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Box 5

 Container

Contains 7 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

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

Novellas, 1970 - 1989

 Sub-Series — Box: 5
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1, Sub-series 6
Scope and Contents This sub-series contains typed and hand-written manuscripts of novellas written by Smith. The sub-series is arranged chronologically and Smith's folder titles were maintained wherever possible. Any folder titles in brackets were added during processing. A notable document in this sub-series is a manuscript of "The Body of Christ" that Smith mailed to himself as a way to ensure copyright.
Dates: 1970 - 1989

Sermons, undated

 Sub-Series — Box: 5
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1, Sub-series 7
Scope and Contents This sub-series contains manuscripts of sermons written by Smith on gluttony and marriage. Smith's folder titles were maintained wherever possible. Any folder titles in brackets were added during processing.
Dates: undated

Mixed manuscripts, 1959 - 1989

 Sub-Series — Box: 5
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1, Sub-series 8
Scope and Contents This sub-series contains an assortment of typed and hand-written manuscripts that either were mixed together in one folder or did not fit into any other manuscript sub-series. 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: 1959 - 1989

Administrative, 1969 - 1997

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 535, Series 1, Sub-series 9
Scope and Contents This series contains administrative documents related to Smith's work as a writer, including submission lists, rejection letters, and correspondence with literary editors and agents. Smith's folder titles were maintained wherever possible. Any titles in brackets were added during processing.
Dates: 1969 - 1997