||The Matthew J. Bruccoli Papers contain correspondence, interviews, and research on
who appear in the Dictionary of Literary Biography or separate
biographies produced by Bruccoli Clark Layman. The collection also includes drafts
novels, essays, and articles, as well as publicity materials for new publications
exhibitions. The collection is divided into four series: Series I. Bruccoli Clark
1916-2008; Series II. Bound Proofs, 1974-2000; Series III. "The Great War" Exhibitions, 1993-1997; Series IV. Materials Removed
From Bound Volumes. Most of the collection is arranged alphabetically, but Series
arranged by call number.
||Series I. Bruccoli Clark Layman is the largest series and contains some of Bruccoli’s
from Bruccoli Clark Layman (BCL). The majority of the files are authors’ files, and
correspondence, biographical essay drafts, bibliographies, interviews, and research
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
were being profiled. Many essay drafts have corrections and comments from the subjects.
authors also 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,
copies he purchased as part of his collection.
||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
a research collection for the study of World War I. He donated the collection to the
University of Virginia in memory of his father, Joseph Bruccoli (1892?-1965). The
of Virginia exhibited some of the material in 1993, and loaned part of the collection
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 of that correspondence
were placed in the Authors’ Files during processing and clearly marked as having come
bound volume. Bruccoli purchased many of the books for his collection; others were
from the authors or subjects of the volumes. This material is arranged by the call
of the volumes as assigned by Ransom Center catalogers and published in the library