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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Biography

Correspondence

Crazies Dress Normal

The Fisherman's Son

Icarus

Save the Whale

War Baby

The Water Monkey

Literary Production

Screenplays

Literary Production - Max Crawford

Literary Production - Other Writers

Miscellaneous

Photographs

Media

Oversize Manuscripts

Artifact

Oversize

OS 27.7.2

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Michael Koepf Papers:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1961-2019 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Koepf, Michael
Title: Michael Koepf Papers,
Dates: 1961-2019 and undated
Abstract: The Koepf Papers contain the manuscripts of Koepf's published and unpublished writing, and his correspondence with Max Crawford.
Collection #: R56.1
Quantity: 11 boxes and 1 oversize folder (11 linear feet)
Language: English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Michael Koepf was born in San Mateo, California, in March 1940. His father Ernest Koepf was a commercial fisherman, and his mother Ursula Koepf was a bookkeeper in a fish cannery. Koepf’s childhood home was Moss Beach, near the town of Half Moon Bay, California.

At eighteen, Koepf joined the US Army. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, and later as a volunteer for the Army’s Special Forces. While with the First Special Forces Group, he served in Southeast Asia during the nascent period of the Vietnam War. After his discharge from the Army, Koepf attended San Mateo Junior College and San Francisco State University, earning a BA in Communications and English (1966) and an MA in Creative Writing (1967).

After graduation, Koepf held various jobs: teacher in a private girl’s school in Hillsborough, California; principal of a one-room schoolhouse in Big Sur, California; and commercial fisherman of salmon, crab, and tuna. Over his twenty years as a fisherman, Koepf owned and captained three different vessels (the Thor, NOBE, and LCF). Koepf’s two younger brothers, John and Ernie, also became commercial fishermen. Koepf worked in Hollywood for 10 years as a screenwriter crafting scripts for Lauren Weissman, Robert Towne, and Steven Spielberg.

Koepf is currently married to Laura Adams. He has a daughter, Michele Koepf; a son, Ehren Koepf, and two granddaughters, Liza Koepf and Caroline Koepf. Koepf has lived in Mendocino California between the forest and the sea since 1972 in a house that he and his third wife Mary built themselves.

Major publications include:

  • Koepf, Michael. Shelter Cove. Amazon, 2019.
  • Koepf, Michael and Max Crawford. Icarus. New York: Atheneum, 1988.
  • Koepf, Michael. The Fisherman’s Son. New York: Random House, 1987.
  • Koepf, Michael. Save the Whale. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence from Max Crawford to Michael Koepf, manuscripts of published and unpublished novels, drafts of screenplays, short stories and poetry, research material, photographs, and a leather briefcase.

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 into 19 series. The second series, Correspondence, is organized by author and date. Series 3 to 8 are arranged by project title. Where possible, manuscripts are arranged in reverse chronological order. Screenplay adaptations that can be clearly linked to other projects are included in their respective series. Files in series 9 – 18 are arranged alphabetically.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. The 3 1/4 in. floppy disks are not currently accessible by patrons.

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)
Koepf, Michael
Koepf, Michael--Archives.
Koepf, Michael--Correspondence.
Koepf, Michael—Manuscripts.
Koepf, Michael--Fisherman’s Son.
Koepf, Michael--Icarus.
Koepf, Michael--Save the Whale.
Crawford, Max, 1938-
Crawford, Max, 1938--Correspondence.
Crawford, Max, 1938--Manuscripts.
Crawford, Max, 1938--Icarus.
Crawford, Max, 1938--Eastertown.

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Related Materials

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Michael Koepf Papers, 1961-2019 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2019-081-X

Purchase, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by: Dr. Diane Warner and Kristin Loyd, 2019.

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Collection Inventory

Biography

Box Folder
1 1 Koepf, Michael, autobiography, 2019

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Correspondence

Box Folder
1 2 Crawford, Max, postcards, 1971-2007 and undated
3 Crawford, Max, 1973-1979
4 Crawford, Max, 1980-1989
5 Crawford, Max, 1990-1994
6 Crawford, Max, 1994-1999
7 Crawford, Max, 1997-1998
8 Crawford, Max, 2000-2009
9 Crawford, Max, includes letters to, story drafts, and miscellaneous personal correspondence, 1983-2005 and undated
10 Personal, includes postcards, 1986-2006 and undated

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Crazies Dress Normal

Box Folder
1 11 Crazies Dress Normal, manuscript, 351 p., includes correspondence, May 1989
12 Crazies Dress Normal, manuscript edited by Max Crawford, undated
13 "Crazies Dress Normal," draft, 323 p., undated
Box Folder
2 1 "Crazies Dress Normal," draft (2), 323 p., undated
2 Crazies Dress Normal, draft, 351 p., undated
3 "Crazies Dress Normal original," draft, 399 p., undated
4 Crazies Dress Normal, drafts and notes, undated
5 Crazies Dress Normal, drafts and notes (2), undated

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The Fisherman's Son

Box Folder
2 6 Correspondence, includes book jacket, preliminary pages and ch. 1 edits, 1997-1998 and undated
7 The Fisherman's Son, manuscript, 293 p., undated
Box Folder
3 1 The Fisherman's Son, Ch. 2, draft, [1997]
2 The Fisherman's Son, Ch. 3, draft, [1997]
3 The Fisherman's Son, Ch. 4-5, draft, 1997
4 The Fisherman's Son, Ch. 6, draft, [1997]
5 The Fisherman's Son, Ch. 7, draft, [1997]
6 The Fisherman's Son, Ch. 8, draft, [1997]
7 The Fisherman's Son, Ch. 9, draft, [1997]
8 The Fisherman's Son, Ch. 10, drafts, [1997]
9 The Fisherman's Son, screenplay, draft, August 31, 1999
10 The Fisherman's Son, screenplay, draft, 112 p., undated
11 The Fisherman's Son, screenplay, draft, 117 p., undated
12 [The Fisherman's Son], screenplay, draft, 122 p., undated
13 The Fisherman's Son, screenplay, draft, 123 p., undated
14 The Fisherman's Son, screenplay, draft, 126 p., undated
15 The Fisherman's Son, "screenplay numbered scenes," undated
16 Changes in Latitude, prospectus and correspondence, 1981
17 Changes in Latitude, prospectus, undated
18 Diminished Capacity, drafts, undated
19 Half Moon Bay, drafts, undated
20 Half Moon Bay, miscellaneous draft pages with edits in red, undated
Box Folder
4 1 "Origins of The Fisherman's Son," drafts, 1978 and undated

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Icarus

Box Folder
4 2 Icarus, editing manuscript, p. 408-609, undated
3 Icarus, manuscript, includes correspondence, September 1989
4 "Icarus, Chapter 1 original," includes Archangel by Otto Kane, undated
5 "Icarus Research," drafts, notes, and correspondence, 1988 and undated
6 "Icarus Research," includes correspondence and drafts, 1972-1987 and undated
7 Reviews, 1988
8 Kirkus review, includes correspondence, February 1988
9 "Max Crawford," Ch. 10-11 draft, undated

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Save the Whale

Box Folder
4 10 Save the Whale, drafts, includes layout notes/edits, undated
11 Save the Whale, original manuscript, February 1979
Box Folder
5 1 "Save the Whale org. manuscript," 130 p., [1979?]
2 "Save the Whale, early misc. manuscript pages," 1973 and undated
3 Book reviews, 1978 and undated
4 "Book Reviews - New York Times, New Yorker, etc.," includes correspondence, 1973-1980 and undated
5 Movie option (Yates), includes correspondence, 1979-1980 and undated
6 Save the Whale, plot outline, [1970s?]
7 Save the Whale, screenplay, 160 p., undated
8 The Whale That Swam The Woods, manuscript, 126 p., undated

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War Baby

Box Folder
5 9 "War Baby, unpublished manuscript," undated
10 The War Baby, manuscript, 235 p., undated

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The Water Monkey

Box Folder
5 11 The Water Monkey, manuscript, 234 p., October 1967
12 The Water Monkey, manuscript, 330 p., undated
Box Folder
6 1 The Water Monkey, "1st novel," drafts, undated
2 The Water Monkey, drafts and notes, 1967-1968 and undated
3 "Water Monkey," drafts and notes, undated
4 Excerpt from The Water Monkey, in The Redneck Review, Spring 1990

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Literary Production

Box Folder
6 5 "10 poems on 5 pages," and novel fragment from All Men Are Sailors, undated
6 "All Men Are Sailors," draft, 206 p., undated
7 Anderson Valley Advertiser, 1984-1988 and undated
8 "Application Statement / 3 Writing Samples," includes The War Baby and The Water Monkey, undated
9 "College Papers," includes correspondence, 1967-1969 and undated
10 "Early attempt at writing," 1961
11 "Extracts," drafts, notes, and quotes, undated
12 "First attempt at writing," 1961
13 "Fishing," drafts, undated
Box Folder
7 1 Fishing, in Ridge Review, vol. 3, no. 2, 1983
2 Fishing, outline, undated
3 How Far Is Out?, prospectus, undated
4 Review of Crawford's Bad Communist, draft, 1979
5 Shelter Cove, draft, 372 p., undated
6 "Short stories," 3 drafts, undated
7 Street of Flowers, in 100 Flowers, no. 1, Spring 1971
8 "Story Book for Musical," drafts and notes, undated
9 [Temugin], drafts, undated
10 [Temugin], short story/chapter draft, 16 p., undated
11 [Temugin], short story/chapter draft, 38 p., undated
12 [Temugin], manuscript, 38 p., undated
13 White Spider, manuscript, 333 p., undated
14 The World is Flat, prospectus, undated
15 The World is Flat: The Everyday Life of Barbarians, drafts and outline, undated
16 Miscellaneous drafts, includes short stories and poetry, 1961 and undated

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Screenplays

Box Folder
7 17 Dancing Bear, screenplay, June 2, 1996
18 Dancing Bear, screenplay, May 24, 1996
19 D.B. Cooper: The Untold Story, prospectus, 1979
20 Letters from Yellowstone, screenplay, 112 p., undated
21 Letters from Yellowstone, screenplay edited by Diane Smith, undated
22 Lewis and Clark, screenplay, July 31, 1998
Box Folder
8 1 Pearl River, screenplay, September 25, 1996
2 Untitled screenplay, 15 p., undated

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Literary Production - Max Crawford

Box Folder
8 3 Eastertown, vol. 1, uncorrected bound manuscript, 1998
4 Eastertown, vol. 2, uncorrected bound manuscript, 1998
5 "Max in British Museum Reading Room," draft, March 1969
6 Wingshot, manuscript, undated

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Literary Production - Other Writers

Box Folder
8 7 Hollywood Forever, draft, 175 p., undated

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Miscellaneous

Box Folder
8 8 Contents of Max Crawford's briefcase, includes address books, correspondence, and notes, 2002-2008 and undated

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Photographs

Box Folder
8 9 Boeing 727 cockpit, interior, and exterior, Portland International Airport and surrounding area/city, 1979 and undated
10 Boeing 727 interior, [1979]
11 Max Crawford, Michael Koepf, undated
12 Max Crawford, and others, in Livingston, MT, 1997 and undated

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Media

Box Folder
8 1 "Wingshot," 3.5" floppy disk, green, undated
2 "Wingshot vol.," 2, 3.5" floppy disk, pink, undated
3 Untitled, 3.5" floppy disk, black, undated

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Oversize Manuscripts

Box Folder
9 1 Save the Whale, master proof, January 11, 1978
2 Save the Whale, page proofs, [1978]

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Artifact

Box Folder
10 1 Max Crawford's leather briefcase, undated

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Oversize

Box Folder
11 1 The Fisherman's Son, book jacket (3 copies), [1998]
2 New York City and Vicinity/New Jersey, map, undated
3 Save the Whale, book jacket, [1978]
4 Save the Whale, book jacket, draft (3 copies), [1978]

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OS 27.7.2

Folder
1 Kroll's Map of Seattle, undated

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