May 21, 2022

Acquisitions: University of South Carolina Will Be Home to Pat Conroy’s Personal Papers, Manuscripts, and Memorabilia

From the Associated Press:

A vast collection of author Pat Conroy’s handwritten manuscripts, personal papers and family memorabilia is going to the University of South Carolina and will be made available to scholars around the world.

Conroy is appearing Friday at the university’s Hollings Library with USC President Harris Pastides to make the announcement.

Because the 68-year-old author does not use a typewriter or computer, the collection includes 10,000 handwritten pages of all his varied drafts, from early work “The Water is Wide,” through “The Prince of Tides,” “The Lords of Discipline,” and “My Reading Life.”


Included are 80 scrapbooks of letters, photos and news clippings put together by Conroy’s late father, Don, the abusive Marine Corps pilot who inspired Conroy’s novel “The Great Santini.” Baby books, childhood compositions, movie scripts, love letters, divorce papers, even financial records are all included.

Dean of University Libraries Tom McNally said it is fitting the collection remains in the state that inspired many of Conroy’s works.


An archivist has been hired to organize the collection and it will be ready for scholars to access in about a year, McNally said.

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