Collection comprises three folders of letters written to Burk by botanist Sherwin Carlquist. The majority of the letters are accompanied by examples of Carlquist's black-and-white 8"x10" landscape photographs, including seven photographic prints on enlarging paper, as well as scanned copies printed on a laser printer. There are also advertisements for Carlquist's books of landscape photographs featuring male nudes. The letters are most often general holiday greetings Carlquist mailed to all his friends, usually annotated with specific notes to Burk; others are personal letters to Burk. Carlquist's letters mainly provide information regarding the accompanying photographs and his artistic approach to photography, especially the male nudes; there is additional commentary on the history of botany; his writing, publication, and research projects; the work of other scientists; and his personal life. Other topics include gay fiction and culture, the challenges of being gay in academe, and circumcision. Books mentioned include: HAWAII, OUTSIDERS, COMPARATIVE WOOD ANATOMY, TARWEEDS AND SILVERSWORDS, THE NATURAL MALE, MAN/NATURE, NATURAL MANSCAPES, MEN IN NATURE, UNCUT, and NATURAL OBJECTS.
Carl V. Corley papers, 1930s-1999 20 Linear Feet — 30 boxes
The Carl V. Corley papers contain the writings, drawings, scrapbooks, notebooks, and published materials that document the career and artistic output of the novelist and illustrator. The collection also includes typescripts and manuscripts of published and unpublished works of gay fiction, southern history, and heterosexual erotica, some of which is in the form of comic books or graphic novels.
Corley's pulp novels were set primarily in early twentieth century Mississippi and Louisiana, though several were set in the South Pacific, where Corley served during World War II, and reflect varying degrees of autobiographical content. Corley's later works also show his interest in historical subject matter as well as utopian science fiction. Many of Corley's published and unpublished works include cover and textual illustrations produced by Corley.
The collection further includes photographs of the artist and friends, works by related authors and artists, correspondence with publishers, and some work-related notes and materials.
Jim Grimsley papers, 1970-2018 and undated 19.75 Linear Feet
Collection contains personal journals (1973-1993); personal and professional correspondence (1970s-2018); handwritten notebooks containing the creative beginnings of his novels and plays; datebooks and appointment journals; writing drafts (1970s-2016); published copies and galleys of his works, including translations; publicity, reviews, and publications by or about him in periodicals. Topics in his writings include family violence, homosexuality, the lives of young boys, racism and desegregation, and growing up in the Southern United States. The collection includes materials from all stages of Grimsley's creative process for his many plays, short stories, articles, and books. Grimsley's papers also include a significant amount of material from his work as an author of speculative and science fiction, including drafts of essays and books, editorial correspondence, and documentation of his participation in science fiction conventions.