Gaddis, Thomas E. (1908-1984)
NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.
The Thomas Gaddis collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, research materials, legal materials, audio materials, and other items.
Manuscripts in the collection include A Rebel from the Auldsod (incomplete), Attica: Dilemma in Violence, Always Alcatraz, Supermarket 31, and The Birdman of Alcatraz: The Story of Robert F. Stroud. Other items include draft fragments, various short stories, and screen treatments. Gaddis’ dissertation for his Doctorate of Education, “The Evolution of a Personality Under Correctional Stress,” and Robert F. Stroud’s Looking Outward constitute additional materials. Most manuscripts are collected in various drafts and accompanied by relevant correspondence, print materials, and holograph notations.
Collected correspondence exists between Gaddis and various publishers (1958-71), Victor Gollancz (1956-62), and Richard English (1981).
Other items include Birdman of Alcatraz capsule statements, Birdman-related items (1940-60), and correspondence relating to Always Alcatraz (1974-76).
Personal memorabilia in the collection consists of various personal records, which pertain to academics, military service, and Gaddis’ CV.
The collection’s printed materials include a 1979 Farmer Labor Press (Gaddis as Managing Editor), story files, and various articles regarding Bethlehem Steel (1937-47).
Printed materials consist of subject files regarding a variety of subjects—speaking engagements, manuscripts, a Jack London story, and a prize-winning essay titled “How Can We Strengthen the American Family.”
Collected legal materials pertain to a 1956 Un-American Activities investigation and include a subpoena and sworn affidavit in signed by Gaddis stating that he is not a member of any Communist or Socialist organizations.
Audio materials in the collection include 21 reel-to-reel tapes and 10 cassette tapes.
Other items include various awards, diplomas, and employment records, as well as a Gaddis FBI file from 1983.