The papers of Truman Capote consist chiefly of holograph and typescript manuscripts of his works, both published and unpublished. The collection also includes correspondence, printed matter, photographs, artwork, sound recordings, and personal miscellany. Material related to In Cold Blood forms an important part of the collection and reflects Capote's five years of research and involvement in the Clutter murder case upon which the book was based. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters and postcards from Capote to Andrew Lyndon and to Alvin Dewey and Marie Dewey and letters received from his lover and mentor, Newton Arvin. Other correspondents include Jack Dunphy, Leo Lerman, Donald Windham, Cecil Beaton, John O'Shea, Joseph Fox, Irving Lazar, Alan Schwartz and family members.
Biographical/historical: Truman Capote was born Truman Strekfus Persons in New Orleans on September 24, 1924. A celebrated author, Capote's major works include Other Voices, Other Rooms; Breakfast at Tiffany's; and In Cold Blood. He died on August 25, 1984.
Content: The papers of Truman Capote consist chiefly of holograph and typescript manuscripts of his works, both published and unpublished. Collection also includes correspondence, printed matter, photographs, sound recordings, and graphic materials.
Acquisition: 12/02/85 Alan U. Schwartz, literary executor, Truman Capote Estate
Extent: 19.24 linear feet (37 boxes, 2 oversized cases, 1 v. and 2 phono discs)