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Stuart Wright Collection: Peter Hillsman Taylor Papers 1908–1995, undated

Manuscript Collection #1169-013

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Title: Stuart Wright Collection: Peter Hillsman Taylor Papers
Creators: Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994
Wright, Stuart T., 1948-
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English; French
Abstract: Papers (1908-1995, undated) documenting the life and literary career of Peter Hillsman Taylor, the noted American short story writer, novelist, biographer, and playwright, who specialized in subjects related to the Upper South, including manuscript materials and correspondence, especially his World War II letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor; proofs of published materials; loose manuscripts from the Stuart Wright Book Collection; and oversized materials, by or about Peter Hillsman Taylor, Madison Smartt Bell, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and others, in English and French language.
Extent: 3.045 Cubic feet, 8 archival boxes, 3 oversized folders, 733 items.

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21 June 2010, 3.045 cubic feet; 8 archival boxes & 3 oversized folders; 733 items. 2,868 p. Papers (1908-1995, undated) documenting the life and literary career of Peter Hillsman Taylor, the noted American short story writer, novelist, biographer, and playwright, who specialized in subjects related to the Upper South, including manuscript materials and correspondence, especially his World War II letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor; proofs of published materials; loose manuscripts from the Stuart Wright Book Collection; and oversized materials, by or about Peter Hillsman Taylor, Madison Smartt Bell, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and others. Vendor: Stuart Wright.

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Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Stuart Wright Collection - Peter Hillsman Taylor Papers (#1169-013) East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Stuart Wright, 6/21/2010

Processing Information

  • Processed, Container list & Preliminary inventory, by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Krystal Cook & Saundra Pinkham, revised 11/19/2010; Final inventory by Krystal Cook, revised 2/2/2011; Finding aid by Dick Wolfe, 8/10/2011; revised by Jonathan Dembo, 6/11/2012; Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 7/9/2013, 7/17/2012.


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Peter Hillsman Taylor

Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor was born on 8 January 1917 in Trenton, Tennessee into a wealthy and influential literary and political family. In the 1886 Tennessee gubernatorial race, Taylor grandfather, great-grandfather, and grand-uncle all were leading candidates. Taylor’s grandfather, Robert Love Taylor who eventually won the 1886 race was also a writer. Taylor’s father, Matthew Hillsman Taylor, was a lawyer, who rose to become president of the General American Life Insurance Company.

The Taylor family moved frequently due to the requirements of his father’s career, eventually settling in Memphis, Tennessee, where Peter graduated from high school in 1935. Taylor then entered Southwestern University, in Memphis (now Rhodes College) in 1936. While there he studied under John Crowe Ransom. When Ransom left Southwestern to teach at Kenyon College in Ohio, Taylor followed him.

At Kenyon, Taylor met fellow students and writers Robert Lowell and Randall Jarrell. The collection includes correspondence with Jean Stafford, Lowell’s wife. Taylor and Lowell transferred to Louisiana State University, in 1939-1940, where they studied under Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks.

Taylor was drafted in 1940 and served five years as a sergeant in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in Dulverton, Somerset, England for most of this time, assigned to the 12th Replacement Depot. Prior to entering the service, he married the poetess Eleanor Ross, and his letters to her during the war form a large part of this collection.

Following the war Taylor taught English literature at various colleges and universities, including the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Kenyon College, Ohio State University, Harvard, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where he lived from 1967 until his death in 1994.

Taylor is best known for his short stories, his biography of Randall Jarrell, and several novels and plays. He won numerous literary fellowships, grants, and awards. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1950 and in 1951 received a National Institute of Arts and Letters grant. In 1979, he won the gold medal for literature from the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He died 2 November 1994, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Stuart Wright

The Peter Hillsman Taylor Papers were collected and compiled by Stuart T. Wright. Wright was born on 30 March 1948 in Roxboro, North Carolina. He was the son of Frances Critcher Wright (1919-2010) and Wallace Lyndon Wright (1921-1965). An avid reader as a boy, Wright developed a strong interest in the American Civil War and with his father toured many of the war’s battlefields searching for artifacts and studying the history of the era. At the age of 12, he won a statewide “Johnny Reb” essay contest and by the age of 15 had visited every major battlefield of the Civil War. Wright attended Roxboro High School, from which he graduated in 1966. It was during these years that he developed an interest in collecting historical books and manuscripts and began relationships with a number of local collectors and dealers.

In the fall of 1966, Wright enrolled at Wake Forest University as a pre-med, history, German and music student. Wright earned a B.A. in German and music in 1970. As a graduate student at Wake Forest University, Wright focused his studies on Southern history and literature, his ambition being to build an authoritative Southern Studies collection for the university. He received a master's degree in Southern Studies in 1973 and a second master's degree in U.S. History in 1980. Additionally Wright holds a professional degree from England in a medically related field. It was while studying there that he became interested in Thomas Wolfe, the noted North Carolina native and novelist.

Following his graduation from Wake Forest, Wright began to develop his collections more systematically, acquiring many first editions of Southern writers. In 1976 he began teaching at Reynolda House, a Wake Forest University affiliate dedicated to the arts and arts education. Wright taught classes in American music as well as human anatomy for art students. In 1978 Wright became Lecturer in Education at Wake Forest University. During his 10 years teaching at Wake Forest University, Wright authored numerous works of Civil War and North Carolina history, and dozens of articles, bibliographies, essays and reviews on Southern literature and the writers whose papers he collected. In addition, he developed a strong interest in the writings of the English poet Donald Davie and the Minnesota-born poet Richard Eberhart, whose works he also collected.

At the same time, Wright also began a career as a publisher by starting Palaemon Press in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. By 1984, Palaemon Press had produced 316 titles, consisting mainly of broadsides and limited editions, of the poetry and essays of such Southern writers as A. R. Ammons, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, William Goyen, George Garrett, and Eudora Welty. He also built comprehensive collections and compiled book-length descriptive bibliographies of A.R. Ammons, Andrew Lytle, Reynolds Price, James Dickey, William Goyen, Walker Percy, Randall Jarrell, Peter Taylor, George Garrett, Richard Eberhart, and Donald Davie. As well as serving as editor of the contemporary literature section of the Bulletin of Bibliography throughout the 1980s, Wright also contributed pioneering checklists of the writings of Southern poets Henry Taylor, Charles Wright, and Robert Morgan. For Meckler Publishing he served as series editor for a number of book-length bibliographies and checklists. In recognition of these accomplishments, when he was just 32, Wright was elected to membership in New York's prestigious Grolier Club.

All of these works are represented in the Stuart Wright Collection. In his dealings with these various authors Wright made consistent efforts to acquire personal papers, letters and documents, photographs, manuscripts, drafts, proofs, and published materials to supplement his continuing activities as a purchaser of their works. In this way, Wright acquired perhaps a majority of his overall collection. Over the years a number of biographers used Wright’s collection to aid their research. For example, James A. Grimshaw, Jr. used the collection extensively for his Robert Penn Warren: A Descriptive Bibliography, 1922-1979 published by the University Press of Virginia, in 1981 and Craig S. Abbott did so as well for John Crowe Ransom: A Descriptive Bibliography, published by Whitston Publishing Company, Inc. in 1999. Joseph Blotner also used the Wright collection in researching Robert Penn Warren: A Biography, published by Random House in 1997.

Nevertheless, from the mid- to late 1980s, Wright began to look for a permanent home for his collection, which he felt had grown too large and yet had been too little used. Unable to find a repository willing to accept the entire collection under suitable conditions, he sold a number of individual author collections to Vanderbilt University, Duke University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Emory University. It was not until 2010 that he reached agreement to house the remaining, and largest part of his collection at East Carolina University. The Stuart Wright Collection in the East Carolina Manuscript Collection of J.Y. Joyner Library includes 22 sub-collections of the papers of Southern American writers. The related Stuart Wright Book Collection holds several thousand volumes by or about many of the same writers. Many of these volumes contain annotations, inscriptions, and insertions that reveal much about the authors in the collection and their relationships with one another. In 1998 Wright moved to England, and since 2001 he has resided in the medieval market town of Ludlow, in Shropshire.

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The Peter Hillsman Taylor Papers are arranged in original order (except as indicated below) in five series.

Series 1: Manuscript Materials and Correspondence consists of correspondence, 1935-1995, relating to Peter Hillsman Taylor and his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor. Perhaps the most interesting correspondence consists of Taylor’s letters to his wife during his World War II military service, ca. 1943-1945. He wrote home from his posts at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Camp Butner, North Carolina and Dulverton, Somerset, England, where he was stationed with the 12th Replacement Depot. Also included are World War II letters from his military comrades, ca. 1940-1946. Taylor’s letters deal with family matters but also literary and professional matters, his various literary friends and their doings. Many of Taylor’s letters describe his life and friendships in the military and in Dulverton. Series one also includes a typescript of William Goyen’s unpublished novel Half a Look of Caine and a public relations file for Madison Smartt Bell’s novel, Save Me, Joe Louis. It also includes a letter from William Empson requesting that he forward an enclosure to Robert Lowell, and Taylor’s 1935 passport. Series one is held in Box 1.a – 6.d

Series 2: Uncorrected Proofs consists uncorrected proofs of published works, 1944-1986, including Gloria Norris’ Looking for Bobby; Jean Stafford’s Boston Adventure: A Novel; Sylvia Wilkinson’s Moss on the North Side; Madison Jones’ A Cry of Absence,]; and James Dickey’s Deliverance. It also includes a proof of Peter Hillsman Taylor’s A Summons to Memphis: A Novel. Series two is contained in Box 7.a - 7.f.

Series 3: Loose Manuscripts from the Stuart Wright Book Collection consists of loose manuscript and other materials found between the leaves of volumes in the Stuart Wright Book Collection. The material consists of notes, letters, clippings, photographs, printed material and ephemera, 1908-1987, relating to Shelby Foote, Andrew Lytle, Robert Penn Warren and Eudora Welty among others. A number of the items consist of notes by Stuart Wright identifying people mentioned in the items. The loose manuscripts are linked to the book of origin by their Stuart Wright Book Collection Number (e.g. Stuart Wright Book Collection #38.04). Series three is held in Box 8.a – 8.p

Series 4: Oversized Materials consists of three oversized folders containing two proofs and a printed broadside, ca. 1940-1985, including the edited author’s proof of A Spinster’s Tale by Peter Hillsman Taylor and an author’s galley proof of Madison Smartt Jones’ The Fugitives. It also includes a printed poster or broadside for a film narrated by Peter Taylor, entitled The Old Forest from the Story by Peter Taylor. Series four is held in Oversized Folder 1.o.os.1 – 8.p.os.1.

Note to Researchers: Series 3: Loose Manuscripts from the Stuart Wright Book Collection consists of loose manuscripts and other materials found between the leaves of volumes in the Stuart Wright Book Collection. The material consists of notes, letters, clippings, photographs, printed material and ephemera, 1908-1987, relating to Shelby Foote, Andrew Lytle, Robert Penn Warren and Eudora Welty among others. A number of the items consist of notes by Stuart Wright identifying people mentioned in the items. The loose manuscripts are linked to the book of origin by their Stuart Wright Book Collection Number (e.g. Stuart Wright Book Collection #38.04). Series three is held in Box 8.a – 8.p

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Manuscript Materials & Correspondence
  • Box 1#1169-013.1 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#1169-013.1.a
      Peter Hillsman Taylor. Portrait by Marcella Comés [Photographic prints] (1987) 10" x 12" Black & White. 3 items. 4 p. Note: Photograph of oil portrait of Peter Taylor by Marcella Comés Winslow and mailing envelope; image #P-1169-013.a.1
    • Folder b#1169-013.1.b
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., Headquarters Company, 12th Replacement Depot, APO, New York. Envelopes of letters to Mrs. Peter Taylor, Norwood, NC, etc.; Photographs of Dulverton, Somerset & Salisbury, Wiltshire, England during World War II [Correspondence, Envelopes & Photographic prints] (1944-1945) TLS, Envelopes & Photographic prints. Black & White. 26 items. 26 p. Note: Individuals seen in the photographs include Curtis, Howard, & McPherson); also contains envelope labeled: "Updike (hat)...photos from Dulverton (© 1944) miscellaneous envelopes"; also George Routledge & Sons, Ltd. TLS to Peter Taylor agreeing to pay him for an article in they publication The Mint (1 November 1945)
    • Folder c#1169-013.1.c
      Inventories, by Elizabeth Ross Taylor, of the Peter Taylor letters including correspondence between Mr. Taylor, Jean Stafford & Robert Lowell, etc. [Lists] (1977) Typescripts & Holographs. 8 items. 28 p.
    • Folder d#1169-013.1.d
      Peter Taylor. Letters to "Lon and Fanny" [Correspondence] (6 April 1958) TLS. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Letters thanking them for all the nice things they have done, etc.
    • Folder e#1169-013.1.e
      Valentine Card "PMHT from ERT" [Correspondence] (ca. 1970s) ALS. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Peter Hillsman Taylor from his wife Eleanor on Valentine's Day.
    • Folder f#1169-013.1.f
      Hard and Admirable Toughness: The Stories of Peter Taylor, A, by William Peden, The Hollins Critic, Vol. 7, No. 1 [Periodicals] (February 1970) Printed; The Whistler a Play, by Peter Taylor, proof of Virginia Quarterly Journal [Plays]; Cover of the Hollins Critic [Periodicals] (1970) Printed, Edited Proofs, Clippings. 3 items. 19 p. Note: Hollins Critic cover annotated: "To Peter Taylor with best wishes. William Peden May 4 1970"; clipping autographed "Peter Taylor".
    • Folder g#1169-013.1.g
      Biographical materials relating to Peter Taylor (1954-1995) Typescripts, Holograph notes, Printed materials. 42 items. 54 p. Note: Includes TLS to Mr. Peter Taylor from author Flannery O'Connor (15 April 1954); obituaries & newspaper articles on Taylor; copy of an article in the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook about Peter Taylor, etc.; includes oversized clippings.
    • Folder h#1169-013.1.h
      Collection (1944-1994) of materials for Peter Taylor's memorial service, including a draft program; Eleanor Taylor. Letter to Wyatt Prunty (undated) ALS; Large Red Man Reading, by Wallace Stevens [Poems] (ca. 1995); Peter Taylor's Letters to Eleanor Taylor, written in Ireland and England during World War II [Correspondence] (1944-1945) Photocopy typescripts & Holographs. 9 items. 30 p.
    • Folder i#1169-013.1.i
      Inventory of the Peter Taylor letters, 1943-1945 [Lists] (undated) Holographs. 1 item. 29 p. Note: Includes lists of letters to Eleanor Taylor, Allen Tate, Robert Lowell, etc. on lined notepad.
    • Folder j#1169-013.1.j
      Andrew Lytle, Gainesville, FL. Letter to Peter Hillsman Taylor [Correspondence] (20 February 1958) TLS. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Discussing writing, theater vs. novels, travel, finances & family issues.
    • Folder k#1169-013.1.k
      Constance Tripp, Cheltenwood, Tuell, Taunton, England. Letters & Envelopes sent to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., Headquarters Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, England [Correspondence] (7 July - 6 November 1944) ALS. 3 items. 7 p.
    • Folder l#1169-013.1.l
      Jean Stafford (Mrs. Robert Lowell), Westport, CT. Letter to Sgt. Peter Taylor, Hqs. Co., 12th Replacement Depot [Correspondence] (9 April 1945). TLS. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Taylor has lost writing contest to "a young Jewish man"; family issues; Sewanee literary scene; Catholic Church issues; Holy Week, etc.
    • Folder m#1169-013.1.m
      Fiddles and the Flutes, The, by Caroline Gordon & Note by Stuart Wright [Novellas & Notes] (undated) Edited Typescripts & Holographs. 2 items. 47 p. Note: Partially erased annotation: "Early Version;" Caroline Ferguson Gordon (6 October 1895— 11 April 1981) was a notable American novelist and literary critic who was twice married to Allen Tate, 1924-1959
    • Folder n#1169-013.1.n
      Contracts with Publishers (1947-1972) Printed forms. 8 items. 25 p. Notes: Harcourt Brace and Co. (1947-1951); Random House, Inc. (1956); Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc. (1965-1970); Houghton Mifflin Company (1972)
    • Folder o#1169-013.1.o
      Robb Forman Dew. Letter to Peter Hillsman Taylor enclosing her review of The Old Forest and Other Stories [Correspondence & Reviews] (25 January 1985) ALS & Typescript. 2 items. 5 p.
    • Folder p#1169-013.1.p
      An Old Man's Love, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Poems] (undated) Typescripts & Holograph Notes. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Post-it note by Stuart Wright: "Poem by Peter Taylor."
    • Folder q#1169-013.1.q
      Eleanor Ross Taylor, Gambier, OH. Letter to George Gordon Lord Lanning, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH [Correspondence] (25 March 1954) ALS. 1 item. 3 p. Note: Includes typescript card signed by Stuart Wright including quote on Taylor from Robert Lowell's letter to W. D. Snodgrass (28 May 1978)
    • Folder r#1169-013.1.r
      C. H. Abbott, The Cottage, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset [Correspondence] (3 August 1944 - 31 July 1945) ALS. 16 items. 28 p.
    • Folder s#1169-013.1.s
      Leslie H. Buchman, Lt., Battery H, 72nd CA, New Orleans, LA. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, HQ Battery Reception Center, Fort Oglethorpe, GA [Correspondence] (29 July 1943) ALS. 1 item. 3 p.
    • Folder t#1169-013.1.t
      Allen Churchill, Y3c, Yank The Army Weekly, New York, NY. Letter to Sgt. Peter Taylor, Reception Center, Fort Oglethorpe, GA [Correspondence] (28 April 1943) TLS. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder u#1169-013.1.u
      Pamela Churchill (Mrs. Randolph Churchill) London, England. Letter to Sgt. Peter H. Taylor, HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot [Correspondence] (31 July 1945) TLS. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Pamela Churchill divorced Randolph Churchill in 1945 and was married to former Governor of New York and Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Averill Harriman from 1971 to 1986. She served as U. S. Ambassador to France, 1991-1997.
    • Folder v#1169-013.1.v
      Craig Claiborne, East Hampton, NY. Letter to Peter Taylor, Charlottesville, VA [Correspondence] (14 January 1975) TLS. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder w#1169-013.1.w
      William H. Eason, Pvt., 2d Provisional Regiment, Camp Sibert, AL. Letters to Peter Taylor, Chattanooga, TN & Camp Butner, NC [Correspondence] (20 December 1943 - 11 April 1946) ALS. 3 items. 8 p.
    • Folder x#1169-013.1.x
      Felder F. Heflin, Memphis, TN. Letters & Telegram to Peter Taylor [Correspondence] (19 February 1941 - 24 October 1969) ALS, TLS, Telegrams. 4 items. 9 p.
    • Folder y#1169-013.1.y
      John Herber, Ann Arbor, MI. Letter to Peter Taylor, Memphis, TN [Correspondence] (30 July 1940) ALS. 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder z#1169-013.1.z
      Henry Allen Moe, Guggenheim Foundation, New York, NY. Letters to Eleanor R. and Peter Hillsman Taylor [Correspondence] (30 January - 14 February 1945) Mimeographed typescript & TLS. 3 items. 4 p. Note: Regarding fellowship application.
    • Folder za#1169-013.1.za
      Samuel H. Monk., Capt., 559th Bomber Squadron. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor [Correspondence] (28 April 1940, 15 April 1944) TLS. 2 items. 4 p.
    • Folder zb#1169-013.1.zb
      Malcolm Nooke, The Woman's College, Greensboro, NC. Anonymous Letter Received [Correspondence] (2 April 1946) Carbon TL. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Recommending PHT for Creative Writing position at The Woman's College, Greensboro, NC.
    • Folder zc#1169-013.1.zc
      Nadine & Rogers Parker, Memphis, TN. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor [Correspondence] (1940-1945) ALS, Clippings, Postcard. 7 items. 22 p. Note: Hometown arts & family news; includes postcard with black & white image of statue entitled Virgin and Child, Limestone, ca. 1500, School of Troyes, City Art Museum, St. Louis [MO]; image #PC-1169-013.001.zc.2
    • Folder zd#1169-013.1.zd
      Joe Reeves, AST Division HQ, Third Service Command, Baltimore, MD. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Camp Butner, NC [Correspondence] (28 January, 8 February 1944) ALS. 2 items. 4 p. Note: Friend from Chapel Hill, NC; discussion of "The Dog."
    • Folder ze#1169-013.1.ze
      Annie Rose Buchan, Memphis, TN. Letter to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Fort Oglethorpe, GA [Correspondence] (5 June 1943) TLS. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Hometown & family news; congratulations on marriage.
    • Folder zf#1169-013.1.zf
      James Ross, Pfc., HQ, 1382 Labor Supervision Company, Liege, Belgium. Letter to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot [Correspondence] (14 May 1945) TLS. 1 item. 2 p. Note: James Ross was Eleanor Ross Taylor's brother and a noted author; the letters concern military service; PHT's prize for winning Partisan Review novelette contest.
    • Folder zg#1169-013.1.zg
      Diarmuid Russell, Russell & Volkening, Inc., New York, NY. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Fort Oglethorpe, GA; Sewanee, TN [Correspondence] (1, 22 June 1943; 1 April 1946) TLS. 3 items. 4 p. Note: Literary agent, regarding Doubleday contract; Eudora Welty, congratulations on marriage.
    • Folder zh#1169-013.1.zh (1 item  digitized)
      Bud Southard, Managing Editor, Hika, Gambier, OH. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Memphis, TN [Correspondence] (30 April, ca. 10 May 1941) TLS. 2 items. 4 p. Note: Taylor manuscripts "Queen of Pleasure" & "A Spinster's Tale"; life at Kenyon College.
    • Folder zi#1169-013.1.zi
      Susan Thompson, St. Louis, MO. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Fort Oglethorpe, GA [Correspondence] (13, 18 February 1943) TLS. 2 items. 14 p. Note: Family news, pregnancy, working at Curtiss-Wright; advice on publishing enclosed poems; possible job at KMOX radio.
    • Folder zj#1169-013.1.zj
      James M. Waller, Monteagle, TN. Vmail letter to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England [Correspondence] (13 May 1944) ALS. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Response to letter from Taylor in Ireland; includes three recently-heard jokes [two concern Negroes].
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    • Folder a#1169-013.2.a
      Thomas J. & Sarah White, Memphis, TN. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Chattanooga, TN, etc. [Correspondence] (3 June 1943 - 1 December 1949) ALS, TLS, Telegram. 39 items. 101 p. Note: THW served as Flight Officer, 4th Ferrying Group in Memphis, TN, Little Rock, AR, & Assam, India; postwar: T. H. White & Company, Cotton; Hometown friends.
    • Folder b#1169-013.2.b
      Thomas J. & Sarah White, Memphis, TN. Letters & Photographs to Peter Hillsman Taylor, Memphis & Chattanooga, TN, Columbus, OH, & Charlottesville, VA. [Correspondence] (20 September 1952-19 January 1972) ALS & Photographic prints. 19 items. 41 p. Note: Photographs of Tom & Sarah attched to letter dated 26 April 1954; images #P-1169-013.002.b.3
    • Folder c#1169-013.2.c
      Subject Headings for Autobiography, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Manuscript] (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 6 p.
    • Folder d#1169-013.2.d
      C. H. Abbott, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, New York, NY; Greensboro, NC; Bloomington, IN; Norwood & Hillsboro, NC [Correspondence] (20 May 1946-17 December 1950) ALS. 20 items. 44 p.
    • Folder e#1169-013.2.e
      Biddy K. Abbott, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to Peter Hillsman Taylor, New York, NY; Greensboro, NC; Charlottesville, VA [Correspondence] (1948, 1964, 1968, 1994) ALS. 4 items. 14 p. Note: Thanks for food parcels; food rationing; shabby clothing; requests second-hand clothing; needs cooking fats & cheese; Kennedy assassination; British election; Harold Wilson's socialist government.
    • Folder f#1169-013.2.f
      Bloomington Telephone Directory, by Indiana Bell Telephone Company [Books] (December 1948). Printed. Paper back. 1 item. 74 p.
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    • Folder a#1169-013.3.a
      • Tribute at Yale [for Randall Jarrell], by Peter Taylor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro The Alumni News [Periodicals] (Spring 1966) Printed. 2 items. 26 p. Note: Stuart Wright notecard: "Peter Taylor's copy w/ his holograph emendations, pp. 3 -5."  (item #1)
      • An Influx of Poets, by Jean Stafford, The New Yorker [Periodicals] (6 November 1978) Printed, 2 items. 112 p. pp. 43-60. Note: New Yorker cover annotated: "Jean Stafford story An Influx of Poets"; Stuart Wright postit note: "Peter Taylor's copy".   (item #2)
      • Oracle of the South; At 76 Writer Peter Taylor Finds New Magic in Stories from the Past: Peter Taylor's Washington Tale, The, by Ben Yagoda, The Washington Post Magazine [Periodicals] (9 May 1993) Printed, pp. 10 - 13, 29 - 30. 1 item. 20 p. Note: New Yorker cover annotated: "Jean Stafford story An Influx of Poets;" Post-it note by Stuart Wright "Peter Taylor's copy."  (item #3)
    • Folder b#1169-013.3.b
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, Reception Center, Fort Oglethorpe, GA. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (26 April - 1 June 1943) ALS. TLS, Telegram. 16 items. 43 p. Note: Includes one letter from Jean Stafford dated 28 May 1943; Letters numbered in pencil in upper left hand corner #1-16.
    • Folder c#1169-013.3.c
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Camp Butner, NC. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (22-25 January 1944) ALS. 5 items. 15 p. Note: Letters numbered in upper left hand corner, #21-25.
    • Folder d#1169-013.3.d
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (23 February - 9 June 1944) ALS. 21 item. 99 p.
    • Folder e#1169-013.3.e
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (11 June - 18 July 1944) ALS. 28 items. 114 p.
    • Folder f#1169-013.3.f
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (1 September - 15 October 1944). ALS. 21 item. 87 p. Note: Some parts of the letters have been cut out.
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    • Folder a#1169-013.4.a
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (30 March - 4 May 1944) ALS, TLS. 20 items. 103 p. Note: One letter has parts cut out of it.
    • Folder b#1169-013.4.b
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (3 - 30 August 1944) ALS. 16 items. 69 p. Note: Letter of 30 August enclosed a color postcard from his mother with an image of Assembly Inn, Monteagle Assembly, Monteagle, Tennessee on the front; image #PC-1169-013.4.b.4; Letter of 25 August enclosed the program for G. B. Shaw's You Never Can Tell, Theatre Royal, Bristol.
    • Folder c#1169-013.4.c
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (18 October - 17 December 1944). ALS, TLS, Vmail. 31 item. 104 p. Note: includes Vmail letters dated 7 & 9 December 1944; image #P-1169-013.004.c.5 & #P-1169-013.004.c.5
  • Box 5#1169-013.5
    • Folder a#1169-013.5.a
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Camp Butner, NC. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (18 January - 17 February 1944) ALS, Postcards. 8 items. 20 p. Note: Letters numbered in pencil in upper left hand corner #17-20, 26-29; Postcard #18, dated 20 January 1944 shows black & white image of the Music Building, W. C. U. N. C. [Women's College, University of North Carolina], Greensboro, North Carolina on the front; image #PC-1169-013.005.a.7; Postcard #17, dated 19 January 1944, shows a color image of Glenn Memorial Church, Campus of Emory University, Atlanta, GA; image #PC-1169-013.005.a.8
    • Folder b#1169-013.5.b
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Northern Ireland. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (17 February - 30 March 1944) ALS, Telegrams. 20 items. 101 p. Note: Includes telegram from PHT's mother to Eleanor dated 30 March 1944.
    • Folder c#1169-013.5.c
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (19 December 1944 - 28 January 1945). ALS, Vmail. 19 items. 49 p.
    • Folder d#1169-013.5.d
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (1 February - 11 April 1945) ALS, TLS, Vmail. 25 items. 75 p. Note: Letters describe military duty and life; includes images of 3 Vmail letters, from Peter to Eleanor, dated 5 April 1945 #P-1169-013.005.d.9; dated 9 April 1945 #P-1169-013.005.d.10; dated 1 March 1945 #P-1169-013.005.d.11
    • Folder e#1169-013.5.e
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (14 April - 18 June 1945). ALS, Telegrams. 21 item. 84 p. Note: Includes descriptions of life in the military and how he heard of President Roosevelt's death, 14 April 1945; end of war in Europe, 7-9 May 1945.
    • Folder f#1169-013.5.f
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (20 June - 12 September 1945). ALS, TLS. 26 items. 66 p. Note: Includes trips to London & Paris.
    • Folder g#1169-013.5.g
      Peter Hillsman Taylor, Sgt., HQ Company, 12th Replacement Depot, Dulverton, Somerset, England. Letters to his wife, Eleanor Ross Taylor [Correspondence] (23 September - 1 December 1945) ALS, TLS, Postcards. 21 item. 59 p. Note: Includes visit to Paris.
    • Folder h#1169-013.5.h
      Half a Look of Caine, by William Goyen [Novel] (ca. 1950s) Edited carbon typescript. 1 item. 127 p. Note: Unpublished novel.
  • Box 6#1169-013.6
    • Folder a#1169-013.6.a
      Reynolds Price. Christmas Card to Peter and Eleanor Taylor [Correspondence] (December 1972) TLS. 1 item. 3 p. Note: Autographed "To Peter & [Moms - ?] from Reynolds"; Post-it note by Stuart Wright: "Peter and Eleanor Taylor".
    • Folder b#1169-013.6.b
      Save Me, Joe Louis: A Novel by Madison Smartt Bell. Publicity Material [Folder] (April - November 1993) Typescripts, Photocopy typescripts, Photographic prints, Holograph notes. 9 items. 12 p. Note: Includes "Emmagene Rides Again", by Madison Smartt Bell (11/1993) typescripts; "The Booklist Interview: Madison Smartt Bell" (20 April 1993) Photocopy typescript; a publicity portrait of Bell; etc.
    • Folder c#1169-013.6.c
      William Empson. Letter to Mr. [Peter?] Taylor requesting that he forward the enclosed to Robert Lowell [Correspondence] (undated) ALS. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Torn in 2 places affecting text.
    • Folder d#1169-013.6.d
      [Peter] Hillsman Taylor, Jr. [Passport] (20 May 1935) Printed form. 1 item. 19 p. Note: Passport #194706; includes Medical Examination Records; Visa stamped Liverpool, 19 June 1935.
Series 2:
Uncorrected Proofs
  • Box 7#1169-013.7
    • Folder a#1169-013.7.a
      Looking for Bobby: A Novel, by Gloria Norris [Books] (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985) Uncorrected Proofs. ISBN: 0-394-54502-8. 3 items. 137 p. Note: Condition: Good; No signature; uncorrected bound galley proofs; publisher's publicity page stapled in; TLS from publisher, William T. Loverd, to Peter Hillsman Taylor laid in; transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection (9.24.2010) #58-13
    • Folder b#1169-013.7.b
      Summons to Memphis: A Novel, A, by Peter Taylor [Books] (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986) Uncorrected Proofs. ISBN: 0-394-41062-9. 3 items. 104 p. Note: Condition: Good; uncorrected proof; Signed by George Garrett; publisher's two page publicity note stapled in; publisher's business card laid in; transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection (9/24/2010) #53-2
    • Folder c#1169-013.7.c
      Boston Adventure: A Novel, by Jean Stafford [Books] (New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1944) Uncorrected Proof. 1 item. 250 p. Note: Condition: Fair - spine creased and cracked; cover torn and worn; Signed by Peter Taylor; advance proof confidential; transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection (9/24/2010) #53-12
    • Folder d#1169-013.7.d
      Moss on the North Side, by Sylvia Wilkinson [Books] (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1966) Uncorrected Proof. 1 item. 134 p. Note: Condition: Good; spiral bound; uncorrected proof; Signed by Sylvia Wilkinson; transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection (9/24/2010) #53-20
    • Folder e#1169-013.7.e
      Cry of Absence, A, by Madison Jones [Books] (New York, NY: Crown Pub. Inc., 1972) Advanced Uncorrected Proofs #4409. Spiral bound. Note: Good condition; first page loose; foxing and discoloration; signed by Madison Jones and Peter Taylor; author's galley proofs of Sewanee Review article by Madison Jones with corrections in pencil laid in filed oversized. Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection (9/24/2010) #49-1
    • Folder f#1169-013.7.f
      Deliverance, by James Dickey [Books] (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1970, © 1969) Uncorrected proof #54524 & Leaflet. Spiral bound. English & French language. 2 items. 102 p. Note: Leaflet in French language. Autographed: "Peter Taylor Charlottesville, VA 917 Rugby Road. Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection (9/24/2010) #50-1
Series 3:
Loose Manuscripts From Book Collection
  • Box 8#1169-013.8 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#1169-013.8.a
      Modern Painters, v. 3, by John Ruskin [Books] (undated) Holograph. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Stuart Wright annotated note: "Peter's [Peter Hillsman Taylor] pencil notes at back, pp. 325-26 (and occasionally in text)"; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.4
    • Folder b#1169-013.8.b
      Sapho: Manon Lescaut, by Antoine Francois Prevost, Alphonse Daudet, translator [Books] (1919) Botanical material. 131 items. 131 p. Note: Four Leaf Clovers pressed between pages of book; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.5
    • Folder c#1169-013.8.c
      Six Modern American Plays, Allan G. Halline, editor [Books] (undated) Printed & Holographs. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Harper & Brothers bibliographic index card for Harry Simmons' "How To Run a Club"; Peter [Hillsman] Taylor's name is written on verso; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.15
    • Folder d#1169-013.8.d
      Happy Families Are All Alike, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Books] (undated) Holographs. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Stuart Wright note: "John Crowe Ransom"; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.17
    • Folder e#1169-013.8.e
      Happy Families Are All Alike, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Books] (undated) Holographs. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Stuart Wright note on paper slip: "See RPW Letters, v. 4, pp. 286-87;" Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.18
    • Folder f#1169-013.8.f
      The Chattahoochee Review, v. VI, n. 1 [Periodicals] (Fall 1984) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Annotated compliment card: "Mr. [Peter Hillsman] Taylor, we hope this meets with your approval;" Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.21
    • Folder g#1169-013.8.g
      Harbrace Handbook of English, by John C. Hodges [Books] (1952) Holographs. 1 item. 4 p. Note: Anonymous holograph notes regarding meetings at church: "Call all your fellows and tell them;" Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.24
    • Folder h#1169-013.8.h
      Moss on the North Side, by Sylvia Wilkinson [Books] (1966-1969) Carbon typescript and Printed. 2 items. 3 p. Note: Compliment card and introduction to publication by one of Randall Jarrell's writing students; Introduction by Mary Jarrell for Sylvia Wilkinson, annotated "Historical Book Club-1969;" Houghton Mifflin Company complimentary copy card; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.31
    • Folder i#1169-013.8.i
      Vanderbilt Miscellany, A, Richmond Croom Beatty, editor [Books] (1944) ALS, Printed & Ephemera. 3 items. 12 p. Note: Student tickets, letters, wedding invitations: Holograph note by Stuart Wright indicating pages signed by authors Robert Penn Warren (p. 31), Robert Lytle (p. 39), Cheney (p. 62), Still (p. 88), Sullivan (p. 117) & Brooks (p. 179); Peter Hillsman Taylor's Louisiana State University student athletics ticket book for the 1940-41, with photographic identification; Peter Hillsman Taylor letter to "Nettie" (5 June 1929) a marriage invitation to the wedding of Peter Hillsman Taylor's parents, Katherine Baird Taylor and Matthew Hillsman Taylor, (8 January 1908); Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.32
    • Folder j#1169-013.8.j
      Poet's Corner, The, Max Beerbohm, editor [Books] (1943) ALS & Holograph note. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Letter to "Dear [Peter Hillsman] Taylor" from C. H. Abbott Dulverton, England, accompanying a "small work of literary criticism by [Carton ?]" (19 August 1944); Stuart Wright Post-it note: "ID of letter? Abbott;" Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.34
    • Folder k#1169-013.8.k (1 item  digitized)
      Summons to Memphis, A, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Books] (1978) ALS & TLS. 3 items. 4 p. Note: Peter Hillsman Taylor letters to "Red" [Robert Penn Warren] (11 June 1978; 2 February, 16 May 1987) re: friendship with Jim McPherson, Memphis cardiologist & jazz musician Tom White, spending summer in Sewanee, children's careers, Sam Monk, Warren's "place" in Vermont; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.38
    • Folder l#1169-013.8.l
      Wilderness of Ladies, by Eleanor Ross Taylor [Books] (1965) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Separation, by Eleanor Ross Taylor [Mrs. Peter Hillsman Taylor] printed for the Friends of the Library of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro [Broadside] (6 May 1965) Printed; autographed "Eleanor Ross Taylor;" Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.40
    • Folder m#1169-013.8.m
      Long Fourth and Other Stories, A, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Books] (1948) Printed & TLS. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Eudora Welty, Letter to Peter Hillsman Taylor declining to meet at the Arts Forum in Greensboro but wishing to meet him and Robert Penn Warren who she has never met "outside a Forum" (16 February 1947); Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.45
    • Folder n#1169-013.8.n
      Happy Families Are All Alike, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Books] (1959) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Stuart Wright holograph note: "George Garrett"; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.49
    • Folder o#1169-013.8.o
      Long Fourth and Other Stories, A, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Books] (1947) Printed. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Andrew Lytle's review of Reservations by Peter Hillman Taylor [Edited typescript]; Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.50
    • Folder p#1169-013.8.p
      Miss Leonora When Last Seen, by Peter Hillsman Taylor [Books] (1960) Printed. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Postcard from Eleanor Ross and Peter Hillsman Taylor, to Mr. and Mrs. [Randall] Jarrell, Greensboro, NC; verso shows City Hall and Belfry of Brugge, Belgium; Stuart Wright Post-it note: "dropped line? See p. 365, ML;" Transferred from Stuart Wright Book Collection #53.52
Series 4:
Oversized Materials
Oversize Folder os1#1169-013.os1
Old Forest From the Story, The, by Peter Taylor [Broadside] (1985) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Filed oversized. Transferred from 1169-013.1.o.
Oversize Folder os3#1169-013.os3
Fugitives, The, by Madison Jones, Sewanee Review, Vol. 62, # 2 (April-June, 1954), pp. 271-291. Author's Galley Proof. Unbound. 1 item. 15 p. Note: Corrections in pencil; found in proof of A Cry of Absence by Madison Jones (1972) Transferred from Stuart Wright Collection Printed Works # 49-1 (9/24/2010) Filed oversized. Transferred from 1169-013.8.p.
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