The Wilfrid Sheed collection includes manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, and other items.
Manuscripts by Sheed in the collection include his novels A Middle Class Education (Houghton, 1960); The Hack (Macmillan, 1963); Square’s Progress (Farrar, Straus, 1965); The Blacking Factory and Pennsylvania Gothic (Farrar, Straus, 1968); Office Politics (Farrar, Straus, 1970); Max Jamison (Farrar, Straus, 1970); The Morning After (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971); People Will Always Be Kind (Farrar, Straus, 1973); Transcontinental Blues (Dutton, 1978); and The Boys of Winter (Knopf, 1987).
Non-fiction book manuscripts by Sheed include Three Mobs: Labor, Church, and Mafia (Sheed, 1974); The Good World (Dutton, 1978); Frank and Maise (Simon and Schuster, 1985); The Kennedy Legacy (Viking, 1988); and In Love With Daylight (Simon and Schuster, 1995).
Other manuscripts by Sheed in the collection include essays, sports writing, film reviews, book reviews, short stories, early poems and school essays, and a draft of a work titled Summer People .
Printed material in the collection consists of published articles and reviews by Sheed (1955-1965); articles and reviews about Sheed and his work (1960-1965); and items about Sheed’s father and other relatives. Also present is an issue of the Atlantic Monthly magazine containing a Sheed article on labor (July 1973).
Correspondence in the collection includes such notable figures as David Halberstam, William F. Buckley, Jr., John Updike, Edmund Wilson, and Evelyn Waugh. Also in the collection are personal and family letters, arranged chronologically from the 1930’s to 1969. These items include letters from family and friends, including Sheed’s mother and father, Rosemary Sheed Middleton, Chris Kennedy, and Nicholas Blundell.Other items in the collection include business files, research notes, juvenilia, autobiographical journals, Greek prose compositions for school (1946-1948), and photographs.