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The John Jakes Papers, 1973-2006

The collection of John Jakes’s papers in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina spans the years 1973-2006, with the bulk of the papers being dated between 1993 and 2001.

About the Collection

An extensive exhibition of Jakes's work was mounted by Barbara Brannon and Vanessa Farr in December 1993 to mark Mr. Jakes's initial donation of these papers. 

The collection consists of notes and correspondence relating to the American Bicentennial Series (Kent Family Chronicles), California Gold, Homeland, and On Secret Service, typescripts of the first and second or third drafts of the screenplay of Heaven and Hell, the audio abridgement of Homeland, typescript for the short story Mercy at Gettysburg, and multiple typescripts for the novels Homeland, American Dreams, and On Secret Service. 

In addition, there is a small amount of general correspondence from John Jakes with associates of the Library relating to the collection. 

All but the most recent items in the collection are available for study and consultation. The Jakes papers remain in copyright, and intending researchers should consult with the Associate University Librarian before commencing projects aimed at publication. For more information about Jakes, visit the John Jakes website at

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