The Gordon Weaver collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, professional material, correspondence, audio material, photographs, financial material, legal material, and memorabilia.
Manuscripts in the collection include novels, short stories, teleplays, poetry, and articles. Novels include Count a Lonely Cadence (1968), Give Him a Stone (1975), Circling Byzantium (1980), and The Eight Corners of the World (1988). These are often accompanied by early drafts and corrections. There are over 100 individual short stories included as well as titles such as Entombed Man of Thule (1972), Such Waltzing Was Not Easy (1975), Getting Serious (1980), Morality Play (1985), A World Quite Round (1986), Men Who Would Be Good (1991), The Way We Know in Dreams (1994), Four Decades: New and Selected Stories (1997), and Long Odds (2000). Poetry in the collection includes Small Defeats (1999) among other individual poems. Teleplays include “The World of Walt Whitman” written by Weaver for a Mississippi television program in the early 1970s.
Printed material in the collection includes magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, articles, and clippings. Magazines include issues of literary magazines in which Weaver was published. Titles include American Bee Journal, Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Mississippi Review, New England Review, The North American Review, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, The Southern Review, and U.S. Catholic. Also included are the 1973 and 1974 issues of the Mississippi Review which Weaver edited. Many clippings are reviews of Weaver’s books from publications such as The Chariton Review, New Letters, and The New York Times Book Review. Also included are advertisements for Weaver’s books, posters for readings, conference programs, and newsletters which mention Weaver.
Professional material in the collection includes subject files and teaching material. Subject files cover a variety of topics and teaching material includes course outlines for English courses at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1972.
Correspondence in the collection is extensive. Correspondence dates from the 1950s to 2010 and contains professional, personal, and general correspondence. This includes letters, cards, and emails from publishers, literary agencies, colleagues, friends, and family. Notable correspondents include Tony Ardizzone, Jim Barnes, Joe David Bellamy, Alvah Bessie, Robert Bowie, David Bruchac, Rex Burns, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Peter Cooley, Malcolm Cowley, Daniel Curley, William Virgil Davis, Bordon Deal, Richard Eberhart, Starkey Flythe Jr., Hugh Fox, Richard France, Brendan Galvin, John Gardner, George Garrett, Patricia Goedicke, Jan Hartman, Archibald Henderson, Granville Hicks, Alfred Kazin, John Leggett, Lyn Lifshin, David Madden, Bernard Malamud, Barry N. Malzberg, Vassar Miller, Willie Morris, Guy Owen, William Peden, Walker Percy, Noel Perrin, Wyatt Prunty, Barbara Reid, Paul Ruffin, Reg Saner, Lewis P. Simpson, Rex Stout, Adrien Stoutenberg, G. Thomas Tanselle, David Wagoner, Alice Walker, Bill Waller, and John Wheatcroft. Also included are a few letters Weaver sent to his parents while serving in the U.S. army in the 1950s.
Audio material in the collection includes recordings of various television and radio interviews, as well as a poetry reading from the mid-1970s. Photographs in the collection include black and white prints and color snapshots of Weaver alone and Weaver with colleagues.
Financial material in the collection includes check stubs, receipts, and royalty statements from 1974 to 2010. Legal material includes a U.S. passport, contracts, and court transcripts from 1971 to 1974. Memorabilia includes various certificates and awards given to Weaver in his career, such as the Powers Fiction Book Award and the Sternig Short Fiction Award.
|1. Weaver, Gordon|
|1. Literary Collections Subject Guide|
|2. Poetry Subject Guide|
|3. Authors, American|
|4. American literature--20th century|