Patricia Highsmith Papers

Swiss Literary Archives


Finding aid established by Philippa Burton, Lucienne Schwery, Stéphanie Cudré-Mauroux, Ulrich Weber, Lukas Dettwiler


Schweizerisches Literaturarchiv
Hallwylstrasse 15
CH-3003 Bern


email address: arch.lit@nb.admin.ch

A Works
A-01 Prose
A-01-a Novels
A-01-b Unfinished / Unpublished Novels
A-01-c Short Stories, Articles and Essays
A-01-c-1/01-61 "Oldest Short Stories 1945-1955 c"
A-01-c-2/62-110 "Short Stories: Middle"
A-01-c-3/111-180 "Short Stories: 1972-74-78-80-81-82"
A-01-c-4/181-237 "Short Stories 1983-88/Book Reviews"
A-01-c-5/238-299 "Stories - Articles 1989"
A-01-c-6 to 10 Collections of Short Stories
A-01-c-11 to 14 Essays / Incomplete Old Stories, etc.
A-02 Poems
A-03 Theatre Plays [no Ms.]
A-04 TV and Radio Scripts
A-05 Notebooks [Cahiers]
A-06 Drawings
A-06-a Small Format Drawings and Sketchbooks
A-06-b Medium Format Drawings and Sketchbooks
A-06-c Large Format Drawings
B Letters
B-01 Letters from Patricia Highsmith
B-01-01 Family Correspondence
B-01-02 Personal Correspondence
B-01-03 Business Correspondence
B-01-04 Letters to Readers
B-01-05 Fan Letters (To non-writers)
B-01-06 Letters to Politicians and Newspapers
B-01-06-a Divers Subjects
B-01-06-b Israel/Palestinians
B-02 Letters to Patricia Highsmith
B-02-01 Family Correspondence
B-02-02 Personal Correspondence
B-02-03 Business Correspondence
B-02-04 Letters from Readers (sorted)
B-02-05 Letters from Readers (unsorted)
B-03 Letters between Third Persons
B-04 Thematical Correspondence
B-04-a Thematical Bundles
B-04-b Unsorted Letters
B-04-b-01 Copies of Letters
B-04-b-02 Letters in/from Scrapbooks and Diaries
B-04-c Original Correspondence Folders [empty]
B-04-d Documents from Correspondence Files
C Life Papers and Documents
C-01 Diaries
C-02 Personal Papers
C-02-a Birth certificate, Passports, Death report etc.
C-02-b Private Small Format Booklets (Address Booklets, Small Notebooks)
C-02-c Social Security (Health and Medical Documents)
C-02-d Death (Exit, Last Will etc.)
C-02-e American Citizenship
C-02-f Cats
C-02-g Divers Personal Documents (Horoscope, CV)
C-02-h Calendars with Notes
C-03 Genealogical and Family Documents
C-03-a Stewart Family
C-03-b Coates and Coats
C-03-c Coates Donations
C-04 House and Business Documents
C-04-a Business Small Format Booklets (Income and Address)
C-04-b House Documents
C-04-b-01 Visitors' Book, 1977/1991
C-04-b-02 Documents re: Aurigeno House, 1980/1995
C-04-b-03 Documents re: Tegna House, 1977/1995, n.d.
C-04-b-04 Writing Utensils, TV, Media, 1985/1995, n.d.
C-04-c Memberships
C-04-d Editors
C-04-e Taxes
C-05 Photos
C-05-a Photo Albums
C-05-a-02 Red Album (horizontal)
C-05-a-03 Black Album (gold tooling)
C-05-a-04 Red Album (upright)
C-05-a-05 Black Album (photographs)
C-05-a-06 Black Album (memory book)
C-05-b Private Shots
C-05-c Professional Shots (Portraits etc.)
C-05-d Photos Coates Donation
C-06 Awards and Diplomas
C-07 Memorabilia
C-08 Notes by Patricia Highsmith (and others)
C-08-a Divers Notes
C-08-b Notes removed from PH's Books
D Collections
D-01 Personal Library
D-02 Collection of Highsmith Editions
D-03 Scrapbooks
D-04 Press Cuttings and Newspaper/Magazine Copies re: Life and Work of PH
D-04-a Articles and Stories by PH
D-04-b Portraits of PH and Interviews
D-04-c Reviews of Novels
D-04-d Obituaries
D-05 Press cuttings re: diverse topics
D-05-a Alphabethical Documentation
D-05-b Newspaper Cuttings re: Israel – Palestinians
D-05-c Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes Documentation
D-05-d Animal Rights
D-05-e Blacks
D-05-f Divers
D-05-g The Pits
D-06 Video Tapes
D-06-a Film Versions and Videos relating to PH
D-06-b Patricia Highsmith's Video Collection
D-06-c Additional Videos on PH and her Oeuvre
D-07 Audio tapes and records
D-07-a Spoken Letters / Interviews / Reviews / Reportages
D-07-b Recordings of Literature / Music / Guides
D-07-c Highsmith Audio Books
D-07-d Long Play Records (LPs)
D-08 Orignal Ts./MS. Boxes and Folders
D-09 Film Scripts / Screenplays by other Authors, based on PH Novels
D-10 Maps
D-11 Studies on PH's Work (Manuscripts)
D-12 Manuscripts by Others
D-13 Artwork in Possession of PH
D-14 Collection of Postcards
D-15 Odds and Ends
E Supplementations
E-01 Copies of Manuscripts and Documents [Large format boxes]
E-02 Exhibition Documents
E-03 Executors' Files


C-03

Genealogical and Family Documents

C-03-a

Stewart Family

Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
C-03-a/01 James Stewart, Jr. (1706-1788) and Samuel Stewart (1707-1773) of Brandywine Hundred, Newcastle County, Delaware: Some of their ancestors and descendants. Compiled by Samuel Smith Stewart. M.D.     Ts. 34 pp.
Attachment: 1 envelope with handwritten comment PH: "My typing Stewarts", 1 envelope with sender address on it: William A. Stewart, Panama City, Florida. Typewritten on Ts. note PH: "(These notes were typed from the pages sent to me over the years by Dr. Samuel Smith Stewart. Patricia Highsmith London. June 1964)".
Contains:
Photograph of Mrs Sandy Elrod Jones (1816-1898), née Caterine Stewart, 1 photo b&w, Handwritten note on rear of photograph (not PH handwriting): "Mrs Sandy Elrod Jones (1816-1898), née Caterine Stewart."
C-03-a/02 James Stewart, Jr. (1706-1788) and Samuel Stewart (1707-1773) of Brandywine Hundred, Newcastle County, Delaware: Some of their ancestors and descendants. Compiled by Samuel Smith Stewart. M.D.     Ts., carbon 40 pp.
Carbon of C-03-a/01.
C-03-a/03 Genealogy of the Stewarts of Baltimore. "Prose" version   n.d.
Ts., thermocopies 6 pp.
Beginning with "1. Adam" and ending with "133. Mary P. Highsmith".
Attachment: The Stewart Coat of Arms, 2 pp., 2nd p. with heraldic emblem (pencil drawing). Motto: "Nobilis est ira leonis" (above crest), "Avito viret honore" (below crest).
C-03-a/04 Genealogy of the Stewarts of Baltimore. "List" version   n.d.
Ts., carbon 6 pp.
List version on 133 lines: Beginning with "1. Adam" and ending with "133. Mary P. Highsmith".
C-03-a/05 Genealogy of the Stewarts of Baltimore. Version Dr. S. S. Stewart, 1935   1935
Ts., 30 pp. (photocopies)
Attachment: 1 letter from Alex (= William A. Stewart) to PH, 30th december 1993 (2 pp.)

C-03-b

Coates and Coats

Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
C-03-b/01.1 ???   ?
???
 
C-03-b/01.2 Obituaries PH   ?
3 newspaper cuttings
From US newspapers.
C-03-b/01.3 3 photographs (grandmother/grandfather PH)   ?
3 photos, 1 letter
 
C-03-b/01.4 Notes family   ?
1 p. by PH
Contains: Invitation card (1993): Marriage Heather Elise Green and Dan O. Coates.
C-03-b/01.5 The Comtes and Coates Coats of Arms   n.d.
2 drawings (on thin paper)
Attachment: Photocopy with handwritten explanations (not PH's) of the heraldic emblem.
C-03-b/01.6 Antecedents of Gideon E. Coates, James Coats (J.&P. Coats, firm in Paisley)   1981
5 letters
5 letters to PH re: antecedents and family tree. Senders: D. H. B. Chesshyre, M.A. / College of Arms, London; Raymond M. Bell; Margot Mayes, Surrey; W. D. Coats (Chariman Coats Patons Limited); Jane F. G. Roth, Cambridge, England.
C-03-b/02 Six advertisement flyers for John Wesley Coates' classes (motivational speaker).   n.d.
6 folders/flyers
 
C-03-b/03.1 Newspaper cuttings   n.d.
6 press cuttings
 
Contains:
“Antebellum home, Gadsden Alabama”, Sales advertisement for Coates Plantation Mansion, n.d.
"Realtor awarded for project", Tuesday, April 20, 1982.
"Pictures in Embroidery", by Lila Gordon, The Houston Chronicle Rotogravure Magazine, Sunday, August 7, 1955, p. 16, On Uncle Edd Coates.
"Plangman gave them brush with life" by Pat Patrick, the Forth Worth Press, Sunday, January 19, 1975, 22A, newspaper cutting, On Jay B. Plangman.
"Pre-Civil-War Coates Mansion In 'Bend' Area Among Major Monuments to Plantation Days", by John I. Jones, The Gadsen Times, Sunday March 24, 1968, p. 2
Dan O. Coates obituary, newspaper cutting, Probably in Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1998.
C-03-b/03.2 Div. press cuttings     3 press cuttings
box 66

C-03-c

Coates Donations

I Overview

Patricia Highsmith’s family on her maternal side, the Coates, donated three sets of letters and documents over the period 1998-2006. These are listed below as the First, Second and Third Coates Donations. Most of the letters and documents originate from Box Canyon Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, home of Highsmith’s first cousin Dan O. Coates, his wife Florine Coates and their sons Dan and Don Coates. It is Don Coates who found, selected and donated the documents in the name of the family. Over the years, Don has also provided invaluable information leading to the identification of family members in Highsmith’s own photograph collection. Dan O. and Florine Coates passed away in 1998, and Dan Coates in 2005.

First Coates Donation (see B-01-01-COAD). The first Coates Donation consists of the bulk of the letters from Patricia Highsmith to her first cousin Dan O. (and sometimes Florine) over the period 1966-1994. These were later complemented by other letters from Highsmith to Dan O. (see Second Coates Donation) and also 4 carbon copies of letters to Dan O. which Highsmith had kept in her own files. The total number of letters from Highsmith to Dan O. Coates now stands at 80. The First Coates Donation arrived at the Swiss Literary Archives in early 1998, by way of the Swiss Consul in Los Angeles, California, where Don Coates lives most of the year.

Second Coates Donation: The Second Coates Donation consists of additional letters from Patricia Highsmith to Dan O. Coates, letters from Highsmith to other family members (Grandma Coates and her mother Mary), letters between family members, family photographs, newspaper articles on Highsmith and other family members, the marriage certificate of Highsmith’s mother and step-father, Stanley Highsmith, and one typescript of an essay. The photographs were selected by Don Coates and Philippa Burton (for the Archives), in the presence of Florine Coates, at Box Canyon Ranch in June 1998. A full listing of the Second Coates Donation is provided in section II below. / The second Coates donation was deposited at the Swiss Literary Archives in August 1998 by Philippa Burton.

Third Coates Donation: The Third Coates Donation consists primarily of a scrapbook of Mary Coates Highsmith, mother of Patricia Highsmith, and various other letters, articles and photographs, including some on the life and art (sculpture) of Dan Coates. The scrapbook documents the professional life of Mary as a graphic artist, and provides the Archives with her first original drawings. / The scrapbook is expected to arrive at the Swiss Literary Archives in the Summer of 2006, by way of the Swiss Consul in Los Angeles, California, and the other papers, soon thereafter. A full listing of the Third Coates Donation will be provided at a later date.

II Full listing of Second Coates Donation

In the detailed Archive inventories, these letters and documents are tagged with the mention CoD (Coates Donation), followed by the number from the list below.

Articles on Patricia Highsmith

- 1. Through a mind, darkly, by Paula Chin and Michael Haederle, People Magazine, 11 January 1993, pp. 64-72.
- 2. Al prossimo delitto Miss Highsmith, by Enrico Groppali, Millelibri, Numero 6, Maggio 1988, pp. 64-72.
- 3. "Criminal Pursuits”, by Joan Dupont, New York Times Magazine, 12 June 1988, pp. 61-66.
- 4. "Stranger than fiction"", by Brooks Peters, OUT, June 1995, pp. 70, 72, 150."
- 5. Sick of Psychopaths, by Francis Wyndham, The Sunday Times, 11 April 1965. Book review.
- 6. A painter of psychological portraits, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 June 1976, p. C1.
- 7. Watery Graves, by Marsha Yapp Ammons, and "The reclusive woman behind the Ripley sagas", by Craig Little, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sunday, 27 December 1992, p. F7.
- 8. Crime Stories, by Michael Haederle, The Houston Chronicle [?], Monday, 1 February 1993, pp. D1, D8.
- 9. “Antebellum Home, Gadsden, Alabama”, sales advertisement for Coates Plantation Mansion, placed by Thornton Realty Co., East Gadsden, Alabama, no date (but house in now “95 percent restored”).
- 10. Realtor awarded for project, Tuesday, 20 April 1982. On renovation of Coates Plantation Mansion, bought in 1977 by Thornton, who then restored it.
- 11. Pictures in Embroidery, by Lila Gordon, The Houston Chronicle Rotogravure Magazine, Sunday, 7 August 1955, p. 16. On E.S. Coates (Uncle Edd).
- 12. Plangman gave them brush with life, by Pat Patrick, The Forth Worth Press, Sunday, 19 January 1975, 22A. On Highsmith’s father Jay B. Plangman.
- 13. Pre-Civil-War Coates Mansion In 'Bend' Area Among Major Monuments to Plantation Days, by John I. Jones, The Gadsden Times, Sunday 24 March 1968, p. 2.
- 14. Dan O. Coates obituary (died 15 March 1998, born 9 April 1910), probably in Fort Worth Star-Telegram, no date. First cousin (“bro”) of Patricia Highsmith.
- 15. Six advertisement flyers on John Wesley Coates (Uncle John), motivational speaker.
- 16. Dear Grandma, letter from Patricia Highsmith to Grandma Coates (Willie Mae Stewart Coates). Highsmith was probably 7 years old. Handwritten in pencil. Earliest known correspondence from Patricia Highsmith. (see B-01-01-COAW)
- 17. Dear Mother, letter from Patricia Highsmith to Mary Coates Highsmith, 29 August 1952. Letterhead from Hotel zum Storchen, Zürich. Handwritten. 1 p (recto/verso). End of letter missing. (see B-01-01-HIGM)
- 18. Postcard of the "Barges on the Delaware Canal", from Patricia Highsmith to Dan O. Coates, 26 March 1970. Handwritten. Mailed from New Hope, PA. (see B-01-01-COAD)
- 19. Dear Mother, letter from Patricia Highsmith to Mary Coates Highsmith, 6 February 1971, Moncourt. Typewritten. 1p. (recto/verso). Handwritten reply by Mary on letter. (see B-01-01-HIGM)
- 20. Dear Florine, letter from Patricia Highsmith to Florine Coates, wife of Dan O., 24 August 1975, from Moncourt. Handwritten. 1 p. (recto/verso). (see B-01-01-COAD)
- 21. Dear Dan, Patricia Highsmith to Dan O. Coates, 31 May 1966. Postcard of the port of Collioure, France. Mailed from London, 1 June 1966. Typewritten. (see B-01-01-COAD)
- 22. Dear Dan, letter from Patricia Highsmith to Dan O. Coates, 16 May 1992, Tegna.. In air mail envelope mailed 18 May 1992. Typewritten. 1 p. (recto/verso). (see B-01-01-COAD)
- 23. Dear Florine and Dan, letter from Patricia Highsmith to Florine and Dan O. Coates, 8 August 1992, Tegna. In air mail envelope postmarked 10 August 1992. Typewritten. 1 p. (recto/verso). (see B-01-01-COAD)
- 24. Dear Mother, letter from Patricia Highsmith to Mary Coates Highsmith, 5 June 1967. Return address: Earl Soham. Air letter, mailed from Woodbridge. Typewritten. (see B-01-01-HIGM)
- 25. Envelope, Patricia Highsmith to Dan O. Coates, 2 November 1986. Mailed from Aurigeno. No letter.
- 26. Letter from Patricia Highsmith to Mary Coates Highsmith, Saturday, 1 November 1969 (and before). Beginning of letter missing. Typewritten (red ribbon). 1 p. (recto/verso).
- 27. Letter from Patricia Highsmith to Mary Coates Highsmith, June 3-11, probably 1967. Beginning of letter missing. Refers to serialization of Those Who Walk Away in Swiss and German newspapers. Typewritten (red ribbon). 1 p. (recto/verso). (see B-01-01 HIGM)
- 28. Letter from Patricia Highsmith to Mary Coates Highsmith, no date. Written around the time of Mary’s birthday. Beginning of letter is missing. Mentions The Story-Teller in Japanese version (just received). Typewritten. 1 p (recto/verso). (see B-01-01 HIGM)
- 29. Letter from Marjorie Thompson to Mary Coates Highsmith, 18 April 1970. Handwritten. 6 pp. and envelope. (see B-03-THO-HIGM)
- 30. Letter from Mary Coates Highsmith to Dan O. Coates, 3 July 1973. Handwritten. 1 p. (recto/verso) with envelope. (see B-03-HIGM-COAD)
- 31. Envelope, from Mary Coates Highsmith to Dan O. Coates, postmarked 1965? Return address Earl Soham. Includes sample of English toilet paper with commentary by Mary. (see B-03-HIGM-COAD)
- 32. Dear Mary, letter from Grandma Coates to Mary Coates Highsmith, Monday, 5 March 1934. Handwritten. 1 p. (2 rectos/2 versos on one A4 folded in two). (see B-03-COAW-HIGM)
- 33. Dear Pat, letter from Mary Coates Highsmith to Patricia Highsmith, 10 May 19??. End of letter is missing. Typewritten. 1 p. (recto/verso). (see B-02-01-HIGM)
- 34. Dearest Florine and Dan, letter from Jeva Cralick to Florine and Dan O. Coates. Includes a copy of “Criminal Pursuits” (cf. 3). Envelope postmarked Brooklyn, 14 November 1988. Handwritten. 1 p. (recto/verso) and envelope. (see B-03-CRA-COAD)
- 35. Dear Florine and Dan. A "Friendship warms the heart" card, from Cralick to Florine and Dan O. Coates. Envelope postmarked 12 March 1987. Handwritten. (see B-03-CRA-COAD)
- 36. Dearest Dan and Florine, letter from Cralick to Dan O. and Florine Coates, no date. On Indian Mission letterhead. Handwritten. 1 p. (recto/verso). (see B-03-CRA-COAD)
- 37. Dearest Florine and Dan, Christmas card from Cralick to Dan O. and Florine Coates. Envelope postmarked 26 December 1978. Handwritten. (see B-03-CRA-COAD)

Documents

- 38. Marriage License, “Mary C. Plangman and Stanley Highsmith”, 14 June 1924, recorded 17 June 1924. In envelope from County Clerk, Johnson County, Cleburne, TX. Mailed to: Stanley Kingsmith [sic], 2424 College Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas. Envelope postmarked 18 June 1924.

Typescripts

- 39. Between Jane Austen and Philby (essay), typescript, 6 pp. Typed comment by Patricia Highsmith on p.1: “Sept. 1968 written for Vogue, London”. Also, in her handwriting: “1st draft”. With many handwritten corrections. (see A-01-c-2/64A)

Photographs

- CoD 40-99 (see C-05-d)