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Special Collections

Michigan State University Libraries

100 Main Library

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

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Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information:  Box number, Folder number and/or title, Virgil Scott Papers (1914-), MSS 37, Special Collections MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Collection Summary:

This collection documents the process by which a book is planned, written, and published. It includes drafts, galley and page proofs, notes, plot outlines, correspondence, and research subject files related to six of Virgil Scott’s books, including The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter (1947);The Hickory Stick (1948); The Savage Affair (1958); I, John Mordaunt (1964); The Kruetzman Affair (1974); and  Walk-In (1976)

Historical Background:

Virgil Scott was born in 1914, in Vancouver, Washington.  He attended Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and Ohio State University; his degrees include an A.B, M.A., and Ph.D. In 1947 he joined the faculty of Michigan State University, where he taught creative writing. He retired in 1977. His publications include novels and short stories.

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Box Folder Description
    The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter.New York: Swallow Press, 1947. 248 p.
1 3-Jan Final draft ms. with printer instructions.
7 1 Galley proofs with emendations.
    The Hickory Stick.New York: Swallow Press, 1948. 749 p.
  4 Notes, miscellany
  5 Earliest draft, titled "Lift Not Your Hands" title page, introduction, first two pages only)
  6-6a Plot outline, notes. Second title, "Rat's Alley"
  16-Jul Second draft.
  17-21 Third draft
2 5-Jan Final draft, copy 1. Printing instructions.
  10-Jun Final draft, copy 2. Final corrections
7 3-Feb Galley proofs
Box Folder Description
    The Savage Affair.New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1958. 313 p.
2 11 Notes, plot outline, misc.
  17-Dec First draft - copy 1 handwritten ms.
  18-20 First draft - copy 2 typed ms
3 2-Jan First draft - copy 3 typed
  4-Mar First draft - copy 4 typed
  7-May Second draft
  11-Aug Third draft
  12 Fourth draft (incomplete)
  13-16 Fifth draft - copy 1
  17-21 Fifth draft - copy 2
4 4-Jan Sixth draft
  5-Mar Galley proofs
Box Folder Description
    I, John Mordaunt. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1964. 431 p.
4 5 Preliminary notes
  13-Jun First rough draft
  14-18 Working papers [second draft]
5 3-Jan Third draft
  6-Apr Final draft - copy 1
  10-Jul Final draft - copy 2
  13-Nov Final draft - copy 3 [printer's copy]
7 6 Galley proofs
  7 Page proofs
Box Folder Description
    The Kruetzman Formula. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974. 255 p.
5 14 Correspondence, notes
  15-17 First draft
  18-19 Second draft - copy 1
  20-21 Second draft - copy 2
6 2-Jan Second draft - copy 3
  5-Mar Third draft
Box Folder Description
    Walk-In. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1976. 253 p.
6 6 Plot outline, correspondence
  9-Jul First draft
  11-Oct Second draft
  13-Dec Final draft
Box Folder Description
6 14 Inter-American Summit, 4-12-67
  15 Trade Integration
  16 Trade –UNCTAD
  17 Turnage -  manuscript
  18 Urban Problems (Latin America)
  19 U.S. & Alliance [for Progress]
  20 U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (1964)
    Report: “Towards a New Trade Policy for Development”
  21 U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (1964)
    Report of the United States Delegation
  22 U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (1964) Final Act – vol. 1.

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