Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Burroughs, Franklin
Title
Franklin G. Burroughs papers
ID
M240
Date [inclusive]
1970-2006, undated
Extent
1.3 linear feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Franklin G. Burroughs Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

Franklin Gorham Burroughs, Jr. was born in Conway, South Carolina in 1942. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South in 1964, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, in 1965 and 1970 respectively. A teaching fellow at Harvard from 1966 to 1967, Burroughs began teaching at Bowdoin in 1968, retiring in 2002 as Harrison King McCann Professor of the English Language. Many of his essays have been included in Best American Essays, and he had the lead essay in The Pushcart Prize anthology for 1988-1989. Burroughs is the author of a number of books including Billy Watson's Croker Sack (1991), Horry and the Waccamaw (1992), The River Home: A Return to the Carolina Low Country (1998), and Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay (2006). In 1994 he received a fellowship in creative non-fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2005 Burroughs was awarded the Cecil Woods Prize for distinction in nonfiction by the Fellowship of Southern Writers.


Scope and Content

The collection contains literary drafts of essays, books, and other writings. Among the drafts are "Compression Wood," "A Snapping Turtle in June," Horry and the Waccamaw, and Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay. Also included are notes and correspondence concerning his writings, and Burroughs' curriculum vitae.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

M240.001: Writings, 1970-2006, undated   1.2 linear feet

Series Description:

This series contains original and photocopied, handwritten and typescript drafts of essays and books. Also included are typescripts of a short story, a poem, an inscription, and Burroughs' Harvard thesis. There are also notes and correspondence concerning his writings.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

"Borealis," essay contributed to On Wilderness: Voices from Maine, 2003, (typescript) with letter of acknowledgement 

1 2

"Compression Wood," author's note concerning drafts 

1 3

"Compression Wood," correspondence 

1 4

"Compression Wood," draft 1 

1 5

"Compression Wood," draft 2 

1 6

"Compression Wood," draft 3 

1 7

"Compression Wood," draft 4 

1 8

"Compression Wood," draft 5 

1 9

"Compression Wood," draft 6 

1 10

"Compression Wood," draft 7 

1 11

"Compression Wood," draft 8 

1 12

"Compression Wood," final draft 

1 13

Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay, galley proofs (photocopy), 2006 

1 14

Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay, typescript of revised draft (does not contain "Voices of the Turtle") 

1 15

"Conway," essay published as "Return to Rivertown" in Preservation magazine, 2000 fall (typescript) 

1 16-17

"Dawn's Early Light," notes and early drafts 

1 18

"Evidence of Things Unseen, The," short story, handwritten draft 

1 19

"Evidence of Things Unseen, The," rejection letters and note by author 

1 20

"Evidence of Things Unseen, The," revised draft 

1 21

"Evidence of Things Unseen, The," revised draft parts 

1 22

"Evidence of Things Unseen, The," typed draft 

1 23

"History Lesson," poem, typed draft 

1 24

Horry and the Waccamaw, correspondence 

1 25

Horry and the Waccamaw, handwritten draft 

1 26

Horry and the Waccamaw, handwritten notes and draft parts 

1 27

Horry and the Waccamaw, handwritten notes and photographs 

1 28

Horry and the Waccamaw, notebook 

1 29

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft, p.1-45 

1 30

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft, p.46-75 

1 31

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft, p.1-50 

1 32

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft, p.51-100 

1 33

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft, p.101-150 

1 34

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft, p.151-200 

1 35

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft, p.201-248 

1 36

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft with marginal notes by Deanne Smeltzer Urmy, pp. 1-124 

1 37

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed draft with marginal notes by Deanne Smeltzer Urmy, pp. 125-248 

1 38

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed final draft[?], p.1-76 

1 39

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed final draft[?], p.77-158 

1 40

Horry and the Waccamaw, typed final draft[?], p.159-247 

1 41

"In a Small Pond" from Billy Watson's Croker Sack, notes and early drafts 

1 42

"Inscription for a Faculty Senate Door" 

1 43

Lecture [late 1980s, early 1990s] (handwritten) which became "Lost Causes and Gallantry," published in The American Scholar, 2003 

1 44

Letter to Deanne Smeltzer Urmy ca. 1987 which became the basis of the title essay in Billy Watson's Croker Sack 

1 45

"Milton's Historical Thought: the Backgrounds of The History of Britain and its Place in his Intellectual Development," Ph.D. thesis, Harvard, 1970 (typed manuscript) 

2 1

"Of Moose and a Moose-Hunter," first titled "Nimrod," early drafts and notes 

2 2

"Of Moose and a Moose-Hunter" [here, "Nimrod"], draft 1 

2 3

"Of Moose and a Moose-Hunter" [here, "Nimrod"], draft 2 

2 4

"Of Moose and a Moose-Hunter" [here, "Nimrod"], draft 2 (photocopy) 

2 5

"Of Moose and a Moose-Hunter" [here, "Nimrod"], draft 2 revised 

2 6

"Of Moose and a Moose- Hunter" [here, "Nimrod"], draft 2 revised (photocopy) 

2 7

"Of Moose and a Moose-Hunter," revised draft 1988 Nov, and note by author 

2 8

"Of Moose and a Moose-Hunter," revised draft 1988 Nov (photocopy) 

2 9

"Parables of Our Time," in Prayers for a Thousand Years: Blessings and Expressions of Hope for the New Millennium, 1999 (photocopy) 

2 10

"Passion or Conquest," Gettysburg Review, notes and correspondence, 1996-1997 

2 11

"Passion or Conquest," notes and early drafts 

2 12

"Pastoral Occasion, A," correspondence, 1986-1987 

2 13

"Pastoral Occasion, A," notes and early drafts 

2 14

"Place of Long-Standing Intimacy, A," Habitat magazine, 1994 (1st draft) 

2 15

"Snapping Turtle in June, A," notes and early drafts 

2 16

"Snapping Turtle in June, A," typed draft 

2 17

"Snapping Turtle in June, A," typed draft edited by Eavan Boland 

2 18

"Snapping Turtle in June, A," typed revised draft 

2 19

Talk delivered in Charleston, South Carolina in the early 1990's which evolved into "Compression Wood" (typescript) 

2 20

unpublished, untitled story. 


M240.002: Biographical Material, 2006   0.1 linear feet

Series Description:

Biographical material concerning Franklin Burroughs, including a curriculum vitae.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
2 21

Curriculum vitae, 2006