Collection Number: 05692

Collection Title: James Reston Jr. Papers, 1955-2018

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Size 9.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6400 items)
Abstract The collection of James Reston Jr., a white author, chronicles more than forty years of his writing career from the mid 1960s to the early 2000s and documents many of his interests including amnesty for Vietnam War resisters, civil rights especially for African Americans in the American South, General William Tecumseh Sherman's March, the downfalls of President Richard Nixon and Major League Baseball player Pete Rose, President John F. Kennedy's assassination, astronomy and space exploration, the medieval crusades and modern jihad, the millennium and apocalyptic thinking, disabled children, theater, and Jim Jones, the People's Temple, and the 1978 Jonestown tragedy in Guyana, South America. The collection includes correspondence, proposals for books and documentaries, drafts of books, plays, and articles, editorial notes and comments, photographs, audio recordings, digital files, research materials, and printed items including playbills, posters, catalogs, and magazine and newspaper clippings. Collection materials represent many of his major works, including two novels, three theatrical plays, a biography of Galileo and other historical and nonfiction works, a memoir of raising his disabled daughter Hillary Reston, and radio and television documentaries about Jonestown and the 3 November 1979 murders of Communist Party members in Greensboro, N.C.
Creator Reston, James, Jr., 1941-
Language English
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Received from James Reston Jr. in July 2013 (Acc. 101807), July 2015 (Acc. 102251), April 2017 (Acc. 103054), and February 2019 (Acc. 103547). Websites harvested using Archive-It, beginning in 2016.
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James Reston Jr. (1941- ), a white author, is one of three sons of James Barrett Reston Sr., (1909-1995), a correspondent, columnist, and editor for the New York Times, and Sally Fulton Reston (1912-2001), a photographer, writer, and publisher of the Vineyard Gazette at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. James Reston Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship. He was an All South varsity soccer player and holds the university's record for most goals scored in a single game. He graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. While at UNC, Reston became involved in the efforts to desegregate public accommodations in Chapel Hill, N.C.

In 1971, Reston published his first novel To Defend, To Destroy. Between 1971 and 2015, Reston published seventeen books including two novels, a memoir about raising his disabled daughter Hillary Reston, and a biography of seventeenth-century Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei; three plays; a prize-winning radio documentary Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown; and numerous articles for national magazines, including Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time, Esquire, and Rolling Stone.

Reston served on the faculty of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, lecturing in creative writing from 1971 to 1981 and engaging with a community of writers in the area that included Doris Betts, Allan Gurganus, Reynolds Price, and Lee Smith. He has traveled extensively and lectured nationally and internationally on numerous subjects including the millennium, the crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and his disabled daughter. He was a fellow with the American Academy in Rome and the Library of Congress and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Reston is married to Denise Reston with whom he has three children. He resides in Maryland.

Selected Major Works:

Writing

James Reston Jr. has described his "writing life as a series of obsessions" and "intense preoccupations" with touchstones he "returned to time and again: civil rights, immoral and ill-advised war, literature and the arts, skepticism of authority, and the moral imperative of a writer to be engaged in the central issues of his time."

His self described obsessions are amnesty; Richard Nixon; civil rights and the American South; Jonestown (the Peoples Temple) in Guyana, South America and the 1978 poisoning of more than 900 Americans by cult leader Jim Jones; sports; theatre, history, and literature; space; Washington, D.C.; his daughter Hillary; President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Tex.; the millennium; crusade and jihad; and the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 (9-11).

His writing on amnesty focused on the pardoning of the Vietnam-era war resisters or draft dodgers and deserters or exiles. During the Vietnam War, Reston served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer, an experience that gave him an "abiding sympathy for the American soldier" and "contempt for the politician who blithely puts men and women in harm's way for abstract, theoretical geopolitical reasons without pondering the human cost." He argued for universal amnesty in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and in public debates and published The Amnesty of John David Herndon his first nonfiction book in 1973 about an army deserter self exiled in Paris, France.

His interest in civil rights and capital punishment led to several major works. His 1977 nonfiction book The Innocence of Joan Little: A Southern Mystery examined the trial of the young African American woman Joan Little, who killed a white correctional officer attempting to rape her in her jail cell. Little, who could have faced the death penalty had she been convicted of first degree murder, was acquitted. In 1981, Reston wrote a documentary 88 Seconds in Greensboro about the 3 November 1979 murders of civil rights protesters at the hands of Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi counter protestors in Greensboro, N.C. And in 1985, he wrote an article, "Invitation to a Poisoning ", describing the execution of Velma Barfield who was sentenced to die in North Carolina for murder.

From 1976 to 1977, Reston served as an adviser to the British journalist David Frost, whose interviews of former President Richard Nixon about Watergate and his impeachment and resignation were televised in 1977. Reston's account of the experience, The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews was the basis for an award winning stage play by Peter Morgan and in 2008 a Hollywood feature film Frost/Nixon.

In the 1978 tragedy of Jonestown and Jim Jones, Reston saw "real life realization of Joseph Conrad's vision in his classic novel, The Heart of Darkness: a maniacal charlatan dupes a community of gullible followers, retreats to the darkest jungle with a grand vision of earthly paradise, becomes a near-God to his followers, quietly goes mad before their eyes, as their heaven turns to hell and their hero turns into a monster." He wrote three major works on the tragedy in Guyana, the book Our Father Who Art in Hell , a radio documentary for National Public Radio (NPR) Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, and a stage production Jonestown Express.

Reston's best known work on sports is his 1991 book Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Peter Rose and Bart Giamatti, a dual biography of baseball player Pete Rose banned from the sport for gambling and Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

In the early 1980s, he was nominated by Public Broadcasting System (PBS), the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), and Newsweek magazine to participate as the first writer in NASA's space shuttle program. The writer program was abandoned after the space shuttle Challenger exploded during lift-off in 1986. Major works by Reston on astronomy are his 1994 biography, Galileo, a Life, a 1994 article in Time magazine, "Collision Course" about a comet's crashing into Jupiter, and a 1995 article in National Geographic , "Orion: Where Stars Are Born."

Following the success of his biography of Galileo, Reston began working on The Last Apocalypse: Europe in the Year 1000 A.D., which was published in 1998 to precede the turning of the millennium on 31 December 1999. Research for that work sparked his interest in the Third Crusade. He published Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade in 2001.

In 1983, Reston's eighteenth-month-old daughter Hillary was afflicted by a virus that destroyed her language abilities and caused severe brain seizures. Treatments for the seizures compromised her kidneys and necessitated dialysis until she underwent a successful kidney transplant in 2002. Reston published Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey in 2006.

Information and quotations about Reston's writings were drawn from his website. The Thirteen Obsessions of James Reston Jr., 1971-2015 http://www.jrobsessions.com/ (Accessed 14 June 2016).

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The collection of James Reston Jr., a white author, chronicles more than forty years of his writing career from the mid 1960s to the early 2000s and documents many of his interests including amnesty for Vietnam War resisters, civil rights especially for African Americans in the American South, General William Tecumseh Sherman's March, the downfalls of President Richard Nixon and Major League Baseball player Pete Rose, President John F. Kennedy's assassination, astronomy and space exploration, the medieval crusades and modern jihad, the millennium and apocalyptic thinking, disabled children, theater, and Jim Jones, the People's Temple, and the 1978 Jonestown tragedy in Guyana, South America. The collection includes correspondence, proposals for books and documentaries, drafts of books, plays, and articles, editorial notes and comments, photographs, audio recordings, digital files, research materials, and printed items including playbills, posters, catalogs, and magazine and newspaper clippings. Collection materials represent many of his major works, including two novels, three theatrical plays, a biography of Galileo and other historical and nonfiction works, a memoir of raising his disabled daughter Hillary Reston, and radio and television documentaries about Jonestown and the 3 November 1979 murders of Communist Party members in Greensboro, N.C.

The collection is organized chronologically by decade and arranged by the form and genre of the materials (e.g., correspondence, drafts, contracts, clippings). Additions to the collection are described in Series 9a. and are not unarranged chronologically.

Following college and a tour of duty in the United State Army, Reston started his writing career in print journalism and fiction. Much of the collection material from the 1960s pertains to writing and publishing his first book, a novel set during the Vietnam War titled To Defend, To Destroy. Materials, particularly the correspondence, also reflect Reston's interest in the effects of poverty in Appalachia, particularly Eastern Kentucky, and racial tensions in Cincinnati, Ohio between African Americans and white Appalachian transplants from Kentucky.

Reston's writing and related lectures during the 1970s are documented extensively as is his championing the cause of unconditional amnesty for Vietnam War resisters and deserters. Materials pertain to writing and publishing his first nonfiction work about a Vietnam War deserter and exile John David Herndon, his second novel set in Cincinnati, Ohio during the mid 1960s titled The Knock at Midnight, his first theatrical work titled Sherman, the Peacemaker, a play in two acts, and a nonfiction work about Joan Little's trial in North Carolina. Reston's research files for The Innocence of Joan Little: A Southern Mystery can be found in the James Reston Jr. Collection of Joan Little Trial Materials, 1975-1976 (#4006). Significant portions of the 1970s materials pertain to Reston's research on President Richard Nixon and Watergate for the 1977 televised interviews of Nixon by British journalist David Frost and to his investigation of Jim Jones, the People's Temple, and the Jonestown mass suicides and murders in Guyana.

The bulk of materials from the 1980s pertain to Reston's research and writing projects about Jim Jones and Jonestown. Also documented are his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted to government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, in order to obtain documentation and recordings of Jones in Guyana. Reston's major works about Jonestown were the book, Our Father Who Art in Hell, a radio documentary, Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, which was produced and broadcast by National Public Radio (NPR), and a theatrical play, Jonestown Express. Other materials pertain to Reston's continued interest in Sherman's March, his book Sherman and Vietnam, his work on the televised Frontline documentary, 88 Seconds in Greensboro, about the 3 November 1979 shooting deaths of Communist Party members in Greensboro, N.C., and the biography he was commissioned to write The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally. Other major topics addressed in the materials include the civil rights movement and its opponents during the 1960s, capital punishment, NASA's space shuttle programs, and space exploration.

The materials from the 1990s pertain chiefly to the books Reston wrote and published during the decade including Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti, Galileo, a Life, and The Last Apocalypse: Europe in the Year 1000 A.D. Also documented are Reston's interests in the then forthcoming marking of the millennium and the accompanying apocalyptic thinking on the part of some.

The materials from the first decade of the 2000s are more scattered, and the documentation is less comprehensive than it is for the preceding decades. The chief topics are Reston's books written and published during the period: Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade, Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors, and Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey. Other significant topics are his disabled daughter Hillary Reston who was the focus of his memoir and the stage and film productions of Frost/Nixon, which were based on Reston's 2007 book The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews. Also included for this period is documentation of Reston's national and international speaking engagements many of which were related to topics addressed in Fragile Innocence and Warriors of God.

Undated materials reflect the same topics as the dated materials, which are organized into corresponding decades. Other materials include websites and scattered financial items. Photographic materials, though they have not been analyzed, arranged, or fully described, are useable. Some identifications of individuals in the images have been made, but most images are of unidentified people and places.

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About 75 items.

Arrangement by form and genre (e.g., correspondence, drafts, editor's notes, clippings, etc.).

Folder 1

Correspondence,1964-1965 #05692, Series: "1. The 1960s." Folder 1

Letters chiefly pertaining to Reston's articles about poverty in Eastern Kentucky and Appalachia.

In a letter typed on United States Senate letterhead and dated 13 February 1964, Roger [?] discusses conditions he had witnessed in Appalachia and the state of higher education. He writes, "student life is somewhat 'rich in meaninglessness.' The only students here who aren't afraid of their own shadow are the ones who join SNCC & the beatnicks who take a position of rebelling to the other extreme. The rest are polite conformists who accept the fact that petty administrative problems are the only true field of real intellectual challenge."

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Correspondence,1969 #05692, Series: "1. The 1960s." Folder 2-5

Letters chiefly pertaining to the Cincinnati, Ohio public schools and Reston's manuscript To Defend, To Destroy.

Included are several letters from southern novelist Elizabeth Boatwright Coker. In a letter dated 19 July 1969, she urges Reston, "Don't, whatever, give up faith in yourself or in that fine manuscript of yours. Keep WRITING above all. Begin another book. Eschew all the hypocrits [sic]...Concentrate on the city within that intrigues you now and pull a story out of your summer."

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Drafts, To Defend, To Destroy, 1969-1970 #05692, Series: "1. The 1960s." Folder 6

Three handwritten pages.

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Editor's notes, To Defend, To Destroy, 1969-1970 #05692, Series: "1. The 1960s." Folder 7

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Contracts,1969 #05692, Series: "1. The 1960s." Folder 8

With W. W. Norton & Company for To Defend, To Destroy.

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Clippings,1960-1969 #05692, Series: "1. The 1960s." Folder 9

Folder 10

Printed materials, Issues of Your Thing, 1969 #05692, Series: "1. The 1960s." Folder 10

Your Thing is a publication (newspaper/"zine") of the Neighborhood Youth Corps in New York, N.Y.

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Printed materials, "Books That Live,"1969-1970 #05692, Series: "1. The 1960s." Folder 11

W. W. Norton & Company catalog.

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About 2000 items.

Arrangement by form and genre (e.g., correspondence, drafts, editor's notes, clippings, etc.).

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Correspondence, 1970 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 12-15

Letters are chiefly about the publication of and reactions To Defend, To Destroy.

Correspondents include Norton editor Evan Thomas, Reston's agent Carol Brandt, University of North Carolina System President William (Bill) Friday, Elizabeth Boatwright Coker, and author and newspaper editor Jonathan Daniels.

Of interest is a 15 May 1970 letter from a New York law firm about the laws governing publication of classified and restricted information and the character based on Reston's commanding officer during his Army service.

Also of interest is a 23 September 1970 letter from Jonathan Daniels, who writes, "James Reston Jr. has brought a skilled hand and a splendid narrative style to the dilemma of young Americans caught between new activist idealism and the old conventionalities of patriotism and power."

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Correspondence, 1971 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 16-22

Letters are chiefly about reprinting and "remaindering" To Defend, To Destroy, Reston's new marriage, lecturing and speaking engagements, teaching positions in creative writing programs, and amnesty for Vietnam War draft resisters and deserters.

Correspondents include Norton editor Evan Thomas, Reston's agent Carol Brandt, author and UNC Creative Writing Program faculty member Max Steele, University of North Carolina System President William (Bill) Friday, Sally Reston (Reston's mother), author Henry Mayer, and Mike Uhl with the Citizens Commission of Inquiry.

Of interest is a 14 December 1971 letter from Uhl outlining John David Herndon's desertion story. "X is a white worker of Appalachian background. He served in Vietnam for 18 months with an elite Airborne unit and was heavily involved in the unit's war-crime policies...He can no longer tolerate the alienation of refugee life and wants to return to his home--whatever the risks. He hopes, by his action, to put the deserter question on the political agenda of the American people."

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Correspondence, 1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 23-31

Letters are chiefly about Vietnam War deserter John David Herndon's amnesty case and a book proposal for a nonfiction work titled "The Rebels."

Correspondents include Norton editor Evan Thomas, Reston's agent Carol Brandt, McGraw Hill editor Joyce Johnson, members of Safe Return Committee in Support of Self-Retired Veterans (Deserters), John David Herndon, Herndon's ex-wife Jeannette Goulounes, anti-war activists Maria Jolas and Max Watts (Tomi Schwaetzer), James "Scotty" Reston (Reston's father), and Henry Schwarzschild with the American Civil Liberties Union's Project on Amnesty.

Of interest is a letter dated 6 April 1972 from Schwarzschild about Herndon's case and Safe Return. "It seems to me that Safe Return is playing rather recklessly with somebody else's life. The likelihood of successfully raising Nuremberg doctrines in defense of a desertion charge in the military courts, and even on ultimate appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court, is nil." In a 30 July 1972 letter Mike Uhl with Safe Return responds after reading a manuscript of The Amnesty of John David Herndon. "His apparent sympathy with 'fascists' could be very damaging both to the credibility of the book and to the growth of the amnesty movement...I don't think these references to fascism are necessary to underscore John's lack of formal political training or their purpose."

Also of interest is a letter (copy) dated 3 August 1972 from Reston's father James "Scotty" Reston with the New York Times about the press's handling of United States Senator Thomas Eagleton, the running mate of presidential candidate George McGovern. Reston Sr. writes, "your blanket indictment of the press for playing up a medical record which, to begin with, was first withheld and then announced by Eagleton himself on national television seems to me a little stiff."

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Correspondence, 1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 32-43

Letters are chiefly about amnesty for Vietnam War draft resisters and deserters, especially John David Herndon, Reston's book The Amnesty of John David Herndon, Reston's articles, television appearances, and speaking engagements made in support of amnesty, and requests for Reston's participation in panels and symposia.

Correspondents include McGraw Hill editors Joyce Johnson and Beverly Jane Loo, University of North Carolina Professor Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., Reston's agent Carol Brandt, members of Amex-Canada (American exiled in Canada), members of Safe Return Committee in Support of Self-Retired Veterans (Deserters), Henry Schwarzschild with the American Civil Liberties Union's Project on Amnesty, anti-war activists Maria Jolas and Max Watts (Tomi Schwaetzer), members of the American Bar Association, members of the American Friends Service Committee, Inc., and attorney Michael J. Malley, who defended U.S. Army officer Jeffrey MacDonald accused (and later convicted) of murdering his wife and two daughters. Malley writes in a March 1973 letter, "I think it is easier for me, and probably for a lot of people, to accept Herndon as an individual, 'forgive' him...than it is to accept the 'principle' that we are all morally guilty of sending Herndon to his dilemma."

Also of interest is a letter (carbon copy) dated 25 January 1973 from Reston to New York attorney Robert C. Rhodes. He writes, "I totally oppose amnesty boards of any kind as a matter of principle. I do not think there is anyone in this country, and least of all any official governmental body, who is in a position to judge the sincerity or moral motivation of any young American who has gone into exile during the Vietnam era. The only amnesty that is just and at the same time practical is a universal, unconditional amnesty."

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Correspondence, 1974 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 44-48

Letters are chiefly about The Amnesty of John David Herndon, The Knock at Midnight, royalties for book sales, teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the lecture circuit, editorial advice aimed at avoiding libel suits, and the North Carolina Bicentennial project.

Correspondents include Norton editor Evan Thomas, Reston's agent Carol Brandt, Henry Schwarzschild with the American Civil Liberties Union's Project on Amnesty, staff at the Bantam Lecture Bureau, members of Safe Return Committee in Support of Self-Retired Veterans (Deserters), John "Scotty" Reston (Reston's father), Sally Reston (Reston's mother), Tom Reston (Reston's brother), historian Larry Tise with the North Carolina Bicentennial project, and author Henry Mayer.

Of interest is a copy of a 2 September 1974 letter about conditional amnesty for deserters and draft resisters that Reston sent to President Gerald Ford's assistant Philip Buchen. "It would appear that Mr. Saxbe [William B. Saxbe, Attorney General of the United States] is intent on proposing a plan that the exiles can't accept. Very little attention seems to be paid to the delicate matter of pride that exists with the resisters, and if President Ford truly wants the exiles to return he will have to be sensitive to the emotional commitment that they have in their course of action."

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Correspondence, 1975 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 49-52

Letters are chiefly about The Knock at Midnight, and Reston's writing on the Joan Little trial for Times Magazine, and the magazine's interest in a piece by Reston on southern justice. Other topics include teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, amnesty for war resisters and deserters, and Reston's interest in writing a column on "serious fiction."

Correspondents include Norton editor Evan Thomas, Reston's agent Carol Brandt, Sally Reston (Reston's mother), author Henry Mayer, Howard Muson with Times Magazine, psychiatrist and writer Robert Coles, writer William Meis, staff at the Bantam Lecture Bureau, and Ted Weidlein with the The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Of interest is a 7 March 1975 letter from Muson in response to Reston's proposal to write an article about the Joan Little trial. "We want to avoid as much as possible trying the case in the press. Instead, we'd like you to concentrate on the milieu. Tell us who the characters are, what they represent to the people in the community, how the residents react to the coalition of Joanne [sic] Little Defense Fund groups who have come to town (a little detail on what contacts between the outsiders and locals would be colorful.)"

Of note is a 23 October 1975 letter from Ted Weidlein about starting a column on fiction for The Chronicle of Higher Education "that does have the feel of continuing commentary, rather than discrete reviews of individual books."

Also included is a 31 August 1975 letter from an inmate at Marion Federal Penitentiary on behalf of the Black Culture Society requesting donations of The Knock at Midnight for the prison library.

Folder 53

Correspondence, 1976 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 53

Letters are chiefly about Reston's work on The Innocence of Joan Little: A Southern Mystery, and magazine articles and feature stories written or proposed by Reston. Other topics are the death of John David Herndon found dead on an Arizona highway and Reston's interest in finishing Herndon's story, and preparation for President Richard Nixon's televised interviews with British journalist David Frost.

Correspondents include attorney Junius D. Grimes, Ted Weidlein with the The Chronicle of Higher Education, author Henry Mayer, Christopher G. Caslet, Bantam Books editor Toni Burbank, and Reston's agent Carol Brandt.

Of interest is a 4 May 1976 from Mayer discussing point of view in Reston's manuscript for The Innocence of Joan Little. "I think I know what you are saying about a lack of ideological point of view, but I respectfully suggest that you are deluding yourself. Everything, Everyone has a point of view. Your argument that a state and town are also on trial represents a point of view as does your cynicism and despair about extravaganza trials, and as does your abhorrence of capital punishment."

Of note is a copy of 2 July 1976 letter Reston wrote to the research team assembled for the Nixon interviews. "I do not think that Frost should set a vicious, Nixon-goring tone in these programs, rather the spirit should be: here are the questions that must be asked and must be answered."

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Correspondence, 1977 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 54-59

Letters pertain to British journalist David Frost's televised interviews with President Richard Nixon, interest in writing a book or article about the interviews, a documentary about capital punishment, Reston's research on William Tecumseh Sherman, a screenplay titled "Sherman's Laurels," and publication of The Innocence of Joan Little. Other topics include teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the possibility of a film about Joan Little's trial and her new legal troubles.

Correspondents include Sally Reston (Reston's mother), librarians and archivists, George Bair, director of Educational TV at UNC TV, southern novelist Elizabeth Boatwright Coker, Reston's agent Carol Brandt, Norton editor Evan Thomas, Frank Mankiewicz, historian Fawn Brodie, editor Marion Clark with Potomac Magazine, and Ted Weidlein with the The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Of interest is a copy of a 21 July 1977 letter Reston wrote to David Frost about the possibility of writing a memoir of the Nixon interviews. Reston writes, " I could be interested, but of course, you would have to approve. But for me in turn to be enthusiastic, I would have to know that I had the latitude to tell the story the best way I know how."

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Correspondence, 1978 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 60-67

Letters pertain to Reston's play about William Tecumseh Sherman titled "Sherman's Laurels" or "Cump," the possibility of Reston's writing a book about British journalist David Frost's televised interviews with President Richard Nixon, an article in Playboy about the Nixon interviews, and The Innocence of Joan Little. Other topics include the birth of Denise and James Reston's daughter, his seminar on Richard Nixon, Joan Little's legal troubles in New York and her extradition to North Carolina, and a proposed story about villains of the 1960s civil rights movement.

In November and December 1978, Reston's letters (copies of outgoing correspondence) pertain to his interest in writing about the Jonestown tragedy, his trip to Guyana to tour the site, and his wish to obtain the recordings of Jim Jones and his followers.

Correspondents include Reston's agent Carol Brandt, historian Fawn Brodie, writer and editor Penelope Coker Hall, former special counsel to President Nixon and founder of Prison Ministry Charles W. Colson, James "Scotty" Reston (Reston's father), journalist and foreign correspondent Timothy Nater, and Guyana's Minister of Information Shirley Field Ridley

Of interest is a 17 April 1978 letter from Colson about Reston's Playboy article. "Watergate is now history. The passions of the era are mercifully subsiding. I am certainly not an objective observer, since I was a participant; but I would hope that those writing now would do so with an honest and objective eye for history."

Also of interest is a 14 June 1978 letter from an African American female inmate in an Atlanta, Ga., federal prison. After reading The Innocence of Joan Little, she wrote to Reston for help finding a lawyer who would submit her lawsuit.

Of note is a copy of a 24 August 1978 letter Reston wrote to Joan Little asking for an interview.

Also of note is a copy of Reston's 27 November 1978 letter to the government of Guyana requesting access to the Jonestown site and asking for permission to listen to the recordings made at the camp before the mass suicide and murders.

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Correspondence, 1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 68-76

Letters chiefly pertain to Reston's research for a book on the People's Temple, Jim Jones, and the Jonestown tragedy in Guyana, Reston's attempts to gain access to the Jonestown documents in possession of the FBI, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the FBI, Department of Justice, State Department, and FCC.

Other major topics include Reston's play about William Tecumseh Sherman titled "Sherman's Laurels" or "Cump" and eventually Sherman, the Peacemaker, a documentary film on the end of the American Panama Canal Zone, and The Innocence of Joan Little.

Correspondents include government officials in Guyana, staff in the Embassy of Guyana, Barbara Schultz with Visions (PBS), Reston's former agent Carol Brandt, editors with Times Books, Reston's agent Timothy Seldes with Russell & Volkening, Inc., historian Fawn Brodie, Frankie Hewitt with Ford's Theater, David G. Flanders with the FBI, United States Representatives Richardson Preyer and L.H. Fountain, and Ricardo Joaquin Alfaro II, an amateur radio operator who lived near the People's Temple in San Francisco, Calif.

Of interest is a copy of a 19 April 1979 letter Reston wrote to President Jimmy Carter about access to documents. "The Jonestown affair is unprecedented in human history, and has been deeply disturbing to the American people. It cries out for serious study and explanation. In order that this may be accomplished, an official at the highest level of government, with the vision to see that no previously existing bureaucratic regulations can be relevant to such a cataclysm, will need to free up this material for scholarly access."

Also of interest is a copy of a 23 April 1979 letter Reston wrote to the executive editor at Times Books about the direction of his book on Jim Jones. "I see the story thrusting forward to the climactic moment when Jones announces the deaths at the airstrip and offers his prodigious proposal. That is a moment worthy of Sartre, an existential decision of whether to resist or to acquiesce, and in acquiescing, whether the decision is made with a Jonesian belief in the heroism of a revolutionary act, or in bad faith, a supreme act of giving up."

Of note are December 1979 letters from Alfaro. In his first letter dated 4 December 1979, he writes "I worked closely with Marshall Kilduff in '77...he used my station as a clandestine listening post to attempt to divine what was happening inside the group." In his 28 December letter, Alfaro provides context for the recordings he made of radio transmissions from the People's Temple in San Francisco and Jonestown in Guyana.

Folder 77

Correspondence, undated 1970s #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 77

Folder 78

Correspondence, undated 1970s #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 78

Folder 79

Correspondence, undated 1970s #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 79

Folder 80

Correspondence, undated 1970s #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 80

Folder 81

Correspondence, undated 1970s #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 81

Folder 82

Correspondence, undated 1970s #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 82

Folder 83

Drafts, The Amnesty of John David Herndon, circa 1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 83

Two typescript pages with handwritten emendations.

Folder 84

Drafts, "Return of a Refugee" (The Amnesty of John David Herndon), 1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 84

Contains a letter to McGraw Hill editor, Joyce Johnson, with a list of persons who might contribute comments for the book jacket, including Senator Edward Kennedy.

Folder 85

Drafts, "The American Refugee Comes Home," circa1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 85

Folder 86

Drafts, The Amnesty of John David Herndon revisions, 1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 86

Folder 87

Drafts, The Knock at Midnight, circa1975 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 87

Folder 88

Drafts, Book review of Gore Vidal's 1876, circa1976 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 88

Folder 89

Drafts, Sherman, the Peacemaker, circa1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 89

Folder 90

Editor's notes, The Amnesty of John David Herndon, circa1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 90

Folder 91

Editor's notes, untitled novel,1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 91

Folder 92

Editor's notes, The Knock at Midnight,1974 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 92

Folder 93

Editor's notes, The Innocence of Joan Little, circa1977 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 93

Folder 94

Contracts, 1971 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 94

With W. W. Norton & Company for "An Untitled Novel."

Folder 95

Contracts, 1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 95

With Safe Return Committee; Frank Makiewicz; Thomas Ensign and Michael Uhl (jointly); Bantam Lecture Bureau; Bantam Books, Inc.; and Quadrangle The New York Times Book Co.

Folder 96

Contracts, 1976 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 96

With David Paradine Productions, Inc., for the esearch and preparation work for four part series of televised interviews of Richard Nixon by David Frost.

Folder 97

Contracts, 1977-1978 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 97

With the College Association for Public Events and Services for a lecture and Bantam Books, Inc. for a paperback edition of The Innocence of Joan Little, with a fifteenth chapter added.

Folder 98

Contracts, 1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 98

With Times Books or a "literary work by Author now untitled on Jonestown and the People's Temple."

Folder 99

Book proposals,1970 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 99

Sent to Evan Thomas at W.W. Norton & Company. "I mentioned the notion of a trilogy--a 1967 trilogy--of which To Defend, To Destroy would be the first book…1967 was a year for me, and I believe for many, of near total despair about the direction in which America was headed...The second book would therefore have an urban setting, would have a racial caste, and might have a character like Bartlett--white, well-brought up, concerned about social problems, who is thrown into a tough urban situation of violence, drugs, hate, and forced to confront his value system."

Folder 100

Book proposals, The Knock at Midnight,1971 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 100

Sent to Evan Thomas at W.W. Norton & Company. "My interest in Cincinnati as the setting for a novel about urban violence dates back to my days on the Chicago Daily News. I was doing a month's series on Appalachia. And my travels took me to Cincinnati...intrigued to discover that in the 'bottoms' of Cincinnati a white Appalachian ghetto stands side by side with a black ghetto. Hostilities between poor white and poor black had at times reached the proportions of open warfare."

Folder 101

Book proposals, The Amnesty of John David Herndon, circa1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 101

Sent to Joyce Johnson at McGraw Hill. "It would be based on long talks that I would have with him in Paris over three or four days before reentry. What kind of person is he. What has been his emotional intellectual and individual development since the time he entered the military. What has been the attitude of his family throughout his service and exile. What is the experience of exile? Was it worth it?"

Folder 102

Book proposals, "The Rebels,"1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 102

"I propose a book on 'the rebels' of the Sixties…interested in where they are now, what they are doing, what their view of their past rebellion is, and whether they remain committed to a new, radically different society." Suggested subjects include Bob Moses, John Lewis, Stokeley Carmichael, Muhammed Ali, Jesse Jackson, Tom Hayden, John Dunne, Abbie Hoffman, Nyle Frank, and John Kerry.

Folder 103

Book proposals, 1974-1975 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 103

In his proposal for "Vinnie," Reston writes "It will be an historical novel based on seven years in the life of Vinnie Ream, the sculptress of Lincoln and the woman often given credit for Senator Edmund Ross's vote against the conviction of Andrew Johnson."

In his 1975 book proposal for The Innocence of Joan Little," Reston writes "I'm sure I could put together a modest book on this case [Joan Little] in a reasonable short time, possibly with a delivery date of September 1. I know the principals of the case extremely well, not to mention the area itself. I think it could be a good book, which would have a tailor-made audience among women readers. It is a book I would like to do."

Folder 104

Proposals, 1976-1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 104

In his 1976 proposal to Esquire for an article about the "making of villains," Reston writes "It was an idea that came in part from my interest in the villainizing of the sheriff of Beaufort County in the Joan Little case, and in part from the frequent appearance of the Southern sheriff as bigot or buffoon in ads and movies."

In his 1977 proposal to Norton for a book about the Frost interviews with President Richard Nixon, Reston writes "In planning that Watergate interrogation, I had a lot of help from ex-members of the Special Prosecutors staff who had hope to have Nixon on the stand for the same purpose, and with the pardon, were living vicariously through me."

In his 1979 proposal for the documentary "Fear and Hope in the Canal Zone" Reston writes "It is the eleventh hour for the Canal Zone. Some have left for the States. The Zonians who remain live in an atmosphere charged with anticipation and uncertainty. By filming during August, we can produce a provocative documentary to convey the drama of real emotion tensions leading up to America's lowering the flag on October one."

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Clippings, 1970-1971 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 105-107

Folder 108

Clippings, Bragg Briefs,1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 108

Folder 109

Clippings, American Exile Rock Bottom Newsletter,1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 109

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Folder 115

Clippings, 1972-1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 110-115

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Folder 117

Clippings, 1974-1975 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 116-117

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Folder 119

Clippings, Reviews of The Knock at Midnight,1975 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 118-119

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Folder 123

Clippings,1976-1977 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 120-123

Folder 124

Clippings,1978-1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 124

Folder 125

Clippings, undated, circa 1970s #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 125

Extra Oversize Paper XOP-5692/1

Amnesty materials, "Benefits-Discharges,"1969 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." XOP-5692/1

Poster (GTA: graphic training aid) printed by the U.S. Army with a chart showing the benefits received by discharged army personnel based on their discharge type--"Honorable, General, Undesirable, Bad Conduct, Dishonorable (General Court-Martial)"--and organized by benefits administration (U.S. Army, Veterans Administration, and other federal agencies).

Folder 126

Amnesty materials, Cimade pamphlet (Paris, France), 1970 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 126

"We place priority on those who were forced to flee their countries for their opinions or actions and who count on returning once the political situation has changed."

Folder 127

Amnesty materials, Citizens Commission of Inquiry,1971 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 127

Draft proposal titled "Ad Hoc Congressional Hearings on Racism, Repression, and Militarism within the U.S. Armed Forces" and prepared by the Citizens Commission of Inquiry.

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Folder 128

Folder 129

Amnesty materials,1971-1973, and undated #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 128-129

Contains an open letter to the "Second in Command of the People's Liberation Armed Forces of South Viet Nam," a poem titled "Napalm Sticks to Kids," materials concerning Reston's testimony before the Long Island Amnesty Review Board, program for symposium, military service statistics, materials for a televised program exploring the question, "Should we grant amnesty to those who have evaded military service?," Amnesty in 1973 Resolution by Reston, and a copy of essay titled "We Shall Never Vindicate Those who Have Deserted Their Country," by Charles W. Colson.

Folder 130-131

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Folder 131

Amnesty materials, Safe Return Committee in Support of Self Retired Veterans (Deserters),1972-1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 130-131

Chiefly press releases and open letters in support of amnesty for draft resisters and deserters, especially John David Herndon.

Folder 132

Amnesty materials, John David Herndon,1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 132

John David Herndon, petitioner v. Melvin Laird, Secretary of Defense and Robert Froelke, Secretary of the Army.

Folder 133

Amnesty materials, H.R. 14175 A Bill for Amnesty,1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 133

United States House of Representatives bill "to exonerate and to provide for a general and unconditional amnesty."

Folder 134

Amnesty materials, Amex-Canada,1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 134

"Published by Americans Exiled in Canada."

Folder 135

Amnesty materials, Families of Resisters for Amnesty,1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 135

Brochure and other informational materials for the organization.

Audiocassette C-05692/1

Amnesty materials, Radio broadcast,1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." C-05692/1

Audiocassette

"WOR-Amnesty 2/73-Barry Farber Show Koch-Tod-Reston-WFW."

Audiocassette C-05692/2

Amnesty materials, Radio broadcast, circa 1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." C-05692/2

Audiocassette

Mike Wallace and James Reston, "Amnesty Boston-Toronto."

Folder 136

Amnesty materials, Tomi Schwaetzer (Max Watts), undated #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 136

Typescript document and handwritten notes, both in French. "Une Histoire d'Expulsion."

Folder 137

Nixon materials, People's Lawsuit,1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 137

Brochure, "The People of the United States of America, Plaintiffs vs. Richard M. Nixon, individually and in his capacity as President of the United States…Action to set aside the 1972 Presidential election…Leaks. Plumbers. Dirty Tricks. Sabotage. Burglary. Watergate."

Folder 138

Nixon materials, Transcript of meeting between the President and Charles Colson, 20 June1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 138

Folder 139

Nixon materials, Transcript of conversation between Howard Hunt and Charles Colson, November1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 139

Folder 140

Nixon materials, Transcript of meeting between the President and Charles Colson, 5 January1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 140

Folder 141

Nixon materials, Transcript of meeting between the President and Charles Colson, 8 January1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 141

Folder 142

Nixon materials, Transcript of meeting between the President and Charles Colson, 13 January1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 142

Folder 143

Nixon materials, Transcript of meeting between the President and Charles Colson, 13 February1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 143

Folder 144

Nixon materials, Transcript of meeting between the President and Charles Colson, 14 February1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 144

Folder 145

Nixon materials, Transcript of meeting between the President and Charles Colson, 21 March1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 145

Folder 146

Nixon materials, Transcript of meeting between the President and Charles Colson, 12 April1973 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 146

Folder 147

Nixon materials, 1973, 1977 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 147

Partial transcript of Walter Cronkite interview of Charles Rebozo and a contact list for David Paradine Television, Inc., producer of David Frost's 1977 televised interviews with Richard Nixon.

Folder 148

Printed materials, "Books That Live," 1970-1971 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 148

W. W. Norton & Company catalog and Publishers Hall Syndicate list.

Folder 149

Script, Sherman, the Peacemaker, a play in two acts, 1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 149

Folder 150

Playbill, Sherman, the Peacemaker, a play in two acts, 1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 150

Folder 151

Printing and publishing materials, To Defend, To Destroy, 1970-1971 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 151

Contains book jacket and mock-up, manufacturing schedule, W. W. Norton & Company questionnaire, and typescript of book review by Blake Green.

Folder 152

Printing and publishing materials, The Amnesty of John David Herndon,1972 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 152

Typescript of introduction to the book written by Robert Coles.

Folder 153

Printing and publishing materials, The Knock at Midnight,1975 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 153

Catalog copy, copy of front jacket flap, and book jacket.

Folder 154

Printing and publishing materials, The Innocence of Joan Little: A Southern Mystery,1978 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 154

Book cover copy.

Folder 155

Speaking engagements,1971-1974, 1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 155

Chiefly printed materials advertising lectures, speaking engagements, and Reston's availability to speak on topics. "He will be available during February and March only, to talk on 'The Question of Responsibility in Vietnam,' 'My Lai and Nuremberg,' or 'The Dangers of Militarism after Vietnam.'"

Also includes a lecture on civil disobedience given at Delaware State College, 13 March 1973. "In short, the Johnson and Nixon governments were not only in a state of war with the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese during the war years, but in a Lockean sense, with their own younger generation as well."

Folder 156

Fellowships,1971-1978 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 156

Letters, printed items, and application materials for fellowships with foundations and centers for advanced study.

Folder 157

Notes,1978-1979 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 157

Typescript notes about playwriting and a lunch meeting with Jack Nelson.

Folder 158

Teaching, 1970-1981 #05692, Series: "2. The 1970s." Folder 158

Includes course descriptions and instructor evaluations for Reston.

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About 1200 items.

Arrangement by form and genre (e.g., correspondence, drafts, editor's notes, clippings, etc.).

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Correspondence,1980 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 159-164

Letters chiefly pertain to research for a book Our Father Who Art in Hell on the People's Temple, Jim Jones, and the Jonestown tragedy in Guyana and to Reston's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents and tape recordings related to the People's Temple and Jonestown.

Other major topics include the birth of Denise and James Reston's son, Reston's play Sherman, the Peacemaker and a possible film adaptation of the play, the treason trial of Robert Garwood accused of collaborating with the North Vietnamese, a radio program with NPR about Jonestown, and teaching.

Correspondents include Herbert Mitang with the New York Times, former member of the People's Temple Laurie Efrein, editors with Times Books, historian Fawn Brodie, David G. Flanders with the FBI, Reston's agent Timothy Seldes with Russell & Volkening, Inc., Deborah Amos and Sam Holt with NPR, author Henry Mayer, and James "Scotty" Reston (Reston's father).

Of interest is a copy of a 23 September 1980 letter from Reston to Louis Gurvich of New Orleans, La., whose family member Jann Gurvich died in Jonestown. "I wanted to profile a victim who was attractive and intelligent because only when the reader accepted that such people were involved could the story get below the surface news reporting. Jann Gurvich was, and remains to me the most sympathetic and poignant loss of the tragedy." Also of interest is the attached 8 July 1978 letter Louis sent to Jann in Guyana. "I have never felt so futile in trying to communicate with you as I do now. I confess, I still feel your trip to Guyana to be a cop-out."

Of note is a 15 October 1980 letter from actor and social activist Jane Fonda to Reston about her contact with the congregation of the People's Temple and the letter she wrote to Jim Jones.

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Correspondence,1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 165-172

Letters chiefly pertain to publication of and reactions to Reston's book Our Father Who Art in Hell, a radio adaptation Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown with NPR, the possibility of a stage production about Jonestown, and excerpts of the book in journals and magazines.

Other major topics include publication of Reston's play Sherman, the Peacemaker, the Greensboro Massacre on 3 November 1979, the trial of People's Temple member Larry Layton in San Francisco, Calif., lecturing on Jonestown, and teaching.

Correspondents include Reston's agent Timothy Seldes with Russell & Volkening, Inc., staff at NPR, editors with Times Books, author Henry Mayer, former member of the People's Temple Laurie Efrein, police informant Edward W. (Eddie) Dawson of Greensboro, N.C., Norton editor Evan Thomas, editors with Omni Magazine, and writer and editor Penelope Coker Hall.

Of interest are a 4 June 1981 memorandum from Reston regarding "Informants or Provacateurs? A New Look at the Greensboro Shootout" and the accompanying materials related to the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party, and the Greensboro Massacre. Includes chronologies of activities for police informant Eddie Dawson, ATF agent Bernard Butkovitch, and District Attorney Michael Schlosser.

Also of interest is a 19 September 1981 letter about the book from Susan Ashby of San Jose, Calif., whose two cousins died at Jonestown.

Of note is a lengthy and emotional letter dated 17 April 1981 from Laurie Efrein to Reston about Our Father Who Art in Hell. In it, Efrein accuses Reston of maligning and dehumanizing the members of the People's Temple.

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Correspondence,1982 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 173-176

Topics addressed in the letters include the dupont-Columbia University award to NPR for Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, Reston's interest in writing about Admiral Hyman Richover, basketball players Al Wood and Ralph Sampson, and the lack of a "Reconstruction after Vietnam."

Other topics include the licensing excerpts of Our Father Who Art in Hell, Reston's play Sherman, the Peacemaker, teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, book sales, and the Greensboro Massacre.

Correspondents include Reston's agent Timothy Seldes with Russell & Volkening, Inc., staff at NPR, author William Styron, William Shaw with The New Yorker, faculty and administrators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author Henry Mayer, James "Scotty" Reston (Reston's father), and editors and administrators at Times Books.

Of interest are letters from readers of Our Father Who Art in Hell including a 10 August 1982 letter from a member of the People's Temple attempting to correspond with persons identified in the book and a 19 May 1982 letter from a minister who compares Scientology to the People's Temple.

Of note is a 25 March 1982 letter from Gayle Korotkin with the Greensboro Justice Fund. "We have been asking for federal prosecution of the Klan, Nazis, and government agents involved...We feel it is definitely a victory to force the Justice Dept. even to go through the motions of calling the grand jury, because it is a real exception to the Reagan civil rights policy."

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Correspondence,1983 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 177-179

Topics addressed in the letters include the Frontline documentary 88 Seconds in Greensboro, the Greensboro Massacre, Reston's expertise on the People's Temple and Jonestown, reprinting Our Father Who Art in Hell, Reston's play titled "Kaituma Sunset."

Other topics include book sales, teaching, and Reston's interest in writing radio programs about the Greensboro, N.C., civil rights trial, "pessimism in schools," "post-Vietnam reconciliation," and the anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy.

Correspondents include Wake Forest University Professor G. McLeod Bryan, Anne Queen with the Campus Y at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, editors at Times Books, journalist Charles Trueheart, author Henry Mayer, publishing houses, radio stations, and repertory theaters.

Of interest is a 25 January 1983 letter from G. McLeod Bryan about the Frontline documentary. "Do you think it accurate to portray the CWP with the same 'extreme, violent, and anti-democratic' characteristics as the KKK and the Nazis?"

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Correspondence,1984 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 180-181

Topics addressed in the letters include "Citizen Observers/Participants to the manned space flight program," Reston's article about Sherman's March titled "A Reporter at Large" in The New Yorker , the possibilities of moving to North Carolina and teaching at Duke University, Reston's interest in writing for television "on cultural subjects," Reston's play Jonestown Express, and his book Sherman's March and Vietnam.

Correspondents include author Reynolds Price, NASA, NBC News, Macmillan Publishing, the Theatre Communications Group, Inc., and repertory theaters.

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Correspondence,1985 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 182-188

Letters chiefly pertain to Reston's article about Sherman's March titled "A Reporter at Large" in The New Yorker, Reston's play Sherman, the Peacemaker, and his book Sherman's March and Vietnam.

Other major topics include Reston's article about capital punishment in North Carolina titled "Invitation to a Poisoning " in Vanity Fair, Reston's play Jonestown Express, Reston's lectures, the possibility of a television miniseries about NASA's space shuttle program, and Reston's interest in writing about Thaddeus Stevens and American theater.

Correspondents include historians and other academics and individuals responding to the The New Yorker article about Sherman's March, repertory theaters, publishing houses, editors with The New Yorker, Keedick Lecture Bureau, Inc., and PBS.

Of interest is a 10 November 1985 letter from inmate and author of In the Belly of the Beast Jack Henry Abbot responding to Reston's request for an interview to be published in Rolling Stone. Abbot discusses stage director Adrian Hall's adaptation of his book.

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Correspondence,1986 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 189-192

Topics addressed in the letters include Bennett Place historical site, Journalist-in-Space program, the Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy, Reston's article about the United States Commission on Civil Rights "We Shall Undermine" in Rolling Stone, and Reston's interest in writing about Galileo.

Correspondents include the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Macmillan Publishing, Rolling Stone readers, PBS, National Geographic, and Newsweek.

Of interest are letters in response to Reston's article "We Shall Undermine " including a 1 March 1986 letter from an Oregon man who writes, "you obviously are not gay, nor a champion of gay rights. What else could explain omitting gay civil rights from your list of issues that still need to be addressed by the commission....Have you ever talked to a homosexual who has been kicked out of his apartment, or fired from his job, or been beaten up in the streets simply for being homosexual?"

Folder 193

Correspondence,1987 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 193

Topics addressed in the letters include an opera about Jonestown, paperback publication of Sherman's March and Vietnam, and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for audio tapes from Jonestown, and Reston's writing about Texas politician John Connally.

Correspondents include composer John Eaton, Reston's agent Timothy Seldes with Russell & Volkening, Inc., and Macmillan Publishing.

Of interest is an 8 January 1987 letter from Eaton. He writes, "Thank you! First, for inspiring me to do an opera on Jim Jones with your book."

Folder 194

Correspondence,1988 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 194

Topics addressed in the few scattered 1988 letters include Reston's work on his book about Texas politician John Connally, lectures, and a PBS special about the space shuttle mission.

Correspondents include Harper & Row and Time Magazine.

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Correspondence,1989 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 195-197

Topics addressed in letters include publication of The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the State Department, Reston's interest in writing about Galileo and John F. Kennedy assassination, the Mission of Discovery television program, Reston's lectures, and Reston's research on Major League Baseball player Pete Rose's gambling case.

Correspondents include Edward L. Burlingame with Harper & Row, Robert Gottlieb with The New Yorker, United States Department of State, Reston's agent Timothy Seldes with Russell & Volkening, Inc., Program Corporation of America, and the Office of the Commissioner for Major League Baseball.

Of interest is a copy of 12 July 1989 letter Reston wrote to Soviet Union ambassador, Yuri Dubinin, requesting the U.S.S.R. to open its archives and share files on Lee Harvey Oswald, who lived in Minsk from 1959 to 1962. "I write you now, in the spirit of Perestreika, in the hope that in this new and exciting age of political dialogue and cultural exchange the Soviet Union might be willing to clear up a nagging historical mystery in America."

Also of interest are a 3 October 1989 letter from the FBI denying Reston's request for an "FBI briefing on Federal law enforcement efforts regarding gambling in professional sports" and a follow-up, 13 November 1989 letter explaining that the FBI "becomes involved in sports-gambling investigations only when that violation is being committed by an organized crime group."

Folder 198

Correspondence, undated 1980s #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 198

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Correspondence, undated 1980s #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 199

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Correspondence, undated 1980s #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 200

Folder 201

Drafts, 1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 201

Article titled "The Jonestown Scapegoat" and a book review of Fawn Brodie's Nixon biography Richard Nixon, the Shaping of His Character.

Folder 202

Draft with editor's notes, Article in Rolling Stone,1985 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 202

In "Whatever Happened to the Southern Villains?" Reston writes, "With all the sentimentality over Jimmy Carter, the endless words about the brassy New South and the end of the Civil War, what had happened to the Southern villains of the Sixties? Had Jim Clark of Selma, L.A. Rainey and Cecil Price of Neshoba County, Laurie Pritchett of Albany, Ga. and Bull Connor of Birmingham become outcasts in this New South? Were they still in law enforcement? How did they see their place in history, and did they realize in retrospect how much the Civil Rights Movement needed them?"

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-5692/1

Galleys, "A Reporter at Large,"1985 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." OPF-5692/1

For The New Yorker magazine.

Folder 203

Contracts,1980 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 203

With National Public Radio (NPR) for Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown.

Folder 204

Contracts,1981-1982 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 204

With Edward W. (Eddie) Dawson for work on 88 Seconds in Greensboro documentary; Trinity Square Repertory Company for a stage adaptation of Our Father Who Art in Hell titled Jonestown Express; University of Colorado for a speaking engagement; and Omni Publications for various works.

Folder 205

Contracts,1983 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 205

With MacMillan Publishing Company for "The Sherman Parable" ( Sherman's March and Vietnam).

Folder 206

Contracts,1984-1986 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 206

With Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair for articles.

Folder 207

Proposals, 88 Seconds in Greensboro, 1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 207

Sent to WGBH-TV to produce a documentary, "The Informer." Reston writes, "On November 3, 1979 in Greensboro, N.C., five members of the Communist Workers Party were gunned down by a cadre of Nazi Party and Ku Klux Klan partisans, as the protesters staged a 'Death to the Klan' march through the city streets....In the course of the trial, a mystery figure named Ed Dawson was exposed in the press as a police informer (and former FBI informer), who was present at the planning sessions of the Klan in Western North Carolina before the Nov. 3 confrontation, who advocated for an armed Klan presence in Greensboro...who cased the march route...and then guided the Klan caravan to the point of confrontation...Ed Dawson was never called as a witness at the Klan trial."

Folder 208

Proposals, James Worthy,1982 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 208

To NBC News for a one-hour documentary "about the transition of a North Carolina basketball All-American named James Worthy from amateur ranks to the National Basketball Association (NBA)."

Folder 209

Proposals, Sherman's March and Vietnam,1982 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 209

"I can see a book which combines history and travel and political argument, using the tracing of Sherman's route as a kind of loose metaphorical frame, for considering the Contemporary South and post-Vietnam America."

Folder 210

Proposals, undated, circa1983 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 210

Incomplete proposals for documentary films about Vietnam veterans and "Theater as a social force" and for a book, "The Sherman Parable" (Sherman's March and Vietnam.)

Folder 211

Proposals, "Thaddeus Stevens and Civil Rights,"1986 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 211

Proposal for a companion book to Sherman's March and Vietnam, which was the first in what Reston envisioned as a "Reconstruction Trilogy."

Folder 212

Proposals, "The Mission of Discovery,"1987 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 212

WETA-TV's prospectus for a television show about NASA's space shuttle program in the aftermath of the 1986 Challenger disaster.

Folder 213-218

Folder 213

Folder 214

Folder 215

Folder 216

Folder 217

Folder 218

Clippings,1980-1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 213-218

Folder 219-221

Folder 219

Folder 220

Folder 221

Clippings,1982-1983 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 219-221

Folder 222

Clippings,1984-1985 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 222

Folder 223

Clippings, Magazine articles by Reston,1985 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 223

Folder 224

Clippings,1986-1987 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 224

Folder 225

Clippings, Frontline documentary "The Real Stuff,"1987 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 225

Folder 226

Clippings,1988-1989 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 226

Folder 227-231

Folder 227

Folder 228

Folder 229

Folder 230

Folder 231

Clippings, undated, circa 1980s #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 227-231

Folder 230

Printed materials, Project Galileo, A Return to Jupiter1980 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 230

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Folder 231

Printed materials, "Jann" by James Reston Jr.,1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 231

Excerpt from Our Father Who Art in Hell printed in the Carolina Quarterly.

Folder 232

Printed materials, "Times Books" and "Books for Asian Studies,"1981, 1987 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 232

Catalogs featuring Our Father Who Art in Hell and Sherman's March and Vietnam.

Folder 233

Publicity and marketing, Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, 1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 233

Press releases: "Exclusive Jonestown Tapes Form Basis for NPR Documentary on Jonestown Tragedy....Reston says he listened to the tapes almost non-stop for two months. 'They were beyond description --authentic evil, quintessential evil...What Joseph Conrad had begun in his novel Heart of Darkness, Jones ended. "

"Excerpts from National Public Radio's 90-minute documentary, Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown reveal the strength of the bond between Jim Jones and his followers who repeatedly proclaim their willingness to die for him."

"Author James Reston Jr. based his work in part on more than 900 hours of tape recordings made by Jones to ensure his place in history. Wrestling the tapes, never before heard by the public, from the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act was a 14-month struggle for the author who is a novelist and creative writing instructor at UNC-CH."

"Reston says that by listening to the tapes an audience can actually 'feel the slavery of the followers and the power and sacrilege of Jim Jones.'"

Folder 234

Publicity and marketing, 88 Seconds in Greensboro,1983 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 234

List of newspapers and a press release, "But it's Reston's interview with Dawson, a former Klansman turned police informer, that allows the film's most important questions. In his first in-depth, on-camera interview, Dawson reveals his role as a police infiltrator who went too far: an agent provocateur without whom the fatal confrontation may never have occurred."

Folder 235

Publicity and marketing, NASA1986-1987 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 235

Press releases for "Journalist-in-Space" project and Mission of Discovery television program.

Folder 236

Playbill, Jonestown Express,1984 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 236

Folder 237

Printing and publishing materials, Our Father Who Art in Hell,1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 237

Includes a typescript book review by Townsend Ludington.

Folder 238

Printing and publishing materials, The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally, 1989 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 238

Copy for the book jacket.

Folder 239

Speaking engagements,1981-1989 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 239

Printed materials, chiefly programs, for Reston's lectures and book events.

Folder 240

Awards and nominations, Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown,1982 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 240

Program for the Headliner Awards for outstanding documentary by a network (NPR).

Folder 241

Awards and nominations, Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown,1982 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 241

Programs and press releases about the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Prix Italia, Clarion Winners, and Armstrong Awards.

Folder 242

Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts, 1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 242

Application for a theater fellowship for playwrights.

Folder 243

Journalist-in-Space Project (NASA),1985 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." Folder 243

Application information and draft of Reston's responses.

Audiocassette C-05692/3

Radio broadcast, Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, 1981 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." C-05692/3

Audiocassette

National Public Radio.

Audiocassette C-05692/4

Radio broadcast, "All Things Considered,"1985 #05692, Series: "3. The 1980s." C-05692/4

Audiocassette

"Sherman's March and Vietnam." National Public Radio.

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About 1200 items.

Arrangement by form and genre (e.g., correspondence, drafts, editor's notes, clippings, etc.).

Folder 244-249

Folder 244

Folder 245

Folder 246

Folder 247

Folder 248

Folder 249

Correspondence,1990 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 244-249

Topics addressed in letters include reactions to The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally, Reston's research on Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti and player Pete Rose, United States copyright law, Reston's lectures, Sherman's March and Vietnam, and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Customs Service for information on Pete Rose's smuggling charges.

Correspondents include Edward L. Burlingame with Harper & Row, NPR, Reston's agent Timothy Seldes with Russell & Volkening, Inc., librarians and archivists at various institutions including Yale University, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. District Court Judge S. Arthur Spiegelin in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Major League Baseball Commissioner Francis T. Vincent, Jr.

Of interest is a 5 March 1990 letter from Sargent Shriver reacting to Reston's Connally biography and seeking to correct a historical point.

Of note are letters concerning Giamatti and the banning of Rose including a 29 August 1990 letter from Commissioner Vincent explaining why he did not agree to an interview with Reston. Also included is copy of a 10 December 1990 letter Reston sent to baseball player Tom Gioiosa who was serving a sentence in federal prison. Reston was seeking information about Rose. His specific questions include "In the period when you first came to live with Rose, in the late 1970s, what were his gambling habits, and did he bet on baseball then?"

Folder 250-254

Folder 250

Folder 251

Folder 252

Folder 253

Folder 254

Correspondence,1991 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 250-254

Topics addressed in letters include reactions to Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti, Reston's lectures and book events, research and funding for a Galileo biography and television project, John F. Kennedy's assassination, and reactions to The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally.

Correspondents include Timothy Seldes with Russell & Volkening, Inc., Easton Press, PBS, Discovery Channel, Sports Illustrated, Edward L. Burlingame with Harper & Row, Louis P. Kartsonis, and James "Scotty" Reston (Reston's father).

Of interest are lengthy letters from baseball fans offering corrections to some of Reston's assertions in Collision at Home Plate.

Folder 255-256

Folder 255

Folder 256

Correspondence,1992 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 255-256

Topics addressed in letters include reactions to Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti, work on Galileo, a Life, a Galileo television project with the Discovery Channel, and The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally.

Of interest is a copy of a 27 January 1992 letter Reston wrote to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger asking for an appointment to discuss the Galileo television project.

Folder 257

Correspondence,1993 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 257

Topics addressed in the two letters for this year are the Galileo television project and a paperback edition of The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally.

Folder 258-264

Folder 258

Folder 259

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Folder 264

Correspondence,1994 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 258-264

Topics addressed in letters include an Esquire magazine assignment to cover the World Cup (soccer), reactions to Galileo, a Life, funding for the Galileo television special, Reston's lectures and book events, Reston's Time magazine article "Collision Course" about Jupiter, Protect Historic America, a citizen's committee, and John F. Kennedy's assassination.

Correspondents include HarperCollins and other publishing houses, National Geographic, Russell & Volkening, Inc., The John Motley Morehead Foundation, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Folder 265-267

Folder 265

Folder 266

Folder 267

Correspondence,1995 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 265-267

Topics addressed in letters include a summer job in editing for Reston's daughter Maeve, Galileo, a Life translations and editions, the idea of writing a book about the millennium, and the death of his father James "Scotty" Reston.

Correspondents include HarperCollins, Russell & Volkening, Inc., and Edward L. Burlingame.

Folder 268-269

Folder 268

Folder 269

Correspondence,1996 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 268-269

Topics addressed in letters include the death of Reston's father James "Scotty" Reston, Reston's National Geographic magazine article "Orion: Where Stars Are Born," reactions to Galileo, a Life, and work on millennium book titled "999."

Folder 270-273

Folder 270

Folder 271

Folder 272

Folder 273

Correspondence,1997 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 270-273

Topics addressed in letters include The Last Apocalypse: Europe in the Year 1000 A.D., a proposal for a television production on John F. Kennedy's assassination focusing on John Connally, reactions to Galileo, a Life, ideas for magazine articles on subjects related to the millennium, funding for a television project on Galileo, and research Reston conducted for The Knock at Midnight.

Folder 274-277

Folder 274

Folder 275

Folder 276

Folder 277

Correspondence,1998 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 274-277

Topics addressed in letters include reactions to The Last Apocalypse: Europe in the Year 1000 A.D., the inability to gain funding for a television project on Galileo, the use of Frederick Hart's sacred art in the Hollywood movie The Devil's Advocate, interest in a film production of Collision at Home Plate, the twentieth anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy, World Cup soccer match between Iran and the United States, idea for a book of essays on the millennium, and republishing both Galileo, a Life and Our Father Who Art in Hell.

Correspondents include Edward L. Burlingame, Doubleday, HarperCollins, Anchor Books, and the American Academy in Rome.

Folder 278-282

Folder 278

Folder 279

Folder 280

Folder 281

Folder 282

Correspondence,1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 278-282

Topics addressed in letters include republishing Galileo, a Life, reactions to The Last Apocalypse, Reston's article about the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Reston's lectures and book events, interest in a film production of Collision at Home Plate, and reactions to a Reston article about marking the millennium “The Moment? We’ve Already Missed it” in the Washington Post Outlook.

Correspondents include Yale University Press, Christian History magazine, Doubleday, the ambassador of Iceland, Russell & Volkening, Inc., and The John Motley Morehead Foundation.

Folder 283

Correspondence, undated 1990s #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 283

Folder 284

Correspondence, undated 1990s #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 284

Folder 285

Correspondence, undated 1990s #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 285

Folder 286

Correspondence, undated 1990s #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 286

Digital Folder DF-5692/2

Drafts, Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti, circa 1990-1992 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." DF-5692/2

Files retrieved from a floppy disk. Files are chiefly drafts of chapters. Also included are drafts of letters pertaining to the book and to movie options.

Reston's electronic file names were retained.

Digital Folder DF-5692/3

Drafts, Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti, circa 1990-1992 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." DF-5692/3

Files retrieved from a floppy disk. Files are chiefly drafts of chapters.

Reston's electronic file names were retained.

Digital Folder DF-5692/4

Drafts, Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti, circa 1990-1992 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." DF-5692/4

Files retrieved from a floppy disk. Files are chiefly drafts of chapters. Also included are drafts of letters pertaining to the book.

Reston's electronic file names were retained.

Folder 287

Drafts, "Of Fame and Honor," circa1991 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 287

Typescript for a newspaper opinion piece about Pete Rose, A. Bartlett Giamatti, and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Folder 288

Drafts, "From Sacred to Demonic" and Book review, circa1997 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 288

Typescripts for a newspaper opinion piece about the use of artist Frederick Hart's religious frieze in the Hollywood movie The Devil's Advocate.

Typescript review of Damian Thompson's The End of Time and Stephen Jay Gould's Questioning the Millennium.

Folder 289

Drafts, "How America Lost Out on the Millennium," circa 1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 289

Typescript for article. "To view our history and world history through a thousand year lens forces the mind into new and original pathways...In the absence of a visionary political leader in America, where are the historians or the philosophers or the poet who might guide and inspire us?"

Folder 290

Editor's notes, 1989-1990 and 1993 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 290

Commenting on a memoir manuscript by James "Scotty" Reston Sr., the book critic Jonathan Yardley with The Washington Post writes "For the reader, who picks up the book eager to learn more about you and the various things you have done throughout your long and singularly interesting life, to get so much of the presidents and so little of you is, to put it as mildly as I can, frustrating in the extreme." Also included is a 28 May 1989 letter received by Yardley from another author

On a draft for "The Unauthorized Biography of Galileo," the editor writes "No one will accuse you of frigid objectivity. But you risk losing the confidence of your reader if you take every opportunity to make your villains, the Jesuits and the Roman Catholic hierarchy, as villainous as possible."

Folder 291

Contracts,1997-1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 291

With Russell & Volkening, Inc., for motion picture and allied rights to Collision at Home Plate; American Program Bureau for a speaking engagement on "The Last Millennium;" and A.M. Heath & Co., for the publishing of Galileo, a Life in the Italian language.

Folder 292

Book proposals, The Last Apocalypse, circa1997 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 292

Made to The Adventure Library. "I'm well aware of the fascination and the danger of apocalyptic thinking. Undoubtedly, evangelical preachers and messianic leaders will string together the various catastrophes of the past few decades like AIDs and Rwanda, The Gulf War and Oklahoma City, the Shoemaker-Levy comet and the Kobe earthquake, and argue that these are signs that the end time is near. These arguments will find resonance in the Dark Ages." Also includes a response from the publisher.

Folder 293

Book proposals, "The Cup," circa1998 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 293

"The Iran-United States match is the most exotic game of the entire World Cup. This clash of virtual enemies is fraught with religious, diplomatic, and political significance far beyond soccer."

Folder 294

Proposals,1998 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 294

A proposal for a book of collected essays titled "The Man of the Millennium and Other Mere Mortals" and a request for funding of a television documentary about Galileo.

Folder 295

Clippings,1990-1991 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 295

Folder 296

Clippings,1992-1993 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 296

Folder 297

Clippings,1994-1995 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 297

Folder 298

Clippings, National Geographic, 1995 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 298

Folder 299

Clippings,1996-1997 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 299

Folder 300-301

Folder 300

Folder 301

Clippings,1998-1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 300-301

Folder 302

Clippings, Newspaper articles about the millennium,1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 302

Folder 303

Clippings, undated, circa 1990s #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 303

Digital Folder DF-5692/1

Rose materials, circa 1990-1992 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." DF-5692/1

Files retrieved from a floppy disk pertaining to Major League Baseball (MLB) player Pete Rose. Files are notes about Rose. Topics addessed in the notes include his playing career, accomplishments and statistics including hitting streaks, game suspensions, his character and view of the world, gambling, violence, relationships with women, interactions with Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, his admissions to using "greenies" while playing the game, tax evasion and other legal troubles, the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the city's MLB team the Reds.

Reston's electronic file names were retained.

Folder 304

Giamatti materials,1983, 1991, and undated #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 304

Copies of three letters written and received by Major League Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti and a booklet In Remembrance of our friend and colleague Bart Giamatti published by Yale University.

Digital Folder DF-5692/5

Galileo materials, 1993 and undated #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." DF-5692/5

Files retrieved from a floppy disk. Includes drafts of chapters in Galileo, a Life, notes, and letters that pertain to Reston's projects on Galileo. Also included is a draft of a letter pertaining to The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally.

Reston's electronic file names were retained.

Digital Folder DF-5692/6

Galileo materials, 1992-1993 and undated #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." DF-5692/6

Files retrieved from a floppy disk. Includes drafts of chapters in Galileo, a Life, notes, and letters that pertain to Reston's projects on Galileo.

Reston's electronic file names were retained.

Digital Folder DF-5692/7

Galileo materials, circa 1993 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." DF-5692/7

Files retrieved from a floppy disk. Includes drafts of chapters in Galileo, a Life, notes, and letters that pertain to Reston's projects on Galileo.

Reston's electronic file names were retained.

Digital Folder DF-5692/8

Galileo materials, 1993 and undated #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." DF-5692/8

Files retrieved from a floppy disk. Includes drafts of chapters in Galileo, a Life, notes, and letters that pertain to Reston's projects on Galileo. Also included are a few items pertaining to The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally.

Reston's electronic file names were retained.

Folder 305

Printed materials, "Anchor Books" and "Book of the Month Club,"1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 305

Catalogs featuring The Last Apocalypse: Europe in the Year 1000 A.D.

Folder 306

Publicity and marketing, Frontline and Capital Style magazine,1990 and 1998 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 306

Press releases for Frontline's "Betting on the Lottery" about "the states that run lotteries, promoters who design and sell them, and the people who buy tickets" and for the June 1998 issue of Capital Style, which includes Reston's article "Iran vs. The Great Satan: Soccer Imams."

Folder 307

Publicity and marketing, Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti,1991 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 307

Travel itineraries for Reston's appearances on radio and television in support of his book.

Folder 308

Publicity and marketing, Galileo, a Life,1995-1996 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 308

Printed advertisements for a new edition to the Galileo biography and a PBS television documentary.

Folder 309

Printing and publishing materials, Collision at Home Plate, 1991 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 309

Copy for the book jacket, the book jacket, and a typescript book review by Robert H. Walker.

Folder 310

Printing and publishing materials, Galileo, a Life, 1994 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 310

Mock-up for book cover and the book jacket.

Folder 311

Printing and publishing materials, The Last Apocalypse, 1998 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 311

Bindery information, copy for book jacket, and the book jacket.

Folder 312

Speaking engagements,1990-1991 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 312

Booklet for the Program Corporation of America and a program for the Buckeye Book Fair.

Folder 313

Speaking engagements,1994-1995 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 313

Invitations and announcements for Reston's lectures on Galileo.

Folder 314

Speaking engagements,1998-1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 314

Invitations, announcements, and programs for Reston's lectures on the millennium.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-5692/2

Speaking engagements,1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." OPF-5692/2

Posters for Reston's lectures on the millennium.

Folder 315

Speaking engagements,1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 315

Printed materials for Reston's lectures at Berea College's convocation and for the Morehead Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Folder 316

Fellowships, circa1990 and 1996 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 316

Recommendation by Frederick Hauck for a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award and the review panel's comments about Reston's Galileo proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Folder 317-318

Folder 317

Folder 318

Fellowships, 1994-1997 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." Folder 317-318

Includes an annual report, press release, and guest-scholar appointment letter for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-5692/3

Booklet, James "Scotty" Reston of The New York Times,1999 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." OPF-5692/3

"A Beacon of Moderation and Good Sense by John F. Stacks Executive Editor Time In conjunction with symposium and exhibit on the opening of the James B. Reston Papers in the University Archives, November 3, 1999 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."

Audiocassette C-05692/5

Radio broadcast, "Larry King Show,"1991 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." C-05692/5

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05692/6

Radio broadcast, "Jim Bohannon Show,"1994 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." C-05692/6

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05692/7

Radio broadcast, WAMU,1994 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." C-05692/7

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05692/8

Radio broadcast, "Diane Rehm Show,"1996 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." C-05692/8

Audiocassette

National Public Radio.

Audiocassette C-05692/9

Recording, "Apocalypse,"1998 #05692, Series: "4. The 1990s." C-05692/9

Audiocassette

"Reston, Jr Boyer."

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About 1200 items.

Arrangement by form and genre (e.g., correspondence, drafts, editor's notes, clippings, etc.).

Folder 319-321

Folder 319

Folder 320

Folder 321

Correspondence,2000 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 319-321

Topics addressed in letters include Galileo, a Life, Reston's lectures and book events, The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally, Reston's completed work on Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade, book reviews, and Collision at Home Plate.

Folder 322-324

Folder 322

Folder 323

Folder 324

Correspondence,2001 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 322-324

Topics addressed in letters include publication of and reactions to Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade, an unflattering book review of Warriors of God with which Reston took issue, Reston's lectures and book events, Reston's daughter Hillary, Reston's interest in writing about the World Cup (soccer), Reston's Dialogue program with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.

Of note is a copy of a 11 September 2001 letter by L. Jackson Newell to his children that he shared with Reston. "The suffering, fear, and senseless death on a huge scale that has been so common in so much of the world for many decades has seemed unreal to Americans in our splendid isolation. Now perhaps we can better empathize with those who suffer grief and pain around the world."

Folder 325-326

Folder 325

Folder 326

Correspondence,2002 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 325-326

Topics addressed in letters include Reston's daughter Hillary, her disability, and the book he wants to write about her, Warriors of God, Reston's travel to the Middle East, Reston's lectures and book events, The Last Apocalypse, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Jonestown Express, and a 7 August 2002 article about organ transplants that Reston wrote for the New York Times titled "When Generosity Is Medically Necessary."

Folder 327

Correspondence,2003 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 327

Topics addressed in the few scattered letters for this year include Warriors of God, Reston's work on a book about his daughter Hillary titled "Prodigious Love," and Reston's lectures and book events.

Folder 328

Correspondence,2004 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 328

Topics addressed in the few scattered letters for this year include Warriors of God, Reston's lectures, book events, and televised appearances, forthcoming publication of Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors, publishing a book about his daughter Hillary titled "The Bat Jumped Over the Moon," and Hillary's kidney transplant.

Folder 329-330

Folder 329

Folder 330

Correspondence,2005 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 329-330

Topics addressed in the few scattered letters for this year include a copyright infringement claim against film director Ridley Scott, the American Academy in Rome, Reston's lectures, Sherman, the Peacemaker, a play in two acts, book reviews, living with disabilities, reactions to and marketing for Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors, the forthcoming launch of Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey, and author Jeanne K. Pettenati's children's book based on Galileo, a Life.

Folder 331-332

Folder 331

Folder 332

Correspondence,2006 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 331-332

Topics addressed in the few scattered letters for this year include book reviews, reactions to Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey, Reston's lectures and book events, Galileo, a Life, the Books for a Better Life Awards program, and Warriors of God.

Of interest are letters about Fragile Innocence written to Reston by parents with disabled children.

Folder 333

Correspondence, Printouts of email messages,2007-2012 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 333

Email messages exchanged between Reston and Peter Morgan, playwright and screenwriter for the Frost/Nixon stage and film productions.

Folder 334

Correspondence,2007 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 334

Topics addressed in the very few scattered letters for this year include Warriors of God, Fragile Innocence, the Iraq War, and The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews.

Folder 335

Correspondence,2008 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 335

Topics addressed in the very few scattered letters for this year include Fragile Innocence, reactions to Reston's article in Smithsonian Magazine titled "Frost, Nixon, and Me" about David Frost's 1977 televised interviews with President Richard Nixon, and the movie Frost/Nixon.

Folder 336

Correspondence,2009-2010 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 336

Folder 337

Correspondence, undated 2000s #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 337

Folder 338

Drafts, circa2001 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 338

Partial draft of article [?] about writing Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade and writing "popular history."

"The question arises, is the writing of history creative? Or is its exercise of imagination of some sort of lower order than the writing of novels...writing visual, vibrant history is an art form."

Folder 339

Drafts, circa2003 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 339

Typescript for article "The Fatal Corset," about President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

Typescript for a newspaper opinion piece about President George W. Bush and the American invasion of Iraq.

Folder 340

Drafts, "The Legacy of the Frost/Nixon Interviews," circa2007 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 340

Typescript for article. "The Frost/Nixon interview of 1977 would be the only trial for Watergate that Nixon would ever have."

Folder 341

Editor's notes, Warriors of God, circa2000 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 341

Folder 342

Editor's notes, Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors, circa 2004 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 342

Folder 343

Editor's notes, "The Bat Jumped Over the Moon" (Fragile Innocence), circa 2005 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 343

Folder 344

Kennedy assassination materials,1964 and 1988 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 344

Research materials for The Lone Star: The Life of John Connally and "That Damned Girdle: The Hidden Factor That Might Have Killed Kennedy" in the Los Angeles Times, 22 November 2004. Includes a copy of the testimony given to the Warren Commission by a physician at Dallas's Parkland Hospital.

Folder 345-346

Folder 345

Folder 346

Clippings,2000-2001 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 345-346

Folder 347

Clippings, Warriors of God,2001 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 347

Folder 348-349

Folder 348

Folder 349

Clippings,2002-2003 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 348-349

Folder 350

Clippings,2004-2005 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 350

Folder 351

Clippings, Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey,2006 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 351

Folder 352-356

Folder 352

Folder 353

Folder 354

Folder 355

Folder 356

Clippings,2006-2007 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 352-356

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-5692/4

Clippings, "When David Faced a Wounded Goliath,"2007 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." OPF-5692/4

New York Times article about the play Frost/Nixon.

Folder 357-359

Folder 357

Folder 358

Folder 359

Clippings,2008-2009 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 357-359

Folder 360

Clippings, undated, circa 2000s #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 360

Folder 361

Clippings, undated, circa 2000s #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 361

Folder 362

Printed materials, Doubleday catalog2001 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 362

Featuring Warriors of God.

Folder 363

Printed materials, "Books for a Better Life" and Crown,2007 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 363

Catalogs featuring Fragile Innocence and The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews.

Folder 364

Printed materials, Scribe and Three Rivers Press,2008 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 364

Catalogs featuring The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews.

Folder 365

Publicity and marketing,2001-2005 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 365

Includes printouts of advertisements for Reston's books on an online bookstore.

Folder 366

Playbills, Galileo Galilei, 2002 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 366

Folder 367

Playbills, The Reverend Jim Jones (opera) 2004 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 367

Reston wrote the libretto for this opera, and John Eaton composed the music.

Folder 368

Script, Frost/Nixon (play), 2006 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 368

By Peter Morgan.

Folder 369-373

Folder 369

Folder 370

Folder 371

Folder 372

Folder 373

Playbills, Frost/Nixon, 2007-2009 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 369-373

Folder 374

"Study Guide" for Frost/Nixon (play),2008 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 374

The Canadian Stage Company.

Folder 375

Movie, Frost/Nixon, 2007-2008 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 375

Includes a list of locations for filming and a booklet about the making of the movie.

Extra Oversize Paper XOP-5692/3

Movie, Frost/Nixon, circa2007 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." XOP-5692/3

Poster for the film directed by Ron Howard.

Folder 376

Speaking engagements, 2001-2003 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 376

Invitations and announcements for Reston's lectures and book events for Warriors of God.

Folder 377

Speaking engagements, "Doha Talk," 23 March2005 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 377

Typescript pages with talking points about Reston and his work.

Folder 378-381

Folder 378

Folder 379

Folder 380

Folder 381

Speaking engagements, Doha (Qatar) Cultural Festival,2005 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 378-381

Printed and ephemeral items about events for the Doha Cultural Festival. Most items are in Arabic.

Folder 382

Speaking engagements, National Book Festival,2006 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 382

Printed items for the Library of Congress hosted book festival.

Folder 383-384

Folder 383

Folder 384

Speaking engagements, Medical conferences,2006 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 383-384

Programs.

Folder 385

Speaking engagements,2006 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 385

Invitations, programs, and announcements for Reston's lectures and book events for Fragile Innocence.

Extra Oversize Paper XOP-5692/2

Speaking engagements,2006 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." XOP-5692/2

Poster for a book event for Fragile Innocence.

Folder 386

Speaking engagements,2007-2009 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 386

Invitations, programs, and announcements for Reston's lectures and book events.

Folder 387

Fellowships, American Academy of Rome,2006 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 387

Information about the academy including a list of visiting artists and scholars.

Folder 388

Funeral program, Sarah Jane Fulton Reston, 2001 #05692, Series: "5. The 2000s." Folder 388

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Undated.

About 400 items.

Arrangement by form and genre (e.g., correspondence, drafts, editor's notes, clippings, etc.).

Folder 389

Correspondence, undated #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 389

Folder 390

Drafts, circa 1960s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 390

Includes typescript with "Chapter" and "A Glimpse of Camelot" indicated at the top of the first page. Typescript pages are difficult to read because of fading.

Also includes two title pages, "The Story of the Decade, a novel."

Folder 391

Drafts, "The Fighters," circa 1960s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 391

"The War in Viet Nam can become a very personal thing on the docks in San Diego… They call themselves animals or grunts or round pounders, and undoubtedly their training has suppressed their more delicate sensitivities. But they are still soldiers going to war."

Folder 392

Drafts, "The Young Appalachian Migrants," circa 1960s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 392

"There are many young Kentuckians…who flee the mountains with no more than a whisper of work to the north, and with no more than a few dollars in their pockets. And if they come to Cincinnati, they risk being caught in a vicious trap which is the ghetto of the East Basin."

Folder 393

Drafts, "Reverberations of Berkeley," circa 1960s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 393

"Did the debate on the quality of higher education at elite Berkeley [University of California, Berkeley] spread to the 'mill' of the state college system?"

Folder 394

Drafts, "The Legacy of FSM," circa 1960s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 394

"history was made, and made by students in the first mass protest against the depersonalization of IBM mass education. The success of this protest called the Free Speech Movement (FSM) already is having a profound impact on the structure of the University of California, and on the minds of university administrators elsewhere, and the controversy is not over."

Folder 395

Drafts, "The Modest Homebuilder," circa 1970s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 395

Typescript draft of essay about obtaining a mortgage and building a house in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Folder 396

Notes, undated #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 396

Topics include medieval English monarchy, Roman Catholic Church, nuclear armament, drug smuggling, My Lai massacre (Vietnam), writing about living persons, David Frost and Richard Nixon, and travel plans.

Folder 397

Notes, small notebook, undated #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 397

Short, handwritten entries, some of which may be pieces of dialogue and narrative for one of Reston's novels.

Folder 398

Niccolo Tucci and Richard Barnet materials, circa 1970s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 398

Typescripts pertaining to the writers Tucci and Barnet (author of Roots of War, 1972)

Folder 399

Fairfield materials, circa 1970s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 399

Typescripts about an antebellum home and its owners in Fauquier County, Va. Includes what appears to be a transcription of an antebellum diary.

Folder 400

Individual Rights and Responsibilities,1972 #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 400

Printed items pertaining to the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.

Folder 401

Writings by others,1997-2006 and undated #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 401

Includes a chapbook with short fiction by Laurel Speer, an essay about The Last Apocalypse, and short responses to quiz questions about Fragile Innocence.

Folder 402

Miscellaneous, undated #05692, Series: "6. Undated." Folder 402

Business cards and press list for print media.

Audiocassette C-05692/10

Recording, "Jim on Connally," circa 1980s #05692, Series: "6. Undated." C-05692/10

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05692/11

Recording, "Jim Reston Interview," undated #05692, Series: "6. Undated." C-05692/11

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05692/12

Recording, "Dodd Jim Reston Interview, undated" #05692, Series: "6. Undated." C-05692/12

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05692/13

Radio broadcast, "Morning Edition," undated #05692, Series: "6. Undated." C-05692/13

Audiocassette

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About 100 items.

Financial materials, medical information, and photo id's (e.g., passports) in Series 7 are closed until 1 January 2040. The repository closed these materials because they may contain sensitive information and personal identification numbers.

Arrangement by form and genre (e.g., websites, financial materials, etc.).

Digital Item DI-5692/1

Website, The Thirteen Obsessions of James Reston Jr., 1971-2015 #05692, Series: "7. Other Materials." DI-5692/1

Website (http://www.jrobsessions.com/) harvested by Archive-It beginning in 2016.

Digital Item DI-5692/2

Website, James Reston Jr. #05692, Series: "7. Other Materials." DI-5692/2

Website (http://www.restonbooks.com/) harvested by Archive-It beginning in 2016.

Folder 403

Biographical information, circa1981 and circa 1997 #05692, Series: "7. Other Materials." Folder 403

Folder 404

Bibliography, Third Crusade, 1998 #05692, Series: "7. Other Materials." Folder 404

Folder 405

Iceland materials,1999 #05692, Series: "7. Other Materials." Folder 405

Historical information. "With Compliments Embassy of Iceland Washington, D.C."

Folder 406

Photo id's and U.S. Army honorable discharge,1969-2006 #05692, Series: "7. Other Materials." Folder 406

This folder is closed until 1 January 2040. The repository closed these materials because they may contain sensitive information and personal identification numbers.

Folder 407-413

Folder 407

Folder 408

Folder 409

Folder 410

Folder 411

Folder 412

Folder 413

Financial materials and medical information, 1970s through 2000s #05692, Series: "7. Other Materials." Folder 407-413

These folders are closed until 1 January 2040. The repository closed these materials because they may contain sensitive information and personal identification numbers.

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Approximately 60 items.

Photographic materials have been placed in folders for use, but they have not been analyzed, arranged, or fully described.

Image Folder PF-5692/1

Undated #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/1

Black and White Negatives

Image Folder PF-5692/2

Undated #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/2

Color Negatives

Image Folder PF-5692/3

Undated, circa1977 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/3

Black and White Negatives

Image Folder PF-5692/4

Undated #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/4

Color Slides

Image Folder PF-5692/5

1977 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/5

Black and White Negatives

Image Folder PF-5692/6

1977 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/6

Black and White Negatives

Image Folder PF-5692/7

1978 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/7

Black and White Negatives

Image Folder PF-5692/8

1978 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/8

Black and White Negatives

Image Folder PF-5692/9

1977 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/9

Black and White Negatives

Image Folder PF-5692/10

James Reston and Hillary Reston, circa2006 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/10

Color Prints

Cover for Fragile Innocence.

Image Folder PF-5692/11

James Reston and Hillary Reston, circa2006 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/11

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/12

James Reston and Hillary Reston, circa2006 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/12

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/13

James Reston and Hillary Reston, circa2006 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/13

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/14

James Reston and Hillary Reston, circa2006 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/14

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/15

Photographic images of courtroom sketches from the Joan Little trial,1975 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/15

Black and White Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/16

Pete Rose with the Cincinnati Reds, undated #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/16

Black and White Prints

Likely that this image is a publicity photograph taken for Major League Baseball.

Image Folder PF-5692/17

James Reston,1974 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/17

Black and White Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/18

Undated #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/18

Contact Sheet

Image Folder PF-5692/19

Undated #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/19

Black and White Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/20

Jann Elizabeth Gurvich, undated #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/20

Contact Sheet

A victim of the Jonestown tragedy and subject of a chapter in Our Father Who Art in Hell.

Image Folder PF-5692/21

1981 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/21

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/22

1981 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/22

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/23

"Ernie Mynatt at the Identity Center," Kentucky, 1972 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/23

Color Prints

Appalachian Identity Center.

Image Folder PF-5692/24

James Reston, circa 1970s #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/24

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/25

James Reston with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cartagena, Columbia,1994 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/25

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/26

Rome and Pisa, Italy, 1992 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/26

Color Prints

Scouting locations for the Galileo Galilei film.

Image Folder PF-5692/27

Rome and Pisa, Italy, 1992 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/27

Color Prints

Scouting locations for the Galileo Galilei film.

Image Folder PF-5692/28

Undated, circa 1960s #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/28

Halftone Print

Image Folder PF-5692/29

Cairo, Egypt, 2001 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/29

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/30

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2002 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/30

Color Prints

Speech given upon the publication of Warriors of God.

Image Folder PF-5692/31

John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Forum in Lubbock, Tex., circa early 2000s #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/31

Color Prints

Pictured with David Halberstam.

Image Folder PF-5692/32

René Higuita, soccer player, 1994 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/32

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/33

James Reston, 2003 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/33

Color Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/34

"James Reston Jr. author of Collision at Home Plate,"1991 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/34

Black and White Prints

Image Folder PF-5692/35

James Reston, 1979 and 1984 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/35

Black and White Prints

On the set of Sherman The Peacemaker in 1979.

As candidate to be the first writer in space in 1984.

Image Folder PF-5692/36

James Reston 1975 and circa 1984 #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/36

Black and White Prints

Pictured with John Kuester.

Image Folder PF-5692/37

Undated #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/37

Color Prints

Pictured with Henry Mayer, author of All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery.

Image Folder PF-5692/38

Undated, circa early 2000s #05692, Series: "8. Photographic Materials." PF-5692/38

Color Prints

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 9A. Papers, 1995, 2002-2014 (Addition of July 2015).

About 100 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 102251

Arrangement: as received

The Addition of July 2015 consists of publications and related printed ephemera, including snapshot photographs from events; miscellaneous letters, 2010-2013; "Preparing David Frost for His Battle againgst Richard Nixon," a student oral history project with James Reston Jr. by Gavin Donnelly; and a Scotty Reston tribute that aired on National Public Radio, 1995.

Box 17

Gavin Donnelly #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1995, 2002-2014 (Addition of July 2015)." Box 17

Letters, 2010-2013 #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1995, 2002-2014 (Addition of July 2015)." Box 17

Publications, ephemera #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1995, 2002-2014 (Addition of July 2015)." Box 17

Audiocassette C-05692/14

Weekend Addition, Scotty Resten tribute, 9 December 1995 #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1995, 2002-2014 (Addition of July 2015)." C-05692/14

Audiocassette

Digital Folder DF-05692/9

Lecture at John W. Kluge Center, “History and the Movies: A Historian Writes a Screenplay,” 2011 #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1995, 2002-2014 (Addition of July 2015)." DF-05692/9

Digital Folder DF-05692/10

WAMC's Alan Chartock "In Conversation" with James Reston, Jr., 2013 #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1995, 2002-2014 (Addition of July 2015)." DF-05692/10

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About 50 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103054

Arrangement: as received

The Addition of April 2017 consists chiefly of publications and related printed ephemera and communications for The Accidental Victim; Sherman, The Peacemaker; Luther's Fortress; Frost/Nixon; Galileo's Torch; and a libretto for "The Reverend Jim Jones". Also included are some family materials, an op-ed, journal articles, writings and cards, and snapshot photographs of Reston at events.

Box 17

The Accidental Victim #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." Box 17

Sherman, The Peacemaker #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." Box 17

Luther's Fortress #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." Box 17

Frost/Nixon #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." Box 17

Galileo's Torch #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." Box 17

"The Reverend Jim Jones" #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." Box 17

Other papers #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." Box 17

Digital Folder DF-05692/11

"Through the Decades: Frost/Nixon," Weigel Broadcasting & CBS Television, 2016 #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." DF-05692/11

Digital Folder DF-05692/12

Performance of "Galileo's Torch" at Stone Hill, Flint Hill, Va., 2014 #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." DF-05692/12

Digital Folder DF-05692/13

Performance of "Sherman the Peacemaker" at Stone Hill, Flint Hill, Va., 2015 #05692, Series: "9A. Papers and Recordings, 1980s-2012 (Addition of April 2017)." DF-05692/13

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 9A. Papers, 1963-2018 (Addition of February 2019).

About 50 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103547

Arrangement: as received

The Addition of February 2019 consists of "How It Felt: The Impeachment Diary of James Reston, Jr., 27 June-13 August 1974," a circa 2018 transcription of Reston's original diary; a letter, 1963, from Pearl S. Buck to James Reston Jr., about race and marriage; a letter, 1965, to Reston about U.S. Army intelligence training, from John J. Coleman, for whom Reston dedicated A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial (2017); publications and printed ephemera related to earlier writings; and snapshot photographs of Reston and family at events.

Box 18

"How It Felt: The Impeachment Diary of James Reston, Jr., 27 June-13 August 1974" #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1963-2018 (Addition of February 2019)." Box 18

Letters #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1963-2018 (Addition of February 2019)." Box 18

Publications and ephemera #05692, Series: "9A. Papers, 1963-2018 (Addition of February 2019)." Box 18

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Processing Information

Processed by: Laura Hart, June 2016

Encoded by: Laura Hart, June 2016

Revisions by: Nancy Kaiser, Anne Wells, Laura Smith February and March 2019

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine ethnic identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for ethnicity to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@email.unc.edu.

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