||Laura Adams Dunham, a retired minister, was an early Mailer scholar. Among her published
works on Mailer are Norman Mailer: A Comprehensive
Bibliography (1974), a collection of essays titled Will the
Real Norman Mailer Please Stand Up? (1974), "Existential Aesthetics: An Interview with Norman Mailer," in Partisan Review (1975), and her 1972 McMaster University
dissertation Norman Mailer's Aesthetics of Growth, published
as Existential Battles: The Growth of Norman Mailer
||Dunham's collection of Mailer materials dates from 1966 to 2007 and includes Mailer
interview and lecture tapes and typescripts, correspondence from Mailer to Dunham.
present is correspondence between Dunham and other Mailer scholars, friends, and family.
addition, the collection holds numerous English, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Portuguese language newspaper and magazine articles about Mailer and reviews of his
as well as several magazines containing articles written by Mailer. The collection
organized in four series: I. Interviews and Lectures, 1972-1974; II. Correspondence,
1972-2007; III. Memorabilia, 1973-2003; and IV. Articles and Reviews, 1967-2007.
||Of note are materials related to several Mailer lectures and interviews dating from
early 1970s. These include audio tape recordings of an October 27, 1972 lecture at
State University and an October 29, 1973 lecture and interview at Wright State University.
Also present is an audio tape recording of Dunham's May 6, 1974 interview of Mailer
Algonquin Hotel in New York published as "Existential Aesthetics:
An Interview with Norman Mailer," in Partisan
Review. This interview is further documented in the collection with a heavily
revised typed transcription of the interview containing Mailer's handwritten editorial
comments, and a corrected draft incorporating Mailer's revisions.
||Dunham's collection also includes 62 books by Mailer, many of them signed or first
editions. These books were transferred to the Ransom Center's Book Collection and
cataloged separately. In addition, two commercial sound recordings by Mailer and seven
tapes of Mailer interviews and talks were transferred to the Ransom Center's Sound
||Some materials in the collection have been treated for mold contamination. Researchers
are sensitive to mold may consider using gloves or other protective measures while
||Related collections at the Ransom Center include the Norman Mailer Papers and collections
of Mailer materials from Tomas Fiske, Michael Lennon Hillary Mills Loomis, Adeline
Lubell-Naiman, and Playboy Enterprises.