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Finding Aid to the Don Carpenter Papers, 1950-1993
BANC MSS 2003/224 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Don Carpenter papers
    Date (inclusive): 1950-1993
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2003/224 c
    Creator : Carpenter, Don
    Extent: Number of containers: 9 cartons Linear feet: 11.25
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Don Carpenter Papers, 1950-1993, consist of writings, and a small amount of correspondence and biographical materials. The bulk of the collection consists of writings, including drafts, short stories, novels and screenplays, both published and unpublished. The materials found in the collection includes his drafts and final revisions of Hard Rain Falling, Getting Off, The True Life of Story of Jody McKeegan, Blade of Light and A Couple of Comedians.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted toresearch and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Don Carpenter Papers, BANC MSS 2003/224 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Carpenter, Don--Archives
    Mailer, Norman--Correspondence
    Whalen, Philip--Correspondence
    Authors, American--California
    Manuscripts for publication.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Don Carpenter Papers were purchased by The Bancroft Library in 2002.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Chinda Xayarath in 2007.

    Biographical Information

    Don Carpenter was born in Berkeley, California on March 16, 1931 and died in Mill Valley, California on July 28, 1995. Carpenter grew up in northern California with his family, and completed high school in Portland, Oregon before serving in the military during the Korean War. After the war, Carpenter returned to Portland, Oregon where he completed his B.S. at Portland State College. In 1956, Carpenter married Martha Ryherd and had two daughters, Bonnie and Leha. Carpenter eventually received his M.A. from San Francisco State College. While in northern California, Carpenter taught English but eventually discontinued teaching and spent most of his life writing fiction, which included short stories, novels, and screenplays. He also wrote for different publications and magazines, writing short book and novel reviews and also publishing his own short fiction. Carpenter is known for his first novel, Hard Rain Falling, which lead him to write more novels such as A Couple of Comedians. Though he was known greatly for his novels, Carpenter also wrote many short stories and several novels that remained unpublished, such as his novel Friday's At Enrico's . Carpenter's novel, Payday, was made into a movie in 1973.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Don Carpenter Papers, 1950-1993, consist of writings, and a small amount of correspondence and biographical materials. The bulk of the collection consists of writings, including drafts, short stories, novels and screenplays, both published and unpublished. The materials found in the collection includes his drafts and final revisions of Hard Rain Falling, Getting Off, The True Life of Story of Jody McKeegan, Blade of Light and A Couple of Comedians.
    Writings include notes, drafts, edited drafts, and the final versions of Carpenter's works. It also includes the work done for his famous novel and Hollywood move, Payday. A majority of the collection consists of materials related to his novel Blade of Light, which also includes the screen play and galley proofs. The collection also includes his unpublished novel Friday's at Enrico's.
    Correspondence includes letters written to his family and friends; notable correspondents include Norman Mailer and Philip Whalen. The biographical materials consist of interviews given by Carpenter about his life and work.