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Series I: Compositions. Drafts of GV's novels, theatrical plays, television scripts, screenplays, essays, poetry, short stories, and speeches. The drafts include the following genres: autograph manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, and print often annotated by GV and occasionally annotated by an editor, a director, or stage manager of a play, television program or film. Also includes additional items that are related to individual titles such as book jackets, notes, and letters. Major works include: The Best Man, The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, Visit to a Small Planet (including both versions for the theatrical and television plays); essays including The Whole Sordid History (reprinted as The House Un-American Activities Committee), as well as essays for Esquire, Nation, New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, and the Partisan review among others. Drafts of most of GV's poetry, short stories and speeches are also included.
Series II. Correspondence. Letters between GV and authors, accountants, lawyers, literary agents, motion picture and television producers, politicians, political organizations, publishers, relatives, scholars, small presses, university libraries, book dealers, and his personal friends. Prominent corespondents include Louis Auchincloss, Paul Bowles, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Paddy Chayefsky, Curtis Brown Ltd., Tom Driberg, Elaine Dundy, Christopher Hitchens, Fred Kaplan, John F. (John Fitzgerald) Kennedy, Little, Brown and Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Nation, New York review of books, Anaïs Nin, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, George Plimpton, Random House (Firm), Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan Sarandon, Arthur Meier Schlesinger, William Morris Agency, and Joanne Woodward, among many others. Files may include letters about or relating to the main correspondent or about GV's family members, personal friends, business associates or scholars. Also included in this series are greeting cards, fan mail, notes and memoranda, ephemera and clippings about the correspondent, and a few photographs. Letters from GV's companion Howard Austen (HA) are included in this main series of GV correspondence, since Austen assisted GV with business matters as well as sharing many personal friends.
Series III. Political campaigns and organizations. Papers related to the two U. S. political campaigns of GV's career. In 1960, GV ran for Congress in the 29th Congressional District of New York. In 1982, GV ran in the California primary race for U.S. Senate and lost to Governor Jerry Brown. Also includes papers concerning Vidal's involvement with the New Party (U.S.), as well as his research on the United States House of Representative's Committee on Un-American Activities.
Series IV. Legal cases. Papers related to four legal cases involving GV, including two major libel actions against William F. (William Frank) Buckley and Truman Capote, and two minor civil actions regarding authorship rights for his involvement with the screenplays for Caligula and The Sicilian. Includes clippings, essays, legal documents, transcripts, and materials relating to the Democratic National Convention (1968: Chicago, Ill.), where the Buckley v. Vidal altercation began.
Series V. Interviews of Gore Vidal. Drafts of interviews of GV and interviews GV and HA did on others.
Series VI. Biographical and family papers. Materials relating to GV's and his family members' lives. Prominent family members in this series include Howard Austen, Eugene Luther Vidal (GV's father), Nina Olds (GV's mother), and Thomas Pryor Gore (GV's maternal grandfather).
Series VII. Business and financial records. Records related to GV's business dealings including correspondence, contracts, royalty statements, account books, financial statements, as well as insurance, property and tax records.
Series VIII. Compositions by others. Essays, novels, poetry, screenplays and other writings by authors, colleagues, friends and fans of GV. Authors include Ben Affleck, Louis Auchincloss, W. H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden, Louise Brooks, John Horne Burns, Jimmy Carter, Raymond Carver, Noam Chomsky, Matt Damon, Joan Didion, Tom Driberg, Elaine Dundy, Andrea Dworkin, Umberto Eco, Blake Edwards, Nora Ephron, Barbara Epstein, Buck Henry, Patricia Highsmith, Christopher Hitchens, Christopher Isherwood, Norman Lear, Shirley MacLaine, Norman Mailer, Armistead Maupin, Arthur Miller, Anthony Minghella, Anaïs Nin, Joyce Carol Oates, Harold Pinter, George Plimpton, Dawn Powell, Frederic Prokosch, Tim Robbins, John Updike, Tennessee Williams, and others.
Series IX. Clippings. Clippings collected by GV, HA, or sent to them either by friends and fans.
Series X. Images. Images of GV, his friends, family, fans and colleagues. Formats are mainly photographs but also include drawings. The vast majority of these images are formal photographic portraits or images of GV alone or with other individuals or groups. There are also images of other individuals and groups without GV as well as images of his homes. Photographers include Antonia Cesareo, Nancy Crampton, Otto Fenn, Enrico Ferorelli, Jill Krementz, Stathis Orphanos, and Carl Van Vechten.
Series XI. Audiovisual materials.The Audiovisual materials series includes films, video, and sound recordings of works written by or about GV. The series also includes video and sound recordings of television and radio appearances of GV, as well as video recordings of personal or family events.
Series XII. Other papers. Includes miscellaneous collected materials of GV and Howard Austen. Arranged alphabetically by genre.
- Austen, Howard.
- Vidal, Gore, -- 1925-2012.
- Vidal, Gore, -- 1925-2012 -- Photographs.
- Vidal, Gore, -- 1925-2012 -- Political and social views.
- Authors, American -- 20th century.
- Fan mail.
- Gay men -- Fiction.
- Historical fiction, American.
- Popular culture -- 20th century.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Alaska -- Aleutian Islands.
- United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
- United States -- Politics and government.