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Vonnegut mss., 1941-2007

Papers, 1941-2007, of Kurt Vonnegut at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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Vonnegut, Kurt

Vonnegut mss., 1941-2007 

Collection No.
LMC 1860

ca. 5805 items

Materials are in English.

Consists of the papers of novelist Kurt Vonnegut, born in 1922.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library

Preferred Citation
[Item], Vonnegut mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1997, 2002-2007, 2010

Biographical Note

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis on November 11, 1922. He attended Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, where he wrote for the Shortridge High School Echo, one of the few daily high school newspapers in the country. At the urging of his father, Vonnegut attended Cornell University to study chemistry and biology. While at Cornell, Vonnegut worked for the Cornell Daily Sun, even writing his own column. However, before he could complete his degree, he enlisted in the Army. Vonnegut had seven children in all, three from his first marriage to Jane Cox, his three nephews, and a daughter he adopted with his second wife, Jill Krementz. Vonnegut lived in New York with Jill until his death on April 11, 2007.

His first published work was a piece of short fiction "Report on the Barnhouse Effect" which appeared in Collier's, Feb. 1950. Over the years his short stories and articles have appeared in many magazines, but he is best known for his novels, the first of which, Player Piano, was published in 1952. Vonnegut has also written for both the stage and screen, and many of his works have been adapted to film, television and theater.

Scope and Content Note

The Vonnegut mss., 1941-2007, are the papers of novelist Kurt Vonnegut. Much of the general correspondence is from colleagues, friends and fans. Along with major works the Writings section contains screenplays, teleplays, play scripts and many short stories and articles. The Farber files are those of Vonnegut's agent and lawyer Donald C. Farber. They consist of contracts, correspondence and notes concerning translation, performance, and publication rights and permissions. The Publishing Records include royalty reports, contracts and items related to the publication of his works. Miscellaneous items include: awards and trophies, artwork, family related materials, school papers, photographs, and clippings. The additions are materials received since 2002.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. General correspondence; II. Writings; III. Farber files; IV. Publishing records; V. Miscellaneous; VI. Additions; VII. Additions II.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Vonnegut, Kurt --Correspondence.
    • Farber, Donald C.
    • Topics
    • Authors, American --Correspondence.

Series: Box 1 I. General Correspondence

The general correspondence is mostly with Kurt Vonnegut and is divided into an alphabetical file, rejection letters and a chronological file. Correspondence with Donald C. Farber concerning contracts, translation, performance, and publication rights and permissions are filed in the Farber files. Occasionally letters were left with related writings or in other miscellaneous sections.

Folders 1-14 Arranged alphabetically with occasional letters from Vonnegut filed with correspondent. Mostly with colleagues and friends. Correspondents are:
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  • Anderson, Laurie
  • Anderton, David A.
  • Balakian, Peter
  • Barrio, Raymond
  • Batscha, Robert M.
  • Boldt, David R. (David Rhys)
  • Boorstin, Daniel Joseph
  • Bourjaily, Vance Nye
  • Boyer, Rick
  • Broer, Lawrence R.
  • Cadou, E.J. (Eugene J.)
  • Cargas, Harry James
  • Carmichael, Leland E.
  • Chapin, Schuyler
  • Coffin, Tristram
  • Cooper, Richard
  • Cousins, Norman
  • Davenport, Basil
  • Davidson, Avram
  • Deal, Borden
  • Dees, Morris
  • Degnan, James P. (James Philip)
  • Dillon, Diane
  • Dobler, Bruce
  • Donoso, José
  • Dorsen, Norman
  • Downey, Thomas J. (Thomas Joseph)
  • Eagan, Andrea Boroff
  • Eisenhower, Julie Nixon
  • Ellison, Harlan
  • Engle, Paul Hamilton
  • Ewick, Charles Ray
  • Failey, Majie Alford
  • Farber, Donald C.
  • Finch, Nigel
  • Flynt, Larry
  • Frayn, Michael
  • Gettleman, Marvin E.
  • Ginzburg, Alexander
  • Godwin, Gail
  • Goodson, Mark
  • Gordimer, Nadine
  • Grant, Leonard T. (Leonard Tydings)
  • Grass, Günter
  • Gray, Stephen
  • Harris, Charles B.
  • Hart, James David
  • Hefner, Christie
  • Heimlich, Henry J.
  • Hills, L. Rust
  • Howie, John Marshall
  • Hume, Kathryn
  • Irving, John
  • Jacobson, Michael F.
  • Klinkowitz, Jerome
  • Klunder, Barbara
  • Laber, Jeri
  • Lathem, Edward Connery
  • Lawrence, Seymour
  • Lewis, Anthony
  • Lipson, D. Herbert
  • McCullough, Frances Monson
  • McLaughlin, David T. (David Thomas)
  • Macrae, John
  • MacShane, Frank
  • Maschler, Thomas Michael
  • Meissner, William
  • Mellen, Joan
  • Mendelson, Anne
  • Metzenbaum, Howard M.
  • Minetree, Harry
  • Moore, Paul
  • Nalbantian, Haig R.
  • Nault, Clifford A.
  • Navasky, Victor S.
  • Nicholas, Ralph W.
  • Pantzer, Kurt Friedrich
  • Penner, Jonathan
  • Pieratt, Asa B.
  • Pittman, Bruce
  • Plimpton, George
  • Plumley, William
  • Pohl, Frederik
  • Randolph, David James
  • Rattray, Helen Seldon
  • Reed, Peter J.
  • Rees, Robert A.
  • Reilly, Charles E.
  • Roy, G. Ross (George Ross)
  • Savary, Louis M.
  • Sharp, Eliot Hall
  • Shriver, Robert Sargent
  • Simon, Daniel
  • Simpson, Alan K.
  • Sipper, Ralph Bruno
  • Slavitt, David R.
  • Soifer, Aviam
  • Somer, John L.
  • Thomas, Marlo
  • Thomas, Ronder
  • Trotter, Herman
  • Tullos, Allen
  • Updike, John Hoyer
  • Vaughan, Samuel S.
  • Wakefield, Dan
  • Wästberg, Per Erik
  • Webb, Martha G.
  • Weide, Robert B.
  • Wilson, Donald W.
  • Wouk, Herman
  • Ziegfeld, Richard Evan

Folder 15 50 rejection slips from various magazines. Mostly printed slips; two or three with notes explaining the rejection, 1940s 

Folders 16-43 Correspondence includes fan letters, invitations to speak, or regarding various projects, 1955-1978 , bulk 1971-1994 

Arranged chronologically.

See also: Farber files

Box 2
Folders 1-31

Correspondence, 1979-1987  

Box 3
Folders 1-15

Correspondence, 1988-1997; undated 

Series: Box 3 II. Writings

Organized into the following sections: major works; reviews; short stories and articles; speeches. A few letters to Vonnegut from a publisher or editor are filed with manuscripts.

Subseries: Box 3 Major Works

Includes books, play scripts, screenplays, television scripts, and librettos. Arranged alphabetically.

Folder 16 Adam. Typescript of screenplay adapted by Robert Bassing, second draft June 28, 1954 

All the King's Horses

Folder 17 Screenplay adapted from short story by Tom Cotter

Folder 18 Teleplay adapted by Stan Daniels from short story

The Bagman

Folder 19 Typescript of synopsis and play script

Folder 20 Typescript of fragments of play

Folder 21 Between Time and Timbuktu ...a musical. Book and lyrics by Andrew Barrett, music by Neil Ginsberg (Based on the works of Vonnegut). Typescript of play; program


Folders 22-23 Typescript, 303 pages 1987 

Folders 24-25 Photocopy of the final corrected typescript, 319 pages

Folder 26 Miscellaneous pages

Folder 27 Preface to Franklin Library edition

Folder 28 Breakfast in Bethlehem: A one-act play for children at Christmastime . Four typescript copies, ca. 20p. each; four mimeograph copies, 8p. each. Contains some correspondence. Published as "The First Christmas Morning" in Better Homes and Gardens . Dec. 1962 

Breakfast of Champions

Folders 29-31 Original title: Goodbye, Blue Monday. Corrected typescript drafts of various sections 1973 

Box 4
Folders 1-2

Vonnegut's carbon copy of his final project for the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, titled: Goodbye, Blue Monday: The Autograph of a Pontiac dealer in the American Middle-West

Folders 3-9 Typescript. Corrected in autograph, with Vonnegut's original line drawings throughout. Large unpublished section with drawings. Additional typescript, not corrected, perhaps from earlier or later drafts

Folder 10 First draft of screenplay by Paul Golding and Peter Bergman

Folder 11 Screenplay by Alan Rudolph. Draft 9/25/97 

Folder 12 Stageplay adapted by Robert Egan. Typescript

Cat's Cradle

Folders 13-14 Early typescript, carbon copy 1963 

Folder 15 Draft pages

Folder 16 A play for seven actors, by Bruce Pribram 1977 

Folder 17 The Chemistry Professor. (based on Jekyll and Hyde story). Play, 1978 (see also: Shilling Shocker )1978 

Folder 18 Class of '45. Skit for "peace project." 2 copies

Folder 19 D.P.. Carbon typescript of play, with corrections; teleplay

Deadeye Dick

Folders 20-21 Typescript, corrected in autograph. Labeled "Rough ms." 1982 

Folders 22-23 Typescript with revisions

Box 5
Folder 1

Typescript, corrected in autograph. Labeled "Finished ms."

Folder 2 Typescript

Folders 3-4 Photocopy of corrected typescript

Folder 5 Typescript

Folder 6 Photocopy of corrected typescript. Labeled "Summer 1981 revise xerox."

Folder 7 Editorial notes

Folder 8 Emory Beck. Typescript of play by Robert B. Ruthman and Vonnegut

Epicac: A one-act comedy

Folder 9 (see also: Short Stories: Epicac) Typescript

Folder 10 Mimeograph. 2 copies

Folder 11 The Euphio Question. Screenplay adapted by Jeffrey Cohen. Outline only June 15, 1990 

Fates Worse than Death

Folders 12-13 Typescript, corrected in autograph. Titled: In the Capital of the World: A Collage.1991 

Folders 14-15 Typescript, incorporating scenes from the play "Make Up Your Mind," plus Appendix, lightly corrected. Titled: The Hocus Pocus Laundromat: Freethinker Papers

Folders 16-17 Typescript photocopy, incorporating scenes from the play "Make Up Your Mind," plus Appendix. Titled: The Hocus Pocus Laundromat: Freethinker Papers

Folders 18-19 Typescript. Titled: The Hocus Pocus Laundromat

Folders 20-21 Photocopy of corrected typescript, "Complete 1.2.91."

Folders 22-23 Photocopy of corrected typescript, January 1991 revised January 1, 1991 

Box 6
Folders 1-4

Photocopy of corrected typescript, 2 copies. Labeled "Complete as of 2.8.91."

Folders 5-6 Final typescript. Corrected in autograph

Folders 7-10 Miscellaneous pages

Folder 11 Page proofs

Folder 12 Fortitude: A short film. Typescript; teleplay by Stan Daniels, first draft, Oct. 30, 1991  several draft pages; photocopy from Playboy Sept. 1968

Folder 13 The Foster Portfolio. Outline of script, written by Jeremy Hole May 27, 1990 

Folder 14 Galapagos. Introduction to Franklin Library edition

Folders 15-16 Girl Pool. Typescript and carbon typescript of play (see also: Short stories and articles: Girl Pool)

God Bless you, Mr. Rosewater

Folders 17-18 Typescript. Corrected in autograph 1956 

Folder 19 Galley proof. Corrected in autograph. Stamped "Master Proof...November 25, 1964"  

Folder 20 Galley proof of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (published 1965)  

Folders 21-24 Three typescripts and photocopy of "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: A New Musical" by Howard Ashman, Alan Menken, and Dennis Green. Dated: Apr. 1, 1979, June 4, 1979, Sept. 4, 1979, undated 

Box 7
Folders 1-2

Grieve My Lord No More. Typescript of play

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Folders 3-4 Typescript, corrected in autograph, of an early draft of the play in novel form. Additional pages of corrected typescript. Titled: The Fur-Lined Bouillon Cup 1971 

Folder 5 Photocopy of early draft of play. Titled: The Fur-Lined Bouillon Cup, or a Woman Is Not an Electric Scoreboard

Folders 6-16 Two different typescript versions, corrected in autograph, of an early draft of the play. Titled: Penelope. Additional uncorrected or very lightly corrected typescript drafts.

Folder 17 Photocopies of Acts 2 and 3, two photographs of production and cover letter from Thomas A. Power of early version of play entitled: Penelope as performed at University of Maine

Folders 18-25 Two different typescript versions, corrected in autograph, of an early draft of the play entitled: Something Borrowed . Additional uncorrected or very lightly corrected typescript drafts of various sections

Box 8
Folders 1-6

Typescript photocopy, rev. 8/5/70 typescript, rev. 8/24/70  typescript, labeled "Final script October 12, 1970" heavily corrected in autograph; typescript, labeled "Final script October 12, 1970" lightly corrected in autograph; typescript, labeled "Revised final script 11/20/70" with photocopied and original corrections

Folder 7 Photocopy of a revised ending, with a photocopy of a letter for Vonnegut to Dusty Hughes, Apr. 12, 1977 typescript of another revised ending, with an original letter from Vonnegut to Don Farber, Jan. 8, 1981 

Folder 8 Photocopy of French translation

Folder 9 Heidi Again. Two page synopsis and typescript of play

Folder 10 The Helmer Case. Nora. Play. Autograph pages; typescript; and mimeograph

Folder 11 Hey Earth--We're Watching You. Synopsis and proposed cast list for play by Vonnegut and Dick Feldman

Folders 12-13 L'Histoire du Soldat. Music by Igor Stravinsky, 1997 libretto by Vonnegut. Six typescripts; page proofs; two related letters; program for performance at Webster University, Feb. 24, 1997 advertisement for the concert performance at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Thursday, May 6, 1993 

Hocus Pocus

Folders 14-16 Typescript, corrected in autograph. With a second version of chapter twelve. 1990 

Folder 17 Typescript of the preface to the Franklin Library edition

Folder 18 The Hoosier Symphony. Synopsis and various typescript versions of play 1955 

Folder 19 I Know What I Like. Typescript synopsis of play

Folder 20 I'll Go to Sleep in Dresden. Typescript of play (incomplete)


Folders 21-23 Several early typescript drafts, entitled: Mary Kathleen O'Looney or Unacceptable Air. mostly rewrites of the beginning chapters, corrected in autograph 1979 

Folders 24-25 Early typescript, entitled: Mary Kathleen O'Looney (Or, Fats in a Windstorm) . corrected in autograph

Box 9
Folder 1

Typescript, Mary Kathleen O'Looney (Or, Fats in a Windstorm) . retitled: Jailbird by Vonnegut in autograph

Folders 2-3 Final typescript. Corrected in autograph

Folder 4 Galley proof, photocopy, with autograph corrections. Labeled "Auth set 1st pass...not shooting copy."

Folders 5-6 Photocopy with corrections

Folders 7-8 Jonah. Two typescripts of Act I; typescript of fragments of Act II

Folder 9 Long Walk to Forever. (a short musical). Music and lyrics by Jeff Lazarus

Folders 10-20 Make Up Your Mind. Typescripts for different versions of play, three of the typescripts corrected in autograph: Jan. 1986,  Nov. 2, 1987,  Summer 1988,  Mar. 28, 1989,  Apr. 2, 1989,  June 28, 1990,  1991, four undated

Folder 21 The Midlanders. Typescript of play

Folder 22 Money Talks. Synopsis of play (see also: Short stories...: Money Talks)

Folders 23-25 Mother Night. Galley proof of Mother Night; mock-up of trade edition; introduction for 1966 Harper & Row hardback edition.

Box 10
Folder 1

Next Door. Second draft of script, adapted by Jeremy Hole June 15, 1990 

Folder 2 Pink Door. Typescript of play

Folder 3 Player Piano. Galley proof of Player Piano. A few pages missing 1954 

Folder 4 Player Piano. Typescript of play, adapted by Arthur Gerald Brown; outline of novel and synopsis of play by Vonnegut; letters from Brown about the play

Folder 5 Report on the Barnhouse Effect. Episode 3. Revised mimeograph of television script, Apr. 22, 1950 Adapted by Claris A. Ross (see also: Short stories: Report on the Barnhouse Effect)

Folders 6-7 Requiem. Music by Edgar David Grana, text by Vonnegut. Typescripts and related correspondence and other materials

Folder 8 Shilling Shocker. Story line for a musical play, based on "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (see also: The Chemistry Professor)

Box 25 The Sirens of Titan. 1959  Typescript. Corrected in autograph. Fifteen bundles of rolled-up leaves, with a few pages of typescript drafts. One bundle for Chap. 1-5, 7-9, 11, two for Chap. 6 and 12 [no Chap. 10]. Typescript of a new introduction, 1989.

Box 10
Folders 9-14

Slapstick. Five typescripts of screenplay, lyrics to "Lonesome No More"


Folders 15-25 Corrected typescript drafts of various sections of the novel including three radically different versions of the beginning chapter 1969 

Box 11
Folders 1-4

Corrected typescript drafts...(cont.) 1969 

Folders 5-10 Final typescript and two photocopies

Folder 11 (play). Typescript of synopsis and revised script, dated Dec. 15, 1995  brochure/order form for performance in Munich; ticket stubs and stagebill for performance in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Theatre; undated clipping of review from the London Financial Times

Folders 12-15 Slice of Life. Synopsis, draft and two typescripts of television script

Folder 16 Sun Moon Star . (juvenile fiction). Page proof and printer's copy

Folders 17-21 Tarkington, Or Adventures in Education. Unpublished. Two typescripts and misc. pages. Contains letter from Vonnegut to Faith, Apr. 23, 1989 

Folder 22 Thumbkin. Typescript of filmscript

Folder 23 Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog. Script adapted for radio by Bill Zucca

Folder 24 Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. Script

Folders 25-26 Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons. Final draft, made up of typescript pages, magazine clippings, and photocopies, corrected throughout in autograph, with printer's notes in margins 1974 

Box 12
Folder 1

Welcome to the Monkey House. Script of Act I

Folders 2-4 Who Am I This Time?. Two scripts; mimeo 1977 script adapted by Aaron Posner 1988 

Folder 5 The Windup Man. Three typescripts of television script

Folder 6 Synopses of Vonnegut's books

Folder 7 Untitled filmscript

Folder 8 fragment

Subseries: Box 12 Introductions

Folder 9 Introduction to story by Frank Conroy for Gentleman's Quarterly

Subseries: Box 12 Reviews

Folder 10 Book reviews written by Vonnegut for the following: The Disney Version by Richard Schickel; The Triumph by John Kenneth Galbraith; Unless Peace Comes edited by Nigel Calder

Subseries: Box 12 Short Stories and Articles

Contains drafts, final typescripts, and related materials. Many accompanying envelopes are covered in Vonnegut's characteristic doodles; some list (in another hand) dates for submission of the story, and, if accepted, the amount paid by various magazines. Arranged alphabetically by title.

A.W.O.L. (see: Long Walk to Forever)

Adam. (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Ambitious Sophomore. Saturday Evening Post May 1953

The Amphibians. (see: Unready to Wear)

And On Your Left. (unpublished)

Annie. (beginning only) (unpublished)

The Ants of Erz Gebirge. (unpublished)

(2 folders)

Any Reasonable Offer. Collier's Jan. 1952

Anybody Can Say Thanks a Million. (see: Guardian of the Person)

The Armadillos. (see: The Humbugs)

Der Arme Dolmetscher. (see: Das Ganz Arm Dolmetscher)

Armageddon in Retrospect. (unpublished)

Atrocity Story. (unpublished)

Bagombo Snuff Box. Cosmopolitan Oct. 1953

Baker's Dozen. (unpublished)

Basic Training

Beat Generation: I Hate You. (page 1 only) (unpublished)

Beeline, Inc. (unpublished)

Between Timid and Timbuktu

Bevo. (unpublished)

The Bleeding Hearts. (see: Robotville and Mr. Caslow)

Bockman's Euphoria. (see: The Euphio Question)

Bomar. (unpublished)

Bride Doll. (see: The Honor of a Newsboy)

The Briefcase. (unpublished)

Brighten Up. (unpublished). Includes Vonnegut letter to Charles Angoff Aug. 21. 1947 

Bugs. (see: The Widow Koradubian)

Build Thee More Stately Mansions. (see: More Stately Mansions)

Cape Cod Compass. (see: The Cruise of the Jolly Roger)

The Cape Cod National Seashore. (unpublished)

Chains. (see: The Genius Club)

The Chicago Specialist. (see: The Good Explainer)

Christmas Contest. (unpublished)


The Commandant's Desk. (unpublished). Includes correspondence with Knox Burger, Collier's 1951

Commuter Ticket. (unpublished) (two pages only)

Confido. (unpublished)

Cream of the Eighth Grade. (see: Baker's Dozen)

The Cruise on the Jolly Roger. (unpublished)

Custom-Made Bride. Saturday Evening Post Mar. 1953

D.P. (Welcome to the Monkey House) (see also: Major works. D.P.)

Damn Your Eyes. (see: Bevo)

Damon and Pythias. (unpublished)

Das Ganz Arm Dolmetscher. Atlantic Monthly July 1955

The Debt. (idea only)

Deer in the Works. (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Desire Under a Hot Tin Streetcar. (unpublished)

Diddle-Diddle Dumpling. (see: Manny)

The Divine Portfolio

A Dresden Goodnight. (unpublished)

The Drone King

Dry Bones

Easy Go. (unpublished) (see also: Desire Under a Hot Tin Streetcar)

Ed Luby's Key Club. (unpublished)

Eden. (see: Fubar)

Eden by the River

Epicac. (Welcome to the Monkey House) (see also: Major Works. Epicac)

The Epizootic. (unpublished)

Box 13 Eternal Good Taste. (unpublished)

The Euphio Question. (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Evil Companions. (page 1 only)(unpublished)

Explosion in a Putty Factory. (see: The Humbugs)

Father of the Man. (unpublished)

The Finders. (idea only)

First Command. (see: Fubar)

Forbidden Fruit. (see: Fubar)

Form 572. (see: Fubar)

The Foster Portfolio. Collier's Sept. 8, 1951

Fountain of Youth. (incomplete)

Four Utterly Honest People

Fubar. (unpublished)

Gas. (see: The Man Without No Kiddleys)

The Genius Club. (unpublished)

Girl Pool. (unpublished) (see also: Major works: Girl Pool)

Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son. Ladies Home Journal. Feb. 1, 1962(Welcome to the Monkey House)

God's Gift to the Women. (unpublished)

Gongs On In Blg 226. (see: Noodess Collny)

The Good Explainer. (unpublished)

Great Day. (unpublished)

The Great Integrator. (see: Eternal Good Taste)

The Great WJZM Conspiracy. (incomplete)

Grieve My Lord No More

Guardian of the Person. (unpublished)

Guns Before Butter. (unpublished)

Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp. Cosmopolitan Jan. 7, 1957

Hall of Mirrors. (unpublished) Includes correspondence with Ken Littauer 1961 

Happy Birthday. (unpublished) 1951 

Harrison Bergeron. Fantasy and Science Fiction Oct 1961 (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Hayden's Hedgehog. (see: War Story)

The Heavenly Athletes. (two pages only) (unpublished)

Hello, Red

High Papooli on the Sherezade. (unpublished)

Honeybug. (unpublished)

The Honor of a Newsboy. (unpublished)

Hotbox. (see: With His Hand on the Throttle)

Houseparty. (see: Any Reasonable Offer)

How to Write With Style. (advertisement for International Paper Company). Apr. 30, 1980 

The Humbugs. (unpublished)

Hundred Dollar Kisses. (unpublished)

The Hyannis Port Story. Saturday Evening Post Nov. 14, 1963 (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Hyannis Port to West Palm, The Log of an Ordinary Seaman Aboard the Kennedy Yacht "Marlin," on a Voyage Down the Inland Waterway . (see: The Inland Waterway)

I Don't Feel Any Different. (see: Guardian of the Person)

I-Don't-Know-What-It-Is and Eve. (see: Runaways)

I Grasp Your Hand. (see: The Manned Missiles)

I Shall Not Want

I Used to Work in Chicago. (see: Easy Go)

The Ice Man and the Rose. (incomplete)

Ice 9

If Sherman's Horse Can Take It. (unpublished)

The Inland Waterway. Venutre Jan. 22, 1965

The Island. (incomplete)

[Jackson Pollock]

Jazz in Czechoslovakia. 1986 

Jenny. (unpublished)

Julio-O. (see: King Mouso Is Dead)

Just You and Me, Sammy. (unpublished)

King and Queen of the Universe. (unpublished)

King Mouso Is Dead. (unpublished)

King of the Hill. (see: A Night For Love)

The Krummbein Portfolio. (see: Custom Made Bride)

Box 14 Land of Opportunity. (unpublished)

The Last Customer. (unpublished)

The Last High Papouli. (see: High Papooli on the Sheherazade)

The Lie. Saturday Evening Post Feb. 24, 1962(Welcome to the Monkey House)

Little Drops of Water. (unpublished)

Live Happily Ever After. (see: Powder Blue Dragon)

A Locomotive Named Spitfire. (see: With His Hand on the Throttle)

A Long, Long Way From Home. (see: Land of Opportunity)

Long Walk to Forever. Ladies Home Journal Aug. 1960 (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Look at the Birdie. (unpublished)

Love in the Daytime. (unpublished)

M.R.A. (story notes)

Mad Annie

[Making Peace with Dying Father (unpublished)]

The Man with no Kiddleys. (unpublished)

The Manned Missiles. Cosmopolitan July, 1958 (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Manny. (unpublished)

Merle Pfitzer. (unpublished)

[Minister and Message] (unpublished)---incomplete

Miss Snow, You're Fired. (unpublished)

Miss Temptation. Saturday Evening Post Apr. 21, 1956 (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Mnemonics. Collier's Apr. 28, 1951

Money Talks. (see also: Major works: Money Talks)

Moonshine. (unpublished)

More Stately Mansions. Collier's Dec. 22, 1951 (Welcome to the Monkey House)

The More Vivid, the Better. (see: Mnemonics)

A Mouldy Catcher's Mitt, A Leaky Showerhead, and Thou . (see: Fubar)

Mr. Ambassador. (page 1 only) (unpublished)

Mr. Z. (unpublished)

Mrs. Jacobin. (unpublished)

[My Fair Lady (unpublished)---incomplete]

My Heart in My Hands. (see: Four Utterly Honest People)

My Name is Everyone. (see: Who Am I This Time)

My Visit to Hell. Parade Jan. 7, 1990

New Moons. (see: The Manned Missiles)

Next Door. Cosmopolitan Apr. 1955 (Welcome to the Monkey House)

The Nice Little People. (unpublished)

A Night For Love. Saturday Evening Post Nov. 23, 1967

Noodess Collny. (unpublished)

The No-Talent Kid. Saturday Evening Post Oct. 25, 1962

One Dead Puritan. (see: Miss Temptation)

One Hot Night in Cuba. (unpublished)

120 M.P.H. Guaranteed (see: Powder Blue Dragon)

$100 a Day. (see: The Foster Portfolio)

One Very Stale Cigar. (see: The Man Without No Kiddleys)

Out, Brief Candle. (unpublished)

Out in All That Moonlight. (see: A Night For Love)

The Package. Collier's July 26, 1952

Paris, France. (unpublished)

The Paper Sale. (unpublished)

Parts Unknown. (see: Return to Salerno)

The Pete Parry Murder. (story idea only)

The Petrified Ants. (see: The Ants of Erz Gebirge)

The Pipe City Blues. Collier's Sept. 1961

The Pit

Pity the Poor Alewives. (unpublished)

Please Omit Flowers. (unpublished)


The Poontangishads. (unpublished)

Poor Little Rich Town. Collier's Oct. 25, 1952


The Powder Blue Dragon. Cosmopolitan Nov. 1954

The Poisoner. (unpublished?)

The Queen Bee. (see: Manny)

Report on the Barnhouse Effect. (Welcome to the Monkey House) (see also: Major works: Report on the Barnhouse Effect)

Requiem for Zeitgeist. (unpublished)

Return to Salerno. (unpublished)

Robotville and Mr. Caslow. (unpublished)

Rome. (unpublished)

Runaways. Saturday Evening Post Apr. 15, 1961

Ruth. (unpublished)

Box 15 Saint Big Nick. (unpublished)

Sally in the Garden. (unpublished)

Seventeen Again. (unpublished--incomplete)

Shelter-Hopping. (unpublished)

Shout About it from the Housetops. (unpublished)

Sinbad. (unpublished)

Skyscraper National Park. Architectural Digest 1987

Slavery. (unpublished)

Slice of Life. (unpublished) (see also: Major works: Slice of Life)

Slightly Salty. (unpublished--incomplete)

Something Borrowed. (see also: Major works: Happy Birthday, Wanda June)

Something Magic About Me. (unpublished)

A Song for Selma. (unpublished; Vonnegut correspondence)

Souvenir. Argosy Dec. 1952

Spit and Image. (incomplete and unpublished; see: Introduction to Jailbird)

Spoils. (unpublished; New Republic contest entry)

Steady as She Goes. (see: High Papooli on the Sheherazade)

Sucker's Portfolio

The Sultan's Sons. (see: The Humbugs)

Sweet Adeline. (see: Bevo)

Sweet Revenge. (see: To the Victor)

T.L.C. (unpublished)

Tango. (unpublished)

Target of Opportunity. (page 1 only)

Ten Nights in a Ballroom. (unpublished)

$10,000 a Year, Easy. (unpublished)

Thanasphere. Collier's Feb. 1950

Thanks Just the Same. (see: This Son of Mine)

They're Everywhere You Look! (incomplete)

This Little Piggy. (see: Jenny)

This Son of Mine. Saturday Evening Post Aug. 18, 1956

Ticklish. (unpublished)

Time and Motion Study. (see: Poor Little Rich Town)

Time For One More. (see: Guardian of the Person)

Time The Present. (see: Moonshine)

2 B R 0 2 B. If Jan. 1962

To the Victor. (unpublished)

Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog. Collier's Mar. 14, 1953 (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Tovrov. (unpublished)

A Trip to the Doctor. (see: The Good Explainer)

Triple Armor. (unpublished)

Twins. (unpublished)

The Twister. (unpublished - story idea only)

The Unicorn Trap. (unpublished)

Unknown Soldier. with a rejection letter from Cosmopolitan 1992

Unpaid Consultant. Cosmopolitan Mar. 1955

Unready to Wear. Galaxy Apr. 1953 ( as: The Amphibians; Welcome to the Monkey House)

Up-Beat. (see: The No-Talent Kid)

Varga Girls. Esquire 1987?

Vetorino. (unpublished, story idea only)

Wailing Shall Be in All Streets. (unpublished)

Walnut Versus Something Light. (unpublished)

War Story. (unpublished)

War Zone. Parade Jan. 7, 1990

Western Style Meditation. (Essay for "Kroch's and Brentano's")

Where There Are No Laws. (see: The Manned Missiles)

While Mortals Sleep. (see: Christmas Contest)

White King. Collier's Nov. 10, 1950

Who Am I This Time. Saturday Evening Post Dec. 16, 1961 as My Name Is Everyone (Welcome to the Monkey House)

Who Says It's a Parade? (see: Robotville and Mr. Caslow)

Why I Am Funny and Original. (unpublished)

The Widow Koradubian. (unpublished)

With His Hand on the Throttle. (unpublished)

Yeh, Mabel

Subseries: Box 16 Speeches

Folder 1 At Mark Twain's House, Hartford, CT, 1979, Apr. 13 

Folder 2 Eugene V. Debs Award acceptance, 1981, Nov. 7 

Folder 3 Saint John the Divine, New York City, 1982, May 23 

Folder 4 War Preparers Anonymous. YM-YWHA, New York City and printed in The Nation, 1983, May 

Folder 5 At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980, Oct. 22 

Folder 6 Ware Lecture, Unitarian-Universalist Association, Rochester, NY, 1986, June 26 

Folder 7 To American Psychiatric Association, 1988, Oct. 5 

Folder 8 Congressional Arts Caucus, New York Historical Society, 1990, Mar. 31 

Folder 9 Notes for various speeches, 1990 

Folder 10 On steps of Lowe Library at Columbia on the Gulf War, 1991, Jan. 14 

Folder 11 Paul Engle Memorial service, 1991, Apr. 14 

Folder 12 Jerzy Kosinski tribute, 1991, Oct. 7 

Folder 13 Untitled, given at Yale? 1991 

Folder 14 American Humanist Association, 1993 

Folder 15 Fiftieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. For Coalition for New Priorities, Chicago, IL, 1995, Aug. 6 

Folder 16 Memorial service for Terry Southern, All Souls Unitarian Church, NYC, 1995, Dec. 9 

Folder 17 Introduction to reading by John Irving at 92nd St. YMHA, 1996, Mar. 11 

Folder 18 Tribute to former student Loree Rackstraw to be read at party celebrating her retirement from the University of N. Iowa, 1996, May 10 

Folder 19 Graduation speech, Butler University, 1996, May 11 

Folder 20 Tribute to poet William Meredith, Connecticut College, 1996, Oct. 4 

Folder 21 At the Athenaeum, Indianapolis, 1996, Oct. 10 

Folder 22 [Censorship]undated 

Folder 23 Richard Yates Memorial, undated 

Series: Box 16 III. Farber Files

Contain the files of Donald C. Farber in his capacity as Vonnegut's lawyer and literary agent. Arranged alphabetically by work. Includes: correspondence, contracts, notes, and other materials. The correspondence includes requests to publish, translate, or produce on stage or film various works. "Notes" refers to Farber's and his secretaries' handwritten notes. (See also: I. General correspondence)

Folders 24-26 Between Time and Timbuktu. Correspondence: 1971-1992; notes

Folders 27-29 Bluebeard. Correspondence: 1986-1992; notes

Folders 30-36 Breakfast of Champions. Correspondence: 1972-1995; contracts; notes; promotional material

Folders 37-40 Cat's Cradle. Correspondence: 1970-1995;  contracts; notes

Folders 41-43 Deadeye Dick. Correspondence: 1981-1995;  notes; promotional materials

Folders 44-45 Fates Worse Than Death. Correspondence: 1991; notes

Folders 46-48 Galapagos. Correspondence: 1982-1994; notes

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Folders 49-54 Correspondence: 1975-1992; contracts

Box 17
Folders 1-5

Notes; promotional materials and playbill; Rosewater Partnership

Folders 6-21 Happy Birthday, Wanda June. Correspondence: 1970-1994; contracts; notes; programs, poster, set plan & property plot

Folders 22-26 Hocus Pocus. Correspondence: 1986-1995; notes; publicity schedule

Folders 27-28 Jailbird. Correspondence: 1989; contracts

Folders 29-33 Make Up Your Mind. Correspondence: 1985-1991; contracts; notes; programs

Mother Night

Folders 33-40 Correspondence: 1959-1994; contracts

Box 18
Folders 1-5

Contracts (cont.); notes

Folders 6-7 Nice, Nice, Very Nice. Correspondence: 1974-1975; contracts

Folders 8-10 Palm Sunday. Correspondence: 1980-1991; contracts; notes

Folders 11-12 Player Piano. Correspondence: 1970-1992; contracts

Folders 13-16 Rage and Outrage. Correspondence: 1978; contracts; notes; story outlines

Folders 17-22 The Sirens of Titan. Correspondence: 1971-1991; contracts; notes; programs

Folders 23-24 Slapstick. Correspondence: 1976-1988;  contracts

Folders 25-36 Slaughterhouse Five. Correspondence: 1967-1995; contracts; movie press kit; notes

Folders 37-42 Wampeters, Foma, and Grandfalloons. Correspondence: 1969-1995; contracts; notes

Welcome to the Monkey House

Folders 43-44 Correspondence: 1957-1971 

Box 19
Folders 1-36

Correspondence: 1972-1995; contracts; D.P. tear-sheet; notes; TV series - cast and crew lists

Series: Box 20 IV. Publishing Records

Materials concerning contract negotiations and foreign publication rights, miscellaneous contracts, and royalty reports

Series: Box 21 V. Miscellaneous

Folders 1-2 Biographical

Includes: "An account of the ancestry of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. by an ancient friend of his family, Indianapolis, 1970"; passports; clippings; copies of entries to various biographical sources

Folder 3 Adams, James C., Jr

"Thirteen haiku composed by James C. Adams, Jr., for the seventieth birthday of his uncle Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., November 11th, 1992..."

Folders 4-6 Artwork

Includes: several original drawings by Vonnegut, catalog of his work, articles about his artwork, materials concerning an exhibition at the Margo Feiden Galleries in New York; two drawings of Vonnegut signed "GR81" (probably drawn from photographs).

Folder 7 Certificate of birth

Two copies and associated materials

Folder 8 Conference Speakers International, Inc

(later: Cosby Bureau International). Includes materials pertaining to speaking engagements

Folder 9 GHQ

Description, rules, correspondence, and diagrams in Vonnegut's hand for the boardgame G.H.Q. (General Headquarters) invented by Vonnegut. With the original typed draft of a letter to Mr. Saalfield at Saalfield Game Company in Ohio

Folder 10 Jane's Book

Typescript, over 100 pages. Part of a novel by Vonnegut's ex-wife, Jane Cox

Folder 11 The Public Concern Foundation, Inc

List of Board of Directors, November 1988

School Material

Folder 12 Photocopy of Vonnegut's final high school report card and history of PS43. Both enclosed in letter from Robert Weide at "Whyaduck Productions" to Vonnegut May 18, 1994 

Folders 13-20 Anthropology 220, 230, 345, 499 and unidentified classes. Worksheets, notes and papers with notes and doodles throughout; notes, assignments, and charts; papers and exams, some with teacher's comments and grades.

Folder 21 History 201. Syllabus and Problems. University of Chicago Bookstore, June 1945. 153 pages. Vonnegut's college textbook, with his annotations and doodles. Various related pages laid in

Folder 22 Political Science 256. Notes with doodles

Folder 23 Thesis, tentatively titled "Mythologies of North American Nativistic Movements." Removed from binder. Summer, 1947. Notes, charts, annotated pages, with doodles throughout. Laid in are a couple of notes from his advisor and an outline for the project

Folders 24-25 Thesis "Fluctuations Between Good and Ill Fortune in Simple Tales" written at the Writer's Workshop at University of Iowa. Four copies October, 1965 

Box 22
Folder 1

Screen Actors Guild

Materials relating to membership

Folders 2-3 Tax materials

paid bills, investment information, life insurance, retirement trust, etc.

Folders 4-5 Travel

ephemera, including maps, Vonnegut's handwritten itineraries and schedules, tickets, visas, etc

Folder 6 Vonnegut, Alex

(KV's uncle). Letter to Alex from Vonnegut, Nov. 28, 1947 accompanied by anecdote about it written by Vonnegut

Folder 7 Vonnegut, Bernard

(KV's brother). Material relating to his death, Apr. 25, 1997

Folder 8 Vonnegut, Mark

(KV's son). Color photocopy of painting with description of why he paints

Folder 9 Writer's Guild of America

Materials relating to membership

Folder 10 Photographs

Copies of family pictures (9); Vonnegut, et al. taken at breakfast at Gracie Mansion honoring President Vaclav Havel of Czechoslovakia, 1990; Vonnegut taken at United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, 1986; scrapbook: photographs taken at Vonnegut's 60th birthday celebration, Nov. 11, 1982; Bound volume: photographs taken in Prague, 1985; Scrapbook: "Vonneguts (from Aunt Raye's Scrapbook)," mostly clippings, a few photographs(see also: Box 23)

Folder 11 Miscellany

Folders 12-31 Clippings

Mostly reviews of Vonnegut's books and some about him

Folder 32 Printed

Box 23 Awards and degrees

Drama Desk Award, 1970-1971; Grammy Award nomination, 1973; The John Steinbeck Award, 1992; Man of the Year award from General Electric; recognition from Indiana Arts Commission, The New School, Phi Beta Kappa, and The American Civil Liberties Union; honorary degrees from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Rhode Island, and University of Chicago, University of Evansville; Television-Radio Writers' Annual Award, Writers Guild of America for "Auf Wiedersehen, 1957-1958 (see also: Box 26)

Box 31 Awards and degrees

Trophies: Distinguished Artist Award, North Shore Community Arts Center, Great Neck, NY 1977; Best Science Fiction Film, 1972, Slaughterhouse Five; International Poetry Forum, 11-17-71; Friends of the Chicago Library, Freedom to Read Award Presented by Christie Hefner, Dec. 4, 1982; Annual Playboy Editorial Award, 1976; ILLOWA Library Association, 1989 Intellectual Freedom Award.

Box 23 Calendar

The Freethinker's Calendar, 1989. Vonnegut's birthday noted on Nov. 11

Photograph of Vonnegut


photographs taken at Butler University, honorary degree presentation, May 11, 1996

Vonnegut, Kurt, Sr

Senior Portfolio, 1908, M.I.T. (yearbook)

Box 24 Audio cassettes:

Aunt Irma V. Lindener, interview with KV, Jr., May 3, 1984.  Side 2: Aunt Irma and Richy

Grana/Vonnegut Requiem.

(Four tapes)

Jazz Section Interview - NPR.

A concert and series of press conferences organized to bring attention the plight of the Jazz Section and it's struggle for cultural freedom in Czechoslovakia, International Jazz Coalition

The players pipe night in honor of Irwin Shaw, Oct. 7, 1979

[God Bless You, Mr.] Rosewater, First Preview, Sept. 1979

(Two tapes)

Vonnegut on Republican Convention, 1980

Side A: Vonnegut AMF Bluebeard. Side B: Vonnegut NPR ME Feature, Dec. 20, 1987

Cambridge Forum: I call that mind free "The dignity of human nature," 1980

Voices of freedom

(Two tapes)

VHS tapes:

Kurt Vonnegut Show at the 1/1 A Gallery in Denver, Colorado, Sept. 7-18, 1996

Donahue Show. Is the pen mightier than the Ayatollah. undated. Letter from Marlo Thomas taped to box

Our Father. Seven episodes from just outside the pearly gates. Dir: Michael Cumming, 1987

CBS News Nightwatch interview, 2/10/86

CBS News Nightwatch w/Charlie Rose, March 16-17, 1989

Color slides of two pages each of manuscripts: Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions

4x5 transparencies:

Kurt Vonnegut art show, NYC, Margo Feiden Gallery, Oct. 10-Nov. 15, 1980 (51)

Kurt's paintings (57)

Series: VI. Additions

Contains materials received since 2002. Arranged in the same order as Series I through V.

Subseries: Box 26 Correspondence.

Arranged chronologically. Not indexed.

Box 26 1952-2007

Subseries: Box 26 Writings - major works.

Arranged alphabetically by title

Box 26 God Bless you, Mr. Rosewater: A New Musical, by Howard Ashman, Alan Menken, and Dennis Green. Typescript, undated

Happy Birthday, Wanda June. Revised ending for operatic version, February 14, 2006; playbill for The Access Theater, New York City, opening night Apr. 1, 2004;  press kit for stage version directed by Robert Weide, Elephant Theater, Hollywood, CA, Oct. 26 to Dec. 9, 2001;  photocopies of reviews of various productions

L'Histoire du Soldat. Revised libretto...prior to publication in the Paris Review, January 1998

If God Were Alive Today. Preface only to unpublished novel, September 22, 2002

A Man Without a Country. Typescript of preface; mock-up of book jacket

Mother Night. Preface to the American Edition in Russian, Feb. 14, 1986; list of credits for staged reading, adapted and directed by Frances Miksits

Box 27 Timequake.

Multiple drafts and portions of chapters, master copy and various printer's copies

Box 28 Multiple drafts...cont.

(9 folders)

Correspondence and other materials concerning the translation and Vonnegut's tour of Germany in 1998

Welcome to the Monkey House. Mock-up of CD cover

Welcome to the Monkey House. Revised draft, with photocopy, for Playboy magazine, 1968

Subseries: Box 28 Writings - articles, short stories, booklets, etc.

Arranged alphabetically by title or subject. Mostly photocopies of typescripts with some original typescripts unless otherwise indicated

Al Hirschfeld, The Maker of Icons. For collection in book form of Hirschfeld drawings, June 1998

The Art of Kurt Vonnegut: Catalog of Original Silkscreens, with Joe Petro III. 1997

April in East Hampton. Catalogue copy for April Gornik Show at Glenn Horowitz Gallery in East Hampton, Summer, 1999.

Bernard Vonnegut: The Rainmaker ( The New York Times Magazine, Jan. 4, 1998

Can Writing be Taught? ( New York Times, Apr. 28, 1999)

Enchanted IOUs. Portfolio produced with Joe Petro III. Layout and cover letter. 2001

The End Is Near ( In These Times, Oct. 29, 2004)

[Festschrift for Morgan Entrekin's birthday] Jan. 8, 2005

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian. Reports on afterlife recorded for PBS station WNYC.

Typescript of one report and printer's copy of compilation printed as premium for donation to the station

I am here to serve the people of the United States of America...[first line] June 16, 1988

In-the-Bone Reading (unknown magazine, 1999)

In the Manner That Must Shame God Himself ( Harpers, Nov. 1972)

[Interviews with]: Joel Bleifus for In These Times magazine, 2003; Joel Bleifus for Playboy magazine, 2005; Walter Miller for Essential Vonnegut - mockup of CD packaging and cover letter only; Eric Solstein, 1999

Knowing What's Nice ( In These Times, Nov. 17, 2003)

Kurt Vonnegut vs. the !&#*!@ ( In These Times, Feb. 17, 2003)

The Lake ( Architectural Digest, 1987)

Last Words for a Century (aka: Fuh-kar-wee Indians and the Christian Year 2000) ( Playboy, Jan. 1999)

A Midsummer's Night Benefit, first sketch... January 9, 2000 for the book of a musical parody of "A Midsummer's Night Dream," by Shakespeare of course

The old university town of Weimar,...[first line] ( The Nation, March 12, 1998)


Typescripts, photocopies of published poems, reprint

Preface. (unpublished, undated)

[Prefaces]. Bartlett's Words to Live By and Thornton Wilder's The Ides of March

Reunions ( Forbes ASAP, Oct. 4, 1999)

Stormy Weather. Submitted to The New York Times op ed page, Nov. 3, 1998

Strange Weather Lately ( In These Times, June 9, 2003)

This has always been not only a racist society...[first line] undated

Vonnegut's Last Conversation with Kilgore Trout, October 1, 2004

Zoology 101 ( Forbes ASAP). For a collection of essays on biotechnology, Mar. 15, 1999

Printed magazines, tear sheets and photocopies of articles by KV

Box 33 Printed. Photocopies of columns by KV, from The Cornell Daily Sun, 1941-1943

Subseries: Box 28 Writings - quotes

Includes blurbs on book jackets, group collected for a portfolio, copy for postcards.

Printed, typescripts and photocopies

Subseries: Box 28 Writings - speeches and lectures.

Mostly typescripts with some correspondence and other related materials.

Box 28

1986, Jan. 17.

The Imagination of the State. Panel discussion at International P.E.N. Congress in New York City

1986, Feb. 11.

Tribute to Elsa Bonner

1997, Mar. 21.

Florida State University, Tallahassee (see also: poster)


Rice University, Houston, Texas, graduation address

1999, May 15.

Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Georgia, graduation address

Box 29

2000, Jan. 7.

Faith Sale, memorial service remarks

2000, Apr. 4.

Tribute to Joseph Heller

2000, June 17.

Shortridge HIgh School Class of 1940 reunion, Indianapolis

2000, Sept. 5.

Smith College

2000, Sept. 16.

Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Indianapolis

2001, Oct. 12.

Carl Sanburg Award, Chicago

2001, Oct. 23.

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City. September 11 remembrance

2001, ca. June.

Beekman School, New York City, graduation address

2002, Sept. 11.

St. Marks on the Bowery, New York City. September 11 remembrance

2002, Sept. 29.

Tribute to Donald Farber

2003, Apr. 30.

Clemens lecture

2003, Oct. 14.

Tribute to George Plimpton

2003, Nov. 3.

"Listen." Recorded at DG Systems, NYC

2004, Feb. 21.

Tribute to Jules Feiffer

2004, May 24.

Lehigh University, graduation address

2004, Apr. 17.

Eastern Washington University, Spokane

2005, Jan. 28.

Ollie M. Lyon, Jr., memorial service remarks.

2006, June 10.

Tribute to Dan Berrigan


"The Family Business or Cosa Nostra"; tribute to Nelson Algren

Subseries: Box 29 Writings by Others

Blanchard, Duncan. The Lighter Side of a Life in Science

Buckman, Robert. What You Really Need to Know About Cancer.

Photocopy of cover and dedication to KV

Davey, Lynn. Early Childhood Development: What Matters Most?

Herzog, Roman. Speech...Dresden on 13 February 1995

Kasper, Becky. A Letter to Vonnegut, Aug. 1999 

(2 folders)

Nielson, Thomas. Caught in a Timequake: Time and History in the Fiction of Kurt Vonnegut. Thesis, Odense Universitet, 1998

Reese, Preston. Dear Mr. Vonnegut. 1996

Sigler, Sean D. (fifth grade teacher, Gardner Street School, Los Angeles, CA). How to Survive the Future: The Quotes of Kurt Vonnegut...With the Help from the kids of Room 21 (Gardner Street) School.

Szpek, Ervin, Jr. Ex-POWs of Slaughterhouse Five (newsletter). 1997-1999, 2002

Thom, James Alexander. A Major League Asterisk. Speech to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Oct. 10, 2003

Weide, Robert B. The Morning After Mother Night .

Subseries: Box 29 Miscellaneous

Biographical. Photocopy of Alex Vonnegut journal, 1902-1903; photocopy of letter to father, May 29, 1945.

Recounts experiences from his capture near Luxemburg on Dec. 19, 1944 to his recuperation, Le Havre P.O.W. repatriation camp; photocopy of newspaper article announcing KV as missing in action, Indianapolis Times, Jan. 15, 1945; etc. (2 folders)

Artifacts: Three buttons; two copies of sticker: "Rare Earth 'We could have saved it, but we were too darn cheap and lazy.--Kurt Vonnegut'; two coasters with drawings by KV


Krementz, Jill.

Reprint of bio, Something about the Author Autobiography Series , Vol. 8

Prior, Nanette (daughter).

Two poems by NP; announcement of art show; catalog of paintings by husband Scott Prior; etc.

Vonnegut, Bernard.

Writings by and about BV; memorial service program

Vonnegut, Edith.

Ad for Domestic Goddess; review of exhibition, 2006; playbill and poster for EV's "Wings and Tails," 1997; announcement for talk, 1995

Vonnegut, Lily.

Bio in Hampton Classic Horse Show program, 2006 (sang anthem)

Vonnegut, Mark.

Ad for The Eden Express; "Bird Flu," article by MV

Inventory cards: Fortitude (2), 1967-1968;  Welcome to the Monkey House, 1968


Photographs: KV shaking President Bill Clinton's hand at White House State reception for President Vaclav Havel, Sept. 16, 1998; Gold Medal for Drama Committee, 12/4/97, KV, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Brendan Gill; KV at reunion of boyhood friends, July 10, 1999


Articles about KV, 1997-2007

Reviews for various books

(7 folders)


Box 30 VHS tapes:

Albion College, Apr. 18, 2002

Mark Twain House, Apr. 30, 2003

New Mexico University, Apr. 26, 2002

Spokane, Apr. 17. 2004

Box 32 Artwork by KV: One original painting, five silkscreened paintings, one silkscreened quote

"I Don't Know What It Is About Hoosiers…."

Silkscreen Print


Joseph Heller, William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut - War Stories: Reality and Metaphor, A Colloquium...Florida State University, Tallahassee, Mar. 21, 1997

One Book One City, Indianapolis, 2007 poster and brochure

Box 34 Poster for The Year of Vonnegut 2007, Indianapolis

Series: VII. Additions II

Subseries: Writings - Major Works

Box 35 Player Piano (1952)

Handwritten notes

Typescript with handwritten corrections

Miscellaneous typescript pages with handwritten corrections

5 typescripts to insert between chapters with handwritten corrections

Typescript with handwritten corrections and 5 pages written earlier.

Chapters I-XVIII typescripts with handwritten corrections

(approx. 236 pages) (3 folders)

Chapters I-XXXVIII typescript carbon copies with handwritten corrections

(approx. 405 pages) (4 folders)

Chapters XXV-XXIV typescript with handwritten corrections

(approx. 100 pages)

Setting copy with Vonnegut's handwritten corrections and copyeditor's notes

(4 folders)

Galley proofs with Vonnegut's handwritten corrections and publisher's memo

Screenplay typescript by Pressman Williams Enterprises Inc., 1969

Box 35 Sirens of Titan (1959)

Handwritten notes by Vonnegut and other person

Novel summary typescript with annotations using earlier title, "Sirens of Triton"

Miscellaneous typescript pages with handwritten corrections

Chapter typescripts (Chapters 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14)

(2 folders)

Box 36 Typescript with handwritten corrections

(4 folders)

Box 36 Mother Night (1961)

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Spy Story"

(approx. 20 pages)

Typescript using earlier title, "Nation of Two"

(approx. 100 pages)

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Nation of Two"

(approx. 200 pages) (3 folders)

Typescript carbon copy with handwritten corrections, copy 1

(approx. 230 pages) (2 folders)

Typescript carbon copy with handwritten corrections, copy 2

(approx. 230 pages) (2 folders)

Box 36 Cat's Cradle (1963)

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Ice-9" and a few miscellaneous pages

(approx. 30 pages)

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Ice-9"

(approx. 70 pages)

Typescript carbon copy with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Ice-9"

(approx. 110 pages)

Typescript carbon copy with handwritten and taped-in typescript corrections using earlier title, "Ice-9"

(approx. 70 pages)

Typescript carbon copy with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Ice-9"

(approx. 50 pages)

Miscellaneous pages, including notes, editor's queries, summaries, chapters and pages using earlier title, "Ice-9". Includes typescripts and manuscripts

Box 37 Typescript (12 pages), miscellaneous pages, and handwritten notes

Photocopy of typescript

(approx. 35 pages)

Typescript with handwritten corrections

(approx. 70 pages)

Typescript with handwritten corrections

(approx. 180 pages) (2 folders)

Typescript with handwritten corrections

(approx. 280 pages) (3 folders)

Typescript carbon copy

(approx. 280 pages) (3 folders)

Setting copy with Vonnegut's handwritten corrections and copyeditor's handwritten notes and related materials

(4 folders)

Galley proofs with Vonnegut's handwritten corrections and copyeditor's handwritten notes

Dramatic adaption typescript drafts with handwritten corrections

Box 37 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; or Pearls Before Swine (1965)

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Some Sweet Beginnings"

(approx. 15 pages)

Typescript and miscellaneous pages with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "The Rosewater Foundation"

(approx. 45 pages)

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; or The Volunteer"

(approx. 47 pages)

Box 38 Typescript carbon copy using earlier title, "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; or, The Volunteer" (approx. 50 pages) and typist's invoice

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; or, The Volunteer."

Pages stapled together into 10 foot long ream

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Rosewater".

Pages stapled together into 4 foot long ream

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Rosewater".

Pages stapled together into 3 foot long ream

Typescript with handwritten corrections

(approx. 173 pages) (3 folders)

Typescript carbon copy with handwritten corrections

(approx. 300 pages) (3 folders)

Dramatic adaptation typescript draft and manuscript materials.

Dramatic adaptation typescript with handwritten corrections.

Pages stapled together into 16 foot long ream

Dramatic adaptation typescript with handwritten corrections.

Pages stapled together into 10 foot long ream

Box 38 Breakfast of Champions (1973)  "early versions (70 – 71)"

Chapter One typescript with handwritten corrections

(approx. 10 pages), 3 copies

Chapter One typescript with handwritten corrections (approx. 16 pages) and miscellaneous typescript pages

Typescript with handwritten corrections using earlier title, "Breakfast of Champions; or Goodbye Blue Monday"

(approx. 95 pages) (2 folders)

Miscellaneous typescript pages

Film adaptation typescript pages with handwritten corrections

Subseries: Box 38 Writings - Short fiction, plays and screenplays

"The Rover Boys in the American Southwest, August 1939" short story typescript with handwritten corrections

Fragments from binder 1, including materials for: dramatic adaptation of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, short fictions "Guardian of the Person" and "While the Wine is Sweet."

Typescripts, manuscripts, and sketches (2 folders)

Binder 1 Fragments from binder 2, including materials for: Cat's Cradle, Mother Night , and dramatic adaptation of God Bless you Mr. Rosewater .

Typescripts, manuscripts and sketches

Binder 2 Uncle Upstairs play typescript

Heidi Again play typescript

Daedalus play typescript materials and manuscript materials

"Carbons for Television Synopses, Volume One", including television synopses of Slice of Life, Player Piano, Hoosier Symphony , Money Talks, Slaughterhouse Five, and The Bagman

Subseries: No Box Realia

Trunk that housed Kurt Vonnegut's manuscripts, from Edie Vonnegut's home

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