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    Default The SK Collection at the Fogler Library

    Collection Title: Stephen Edwin King Papers
    Date of Collection: 1968 -
    Box Numbers: Box 718, 1005 - 1019a & 2283 - 2327 & 2692 - 2703
    Quantity: 74 boxes

    Provenance: Gift of Stephen King, over a period from 1976 -
    Access Restrictions: No restrictions
    Preferred Citation: Stephen Edwin King Papers, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine
    Copyright: Contact department for copyright information
    For Additional Information:

    Special Collections Department
    University of Maine
    5729 Fogler Library
    Orono, Maine 04469-5729
    (207) 581 1686

    http://www.library.umaine.edu/specco.../Kingstep1.htm

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    I went to the Fogler Library in 1998 when I was in Bangor for the BAG OF BONES signing. I had called and made an appointment about a month prior. A bunch of us were hanging around at Betts Bookstore and I mentioned that I was going. Of course everyone thought that was a great idea and asked if they could come along. I said "Sure!" and about 10 of us drove to Orono in two or three cars.

    The two librarians in the Special Collections Department were very surprised and shocked when about 10 of us walked in. Initially they were very hesitant to bring out anything for us to look at. But, as some time went by with some very good conversation, they warmed up to us and started bringing the boxes out. I most remember seeing the original manuscript for THE GUNSLINGER stories on that weird green paper that King says he inherited as a student library assistant. That and the SECOND COMING manuscript were among the highlights that I remember.

    If you are ever in the Bangor area you definitely should consider a short side trip to the Fogler Library. I think it is a good idea to call ahead, though.

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    I plan to go and stop by in July, but I can't call from here. Can I go without an appointment?
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    I am definitely putting that on my "If I go to Maine" list.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari_Racing View Post
    I plan to go and stop by in July, but I can't call from here. Can I go without an appointment?
    Try here. You can Chat with, or e-mail a librarian at the Folger library.
    Probably a good starting point.

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    I went without an appointment and got to see and read plenty! There is one or two boxes however, that they will not show you as you need permission from the man himself! :-)

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    Do they limit what you can look at time-wise? I mean, if you decided to spend 6 hours there would they let you go wild?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Daghain View Post
    Do they limit what you can look at time-wise? I mean, if you decided to spend 6 hours there would they let you go wild?
    No time limits that I know of. I was there for at least two hours (along with nine of my closest friends). I think if you are there during the normal library hours of operation you should be OK with no time limits. But, again, it was 10 years ago when I was there. I have no idea what the situation is in 2008. I don't think they have all that many people wanting to look at the collection. I suspect if you went during the week you might have the Special Collections all to yourself.

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    Very interesting stuff. We plan to tour Maine in the next year or two. I'll add this to "places of interest".

    Thanks for the link!

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    of course no pics allowed, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari_Racing View Post
    of course no pics allowed, right?
    Ask them.
    I would guess that close up pictures-the kind almost equivalent to a scan would be verboten but background pictures might be allowed.

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    Funny....I was just at the Folger a few days ago as a trip that include Bangor and then I read these post. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised when I asked for permission to photograph the manuscripts and was granted. Here below is a few I took of Carrie's Typescript manuscript ( and I took plenty!).




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    Nice photos, Fsmdr. I'd love to go back and see those items again.

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    something else that's interesting. Hope this is legible to you all. Note to Bill Thompson on his Shining manuscript:


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    nice! And you didn't stop in to see me while you were on the east coast, Juliana
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    Those are really neat, Juliana. I didn't think they'd let any photos. Now, if they only allowed photocopying...

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    I did have plans to visit you, Nerak. But I ran out of time. I'll definitely see you next time I'm up there.

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    I am definately going to plan a trip to Maine. I have to go the Folgers Library.

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    Tre' magnific ! Thats an impressive collection.
    If next year we do meet in Maine, I'd like to
    see this before I leave to go home.

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    Oh, I ain't leaving Maine with out going there if I can make it there. I've always wanted to go.
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    Now that y'all keep talking about it. I wanna go NOW! Not later! LOL

    Juliana, would love to meet you, or anyone else that comes to the area!
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    I think Jerome and I need to take a road trip.
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    COME ON OVER!! WOO HOO!! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    I think Jerome and I need to take a road trip.
    I am ready most any time.

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    woo hoo!!!
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