The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archives of J.M. Coetzee.
Approximately 155 document boxes, five filing cabinet drawers and an additional eight storage boxes of journals, manuscripts, correspondence, and business documents comprise the archive.
Included are notebooks and manuscripts in various draft forms for many of Coetzee’s works of fiction and autobiography, from early works such as “In the Heart of the Country” (1977) to materials related to his forthcoming revised edition of “Scenes from Provincial Life” (2011).
Works represented in various draft forms include, but are not limited to “Waiting for the Barbarians,” “Life & Times of Michael K” and “Disgrace.”
Business correspondence includes incoming and outgoing letters spanning more than 30 years and documenting all aspects of Coetzee’s literary career. Early letters reveal efforts to find a publisher, and communications from the mid-1970s onward record relationships between author, agent and publisher.
Digital materials in the collection include five boxes of 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch disks with manuscript drafts and related material for many of his works. Audiovisual materials include videotapes of various award ceremonies, symposia and interviews, as well as cassettes of interviews and radio talks.
The collection also includes photo albums with early family photos of parents and grandparents, as well as later photos of Coetzee’s home life and children.