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Box 4

 Container

Contains 6 Collections and/or Records:

Robert E. Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 535
Scope and Contents The Robert E. Smith papers include creative writings and related papers from the life and career of Robert E. Smith. The collection primarily comprises manuscripts for short stories, poems, essays, novels and novellas, sermons, and plays. The collection also includes research documents on various topics, notably orator John Walker and mystery solving; instruction materials from the classes Smith taught in the Purdue Communication Department; and personal documents such as correspondence, travel...
Dates: 1939 - 2014

Manuscripts, 1959 - 2008

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1
Scope and Contents This series contains both typed and handwritten manuscripts of short stories, poetry, essays, novels and novellas, plays, and sermons from throughout Smith's career. The bulk of the manuscripts are short stories. This series is organized chronologically, and Smith's folder names and numbering have been retained wherever possible. When a folder title was not given, one was created and placed in brackets on the folder.
Dates: 1959 - 2008

Poetry, 1963 - 1986

 Sub-Series — Box: 4
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1, Sub-series 2
Scope and Contents This sub-series contains typed and hand-written manuscripts of poems written by Smith. The sub-series is arranged chronologically and Smith's folder titles and numbering system were maintained wherever possible. Any folder titles in brackets were added during processing.
Dates: 1963 - 1986

Essays, 1969 - 2008

 Sub-Series — Box: 4
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1, Sub-series 3
Scope and Contents This sub-series contains typed and hand-written manuscripts of essays written by Smith. Most prominent are several drafts of an essay on orator John Walker. The sub-series is arranged chronologically and Smith's folder titles were maintained wherever possible. Any folder titles in brackets were added during processing.
Dates: 1969 - 2008

Plays, undated

 Sub-Series — Box: 4
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1, Sub-series 4
Scope and Contents This sub-series contains typed and hand-written manuscripts of stage plays written by Smith. Smith's folder titles were maintained wherever possible. Any folder titles in brackets were added during processing, and untitled plays are labeled according to their first line.
Dates: undated

Novels , 1981

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1, Sub-series 5
Scope and Contents This sub-series contains typed and hand-written manuscripts of novels written by Smith, notably several drafts of "The Old Man's Dream" and a portion of a mystery novel. The sub-series is arranged chronologically and Smith's folder titles were maintained wherever possible. Any folder titles in brackets were added during processing. Untitled folders were labeled according to the first line of the document.
Dates: 1981