Tom Burnam papers, 1947-1975 PDF
- Brandt & Brandt.Burnam, Tom
- Tom Burnam papers
- 1947-1975 (inclusive)19471975
- 16.5 linear feet, (11 containers)
- Collection Number
- Ax 811
- A professor of English at Portland State University, Tom Burnam is probably best known as the author of The Dictionary of Misinformation(1975) and its sequel, More Misinformation(1981). The collection contains Burnam's personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, and miscellaneous documents.
- University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open to the public.
Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.
- Additional Reference Guides
Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Historical NoteReturn to Top
A professor of English at Portland State University, Tom Burnam is probably best known as the author of The Dictionary of Misinformation(1975).
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection contains Burnam's personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, and miscellaneous documents. Many of these materials are interfiled in eleven boxes of unarranged materials acquired subsequent to the initial accession.
Correspondence from the initial accession is divided into outgoing and incoming letters. There are outgoing letters from 1948-1975, and a separate section of outgoing letters to Burnam's agents, Brandt & Brandt, dated 1957-1970.
There is also a section of incoming correspondence from Brandt & Brandt, 1957-1970, as well as 234 "miscellaneous" incoming letters.
Major correspondents include Anne Elmo at the AFG Literary Agency, Paul Carter at Colorado Quarterly, Katherine Jackson at Harper's Magazine, Richard Welna at Scott, Foresman, and Compan.
There are also numerous folders of unsorted correspondence in the later accessions, including a file of correspondence with Andy Rooney, numerous files of correspondence with Robert Crowell of Thomas Y. Crowell Publishers, and many letters providing suggestions and corrections for Burnam's misinformation dictionaries.
Manuscripts include full-length books, short stories, poetry, articles, reviews, and lectures. Book length manuscripts include The Dictionary of Misinformation, More Misinformation, The Coach, Just Call Me Horace, What is English, The Troublemaker, A Day in the Life of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Brumberger, The Party, Be Thou Me, and The Chinese Question. There are also copies of Burnam's revision of Hamlet for a "twentieth century audience".
Miscellaneous documents include magazine rejection slips and notes, tearsheets, newspaper clippings, and research notes, primarily for the Dictionary of Misinformation and its sequel.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Identification of item], Tom Burnam papers, Ax 811, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- American literature--Authorship
- Authors, American--20th century
- Authors, American--Oregon
- Personal Names :
- Burnam, Tom
- Burnam, Tom--Correspondence
- Corporate Names :
- Brandt & Brandt--Records and correspondence.
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Manuscripts for publication