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Guide to the Papers of Jon Hassler

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Educator and author. Born in Minneapolis, 1933. Educated at St. John's University, Collegeville (B.A.), and the University of North Dakota (M.A.). English teacher in the public schools and colleges of Minnesota.

Papers include manuscripts for adult published works; unpublished works; and multi-media materials.

Information on literary rights is contained in a depository agreement with St. Cloud State University signed 27 April 1983.

Accessions: 15 Feb. 1983
17 Jan. 1985

BOX 1

Folder

1 	Guide to the papers of Jon Hassler.

2 	Biographical data.

3 	Correspondence, 1979-

	Primarily with St. Cloud State University.

4 	St. Cloud State University, 27 April 1983. 

	Agenda, invitations, guest book, etc., concerning events held in connection 
with  the signing of a depository agreement between Jon Hassler and St. Cloud 
State University.  Includes a copy of the depository agreement.*

5 	Media Coverage, 1979-

	a. 	Press coverage surrounding the signing of the depository agreement.

	b. 	Video cassette and transcription of the remarks by Mr. Hassler at as
		pres conference and dinner on 27 Apr. 1983. Copy of release statement.*

	c.	 Other press coverage.

*Original held in the University Archives. 

Accession 1

15 Feb. 1983

BOX 2 	Galley Proofs (uncut)

Folder

1 	"Simon's Night," 1979.

	With author corrections.

2	 "Staggerford," 1977.

	Copy-edited sets dated 4 Jan. 1977, 1 Feb. 1977.

3	 "The Love Hunter," 1981.

	With handwritten revisions.


BOX 3		STAGGERFORD

Folder

1 	Author's notes.

	Story topic references by day; author's schedule for Sept.-Oct.

2 	Sketches.

	Typescripts with handwritten revisions. On yellow tissue.

	Sketches are related to the following characters:

	a.	 Miss McGee.

		Sketch built around story variously titled "Two Weddings," or "The 
    Undistinguished Poet."

	b. 	Kate and Wayne.

		Story of a school principal, his wife, an their relationship with  
    Indian students.

	c. 	Jeff Hamilton (Jeff Norquist?), Annie Bird, Hank Bird.

3	 "Pruitt's Journal," 1975.

	Miles Pruitt is married to Norma and has a daughter Meg. Originally 
  intended to cover nine months of the school year.

	a. 	First draft for 31 Oct. and 1 Nov.  Typescript (unpaged) with 
		handwritten revisions. On yellow tissue.

		Storyline varies from other versions.

	b. 	Second draft. Typescript with handwritten revisions. On yellow tissue.

		Storyline and arrangement similar to draft below.
	
	c. 	"Pruitt's Journal."

		Original typescript (117 pages) with handwritten revisions. Some pages
    on yellow tissue, carbon copy.

	d. 	Copy of letter to Harriet Wasserman, 7 Jan. 1975.

		Request for editor to read parts one and two of a novel in progress: 
    Pruitt's Journal.

"Staggerford"

4 	First draft.

	Typescript (99 pages) with handwritten revisions. On yellow tissue.

5 	Second draft.

	Typescript (unpaged) with handwritten revisions. On yellow tissue.

	Published version used to arrange second draft.

6 	Third draft.

	Typescript (380 pages) with handwritten revisions. On white and yellow 
  tissue (ca. pp.1-291 of Staggerford).

	Inserts: "The Cheerleader," Carla Carpenter's story, pp. 175-203. "Two 
  Weddings," pp. 262-279.

7	 Additions to the third or final draft. 

	Typescript with handwritten revisions. On yellow and white tissue.

	a.	 ca. pp. 292-341 of Staggerford.

	b. 	"The Scene at Bingham's Farm."

		Author's notes (typescript) on final scenes.

	c. 	Other scenes.


BOX 4		STAGGERFORD (cont'd.)

Folder

1 	Final draft.

	Typescript with handwritten corrections.

	Pages of original typescript missing [used in copy-edited typescript?]
  Missing pages replaced with carbon copy in dividers.

2 	Copy-edited typescript (451 pages).


BOX 5		STAGGERFORD (cont'd.)

Folder

1 	Stylesheet.

2 	Staggerford, Atheneum, 1977.

	Two copies; one autographed.


BOX 6		SIMON'S NIGHT

Folder

1 	Author's notes, 1978.

	Story topic references; article by Sean Duignan on Dublin.

	Published version used to arrange first and second drafts.

2 	First draft.

	Typescript on yellow tissue with handwritten revisions. Some pages on 
  yellow tissue found in second draft.

3-5 	Second draft.

	Typescript. Some revisions to pages inserted in white dividers.


BOX 7		SIMON'S NIGHT (cont'd.)

Folder

1-3 	Third draft.

	Typescript (384 pages). On white paper.

4-6 	Copy-edited typescript.

	Photocopy with handwritten revisions, typed inserts.

7	 Miscellany.

	a. 	Stylesheet.

	b. 	"Simon and Linda."

		Typed excerpt from Simon's Night.

	c. 	Copyright for "Smalleye's Last Hunt," 1978, published in the Prairie 
        Schooner,	(University of Nebraska).

8 	Simon's Night, Atheneum, 1979.


BOX 8		THE LOVE HUNTER

Folder

1 	Author's notes.

2 	Correspondence, 1976-1980.

	Some with editor Harvey Ginsberg.

	Arrangement of the sections of the first three drafts is tentative. All  
  drafts include revision inserts. 

3-4 	Draft 1.

	Typescript with handwritten revisions. On yellow paper.

	Approximately parts 1 and 2 of the published work. Some sections may have 
  been used in draft 3.

5-6 	Draft 2.

	Typescript with handwritten revisions. On tan paper.

	Approximately through chapter 4, part 2 of the published work.


BOX 9		THE LOVE HUNTER (cont'd.)

Folder

1-4 	Draft 3.

	Typescript with handwritten revisions. On white (ca. parts 1 and 2) and 
  yellow (ca. part 3) paper.

	Approximately through ch. 6, part 2 of the published work.

5-7 	Draft 4.

	Typescript (429 numbered pages) with handwritten revisions. On white paper.

	Content similar to draft 3.

	Note on page 429 dated May 11, 1980, addressed to "Dear Harvey," describes 
  scenes that will conclude the story.


BOX 10	THE LOVE HUNTER (cont'd.)

Folder

1 	Additions, revisions between drafts 4 and 5. 

	Typescript with handwritten revisions. On tan paper.  Primarily an expansion 
  of the story between the end of part 2 and the beginning of part 3, and a  
  writing of the epilogue.

2-4 	Draft 5.

	Typescript (463 numbered pages) with handwritten revisions. On white paper.

	Editor's comments in margin of new sections.


BOX 11	THE LOVE HUNTER (cont'd.)

Folder

1 	Revisions between draft 5 and the copy-edited  typescript.

2-4 	Copy-edited typescript (463 numbered pages). 

	With handwritten revisions. On white paper.

5 	The Love Hunter.

	a. 	Morrow, 1981.

		First edition, autographed.

	b. 	Bantam Books, 1982


BOX 12	THE BOOK OF BRENDAN

Unpublished manuscript.

Folder

1 	Synopsis.

2	 Outlines.

3 	Author's notes.

4 	Draft 1.

	Primarily typescript on white paper with handwritten additions/revisions. 
  (127 hand-numbered pages.)

	Covers return to Plum through V-J Day and memories as an altar boy for 
  Father O'Day.

5 	Draft 2.

	Typescript on white paper with handwritten additions/revisions. (Last 
  numbered page, 294.) Pages missing noted on chapter dividers.

	Covers return to Plum through Abbot Charles' heart attack.

Other chapter drafts.

Includes earlier or later additions and revisions to drafts 1 and 2, and added 
chapters. Mostly typescript with handwritten additions/revisions.

Tentatively arranged in accordance with outline of "The Book of Brendan," ch. 
1-21 (see box 12 folder 2). 

6 	Ch. 1 Saturday evening in Plum.

	Ch. 2 Reunion in Plum (banquet, golf course). (Not in drafts 1 or 2.)

7 	Ch. 3 Abbot Charles and Brendan (ch. 2, draft 2).

	Move to Plum, Labor Day 1943 (ch. 3, pt. 1, draft 2).

8 	Ch. 4 First day in Plum.

	a. 	Ch. 3b and 4.

	b. 	At the store; Dodger, Grandfathers's train trip; letter to Mae
(ch. 3, draft 2). 9 Ch. 5 Second and third days in Plum. Dodger to supper; visit with Father O'Day at the rectory; Brendan renounces Dodger. 10 Ch. 6 Catherine and JoAnn; Rupert; Brendan at reunion; Dodger leaves Plum. (Primarily not in drafts 1 and 2.) BOX 13 THE BOOK OF BRENDAN (cont'd.) Folder 1 Ch. 7 Return to Abbey from Plum. (Not in drafts 1 and 2.) 2 Ch. 8 Boat ride; Tracy's place. (Not in drafts 1 and 2.) Ch. 9 Grand opening; Wallace (ch. 6?, draf t 2). 3 Ch. 10 Sandhill; JoAnn (ch. 12, draft 2). 4 Ch. 11 V-J Day; Father O'Day (ch. 7-8, draft 2). Ch. 12 Death of Alan Romberg (ch. 9, draft 2). Ch. 13-14 At the Abbey; JoAnn visits. (Not in drafts 1 and 2.) 5 Ch. 15 Abbot Charles' heart attack; hospital; Uncle Bud (ch. 10, 11, draft 2). 6 Ch. 16 Hospital; Abbey; death of grandfather; death of Charles. (Not in drafts 1 and 2.) 7 Ch. 17 Letter to mother; vigil, council meeting; ; Rufus. (Not in drafts 1 and 2.) 8 Ch. 18 Brendan to Mpls.; backup boyfriend; JoAnn. (Not in drafts 1 and 2.) BOX 14 THE BOOK OF BRENDAN (cont'd.) Folder 1 Ch. 19 Abbot Dede; to Abbey; Charles' funeral; death of father; resident priest; Wallace's betrayal; (Father's death briefly in ch. 12). 2 Ch. 20-21 Father O'Day leaves Plum; nominees for abbot; ballots; elections; installation. Miscellaneous publications and writings: 3 Four Miles to Pinecone, Warne, 1977. Autographed. 4 Jemmy, Atheneum, 1982. Autographed. 5 "A Study of Values." Sonnet written in 1956 for the Church of St. Patrick, Melrose. 6 Published articles. Photocopies, [197-?]- . 7 Manuscript excerpts. Accession 2 Received 17 Jan. 1985 BOX 15 THE GREEN JOURNEY Folder 1 Author's notes. 2 Outlines. 3 Correspondence with editors. 4 Synopsis. 5 "The Green Journey of Agatha McGee." On cover: Harriet Wasserman Literary Agency. Arrangement and numbering of the drafts is tentative. Drafts may include more than one version and revision inserts. 6 Draft 1. Brief version. Typescript with handwritten revisions. On yellow paper. Draft 2 (various versions). Mostly typescript on white paper. Early version (?) on green paper. Arranged tentatively by chapter content. 7 Ch. 1 Flight to Shannon. Ch. 2 James O'Hannon. 8 Ch. 3 Janet and Francis Raft. Ch. 4 Rafts; Shannon; Bishop Baker. 9 Ch. 5 Randy Meers. 10 Ch. 6 Dublin; Plunket's B & B. Ch. 7 Janet's pregnancy; Stephen's birth. Ch. 8 The Fermoyle's; Paddy Creely. Ch. 8-9 The Fermoyle's; Friday evening with James O'Hannon. Ch. 9 Friday evening with James O'Hannon. 11 Ch. 10 Saturday with James. Ch. 11 Sunday: "Snakes in Ireland." Ch. 12 Sunday: Bishop Baker, Agatha, Janet. BOX 16 THE GREEN JOURNEY (cont'd.) Folder 1 Ch. 13 Agatha confides in Janet. Ch. 14 Randy as realtor. 2 Ch. 15 Ballybegs. Ch. 16 Randy delivers Stephen to the farm. Ch. 16 (i.e. 17) Confirmation 3 Ch. 17 (i.e. 18) Wicklow Hills trip; Janet and Jack. Ch. 19 Randy seeks a zoning variance. 4 Ch. 18 (i.e. 20) Agatha and James. Ch. 19 (i.e. 21) Theater; riot. Ch. 22 Homeward bound. BOX 17 THE GREEN JOURNEY (cont'd.) Draft 3. Typescript (327 numbered pages) with handwritten revisions. On white paper. Chapter contents similar to draft 2 above. Chapters 1-7 include 2-3 copies of the same version with differing revisions. Folder 1 Ch. 1-3 2 Ch. 4-5 3 Ch. 6-10 4 Ch. 11-15 5 Ch. 16-22 BOX 18 THE GREEN JOURNEY (cont'd.) Draft 4. Typescript (355 numbered pages) with handwritten revisions. On white paper. Chapters rearranged; new chapters added. Folders may contain earlier versions. Folder 1 Ch. 1-2 Christmas Eve; birth of Stephen. Ch. 3 Lillian Kite; James O'Hannon. Ch. 4 James; Raft farm. 2 Ch. 5 Randy Meers. Ch. 6 Agatha; Janet and Randy; James. Ch. 7 Trip planning. 3 Ch. 8 Bishop Baker; confirmation. Ch. 9 Flight to Shannon. Ch. 10 Shannon Ch. 11 Randy Meers. Ch. 12 Dublin; Plunkett's B & B. Ch. 13 The Fermoyle's; Paddy Creely. Ch. 14 Friday evening with James O'Hannon. 4 Ch. 15 Saturday with James. Ch. 16 Sunday: "Snakes in Ireland." Ch. 17 Sunday: Bishop Baker, Agatha, Janet. Ch. 18 Agatha confides in Janet. Ch. 19 Randy as realtor. Ch. 20 Ballybegs. 5 Ch. 21 Randy delivers Stephen to the farm. Ch. 22 Bishop Baker and James. Ch. 23 Wicklow Hills trip; Janet and Jack. Ch. 24 Randy seeks a zoning variance. Ch. 25 Agatha and James. Ch. 26 Theater; riot. Ch. 27 Homeward bound. BOX 19 THE GREEN JOURNEY (cont'd.) Draft 5. Photocopy of draft 4 with revisions. Folder 1 Ch. 1-10. 2 Ch. 11-18. 3 Ch. 19-27. Galley proofs. Content in chapters 2-4 rearranged. 4 Ch. 1-14. 5 Ch. 15-27. 6 A Green Journey. Morrow, 1985. First edition, autographed. BOX 20 SIMON'S NIGHT: A PLAY Unpublished manuscript. Folder 1 Draft 1. Typescript (116 pages) with handwritten revisions. On white paper. Pages 76, 82-90 missing. Draft 2. Typescript (96 pages) with handwritten revisions. On white paper. 2 Act 1. 3 Act 2. GRAND OPENING 4 Grand Opening, William Morrow and Company, 1987.

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