Vonnegut mss. III, 1959-2001

Papers of Kurt Vonnegut, 1959-2001, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University

Finding aid created by Alyssa Mertka

Title: Vonnegut mss. III
Collection No.: LMC 2803
Dates: 1959-2001

Quantity: 1 Box

Abstract: The Vonnegut mss. III, 1959-2001, consists of individual items acquired from a variety of sources relating to author Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007.
Location: ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility); ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility) - OVFlat
Language: Materials are in English .
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452
URL: https://libraries.indiana.edu/lilly-library

Biographical Note

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, was an American novelist. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 1922. He attended Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, where he wrote for the Shortridge High School Echo , one of the few daily high school newspapers in the country. At the urging of his father, Vonnegut attended Cornell University to study chemistry and biology. While at Cornell, Vonnegut worked for the Cornell Daily Sun , even writing his own column. However, before he could complete his degree, he enlisted in the Army. While serving during World War II, Vonnegut survived the firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war, an experience that would later influence his novel Slaughterhouse Five (1969). Vonnegut had seven children in all, three from his first marriage to Jane Cox, his three nephews, and a daughter he adopted with his second wife, Jill Krementz. Vonnegut lived in New York with Jill until his death on April 11, 2007.

His first published work was a piece of short fiction "Report on the Barnhouse Effect" which appeared in Collier's , Feb. 1950. Over the years his short stories and articles have appeared in many magazines, but he is best known for his novels, the first of which, Player Piano , was published in 1952. Vonnegut has also written for both the stage and screen, and many of his works have been adapted to film, television and theater.

Scope and Content Note

The Vonnegut mss. III, ca. 1959-2001, consists of individual items acquired from a variety of sources relating to author Kurt Vonnegut. These include tributes written to his editor, Faith Sale; a collection of papers relating to the publication of The Sirens of Titan ; correspondence with editor Sam Stewart about Slaughterhouse Five , Cat's Cradle , and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater ; overhead transparencies Vonnegut prepared for lecturing; and correspondence with veteran Joseph Mark.


This collection is arranged following original order.


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Related Material

See Vonnegut mss. , Vonnegut mss. II , and Vonnegut mss. IV , also located at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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Preferred Citation

[Item], Vonnegut mss. III, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 2011, 2013.

Purchase: 2013, 2014, 2016.

Collection Inventory

box 1
Vonnegut's tribute to Faith Sale, his editor

Scope and Contents: Two (2) variant drafts with handwritten notes from Vonnegut

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The Sirens of Titan publishing documents

Scope and Contents: Includes author backcover information, PR blurb, libel checklist, correspondence, contracts, and publishing agreements (2 folders)

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Letter to editor Sam Stewart on Slaughterhouse Five , 1965

Scope and Contents: Details Vonnegut's concern regarding his use of scatological language in the novel. Includes Stewart's response

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Letters to and from veteran Joseph C. Mark , 1992-2001

Scope and Contents: Both Vonnegut and Mark were in the US Army 106th Division during World War II and became POWs in 1944, a shared experience they discuss in their correspondence

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"Fuh-Kar-Wee Indians and the Christian Year 2000" typescript sent by Vonnegut to veteran Joseph C. Mark , 1992-2001

Scope and Contents: Includes note and signature from Vonnegut on front cover

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Biographical information on Vonnegut and Joseph Mark as compiled by Mark's son, David A. Mark , 1992-2001
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Letters from Kurt Vonnegut to editor Sam Stewart , 1962-1968

Scope and Contents: Includes three photographs (foldered separately) and some promotional materials for Cat's Cradle

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Photographs from correspondence between Vonnegut and Sam Stewart , 1962-1968

Scope and Contents: Photo 1 pulled from letter dated 18 March 1968; Photo 2 pulled from letter dated 24 November 1965; Photo 3 pulled from undated Holt, Rinehart and Winston press release for Cat's Cradle

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Overhead projection transparency , 1983

Scope and Contents: Includes lecture notes and signature from Vonnegut