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John Jakes papers

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-2001-4

Collection consists of Notes and correspondence for the American Bicentennial Series (Kent Family Chronicles), California Gold, Homeland, On Secret Service, Savannah, Charleston ; pre-publication states of Homeland, In the Big Country, American Dreams, and On Secret Service, Charleston, Savannah, The gods of Newport ; screenplays and audio abridgements ; General Correspondence ; and Miscellaneous materials.


  • 1963 -

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All rights reside with the creator. For permission to reproduce, publish, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections.


90 boxes (29.66 cubic feet)


Organized in four series: I. Works ; II. General Correspondence ; III. Miscellaneous ; IV. 2010 Addition.

The 2010 addition of materials spans the years 1962-1994, the bulk of which cover the 1960s and 1970s. This collection contains a wide range of items from John Jakes's career, focusing primarily on early drafts and outlines of his works. Contracts, records of royalties and correspondence are also included. The collection also contains memorabilia collected by Jakes throughout his career, including posters and magazine and newpaper clippings. While most of these works have been published or produced, this series also includes outlines for unpublished novels and plays. Notable correspondents include Gil Kane and Robert Peck, both of whom collaborated with John Jakes.

Series Box

A: Published Novels 1-10

B: Unpublished Novels 11

C: Produced Plays 12-14

D: Unproduced Plays 15

E: Anthologies and Collaborations 16-17

F: General 18-20


Gift of John Jakes, 2001; Additions in 2007; 2010

Repository Details

Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-3847

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