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Mary Cimarolli papers

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Creator: Cimarolli, Mary
Title: Mary Cimarolli papers
Dates: 1920-2010
Abstract: Mary Cimarolli is a Texas author known for her biography of Paul Barrus entitled Man of Grace, and her memoir, The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter. Included in this collection are her drafts, poetry, short stories, essays, book reviews, and photographs.
Accession No: MSS 85
Extent: 4 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Mary Lou Gammill was born in Arbala, Texas in 1931. She grew up on a farm, attended elementary school in Seymore, Texas, and later graduated from Sulphur Springs High School. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Texas State College for Women in 1951, she moved to Chicago with her husband, Marty Cimarolli, and had a son, Jim, and daughter, Maria. After her husband died in 1968, Mary Cimarolli moved back to Sulphur Springs, Texas and returned to school. As a single mother of two children, she commuted to Commerce, Texas while earning her master’s degree in English (1972) and doctorate in Education (1977) from East Texas State University.

While working for Dallas Community College District in 1977, Cimarolli met and married Jack Robottom, Director of Development for DCCCD. She taught English at Richland College beginning in the 1970s until her retirement in 1995. Her second career in creative writing has produced award-winning poetry, a biography, a memoir, and the honor of being a finalist for the A.C. and Judy Greene Literary Festival competition twice for her playwriting. Cimarolli’s most notable works are a biography of Father Paul Barrus, her English professor at ETSU who retired to become a Catholic priest, and her East Texas childhood memoir entitled The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter. Her memoir of Depression-era rural East Texas through the beginning of World War II is described by Rebecca Sharpless of Baylor University as “farm life noir.”

Mary Cimarolli lives with her husband, Jack Robottom, in Richardson, Texas and Angel Fire, New Mexico.


Box 3, Folder 17

Mathews, Terry. “Man of Grace: Arbala Native Writes About Beloved Professor Dr. Paul Wells Barrus,” The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, July 9, 2010, accessed June 11, 2013,

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains drafts of Mary Cimarolli’s published and unpublished works, notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Also included are her business records for promoting her books.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 2 series:
Series 1: Literary works, circa 1941-2010
Subseries 1: Man of Grace, 1970-2010
Subseries 2: The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter, 2003-2005
Subseries 3: Other works, 1997-2006
Series 2: Photographs and newspaper clippings, 1920-2010


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Cimarolli, Mary.
Barrus, Paul Wells.
Women authors, American -- Texas.
Letters -- 20th century.
Manuscripts for publication.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Cimarolli papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Mary Cimarolli, 2013.

Processing Information

Mary Cimarolli’s folder titles and original order were retained.

Processed by

Cynthia Franco, 2013.

Finding aid written and encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Literary works, circa 1941-2010
3 boxes

This series contains the literary works of Mary Cimarolli, from her first published essay while she was a fourth grader at Seymore School, to her published works in 2010. Some of her works were published under her married name, Mary Cimarolli Robottom. Included are her memoir, biography of Paul Barrus, plays, essays, short stories, poetry, and book reviews. The bulk of this series contain files for her two books, Man of Grace and The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter. Both of these works had various titles throughout the writing stage.
Box Folder
1 1 “Our Flag,” newspaper clipping from The Hopkins County Echo, circa 1941-1942.

Subseries 1: Man of Grace, 1970-2010
2 boxes

Box Folder
1 2 Class notebooks for classes taught by Paul Barrus, 1970-1974
3 Barrus book – very early notes
4 Paul Barrus 1972 commencement address for East Texas State University inscribed to Mary Cimarolli
5 Visions and Voices : Poems for Paul Wells Barrus. Commerce, Texas : East Texas State University, 1986.
5 The Paul Wells Barrus Lectures, 1983-1989. Commerce, Texas : East Texas State University Press, 1990. Signed by Paul Barrus, 1991.
5 Paul Barrus obituary from The Dallas Morning News, 2000.
6 Copy of letter from Mary Cimarolli to Paul [Barrus] and memorial poem by Cimarolli, 2000
7 Barrus – draft I
8 Integer Vitae – draft II
9 Integer Vitae – early draft
10 Integer Vitae – submitted to Sam Rayburn Series of Rural Life in East Texas
11 Integer Vitae – for reference purposes
12 Integer Vitae – draft III edited by Henry F. Petter
13 Integer Vitae – copy sent to Dr. Lind at Commerce incorporates suggestions and correction by Ralph Jack, Father Henry Jane
14 Integer Vitae – copy that includes the corrections and suggestions of everyone
15 Integer Vitae – early copy with corrections
16-17 Integer Vitae – early drafts
18 Integer Vitae – bits and pieces
Box Folder
2 1 Man of Grace – copy edited by a friend about mid-way through project
2 Man of Grace – draft with notes
3 Man of Grace – edited by Bill
4 Man of Grace – Henry’s comments
5 Man of Grace – draft with notes
6-7 Man of GraceMan of Grace – drafts
8 Man of Grace – invoices for book design and printing
9 Man of Grace – inquiry letters
10 Man of Grace – [Mary Cimarolli’s letters to periodicals regarding her book]
11 Man of Grace – rejections
12-13 Man of Grace – publicity materials
14 Man of Grace – notes of appreciation
15 Book reviews, 2010
Man of Grace -Correspondence
16 Salvatore Attardo
17 Blakely-Barton, DeLotto, Carol Butler, 2008-2009
18 Charles Linck
19-20 Ralph Wood
21 Ralph Wood letters, eulogy, and statement on homosexuality
22 Hunter Hayes
23 More Father Barrus stories [Review of 1983-1995 Barrus Day lectures by Charles Linck and poems]
24 Fred Tarpley
25 Blake Shaw, printer
26 Ann Moseley, first meeting notes and suggestions
27 Barrus Day invitation mailing list
28 Barrus notes – 1984-1992 Immaculate Conception Parish, 1992-1997 St Paul’s, 1998-death [at St. Elizabeth Ann] Seton (Plano)
29 Ulna McWhorter, Mary Russell
30 Jane Maiers
31 William Tanner interview
32 Publicity, and [2008 Texas Catholic] form for letter
33 Fred Tarpley, Charles Linck, Hunter Hayes
34 More correspondence
Man of Grace - Subject Files
35 Teacher from Winterset: An Interview with Paul H. Barrus by Frances Neidhardt – photocopy of article inscribed to Mary Cimarolli by the author with Neidhardt’s email, 2009
36 Early pieces for publicity
37 Nancy Carroll’s notes on Barrus
38 Fred Tarpley interview
39 Judith Rudolph and Corrine Crow interviews, East Texas Rebellion
40 Dr. William Carroll Adams and Bo Grimshaw intervies
41 Paul Reittinger interview
42 Pat Van Hosen (wife of Hugh), Vicki Strief
43 Dr. Dianne Cooper and Dr. Goodwin
44 Henry and Theresa Petter interviews, 20th anniversary notes
45 Father Paul [Barrus] early memories in his own writing
46 Father Paul [Barrus] at Grand Prairie, Texas, 1988-1993
47 Children of Father Paul [Barrus]’s cousin Betty
48 Hannah Blakely-Barton book design
49 Barrus Day planning committee at Texas A and M Commerce, 2010
50 Barrus book expenses
51 Permissions to quote for Barrus book
52 Estimates for publication
53 “Father Paul Barrus’ Favorite Excerpts for Funeral Services” compact disc, 2000

Subseries 2: The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter, 2003-2005
23 folders

Box Folder
3 1 Rustic’s Tale – possibly first draft
2 Rustic’s Tale – with illustration on first page
3 Making Ends Meet – some professional editing from Texas A and M, second proposed title
4 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter – indexing copy, 2003
5 Rustic’s Tale
6 Making Ends Meet: A Child’s Memories of the Depression and World War II
7 [The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter] – draft with no title page
8 Rustic’s Tale – notes and drafts
9 Rustic’s Tale – possible second draft
10 Rustic’s Tale – second or third draft
11-12 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter – Texas A and M correspondence
13 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter – PEN Nomination
14 Texas A and M Press catalog, 2005
15 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter correspondence
16 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter – personal appearances
17 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter – speaking engagements [includes biographical blurb and reviews for The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter]
18 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter – TAMU Press income and expenses, 2003
19 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter order form
20 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter – book festivals in Austin and Plano, 2004
21-22 The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter – reviews
23 Letters from Rita’s class

Subseries 3: Other works, 1997-2006
11 folders

Box Folder
3 Plays
24 “Annie and the Church of the Loving Spirit (A Readers Theatre Piece)” with 2002 Judy and A.C. Greene Festival Anthology book
25 “Billy Bob’s Garage,” 2003 Judy and A.C. Greene Festival Anthology book, card from Dee Gormley
Published Poetry
26 Bibliography, two newsclippings, poems
26 Swimming for the Moon : Poems by the Brown Bag Poets. Dallas, Texas : Dolphin Publishing, 2006. Signed by all seven authors including Mary Cimarolli.
Book Reviews
These were written under the name Mary Cimarolli-Robottom
27 The Medusa Tree by Mylene Dressler
27 Lure, Lore, and Legends by Members of the Moreno Valley Writers Guild
27 Along the Path by Marilyn Stacy
Unpublished Essays and Short stories
28 An Inland Soul Visits Literary New England
29 Mandy’s Buried Secret
30 Rural Free Delivery
31 A Stone Not Cast
32 A Day in the Life of Manly Morrison
33 Crazy Creek
34 Moreno Valley Creek Writers Guild 1997 Creative Writing Contest award for first place in the informal essay category for the story “Journey Back Home: Through the Senses,” critique, letter, and award check

Series 2: Photographs and newspaper clippings, 1920-2010
1 box

Box Folder
4 1 Photographs for The Bootlegger’s Other Daughter
2 Bill Tanner’s photos of Paul Barrus
3 The Senior Voice, November/December 2010 issue. Contains profile of Mary Cimarolli and two published poems
4 Laminated newspaper clipping book review of Man of Grace, The News-Telegram, Sulphur Springs, Texas, July 9, 2010