THOM, JAMES ALEXANDER MSS.
The Thom, James Alexander mss., ca. 1973-2010, consists of the correspondence and papers of best-selling author James Alexander Thom (b. 1933), whose works have sold over two million copies. Born in Gosport, Indiana, Thom graduated from Butler University and subsequently served in the Marine Corps. After an early career as a reporter and journalist at the Indianapolis Star, he joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Journalism. His career as a novelist began in the 1970's. Known for the depth and accuracy of his research, Thom was the inaugural winner of the Gene and Marilyn Glick National Indiana Author Award in 2009. His major historical novels include Follow the River, Long Knife, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Panther in the Sky. Thom lives with his wife, Dark Rain, in a 130-year-old cabin he rebuilt in the hill country near Bloomington. Dark Rain, herself a writer, co-authored Warrior Woman with Thom.
The collection is organized into the following series: I. Writings; II. Correspondence; III. Printed; IV. Biographical Material; V. Drawings; VI. Clippings; VII. Business Records; VIII. Writers' Conferences and Workshops; IX. Miscellaneous; X. Audio-Visual. Writings include research, notes, drafts and page proofs pertaining to novels, articles and short stories by Thom, Dark Rain, both Thom and Dark Rain, and other authors. Correspondents include publishers and authors Richard Cady, Lucia St. Clair Robson, Scott Russell Sanders and Kurt Vonnegut. Other correspondents include former Indiana Governor Otis R. Bowen, politician and writer Ken Coates, and historian and author Howard Zinn.
The Printed series contains Thom's writings, as well as promotional materials and other printed materials. Business Records include contracts and agreements relating to Thom's novels and materials from Dark Rain's service on the National Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Council. The Audio-Visual series includes tapes from "James Alexander Thom: Storyteller," a program about Thom's life created by Indiana University Radio and TV Services that aired in 1990.
Collection size: 3,500 items