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Bret Lott papers

Identifier: Mss 0224

Collection Overview

Collection consists of the papers of author and College of Charleston Professor of English, Bret Lott. Materials document Lott's writing career beginning with his first published novel up to his most recently published works and include numerous manuscripts (some stored on floppy disks), with author's and editor's notes, and related materials including correspondence and cover artwork. Also included are book reviews written by and about Lott, assorted memorabilia and souvenirs including book reviews, letters of congratulations, and other ephemera as well as materials relating to Lott’s work with the National Endowment of the Arts and The Southern Review literary journal. There are also assorted publishing contracts, royalty statements, sales statements and other legal documentation from Lott's agents and publishers regarding oversight and ownership of his works. There are also materials relating to his teaching and early writing career, assorted promotional materials including The Song I Knew By Heart book signing banners, assorted audiovisual materials including audiobooks, radio and television interviews, and lectures on CD, videocassette, and audiocassette, and Lott's Brother Deluxe 750TR typewriter.


  • Creation: 1935-2020


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection has been minimally processed, but is open for research with the exception of Box 24, "Personal letter received, 1982-2002" and Box 25 "Personal letters received, 1945-2013" which are closed to researchers until after the death of the donor.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical Note

Bret Lott (b. 1958) is an author and Professor of English at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. His books include the best sellers Jewel, The Hunt Club, Ancient Highway, the story collections A Dream of Old Leaves and How to Get Home, and the memoir Fathers, Sons, and Brothers. Born in Los Angeles,California, he received a B.A. in English from California State University, Long Beach, in 1981 and received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984. From 1984 to 1986 he taught at Ohio State University and from 1986 to 2004 he was the writer-in-residence and professor of English at The College of Charleston. From 2004 to 2007 he was the editor and director of the literary journal The Southern Review at Louisiana State University. In 2007 he returned to The College of Charleston where he continues to teach. In addition to teaching he is the director of the Spoleto Summer Study Abroad program in English at the College and serves as the Nonfiction Editor of the literary journal Crazyhorse. From 2006 to 2013 he served as a member of the National Council on the Arts.


31.0 linear feet (25 cartons, 1 flat box, 1 CD box, 3 oversize boxes, 1 roll storage box, 1 reel)


Papers of author and College of Charleston Professor of English, Bret Lott. Papers include manuscripts, reviews by and about Lott, memorabilia and souvenirs, publishing contracts and other legal documentation, teaching and early writing career materials, promotional materials, audiovisual materials, and a Brother Deluxe 750TR typewriter.

Collection Arrangment

Materials are described at the box level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials were donated in March 2022 by Bret Lott.

Processing Information

Processed by Josh Minor, August 2022.



Inventory of the Brett Lott Papers, 1935-2020
Processed by: Josh Minor; finding aid created by: Josh Minor
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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