Burke, Jackson F. (1915-1992)
Scope:
The Jackson F. Burke collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, photographs, and other items.

Manuscripts by Burke in the collection include Noah (Bantam, 1969); The Kama Sutra Tango (Harper, 1977); Crazy Woman Blues (Dutton, 1978); Kelly Among the Nightingales (Dutton, 1979); The Amazon Scam (Carlyle, 1979); and many short stories, articles, poems, and other works.  Also present are several unpublished works, including The Nun and the Grand Inquisitor; How They Died, a short story collection; Porphyria’s Lover; The Naked Horseman; Juana: A Life in the Age of Baroque, a book about Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; The Calypso Boogie; Porphyria’s Lovers; Down South of Yesterday; Consider the Lilies (unfinished); and others.

Printed material in the collection includes page proofs for Noah, Kelly Among the Nightingales, Crazy Woman Blues, and The Amazon Scam (the latter also includes galleys); the published versions of several stories by Burke; numerous newspaper and magazine articles regarding various subjects, including many regarding the arrest of Jackson and Rosa Burke for possession of marijuana, and several regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy (1966-1991); reviews of Burke’s books; and other items.

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters, dating from 1932 to 1992.  Personal correspondence includes letters to and from various friends and family members, including letters between Jackson and Rosa Burke while they were both in prison in 1963.  Professional letters include letters between Burke and publishers, editors, agents, schools, students, and organizations, including the Writer’s Digest School (1986-1990), The Mystery Writers of America (1985), PEN American Center (1977-1985), and the Writer’s Digest Criticism Service (1989-1992).

Photographs in the collection include various prints and negatives, mostly of Burke’s friends and relations.  Images include Rosa Burke; a bull fight in Mexico City; Gunner Sergeant Daniel Joseph Daly (1916); photos taken by Burke while doing field reporting; Burke’s travels in South America, Australia, and Europe; prints and negatives of Joel Grey; and others.

Other material in the collection includes several contracts and agreements between Burke and his publishers (1966-1983); material regarding the writing class, “Writing Mystery Fiction,” which Burke taught at the New School for Social Research (including the course proposal, syllabus, student questionnaires, and papers from students, 1988-1992); a diary written by Burke’s “significant other” (1958-1959); address books; financial material; and various other items, ephemera, and miscellany.
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Notable Figures
1. Burke, Jackson F., 1915-
Associated Subjects
1. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Novelists
4. Authors, American
5. American literature--20th century
6. Fiction