The Hank Drought collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, film and video, audio materials, scrapbooks, and other items.
Manuscripts in the collection include film adaptations for So Long Chicago (1983), Memories (1989), Up at the Villa (1992), and Writer in Exile (1999). Also present are short pieces, including "Walking Manzanillo" (1989), "Gregory and the Purple Grackle" (1990), "On Meeting Jon Huston: A Personal Reminiscence" (1998), "Bukowski Writing" (1999), "Bukowski’s Visit" (2000), and “Breaking Chains II: Quotes, Thoughts and Poems” (2008). Other items include manuscripts for two plays, a novel, and two books, as well as graduate school papers from Northeastern University.
The collection includes both personal and professional correspondence composed between 1981 and 1999. Of note are letters of recommendation regarding Drought's West Point resignation (1977).
Personal memorabilia in the collection consists of a “Boston’s Fittest” coffee mug, a Garden State Bowl football jersey, neckties, and Drought's high school diploma and athletic letters.
Much of the printed material in the collection pertains to Drought's career as a personal fitness specialist. Numerous booklets, programs, and brochures are present in the collection, as are articles Drought penned for publications including the NSCA Journal, Strength and Conditioning Journal, Conditioning Instructor, Insight Magazine, Men's Health, Shape, and others. Also included are Letters to the Editor published in The Boston Globe, and articles (2002-2003) from TV Guide and Playboy regarding the Gypsy Moths DVD release.
Professional material consists of items relating to New England Strength and Conditioning Clinics and software/hardware products for personal trainers.
Legal materials include copyrights for all of Drought's manuscripts, numerous contracts, incorporation papers, and Limited Partnership Offering for So Long Chicago.
Film and video materials consist of college football highlights and Drought’s appearance on "The Susan Wornick Show," both on VHS. Also included is a DVD recording of Drought's wedding.
Audio materials include cassette recordings for "The Wedding" and "Sonny Davis Televised."
Scrapbooks in the collection date from 1957-2002, with one dedicated to the City of Boston Employee Wellness Program at Boston City Hall (1986-87).
Miscellaneous items include an appraisal of the James Hank Collection, a communication manual from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics Organizing Committee, and two photo albums, as well as two color prints documenting Drought’s plebe year at West Point.