Marion A. Steele, M.D., Papers

MC 717

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Steele, Marion A., 1922-
Title
Marion A. Steele, M.D., Papers
Inclusive Dates
ca 1969-1983
Identification
MC 717
Extent
2.75 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

RESTRICTIONS: To protect personal confidentiality, the readership correspondence in Series 1 has been restricted until 2056.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).)

Acquisition Information

The Marion A. Steele, M.D., Papers were donated to Special Collections by Mr. and Mrs. Author M. Steele of Gentry, Arkansas, on December 22, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Allen Scott, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas in January, 1988.

Preferred Form of Citation

Marion A. Steele, M.D., Papers (MC 717), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Dr. Marion A. Steele (1922-1985) was a Gentry, Arkansas, psychiatrist and writer. He attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, receiving his M.D. in 1945. Steele practiced in Jasper, Arkansas, for a time before moving to the San Francisco, California, area where he specialized in psychiatry. One particular area of interest for Steele was the study of dreams, and in 1971 he published a book entitled I Had The Craziest Dream Last Night, which is a layman's guide to dream analysis. He also wrote a syndicated column for the McNaught newspaper syndicate on dreams. While living in California, Steele took courses in creative writing and produced several manuscripts of plays and novels. While none of these works were published, several of the plays were produced in community and college theaters. Following his death in 1985, a scholarship fund was established in Marion Steele's name at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists entirely of literary manuscripts and related materials for fiction, nonfiction, and theatrical works and is arranged in 16 series. Each series consists of a single work by Steele and includes, when applicable, his final draft, research notes, and related correspondence with publishers and collaborators. Some of Steele's dramatic works were produced on stage or television, and materials pertaining to the productions have also been retained with the appropriate manuscripts.

Arrangement of the Papers

Collection is arranged by literary work into 16 series

  1. Dreams (Box 1, Folders 1-4)
  2. I Had The Craziest Dream Last Night (Box 2, Folders 1-6)
  3. An Ozark Country Doctor's Stories (Box 2, Folders 7-8)
  4. Autobiography of Ms. Belle Starr (Box 2, Folder 9)
  5. Oreste's Window (Box 2, Folders 10-11)
  6. La Bruja (Box 2, Folder 12)
  7. The Passenger (Box 2, Folder 13)
  8. Some Days In Spring (Box 3)
  9. Bull Doss (Box 4, Folders 1-8)
  10. The Birthday Dog (Box 4, Folders 9-11)
  11. Aethra (Box 5, Folders 1-3)
  12. No Secrets (Box 5, Folders 4-5)
  13. Carlotta's Return (Box 5, Folders 6-7)
  14. That Little Patch of Ground (Box 5, Folder 8)
  15. Untitled play (Box 5, Folder 9)
  16. Kyra Nijinsky (Box 6)

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

series 1: Dreams,

Box 1, Folders 1-4

Manuscripts, printer's proof sheets, and readership correspondence pertaining to "Dreams," a newspaper column written by Steele in 1969-1970 for the McNaught newspaper syndicate. Also included with the proof sheets is a listing from the McNaught syndicate itemizing the newspapers carrying the column. Even though the column regularly ran a notice advising readers not to submit personal inquiries, Steele received a number of such letters and they have been arranged in folder 4. To protect personal confidentiality, these letters are restricted until 2056.

series I Box 1 Folder 1

Manuscript articles 1-40

series I Box 1 Folder 2

Manuscript articles 41-80

series I Box 1 Folder 3

Proof sheets

To protect personal confidentiality, these letters are restricted until 2056.
series I Box 1 Folder 4

Readership correspondence

series 2: I Had The Craziest Dream Last Night,

Box 2, Folders 1-6

Manuscript and related correspondence pertaining to I Had The Craziest Dream Last Night; A Psychiatrist Helps You Interpret Your Dreams by Marion A. Steele and Ronald M. Armstrong (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1971). The working title of this book appears to have been "Great Sex Dreams." Correspondence regarding the book's initial publication and subsequent attempts by Steele to reissue it have been placed in folder 6.

series II Box 2 Folder 1

Introduction and chapter 1

series II Box 2 Folder 2

Chapters 2 and 3

series II Box 2 Folder 3

Chapters 4 and 5

series II Box 2 Folder 4

Chapters 6 and 7

series II Box 2 Folder 5

Chapters 8 and 9

series II Box 2 Folder 6

Notes and correspondence

series 3: An Ozark Country Doctor's Stories,

Box 2, Folders 7-8

Manuscript and revisions of a fiction work submitted by Steele to the University of Arkansas Press in 1980. One of the short stories in this anthology, entitled "The Birthday Dog," has been retained with the final draft manuscript, but a separate earlier revision has been placed with Series 11. Folder 7 also contains the publisher's rejection notice.

series III Box 2 Folder 7

Country Doctor, final draft

series III Box 2 Folder 8

Country Doctor, early revisions

series 4: Autobiography of Ms. Belle Starr,

Box 2, Folder 9

Manuscript short novel written in the first person from the point of view of Steele's pet dog.

series IV Box 2 Folder 9

Belle Starr

series 5: Oreste's Window,

Box 2, Folders 10-11

Unfinished manuscript play dealing with the themes of incest and marital infidelity in a contemporary rural family. An earlier version of the play, entitled "224 Miles From Kansas City," has been placed in folder 11.

series V Box 2 Folder 10

Oreste's Window

series V Box 2 Folder 11

224 Miles From Kansas City

series 6: La Bruja,

Box 2, Folder 12

Manuscript play based on a New Mexico legend of a ghost from the Galisteo Massacre during the Indian rebellion of 1680. Steele submitted the play under the name "Marino Acero" to a November, 1985, contest held by the Santa Fe Community Theater. His submission note and the theater's subsequent rejection notice are included with the manuscript.

series VI Box 2 Folder 12

La Bruja

series 7: The Passenger,

Box 2, Folder 13

Manuscript play about a Southern Arizona nun who reconsiders her vows. A synopsis and proposal by Steele are included.

series VII Box 2 Folder 13

The Passenger

series 8: Some Days In Spring,

Box 3

Manuscript in multiple revision form of an unpublished nonfiction work. The manuscript is a series of essays on Greek mythology and other topics written in the form of journal entries kept by Steele during a visit to Greece in 1971. Other than the materials in folder 1, there is no obvious continuous, completed final draft to the work and, as a result, the many versions of each chapter have been arranged according to the date or title assigned them.

series VIII Box 3 Folder 1

Some Days In Spring

series VIII Box 3 Folder 2

Introduction-April 22

series VIII Box 3 Folder 3

April 23

series VIII Box 3 Folder 4

April 24-29

series VIII Box 3 Folder 5

April 30

series VIII Box 3 Folder 6

May 1-3

series VIII Box 3 Folder 7

May 4-8

series VIII Box 3 Folder 8

May 10

series VIII Box 3 Folder 9

May 18-20

series VIII Box 3 Folder 10

May 21-26

series VIII Box 3 Folder 11

May 28

series VIII Box 3 Folder 12

June 6

series VIII Box 3 Folder 13

June 7-9

series VIII Box 3 Folder 14

June 12-15

series VIII Box 3 Folder 15

Maurossi

series VIII Box 3 Folder 16

Miscellaneous rewrites

series 9: Bull Doss,

Box 4, Folders 1-8

Manuscript novel and play about a contemporary Oklahoma man's bout with insanity. Originally titled "Wild Animals, Strange Birds," both the novel and the play appear to have undergone several revisions. Steele's final draft of the novel is in folder 1, with the revisions of both play and novel in the subsequent folders.

series IX Box 4 Folder 1

Bull Doss, novel

series IX Box 4 Folder 2-5

Novel revisions

series IX Box 4 Folder 6

Miscellaneous notes

series IX Box 4 Folder 7

Wild Animals, Strange Birds, play

series IX Box 4 Folder 8

Play revisions and notes

series 10: The Birthday Dog,

Box 4, Folders 9-11

Manuscript play and short story about an elderly Arkansas man living in California and his decrepit pet dog. A final shortened version of this story was incorporated into Steele's "An Ozark Country Doctor's Stories," (series 3). The play was produced on San Francisco television's Open Channel KQED in 1974. Materials in folder 11 pertain to the production and include photographs of the cast, Dr. Steele, and an advertising broadside.

series X Box 4 Folder 9

The Birthday Dog, play

series X Box 4 Folder 10

The Birthday Dog, story

series X Box 4 Folder 11

Broadcast production

series 11: Aethra,

Box 5, Folders 1-3

Manuscript novel and play concerning the life of Aethra, mother of Theseus, a hero in Greek mythology. The draft of the novel has been placed into the first two folders. Steele's play was produced during the fall, 1973, season at Ohlone College, Fremont, California, and a program from the performance is included with the manuscript in folder 3.

series XI Box 5 Folder 1

Aethra, part 1

series XI Box 5 Folder 2

Aethra, part 2

series XI Box 5 Folder 3

Aethra, play and program

series 12: No Secrets,

Box 5, Folders 4-5

Manuscript play about three elderly residents of a contemporary nursing home. This play was produced by the Santa Fe Community Theater in January, 1983, and newspaper clippings concerning the performance, along with the copyright registration form and miscellaneous notes by Steele, have been placed in folder 5.

series XII Box 5 Folder 4

No Secrets

series XII Box 5 Folder 5

No Secrets, miscellaneous documents

series 13: Carlotta's Return,

Box 5, Folders 6-7

Manuscript play about an impoverished Mexican family and their faith in a legend assuring them of future prosperity. This play was produced in May, 1979, at Ohlone College, Fremont, California, and created some controversy in the local Chicano community. Newspaper clippings concerning the performance, along with Steele's notes and a copyright registration form, have been placed in folder 7.

series XIII Box 5 Folder 6

Carlotta's Return, play

series XIII Box 5 Folder 7

Carlotta's Return, miscellaneous documents

series 14: That Little Patch of Ground,

Box 5, Folder 8

Manuscript play about a contemporary black family and their relationships. Although the title page has some handwritten marginalia, the play appears to be in final draft form with no indication of ever having been performed.

series XIV Box 5 Folder 8

That Little Patch of Ground

series 15: Untitled play,

Box 5, Folder 9

Untitled manuscript play dealing with the New Testament version of Paul's conversion to Christianity. Steele submitted this work to a 1974 contest sponsored by the College of the Ozarks, and their rejection notice is included with the manuscript.

series XV Box 5 Folder 9

Untitled play

series 16: Kyra Nijinsky,

Box 6

Manuscript novel with multiple revisions dealing with the life of Kyra Nijinsky, a Russian ballerina and daughter of Vaslav Nijinsky, a world famous dancer who eventually went insane. Because no particular draft obviously appears to be Steele's final version, the manuscript has been arranged by chapters with the different drafts of each chapter grouped together. Materials in folder 14 include Steele's notes on Kyra, two brochures for the dancer's San Francisco school, and an essay, "Flight from Madnesss," by Albert Haas, concerning the Nijinskys.

series XVI Box 6 Folder 1

Chapter 1

series XVI Box 6 Folder 2

Chapter 2

series XVI Box 6 Folder 3

Chapters 3, 4, and 5

series XVI Box 6 Folder 4

Chapters 6, 7, and 8

series XVI Box 6 Folder 5

Chapters 9 and 10

series XVI Box 6 Folder 6

Chapter 11

series XVI Box 6 Folder 7

Chapter 12

series XVI Box 6 Folder 8

Chapter 13

series XVI Box 6 Folder 9

Chapter 14

series XVI Box 6 Folder 10

Chapter 15

series XVI Box 6 Folder 11

Chapter 16

series XVI Box 6 Folder 12

Chapter 17

series XVI Box 6 Folder 13

Chapter 18

series XVI Box 6 Folder 14

Miscellaneous materials

END OF COLLECTION

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