||Wallace, Aitken, & Sheil was founded in 1974 as a partnership between literary agents
Gillon Aitken, Anthony Sheil, and Lois Wallace, with Wallace being the primary United
agent for the clients of the British agency, Anthony Sheil Associates, Ltd. The agency
changed in 1978 to the Wallace & Sheil Agency, Inc. when Aitken departed the
partnership. The firm remained the Wallace & Sheil Agency, Inc. until 1988, when the
partnership between Lois Wallace and Anthony Sheil was dissolved. At that time, the
took its current name, the Wallace Literary Agency. From 1987 to 1998, Lois Wallace's
husband, Tom Wallace, was an agent with the firm.
||The Wallace Literary Agency Records comprise the working papers of the agency, mainly
1974-2002. The bulk of the papers are correspondence files, although there are boxes
clippings and reviews. There are few contracts or manuscripts in the files; most of
were filed separately by the agency. The Papers are divided into two series: I.
Correspondence, 1974-2005, and II. Printed Materials and Agency Miscellaneous, 1960s-2005.
||Series I. is divided into four subseries: A. Chronological Files, 1974-2002; B. Don
Files, 1974-2005; C. Tom Wallace Files, 1989-1990, 1992; and D. Foreign Files, 1974-1985.
Subseries A. (155 boxes) consists primarily of Lois Wallace's correspondence with
and publishers. The files are arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically
within each year. Within each file the papers are generally arranged in reverse
chronological order. Some of the prominent clients represented in the correspondence
are William F. Buckley, Jr., Joan Didion, R. K. Narayan, Marge Piercy, William Trogdon
(pseudonym William Least Heat-Moon), and Simon Winchester. A number of files in both
and 1990 have been affected by mold; see the Condition Note for access information.
following groups of files are lacking from the correspondence: 1982 L-W, 1986 G-Z,
||Subseries B. (19 boxes) contains all of the agency's files that relate to author Don
DeLillo, which were acquired separately. He has been Lois Wallace's client since at
1974, when she started the agency. Materials present include correspondence between
and DeLillo, correspondence with U.S. and foreign publishers, manuscripts of articles
DeLillo, foreign reviews and clippings regarding DeLillo's works, and stage and screenplay
adaptations of DeLillo's works by other authors. Preservation photocopies have been
mold damaged originals in the files for 1977-1984 foreign correspondence, and for
files. The originals are quarantined and housed in boxes 219-220, pending cleaning.
||Subseries C. (9 boxes) is the papers of Tom Wallace, a member of the agency from 1987
1998. The files in this subseries span 1989-1990, and 1992. His 1987, 1988, and 1991
were interfiled with the general agency correspondence in Subseries A. These have
marked with an asterisk in the folder list.
||Subseries D. (5 boxes) comprises correspondence files relating to the foreign publishing
agency clients' works. These were filed separately until approximately 1985; after
date, such correspondence is a part of the larger chronological file in Subseries
each author. The foreign files are arranged alphabetically by author's last name.
remain quarantined due to mold; see the Condition Note for access information.
||The bulk of the material in Series II. Printed Materials and Agency Miscellaneous
boxes) is comprised of reviews of authors' works and tearsheets of individual author's
from magazines and newspapers. There are several boxes of author biographies taken
tearsheets and various publications. Also included are Ms. Wallace's appointment books
1974 to 2003, and a few agency brochures for Wallace and Sheil.