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Gore Vidal papers, 1838-2010,

Author: Gore VidalCarl Van VechtenArthur M Schlesinger, Jr.Blake EdwardsBen AffleckAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
The Gore Vidal papers include a variety of materials reflecting his personal, literary, political, and business life. The collection includes: materials documenting his early life, correspondence, autograph manuscript literary and screen writing compositions, speeches, interviews, political papers and ephemera for campaigns, legal and business records, biographical materials, fan mail, films and video tapes,

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Genre/Form: business records
Short stories
sound recordings
television scripts
Video recordings
Named Person: Howard Austen; Gore Vidal; Gore Vidal; Gore Vidal
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gore Vidal; Carl Van Vechten; Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr.; Blake Edwards; Ben Affleck; Dennis Altman; Nini Auchinloss; Louis Auchincloss; W H Auden; Howard Austen; Paul Bowles; Louise Brooks; William F Buckley, Jr.; John Horne Burns; Bob Carr; Raymond Carver; Antonia Cesareo; Paddy Chayefsky; Noam Chomsky; Nancy Crampton; Matt Damon; Joan Didion; Tom Driberg; Elaine Dundy; Andrea Dworkin; Umberto Eco; Nora Ephron; Otto Fenn; Enrico Ferorelli; William Shelton Gray; Hugh Guilbeau; Judith Halfpenny; Buck Henry; Christopher Hitchens; Christopher Isherwood; Fred Kaplan; John F Kennedy; Jill Krementz; Norman Lear; Shirley MacLaine; Norman Mailer; Armistead Maupin; Arthur Miller; Anthony Minghella; Anaïs Nin; Joyce Carol Oates; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Stathis Orphanos; Harold Pinter; George Plimpton; Dawn Powell; Frederic Prokosch; Tim Robbins; Eleanor Roosevelt; Susan Sarandon; John Updike; Tennessee Williams; Joanne Woodward; New Party (U.S.); British Broadcasting Corporation.; Curtis Brown Ltd.,; Little, Brown and Company,; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,; Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865),; New York review of books,; Random House (Firm),; William Morris Agency,
OCLC Number: 612846827
Language Note: Collection materials are primarily in English. Also includes materials in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Description: Approximately 421.9 linear feet (463 boxes, cartons, and film reels) Includes floppy disks: 9 items (.013 GB) Includes CDs: 26 items (18.2 GB) Includes DVDs: 37 items (314.5 GB)


The Gore Vidal papers include a variety of materials reflecting his personal, literary, political, and business life. The collection includes: materials documenting his early life, correspondence, autograph manuscript literary and screen writing compositions, speeches, interviews, political papers and ephemera for campaigns, legal and business records, biographical materials, fan mail, films and video tapes, photographs and drawings, clippings on his life and subject files he compiled, interviews, papers of his companion Howard Austen, a small quantity of family papers, and compositions written by others sent to him, among others.

Series I: Compositions. Drafts of Vidal'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 Vidal 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 Vidal's poetry, short stories and speeches are also included.

Series II. Correspondence. Letters between Vidal 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 Vidal'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 Vidal's companion Howard Austen are included in this main series of correspondence, since Austen assisted Vidal 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 Vidal's career. In 1960, Vidal ran for Congress in the 29th Congressional District of New York. In 1982, he ran in the California primary race for U.S. Senate and lost to Governor Jerry Brown. Also includes papers concerning his 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 Vidal, 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 Vidal as well as interviews led by Vidal and Austen on colleagues, peers, and friends.

Series VI. Biographical and family papers. Materials relating to Gore Vidal's personal life and his family members' lives. Prominent family members in this series include Howard Austen, Eugene Luther Vidal (father), Nina Olds (mother), and Thomas Pryor Gore (maternal grandfather).

Series VII. Business and financial records. Records related to Vidal'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 Vidal. 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 Gore Vidal, Howard Austen, or sent to them either by friends and fans.

Series X. Images. Images of Gore Vidal, 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 Vidal alone or with other individuals or groups. There are also images of other individuals and groups without Vidal 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 Vidal. The series also includes video and sound recordings of television and radio appearances of Vidal, as well as video recordings of personal or family events.

Series XII. Other papers. Miscellaneous collected materials of Gore Vidal and Howard Austen, including badges, business cards, menus, postcards, research files by subject, and more.

Series XIII. Additions to collection. Additions of papers arranged by chronological accession number.


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