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Truman Capote papers, 1949-1988

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Call No.: MS#0191
Bib ID 4079658 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Capote, Truman, 1924-1984
Title Truman Capote papers, 1949-1988
Physical Description 5 linear feet (12 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Material is arranged in three series.



Twelve books by Truman Capote in various printings and foreign language translations, ephemera relating to stage adaptations of some of his works, and books about Capote. Novels represented include "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood".

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Truman Capote papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Archival Materials

See also: Ms Coll\Schimmel.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Caroline Schimmel, 1984-1988.

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Processing Information

Processed JR 12/--/88.

12 boxes sent to ReCAP PL 08/30/2005.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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Series I: Editions of Capote Texts

Box 1 Answered Prayers: the unfinished novel

Box 1 New York: Random House, circa, 1987

Box 1 Abacus, 1988

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Box 1 6th printing, NY, undated


Box 1 Signet/NAL #D1727 1st printing, 1959

Box 1 Signet/NAL #D1727 4th printing, 1961

Box 1 Signet/NAL #T47O9, 15th printing

Box 1 Signet/NAL #451-E9959 18th printing Signet/NAL

Box 1 Sphere, 1982-1st printing thus

Box 1 Abacus, 1984

Box 1 Penguin, 1963 4th reprint [1st printing-1961], 1963


Box 1 Petit dejeuner chez Tiffany. Gallimard, 1962. #10 of 41

Box 1 Petit dejeuner chez Tiffany. Gallimard, 1973.

Box 1 Petit dejeuner chez Tiffany. Gallimard, 1980.

Box 1 Holly, en roman ogtre noveller. [Danish] Gyldendal, 1960. With forward by Karen Blixen.

Box 1 Frühstück bei Tiffany. Weisbaden: Bertelsmann Lesering, Limes Verlages,, undated

Box 1 Breakfast at Tiffany's playbill, for production starring Richard Chamberlain and Mary Tyler Moore

Box 1 Capote on theatre : a negative View. In Playbill, v . 3, no. 12 Dec, 1966

A Christmas Memory

Box 1 Avenue magazine, December /January 1983 issue. "A Christmas Memory," pp. 132-150.

Box 1 A Christmas Memory. Illlustrated by Beth Peck; narrated by Celeste Holm. Knop,, 1989

Box 2 The Dogs Bark


Box 2 Plum/NAL, 1977. 1st printing thus


Box 2 Los perros ladran. Madrid: Ultramar Editores, 1976

Box 2 I cani abbaiano. Milano: Garzanti, 1976

The Grass Harp--Novel


Box 2 Signet/NAL, 1st printing, 1953. With red edges.

Box 2 Signet/NAL, 1st printing, 1953. With orange edges; spine a different blue

Box 2 Penguin #2563 1968 reprint. [1st printing, 1966], 1968

Box 2 Penguin #2563-4, 1978 reprint, 1978


Box 2 La harpe d'herbes. Gallimard, 1952. #35 of 80. / Gallimard, 1952 trade., 1952

Box 2 Grȁsharpan. [Swedish] Stockholm, 1953. Paperbound.

Box 2 Graesharpen. Kobenhavn, 1957. Paperbound.


Box 2 Botteghe Oscure. Quaderno VII, Rome, 1951. Paperbound. [1st chapter of The Grass Harp

The Grass Harp--Play


Box 2 Theatre Arts, September, 1952 "Complete text of the Saint-Subber Production of Truman Capote's Grass Harp," pp. 34-64, including photo illustrated, September, 1952

Related Items

Box 2 The Grass Harp Songbook. Lyrics by Kenward Elmslie, Music by Claibe Richardson. NY, 1971. Paperbound.

Box 2 The Grass Harp. [Production by] The York Players Company, NY, 1979.Flyer announcing production, signed by lyricist and composer; 2 copies of Playbill.

Box 3 In Cold Blood


Box 3 Signet/NAL //W4385 22nd printing

Box 3 Sphere, 1981.

Box 3 Abacus, 1984


Box 3 A Sangue Freddo. [Italian] Garzanti, 1966. In d/j

Box 3 KaltblUtig. Weisbaden, Limes verlag, undated In d/j, undated

Box 3 De Sang-Froid. Gallimard, 1966. #1527 of 5100 publicity strip & cellophane d/j, 5100

Box 3 De Sang-Froid. Gallimard, 1966. Trade pb, #59

Box 3 A Sangre fria. Editorial Noguer, 1972. 17th ed, in d/j. [1st ed. thus, 1966]

Box 3 A Sagre Fria. Club Bruguera, 1979

The Grass Harp and A Tree of Night

Box 3 Signet/NAL #S1333 1st printing, 1956.

Box 3 Signet/NAL T2918 8th printing.

Box 3 Signet/NAL Q5023 10th printing.

Box 3 Signet/NAL W7678 12th printing.

Box 3 Signet/NAL E9960 14th printing.

Box 4 The Muses are Heard


Box 4 Modern Library, #P35, [1958 ?]

Box 4 Vintage #V148


Box 4 Se Oyen las-Musas. Buenos Aures, 1958. Paperbound.

Box 4 Les Muses Parlent. Gallimard, 1959. Paperbound. Limited ed., one of 35.

Box 4 Glassine d / j .

Box 4 Les Muses Parlent. Gallimard, 1959. Paperbound, glassine d / j . Inscribed by translator.

The Muses are Heard and Local Color

Box 4 .Die Reise Erzahlungen. [Local Color, pp. 7-114; Muses, pp. 119-278.] [Weisbaden] Limes Verlages,, undated

Music for Chameleons


Box 4 Signet/NAL, 1981 & l4th printing, 1981

Box 4 Sphere, 1982. [1st printing thus, 1981]


Box 4 Musica para Camaleones. Bruguera, undated Paperbound, undated

Box 4 Musique pour Cameleons. Gallimard, 1982. Paperbound & with d / j .

Box 5 Other Voices Other Rooms


Box 5 Signet/NAL //T4867 15th printing.

Box 5 Signet/NAL //Q6053.

Box 5 Signet/NAL //E9961 19th printing [ca. 1980].

Box 5 Penguin #2135 1968 reprint. [1st printing 1964]. 2 copies, 1968

Box 5 Penguin 2135.3, 1978 reprint, 1978


Box 5 De Herfst van een Jengd. 'S-Gravenhage, 1949. In d/j. With previous owner's inscription, November 1949.

Box 5 Les Domaines Hautes. Gallimard. //CLIX of CC copies.

Box 5 Otras Voces, Otros Ambitos. Buenos Aires, 1976. 3rd ed. [1st ed, 1950]

A Tree of Night


Box 5 Signet/NAL #878, 1951. 1st printing.

Box 5 Penguin, 1978 reprint. [1st printing, 1967], 1978


Box 5 Un Arbre de Nuit. Gallimard, 1953. #24 of 80.


Box 5 NY: Collier Books, 1971. #07934.

Series II: Capote Texts in Secondary Publications, Anthologies, and Periodicals

Box 6 Abrahams, William, ed. Fifty Years of the American Short Story, Vol I, Doubleday,, 1970

Box 6 Bowles, Jane. My Sister"s Hand in Mine. Ecco Press, 1978

Box 6 Cowley, Malcolm, ed. The Paris Review Interviews Writers. Penguin,, 1977

Box 6 Davis, Myrna. The Potato Book. William Morrow, 1973

Box 6 First-Prize Stories: 1919-1954. Hanover House, 1954

Box 6 Frost, David. The Americans. Stein and Day, 1970

Box 6 Kazin, Alfred. The Open Form. Harcourt Brace & World, 1961.

Box 6 Nance, William. The Worlds of Truman Capote. Stein & Day, 1973.

Box 6 Wickes, George. The Amazon of Letters. Putnam, 1976

Box 7 Burnett, Whit. This is My Best. Doubleday, 1970.

Box 7 Cochrane, James, ed. Penguin Book of American Short Stories. Penguin

Box 7 Books, 1982.

Box 7 Esquire: The Best of 40 Years. David McKay Co., 1973.

Box 7 Hills, L. Rust. Great Esquire Fiction. Penguin Books, 1983.

Box 7 Levin, Ira. Rosemary's Baby. Dell, 1967.

Box 7 Tang-Tan Mei-Kuo Tuan'-p'ien Hsiao-shuo Chi [Contemporary American Short Stories] Shanghai, 1979.

Box 7 Wallace, Irving, ed. The Book of Lists. William Morrow, 1980.

Box 7a Meredith, Scott, ed. The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor. NY: Simon & Schuster,, 1963

Box 7a Rudisill, Marie. Sook's cookbook, des. & ill. by Barry Moser, Atlanta: Longstreet Press,, 1989

Box 8 Atlantic, August 1947. "Should a Biographer Tell"

Box 8 Harper, February1949. "Master Misery"

Box 8 Horizon, Jan 1949. "Master Misery"

Box 8 Du, September 1952. "Miriam" in German. Pp 49-54 and back cover only

Box 8 Esquire, July 1960 "Among the Paths to Eden.", July 1960

Box 8 Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1962. "Master Misery"

Box 8 McCalls, /010/1966. "Double Exposure: Oliver Smith"

Box 8 Vogue, April 15, 1967. "Extreme Magic"

Box 8 Family Circle, October 1968. "The School that Dreams Built."

Box 8 Cosmopolitan, July 1972. "Portrait of Myself."

Box 8 Esquire, July 1975. "Mojave." Offprint

Box 8 Esquire, November 1975. "La Cote Basque."

Box 8 Esquire, May 1976 "Unspoiled Monsters.", May 1976

Box 8 Esquire, December 1976. "Kate McCloud"

Box 8 New Yorker, Sept 17, 1979. "Our Far-Flung Correspondents: Martinique"

Box 8 Esquire, December 1979. "Dazzle41

Box 8 Cecil Brown's Quilt, vol.1, 1981. "Plate du Jour: Soul Food: Truman

Box 8 Capote on Black Culture."

Box 8 Esquire, March1983. "Observations"

Box 8 National Geographic, May 1983. Quotation used as caption for photo in article on Brooklyn, p. 588

Series III: Works About Capote

Box 9 Avedon, Richard. Portraits. Noonday Press, 1977

Box 9 Breit, Harvey. The Writer Observed. World Publishing Co ., 1956.

Box 9 Brinnin, John M. Sextet. Deutsch. N.Y., 1981

Box 9 Brinnin, John M. Sextet. Deutsch. London, 1982

Box 9 Brinnin, John M., Truman Capote : A Memoir, London, 1987

Box 9 Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography. London: Hamish Hamilton, circa, 1988

Box 9 Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster, circa,, 1988

Box 9 Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography London, Sphere Books, circa, 1988

Box 9 Contemporary American Poetry. Hong Kong: World Today Press, 1975

Box 9a Garson, Helen. Truman Capote. Frederick Ungar, 1980.

Box 9a Gotham Book Mart. Books from the library of Truman Capote with important additions, circa, 1983

Box 9a Hallowell, John. Fact and Fiction, University of North Carolina Press,, 1977

Box 9a Lish, Gordon. Dear Mr. Capote. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1983.

Box 9a Lish, Gordon. Dear Mr. Capote Paperback. Sceptre, 1987.

Box 9a Schorer, Mark. The World We Imagine. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.

Box 9a Stein, Jean. Edie. Dell, 1983.

Box 9a Wilson, Robert A. "Truman Capote: A Bibliographical Checklist" in American Book Collector, Vol. I, no. 4 , July / August, 1980.

Box 9a Truman Capote Conversations, edited by M. Thomas Inge, University Press of Mississippi

Box 9a Tru--playbill from the play at the Booth Theatre, 1989 December 14, 1989

Box 10 Club, March1980 "Truman Capote on Sex, Drugs, Alcohol & Writing.", March1980

Box 10 The Grass Harp:A Musical.[Record Album] Painted Smiles Records, [1972 ?]

Box 10 The Great Capote, Playbills and announcements from various theaters

Box 10 New York, February9, 1976. "Capote Bites the Hands That Fed Him."

Box 10 New York, /010/29, 1984 "Unanswered Prayers: The Death & Life of Truman Capote.", /010/29, 1984

Box 10 New York, November 26, 1984 "Unanswered Prayers, Part II.", November 26, 1984

Box 10 New York Times Magazine, 9 July 1978 "The Private World of Truman Capote.", July 1978

Box 10 New York Times Magazine, 16 July 1978 "Truman Capote's World." Part II, July 1978

Box 10 New York Times Magazine, 4 April, 1982. p. 99 regarding In Cold Blood.

Box 10 Truman Capote at Lincoln Center-Playbill (2 copies)

Box 10 Miscellaneous clippings and miscellaneous printed material

Box Mapcase "Truman Capote at Lincoln Center" poster, 22" x 14" framed

Box Mapcase "The Great Capote": Fortune Theater 2 different posters.