||The Matthew J. Bruccoli Papers contain correspondence, interviews, and research on
authors who appear in the Dictionary of Literary
Biography or separate biographies produced by Bruccoli Clark Layman. The
collection also includes drafts of novels, essays, and articles, as well as
publicity materials for new publications and exhibitions. The collection is divided
into four series: Series I. Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1916-2008; Series II. Bound
Proofs, 1974-2000; Series III. "The Great War"
Exhibitions, 1993-1997; Series IV. Materials Removed From Bound Volumes. Most
collection is arranged alphabetically, but Series IV is arranged by call number.
||Series I. Bruccoli Clark Layman is the largest series and contains some of Bruccoli’s
files from Bruccoli Clark Layman (BCL). The majority of the files are authors’
files, and contain correspondence, biographical essay drafts, bibliographies,
interviews, and research material for authors who appear in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Some of the
correspondence is with writers who were composing biographical essays on fellow
authors, but much of the correspondence is with writers who were being profiled.
Many essay drafts have corrections and comments from the subjects. Some authors
published separate monographs with BCL, or were the subjects of standalone
biographies. Bruccoli maintained extensive files on Nicholson Baker, F. Scott
Fitzgerald, Alan Furst, and John le Carré.
||Series II. Bound Proofs contains bound proofs and boxed page proofs for several
novels. Two, The Devil’s Hand, by Edith Summers
Kelley and The Flesh is Heir, by Lincoln Kirstein,
are part of Lost American Fiction, a series Bruccoli edited. The others are proofs
sent to Bruccoli for review, or are copies he purchased as part of his
||Series III. "The Great War" Exhibitions includes
materials from two exhibitions of the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection.
Bruccoli collected published materials, posters, music, manuscripts, ephemera,
photographs, and movies to form a research collection for the study of World War
He donated the collection to the University of Virginia in memory of his father,
Joseph Bruccoli (1892?-1965). The University of Virginia exhibited some of the
material in 1993, and loaned part of the collection to the University of South
Carolina for another exhibition in 1997.
||Series IV. Materials Removed from Bound Volumes primarily consists of receipts, sales
slips, and shipping receipts found inside published and bound volumes that were
transferred to the Ransom Center Library and catalogued separately. Occasionally
Bruccoli left correspondence or notes inside volumes, and in a few cases copies
that correspondence were placed in the Authors’ Files during processing and clearly
marked as having come from a bound volume. Bruccoli purchased many of the books
his collection; others were gifts from the authors or subjects of the volumes.
material is arranged by the call numbers of the volumes as assigned by Ransom
catalogers and published in the library catalog.