Walker Percy Papers

Special Collections & Archives is pleased to announce that the Walker Percy Papers are now available. Walker Percy was born on May 28, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama. His first novel, The Moviegoer (1961), won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1962. Percy continued to publish fiction and nonfiction covering subjects such as philosophy, semiotics, religion, science and life in the South.

This collection originated from Walker Percy’s office at his home in Covington and was donated by his daughter after the death of his wife, Mrs. Mary “Bunt” Percy. Handwritten notes, typescripts with marginalia, drafts of speeches and lectures, and correspondence and photocopies of correspondence make up the majority of the collection. There are a number of collected articles and academic journals that contain pieces written about Percy as well as unpublished academic papers and theses about him and his writing. The range of the material in the collection focuses mainly on the latter half of Percy’s life.

Other materials in Special Collections & Archives relating to Percy include the Percy-Walsh Correspondence, the Percy-Romagosa Collection, the Walker Percy and Charles Suhor Letters, and the Patrick Samway, S.J. Papers. UNC Chapel Hill also has Walker Percy papers.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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