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Collection Number: 04950

Collection Title: Jeff Fields Papers (#4950) 1944-1990 (bulk 1964-1980)

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Size About 1200 items (7.0 linear feet)
Abstract Jeff Fields (1938- ), Georgia-born novelist, television producer and host, and 1964 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Fields worked in radio and television, chiefly for WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., while writing his novel, A Cry of Angels (1974). The collection contains materials documenting Fields's work as a writer and in television. Included are drafts, proofs, screenplays, and other materials relating to A Cry of Angels. Also included are letters, chiefly between Fields and agents and magazine editors regarding an unpublished second book and short stories submitted for publication, and other writings by Fields, mostly class assignments from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, short stories submitted for publication, and commentaries written for WJXT-TV. There are also photographs and slides, audiotapes, films, and videotapes relating to Fields's literary work and to his work as producer and host at WJXT-TV.
Creator Fields, Jeff.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audiotapes, videotapes, or film may require the production of listening or viewing copies.
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.
Provenance
Received from Jeff Fields of Chamblee, Ga., in September 1998 (Acc. 98207).
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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Jeff Fields was born in Uvalda, Ga., in 1938. His parents moved from Elberton, Ga., to LaGrange, N.C. At age 14, Fields ran away from home. He worked his way through high school and college, supporting himself as an ironworker. His college career spanned eight years, attending classes one year, then working the next few. He first attended South Georgia College, then the University of Georgia. After a two-year hiatus, he finished his final two years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1964. Initially, Fields studied drama, but soon turned to a major in television. In his senior year, however, Fields studied with novelist Betty Smith and became interested in writing.

After graduation, Fields worked for a year at a radio station in Anniston, Ala., after which he moved to Greenville, S.C., where he worked in radio and television for four years. Fields then took a position as producer-host for television station WJXT-TV, in Jacksonville, Fla., hosting the programs 30 Below, Cracker Barrel, and Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night.

In 1967, while in Greenville, Fields sold his first short story to McCall's magazine. His initial success sparked him to begin writing a novel. After five years of writing at night and on the weekends, Fields felt he had a final draft, and submitted it to his agent, who returned it asking for major revisions. Frustrated, Fields changed agents, made minor revisions, and, seven months later, A Cry of Angels (1974) was published. In 1975, after signing a contract with Universal Studios to write a screenplay from the novel, Fields quit his job as producer-host to concentrate on writing. Distrusting Hollywood's treatment of his book, Fields opted not to renew the movie rights. He then began writing a second novel, which has not been published. As of 1998, Fields lives in Chamblee, Ga.

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Chiefly materials reflecting Jeff Fields's work as a writer and in television.

Series 1 contains drafts, proofs, and screenplay s for the novel, A Cry of Angels; journals in which Fields wrote about the novel; research materials; correspondence with agents, publishers, and movie producers about the book; newspaper reviews; Fields's speeches about writing the book; research materials; fan mail; and financial records, including expense reports, legal agreements, royalty statements, and a movie contract with Universal Studios for a screenplay of the book.

Series 2 contains correspondence and other writings by Fields. Most of the correspondence is with agents and magazine editors regarding an unpublished second book and short stories submitted for publication. Included are a few letters from aspiring authors and one routine postcard from John Steinbeck. Most of the writings are class assignments from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, short stories submitted for publication, and commentaries written for television station WJXT-TV.

Series 3 contains photographs and slides, audiotapes, films, and videotapes relating to Fields's literary work and to his work as producer and host at WJXT-TV. Photographs and slides relate to WJXT-TV programs Jeff and Pat and Sunday, Cracker Barrel, 30 Below, and to special programs. There are also some publicity photographs for A Cry of Angels, and a few personal photographs. The two audiotapes are of promotional interviews with Fields about A Cry of Angels. Films and videotapes chiefly relate to Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night, Mule Train, and Cracker Barrel.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. A Cry of Angels, 1964-1990 and undated.

About 900 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980.

About 800 items.

Correspondence with agents, publishers, and movie producers about Fields's novel, A Cry of Angels; newspaper reviews; Fields's speeches about writing the book; research materials; fan mail; and financial records, including expense reports, legal agreements, royalty statements, and a movie contract with Universal Studios for a screenplay from the novel. There are also some materials from the Writers Guild of America.

Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

Agent and publisher, 1965-1978 #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 1-2

Folder 3

A Cry of Angels: Foreign rights, 1974-1979 #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 3

Folder 4-8

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

A Cry of Angels: Movie, 1974-1980 #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 4-8

Folder 9-11

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Correspondence, 1973-1978 #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 9-11

Folder 12

Contracts #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 12

Folder 13

Publicity and biography #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 13

Folder 14-16

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Reader response, 1973-1978 #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 14-16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

Reviews #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 17-18

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

Speeches and public appearances #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 19-20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

Writers Guild of America #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 21-22

Folder 23

Writing income #04950, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1965-1980. " Folder 23

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Writings, 1964-1990.

About 100 items.

Mostly drafts, proofs, and screenplays of A Cry of Angels. Also included are a few journals in which Fields wrote about the novel and research materials for the story. The folders marked "Original draft" contain several different drafts without pagination. The folders marked "Original draft: Alternate chapters and scenes" do not correspond to final chapter numbers; they are labeled as Fields numbered them. Neither the alternate chapters nor the alternate scenes appear in the final version. They may, however, appear in other chapters of the original drafts. Note that Fields's original folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 24-27

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Journals, 1964-1985 #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 24-27

Folder 28

Research materials #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 28

Folder 29-30

Folder 29

Folder 30

Notes and outline #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 29-30

Folder 31-81

Folder 31

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Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

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Folder 53

Folder 54

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Folder 58

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Folder 72

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Folder 74

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Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

Original draft #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 31-81

Folder 82-89

Folder 82

Folder 83

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

Folder 89

Original draft: Alternate chapters and scenes #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 82-89

Folder 90-92

Folder 90

Folder 91

Folder 92

Original draft I, II, IV #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 90-92

Folder 93-118

Folder 93

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Folder 118

Draft #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 93-118

Folder 119-138

Folder 119

Folder 120

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Folder 138

Proofs #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 119-138

Folder 139-150

Folder 139

Folder 140

Folder 141

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Folder 150

Screenplay #04950, Subseries: "1.2. Writings, 1964-1990. " Folder 139-150

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Other Papers, 1944-1987.

About 250 items.

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About 150 items.

Mostly correspondence with agents and magazine editors about short stories and an unpublished second book. Also included are a few letters from aspiring authors and one routine postcard from John Steinbeck, written in response to an inquiry by Field's inquiry.

Folder 151

Correspondence with writers, 1968-1969, 1973, 1980 #04950, Subseries: "2.1. Correspondence, 1968-1987. " Folder 151

Folder 152

Short stories, 1969 #04950, Subseries: "2.1. Correspondence, 1968-1987. " Folder 152

Folder 153

Other projects, 1974-1976 #04950, Subseries: "2.1. Correspondence, 1968-1987. " Folder 153

Folder 154-155

Folder 154

Folder 155

Second book, 1979-1987 #04950, Subseries: "2.1. Correspondence, 1968-1987. " Folder 154-155

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated.

About 100 items.

Mostly papers written for classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, short stories submitted for publication, and a few written commentaries from WJXT-TV.

Folder 156

Early writings, 1953-1962 and undated #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 156

Folder 157-162

Folder 157

Folder 158

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Folder 162

Student papers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 157-162

Folder 163

Andy Griffith Show story idea #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 163

Folder 164

"The Seminole Uprising" #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 164

Folder 165

"The Ark of the Hoddernocs" #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 165

Folder 166

"Caroline: A Documentary" #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 166

Folder 167

"Come Monday Morning" #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 167

Folder 168

"Maestoso, Mr. Jones!" #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 168

Folder 169

"Curing Time" #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 169

Folder 170

"Into the Wind" #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 170

Folder 171

WJXT-TV stories, 1966-1970 and undated #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 171

Folder 172-173

Folder 172

Folder 173

Miscellaneous, 1966-1980 #04950, Subseries: "2.2. Writings, 1953-1980 and undated. " Folder 172-173

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About 200 items.

Materials relating to A Cry of Angels; to WJXT-TV programs Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night, Mule Train, and Cracker Barrel, some of which Fields hosted; and to other television projects in which Fields was involved.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Audiotapes, 1974.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated.

22 items.

Out-takes, trailers, trims, heads, and closings for WJXT-TV programs Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night, Mule Train, and Cracker Barrel. Note that titles were transcribed from the original labels.

F-4950/1. Cracker Barrel: "Zippy" #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/2-3. Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night: Printer head originals, Rolls A-B, 12 January 1972 #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/4. Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night: Sound printer head, 14 January 1972 #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/5-6. Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night: Clown, 26 January 1972 #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/7-9. Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night: Ives and Jeff and Pat, Originals, Rolls A-C #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/10-11. Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night: Close #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/12-14. Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night: Original work printouts and trims #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/15-20. Jeff and Pat and Sunday Night: Promo #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/21. Mule Train, 7 September 1970 #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/22. Agent-Fields #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/23. Kids/playground #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/24. Parachuting out-takes #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/25. Singers, 17 April 1972 #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/26. Sound "A" wind pos printer tail #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/27. Zoo #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

F-4950/28. Other films: No label #04950, Subseries: "3.3. Films, 1970-1972 and undated. " Folder 4/P-4950

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Items separated include photographs (P-4950), audiotapes (T-4950/1-2), films (F-4950/1-22), and videotapes (VT-4950/1-9).

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