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Series IV: Literary, 1951 - 2019


Scope and Contents

The largest series, it contains: miscellaneous literary papers, awards, some books, and realia; short stories; and manuscripts and books authored by Just, including related files, like reviews, that Ward just kept about each of his books. A small number of photographs are filed with early short story manuscripts. Most but not all of Just's novels and other books (includes Just's two reported, non-fiction books) are represented in some form, many in multiple drafts, documenting his writing and rewriting process. This series also includes one of the many typewriters Just used during his writing career.


  • 1951 - 2019

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Most papers are in English. There are French translations of a few articles (Series III) and a manuscript of one novel (Series IV). There are some Vietnamese news clippings and ephemera in Series II. One book in Series IV is a published translation in Portuguese.”


Access to the collection is unrestricted, with a few exceptions due to value, physical condition, or federal classified status. The transcript and recording copies of Just's 1982 interview with the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library must be accessed from that library due to donor imposed restrictions.


From the Collection: 46.2 Linear Feet (33.5 MS, 24 SB, 2 OS) ; 2 OS: one negative box, one 20x24x5"

From the Collection: 163.2 Megabytes (13 files) : Files are JPEGs.


Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository