Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Susan Orlean Papers, 1930s-2015, 2019

Series III: Professional Files, 1985-2010

Many contracts and financial documents include personal information that requires restriction until Orlean's death. These files are noted as restricted in the container list.

This series includes agreements, clippings, contracts, correspondence, financial documents, itineraries for book tours and other events, lecture notes, posters and other publicity materials, proposals, and royalty statements.

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Subseries III.1: Contacts and Financials, 1985-2007

Many contracts and financial documents include personal information that requires restriction until Orlean's death. These files are noted as restricted in the container list.

This subseries contains agreements, contracts, royalty statements, and other financial records.

Box 31 Folder 1 Contracts and Agreements, 1992-2005

Restricted until the death of Susan Orlean.

Book contracts for manuscripts, some unpublished, with Alfred Knopf, Random House, Dell, as well as honorarium letters, etc.

Box 27 Folder 1 Expenses, 1999-2002, undated

Box 31 Folder 2-3 Royalty Statements, Checks and Remittance Advice, 1990-2007, (2 Folders)

Restricted until the death of Susan Orlean.

Box 31 Folder 6 Saturday Night--Contracts and Financials, 1985-1988

Restricted until the death of Susan Orlean.

Box 27 Folder 2 Speaker Contracts, 2005-2007

Subseries III.2: Speaking and Other Events, 1991-2011

This subseries includes files related to events for specific publications, includingSaturday Night,My Kind of Place, andThe Orchid Thief. The subseries also includes records on Orlean's master classes and her involvement with the Bush Family's literacy events, as well as general files and lecture notes.

Box 40 Event Poster, 2005 April 19

For lecture at Rackham Auditorium for the 2005 Graduate and Undergraduate Hopwood Awards.

Box 27 Folder 8-10 Events, 1991-2011

Includes brochures, announcements, clippings, programs, etc.

Box 27 Folder 11 Lecture Notes--Story Forever Conference, circa 2004

Box 7 Lecture Notes, 2006-2007, undated

On index cards.

Box 27 Folder 12 Lecture Notes, undated

Box 27 Folder 7 Press Passes, 1994-2008, undated

Box 27 Folder 3 The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup--Photograph, circa 2001

Box 27 Folder 4 Bush Family Literacy Events and Related Correspondence, 2000-2010

Includes inviations, clippings, programs. Also includes correspondence from Jeb Bush and Barbara Bush.

Box 22 Harvard Summer School Writing Program Poster, circa 2004


Box 27 Folder 5 Master Class in Creative Non-Fiction, circa 2010

Probably for New York University.

Box 34 Folder 7 My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere--Events, 2004

Box 27 Folder 6 The Orchid Thief--Events, circa 1999

Clippings, announcements, etc.

Box 24 Folder 18 Saturday Night--Notes on Book Tour, 1990

Box 24 Folder 19 Saturday Night--Publicity Tour, 1991

Subseries III.3: Press and Reviews, 1987-2011

This subseries includes clippings, interviews, profiles, and reviews, as well as publicity items such as catalogs, posters, and shopping bags.

Box 29 Folder 1 Clippings, 1988-2005

Various articles on Orlean.

Box 36 Folder 4-7 Clippings--Miscellaneous Press Clippings, 1987-2008, (4 Folders)

Box 29 Folder 37 Clippings--Miscellaneous Press Clippings, 2004-2010

Box 28 Folder 2-4 Interviews, 1999-2010, (3 Folders)

Includes Atlanta Journal Institution, Forbes, Yale Literary Magazine, Barnard Bulletin, Vogue en Español, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature; Lumina: Sarah Lawrence College, and Edible Hudson Valley.

Box 36 Folder 8 Interviews, 2001-2009

Box 34 Folder 5 The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup--Reviews, 2001

Box 27 Folder 13 Lazy Little Loafers--Reviews, 2008

Box 34 Folder 6 Lazy Little Loafers--Reviews, 2008-2009

Box 28 Folder 1 My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere--Interviews, 2004

Box 35 Folder 7-8 My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere--Reviews, 2004

Box 28 Folder 5 Orchid Thief--Bestseller and Other Books Lists, 1998-2003

Box 22 Orchid Thief--Poster, circa 1998


Box 22 Orchid Thief--Vintage Paperback Poster, circa 2000


Box 28 Folder 6-7 Orchid Thief--Publicity, 1998-2000, (2 Folders)

Box 33 Folder 15 Orchid Thief--Publicity--Ballatine Books Shopping Bag, circa 2000

Box 28 Folder 8-12 Orchid Thief--Reviews, circa 1999, (5 Folders)

Box 36 Folder 1-3 Orchid Thief--Reviews, circa 1999, (3 Folders)

Box 27 Folder 14 Red Sox and Bluefish--Reviews, 1987

Box 6 Folder 13 Rin Tin Tin--Press and Press Releases, 2004

on Orlean's book contract for Rin Tin Tin

Box 6 Folder 16 Rin Tin Tin--Miscellaneous Professional, 2011, undated

Includes Simon & Schuster catalog, book cover proof, publicity, and a book review.

Box 24 Folder 20 Saturday Night--Alfred A. Knopf--Promotional Materials, 1990

Box 24 Folder 21 Saturday Night--Alfred A. Knopf--Promotional Photograph and Test Shots, circa 1990

Box 24 Folder 22 Saturday Night--Publisher's Description, 1990

Box 24 Folder 23 Saturday Night--Publicity for Release of Paperback Edition, 1991

Includes material from Ballatine, and a few new reviews and published items noting the availability of the paperback edition.

Box 24 Folder 24-27 Saturday Night--Reviews, 1990, (4 Folders)

Box 33 Folder 16-17 Saturday Night--Reviews, 1990, (2 Folders)

Box 24 Folder 28 Saturday Night--Serialization/Excerpt Ideas, circa 1990

Box 27 Folder 15 The Skinny--Press, 1999, undated

Includes one photograph.

Box 27 Folder 15 Throw Me a Bone--Press, 2003-2004, undated

Includes one photograph.

Subseries III.4: Adaptations, 1991-2008

This subseries contains business files, press, proposals, and reviews related to adaptations and proposed adaptations of Orlean's work.

Box 31 Folder 4 Adaptation--Business, 2001-2006

Restricted until the death of Susan Orlean.

Box 35 Folder 1-3 Adaptation--Press, 2002-2006, (3 Folders)

Box 28 Folder 13-16 Adaptation--Press and Publicity, circa 2002, (4 Folders)

Includes photographs.

Box 35 Folder 4-5 Adaptation--Reviews and Interviews, 2002-2003, (2 Folders)

Box 31 Folder 5 Little Wing, 2006-2008

Restricted until the death of Susan Orlean.

Film project propsals, script, contracts, etc. based upon Orlean's article "Little Wing".

Box 28 Folder 18 Saturday Night, 1997-1998

Stage production.

Box 31 Folder 7 Saturday Night--Television, 1991-1993, undated

Restricted until the death of Susan Orlean.