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James Sallis papers

Identifier: LaRC-1115

Scope and Contents

The James Sallis papers contain drafts, notes, manuscripts, typescripts, and correspondence from seven novels and two non-fiction collections by James Sallis. Most of the manuscripts are from Sallis' Lew Griffin series of mysteries. The collection also contains correspondence with family, publishers, fans, and other writers such as Harlan Ellison and George Pelecanos.


  • 1980s-1990s


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

James Sallis is an American novelist, poet, and non-fiction writer primarily known for his mystery novels involving the fictional character Lew Griffin and his science fiction writing. In addition to the Lew Griffin series, Sallis has published ten additional novels, including Drive, three poetry collections, five short stories collections, three books on jazz guitar, as well as translated two french novels and edited four critical biographies and essay collections. The collection comprises the Lew Griffin series, his translation of Raymon Queneau’s Saint Glinglin, the Samuel Delany critical collection titled Ash of Stars, and The Guitar in Jazz.


13 Linear Feet (Collection contains 32 boxes. )

Language of Materials

Multiple languages


Arranged chronologically into series by publication.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 2010 by James Sallis.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Mullins, III in Spring 2018.

James Sallis papers finding aid
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Andrew Mullins, III
2018 April 23
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US