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Collection Number: 04796

Collection Title: Tim McLaurin Papers, 1981-2004

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Size 21.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5000 items)
Abstract Tim McLaurin, who grew up on the outskirts of Fayetteville, N.C., began writing while in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, 1982-1983. His first novel was published in 1989. McLaurin died of cancer on 11 July 2002. The collection chiefly contains manuscript drafts of Tim McLaurin's novels The Acorn Plan (1989), Woodrow's Trumpet (1989), Cured by Fire (1995), The Last Great Snake Show (1997), Another Son of Man (2004); his long narrative poem, Lola (1997); and his memoirs, Keeper of the Moon: A Southern Boyhood (1991) and The River Less Run (2000), including edited typescripts and author's galleys. Also included are manuscripts of unpublished works; short stories and articles published in newspapers and magazines, along with articles and reviews by others; some letters written while McLaurin served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, 1982-1983; and other correspondence, 1996-2003. The Addition of October 2008 contains drafts of Tim McLaurin's novels and other writings; writings by other authors; correspondence; materials relating to McLaurin's wedding, illness, and death; photographs; videotapes; and other items.
Creator McLaurin, Tim.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Tim McLaurin Papers #4796, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
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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Timothy Reese McLaurin was born near Fayetteville, N.C., on 14 December 1953. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1972, after graduating from Cape Fear Senior High School, and returned home after his enlistment to marry his high school sweetheart and begin working as a Pepsi-Cola salesman. He then divorced and for several years was the proprietor of a traveling snake show, working as "Wild Man Mac." He studied at North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but dropped out to join the Peace Corps. After living in Tunisia from 1982 to 1983, he returned to UNC-Chapel Hill and received a journalism degree in 1985.

An author of fiction and non-fiction, McLaurin lived in Hillsborough, N.C., and taught creative writing at North Carolina State University. After a 16-year second marriage, he married his third wife Carol Quaine in 2000. McLaurin was diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow cancer in 1989 and underwent a successful bone marrow transplant the following year. In 1999, he was stricken with esophageal cancer. He died on 11 July 2002, weeks after completing his last novel.

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This collection chiefly contains manuscript drafts of Tim McLaurin's novels, The Acorn Plan (1989), Woodrow's Trumpet (1989), Cured by Fire (1995), The Last Great Snake Show (1997), Another Son of Man (2004); his long narrative poem, Lola (1997); and his memoirs, Keeper of the Moon: A Southern Boyhood (1991) and The River Less Run (2000), including edited typescripts and author's galleys. Also included are manuscripts of unpublished works; short stories and articles published in newspapers and magazines, along with articles and reviews by others; some letters written while McLaurin served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, 1982-1983; and other correspondence, 1996-2003. The Addition of October 2008 contains drafts of Tim McLaurin's novels and other writings; writings by other authors; correspondence; materials relating to McLaurin's wedding, illness, and death; photographs; videotapes; and other items.

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Contents list

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About 50 items.
Box 5

The Acorn Plan (reviews) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

The Acorn Plan (screenplay by Jane McCann) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Below the Last Lock (screenplay by Gary Hawkins) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

"Bridges of Water" (edited draft of essay written for the North Carolina Museum of Art's book The Store of Joys) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Cancer notebook: #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Section 1: Dr. Bianco's letters #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 2: Dr. Liu's letters #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 3: Dr. Singer's letter #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 4: Dr. Fay's letter #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 5: Cost-effectiveness of BMT #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 6: Dozsa case #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 7: Bradley case #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 8: Zwerin case #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 9: Wall Street Journal, 11 May 1989 #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 10: 1990 ASCO symposium #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 11: Scientific studies #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 12: Tim's BMT records #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 13: Tim's articles about cancer #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 14: Tim's other articles #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 15: Articles on Tim #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 16: Benefit for Tim #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5
Section 17: Blue Cross documents #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996., Box 5

Cured by Fire (edited draft) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

"A Feast of Snakes: The Adventures of Wildman Mac" (photocopy of Spectator article) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Letters #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Newspaper articles about McLaurin #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Newspaper articles by McLaurin (clippings) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Newspaper articles by McLaurin (photocopies) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Poems (typescripts) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Poems (published) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Poetry notebook #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Publishing contracts #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

Student essays on Keeper of the Moon #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 1996 (Acc. 96168), 1984-1996." Box 5

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About 50 items (1.5 linear feet).

Drafts of Lola and the Last Great Snake Show , letters written during McLaurin's service in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, a publicity photograph of McLaurin, and speaking engagement calendars.

Lola #04796, Subseries: "Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997." Box 5

Edited draft #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997., Box 5
Draft with pencil notes #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997., Box 5
Publisher's edited version #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997., Box 5

Last Great Snake Show #04796, Subseries: "Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997." Box 5

Edited draft, 339 pp. #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Edited draft, 262 pp. #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
6: Edited draft, 339 pp. #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997., Box 6
Draft, 1 January 1996, 232 pp. #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Draft, 17 October 1996, 262 pp. #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Draft, 10 January 1997, pp. 300-349 only #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Final draft, 215 pp. #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Draft, A-G, 24 January [1997], 286 pp. #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Publisher's edited draft, A-G, 286 pp. #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Galley, 11 April 1997 #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Galley, Marked Set, 11 April 1997 #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
Galley, Master Set, 15 May 1997 #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,

Peace Corps correspondence, 1982-1983 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997." Box 6

Calendars #04796, Subseries: "Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997." Box 6

1992, 1993 #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
1996 (OP-4796) #04796, Subseries Additions. Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997.,
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Publicity photograph of McLaurin #04796, Subseries: "Addition of July 1998 (Acc. 98119), 1982-1983, 1992-1997." P-4796/1

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About 3000 items (12 linear feet)

The Addition of October 2008 contains drafts of Tim McLaurin's novels and other writings; writings by other authors; correspondence; materials relating to McLaurin's wedding, illness, and death; photographs; videotapes; and other items.

Box 7

Woodrow's Trumpet: galleys #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 7

Woodrow's Trumpet: drafts #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 7

Box 7-8

Box 7

Box 8

Keeper of the Moon: drafts #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 7-8

Box 8, 14

Cured by Fire: drafts #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 8, 14

Box 8

The Last Great Snake Show: galleys #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 8

The Last Great Snake Show: drafts #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 8

Lola: drafts #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 8

Box 8-9

Box 8

Box 9

The River Less Run: drafts #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 8-9

Box 9

The River Less Run: correspondence and blurbs #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 9

Another Son of Man: drafts #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 9

Another Son of Man: correspondence and blurbs #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 9

"An Uncommon Cry" (unpublished memoir) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 9

Box 9-11, 14

Box 9

Other writings by Tim McLaurin #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 9-11, 14

Includes drafts of short stories, student writings, and writings by McLaurin published in newspapers and magazines.

Box 11

Writings by other authors: Larry Brown, "Big Bad Love" #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11

Box 12

Writings by other authors: Nathaniel Horner, "Engaging the 'Soul of North Carolina': Symbols, Themes, and Their Origins in the Writing of Tim McLaurin" (North Carolina State University master's thesis) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 12

Box 11

Writings by other authors: Roger Smith, "Reading and Rambling with Roger" #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11

Writings by other authors: Jim Shumaker, "The Remains" #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11

Writings by other authors: Bruce Strauch, "Not Exactly Stealin'" #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11

Writings by other authors, screenplays: Dennis Bailey and Beth Broderick, "Woodrow's Trumpet" (adaptation of Woodrow's Trumpet) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11

Writings by other authors, screenplays: Dennis Bailey and Beth Broderick, "House of Joy" (adaptation of The Last Great Snake Show ) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11

Writings by other authors, screenplays: Gary Hawkins, "The Rough South" (adaptation of "Below the Last Lock" and other stories by McLaurin) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11

Writings by other authors, screenplays: Gary Hawkins, "DownTime" (adaptation of "Below the Last Lock" by McLaurin and two stories by Donald Secreast) #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11

Box 11-12

Box 11

Box 12

Correspondence and related materials, 1990-2003 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 11-12

Box 12

Correspondence and related materials, Carol McLaurin, 2002-2003 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 12

North Carolina State University materials #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 12

Canoe trip scrapbook #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 12

Box 12-13

Box 12

Box 13

Materials relating to Tim McLaurin and Carol Quaine's wedding, 11 July 2000 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 12-13

Image Folder PF-4796/3

Photographs of Tim McLaurin's Carol Quaine's wedding, 11 July 2000 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." PF-4796/3

Videotape VT-4796/13

Wedding of Tim McLaurin and Carol Quaine, 11 July 2000 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/13

Box 13-14

Box 13

Box 14

Materials relating to Tim McLaurin's illness and death #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 13-14

Box 14

Other materials #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." Box 14

Image Folder PF-4796/2

Photographs of Tim McLaurin and others #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." PF-4796/2

Videotape VT-4796/1

"Cape Fear Colts Hoops Highlights, 1969-1970" #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/1

Videotape VT-4796/2

"Cape Fear Colts Hoops Highlights, 1971-1972" #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/2

Videotape VT-4796/3

"A Hunting Season in the Life of a Local Legend" #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/3

Videotape VT-4796/4

"Clyde Edgerton Interview with Gary Hawkins" #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/4

Videotape VT-4796/5

Number not used. #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/5

Videotape VT-4796/6

Pembroke Forum, WPSU-TV, 29 September 1993 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/6

Videotape VT-4796/7

Writer to Writer: Tim McLaurin #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/7

Videotape VT-4796/8

North Carolina Writers Conference: Tim McLaurin #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/8

Videotape VT-4796/9

Suddenly Last Summer and The Rough South: Stories of Tim McLaurin #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/9

Videotape VT-4796/10

The Rough South of Harry Crews #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/10

Videotape VT-4796/11

Dancing Outlaw #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/11

Videotape VT-4796/12

Ellen Foster #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/12

Videotape VT-4796/14

Reading of North Carolina Senate joint resolution memorializing Tim McLaurin, 10 July 2003 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." VT-4796/14

Audiocassette C-4796/1

Wednesday Club, Chatham Hall, Danville, Va., 20 May 1992 #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." C-4796/1

Audiocassette C-4796/2

New Southerners: Kaye Gibbons #04796, Subseries: "Addition of October 2008 (Acc. 101012), 1981-2004." C-4796/2

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff,

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, October 1997

Revised in July 1999 by Linda Sellars because of addition

Revised in April 2004 by Roslyn Holdzkom because of addition

Revised in December 2008 by Will Andersen and Megan Bricker because of addition

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