Fleming, Thomas J. (1927-2017)

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The Thomas Fleming collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, research materials, legal materials, financial materials, film and video materials, audio materials, photographs, electronic media, and other materials.

Manuscripts include non-fiction and fiction works, articles, essays, speeches, poems, and other items.  Collected non-fiction manuscripts include Now We Are Enemies: The Battle of Bunker Hill (1960), Beat the Last Drum: The Siege of Yorktown (1963), One Small Candle: The Pilgrims' First Year in America (1964), Affectionately Yours George Washington: A Self-Portrait in Letters of Friendship (1967), First in Their Hearts: A Biography of George Washington (1968), The Man from Monticello: An Intimate Life of Thomas Jefferson (1969), West Point: The Men and Times of the United States Military Academy (1971), The Golden Door: The Story of American Immigration (1970), The Man Who Dared the Lightning: A New Look at Benjamin Franklin (1971), 1776: Year of Illusions (1975), New Jersey: A History (1977), The First Stroke: Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution (1978), Cowpens: "Downright Fighting" (1988), and Liberty!: The American Revolution (Viking, 1997). Also present is a memoir, Mysteries of My Father (2005).  Collected fiction manuscripts include All Good Men (1961), The God of Love (1963), King of the Hill (1966), A Cry of Whiteness (1967), Romans, Countrymen, Lovers (1969), The Sandbox Tree (1970), The Good Shepherd (1974), Liberty Tavern (1976), Rulers of the City (1977), Promises to Keep (1978), A Passionate Girl (1979), Over There (1992), Hours of Gladness (1999), Conquerors of the Sky (2003), and The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Divided a Nation (2014). Commander Eugene Franklin Clark's The Secret of Inchon, for which Fleming wrote the introduction, is included, as well.  Manuscripts for A Second Coming (unpublished) and Is Everybody Happy? (a proposed novel) are also present.

Many of these titles are accompanied by holograph annotations, correspondence, revised fragments, excerpts, and preliminary versions.  Essays include "Thomas Fleming: Writer" and "Remember and Forgive."  Speeches consist of "The Red New Jersey," "Irish Roots in Life and Literature," "My Irish American Experience," "One Writer's Evolution," "They Stayed in the Game," and "Irish Roots in Life and Literature," and "What Bunker Hill Means to Us Today," as well as a lecture titled "Encounters with History."  Fleming's research often produced related articles, and the collection includes manuscripts for "Thomas Jefferson's Magic Mountain" (retitled "the House on the Hill"), "West Point's Big Worry," "The Mystery of the Missing Cadet," "The Big Leak," "Luck, Fate and Dangerous Advice," "Getting Furious about Historical Novels," "There is No Mafia in Jersey City," and more.  Poems include "Elegy for the Vietnam Dead," "Homage to Clio," and "Eggs."  Also included are two op-ed items, assorted television scripts, a stage play titled "Fall of a Hero: A Play in Two Acts," and Save the Wails and Other Stories of People on the Edge (a short story collection).

The collection includes primarily novel-related correspondence with agents, editors, and publishers, regarding matters of publication, permission, and revisions. Additional correspondence with friends, critics, readers, historians, and US Major Generals are also present. Notables include Ralph Bellamy, George Brockway, Robert Crowley, George Eliot, Bel Kaufman, A.C. McAuliffe, Marianne Moore, Allan Nevins, Fulton Oursler, Charles Robbins, and William J. Wilson. Occasional greeting cards, postcards, and emails, an invitation to the Democratic National Committee, fan letters, and a letter of praise from Howard Gotlieb constitute supplementary correspondence.

Memorabilia in the collection includes assorted juvenilia, such as poems and essays, college exam books and notebooks, and Fleming's Fordham course materials. Also collected are numerous items regarding Fleming's father, including obituaries, two Democratic National Convention medals, an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, a certificate of honorary membership in the Veterans of the Seventh Regiment of New York (2014), tax returns, and estate papers. An American Red Cross certificate and First Communion certificate are present, as well. There are also awards for Fleming’s novels, Good Shepherd (2014) and Disease in the Public Mind (1975).

Printed materials include research-related items, including pamphlets, brochures, broadsides, journals, and maps from various historical sites. Publicity materials and newspaper and magazine reviews are collected at length, as are publications containing pieces by or about Fleming, such as American Heritage, Cosmopolitan, Publishers Weekly, Financial History, The American Soldier, Le Parisen Essone, The New York Times, and others. Galley and page proofs, travel brochures, works by other authors, and assorted book covers and jackets are also included.

Professional materials in the collection include subject files for many of Fleming's novels. Contained in these files are schedules, ideas for written works, itineraries, press releases, packing slips, press kits, and mailing and phone lists.

The collection includes extensive research materials pertaining to Fleming's non-fiction and fiction works. Research files consist of printed materials, bibliographies, Xerox copies of related articles and correspondence, and microfilm documents. Of particular interest are copies of Jefferson and Washington correspondence, as well as transcribed diary entries and correspondence from military men of the Revolution. There are also notes concerning research and plot development, including files concerning A Disease in the Public Mind, Conquerors of the Sky, and The Great Divide.

Legal material in the collection consists of four photocopied letters regarding photo permissions for usage in The Illusion of Victory, Fleming's discharge from the U.S. Navy, his driver's license, his father's will, and a contract for property sale.

Financial materials include payment receipts and expense receipts for Loyalties, receipts for research expenses for Cowpens, mailing receipts, and order files.

The collection's film and video materials consists primary of microfilm reels containing items from Harper's Weekly, International Herald Tribune, Rescortes Periodisticos de los Diarios de Madrid, Times Heral, and The New York Times. Reels on individual subjects are also present, as are VHS tapes labelled "CSPAN: In Depth, January 4th" and "Fleming, Thomas" (2001).

Audio materials in the collection consist of cassette recordings of a 1997 Fleming lecture, "It's a New Dealers' War," ‘It's All About Money," Carl Angeloff's Bottom Line, Malt Gerson's Person to Person, and more.

Photographs in the collection include color photos of Fleming and others, a black and white print of young men at a school assembly, and a picture database for Liberty containing holograph notes. Also present are publicity photos, photograph reproductions of American Revolution artillery pieces, and prints of Grace Coolidge, Sarah Polk, and Judy Taylor as well as a color photo of turkeys. Additional photographs include black and white family photos (with negatives) and miscellaneous color photos and oversized photos.

The collection includes two CD-ROMs titled "Weehawken Discs" and "Greek History 1914 to 1920," as well as two 3.5" floppy disks regarding Eugene Clark.

Other materials in the collection include artwork for the jacket of Now We Are Enemies, a pen and ink map of the Yorktown Campaign (1781), and four spiral bound journals kept between 1937 and 1951.

Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. History and Biography Subject Guide