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Collection Number: 04224

Collection Title: Bill Herron Papers, 1969-1980.

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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 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Bill Herron (1943-) was a North Carolina-based author of poems, plays, and fiction. The collection contains drafts and published works of Herron, including typescripts of novels, novellas, collected stories, poems, and plays, letters, a 1977-1978 European travel diary, translated works, poetry reviews, songs, and other writings. Also included are tape recordings of an interview with Herron and his musical play, "Stoney."
Creator Herron, Bill, 1943-
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.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Bill Herron Papers, #4224, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bill Herron in 1979.
Additions received from Bill Herron in August 1980 and August 1982.
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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Bill Herron (1943-) was a North Carolina-based author of poems, plays, and fiction. Published works include American Peasant, The Boy Christ's Ecstasy, and Rituals of Our Time.

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The collection contains drafts and published works of Bill Herron (1934-). Included are typescripts of novels, novellas, collected stories, poems, and plays, letters, a 1977-1978 European travel diary, translated works, poetry reviews, songs, and other writings by Herron. Also included are tape recordings of an interview with Herron and his musical play, "Stoney."

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Contents list

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This series contains drafts of Herron's novels, along with a few letters of readers comments. Also included is a journal of Herron's European travels in 1977-1978, reviews of poetry by Norm Moser and Amon Liner, translations, and an audiotape of an interview with Herron for a radio program.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Novel: The Initiate, second draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 1

Includes reader letter.

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

Novel: The Initiate, third draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 2-3

Folder 4

Novel: The Initiate, fourth draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Novel: The Initiate, final draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Novella: Nocturne for Orpheus in Hell, first draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

Novella: Nocturne for Orpheus in Hell, second draft, 1978 #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 7

Includes reader letter.

Folder 8

Novella: Nocturne for Orpheus in Hell, final draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Novella: Seeds of Light, first draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Novella: Seeds of Light, second draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 10a

Novella: The Later History of Light #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 10a

Folder 11

Collected stories: The Naive Eye, The Primitive Heart, first draft #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Collected stories: The Naive Eye, The Primitive Heart, second draft, 1978 #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 12-13

Folder 14

Journal: "Travels," July 1977-July 1978 #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

"Neighborhood Papers #1 and #2," 1969-1970 #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Translations "Generation: The Couvade Notebook", and published copy, 1980 #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Reviews, 1975-1976 #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." Folder 17

Audiotape T-4224/1

"New Voices" radio program interview with Herron, 1978 #04224, Series: "1. Prose, 1969-1980 and undated." T-4224/1

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This series consists of drafts and published copies of Herron's collected works of poetry. Also included are translations of poetry by Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca, and songs.

Folder 18

Collection: The Boy Christ's Ecstasy, draft and published copy, 1979 #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

Collection: American Peasant, preliminary materials #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 19-20

Folder 21

Collection: American Peasant, first draft, 1974 #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Collection: American Peasant, second draft, 1974-1975 #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Collection: American Peasant, published copy, 1977 #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

Collection: Rituals of Our Time, preliminary materials #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 24-25

Folder 26

Collection: Rituals of Our Time, first draft #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27-28

Folder 27

Folder 28

Collection: Rituals of Our Time, second draft, 1976 #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 27-28

Folder 29-30

Folder 29

Folder 30

Collection: Rituals of Our Time, third draft #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 29-30

Folder 30a

Collection: Rituals of Our Time, published copy, 1980 #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 30a

Folder 31-32

Folder 31

Folder 32

Poetry translations #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 31-32

Translations of Stones of Chile, Stones of the Sky, Toro, and Juan is the Name of the Earth by Pablo Neruda; Songs and First Songs by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Folder 33

Songs #04224, Series: "2. Poetry, 1974-1980 and undated." Folder 33

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, February 2011

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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