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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Journals and Notebooks

Literary Production

Miscellaneous

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Paul Gruchow:

An Inventory of His Papers 1968-2017 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Gruchow, Paul
Title: Paul Gruchow Papers,
Dates: 1968-2017 and undated
Abstract: Papers of author Paul Gruchow from 1968-2017 and undated.
Collection # R46.1
Quantity: 4 boxes (3.5 linear foot)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Paul Gruchow was an author, editor, and conservationist. He was born May 23, 1947 in Montevideo, Minnesota and raised on a small, subsistence farm. Gruchow held writer-in-residence positions at St. Olaf College, Concordia College, and the University of Minnesota. Gruchow edited The Worthington Globe, and his writing has appeared in the Utne Reader, New York Times, Hungry Mind Review, and Nature Conservancy. In 1996, Gruchow won the Minnesota Book Award for Grass Roots. In 1998, he won the Minnesota Book Award and the John T. Flanagan Award for Boundary Waters. His work examines the relationship between land and community, life (human and non-human) on the tall-grass prairies, and the effects of nature on the mind and spirit. Gruchow died in Duluth, Minnesota on February 22, 2004.

Major publications include:

  • Gruchow, Paul. Letters to a Young Madman: A Memoir. Minneapolis: Levins Publishing, 2012.
  • Gruchow, Paul. Boundary Waters: The Grace of the Wild. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 1997.
  • Gruchow, Paul. Grass Roots: The Universe of Home. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 1995.
  • Gruchow, Paul. Travels in Canoe Country. Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1992.
  • Gruchow, Paul. The Necessity of Empty Places. New York: St. Martin’s, 1988.
  • Gruchow, Paul. Journal of a Prairie Year. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1985.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal correspondence from Paul Gruchow discussing his personal life, writing, and social, environmental, and political observations. The collection also contains personal journals and working notebooks, manuscripts for his posthumous memoir, essays, short fiction, and lectures.

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 Paul Gruchow Papers are organized into the following series. Journals and notebooks are arranged chronologically. Literary production is arranged by type (e.g. memoir, non-fiction essays, fiction). Miscellaneous materials include drawings, course and lecture notes.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. 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)
Gruchow, Paul.
Gruchow, Paul--Archives.
Gruchow, Paul--Correspondence.
Gruchow, Paul--Diaries.
Gruchow, Paul--Manuscripts.
Gruchow, Paul--Letters to a Young Madman.
Subjects
Landscapes--United States.
Natural History--Minnesota.
Natural History--Northwestern States.
Natural History--Prairie Provinces.

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul Gruchow Papers, 1968-2017 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2016-0024-X

Purchased, 2016

Processing Information

Processed by: Diane Warner, Kristin Loyd, Elaine Tveit, 2017

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence

box folder
1 1 Martinelli, Louis, April 2017
2 From Gruchow, copies, 1987-2003

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Journals and Notebooks

box folder
1 3 Journal, vol. 1, 1969-1976
4 Journal, vol. 2, June-Oct. 1976
5 Journal, vol. 4, 1977-1978
6 Journal, vol. 5, May 1977-Sept. 1981
7 Journal, The Lake, 1981-1985
8 Journal, Dec. 1984-Dec. 1986
9 Journal, Feb.-Mar. 1986
10 Journal, Jan.-Mar. 1987
11 Journal, Mar. 1987
12 Journal, Mar. 1987-Feb. 1988
13 Journal, Aug. [1987]- Mar. 1988
14 Journal, Mar. 1990-Oct. 1991
15 Journal, Jan.-July 1991
16 Journal, vol. 1, Jan. 1992
17 Journal, vol. 2, Feb.-Mar. 1992
18 Journal, vol. 3, Mar.-Dec. 1992
19 Journal, vol. 4, Dec. 1992-Jan. 1993
20 Journal, vol. 5, Jan.-June 1993
21 Journal, vol. 6, June-Dec. 1993
22 Journal, vol. 7, Dec. 1993-June 1994
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2 1 Journal, vol. 8, June 1994
2 Journal, [Dec. 1994]-1995
3 Journal, includes drawings, June 1997
4 Journal, Nov. 1999-Jan. 2000
5 Journal, [Continental Divide?], undated
6 Journal, [Lake Angeline?], undated
7 Journal, purple, includes loose notecards, undated
8 Miscellaneous, loose journal entries, 1982-2003 and undated
9 Notebook, [Bison Culture/Buffalo Culture], undated
10 Notebook, A Commonplace Book, undated
11 Notebook, includes class notes on World War II history, undated
12 Notebook, quotations, undated
13 Notebook, miscellaneous drafts and notes, includes The Sanity of Wilderness, Reasons for Living (poems), and Fear in the Wild, 2013 and undated

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Literary Production

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2 14 Letters to a Young Madman, 261 p., includes notes from DF, undated
15 Letters to a Young Madman, 262 p., includes notes and copyedits, undated
16 Letters to a Young Madman, 266 p., includes notes and copyedits, 2004
17 Letters to a Young Madman, draft [part 1], undated
18 Letters to a Young Madman, draft [part 2], undated
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3 1 Letters to a Young Madman, [1st version], undated
2 Letters to a Young Madman, miscellaneous essay drafts, undated
3 [The Continental Divide], 175 p., undated
4 The Kingdom of Grass, 107 p., 1995
5 Thinking About the Map of Minnesota, 48 p., undated
6 The Changeling, fiction, 69 p., undated
7 First Light (1), fiction, 179 p., undated
8 First Light (2), fiction, 293 p., undated
9 Latin Holiday, fiction, holograph, 99 p., undated
10 Peaches and Cream, fiction, 70 p., undated
11 Victorious, fiction, 65 p., undated
12 Untitled, fiction, 100 p., undated
13 "The baby alligator we met…," [essay?], undated
14 "For the past six or seven months…," [lecture?], undated
15 Miscellaneous drafts, includes lectures and book/story proposals on prairie agriculture, undated
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4 1 Miscellaneous drafts and notes, includes Bread and Ethics, A House of Many Mansions, and Making a New Image of the World, undated
2 Miscellaneous drafts and notes, includes In Search of the Family, Thinking Like a Mountain, How To essays, and SNA essays, 1985 and undated
3 Miscellaneous drafts and notes, includes Mankato lecture, Luverne Rotary Club speech, meat industry interview, and monthly column, 1986 and undated
4 Miscellaneous drafts and notes, includes Rosewood Township, What the Prairie Teaches Us, The Necessities of Place, St. Mary's Speech, and The Limits of Management, undated
5 Miscellaneous drafts and notes, includes Thoreau: A Chronology, An Excellent Life, My God, My God…Why?, and Bound for Independence, undated
6 Miscellaneous drafts and notes, includes The Work of the Devil, Fielding's New Zealand, and lectures, 1987 and undated

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Miscellaneous

box folder
4 7 Drawings and notes, 1968-1995 and undated
8 The Magic Circle, Minnesota Writers course, includes syllabus and lecture notes, 1979-1980 and undated

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