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Patrick D. Smith Collection



Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Smith, Patrick D., 1927-
Patrick D. Smith Collection
Date [inclusive]
circa 1948-1986
2.0 boxes
Language of Materials
The collection contains manuscripts, periodicals, and correspondence related to the life and work of novelist Patrick D. Smith.

Preferred Citation

Patrick D. Smith Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

Patrick D. Smith was born in Mendenhall, Miss., on 8 October 1927. Smith earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Mississippi, the latter in 1959. He moved to Florida in 1966 and has lived there ever since.

Smith is the author of seven novels: The River Is Home;  The Beginning;  Forever Island;  Angel City;  Allapattah;  A Land Remembered; and  The Seas That Mourn. He has also authored a short story collection,  A White Deer. Smith is co-author of the non-fiction book  The Last Ride and author of the non-fiction book  In Search of The Russian Bear.

Smith has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize three times, in 1973 for Forever Island; in 1978 for  Angel City; and in 1984 for  A Land Remembered. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1985.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains typed manuscripts of six of Patrick D. Smith's novels and his non-fiction work In Search of the Russian Bear. Also included are journals and magazines containing stories by Smith; a folder of Smith's speeches; a copy of a thesis about Smith; and some correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries August 2012

Access Restrictions

The Patrick D. Smith Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Patrick D. Smith, 1993


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid created by Kathryn Michaelis, August 2012.

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Related Materials

Related Resources at the University of Mississippi

A study of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (thesis) by Patrick Davis Smith. Main Library. Call number: LD3411.82 .S6563 1959

The University Newsletter, 1964-196[6]?. Patrick D. Smith, ed. Archives and Special Collections. Call number: LD3411.8.M5 U5

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Controlled Access Headings


  • manuscripts for publication


  • Authors, American -- 20th century
  • Authors, American -- Florida

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Collection Inventory

 1.1 Collection inventory 

 1.2 Typed manuscript: In Search of the Russian Bear 

 1.3 Steno notebook containing holographic notes Re: In Search of the Russian Bear 

 1.4 Typed manuscript: The River is Home with cover page labeled “Original Rough Draft" 

 1.5 Hard bound typed manuscript of The River is Home 


Revised/edited manuscript

 1.6 Typed manuscript: A Land Remembered 

 1.7 Typed manuscript: The Beginning, in Acco Folder 

 1.8 Typed manuscript: Forever Island 


First draft

 1.9 Stenographer's notebook containing holographic notes re: Forever Island 

 1.10 Typed manuscript: Allapattah 

 2.1 Typed manuscript: Angel City 

 2.2 Typed film script: Angel City 

 2.3 Typed manuscript: A Woman of Courage 

 2.4 Speeches 

 2.5 The Delta Review, Spring 1966 


Contains short story "The Checkerboard"

 2.6 Mississippi Magazine, June 1980 


Contains short story "The Demise of Bester Boo Boo"

 2.7 Pencil Press, Fall 1986 


Contains short story "Miss Jenny and the Minnows" and article  "Norman Mailer and Patrick D. Smith..."

 2.8 Thesis: Patrick D. Smith: Creator of the Environmental/Historical Novel 

 2.9 Typed oral history interview 

 2.10 Jackson Magazine, February 1978 

 2.11 Writer's Digest, September 1979 

 2.12 Ole Miss Alumni Review, September 1986 

 2.13 Christmas card 

 2.14  Smith, Patrick D., 1927- Florida Historical Society newsletter, August 1997 


Contains article on Patrick D. Smith