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The John Jakes Papers, 1973-2001

Collection Description

1993 Jakes exhibit catalog
1993 exhibit catalog

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


Homeland. New
York: Doubleday,


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 storyMercy at Gettysburg, and multiple typescripts for the novelsHomelandAmerican Dreams, and On Secret Service.

John Jakes
John Jakes with the Thomas Cooper


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

The Rebels
The Rebels. New
York: Doubleday,

For more information about Jakes, visit the John Jakes website at

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.




1932, March 31 Born, Chicago, Illinois

1952 The Texans Ride North (Winston)
1953 B.A. Depauw University, M.A. Ohio State University
1956 A Night for Treason (Bouregy & Curl)
1956 Wear a Fast Gun (Arbor House)
1957 The Devil Has Four Faces (Mystery House)
1958 (as Alan Payne), This’ll Slay You (Ace)
1958 (as Jay Scotland), The Seventh Man (Bouregy)
1959 The Imposter (Bouregy)
1959 (as Jay Scotland), I, Barbarian (Avon); in 1976 revised as John
   Jakes (Pinnacle)
1960 Johnny Havoc (Belmont)
1960-1961 Copywriter, Rumrill Co., Rochester, NY
1961 (as Jay Scotland), Strike the Black Flag (Ace)
1962 Johnny Havoc Meets Zelda (Belmont)
1962 (as Jay Scotland), Sir Scoundrel (Ace); 1977 revised asKing’s
 by John Jakes (Pinnacle)
1962 (as Jay Scotland), The Veils of Salome (Avon)
1963 Johnny Havoc and the Doll Who Had “It” (Belmont)
1963 G.I. Girls (Monarch)
1963 (as Jay Scotland), Arena (Ace)
1963 (as Jay Scotland), Traitor’s Legion (Ace); 1977 revised asThe
   Man from Cannae
 by John Jakes (Pinnacle)
1965-1968 Copywriter, Kircher Helton and Collett, Dayton, OH
1966 (as Rachel Ann Payne), Ghostwind (Paperback Library)
1966 Tiros: Weather Eye in Space (Messner)
1967 When the Star King Dies (Ace)
1967 Famous First in Sports (Putnam)
1968 Brak the Barbarian (Avon); 1970 (London: Tandem)
1968 Making It Big (Belmont)
1968 Great War Correspondents (Putnam’s)
1968-1970(?) Copy chief, vice president Oppenheim Herminghausen
   and Clarke, Dayton, OH
1969 Great Women Reporters (Putnam’s)
1969 The Asylum World (Paperback Library); 1978 (London: New
   English Library)
1969 Mohawk, The Life of Joseph Brant (Crowell-Collier) 
1969 The Hybrid (Paperback Library)
1969 The Last Magicians (New American Library)
1969 The Planet Wizard (Ace)
1969 Tonight We Steal the Stars (Ace)
1969 Secrets of Stardeep (Westminster)
1969 Brak the Barbarian Versus the Sorceress (Paperback Library);
   1970 (London: Tandem)
1969 Brak Versus the Mark of the Demons (Paperback Library); 1970
   (London: Tandem)
1970-(?) Creative director Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, Dayton OH
1970 Six-Gun Planet (Paperback Library); 1978 (London: New English
1970 Black in Time (Paperback Library)
1970 Mask of Chaos (Ace)
1970 Mask of the Dark Gate (Lance)
1970 Monte Cristo 99 (Curtis)
1970 Dracula, Baby lyrics; book revision, uncredited (Dramatic
1972 Mention My Name in Atlantis (DAW)
1972 Violence (Performance Publishing)
1972 Wind in the Willows, music by Claire Strauch (Performance
1972 Witch of the Dark Gate (Lancer)
1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (Award)
1972 A Spell of Evil (Dramatic Publishing)
1972 Stranger with Roses (Dramatic Publishing)
1972 Time Gate (Westminster)
1973 Gaslight Girl, music by Claire Strauch (Dramatic Publishing)
1973 Pardon Me, Is this Planet Taken?, music by Gilbert M. Martin
   (Dramatic Publishing)
1973 On Wheels (Paperback Library)
1973 Doctor, Doctor!, music by Martin (McAfee Music)
1974 Shepherd Song, music by Martin (McAfee Music)
1974 Wear a Fast Gun (Arcadia House); 1975 (London: Ward, Lock)
1974 The Bastard, 2 volumes (Pyramid); republished asFortune’s
   Whirlwind London
: Corgi, 1975); and To an Unknown Soldier
   (London: Corgi, 1975)
1975 The Rebels (Pyramid); 1979 (London: Corgi)
1975 The Seekers (Pyramid); 1979 (London: Corgi)
1976 The Furies (Pyramid); 1979 (London: Corgi)
1976 The Titans (Pyramid); 1979 (London: Corgi)
1977 The Warriors (Pyramid); 1979 (London: Corgi)
1977 The Best of John Jakes, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and
   Joseph D. Olander (DAW)
1978 The Lawless (Doubleday); 1979 (London: Corgi)
1978 Brak: When the Idols Walked (Tower)
1980 The Bastard Photostory (Jove) 
1980 The Americans (Jove)
1980 Fortunes of Brak (Dell)
1982 North and South (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich); 1982 (London:
1984 Love and War (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich); 1988 (New York:
1986 Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story (Gulliver Books/Harcourt
   Brace Jovanovich
1987 Heaven and Hell (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich); 1988 (New York:
1989 California Gold (Random House); 1990 (New York: Ballantine
1991 The Best Western Short Stories of John Jakes, edited by Bill
   Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg (Ohio UP)
1993 Homeland (Doubleday)
1993 In the Big Country, edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin H.
   Greenberg (Bantam Books)
1994 New Trails: 23 Original Stories of the West, edited by John Jakes
   and Martin H. Greenberg (Doubleday)
1997 Foreword, A South Carolina Christmas written and compiled by
   Jan Keifer; photography by David Crosby (Westcliffe)
1998 American Dreams (Dutton)
2000 Century of Great West Stories, edited by John Jakes (Forge)
2000 On Secret Service: a novel (Dutton)
2002 Charleston: a novel(Dutton)
2004 Savannah, or, A Gift for Mr. Lincoln (Dutton)
2006 The Gods of Newport (Dutton)


Finding List

I. Works


A.   Checklists

Box 1:  Checklists of papers previously deposited:

DePauw University Archives

Center for the Study of Popular Culture, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Archive of Contemporary History, University of Wyoming, Laramie WY

Checklist of donated books

Checklist of loaned materials

Deposit lists for papers in the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina         


B.   American Bicentennial Series a.k.a. Kent Family Chronicles

Box 1: The Bastard (v. I of series) - Notes and Correspondence

            Box 2: The Rebels (v. II of series) - Notes and Correspondence

            Box 3: The Seekers (v. III of series) - Notes and Correspondence

            Box 4: The Furies (v. IV of series) - Notes and Correspondence

            Box 5: The Titans (v. V of series) - Notes and Correspondence

            Box 6: The Warriors (v. VI of series) - Notes and Correspondence

            Box 7-8: The Lawless (v. VII of series) - Notes and Correspondence

            Box 9: The Americans (v. VIII of series) - Notes and Correspondence


C.     The North South Trilogy

           Box 1: Heaven and Hell (v. III of series)

           First draft screenplay (three two hour scripts) by Suzanne Clauser for

           6 hour miniseries (David L. Wolper Productions-Warner Bros.-ABC, 1994)

           Box 2: Heaven and Hell (v. III of series)

           Revised version of the screenplay; either second or third draft


D.     California Gold – Correspondence and Memos

            Box 1


E.  Homeland

            Box 1: Script for Audio Abridgement, Bantam-Doubleday-Dell Audio,

            recorded by Edward Hermann.

            Publicity, correspondence, miscellaneous.

            Box 2: Correspondence between John Jakes and Herman Gollob

            First draft manuscript annotated by author (pink marker), editor

            Herman Gollob (black lead pencil)

            Book One: The Crowns (a.k.a. Homeland)

            Book Two: The White City 1893

            Box 3: First draft manuscript annotated by author (pink marker), editor

            Herman Gollob (black lead pencil)

            Book Three: The Bleeding City 1894

            Book Four: Wild on the Levee 1895-1898

            Box 4: First draft manuscript annotated by author (pink marker), editor

            Herman Gollob (black lead pencil)

            Book Five: Stars and stripes forever

            Box 5: Final draft manuscript (production copy) annotated


            -Part one: Berlin 1891-1892

            -Part two: Steerage 1892

            -Part three: Chicago 1892-1893

            Box 6: Final draft manuscript (production copy) annotated

            -Part four: Julie

            -Part five: Pullman

            Box 7: Final draft manuscript (production copy) annotated

            -Part six: Levee  1895-1896

            -Part seven: Flickers 1896-1898

            Box 8: Final draft manuscript (production copy) annotated

            -Part eight: Tampa 1898

            -Part nine: War 1898

            -Part ten: Homecoming 1900-1901


F.      In the Big Country, edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg

(Bantam Books, 1993) Mass market edition of The best western stories of John Jakes, Ohio University Press, 1991. 

Box 1: Author’s original manuscript (production copy) of materials new to this              edition: (1) Author’s foreword

            (2) “Carolina Warpath” (novella)


G.    American Dreams (Dutton)

            Box 1: Version #1: “Limelight.”  Not completed.

            Box 2: Verson #2: “Movies.”  Annotated by author.

            Part one: Nickelodeons (1912-1913)

            Part two: Hollywood (1914)

            Part three : Battlefield (1915-1917)

            Box 3: Version #3: Rewritten from editorial notes by freelance editor Genevieve


            Part one: Family

            Part two: Theatricals

            Part three: Detroit

            Part four: Pictures

Box 4: Version #3: Rewritten from editorial notes by freelance editor Genevieve


            Part five: Movies

            Part six: War

            Part seven: Battlefield

Boxes 5-6: Version #4: Submitted for publication to various houses May-June 1997 with annotations

Box 5: Part one: Family

            Part two: Theatricals

            Part three: Detroit

            Part four: Pictures

Box 6: Part five: Movies

            Part six: War

            Part seven: Battlefield

Boxes 7-8: Version #5 : Heavily annotated by Danielle Perez, editor at Dutton Signet. Revisions consist of heavy cutting, Writing of several new chapters and reorganization of the entire book.

Box 7: Part one: Family 1906

            Part two: Theatricals 1907-1908

            Part three: Detroit 1908-1909

            Part four: Pictures 1909-1910

Box 8: Part five: Movies 1911-1912

            Part six: War 1913-1914

            Part seven: Battlefield 1915

Boxes 9-10: Original production manuscript 

Box 9: Part one: Dreamers

            Part two: Striving

Box 9:             Part three: Pictures

Box 10: Part four: California

            Part five: Nightmare

            Part six: Battlefield


Boxes 11-12: Final Version printed from diskettes in WordPerfect 6.1*

Box 11: Title page – p. 404

Box 12: p. 401-p. 747


H.    On Secret Service : a novel (Dutton)

Box 1: First concept notes, 1997 and related material including miscellaneous correspondence

Box 2: Author’s final paper draft- with manuscript annotations

Box 3: Author’s revision “Pages and publisher’s copy editing instructions,” 14 September 1999.

Box 4: First draft (final) pages 1-303 & 351-599, from diskettes in WordPerfect 7 printed from ver. 8. July 17, 2001*

Box 5: Revision p. 1-300*

Box 6: Revision p. 301-600*

Box 7: Revision #2 p. 1-300*

Box 8: Revision #2 p. 301-598*

Box 9: First draft (final) p. 1-303*

Box 10: First draft (final) p. 301-600, includes partial afterword*

Box 11-12: Final mss.


I.       Charleston: a novel (Dutton)

Box 1-2: Research notes, outlines, drafts, fragments

Box 3: Simon & Schuster Audio script, with related correspondence and notes

Box 4-5: Original setting typescripts

Box 6-8: Final drafts


J.       Savannah, or a gift for Mr. Lincoln (Dutton)

Box 1: Script for audio abridgement

Box 2: Outline; Research material

Box 3: Two typescripts with holograph amendations, 314 and 318 p. respectively

Box 4: Typescript, 320 p.; Page proof with amendations, 292 p.


K.    The Gods of Newport (Dutton)

Box 1:  Script for audio abridgement

Box 2:  Outline and related correspondence

Box 3:  First version, notes, incomplete and finished ms.

Box 4:  Revised final ms.


L.     Miscellaneous works

Box 1: “The Delicate Age: A Musical Revue,” music by Phil Davis and Bob       Kuenzli; lyrics by Paisely Harwood, John Jakes, and Bob Zemon, music CD

featuring the selections for which John Jakes wrote the lyrics and program.

“The Delicate Age” was originally produced at DePauw University, Spring 1952

By Sigma Delta Chi, the professional journalism fraternity. With accompanying TLS to Patrick Scott dated July 22, 2003


“Mercy at Gettysburg,” copy, 9 p.; TLS to Patrick Scott dated June 20, 2000 about the commissioned work


II. General Correspondence


Box 1: 

A.    Matthew J. Bruccoli

-Typed postcards dated 1/30/84, 3/31/84, 1/30/85

-TLS dated 1/22/85

-Copy of TLS to Frank and Mike dated Nov. 11, 1992, Copy of letter from JJ to his literary executors informing them of His deed of gift to the Thomas Cooper Library.  Typed and signed note on “Post-It” to MJB dated Nov. 11, 1992

- TLS dated Jan. 17, 2001 re: A&E Gatsby

            B. George Terry

            - Christmas card, 1999

            -Typed postcard dated May 26, 1999

            C. Letter to John Jakes from a fan of Kent Family saga, dated Sept. 28, 1993


III. Miscellaneous


Box 1:

A.    Narrator’s annotated copy of score of Aaron Copeland’s A Lincoln Portrait,

Which was performed by the Hilton Head Orchestra and narrated by John Jakes, March 13, 1993; with program of the Hilton Head Orchestra for the March 13, 1993 performance.

B.     Remarks made by John Jakes to the Thomas Cooper Society, January 10,


C.     Videocassette of 8/23/52 episdoe of John Jakes’ appearance on

“Beat the Clock,” signed and dated by Jakes.

D.    Program from “An Evening with Lou and Beth Holtz hosted by the University

Libraries,” Friday, January 23, 2004, 6:30 p.m., Thomas Cooper Library,
Graniteville Room.


Administrative Information

Deed of gift, 1993.

Contact Information:
Rare Books and Special Collections
Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-3847

Brief Description of Collection:

Title: John Jakes Papers, 1973-2001
Creator: John Jakes, 1932-
Extent: Number of boxes: 44
Repository: Rare Books and Special Collections Dept., Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208
Location: Consult the Library’s online catalog

Preferred Citation:
John Jakes Papers, Rare Books and Special Collections, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina


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