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Patricia Cornwell Collection of 19th Century Popular Culture

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3823

This collection of manuscript materials does not include rough drafts or notes from Patricia Cornwell’s own writing. It consists of materials she collected as part of her very extensive research. In addition to notebooks, pamphlets, and newspaper articles about medicine and crime, it includes primary source documents about the abolition movement, suffragettes, Prince Albert-Victor and other 19th century celebrities, education, and literature.

Dates

  • 1715-1976, bulk 1818-1915
  • Majority of material found within 1818 - 1915

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

2.3 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection of manuscript materials does not include rough drafts or notes from Patricia Cornwell’s own writing. It consists of materials she collected as part of her very extensive research. In addition to notebooks, pamphlets, and newspaper articles about Medicine and Crime, it includes primary source documents about the abolition movement, suffragettes, Prince Albert-Victor and other 19th century celebrities, education, and literature.

Biographical/Historical Note

Patricia Cornwell was born on June 9, 1956 to Sam and Marilyn (Zenner) Daniels, in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Davidson College in 1979 and worked for the Charlotte Observer before spending six years at the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Virginia. After college, she was married to Charles Cornwell from 1980 to 1989, and in 2006 she married Staci Gruber.

Cornwell sold her first book, Postmortem, in 1990. It won five major book awards in a single year and launched her very successful and prolific writing career. In addition to her well-known Kay Scarpetta forensic novels, her bibliography includes biographies, cookbooks, and a children’s book. She has had 29 books on the New York Times best sellers list and has won numerous awards for her writing. Cornwell is also an active philanthropist, supporting several causes within her wide-ranging interests. Her donation of books and materials to UTK Special Collections, in keeping with her eclectic curiosity, includes many topics other than forensic medicine.

Acquisition Note

These documents were donated to Special Collections in 2012 by Patricia Cornwell, as part of the larger Patricia Cornwell Collection which also includes published material catalogued in Rare Books.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to explore the published books in the Patricia Cornwell Collection. These can be found in the Libraries' catalog by searching for Patricia Cornwell Collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480