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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Literary Production

Photographs

Miscellaneous

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Edward Abbey:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1968-1989 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989
Title: Edward Abbey Papers
Dates: 1968-1989 and undated
Abstract: The collection contains correspondence between Edward Abbey, Ralph Newcomb, Edward Hoagland, Doug Peacock, and others.
Collection #: R34.1
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Language: English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Edward Abbey wrote fiction and non-fiction based upon the belief that an important link exists between individual freedom and the presence of wilderness areas. He was born in 1927 in Pennsylvania. He attended the University of New Mexico, receiving a BA in philosophy and literature in 1951 and a MA in philosophy in 1956. Abbey worked for the National Park Service at Arches National Monument during the summers of 1956 and 1957; experiences there inspired his early work, Desert Solitaire. He is perhaps best known for The Monkey Wrench Gang, whose characters attempt to halt construction of buildings and dams in wilderness areas. Abbey died in 1989, at the age of 62, in Tucson, Arizona.

Major publications include:

  • Abbey, Edward. Jonathan Troy. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1954.
  • Abbey, Edward. The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1956.
  • Abbey, Edward. Fire on the Mountain. New York: Dial, 1962.
  • Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968.
  • Abbey, Edward. Appalachian Wilderness: The Great Smokey Mountains. Text by Abbey. New York: Dutton, 1970.
  • Abbey, Edward. Black Sun. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1971.
  • Abbey, Edward. Slickrock: The Canyon Country of Southeast Utah. Text by Abbey. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1971.
  • Abbey, Edward. Cactus Country. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1973.
  • Abbey, Edward. The Monkey Wrench Gang.Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1975.
  • Abbey, Edward. The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey. Text by Abbey. New York: Viking, 1977.
  • Abbey, Edward. The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West. New York: Dutton, 1977.
  • Abbey, Edward. Abbey’s Road. New York: Dutton, 1979.
  • Abbey, Edward. Desert Images: An American Landscape. Text by Abbey. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979.
  • Abbey, Edward. Good News. New York: Dutton, 1980.
  • Abbey, Edward. Down the River with Henry David Thoreau and Friends. New York: Dutton, 1982.
  • Abbey, Edward. Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1984.
  • Abbey, Edward. In Praise of Mountain Lions. Albuquerque: Albuquerque Sierra Club, 1984.
  • Abbey, Edward. Confessions of a Barbarian. Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1986.
  • Abbey, Edward. The Fool’s Progress: An Honest Novel. New York: Holt, 1988.
  • Abbey, Edward. One Life at a Time, Please. New York: Holt, 1988.
  • Abbey, Edward. Vox Clamantis in Desert: Some Notes from a Secret Journal. Santa Fe: Rydal Press, 1989.
  • Abbey, Edward. Hayduke Lives! Boston: Little, Brown, 1990.
  • Abbey, Edward. Earth Apples: The Poetry of Edward Abbey. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994.

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Scope and Contents

This collection combines separate small collections acquired at different times (between 2000 and 2005). It includes correspondence between Abbey and Ralph Newcomb, Edward Hoagland, and David Petersen, as well as correspondence from other writers who knew Abbey. It also includes two photographs, newspaper clippings, manuscript material, and a Western Wilderness calendar with text by Abbey.

The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World.

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Organization

The collection is organized by correspondent and by type of material.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Copy requests in excess of 5 pages must be approved by the donor or his representative.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989
Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989--Correspondence.
Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989--Confessions of a Barbarian.
Grant, Bob--Correspondence.
Hoagland, Edward--Correspondence.
Newcomb, Ralph W.--Correspondence.
Peacock, Doug--Correspondence.
Petersen, David, 1946--Correspondence.

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Related Materials

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Abbey Papers, 1968-1989 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
N/A

Purchase, 2000-2004

Processing Information

Processed by: Diane Warner, 2011

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Edward Abbey to Ralph Newcomb, January 22, 1968
2 Edward Abbey to Ralph Newcomb, January 21, 1969
3 Edward Abbey to Ralph Newcomb, April 25, 1969
4 Edward Abbey to Ralph Newcomb, January 15, 1983
5 Edward Abbey to Ralph Newcomb, July 22, 1983
6 Bob Grant to Ralph Newcomb, January 14, 1968
7 Bob Grant to Ralph Newcomb, January 11, 1969
8 Bob Grant to Ralph Newcomb, May 14, 1969
9 Edward Abbey to Dave Petersen, 1983-1988
10 Edward Abbey to Dave Petersen, postcards, 1983-1989
11 Edward Abbey to Dave Petersen, February 21, 1987
12 Edward Abbey to Dave Petersen, and introduction to The Backcountry Handbook, typescript with holographic changes, 1988
13 Dave Petersen to Edward Abbey, and A Walk in the Desert With Edward Abbey, typescript with holographic changes, 1987
14 Edward Abbey to [correspondent], 1975-1988
15 [Correspondent] to Edward Hoagland, 1989
16 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1970
17 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1971
18 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1973
19 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1977
20 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1978
21 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1979
22 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1980
23 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1981
24 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1982
25 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1983
26 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1984
27 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1985
28 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1986
29 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1987
30 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1988
31 Edward Abbey to Edward Hoagland, 1989
32 Edward Abbey and Dream Garden Press edition of The Monkey Wrench Gang, 1984-1985
33 Doug Peacock to Edward Hoagland, 1982-1989 and undated

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Literary Production

Box Folder
1 34 Confessions of a Barbarian, corrected manuscript sheets and publisher’s final-set pages, 1986
35 Greetings to all at the Earth First! Festival, 1983
36 The Treasure of the Canyon Country, 3 p. typescript with holographic corrections, Western Wilderness calendar, [1981?]-1982

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Photographs

Box Folder
1 37 [Photos of Abbey], 1 color of Abbey on sofa reading newspaper, 1 black and white, standing above Colorado River, near Moab, undated

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Miscellaneous

Box Folder
1 38 Newspaper articles, 1989

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