Truman Capote papers

Collection Data

Description
The papers of Truman Capote consist chiefly of holograph and typescript manuscripts of his works, both published and unpublished. The collection also includes correspondence, printed matter, photographs, artwork, sound recordings, and personal miscellany. Material related to In Cold Blood forms an important part of the collection and reflects Capote's five years of research and involvement in the Clutter murder case upon which the book was based. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters and postcards from Capote to Andrew Lyndon and to Alvin Dewey and Marie Dewey and letters received from his lover and mentor, Newton Arvin. Other correspondents include Jack Dunphy, Leo Lerman, Donald Windham, Cecil Beaton, John O'Shea, Joseph Fox, Irving Lazar, Alan Schwartz and family members.
Names
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1924 - 1992 (Approximate)
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 469
Topics
Authors, American -- 20th century
Murder -- Investigation -- Kansas
Genres
writings
Correspondence
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Documents
Notes
Biographical/historical: Truman Capote was born Truman Strekfus Persons in New Orleans on September 24, 1924. A celebrated author, Capote's major works include Other Voices, Other Rooms; Breakfast at Tiffany's; and In Cold Blood. He died on August 25, 1984.
Content: The papers of Truman Capote consist chiefly of holograph and typescript manuscripts of his works, both published and unpublished. Collection also includes correspondence, printed matter, photographs, sound recordings, and graphic materials.
Acquisition: 12/02/85 Alan U. Schwartz, literary executor, Truman Capote Estate
Physical Description
Extent: 19.24 linear feet (37 boxes, 2 oversized cases, 1 v. and 2 phono discs)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: NYPW90-A39
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11767497
MSS Unit ID: 469
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5de1a2e0-c6f3-012f-90a1-58d385a7bc34
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