Jay McInerney Papers, 1971-1989

Collection Number: 4666

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Jay McInerney papers, 1971-1989
Collection Number:
4666
Creator:
Jay McInerney
Quantity:
1.7 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Personal correspondence, professional and publishing correspondence, photographs, videocassettes and audiocassettes, fan mail, two scrapbooks, ephemeral items, and newsclippings.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The Jay McInerney papers consist of personal correspondence, professional and publishing correspondence, photographs, and other papers relating chiefly to the publicity for his novel Bright Lights Big City.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Jay McInerney is the author of Bright Lights Big City, Ransom, and other novels.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Jay McInerney papers consist of personal correspondence, professional and publishing correspondence, photographs, and other papers relating chiefly to the publicity for his novel Bright Lights Big City. The collection includes manuscripts of McInerney's other published and unpublished writing, and drafts and screenplay drafts of Bright Lights Big City. The collection also includes videocassettes and audiocassettes, fan mail, two scrapbooks (dissembled) that chronicle the personal life and professional and literary presence of Jay McInerney and Merry McInerney, ephemeral items, photographs, and newsclippings.
Personal papers include letters and notes from McInerney to his wife Merry; photographs of them and their wedding; material regarding travel, particularly in Africa; incidental diary fragments; and financial and business records. Correspondents include Raymond Carver and Tess Gallagher, McInerney's editor and friend Gary Fisketjon of Random House, and authors Richard Ford, Rust Hills, Paul Bowles, Julian Barnes, Tama Janowitz, Lorrie Moore, Tina Brown, Bill Buford, Gordon Lish, Tobias Wolff, and Mona Simpson.
SUBJECTS

Names:
McInerney, Jay
Carver, Raymond L.
Gallagher, Tess
Lish, Gordon
Moore, Lorrie
Simpson, Mona
Wolff, Tobias, 1945-
Bowles, Paul, 1910-
Brown, Tina
Buford, Bill
Barnes, Julian
Ford, Richard, 1944-
Janowitz, Tama
Hills, L. Rust
McInerney-Whiteford, Merry
Fisketjon, Gary

Subjects:
Novelists, American
Fiction--Stories, plots, etc.
Publicity
Publishers and publishing
Authors, American

Form and Genre Terms:
Scrapbooks
Photographs

Occupations:
Authors


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Restrictions on Use:
Authors retain literary rights.
Cite As:
Jay McInerney Papers, #4666. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Personal correspondence Box 1
Series II. Professional and publishing correspondence Box 2
Series III. Manuscripts Box 3
Series IV. Writings Box 4
Series V. Scrapbooks Boxes 5-6
Series V. Ephemera Boxes 7
Series VI. Videocassettes See Container List

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Series I. Personal correspondence
Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence from Raymond Carver to Jay McInerney
1971-1985
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: February 10, 1971
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: December 17, 1980
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: July 23, 1981
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: January 13, 1983
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: July 7, 1983
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: July 15, 1983
Box 1 Folder 1
Postcard: July 19, 1983
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: July, 1983
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: March 28, 1984
Box 1 Folder 1
Postcard: May 24, 1984
Box 1 Folder 1
Postcard: June 21, 1985
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter: July 7, 1985
Box 1 Folder 2
Photocopies of correspondence from Carver to McInerney--Letters only
1971-1985
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence from Tess Gallagher to McInerney
1981-1986
Box 1 Folder 3
Letter: June 4, 1981
Box 1 Folder 3
Letter: October 20, 1982
Box 1 Folder 3
Postcard: January 13, 1983
Box 1 Folder 3
Letter: August 11, 1983
Box 1 Folder 3
Postcard: 1983
Box 1 Folder 3
Letter: 1984
Box 1 Folder 3
Letter: January 21, 1985
Box 1 Folder 3
Letter: March 24, 1986
Box 1 Folder 3
Poem: 1986
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence from McInerney to Merry (Reymond) McInerney
1982-1989
Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence from McInerney to Merry McInerney
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence from Gary L. Fisketjon to McInerney
1982-1986
Box 1 Folder 7
Note with photograph of wine bottles and annotation from Julian Barnes to McInerney
1987
Box 1 Folder 8
Letter from Tina Brown to McInerney
1985
Box 1 Folder 9
Letter from Tina Brown to McInerney
1985
Box 1 Folder 10
Letters from Bill Buford to McInerney
1984
Box 1 Folder 11
Correspondence from Richard Ford to McInerney including one letter from McInerney to Ford never sent
1983-1986
Box 1 Folder 12
Letter from Rust Hills to McInerney
1986
Box 1 Folder 13
Letter from Tama Janowitz to McInerney
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 14
Letters from Gordon Lish to McInerney
1982-1986
Box 1 Folder 15
Letters from Lorrie Moore to McInerney
1982-1986
Box 1 Folder 16
Letters from Mona Simpson to McInerney
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 17
Letters from Tobias Wolff to McInerney
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 18
Miscellaneous correspondence
1984-1987
Box 1 Folder 19
Postcards from McInerney never sent
1986
Series II. Professional and publishing correspondence
Box 2 Folder 1
Professional and publishing correspondence
1980-1985
Box 2 Folder 2
Professional and publishing correspondence
1985
Box 2 Folder 3
Professional and publishing correspondence
1985
Box 2 Folder 4
Professional and publishing correspondence
1986
Box 2 Folder 5
Professional and publishing correspondence
1986
Box 2 Folder 6
Professional and publishing correspondence
1987-1988
Box 2 Folder 7
Professional and publishing correspondence
n.d.
Box 2 Folder 8
Notes
n.d.
Box 2 Folder 9
Notebook with notes
n.d.
Box 2 Folder 10
Miscellaneous material regarding trip to Africa with Sobek's International Explorers Society
1985-1986
Box 2 Folder 11
Notes
1985
"Notes: Paul Bowles 1985, Tangier (for Vanity Fair piece)"
Box 2 Folder 12
Good Help by Allan Gurganus with dedication from author to McInerney
1988
Box 2 Folder 13
Paolo Barozzi miscellany
1981-1986
Note from McInerney, Peggy Guggenheim: Una donna, una collezione, Venezia by Barozzi with personal dedication from author to McInerney, "Peggy Guggenheim Remembered" by Barozzi
Box 2 Folder 14
Draft of the play After Hours by Joseph Minion with note from McInerney
1984
Box 2 Folder 15
Miscellaneous
1985-1988
Newspaper article, complimentary drink passes, slide, tour information
Box 2 Folder 16
Miscellaneous
1986-1989
Business cards, addresses and phone numbers, newspaper clippings, notes, American Express credit card
Series III. Manuscripts
Box 3 Folder 1
Notes
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 2
Revised second draft of Bright Lights, Big City with Michael Ulick's notes
n.d
Box 3 Folder 3
Draft of screenplay of Bright Lights--Version 1
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 4
Draft of screenplay of Bright Lights--Version 2
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 5
Draft of screenplay of Bright Lights--Version 3
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 6
Draft of screenplay of Bright Lights--Version 4
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 7
Additional copy of Version 4
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 8
Early draft of Paint It Black, unpublished screenplay
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 9
Early draft of Paint It Black
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 10
First draft and early notes of Paint It Black
n.d.
Box 3 Folder 11
Manuscript of I-Land Manhattan in Monologue by Sonia Pilcer
1987
Series IV. Writings
Box 4 Folder 1
"The Real Tad Allagash"
1884
First draft--originally entitled "Allagash on the Hudson," rejection letter from Mademoiselle
Box 4 Folder 2
"The Real Tad Allagash"
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 3
Chapters from an unpublished novel
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 3
"Sympathy"
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 4
"Sympathy"
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 5
Criticism on "The Nuclear Age" by Tim O'Brien
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 6
Pages 8-11 of unknown story
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 7
"Instant Tinsel"
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 8
"Where They Be Smoke"
n.d.
First and second drafts
Box 4 Folder 9
"Smoke"
1986-1987
Letters of rejection and acceptance, two drafts of "Smoke," The Atlantic Report author profile, photocopy of article revisions
Box 4 Folder 10
"Bowles Galleys"
1985
Letter from Vanity Fair, photocopy of article revisions
Box 4 Folder 11
"Deadly Hazards, Minor Hassles"
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 12
"A Sentimental Education"
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 13
"Reunion"
1987
Two drafts, photocopies of article revisions from Esquire
Box 4 Folder 14
"Fear of Dancing"
n.d.
Two copies, original article in Esquire
Box 4 Folder 15
Introduction to Manhattan Transfer
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 16
Speeches
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 17
Interview
n.d.
Series V. Scrapbooks
Box 5 Folder 1
Miscellaneous
1982-1984
Letters of congratulation, miscellaneous publishing letters, letters regarding "Amanda" and "IT'S 6 AM, DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE"
Box 5 Folder 2
Miscellaneous
1984
Newspaper clippings, publicity photo, book jacket, miscellaneous publishing letters
Box 5 Folder 3
Miscellaneous
1984-1985
Newspaper clippings, photo of bookstore, miscellaneous letters
Box 5 Folder 4
Photocopies and original newspaper clippings
1984
Box 5 Folder 5
Photocopies of newspaper clippings
1984-1985
Box 5 Folder 6
Fan mail
1986
Box 5 Folder 7
Fan mail
1985-1987
Box 5 Folder 8
Fan mail
1985-1987
Box 5 Folder 9
Fan mail
1985-1986
Box 6 Folder 1
Letters received, clippings, Syracuse University administrative papers
1979-1986
Box 6 Folder 2
Negatives and photographs, wedding photographs, publicity photographs, a letter
1983-1986
Box 6 Folder 3
Letters, invitation list, McInerney resume
c. 1985
Box 6 Folder 4
Proposal from Playboy, publicity
1984-1985
Box 6 Folder 5-8
Publicity
c. 1985
Box 7
Series VI. Ephemera
Sunglasses worn by Michael J. Fox, Bright Lights, Big City t-shirt, photos of McInerney and Merry, flyers, book jackets, newspaper and magazine clippings; audiocassettes: German feature on McInerney and Bret Easton Ellis, and "Why I am Not Moving to Hollywood" by McInerney; McInerney interviews with Paul Bowles
Series VII. Videocassettes
V-343
"I Minimalisti"
V-343
"Bright Lights Big City," Jay McInerney Interviews 4/22/88