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Collection Number: 03814

Collection Title: James Trammell Cox Papers, 1854-1964 (bulk 1945-1964).

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 6.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5,200 items)
Abstract James Trammell Cox (1921-1962) was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and the University of Iowa, teacher of creative writing and literature at Clemson College, S.C., the University of Iowa, and Florida State University, and author of poems, critical essays, short stories, and novels. The collection include papers, chiefly 1945-1964, of James Trammell Cox, including correspondence with friends and literary agents, materials related to Cox's teaching of creative writing and literature, manuscripts of reviews, articles, poems, and stories by Cox, and related clippings and memorabilia.
Creator Cox, James Trammell, 1921-1962.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Trammell Cox Papers, #3814, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Max Steele, English Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, February 1969.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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James Trammell Cox (1921-1962) was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and the University of Iowa, teacher of creative writing and literature at Clemson College, S.C., the University of Iowa, and Florida State University, and author of poems, critical essays, short stories, and novels Cox died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following two years of poor health. He was married to Jean Hogan Cox, with whom he had two sons, Charles F. and Christopher H. Cox.

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The collection includes papers, chiefly 1945-1964, of James Trammell Cox, including correspondence with friends, literary agents, and other scholars; materials related to Cox's teaching of creative writing and literature; manuscripts of reviews articles, poems, and stories by Cox; and related clippings and memorabilia.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological

Chiefly letters addressed to James T. Cox from various correspondents, with a small number of carbons of letters written by Cox. The correspondence contains a few business items-receipts, tax forms, insurance policies, and the like, but the large majority are informal and personal letters from friends and relatives. The correspondence continues after Dr. Cox's death in September 1962, up to March 1964, addressed to Mrs. Jean Hogan Cox.

At least half the letters are from two correspondents, Max Steele,writer, teacher, editor, and close friend of Cox, and Don Congdon, Cox's promoter and literary agent in New York. Letters from these men appear throughout the series. In addition, there are approximately 25 letters from Marion Ives, Cox's literary agent from 1946 to 1947 and R. W. Stallman, prominent English scholar and teacher at the University of Connecticut (1958-1962). Family correspondence is scattered throughout but is most frequent during the years 1958-1962.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

1945-1946 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 1-2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

1947 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 3-4

Folder 5

1948 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1949 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1950-1951 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1952-1954 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1955-1958 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

1959 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 10-11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

1960 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 12-13

Folder 14-16

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

1961 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 14-16

Folder 17

1962 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

1963-1964 #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 18-19

Folder 20

Undated letters and fragments #03814, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1945-1964 and undated." Folder 20

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Papers relating to Dr. Cox's classes at Florida State University (1957-1962) including outlines, examinations, reading lists, writings by his students. Also, materials connected with English courses at the University of Iowa (1950-1957) including Cox's class notes, reading notes, papers written, outlines, bibliography, and other items.

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

Student papers: English 304 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 26-27

Folder 27

Student papers: English 220 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 27

Folder 28

Class notes, outlines, tests #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 28

Folder 29

"Research and Creative Activity" of the English Department, 1961 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 29

Folder 30

Proposed syllabus for English 220 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 30

Folder 31

English 304, Fall 1960 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 31

Folder 32

English 304, Spring 1961 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 32

Folder 33

English 304, Fall 1961 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 33

Folder 36

Melville Seminar, Spring 1953 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 36

Folder 37

Elizabethan Drama #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 37

Folder 38

General, 1953-1955 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 38

Folder 39

Shakespeare Seminar, Summer 1954: Maxwell #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 39

Folder 40

Rise of Realism: Gerber #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 40

Folder 41

Milton, 1954: Harris #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 41

Folder 42

Coleridge Seminar, Winter 1953-1954: Baker #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 42

Folder 43

Old English and Middle English: Paff #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 43

Folder 44

Age of Johnson, Winter 1953-1954: Woods #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 44

Folder 45

16th Century reading notes #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 45

Folder 46

20th Century Drama: Group D Play Reports, 1956 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 46

Folder 47

Age of Pope, Summer 1955 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 47

Folder 48

Classical Myth #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 48

Folder 49

Beowulf, Winter 1953-1954: McGalliard #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 49

Folder 50

Ph.D. French #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 50

Folder 51

English Novel, 1954 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 51

Folder 52

Restoration Drama, 1953-1954 #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 52

Folder 53

Miscellaneous printed items #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 53

Folder 54-58

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Note cards #03814, Series: "3. English Course Materials" Folder 54-58

Includes note cards containing plot summaries, precis of articles and books, bibliographical and other information.

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Printed materials include literary magazines and other items which were apparently in Dr. Cox's possession at the time of his death.

Folder 59

Catalogue of Books for Colleges: The Humanities, 1960 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 59

Folder 60

Iowa City Telephone Directory, 1956 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 60

Folder 61

Victorian Studies: March 1958 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 61

Folder 62

The Transatlantic Review, Winter 1959-1960 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 62

Folder 63

The One Millionth Volume by William Wells, 1960 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 63

Folder 64

The Western Review, Spring 1957 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 64

Folder 65

Using the Dictionary #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 65

Folder 66

Modern Fiction Studies, Summer 1963 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 66

Folder 67

Tulane Studies in English, 1961 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 67

Folder 68

Contact: The San Francisco Collection of New Writing, Art, and Ideas #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 68

Folder 69

Contact: The San Francisco Collection of New Writing, Art, and Ideas, June #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 69

Folder 70

Contact: The San Francisco Collection of New Writing, Art, and Ideas, April #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 70

Folder 71

Contact: The San Francisco Collection of New Writing, Art, and Ideas, December #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 71

Folder 72

Jubilee: A Magazine of the Church and Her People, March 1962 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 72

Folder 73

The New Republic, 2 May 1960 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 73

Folder 74

The New Republic, 24 April 1961 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 74

Folder 75

State University of Iowa Publication, 1962 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 75

Folder 76

The National Observer, 27 August 1962 #03814, Series: "4. Printed Materials" Folder 76

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Includes manuscript, typescript, and printed materials, and other published items written by James Cox or connected with his work.

Folder 77-79

Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

"Out of the Mouth of Babes" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 77-79

Folder 80-83

Folder 80

Folder 81

Folder 82

Folder 83

"Brothers" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 80-83

Folder 84

"The Wings of Love" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 84

Folder 85

"The Man Who Was Afraid" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 85

Folder 86

"The Brothers" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 86

Folder 87-88

Folder 87

Folder 88

"The Traitor" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 87-88

Folder 89

"Domagni" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 89

Folder 90

"Upstairs Downstairs" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 90

Folder 91

"And the Next War" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 91

Folder 92

"Delayed Reverse" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 92

Folder 93

"A Jeep for David" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 93

Folder 94

"Forgotten Man" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 94

Folder 95

"Red" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 95

Folder 96

"Tom Went Home" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 96

Folder 97

"Chicken" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 97

Folder 98

"Fools Death" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 98

Folder 99

"Wisdom of Humanity" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 99

Folder 100

"The Campus Coffee Shop" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 100

Folder 101

"Al's Cafe" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 101

Folder 102

"Sometime Sometime" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 102

Folder 103

"A Merry Christmas" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 103

Folder 104

Notebook of short stories #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 104

Folder 105

Notebook of papers for graduate literature courses #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 105

Folder 106

"That Golden Crane" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 106

Folder 107-113

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Folder 108

Folder 109

Folder 110

Folder 111

Folder 112

Folder 113

"Out of the Mouth of Babes" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 107-113

Folder 114

"The Original Garden of Eden" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 114

Folder 115

Modern Fiction Studies #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 115

Folder 116

The Legend, 1961 #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 116

Folder 117

Perspective, Spring 1957 #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 117

Folder 118

Book review #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 118

Folder 119

"Imagery of The Red Badge of Courage" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 119

Folder 120

"Listening in on a Liberator Crew Battling Nazis Over Europe" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 120

Folder 121

"Snake Eyes" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 121

Folder 122

"The Red Universe" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 122

Folder 123

" The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 123

Folder 124

"Two Collections of Short Stories" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 124

Folder 125

Bibliography #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 125

Folder 126

"Saint on Bourbon Street" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 126

Folder 127

"Icarus" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 127

Folder 128

"The Judge" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 128

Folder 129

"Point of View in Troy" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 129

Folder 130

"Wings of Love" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 130

Folder 131

"This is Sedlacek Talking" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 131

Folder 132

"The Finest French Novel in the English Language" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 132

Folder 133-134

Folder 133

Folder 134

"Ford's Passion for Provence" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 133-134

Folder 135

"Spots of Colour: A Comparative Analysis of Imagery in Ford and Crane" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 135

Folder 136

Poetry #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 136

Folder 137

"Something for Everybody" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 137

Folder 138

"Ananlysis of Faulkner's Spotted Horses" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 138

Folder 139

"Strozier's Speeches" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 139

Folder 140

Blackwell's speeches #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 140

Folder 141

"Stephen Crane's Companion Pieces" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 141

Folder 142

"Ah Sweet Fusion" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 142

Folder 143

Short story, untitled #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 143

Folder 144-146

Folder 144

Folder 145

Folder 146

"The Traitor" #03814, Series: "5. Writings" Folder 144-146

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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