5 years later.”
    • Business card for “Bay Area for a Free Afghanistan,” Executive Director Moriah Lucas.
    • Letter from Mary Buller (Aid for Afghan Refugees) about photographs Vollmann took in Afghanistan. 4/10/84
    • Handwritten essay about the valley of Kaghan (cannot read the name of the writer). 1983
    • Christmas card from Levi and Mary in Peshawar, Pakistan. 1982
    • Christmas card and note written (cannot read the name of the writer). 1984
    • Note from Richard Hocking. 12/1/83
    • Handwritten note (blue paper) from Senator Niazi. 8/14/84
    • Typed note from Richard Hocking. 5/23/83
    • Letter from Lindsey Grant about selling Vollmann’s photographs from Afghanistan. 7/4/83
    • Rejection card from Mother Jones about article. 5/6/83
    • Letter from Richard Hocking giving Vollmann a grant for $990 for Afghanistan refugees slide show. 4/26/83
    • Two page contract about Ella Lyman Cabot Trust grant.
    • Two page report of expenditures for grant. 4/23/83
    • Letter to trust about expenditures and how to contact Vollmann. 6/1/83
    • Personal letter from S.M. Shamin. 12/25/82
    • Typed note from Scott, a friend in Ithaca N.Y., about showing the Afghanistan Picture show.
    • Personal handwritten letter from (?) in Pakistan. 10/29/83
    • Handwritten letter from Senator Niazi. 12/4/82
    • Handwritten letter from Levi Rogue, a friend in Pakistan. 11/28/82
    • Letter from Garth Pritchard to Richard Hocking recommending Vollmann for the Ella Lyman Cabot trust. 10/25/82
    • Letter from S.M. Shamin. 6/82
    • Handwritten letter from Yar Ehadi. 5/26/82
    • Personal letter from Senator Niazi. 10/2/82
    • Letter from Zaleid Niazi of Pakistan. 10/2/82
    • Letter (cannot read the name of the writer) from the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. 10/7/81
    • Two page documentation proposal of An Afghanistan Picture Show.
    • Copy of the two page documentation of An Afghanistan Picture Show.
    • Letter from Lindsey Grant about the film to use. 3/7/82
    • Letter from Vollmann to Lindsey Grant requesting information. 2/26/82
    • Contact with Lindsey Grant about Afghanistan trip. 6/81
    • Letter to and from Gary Marcuse about documentaries. (from 1977 or 1979)
    • Three page letter from Lindsey Grant. 8/11/81
    • Letter from Lindsey Grant. 10/26/81
    • Three page letter (on grid paper) from Jacob. 10/21/87
    • Letter from Ed Gunn (possibly from Cornell University) regarding the war. 8/2/81
    • Two pages of notebook paper with Vollmann’s reasons for going to Afghanistan, quotes, and writing.
    • Letter from friend Eric about a manuscript he read. 12/13/82
    • Two letters from Bob (Hackism?) One letter is personal and the other is a letter regarding business. Business letter dated 3/84
    • Letter from Barney Karpfinger (of John Schaffner Literary Agents). 3/15/82
    • Receipt from Overseas Medical Center in San Francisco for test on Vollmann’s feces. 8/82
    • Copy of airline itinerary to Europe. 5/31/82-6/2/82
    • Copy of application for student organization at Berkeley “Afghanistan media Group.” 3/20/83
    • Envelope full of miscellaneous receipts. These include receipts for camera equipment, tapes, and plane fare.


  6. Manuscript with ms corrections of An Afghanistan Picture Show. Vollmann’s account of a trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan during 1982.



Box 13

Folder Numbers #44-48

  1. Manila folder labeled “notes” and “Afghanistan Purpose,” includes: brochure on Afghanistan refugees in Pakistan, copy of a documentation proposal for “An Afghanistan Picture Show,” short story of “A woman in the Street of Story-Tellers”, edition of “Afghanistan Voice” newspaper 6/1/81, article on photographing war, article from “Daily News” by Jack Anderson on medical care needed in Afghanistan, AFAR newsletter from the Spring-Summer of 1983, miscellaneous copies of information and two handwritten notes.


  2. Brown folder containing exercises on how to learn the Pushtu language.


  3. Manila folder with appendices and notes from An Afghanistan Picture Show.


  4. Manila folder containing: copy of a note from Art Kleiner (editor of “CoEvolution Quarterly”), corrections of tape transcripts (lined paper stapled together), letter to Senator Niazi about manuscripts 5/23/89, letter to professor Dupree in Princeton N.J. with questions about manuscript 5/22/89, letter from Nancy Hatch Dupree stating that Professor Dupree had passed away 5/31/89, January-February edition of “The Voice of Afghan Mujahdeen.”


  5. An Afghanistan Picture Show.



Box 14

Folder Number #49a

  1. Part a
    An Afghanistan Picture Show



Box 15

Folder Number #49b

  1. Part b
    An Afghanistan Picture Show.

    The remainder of this box includes thirteen cassette tapes (with interviews).



Box 16

Folder Numbers #50-54

  1. Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture show.


  2. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture show.


  3. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture show.


  4. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture show.


  5. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture show.



Box 17

Folder Numbers #55-59

  1. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture show.


  2. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.


  3. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.


  4. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.


  5. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.



Box 18

Folder Numbers #60-65

  1. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.


  2. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.


  3. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.


  4. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.


  5. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.


  6. continued - Contains pc notebooks from Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and An Afghanistan picture Show.



Box 19

Folder Numbers #66-69

  1. Contains copy-edited ms of Thirteen stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and a long galley edition of An Afghanistan Picture Show.


  2. continued - Contains copyedited ms of Thirteen stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and a long galley edition of An Afghanistan Picture Show.


  3. continued - Contains copyedited ms of Thirteen stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and a long galley edition of An Afghanistan Picture Show.


  4. continued - Contains copyedited ms of Thirteen stories and Thirteen Epitaphs and a long galley edition of An Afghanistan Picture Show.





Box 20

Folder Numbers #70-71

  1. You Bright and Risen Angels manuscript with ms instructions. Approx. 300 sheets of ts.


  2. a. stapled 1993 correspondence between representatives of Andre Deutsch, Ltd and Wm. T. Vollmann re: various titles

    b. Manila folder titled “YBRA correspondence I,” this includes:
    • Letter from Barney Karpfinger (John Schaffner Literary Agents) about You Bright and Risen Angels and An Afghanistan Picture Show. 2/4/82
    • Two page letter from B. Karpfinger rejecting You Bright and Risen Angels. 2/24/82
    • Letter from Esther Whitby (of Andre Deutsch). 10/1/84
    • Christmas card from Esther Whitby and Bob. 1984
    • Twelve pages with printouts on one side and Vollmann’s handwritten notes on the other.
    • Copy of letter from Howard Segal to Jacob Dickinson. 9/13/85
    • Letter to various publishing luminaries about You Bright and Risen Angels manuscript. 7/11/85
    • Four pages of You Bright and Risen Angels Synopsis.
    • Rejection letter (with suggestions) from Tres Amigos Publications. 7/15/85
    • Rejection slip from North Point Press.
    • Rejection slip from the Ecco Press.
    • Rejection slip from Panjandrum books.
    • Rejection note from Puckerbrush.
    • Rejection note from City Miner.
    • Rejection note from Androgyne.
    • Brochure from City Miner.
    • Note from Kirk Benjamin. 5/27
    • Postcard from Bob.
    • Personal letter to Esther and Bob. 10/1/85
    • Note from Knox Burger agent. 10/17/85
    • Note from Knox Burger. 11/6/85
    • Note from Esther that Andre Deutsch will publish You Bright and Risen Angels. 11/14/85
    • Letter from Esther. 11/26/85
    • Confirmation of Mailgram. 12/4/85
    • Two page letter and contract from Andre Deutsch for You Bright and Risen Angels. 11/20/85
    • Two page letter to Esther about publishing.
    • Letter from T.G. Rosenthal (2) about contract. 12/19/85
    • Two page letter from Esther. 12/17/85
    • Two page letter from Esther. 1/7/86
    • Letter from T.G. Rosenthal about publishing dates and Athenum buying American rights. 1/13/86
    • Letter from Bob (editor with Esther) for You Bright and Risen Angels. 1/27/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 1/31/86
    • Publicity form from Andre Deutsch.
    • You Bright and Risen Angels line-by-line commentary (32 pages).
    • Ten pages of excerpts.


    • Approx. 250 sheets.



Box 21

Folder Numbers #72-73

  1. Manila folder titled “Correspondence You Bright and Risen Angels 2,” includes:
    • Letter to Bob and commentary by line in response. 2/8/86
    • Letter from TG Rosenthal. 2/6/86
    • Letter and publicity form from Tom Stewart (President of Athenum in New York). 2/13/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 2/20/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby 2/25/86
    • Note from T. Stewart. 2/27/86
    • Note from Esther’s secretary. 3/4/86
    • Letter from T. Stewart. 3/7/86
    • Line-by-line replies for You Bright and Risen Angels. 3/7/86
    • Note from Esther Whitby. 3/12/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 3/18/86
    • Rejection slip from the Ecco Press.
    • Six page letter with revisions of You Bright and Risen Angels to Esther. 3/27/86
    • Letter from T. Stewart. 3/21/86
    • Letter and line-by-line changes to T. Stewart. 3/225/86
    • Handwritten note from Bob (after a visit to Vollmann).
    • Letter from T.G. Rosenthal. 4/15/86
    • Letter from T.G. Rosenthal. 4/24/86
    • Letter from Bob. 4/22/86
    • Letter from T. Stewart regarding “The New Yorker.” 4/24/86
    • Letter to Howard Davies from Esther Whitby about copy-editing for You Bright and Risen Angels. 4/22/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 4/25/86
    • Letter from Esther about use of textual sources in You Bright and Risen Angels and a list of pictures. 4/28/86
    • Letter from T.G. Rosenthal on the use of sources and acknowledgements. 4/29/94
    • Note from T.Stewart. 5/5/86
    • Letter to T.G. Rosenthal. 5/5/86
    • Responses to Bob and Esther about Bob’s letter on 4/22/86. 5/6/86
    • Letter to Tom Stewart about changes made with Andre Deutsch. 5/5/86
    • Letter to Penguin books about using quotes from their Juvenal: The 16 Satires (1974). 5/12/86
    • Letter to Houghton Mifflin Company about using quotes from The Poems of Francois Villon (1977). 5/12/86
    • Letter to Harper and Row about using quote from Hitler: A Study in Tyranny. 5/12/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 5/12/86
    • Advance Information sheet from Andre Deutsch on You Bright and Risen Angels. 5/86
    • Note from T.G. Rosenthal. 5/15/86
    • Rejection note from T.H. at Fablewaves Press. 4/26/86
    • Four pages of excerpts from You Bright and Risen Angels.
    Approx. 145 sheets.


  2. Manila folder titled, “YBRA Correspondence 3,” includes:
    • Letter to Bob about last minute editing and the beginning of the Rainbow stories.
    • Letter to Tom Stewart about You Bright and Risen Angels, Rainbow Stories, national public radio, and about a party with S.F. Nazi Skinz. 7/23/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 7/21/86
    • Letter to Barbara Campo (management editor at Athenum) from Howard Davies about You Bright and Risen Angels. 6/26/86
    • Letter from T. Stewart. 7/31/86
    • Postcard from Bob. 8/2/86
    • Letter from Esther about final corrections to You Bright and Risen Angels. 9/4/86.
    • Letter (business and personal) from Esther Whitby. 8/22/86
    • Letter with line references to Esther Whitby. 9/16/86
    • Letter to Esther Whitby. 9/20/86
    • Printout of letters again asking permission to use quotes. 9/20/86
    • Letter to John Siscoe at The Globe about reading You Bright and Risen Angels on National Public Radio. 10/4/86
    • Letter to Susan Richman (Athenum). 10/4/86
    • Postcard from Bob. 9/15/86
    • Letter from Howard Davies (with page of queries). 10/8/86
    • Copy of preliminary permissions.
    • Note from Esther Whitby. 11/5/86
    • Note from Esther Whitby. 11/24/86
    • Letter from Ann Burns (Library Journal) about featuring You Bright and Risen Angels in “New Novelists” feature and letter by Vollmann for magazine. 12/8/86
    • Letter from T. Stewart. 1/13/87
    • Note from T. Stewart. 1/21/87
    • Note from T. Stewart. 1/27/87
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 2/2/87
    • Note from Esther Whitby. 2/11/87
    • Letter from Sara Fisher (Literary agent wanting Vollmann as a client). 2/13/87
    • Note from Esther Whitby with a copy of You Bright and Risen Angels. 2/16/87
    • Letter to Houghton Mifflin about permission for a quote. 3/16/87
    • Letter to Penguin about permission to quote. 3/16/87
    • Letter to Esther about You Bright and Risen Angels publicity and rewriting of An Afghanistan Picture Show.
    • Postcard from Esther Whitby. 4/2/87
    • Letter from T. Stewart and the first You Bright and Risen Angels review from Kirkus. 4/1/87
    • Letter from T. Stewart and “Publisher’s Weekly Review.” 4/7/87
    • Note from T. Stewart. 4/23/87
    • Western Union Mailgram with congratulation on You Bright and Risen Angels birthday.
    • Two page letter from Esther Whitby. 5/20/86
    • Copy of You Bright and Risen Angels final picture list.
    • Letter from Howard Davies. 5/19/86
    • Four pages of textual queries.
    • Letter to Nancy (?).
    • Seven page letter with You Bright and Risen Angels notes from (?).
    • Letter to T. Stewart. 6/9/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 6/23/86
    • Letter from Esther Whitby. 6/26/86
    • Copy of jacket blurb.
    • Note from T. Stewart. 6/17/87
    • Copy of review from “New York Times,” by Gail Pool.
    • Copy of review by Aleka Chase. 5/31/87
    • Letter from Esther Whitby 7/2/87
    • Review from “Library Journal.” 5/15/87
    • Copy of “New York Times” book review from 6/21/87
    • Review from 5/31/87.
    • Letter to Pat about You Bright and Risen Angels ending. 8/28/87
    • Form letter for permission to quote.
    • Fan letter from Thomas Owen Gardner of Columbia, South Carolina. 9/17/87
    • Errors in You Bright and Risen Angels, ms, six lines.
    • The remainder of folder is part of You Bright and Risen Angels manuscript. 5/27/86


    • 120 sheets .



Box 22

Folder Numbers #74-79a

  1. Manila folder with “YBRA: misc. text.” Written on the front.


  2. Manila folder titled “Anthro Refs: Dreams 1-2,” includes:
    • Handwritten page of “The Development of Dead Town.”
    • Letter from Bruce Trigger from McGill University department of Anthropology in Quebec about accuracy of a manuscript, ms. 12/21/89
    • Letter to Bruce Trigger with questions and answers written on the letter. 11/9/89
    • Five page letter from Ruth Holmes Whitehead (Assistant curator in History) from Nova Scotia. 4/24/90
    • Copy of “A Basque etymology for the word Iroquois” by Peter Bakker of the University of Amsterdam.
    • Information about Huron from John Steckley at Humber College, (letter to Vollmann) 2/2/90
    • Pages 141-179 by Alvin Morrison, “English Translation of Marc Lescarbot.”
    • Stapled copy of chapter eight of Bringing Home Animals by Adrian Tanner. Chapter eight is “Respect for the Animals Killed.”
    • Stapled copies of information on Nicolas Marsolet de Saint-Aignan and Eustache Boulle and five pages of copied pictures of ships, maps, and weapons.
    • Letter to and answers from (?).
    • Handwritten notes (in brown pen) on back of a letter from 4/10/87 to Veronica. Veronica is Vollmann’s friend who is in prison. The letter regards sadness and suicide.
    • Paper clipped copy of rough draft of The World of the People by R.H. Whitehead.
    • Handwritten letter (notebook paper folder) from Ruth Whitehead with suggestions on Micmac. 1/31/89
    • Stapled letter from Whitehead on Ice Shirt manuscript.
    • Stapled letter from Whitehead on Ice shirt manuscript. There is a personal note on back. 3/29/88
    • Stapled letter from Whitehead with copy of MicMac alphabet and orthography.
    • Copy of Whitehead’s chapter in The Spirit Songs called, “I have lived here since the world began,” (1987).
    • Questions to and answers from Professor Trigger. 1/3/89
    • Excerpts from a Jesuit questionnaire Vollmann sent out.
    • Handwritten stapled notebook about “What makes a Christian unique among believers?” 1/16/89
    • Letter from Michael Remshard about his religious faith.
    • Brochure (?) on, “The Venerable Kateri Tekawitha.”


  3. Manila folder titled, “Fathers and Crows,” includes:
    • Letter to Professor Bruce Trigger. 5/17/89
    • Letter to George Sioui with excerpt from Fathers and Crows stapled with letter to Danyelle and Eleonore Sioui (visual artists of Huron traditions). 5/19/81
    • Eighteen pg. printout of Crow-text: The Jesuit Relations.
    • Handwritten note from Bruce Trigger. 5/28/89
    • Printout of “The Treachery of the Huron Savages,” with some red corrections.
    • Two more stapled excerpt printouts.
    • Letter to with responses from Trigger. 5/23/89
    • Catalog of books on the North American Indian.
    • Letter to Farley Mowat with questions for the sixth dream. 2/18/88
    • Three page letter to the Reverend Fathers in Maison Provinciale about Fathers and Crows. 8/4/88
    • Copy of Vollmann’s “resume.”
    • Postcard from Brad in Tampa, Florida. 10/6/88
    • Letter from Esther Whitby about publicity on The Rainbow Stories. 9/12/88
    • Letter to artists Mireille and Manon Sioui requesting copies of their work. 12/14/88
    • Letter to Bruce Trigger for help with Fathers and Crows. 12/14/88
    • Response letter from Bruce Trigger. 12/20/88
    • Letter and questions to R. Whitehead. 1/11/89
    • Letter to Bruce Trigger. 3/1/89
    • Short letter from Bruce Trigger. 3/3/89
    • List of hotels/motels/tourist rooms in Canada.
    • Glossaries from Fathers and Crows.
    • Letter to Bruce Trigger (copy 3/1/89 with answers).
    • Copy of excerpt of Crow text with red notes in margins.
    • Characters and corrections in The Ice Shirt.
    • Letter from George Sioui. 5/4/89
    • Page from Book Reviews on Native history in North America.
    • Letter from Noah Richler of the BBC. 4/4/89
    • Letter from R. Whitehead. 4/3/8


  4. Large yellow envelope that includes: Letter to Esther Whitby with correction to new set of proofs. 3/12/92 (6 pages). Drawing paper with some notes, maps, and drawings.

    Folder 77 is in the oversize box


  5. Large yellow envelope that includes a manila folder with information for An Afghanistan Picture Show.

    Folder 78 is in the oversize box.


  6. Part a
    Miscellaneous materials, not in order, and loose leaf.





Box 23

Folder Numbers #79b-81b

  1. Part b
    Miscellaneous material continued.

  2. Photocopy of an old Afghanistan journal; there are three separate entries/sketches. These include: Night Journey to Mahaz or so he thought, Stomach pains, Drawing of “Pen-Pistol” visit to the U.S. consulate. Folder 80 also includes a letter to Mr. John Glusman , and 7 layouts of An Afghanistan Picture Show with editorial marks.


  3. Part a
    “The Revision to the revision- to be inserted immediately after the advertisement or the Revision,” in An Afghanistan Picture Show. This is in the oversize box.


  4. Part b
    Master Galleys: An Afghanistan Picture Show. Editor’s comment throughout added pages for drawings, sketches, and changes. Also the first galley edited by Vollmann of An Afghanistan Picture Show.





Box 24

Folder Number #82

  1. Very first draft of First Dream: The Ice Shirt written by Vollmann. Editor’s marks in pen and pencil. Pictures and sketches included in text. Handwritten note from Paul Slovak signed “Paul The Thin”(in Seven Dream series WTV is known as “William The Blind”).
  2. Part a - from 83a-83d Butterfly stories by Vollmann. Markings on the original draft. Butterfly stories includes: “The Butterfly Boy”, “Ulrich and the Doctor”, “More Benadryl Whined the Journalist”, “The New Wife”, “The Answer”, “I Wouldn’t Be Smiling Like That If I Were You”, “The Bordello of Pain”, “Bridal Mines.” One of four drafts of Butterfly Stories.



Box 25

Folder Numbers #83a-83d

  1. Continues four drafts of Butterfly Stories.


  2. Part b - Continued: 83a-83d Butterfly stories by Vollmann. Markings on the original draft. Butterfly stories includes: “The Butterfly Boy”, “Ulrich and the Doctor”, “More Benadryl Whined the Journalist”, “The New Wife”, “The Answer”, “I Wouldn’t Be Smiling Like That If I Were You”, “The Bordello of Pain”, “Bridal Mines.” One of four drafts of Butterfly Stories.


  3. Part c - Continued: 83a-83d Butterfly stories by Vollmann. Markings on the original draft. Butterfly stories includes: “The Butterfly Boy”, “Ulrich and the Doctor”, “More Benadryl Whined the Journalist”, “The New Wife”, “The Answer”, “I Wouldn’t Be Smiling Like That If I Were You”, “The Bordello of Pain”, “Bridal Mines.” One of four drafts of Butterfly Stories.


  4. Part d - Continued: 83a-83d Butterfly stories by Vollmann. Markings on the original draft. Butterfly stories includes: “The Butterfly Boy”, “Ulrich and the Doctor”, “More Benadryl Whined the Journalist”, “The New Wife”, “The Answer”, “I Wouldn’t Be Smiling Like That If I Were You”, “The Bordello of Pain”, “Bridal Mines.” One of four drafts of Butterfly Stories.



Box 26

Folder Numbers #84-86

  1. This folder contains: “A Morality Play in One Act,” 1990. Letter to Gordon Bornhart, clerk of the senate in Ottawa Canada requesting permission to except Canadian official documents. Letter to Eleana Kim, Editorial Assistant for Grand Street. Letter to Erik Reigelbach, Poetry editor for Grand Street. Miscellaneous letter or part of a description of a movie.


  2. Correspondence with Andre Deutsch Ltd. Editors. Includes:
    • Fax from Esther Whitby. 7/2/92
    • Letter fromVollmann to Tom Rosenthal. 7/6/92
    • Fax from Esther Whitby. 7/9/92
    • Fax from Tom Rosenthal in response to Vollmann’s letter of 6/22. 7/10/92
    • Letter from Vollmann to Esther Whitby. 7/10/92
    • Fax from Esther Whitby. 7/16/92
    • Letter from Vollmann to Esther Whitby (22 sheets). 7/22/92
    • Letter from Vollmann to Esther Whitby. 7/29/92
    • Letter from Vollmann to Esther Whitby. 7/28/92
    • Fax from Esther Whitby (includes drawings). 7/29/92
    • Vollmann writes Esther Whitby about changes in a manuscript. Also sent a handwritten revision of the northern Artic map. Ellef Ringnes Island (and surrounding islands); Close up of Corniualis Island, Devon Island and Somerset Island; detailed map of Corniuallis Island; Hudson Bay; Hudson Bay/ Hoewell Sound; Pond Inlet between Baffin Island and Bylet Island; Ellef Ringhes Island; Original of first northern Artic map.
    • Vollmann writes Esther Whitby – Tom Rosenthal about the fax of the 6th, money, frostbite from the magnetic pole, paper back deals.
    • Howard Davies fax. Copy editor queries concerning Rifles. 12/14/92
    • Letter from Vollmann to Howard Davies. 12/14/92
    • Fax from Esther Whitby part I includes: letter clarifying some details: Rifles, Kondashy, Ramsey, Rainbow Stories, Butterfly stories, copy editors queries concerning Rifles done by Howard Davies. 12/17/92
    • Fax from Esther Whitby containing copy editing comments from Howard. 12/11/92
    • Letter from Howard Davies. 1/15/93
    • Letter from Vollmann to Howard Davies. Contains returns, queries, suggestions, and so forth. 2/11/93
    • Fax from Zoe Ross. 2/23/93
    • Fax from Zoe Ross. 3/11/93
    • Letter from Vollmann to Howard Davies. 3/12/93
    • Letter from Vollmann to Esther Whitby with corrections and galleys. 6/7/93
    • Letter to Esther Whitby about a copyright page with reference to Esquire. 7/30/92


  3. Galley for Second Dream: Rifles mostly all text, published in 1993 by Andre Deutsch Limited. Contains author’s marks. Fax from T.G. Rosenthal regarding the Rifles book jacket 8/3/93. Fax from Clare Chambers 9/13/93. Vollmann writes Howard Davies 9/20/93.



Box 27

Folder Numbers #87-88

  1. Collected Proofs of Rifles. Includes drawings.

    Folder 87 in the oversize box


  2. Journals in Plastic.
    • Sex Slave secret notebook and note that says, “Do you want to escape?” in plastic bag.
    • Journal from Madagascar.
    • Sex Slave notebook. Thailand/Burma. August and September 1993.
    • Journal from Sarajevo, Prague, and Berlin. Fall 1992.
    • Journal just from Sarajevo.
    • Paperback novel of Vollmann’s Butterfly Stories. Two Asian women on cover. Published by Andre Deutsch Ltd. Inside cover reads “Corrected Grove Galleys,” 8/93 in Vollmann’s handwriting.
    • Journal for Somalia Project: Kenya, Somalia, Kenya, Hong Kong, Hawaii (Maui). Jan-Feb, 1993.
    • Sex Slave Notebook. Ranaq, Thailand. 1993
    • Four page letter on letterhead from Ciro/ Ramses.
    • Journal from Thailand, Burma, Cambodia. 1993. Labeled “Note book 3.”
    • Journal of “original story of Opium King Story” 1993.



Box 28

Folder Numbers #89-96

  1. Galleys to the Atlas. Includes: Afghanistan, India, Canada, Madagascar, and many more places. Some pages are missing.


  2. Chapter at Rising up and Rising Down, which appeared, cut in Esquire,” in 1993. Photocopy of actual notebook sent to Esquire from Kenya. Contains approximately 80 sheets of ts.


  3. Copy edited manuscript for Butterfly Stories, includes some fax pages. Contains 225 sheets of ts.


  4. Under the Grass includes: Hanover, New Hampshire; Mahebourg, Mauritius; Bangkok, Thailand; and Rome, Italy. There are two copies of each. Contains 28 sheets of ts.


  5. Part of manuscript Eurika, Ellesmere Island, Canada. 1988. Also a manuscript called “The Windows Never Open.” Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 1993. This includes: “A cotton candy of the mind,” “Exploration of the Nile,” “Virtualand,” “Luck,” “But he had to use his own hand,” “Celebrities,” “Good times,” “Rock of Ages,” “Nothing Really won’t affect us,” and “Fifteen thousand jobs.” Folder 93 also includes “Paris Review Book Sellers Advisory Board.” Contains 32 sheets of ts.


  6. Galleys/proofs of Butterfly Stories read by Vollmann.

    Folder 94 is in the oversize box.


  7. Fax pictures to accompany Butterfly Stories manuscript. 41 sheets of pictures.


  8. Correspondence includes:
    • Fax to Vollmann from Esther Whitby.
    • Fax to Bill from T.G. Rosenthal. 11/6/92
    • Fax to Vollmann from T.G. Rosenthal. 11/27/92
    • Letter to Esther Whitby from Vollmann regarding corrections to Butterfly Stories.
    • Fax to Mr. Will Blythe (Esquire Magazine) from Vollmann.
    • Letter to Colin Dickerman from Vollmann. 8/11/93
    • Letter to Tom Rosenthal from Vollmann. 8/3/93
    • Letter to Esther Whitby from Vollmann. 8/3/93
    • Letter to Vollmann from Mile Lobell at Lobell/Bergman Productions. 8/27/92
    • Letter to Vollmann from T.G. Rosenthal. 9/13/93
    • Letter to T.G. Rosenthal from Vollmann. 9/24/93 Contains 25 sheets of ts.



Boxes 29-32

Folder Numbers #97a-o

Copy edited manuscript to Seven Dreams: Fathers and Crows. More than one copy, in order received, not re-ordered. Looks like very first draft. Includes editing marks, but very few drawings. It includes Crow-Text: The Jesuit relations (1610) and Fathers and Crows, which includes:
  1. “Kingdom Come, or, How the Black Gowns sailed to Canada.”
  2. “Obedience, or a brief life of Saint Ignatons Louola, who invented the exercises".
  3. “Our daily bread, or, how the Black Gowns began the great work.”
  4. “Thy will be done, or, the war with the Iroquois Savages.”
  5. “Temperance, or, the brief life of Father Roberto de Nobili, who brought the true faith to India.”
  6. “Glory, or the conversation of the Huron Savages.”
  7. “Our father, or the Ascension of the Hiroquois Virgin.”
  8. “Black wings (1532-1989)”



Box 29

Folders Numbered #97a-c



Box 30

Folders Numbered #97d-e



Box 31

Folders Numbered #97f-i

  1. Folders 97f-i (See above box 29.)
    f. photocopy - pages 388-724
    g. photocopy - pages 725-896
    h. photocopy - pages 937-1371
    i. original computer print-out, marked - pages 698-948 (post-it note identifies it as Part II to BTV, 5 June '93)



Box 32

Folders Numbered #97j-o

  1. Folders 97j-o (See above box 29.)
    j. photocopy, marked - pages 851-1158
    k. photocopy - pages 897-936
    l. photocopy, marked - pages 323-436
    m. photocopy, marked, with some page number changes - pages 437-665
    n. photocopy, marked - pages 666-675
    o. photocopy, marked - pages 676-



Box 33

Folder Numbers #98-99

  1. An Afghanistan Picture Show
    Edited manuscript. Occasional post-its applied to leaves. No date, some editing done by Vollmann, including re-numbering of pages.
    a. introductory matter, title page - page 100(99)
    b. pages 101(100) - 200(198)
    c. pages 201(199) - (331)
    Master Galleys
    d. introductory matter, title page - page 100 e. pages 101 - 200
    f. pages 201- 268 g. letter from publisher, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. re: dead matter for An Afghanistan Picture Show
  2. Seven Dreams: Fathers and Crows
    a. original computer print-out, marked - pages 949-1068
    b. glossary, hand-paginated 1-124



Box 34

Folder Number #100

  1. 100 Master Galleys dated 4/9/92. Includes yellow post- it notes to include drawings, illustrations and sketches. 313 sheets of ts.



Box 35

Folder Numbers #101-104a

  1. Another Master Galley with no date and with yellow post-it notes to mark the pages where there contain edit marks. Approximately 300 sheets of ts.


  2. You Bright and Risen Angels. A cartoon by Vollmann. Pages front and back. Some pages are missing and out of order. Transcendental contents include: “History of Electricity,” “Ear Plugs,” “The Arming of the gGeat Republic,” “Reacting is Forever,” “The Reign of the Bugs,” “Little Match Cellar,” “Amounts of the Bugs,” “Labors of ? ,” “The big fence,” and “The Mausoleum.” The entire play is in a blue folder. Approximately 250 sheets of ts.


  3. Correspondence. Includes:
    • Letter to Vollmann from Peter Straus. Only have page 3(of 1-3).
    • Letter to Tom Rosenthal from Vollmann concerning payment and printing of Butterfly Stories. 7/22/92
    • Letter to Vollmann from Ester Whitby. 10/5/92
    • Letter from Vollmann to Mademoiselle Kate Norment. 9/20/93
    • Letter to Vollmann from Tom Rosenthal requesting the right to publish Butterfly Stories. 10/23/93
    • Letter to Paul Slovak from Vollmann. 3/93
    • Letter from T.G. Rosenthal to Vollmann. 1/13/94
    • Letter from T.G. Rosenthal to Vollmann. 1/9/94
    • Letter from Lois Rosenthal (Editor of story of Vollmann)
    • William T. Vollmann writes Bob Gulcione No date/ probably somewhere in late December. This letter regards an Opium King Report, Spin Marketing Ideas, The Kickboxing revision, Next trip, revised schedule, surprise speeches etc., single malt, color separations.
    16 sheets of ts.
  4. Part a - Pushtu-English vocabulary and includes: Chronology, 1979-1989, The Soviet View (San Francisco 1987), abbreviations used, and acknowledgements. Hand drawn map of USSR; Iran : China, Pakistan and India. Vollmann writes in between lines... questions: “What if I never come back?” Miscellaneous papers. 33 sheets of ts.


* Boxes 36, 37, 38, 39 are sealed at the request of William T. Vollmann.


Box 40

Folder Numbers #104b and 106a-f

  1. Part b - Includes letter to Paul Slovak regarding corrections to the Royal Family and handwritten letter to Vollmann from Paul Slovak.


  2. 106a-f Copy of The Royal Family includes editing marks. 1280 sheets of ts.



Box 41

Folder Number #106c-f

  1. 106c-f



Box 42

Folder Numbers #107-115

  1. Introduction to the Memoirs by Vollmann.


  2. Includes black pen tab pro pocket notebook with approximately 150 sheets of holograph, manuscript and miscellaneous notes, a black spiral steno notebook with approximately 140 sheets of holograph, manuscript and miscellaneous notes.


  3. White pictorial notebook with approximately 34 sheets of holograph, manuscript and miscellaneous notes.


  4. Blue folder labeled “Juvenilia 1980-1982.”


  5. Manila folder labeled “Misc.death notes,” includes newspaper articles.


  6. Drawings for Why Do Flys Buzz? 47 sheets of drawings and text.
    • Folder 112 contained in oversize box.


  7. Photograph of a Mexican immigrant.Also a photograph of four Mexicans at the United States border.


  8. “The Saving Grace of our system...” Includes 50 pages of ts.


  9. Chapter 255 of Royal Family. 100 pages of ts.



Box 43

Folder Numbers #116-122

  1. Blue folder labeled “Whores.” Includes newspaper articles.


  2. Two Jury Questionaires.


  3. Memorandum to Andrew J. Curtis from Koethi Zan regarding Butterfly Stories.


  4. Includes “News North” 3/29/99, “Nunavutmiut ‘99” 2 copies, and “Nunavut ’99.”


  5. Includes four folders regarding information on Nunavut and Canada.


  6. Includes an information sheet on the Nunavut Inaugural Ceremony on April 1, 1999, and three fact sheets about Nunavut.


  7. “Satisfaction Newspaper.”



Box 44

Folder Numbers #123-133

  1. “Les Inrockuptibles,” 2/9/99, “Outside Magazine,” June 1999.


  2. “Examiner,” April 18, 1999- 2 copies, “Examiner,” January 17, 1999- 7 copies.


  3. White envelope entitled “Dachau 1981,” contains four photographs. White envelope entitled, “Misc. 1981-82,” contains four photographs.


  4. White envelope entitled “Friends etc.,” contains five photographs. White envelope entitled “Deep springs,” contains ten photographs.


  5. White envelope entitled, “Cornell U and Ithaca,” contains seven photographs. White envelope entitled, “Seabrook, N.H.,” contains four photographs.


  6. Letter to Vollmann from Brad Morrow.


  7. Includes fax from Vollmann to Noah Richler-12/14/98, fax from Vollmann to Noah Richler-12/14/98, letter to Bill and Janice from Noah Richler-10/29/98, fax to Vollmann from Nikki Griffiths, fax from Vollmann to Dominique Bourgois, “Reflections on Columbine Killings,” by Tom Mauser, Letter to Vollmann from Dave Eggers regarding “Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern,” letter to Vollmann from Christophe Claro, letter to Jeffrey Pressman from Chase Crossingham carbon copy to Vollmann and Ken Miller-3/21/94, memorandum to Vollmann from Peter M. Hamilton-4/15/99.


  8. Letter from Vollmann to Miss Sawako Morihara-8/11/97, letter from Vollmann to Miss Shirley Purkiss-8/11/97, letter from Janice Ryu to Ulrike Ladenbauer at Dor Film Production-9/30/98,letter to Vollmann from Ariel Ruiz i Altaba, letter to Vollmann from Paul Slovak, letter to Vollmann from Oscar C. Villalon (book editor at the “San Francisco Chronicle”)-3/29/99, letter to Vollmann from Claudine Wiley-8/11/99,fax to Susan Golomb from Michelle Lapautre, letter to Vollmann from Edward D. Rimka-11 pages.


  9. Letter to Vollmann regarding the Seventh Annual Pen West Literary Awards Festival, letter to Vollmann from Ruth Holmes Whitehead (staff Ethnologist at Nova Scotia Museum)-2/25/92, letter to Vollmann from Tom-12/20/98, letter to “Whom it may concern,” recommending Vollmann for future employment.


  10. Pictures of cells. 16 sheets


  11. Map for Royal Family.



Box 45

Folder Numbers #134-149

  1. Fax to Vollmann from Dominique Bourgois-8 sheets, Letter to Ruby Ryles (Deputy Commissioner for Public Affairs), letter from Vollmann to Frin-Claudia Strebele-6/29/98, fax from Vollmann to Dominique Bourgois-9/28/98, Letter from Vollmann to Tim at Andre Deutsch Ltd.-8/28/98, letter from Vollmann to Bob-nodate, letter to Vollmann from Tim Forrester-9/22/98, fax to Mary Flower from Ulrike Ladenbauer-12/5/97, fax to Vollmann from Shirley Purkiss-8/13/97, fax to Vollmann from Shirley Purkiss-8/14/97, fax to Vollmann from T.G. Rosenthal-5/21/96, fax to Vollmann from Sawako Morihara-8/14/97, letter to Louis Kay from Vollmann, letter from Vollmann to Matthieu Borgois-3/11/99, letter to Vollmann from Agnese Incisa-1/18/99, fax to Vollmann from Ulrike Ladenbauer at Dor Film Production-9/30/98, letter to Vollmann from Andy Swartz, fax to Mike Leary from Vollmann, letter to Vollmann from Chase Crossingham-5/24/00.


  2. “Draft blurb,” “Parker gets his reward,” document that begins, “By conduct of Persians...”


  3. Miscellaneous pages. 40 pages.


  4. Russells Solicitors fax regarding the sale of Butterfly Stories to Dor Film.


  5. Miscellaneous pages. 3 t.s.


  6. White notebook paper titled, “Bail and Roy Fam.” 10 sheets.


  7. Royal Family draft. 2 sheets.


  8. Royal Family draft. 12 sheets


  9. Yakuza notes and Royal Family draft.


  10. MacArthur begins, “It was night time...”


  11. Introduction to the Memoirs (in a black binder with some pages missing).


  12. Includes Viking Penguin Author’s guide, Note to Vollmann from “Paul the thin,”-4/4/00, Miscellaneous notes that begin, “Sitting in the front row...”


  13. With Their Hands on Their Hearts, by Vollmann.


  14. The Inheritance, by Vollmann.


  15. The Royal Family. 45 sheets of ts.


  16. The Royal Family continued. 120 sheets of ts.



Box 46

Folder Numbers #150-159

  1. The Royal Family continued. 130 sheets of ts.


  2. The Royal Family continued. 100 sheets of ts.


  3. The Royal Family continued. 250 sheets of ts.


  4. The Royal Family continued. 150 sheets of ts.


  5. The Royal Family draft with pages missing. 80 sheets of t.s.


  6. With Their Hands on Their Hearts. Also includes an attached note to Vollmann from “The New Yorker.”


  7. The Saviors: A Kabalistic Tale by Vollmann.


  8. Fax to Vollmann from “Paul the thin,” regarding The Royal Family flap copy and quotes for the flap copy-4/12/00. Letter to “Esteemed Senor Castano,” from Vollmann regarding Vollmann setting up an interview for “The New York Times.” Letter to Miss Deborah Treisman from Vollmann-6/10/99. Letter to Bill Buford from Vollmann.


  9. Includes a map for The Royal Family, Trilobite Song, and drawings.


  10. Letter to Vollmann–3/31/00, also includes 21 pages of handwritten notes.



Box 47

Folder Numbers #160-166

  1. Manila folder that includes: information on Afghanistan and Pakistan, “The United Nations in Afghanistan Rebuilding a War-Torn Society,” letter to Vollmann from Elisabeth Biondi-12/6/99, Letter to Vollmann from “The New Yorker,”-12/3/99, Letter to Vollmann from (?)-11/15/99.


  2. White folder with Canada written on it that contains Vollmann’s article for “Outside Magazine,” A Brief History of Nunavut.


  3. International Relations


  4. Fax of Option Agreement for Butterfly Stories from Andrew J. Curtis-7/2/99.


  5. The Shame of It All: Some Thoughts on Prostitution in America by Vollmann.


  6. Halls of Ice by Vollmann.


  7. “Outside Magazine,” contains article by Vollmann, The Artic-3/93.



Box 48

Folder Numbers #167-184

  1. “Gear Magazine,” contains article by Vollmann, This Whore’s Life.


  2. “Outside Magazine,” contains article by Vollmann, The Very Short History of Nunavut-7/99.


  3. Card to Vollmann from Patrick Eddington-1/24/00.


  4. Authenticity by Vollmann.


  5. A Brief Essay on Bail by Vollmann.


  6. Fax to Christina at “Outside Magazine” regarding “Nunavut Day.”


  7. The Grave of Lost Stories by Vollmann.


  8. Article about Vollmann entitled, “Ecrivain Culte en Amerique,” in “Les Inrockuptibles.”


  9. Article “Des Putes Pour Gloria,” in the French magazine “Les Inrockuptibles.”


  10. Article, “ Saint William,” in the French magazine “Les Inrockuptibles.”


  11. “Les Inrockuptibles,”-1/26/99.


  12. Review of “Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond,” David Gnatieff. The review is by Vollmann.


  13. Contains two articles (neither written by Vollmann): “Cherche Gloria Desperement,” and “Japan’s Youth deserve better.”


  14. Memorandum to Vollmann from Koethi Zan at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison regarding Butterfly Stories Option Agreement-4/27/99. 36 sheets of ts.


  15. Acknowledgements and corrections to The Royal Family, article printout about Vollmann by Larry McCafferery, Letter to Marta from Vollmann.


  16. Letter to Vollmann from Rodes with an article attached, letter to Paul from Vollmann-4/10/00, fax to Janice Ryu from Ulrike Ladenbauer (at Dor Film)-8/31/98, letter to Vollmann from Christian Bourgois-5/16/00, fax to Michael from Vollmann-3/8/99.


  17. The Royal Family cover page ideas, title page, contents, and book one.


  18. Interview of Vollmann by Madison Smartt Bell.



Box 49

Folder Numbers #185-205

  1. Bibliographical Information about Vollmann.


  2. Columbia Story (the cut version) by Vollmann.


  3. Letter to Marco Cassini from Vollmann-1/6/99, fax to Vollmann from Midrael-1/6/99, letter to Andrew J. Curtis (at Russell Solicitors) regarding Butterfly Stories.


  4. Letter to Susan Golomb from Vollmann-11/22/99, letter to Vollmann from Michael.


  5. “Queen of the Jungle,” article about The Royal Family by Larry McCaffery.


  6. Article about Vollmann by Vince Passaro, “Under the Women and the Wars Lies a Boy Genius.”-4/15/96, article about The Atlas entitled, “Girls of the War Zone,” and another article entitled, “Holiday In Cambodia.”


  7. Letter to Dominique Bourgois from Vollmann-9/28/98, letter to Ulrike Ladenbauer from Janice Ryu for Vollmann-9/17/98, Letter to Tim from Vollmann-9/28/98, Letter to Penguin Books Canada Ltd.-4/6/00, letter to Cory Seymour at “Men’s Journal” from Vollmann.


  8. Letter to Vollmann from Tim Forrester-2/10/99, letter to Vollmann from Michael, letter to Vollmann from Martha Brundin.


  9. On the Aesthetics of Weapons by Vollmann.


  10. “Blurb” for The Royal Family.


  11. Coffee Camp by Vollmann.


  12. Option Agreement for DorFilm Production and Vollmann.


  13. Cotangent Press: Catalog 1990.


  14. “Nightmares of the Real world,” by Paul Bravmann. It is an article about The Atlas.


  15. 199-205 These folders contain miscellaneous correspondence, materials and notes.

Content last revised: June 27, 2014

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