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Jim Elledge:

A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Elledge, Jim
Title: Jim Elledge papers
Dates: 1827-2015 [bulk 1971-2006]
Quantity: 22.2 Linear Feet (in 52 boxes)
Abstract:Jim Elledge is the author of Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of An Outsider Artist, published in 2013, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for gay memoir/biography and for the Publishing Triangle nonfiction award. A published poet, Elledge retired as professor of English from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. His papers 1827-2015 [bulk 1971-2006], include correspondence, writings and his and others poetry illustrating the writing and publishing process.
Identification: W145
Language: English

Organization of the Records

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Jim Elledge papers span from 1827 to 2015 [bulk 1971-2006]. The papers are organized into 4 series. Series I, Personal Papers and Published works, 1966-2015, contains Elledge's personal and research materials as an English-poetry professor, and document his prolific writing career as a novelist and as a poet, reflecting the publishing process through editorial correspondence and forms. The series also contains his personal diaries and "tear sheets" of his poems from the publishers in which his work appears. Series II, Darger Research Items, 1904-2011, contains photocopies from his research at various Chicago archives researching the life of Henry Darger. Series III. Research Materials A-Z [subject files], 1827-2008, consists of articles and excerpts from archival manuscripts and books relating to his research, including on Henry Darger. Series IV. Audio/Visual, 2006; 2008 and consists of CD's.

Biography of Jim Elledge

Jim Elledge graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A. in English in 1971 and in 1973 with an M.S. in Library Science. After working as the Reference Librarian at Mundelein College, Chicago, and then as the Assistant Medical Librarian at the Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Center, also in Chicago, he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (U.I.C). He received a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in creative writing from U.I.C. in 1986.

Elledge served as assistant editor of Poetry from 1983 to 1988 and then associate editor of Illinois Writers Review and Book Review Editor of Pikestaff Forum. He was associate professor of English at Illinois State University where he taught creative writing and literature. In 2006, Elledge started teaching poetry writing at Kennesaw State University, retiring in 2016. There he specialized in Creative Writing and Queer Studies, and was the Director, M.A. in the Professional Writing Program.

Elledge has published a range of work. His volumes of poetry include Tapping My Arm for a Vein (2015), the Lambda Literary Award-winning A History of My Tattoo: A Poem (2006) and several other titles. His edited volumes include Queers in American Popular Culture (2010) and, with David Groff, Who's Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners (2012), also a Lambda Literary Award winner. He has edited several poetry anthologies and, as a critic and bibliographer, has published on Frank O'Hara, Weldon Kees, Wilfred Owen, and James Dickey. Elledge's major non-fiction work is Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist, published by Overlook Press in 2013. Darger (1892-1973), a reclusive Chicago custodian, created a number of lengthy, illustrated works of fantastic fiction that were discovered after his death. Elledge's book on Darger won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for biography, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for gay male memoir/biography and for the Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for gay nonfiction. Elledge's work on the artist led him to extensive research on gay culture and sexuality during Darger's time. He has published on other historical topics and has produced imaginative work inspired by Darger, prose poems published as The Book of the Heart Taken by Love (2007) and H (2012).

Index Terms

Abused children
AIDS (Disease)
Art, Amateur
Children in art
Creative writing
Gay men
Gay men -- Societies, etc.
Gay pornography
Outsider art
Poets, American
Publishers and publishing
Sexual minorities
Darger, Henry
Chicago (Ill.)
manuscripts for publication


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Administrative Information


Preferred Citation
[item], [folder title], [series title], Jim Elledge Papers, W145, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Portions of the papers include copies from materials held at other repositories. For the accounts collected by Ernest Burgess (boxes 36 and 37), please include the following citation:
Burgess, Ernest. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jim Elledge, February 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, April-June 2016.

Separated Material

During processing, periodicals and books were seperated and cataloged.

Separated to the Special Collections Book Collection
Jim Elledge's published books and the work he collected by other authors have been cataloged

Separated to the Treasures Book Collection
Dickey, James, R. B. Dance, and Palaemon Press. The Shark at the Window : (for My Brother's Marriage). Winston-Salem, N.C.: Palaemoess, 1977. Print. Palaemon broadside, no. 82; Palaemon broadside, no. 82.
Elledge, Jim, and John De Pol. Homemade. Roslyn, N.Y.: Stone House Press, 1985. Print. Stone House Press broadside, no. 102

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