||This collection of Peter Matthiessen Papers is an addition to accessions received
and 1998, for which preliminary inventories are also available. Included are works,
and essays, correspondence, personal and career-related material, books, and audio
||The Papers are organized in three series: Series I. Works, circa 1967-2003 (bulk
1997-2003); Series II. Correspondence, 1975-2002; and Series III. Personal and
Career-Related, circa 1950s-2003.
||The Works Series includes research material, notes, typescript drafts, and publication
material. Books represented in Subseries A. are: Birds of Heaven: Travels with
Cranes (2002), Bone by Bone (1999), End of the Earth, Voyages to Antarctica (2003), and Tigers in the Snow (2000). Also present are galley proofs for Killing Mr. Watson (1990) and an excerpt from Lost Man's River (1997).
||Subseries B. includes articles for Audubon, Outside, and The New Yorker. Titles include
"The Last Great Strand" for Audubon (1967); "Burning Bright" (2002),
"Footprints in the Last Wild Place" (2003), and "Mean Spirit" (1995) for Outside; and "Tiger in the Snow" for
The New Yorker (1997). Considerable material is included for "In the Great Country," Matthiessen's contribution to the book Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land
||The correspondence in Series II. includes personal and literary letters from notables
as Edward Abbey, John Barth, Kay Boyle, Benjamin Bradlee, Bill Clinton, Peter Coyote,
DeLillo, Alex and Eugenie Dolberg, John Elder, Victor Emanuel, William Gaddis, George
Garrett, Martha Gellhorn, Allen Ginsberg, Nadine Gordimer, Peggy Guggenheim, Joseph
Edward Hoagland, John Irving, Peter Jennings, Timothy Leary, Norman Mailer, Frank
W.S. Merwin, Peter Nabokov, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, James Salter, Charles Simic,
Styron, Studs Terkel, Paul Theroux, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Penn Warren, and Howard
There is a small number of letters written by Matthiessen to others, as well as family
||Material in Series III., Personal and Career-Related, includes articles about Matthiessen,
awards, interviews, photographs and slides, public appearances, and works of others.
include the Cooper Prize (2001), Heinz Award (1999), and the Lannan Lifetime Achievement
Award (2002), among others. Visual images include photographs from Matthiessen's Paris Review days in the 1950s and his appearance at the 2000
Texas Book Festival. Public appearances include benefits, conferences, lectures, memorials,
readings, and seminars.