Special Collections and Archives

Robert Lowry papers

Special Collections and Archives

Robert Lowry papers

Robert Lowry papers

Finding Aid

Prepared by Alice Essinger, November, 22, 2002; revised by Shelley Morris, April 2004
2 record storage boxes + oversized scrapbooks, 2.5 cubic feet, 11th floor

Inclusive Dates: 1945-1992


Biographical Note: Robert Lowry (1919-1994) was a popular author in his younger days, but became relatively unknown towards the end of his life. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio he spent the beginning and end of his life there. An avid writer from very early on, he began publishing his poems and short stories in the "Sunshine Page" of the Cincinnati Times Star, at the age of nine. In his early twenties, he started his own magazine called The Little Man and published several well-known authors. At the age of 23, he served in World War II and upon his return he published several books. Lowry's books were a combinaton of novels and compilations of short stories. In 1952, at the age of 33, he was committed into a mental institution and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He received electric shock treatments, a matter that upset him much throughout the rest of his life. His condition was later reclassified as manic-depressive. Throughout the latter half of his life he was in and out of institutions and while he still wrote, he had experienced difficulty in getting his works published. He struggled financially at the end of his life and spent the last five years in low rent hotels. By the time of his death, all of his books were out of print.


Scope and Content: This collection includes advertising, correspondence, poems and short stories of Robert Lowry. The advertising papers in this collection were sent to Kent State University's Special Collections Department in an effort to sell his material. Correspondence includes letters from Lowry's family, as well as those between Lowry and different publishers and the Kent State University's Special Collections Department. Short stories and poems by Lowry number over 50. News clippings in this collection are related to Lowry's publications, many of these clippings have been compiled in four different scrapbooks. Other items include artwork and personal papers.
 


Arrangement



Box 1

Folder -- Contents

Series 1 -- Advertising Papers

  1. Miscellaneous advertising, envelopes, pictures and letterhead paper [no date]
  2. Advertising, 1979
  3. Advertising, March 6,1984
  4. Advertising, January 1989
  5. Advertising, May 1989
  6. Advertising, April 1992
  7. Advertising, June, 1992

Series 2 -- Correspondence

Subseries 1 -- Correspondence, no date

  1. Miscellaneous correspondence to Robert Lowry
  2. Cards for miscellaneous occasions sent to Robert Lowry [Valentines Day, Father's Day, and Birthday]
  3. Miscellaneous Christmas cards, Robert Lowry to Kent State University Library
  4. Robert Lowry to Kent State University Library

Subseries 2 -- Dated correspondence

  1. Robert Lowry to Robert Marshall, October 12, 1945
  2. Robert Lowry to Jim Lowell, September 4,1965
  3. Jesse Stuart to Stanley Weintraub, September 27, 1965
  4. Samuel S. Vaughan to Stanley Weintraub, October 14, 1965
  5. Robert Lowry to Stanley Weintraub, October 18,1965
  6. Robert Lowry to Stanley Weintraub, October 26, 1965
  7. Robert Lowry to Stanley Weintraub, November 5, 1965
  8. Robert Lowry to D.A. Levy, December 4, 1965
  9. Marshall E. Bean to Robert Lowry, September 14, 1966
  10. Lou Lowry to Robert Lowry, April 1, 1968
  11. Beirne and Giacomo Lowry to Robert Lowry, April 2, 1968
  12. Margaret Mills to Robert Lowry, April 23, 1968
  13. Ken McCormick to Robert Lowry, May 17,1968
  14. Beirne Lowry to Robert Lowry, July 10, 1968
  15. Norma Oneal to Robert Lowry, July 29, 1968
  16. Anne Lowry to Robert Lowry, September 19, 1968
  17. Richard L. Gordon to Robert Lowry, January 28,1970
  18. Charleen Whisnant to Robert Lowry, March 4, 1970
  19. Anne Lowry to Robert Lowry, July 15,1970
  20. Mt. Adams Review to Robert Lowry, August 17,1970
  21. Bobby Crawford to Robert Lowry, September 7, 1970
  22. James W. Hamilton to Robert Lowry, September 12,1970
  23. Wayne Carver to Robert Lowry, September 30, 1970
  24. Robert Lowry to Mari Ayres, October 4, 1970
  25. Robert Lowry to Jeanie Warren, October 8, 1970
  26. Richard L. Gordon to Robert Lowry, October 9, 1970
  27. Robert Lowry to Dean Keller, November 4, 1970
  28. Dean Keller to Robert Lowry, November 11, 1970
  29. Howard B. Gottlieb to Robert Lowry, November 16, 1970
  30. James Laughlin to Robert Lowry, November 16, 1970
  31. O.E. Tainter to Robert Lowry, November 19, 1970
  32. Robert Lowry to Dean Keller, November 22, 1970
  33. Ken McCormick to Robert Lowry, November 23, 1970
  34. Raymond J. Mollica to Robert Lowry, November 23, 1970
  35. Ken McCormick to Robert Lowry, December 4, 1970
  36. James Laughlin to Robert Lowry, December 7, 1970
  37. Ken McCormick to Robert Lowry, December 7, 1970
  38. Norma Oneal to Robert Lowry, December 10, 1970
  39. Howard B. Gottlieb to Robert Lowry, December 17,1970
  40. Eva Newman to Robert Lowry, December 22, 1970
  41. Ken McCormick to Robert Lowry, December 28, 1970
  42. Christmas cards sent to Robert Lowry, 1970
  43. Robert Lowry to Dean Keller, June 1971
  44. Robert Lowry to Alex Gildzen and Dean Keller, December 18, 1973
  45. Robert Lowry to Dean Keller, January 19,1974
  46. Robert Lowry to Dean Keller. [Contains drawings, newspaper clipping and a receipt], February 18, 1974
  47. Robert Lowry to Dean Keller. [Contains a photograph], March 1975
  48. Robert Lowry to Dean Keller, May 29, 1976
  49. Robert Lowry to Dean Keller, December 16, 1983
  50. Dean Keller to Ken McCormick, December 22, 1983
  51. Ken McCormick to Dean Keller, February 7, 1984
  52. Christmas Card. Robert Lowry to Kent State University staff, Oct 15, 1988
  53. Robert Lowry to the librarians of Kent State University, November 25, 1988
  54. Nancy Birk to Robert Lowry, January 26, 1989
  55. Robert Lowry to Nancy Birk, January 31,1989

Series 3 -- Autobiographical Works

  1. "A Chronology of My Life Since 1952"
  2. "Introduction"
  3. "A Moment in Rome"
  4. Résumé
  5. "Robert Lowry"
  6. "Robet Lowry" [1975?]
  7. "Robert Lowry: Nothing But the Truth and the Creative Mind
  8. "The Story Behind My Movie"
  9. "Up Here"
  10. Untitled 1
  11. Untitled 2

Series 4 -- Poems

  1. "Hey There-outing Girl"
  2. "I Feared That You Were Gone Within and Other Poems"
  3. "New Poems"
  4. "This is a House"
  5. "To My Love From a Desolate Room"

Series 5 -- Short Stories

  1. "The American Writer", published in Esquire, May [no year]
  2. "Andy" copy 1
  3. "Andy" copy 2
  4. "Asst. Mgr. Bafinkin" , published in Retort, December 1942
  5. "The Boarder"
  6. "The Boy"
  7. "Brother Brother-in-Law" copy 1
  8. "Brother Brother-in-Law" copy 2
  9. "The Creedon Murder Case"
  10. "The Cube" copy 1
  11. "The Cube" copy 2
  12. "Days, Even Weeks, Later..."
  13. "Fast Ride to Denver"
  14. "The Girl of My Saks Fifth Avenue Dreams"
  15. "The Girl with the Big Pocketbook"
  16. "I Have Drawn This"
  17. "Jones" copy 1
  18. "Jones" copy 2
  19. "The Love of Fools" copy 1
  20. "The Love of Fools" copy 2
  21. "Mary is Bankrupt..." [Incomplete]
  22. "The Midway Stop"
  23. "Monocle Night on Bleeker Street", published in Nightwatch, December 1961
  24. "Murder" copy 1
  25. "Murder" copy 2
  26. "Numbers are So Nice"
  27. "Obituary"
  28. "The Operation"
  29. "Possessed" , published in Esquire, April [no year]
  30. "Revolt in the Desert"
  31. Royal Portfolio [contains 7 short stories]
  32. "A Secret Society"
  33. "The Spring That It Was Spring in Philadelphia" copy 1
  34. "The Spring That It Was Spring in Philadelphia" copy 2
  35. "The Subject was Women"
  36. Wartime: 2 Stories Originally Published Overseas in Pinpoints ["Noo Year's is When You Deny Yourself" and "Soldier From Another Country"]
  37. "What I Wouldn't Do" copy 1
  38. "What I Wouldn't Do" copy 2
  39. "What the Room Knew" copy 1
  40. "What the Room Knew" copy 2
  41. "Wherever My Love Will Lead Me"

Series 6 -- Miscellaneous Writings

  1. "Conversations" copy 1
  2. "Conversations" copy 2
  3. Fragments of stories
  4. "Ghosts"
  5. "Issue One...Grey Eyes" [a monthly magazine]
  6. "The Lost Colony"
  7. "Mushcluck, Tweekletoes, Snugpuss, and Copperplate" copy 1
  8. "Mushcluck, Tweekletoes, Snugpuss, and Copperplate" copy 2
  9. "The Shapes of Things"
  10. "The Other Side of Dreams of Glory"
  11. "Boy to Be All Things" [2 copies]
  12. "A Fine Fellow"
  13. "The Difference"
  14. "Process"
  15. "This Side of Suicide" copy 1
  16. "This Side of Suicide" copy 2
  17. "The State of the Nation" [Interludes]
  18. "The Terror in the Streets" [typescript with handwritten notations]
  19. "Trip to the Bloomin Moon"
  20. "The Truth of Art" copy 1
  21. "The Truth of Art" copy 2
  22. "Two Dreams" copy 1
  23. "Two Dreams" copy 2
  24. "Vine Street"
  25. "What is Art"

Series 7 -- News Clippings

  1. Clippings about "Casualty", 1957
  2. Clippings about "Party of Dreamers", 1962
  3. Clippings about "That Kind of Woman", 1959 (See also oversized folder)
  4. Clippings about other writings, 1948-1968
  5. Clippings written by Robert Lowry, 1963
  6. Clipping about Robert Lowry, March 25, 1991

Series 8 -- Miscellaneous

  1. Press release, July 31, 1971
  2. Business papers
  3. Correspondence [regarding veteran affairs]
  4. Correspondence [regarding recognition]
  5. Mark Twain Society Certificate of Membership, August 28, 1953
  6. Correspondence from New Thought Unity Center
  7. Christ Church Bulletins, Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. Decision, December 1970
  9. Artwork
  10. [Title pages for various works]
  11. Corespondence [various envelopes and notes]
  12. Time magazine, November 30, 1970
  13. [Various article clippings, no date]
  14. Correspondence [related to publication subscriptions]
  15. Galley proofs and typescripts for Casualty [sold as a set in labeled box] [located in oversized box]
  16. Scrapbook [1959?] [located in oversized box]
  17. Scrapbook 1959-1961 [located in oversized box]
  18. Scrapbook 1956-1961 [located in oversized box]
  19. Scrapbook 1948-1956 [located in oversized box]