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Collection Number: 05327

Collection Title: Daniel Wallace Papers, 1977-2007

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Size 13.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 9600 items)
Abstract Daniel Wallace, author and illustrator, was born in 1959 in Birmingham, Ala. He attended first Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His first novel, Big Fish (1998), was made into a film of the same name directed by Tim Burton in 2003. The collection consists of correspondence and related materials; drafts, production and promotion materials, and reviews relating to his published novels; and drafts and other items relating to published and unpublished writings. Correspondence consists chiefly of personal letters relating to Daniel Wallace's life and work. The bulk of the letters are dated 1977-1988 and are from family, friends, and former girlfriends. Correspondents include Wallace's mother Joan Wallace; his father E. D. Wallace; his sisters Rangeley, Barrie, and Holland; and his brother-in-law author, cartographer, and kayaking enthusiast William Nealy with whom Wallace collaborated. Also included are materials from 1982-1984 when Wallace lived and worked for a trading company in Nagoya, Japan; instructional materials from Japanese language classes he taught when he returned to Chapel Hill, N.C.; newspaper clippings and articles; and photographs of identified and unidentified people and places. Among the materials relating to published books are three audiocassettes of radio interviews with Wallace about Big Fish and items relating to the film version, including a betacam press kit.
Creator Wallace, Daniel, 1959-
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.
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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 Daniel Wallace Papers #5327, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Daniel Wallace of Chapel Hill, N.C., April 2007 (Acc. 100637).
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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Daniel Wallace, author and illustrator, was born in 1959 in Birmingham, Ala., to E. D. Wallace and Joan Wallace, who had three other children: Rangeley, Barrie, and Holland (known as "Holly"). He attended college first at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1982, Wallace took a job at a trading company in Nagoya, Japan. He returned to Chapel Hill, N.C., two years later. His first novel, Big Fish, was published in 1998. In 2003, Tim Burton directed a film version of the book, also titled Big Fish, based on a screenplay by John August. Wallace has published three other novels: Ray in Reverse (2000); The Watermelon King (2003); and Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician (2007). O Great Rosenfeld, an illustrated "children's book for adults," was released in France in 2006. His illustrations and short stories have appeared in numerous publications, such as the L.A. Times and Italian Vanity Fair. In addition to working as an author and illustrator, Wallace has taught writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference.

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The collection of author and illustrator Daniel Wallace consists of correspondence and related materials; drafts, production and promotion materials, and reviews relating to his published novels; and manuscripts, short stories, and other miscellaneous unpublished writings.

Series 1, Correspondence, consists chiefly of personal correspondence relating to Wallace's life and work. The bulk of the letters span from 1977-1988, and are from family, friends, and former girlfriends. Correspondents include Wallace's mother Joan Wallace; his father E. D. Wallace; his sisters Rangeley Wallace, Barrie Wallace, and Holland Wallace ("Holly"); and his brother-in-law author, cartographer, and kayaking enthusiast William Nealy with whom Wallace collaborated. Also included are materials from 1982-1984 when Wallace lived and worked for a trading company in Nagoya, Japan; instructional materials from Japanese language classes he taught upon his return to Chapel Hill, N.C.; newspaper clippings and articles; and photographs of identified and unidentified people and places. Series 2, Books, consists of drafts, galleys, correspondence, and other production and promotion materials relating to Wallace's published books. Subseries 2.1 also contains three audiocassettes of radio interviews with Wallace and materials relating to the film version of the novel Big Fish, including a betacam press kit. Series 3, Other Writings and Related Materials, includes manuscripts of unpublished novels and stories, as well as miscellaneous writings. Folder 119 includes Wallace's first published story, from the UNC-Chapel Hill literary magazine Cellar Door.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated.

About 3600 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by correspondent.

Processing Note: For Wallace's correspondence with publishers, agents, and bookstore owners, see Series 2. Books.

Series 1, Correspondence, consists chiefly of personal correspondence relating to Wallace's life and work. The bulk of the letters span from 1977-1988, and are from family, friends, and former girlfriends. Correspondents include Wallace's mother Joan Wallace; his father E. D. Wallace; his sisters Rangeley Wallace, Barrie Wallace, and Holland Wallace ("Holly"); and his brother-in-law author, cartographer, and kayaking enthusiast William Nealy with whom Wallace collaborated. Also included are materials from 1982-1984 when Wallace lived and worked for a trading company in Nagoya, Japan; instructional materials from Japanese language classes he taught upon his return to Chapel Hill, N.C.; newspaper clippings and articles; and photographs of identified and unidentified people and places.

Folder 1

A #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

B #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

C #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4-6

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

D #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 4-6

Folder 7

E #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

F #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

G #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10-19

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Folder 19

H #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 10-19

Folder 20

I #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

J #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22-23

Folder 22

Folder 23

K #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 22-23

Folder 24

L #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

M #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 25-26

Folder 27

N #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

O #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29-30

Folder 29

Folder 30

P #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 29-30

Folder 31

R #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

S #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

T-V #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34-40

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

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Folder 39

Folder 40

W #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 34-40

Folder 41

W-Y #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42a-42c

Unidentified correspondents #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 42a-42c

Folder 43a-58

Other materials #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." Folder 43a-58

Image Folder P-5327/1

Identified people #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." P-5327/1

Image Folder P-5327/2

Unidentified people #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." P-5327/2

Image Folder P-5327/3

Pictures from Japan #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." P-5327/3

Image Folder P-5327/4

Unidentified places and pets #05327, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1977-2006 and undated." P-5327/4

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About 5700 items.

Arrangement: chronological by publication date.

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About 1800 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Materials relating to both the novel and film versions of Big Fish.

Folder 59

Draft #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

Draft #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

Draft with editor's notes #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62-64

Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

Correspondence #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." Folder 62-64

Folder 65-69

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Storyboards #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." Folder 65-69

Folder 70-77

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Folder 71

Folder 72

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Folder 77

Book and film promotion materials #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." Folder 70-77

Folder 78-98

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Folder 89

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Folder 97

Folder 98

Reviews #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." Folder 78-98

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5327/1

Two Big Fish-themed calendars #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." OP-5327/1

Audiocassette C-5327/1

Daniel Wallace interviewed by Jim Schumock on KBOO, 12 January 1999 #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." C-5327/1

Audiocassette C-5327/2

Daniel Wallace interviewed on The State of Things, 20 June 1999 #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." C-5327/2

Audiocassette C-5327/3

Daniel Wallace interviewed on Rena on Cleveland, WDOK 102.1 FM #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." C-5327/3

Videotape VT-5327/1

Betacam press kit for the film #05327, Subseries: "2.1. Big Fish, 1997-2004 and undated." VT-5327/1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Ray in Reverse, 1999-2000 and undated.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. The Watermelon King, 2001-2003 and undated.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Margaret Dickson, June 2007

Encoded by: Margaret Dickson, June 2007

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