||The Norris Church Mailer Papers are composed of manuscripts, research and publicity
materials, correspondence, legal and financial records, medical records, address
date books, photographs, clippings, and digital media dating from 1918 to 2008.
Papers are arranged in two series: I. Literary and Other Activities, 1937-2006
(bulk 1975-2006); and II. Family and Personal, 1918-2007 (bulk 1949-2008).
||Most of the materials when received by the Ransom Center were grouped according to
topic and labeled in envelopes, folders, or binders, but not consistently.
Photocopies of folders with writing or other information were added to the
corresponding folder's contents.
||Series I. Literary and Other Activities, 1937-2006 (bulk 1975-2006) (11.5 boxes)
contains records relating to Norris Church Mailer's literary and other professional
pursuits. The bulk of the series consists of handwritten, typed, and composite
drafts of novels and screenplays. The former includes Bad
Luck Creek and Cheap Diamonds, as well as
research and publicity materials for Windchill
Summer. The latter includes drafts co-written with Norman Mailer: The Empress, Spicy
Detective, and The Temporary Insanity of Daniel
Sickles. Other screenplay drafts are by Norris Church Mailer and her
frequent collaborator, B. C. Hall: Amos, Little Miss Little Rock, and The
Passion Play. Additionally, the series is comprised of writing
fragments, notes, and correspondence. The film project subseries includes
development discussions for The Empress, Spicy Detective, and Norman Mailer's "The Last
|| Besides materials related to Norris Church Mailer's literary pursuits, the series
consists of fliers and other publicity related to her painting and modeling, as
as correspondence and advertisements regarding the readings and musical activities
she did with Norman Mailer. The materials in the series are listed alphabetically
two groups, first by title and second by activity.
||Series II. Family and Personal, 1918-2008 (bulk 1949-2008) (2.5 boxes) encompasses
primarily address and date books maintained by Norris Church Mailer. These materials
reflect the daily activities and social circles of the Mailer household. Other
include medical records related to Norris Church Mailer's cancer treatments, home
maintenance records, correspondence, family photographs, and cookbooks from her
state of Arkansas. The series also contains a vault inventory, 1995-1996, of Norman
Mailer's works by J. Michael Lennon when Mailer's materials were stored at
Diversified Records in West Pittson, Pennsylvania. Materials in this series are
arranged by volume, with the largest groups of materials first.