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Stanley Elkin Papers (MSS039)

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Correspondence, Box 1-26, Folders 1-909

Material towards Boswell: A Modern Comedy, Box 27-28, Folders 910-916

Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 29-30, Folder 917-939

Material towards A Bad Man, Box 31-35, Folders 940-958

Material towards The Dick Gibson Show, Box 36-42, Folders 959-983

Materials towards Searches and Seizures, Box 43-45, Folders 984-999

Materials towards The Franchiser, Box 46-49, Folders 1000-1013

Material towards The Living End, Box 50, Folders 1014-1022

Material towards George Mills, Box 51-54, Folders 1023-1041

Material towards Plays and Screenplays, Box 55-59, Folders 1042-1069

Fiction, Box 60-61, Folders 1070-1085

Non-Fiction Prose, Box 61-65, Folders 1086-1113

Miscellany, Box 66-67, Folders 1114-1123

Magazines and Printed Materials, Box 67, Folder 1124

Correspondence, Box 1-19, Folders 1-92

Material towards A Bad Man, Box 20, Folder 93-94

Material towards The Best American Essays 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1994, Box 20, Folder 95

Material towards The Best American Short Stories 1980, Box 20, Folder 96-97

Material towards Boswell, Box 20, Folder 98-99

Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 20, Folders 100-103

Material towards Dick Gibson Show, Box 21, Folders 104-106

Material towards Early Elkin, Box 21, Folder 107-110

Material towards The Franchiser, Box 22, Folder 111-114

Material towards George Mills, Box 23, Folder 115-117

Material towards The Living End, Box 24, Folder 118-121

Material towards The MacGuffin, Box 25-27, Folders 122-132

Material towards The Magic Kingdom, Box 27-30, Folders 133-143

Material towards Mrs. Ted Bliss, Box 31-34, Folders 144-150

Material towards Pieces of Soap, Box 35, Folders 151-155

Material towards Rabbi of Lud, Box 36-38, Folders 156-166

Material towards Searches & Seizures, Box 39, Folder 167-172

Material towards The Six-Year-Old Man, Box 39, Folder 173-175

Material towards Stanley Elkin's Greatest Hits, Box 40, Folder 176-179

Material towards Van Gogh's Room at Arles, Box 40-42, Folders 180-190

Plays, Box 43, Folder 191-195

Non-Fiction Prose, Box 44-48, Folders 196-232

Miscellany, Box 49-64, Folders 233-275

Correspondence, Box 1-6

Manuscripts, Box 7

Material Toward Books, Box 7

Manuscripts By Others, Box 7

Personal Papers, Box 7-8

Ephemera, Box 8-9

Print Material, Box 10-11

Audiovisual, Box 12



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Title: Stanley Elkin Papers (MSS039), 1943-2013Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1943-2013

ID: MSS/MSS/039

Primary Creator: Elkin, Stanley (1930-1995)

Extent: 142.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 07/09/2013

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Elkin Papers consist primarily of Elkin's own manuscripts, including his plays, filmscripts, essays, and stories, with the bulk of the material being manuscripts and editorial matter toward his novels. Elkin's manuscripts include all stages of his drafts, from autograph notes written on university exam books to diskettes containing word proccessor files. Also included in the Papers are an extensive general and professional correspondence, manuscripts by other authors, teaching materials, and his own college literary papers.

Group 3 consists primarily of materials after Stanley Elkin's death including correspondence to Joan Elkin involving his literary estate and condolence cards; royalty statements; contracts concerning reprints of Eklin's books by the Dalkey Archive Press, Avon, Open Road Media, and others; print materials featuring Elkin's work; and clippings.  Also includes some personal memorabilia including Elkin's high school diploma and Bar Mitzvah invitation.

Collection Historical Note

Stanley Lawrence Elkin (May 11, 1930 – May 31, 1995) was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Elkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in Chicago. He did both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a bachelor's degree in English in 1952 and a Ph.D. in 1961 for his dissertation on William Faulkner. He was a member of the English faculty at Washington University in St. Louis from 1960 until his death, and battled multiple sclerosis for most of his adult life.

During his career, Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, and one (unproduced) screenplay. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships, which is portrayed in innumerable darkly comic variations. Characters and especially prose style take full precedence over plot. His language is extravagant and exuberant, baroque and flowery, taking fantastic flight from his characters' endless patter.

Always bordering on the outlandish, Elkin's work did not receive the popular reception that was given to many of his peers. It was, however, greeted enthusiastically by critics and reviewers and brought him numerous literary awards, including a National Book Critics Circle Award for George Mills (1983) and for Mrs. Ted Bliss (1995).

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 790. Stanley Elkin, November 11, 1966

Accession number 809. Gift of Stanley Elkin, February 3, 1967

Accession number 811. Stanley Elkin, February 14, 1967

Accession number 858. Stanley Elkin, September 12, 1967

Accession number 923. Stanley Elkin, May 27, 1968

Accession number 1092. Stanley Elkin, October 2, 1969

Accession number 1111. Stanley Elkin, November 14, 1969

Accession number 1137. Gift of Stanley Elkin, January 27, 1970

Accession number 1256. Gift of Stanley Elkin, February 12, 1971

Accession number 1401. Gift of Stanley Elkin, September 20, 1973

Accession number 1614. Purchase, April 11, 1984

Accession number 1625. Purchase from Serendipity, September 7, 1984

Accession number 2152. Albert Lebowitz, December 27, 1999

Accession number 22928. Unknown

Accession number 22929. Unknown

Accession number 23066. Gift of Joan Elkin, unknown

Accession number 23926. Gift of Joan Elkin, April 28, 2008

Accession number 23948. Gift of Charles H. Gold, July 31, 2007

Accession number 2013.021, Gift of Joan Elkin, July 9, 2013

Accession number 2014.007, Gift of Joan Elkin, March 28, 2014

Accession number 2014.021. Gift of Joan Elkin, October 27, 2014

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed July and August 2013


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: Correspondence, Box 1-26, Folders 1-909, 1954-1983],
[Series G1-2: Material towards Boswell: A Modern Comedy, Box 27-28, Folders 910-916],
[Series G1-3: Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 29-30, Folder 917-939, circa 1966],
[Series G1-4: Material towards A Bad Man, Box 31-35, Folders 940-958, circa 1967],
[Series G1-5: Material towards The Dick Gibson Show, Box 36-42, Folders 959-983],
[Series G1-6: Materials towards Searches and Seizures, Box 43-45, Folders 984-999],
[Series G1-7: Materials towards The Franchiser, Box 46-49, Folders 1000-1013],
[Series G1-8: Material towards The Living End, Box 50, Folders 1014-1022],
[Series G1-9: Material towards George Mills, Box 51-54, Folders 1023-1041],
[Series G1-10: Material towards Plays and Screenplays, Box 55-59, Folders 1042-1069],
[Series G1-11: Fiction, Box 60-61, Folders 1070-1085],
[Series G1-12: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 61-65, Folders 1086-1113],
[Series G1-13: Miscellany, Box 66-67, Folders 1114-1123],
[Series G1-14: Magazines and Printed Materials, Box 67, Folder 1124],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence, Box 1-19, Folders 1-92],
[Series G2-2: Material towards A Bad Man, Box 20, Folder 93-94],
[Series G2-3: Material towards The Best American Essays 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1994, Box 20, Folder 95],
[Series G2-4: Material towards The Best American Short Stories 1980, Box 20, Folder 96-97],
[Series G2-5: Material towards Boswell, Box 20, Folder 98-99],
[Series G2-6: Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 20, Folders 100-103],
[Series G2-7: Material towards Dick Gibson Show, Box 21, Folders 104-106],
[Series G2-8: Material towards Early Elkin, Box 21, Folder 107-110],
[Series G2-9: Material towards The Franchiser, Box 22, Folder 111-114],
[Series G2-10: Material towards George Mills, Box 23, Folder 115-117],
[Series G2-11: Material towards The Living End, Box 24, Folder 118-121],
[Series G2-12: Material towards The MacGuffin, Box 25-27, Folders 122-132],
[Series G2-13: Material towards The Magic Kingdom, Box 27-30, Folders 133-143],
[Series G2-14: Material towards Mrs. Ted Bliss, Box 31-34, Folders 144-150],
[Series G2-15: Material towards Pieces of Soap, Box 35, Folders 151-155],
[Series G2-16: Material towards Rabbi of Lud, Box 36-38, Folders 156-166],
[Series G2-17: Material towards Searches & Seizures, Box 39, Folder 167-172],
[Series G2-18: Material towards The Six-Year-Old Man, Box 39, Folder 173-175],
[Series G2-19: Material towards Stanley Elkin's Greatest Hits, Box 40, Folder 176-179],
[Series G2-20: Material towards Van Gogh's Room at Arles, Box 40-42, Folders 180-190],
[Series G2-21: Plays, Box 43, Folder 191-195],
[Series G2-22: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 44-48, Folders 196-232],
[Series G2-23: Miscellany, Box 49-64, Folders 233-275],
[Series G3-1: Correspondence, Box 1-6],
[Series G3-2: Manuscripts, Box 7],
[Series G3-3: Material Toward Books, Box 7],
[Series G3-4: Manuscripts By Others, Box 7],
[Series G3-5: Personal Papers, Box 7-8],
[Series G3-6: Ephemera, Box 8-9],
[Series G3-7: Print Material, Box 10-11],
[Series G3-8: Audiovisual, Box 12],
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Series G2-23: Miscellany, Box 49-64, Folders 233-275Add to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous materials. circa 865 items
Box 49Add to your cart.
Folder 233-234: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous newspaper and magazine clippings, many about Elkin, in no particular order. circa 49 items
Box 49-50Add to your cart.
Folder 235-237: Manuscripts by OthersAdd to your cart.
Consists of works by others, some on the subject of Elkin and his works, foldered separately. Also includes curriculum vitae and personal statements. circa 29 items
Box 50-52Add to your cart.
Folder 238-234: Programs and Awards CeremoniesAdd to your cart.
Consists of brochures, advertisements, schedules, and programs from American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, writers' conferences, miscellaneous symposia, and awards ceremonies. Includes bound reports and proceedings. circa 76 items
Folder 238: Programs, ads, brochuresAdd to your cart.
circa 19 items
Folder 239: Sewanee Writers ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Includes small Elvis button. 1 item
Folder 240: Awards programsAdd to your cart.
circa 11 items
Folder 241: Schedule & programsAdd to your cart.
circa 30 items
Folder 242: Reports of Art OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
circa 8 items
Folder 243: Reports of Art Organizations (including American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, etc)Add to your cart.
circa 7 items
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 244-245: Washington University BusinessAdd to your cart.
Consists of class rosters and student information, and monthly expense account statements. circa 58 items
Folder 246: ReadingsAdd to your cart.
Consists of information regarding Elkin's readings and other events in which he was included. Includes schedules, catalogs, and posters. circa 8 items
Box 53Add to your cart.
Folder 247: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs of Elkin or taken by Elkin. circa 103 items
Box 53-55Add to your cart.
Folder 248-251: Financial Documents, 1965-1988Add to your cart.
Consists of income tax returns and related documents. circa 63 items
Folder 248: Income tax documents, 1965-1975Add to your cart.
circa 24 items
Folder 249: Income tax documents, 1976-1977, 183-1986Add to your cart.
circa 11 items
Folder 250: Income tax documents, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
circa 7 items
Folder 251: Miscellaneous financial documentsAdd to your cart.
circa 21 items
Box 55Add to your cart.
Folder 252: Personal DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Consists of passports, driver's license, Joan Elkin's report cards, marriage license, and curriculum vitae. circa 14 items
Box 55-56Add to your cart.
Folder 253-255: Catalogs and advertisementsAdd to your cart.
Consists of catalogs and mailings from publishers, most of which include works by Elkin. circa 27 items
Box 56Add to your cart.
Folder 256: In MemoriamAdd to your cart.
Consists of materials relating to Elkin's death and memorial reading. Includes newspaper clippings and programs. circa 6 items
Folder 257: NotesAdd to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous notes, lists, calendar pages, and computer instructions. circa 62 items
Box 57Add to your cart.
Folder 258: Elkin's essays as publishedAdd to your cart.
Consists of photocopies of a number of Elkin's essays as they appeared in print in various journals, magazines, and anthologies. circa 26 items
Box 57-58Add to your cart.
Folder 259-261: Articles on ElkinAdd to your cart.
Consists of articles on Stanley Elkin and his work. circa 76 items
Box 58Add to your cart.
Folder 262: American Academy and Institute of Arts and LettersAdd to your cart.
Consists of membership rosters, awards brochures, exhibition of works, and ceremonial programs for the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. circa 14 items
Box 59Add to your cart.
Folder 263: Elkin AppearancesAdd to your cart.
Consists of fliers, programs, and announcements telling of appearances by Stanley Elkin. circa 24 items
Folder 264: Brown University 1988 SeriesAdd to your cart.
Consists of program and clippings for the 1988 Brown University Reading and Lecture Series, which Elkin participated in. circa 9 items
Folder 265: BooksAdd to your cart.
Includes The MacGuffin and Blade Runner by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson. 2 items
Box 60-63Add to your cart.
Folder 266-273: Travel DocumentsAdd to your cart.

Consists of airplane tickets, hotel receipts, notes, and financial documents. circa 155 items

Material in pre-made 8.5"x11" paper folders were originally rubber banded together.

Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 274: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Consists of general miscellany. circa 27 items
Folder 275: Computer disk indexAdd to your cart.
Consists of disk identifications and indexes. 5 items
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder -/-: MultimediaAdd to your cart.

Consists of computer disks, cassette tapes, and audio reels. circa 32 items

Floppy disks include The Magic Kingdom, Mrs. Ted Bliss, numerous essays and introductions, and letters, as well as unlabeled disks and program disks.

Audio cassette tapes include Elkin reading from Dick Gibson Show, talking with Mid-America Dance Company, and other miscellaneous recordings.

Audio reels include Elkin interviewing others and unidentified woman singing The Orphan Song.

Also includes a paper copy of indexes to computer disks.

Books include The MacGuffin by John Bowen with a note from Helen Vendler and Bladerunner in French with an inscription from Roland and Pat Fairbanks.

Item 1: Floppy disks, 5.25"Add to your cart.
Consists of 21 disks (5 computer and printer program disks, and 16 with personal information including The Magic Kingdom, Mrs. Ted Bliss, numerous essays and introductions, and letters)
Item 2: Audio cassette tapesAdd to your cart.
Consists of seven audio cassette tapes. Elkin reads from Dick Gibson Show; Talk Show; Elkin interviewing comedian Lenny?; Colyer at home and Jack E. Leonard Story; Elkin talk to dancers from MADCO; Elkin talk to MADCO; and Elkin listen to 5:30 News & Talk Radio.
Item 3: Reel to Reel, largeAdd to your cart.

This is one large reel to reel consisting of an unidentified woman singing The Orphan Song. 2.5 minutes long.

Preservation audio cassette available.

Item 4: Reel to Reel, smallAdd to your cart.
Consists of three small reel to reels. Elkin interviewing 5 Dollar A Day Man; Elkin interviewing Frend Actor Trinten; and Elkin interviewing Trinten in France.

Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: Correspondence, Box 1-26, Folders 1-909, 1954-1983],
[Series G1-2: Material towards Boswell: A Modern Comedy, Box 27-28, Folders 910-916],
[Series G1-3: Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 29-30, Folder 917-939, circa 1966],
[Series G1-4: Material towards A Bad Man, Box 31-35, Folders 940-958, circa 1967],
[Series G1-5: Material towards The Dick Gibson Show, Box 36-42, Folders 959-983],
[Series G1-6: Materials towards Searches and Seizures, Box 43-45, Folders 984-999],
[Series G1-7: Materials towards The Franchiser, Box 46-49, Folders 1000-1013],
[Series G1-8: Material towards The Living End, Box 50, Folders 1014-1022],
[Series G1-9: Material towards George Mills, Box 51-54, Folders 1023-1041],
[Series G1-10: Material towards Plays and Screenplays, Box 55-59, Folders 1042-1069],
[Series G1-11: Fiction, Box 60-61, Folders 1070-1085],
[Series G1-12: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 61-65, Folders 1086-1113],
[Series G1-13: Miscellany, Box 66-67, Folders 1114-1123],
[Series G1-14: Magazines and Printed Materials, Box 67, Folder 1124],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence, Box 1-19, Folders 1-92],
[Series G2-2: Material towards A Bad Man, Box 20, Folder 93-94],
[Series G2-3: Material towards The Best American Essays 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1994, Box 20, Folder 95],
[Series G2-4: Material towards The Best American Short Stories 1980, Box 20, Folder 96-97],
[Series G2-5: Material towards Boswell, Box 20, Folder 98-99],
[Series G2-6: Material towards Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers, Box 20, Folders 100-103],
[Series G2-7: Material towards Dick Gibson Show, Box 21, Folders 104-106],
[Series G2-8: Material towards Early Elkin, Box 21, Folder 107-110],
[Series G2-9: Material towards The Franchiser, Box 22, Folder 111-114],
[Series G2-10: Material towards George Mills, Box 23, Folder 115-117],
[Series G2-11: Material towards The Living End, Box 24, Folder 118-121],
[Series G2-12: Material towards The MacGuffin, Box 25-27, Folders 122-132],
[Series G2-13: Material towards The Magic Kingdom, Box 27-30, Folders 133-143],
[Series G2-14: Material towards Mrs. Ted Bliss, Box 31-34, Folders 144-150],
[Series G2-15: Material towards Pieces of Soap, Box 35, Folders 151-155],
[Series G2-16: Material towards Rabbi of Lud, Box 36-38, Folders 156-166],
[Series G2-17: Material towards Searches & Seizures, Box 39, Folder 167-172],
[Series G2-18: Material towards The Six-Year-Old Man, Box 39, Folder 173-175],
[Series G2-19: Material towards Stanley Elkin's Greatest Hits, Box 40, Folder 176-179],
[Series G2-20: Material towards Van Gogh's Room at Arles, Box 40-42, Folders 180-190],
[Series G2-21: Plays, Box 43, Folder 191-195],
[Series G2-22: Non-Fiction Prose, Box 44-48, Folders 196-232],
[Series G2-23: Miscellany, Box 49-64, Folders 233-275],
[Series G3-1: Correspondence, Box 1-6],
[Series G3-2: Manuscripts, Box 7],
[Series G3-3: Material Toward Books, Box 7],
[Series G3-4: Manuscripts By Others, Box 7],
[Series G3-5: Personal Papers, Box 7-8],
[Series G3-6: Ephemera, Box 8-9],
[Series G3-7: Print Material, Box 10-11],
[Series G3-8: Audiovisual, Box 12],
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