Guide to "Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton" Research and Production Records

Aimee L. Morgan
Stanford University Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford, California
2008
Copyright © 2013 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0608
Creator: Middlebrook, Diane Wood, 1939-2007
Title: "Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton" research and production records
Dates: 1897-1998
Bulk Dates: 1989-1998
Physical Description: 8.5 Linear feet
Summary: Research files, including interview audio recordings and transcripts; notes; correspondence; clippings; photographs; photocopies; and other materials accumulated by Diane Middlebrook in preparation for writing Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton. Also includes draft versions, page proofs, and a signed first edition of the book; correspondence with publisher Houghton-Mifflin; clippings of reviews and other publicity for the book; and correspondence received by Middlebrook in response to the book.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Diane Wood Middlebrook, 2001.

Information about Access

Audio recordings in box 16 are closed pending reformatting. Research files in box 17 are restricted until 2059. Other materials are open for research; materials must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.

Ownership & Copyright

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Cite As

[Identification of item], "Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton" Research and Production Records (SC0608). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Separated Materials

A number of published sources consulted by Middlebrook during her research for Suits Me were transferred to the university archives along with her files. Items which were available in the Stanford University Libraries general collection at the time this collection was processed were removed. A list of items removed is available in the repository. Items not held by Stanford were retained and are located at the end of Series 1.

Biography / Administrative History

Diane Wood Middlebrook (1939-2007), biographer and longtime professor of English at Stanford University, was educated at the University of Washington (A.B., 1961) and Yale University (M.A, 1962; Ph.D., 1968). She joined the Department of English at Stanford in 1966 and remained there until 2002, when she left to focus on her writing full-time. Although she also published literary criticism and poetry, Middlebrook is best known for her biographies: Anne Sexton, A Biography (1991), Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton (1998), and Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, a Marriage (2003).
Middlebrook was approached by Kitty Oakes, the fifth and final wife of jazz musician Billy Tipton, in 1991 while on a promotional tour for Anne Sexton. Tipton's death in 1989 made international news after it was discovered that he was a woman who had been living as a man for over fifty years. Oakes proposed that Middlebrook write a book about Tipton and offered Middlebrook exclusive access to family papers and photographs. For the next several years Middlebrook conducted extensive research, including interviews with Oakes, other family members, friends, and music industry associates of Billy Tipton. The biography, titled Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1998.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of Middlebrook's research files, including audio recordings and transcripts of interviews; notes; correspondence; clippings; photographs; photocopies of vital records and related primary source documents; and other materials accumulated in preparation for writing Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton. The research files include a subseries of files accumulated by Gerry Everding, an Oklahoma City-based journalist who worked on the book project as a research assistant. Middlebrook's files document both Tipton's life and the local music scenes in which he participated. The subject files designated "Afterlife of Billy Tipton" contain information on other works based on Tipton's life, including several plays and musicals.
Also included are a draft of the book, page proofs, an advance reading copy, and a signed first edition; correspondence with publisher Houghton Mifflin; clippings of reviews and other publicity for the book; and correspondence received by Middlebrook in response to the book.

Arrangement

The materials are arranged in five series: Series 1: Research Files; Series 2: Production Files; Series 3: Response to Book; Series 4: Photographs; and Series 5: Audio Materials. Files are arranged alphabetically within each series. Although Series 5 is closed pending preservation reformatting, a list of the audio materials it contains is available in the repository.

Access Terms

Tipton, Billy, 1914-1989.
Biography as a literary form.
Jazz musicians--United States--Biography.
Transgender people--United States--Biography.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Research Files

 

Research logs

Box 1, Folder 1

Inventory of Billy Tipton’s scrapbooks and office files, 1995

Box 1, Folder 2

Log book, 1992 January-1995 February

Box 1, Folder 3

Log book, 1995 January-1996 February

Box 1, Folder 4

Log from binder [1 of 2], 1994-1997

Box 1, Folder 5

Log from binder [2 of 2], 1994-1997

 

Primary sources

Box 1, Folder 6

Autopsy, 1989-1996

Box 1, Folder 7

Birth and death certificates, 1940-1989

Box 1, Folder 8

Deeds, 1893-1985

Box 1, Folder 9

Kansas City Public Schools records, 1929-1933, 1995-1997

Box 1, Folder 10

Last Will and Testament, 1965, 1982, 1989

Box 1, Folder 11

Letters from Billy Tipton, 1961-1968, 1988

Box 1, Folder 12

Letters to Billy Tipton from William T. and Doris Tipton, 1972-1986

Box 1, Folder 13

Music by Billy Tipton, “Red Hair and Green Eyes,” 1965

Box 2, Folder 1

Recording contract and correspondence, 1956

Box 2, Folder 2

Social security records, 1944-1987, undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Stage routines, Billy Tipton, 1960-1997, undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Stage routines, Billy Tipton and Kitty Kelly, undated

Box 2, Folder 5

Wedding celebrations, 1957, 1962, 1995

 

People files

Box 2, Folder 6

Ball, Donald, 1995-1996

Box 2, Folder 7

Bamonte, Tony, 1995

Box 2, Folder 8

Benson, Wayne, 1994, 1997

Box 2, Folder 9

Brandon, Mike, 1995-1997

Box 2, Folder 10

Brooks, Hadda, 1995-1997

Box 2, Folder 11

Bruesehoff, Mary Lee, Spokane WA, 1963, 1995

Box 2, Folder 12

Cagle, Clarence, Tulsa OK, 1994, 1997

Box 2, Folder 13

Carlyle, Russ, 1996

Box 2, Folder 14

Cattanach, Maryann (including letters to Tipton), 1958-1995

Box 2, Folder 15

Clark, Doug, clippings, 1989-1990

Box 2, Folder 16

Clark, Jonathan, 1978-1989, 1995

Box 2, Folder 17

Cox, Betty, 1989-1997

Box 2, Folder 18

Crews, Loretta, Nevada, 1994

Box 2, Folder 19

Eagle, Don, 1993, 1996, undated

Box 2, Folder 20

Ellis Brower, Roberta, 1995, undated

Box 2, Folder 21

Flaherty, Carrie (mother of Kitty Oakes; includes Tipton family correspondence), 1962-1986

Box 3, Folder 1

Fullenwider, Reggie (mother of Billy Tipton) and Lynn (includes letters to Tipton), 1910-1976

Box 3, Folder 2

Goodman, Benny, undated

Box 3, Folder 3

Green, Jamison, 1993-1996, undated

Box 3, Folder 4

Hancock, Non Earl, 1994

Box 3, Folder 5

Hill, Marigold, 1997, undated

Box 3, Folder 6

Hollars, Mark [1 of 2], 1995

Box 3, Folder 7

Hollars, Mark [2 of 2] ,

Box 3, Folder 8

Jensen, Paul, 1994-1997, undated

Box 3, Folder 9

Jones, Christine, photocopies of photographs, 1997

Box 3, Folder 10

Keithly, Gilbert, 1997

Box 3, Folder 11

Kilde, Ron, 1995

Box 3, Folder 12

Lane, Pauline, 1994-1995

Box 3, Folder 13

Lee, Robert, 1994-1997

Box 3, Folder 14

Lent, Shirley, 1970, 1986, 1989-1997

Box 3, Folder 15

Mallet, Jack, 1996

Box 3, Folder 16

Martin, Larry and Jean Shannon, 1996

Box 3, Folder 17

Mayer, George, 1967-1997

Box 3, Folder 18

Miller, George, 1979-1995

Box 3, Folder 19

Murphy, Sara and Tommy Perkins [1 of 2], 1935-1997, undated

Box 3, Folder 20

Murphy, Sara and Tommy Perkins [2 of 2], 1935-1997, undated

Box 3, Folder 21

Oakes, Kitty, Billy Tipton tape materials, 1994-1995

Box 3, Folder 22

Oakes, Kitty, correspondence [1 of 2], 1991-1996

Box 4, Folder 1

Oakes, Kitty, correspondence [2 of 2], 1991-1996

Box 4, Folder 2

Oakes, Kitty, interview notes, 1992 January

Box 4, Folder 3

Oakes, Kitty, interview notes, 1992 March

Box 4, Folder 4

Oakes, Kitty, interview transcripts, 1992

Box 4, Folder 5

Oakes, Kitty, interview notes, 1993 September

Box 4, Folder 6

Oakes, Kitty, interview notes and transcripts, 1995 January

Box 4, Folder 7

Oakes, Kitty, medical and school records, 1975-1977, 1992, 1996

Box 4, Folder 8

Oakes, Kitty, resume,

Box 4, Folder 9

O’Neil, Nick, 1996-1998

Box 4, Folder 10

Pierce, Euline, 1992-1994

Box 4, Folder 11

Pearce, Euline, correspondence with Billy Tipton, 1971-1988

Box 4, Folder 12

Pierson, Bill (Joplin musician), 1995-1997

Box 4, Folder 13

Platé, René, undated

Box 4, Folder 14

Pugh, Kyle, 1995

Box 4, Folder 15

Raines, Lewis, 1995

Box 4, Folder 16

Richards, Kenny and Molly, 1995

Box 4, Folder 17

Richter, Marv, 1985-1996

Box 4, Folder 18

Ronconi, Ron and Elaine, 1995-1996

Box 4, Folder 19

Seaton, Jerry, 1995-1996

Box 4, Folder 20

Shannon, Jean, 1996

Box 4, Folder 21

Spencer, Bonnie [1 of 2], 1986-1995, undated

Box 4, Folder 22

Spencer, Bonnie [2 of 2], 1986-1995, undated

Box 4, Folder 23

Sobol, Dave, 1993, 1996

Box 4, Folder 24

Stringfellow, Barron, 1997

Box 5, Folder 1

Swan, Katherine, 1994

Box 5, Folder 2

Swan, Madeline, 1994-1998

Box 5, Folder 3

Swan, Madeline, letters to Billy Tipton, 1975-1988

Box 5, Folder 4

Teagarden, Helen, information from responses to Bob Lee column, 1997

Box 5, Folder 5

Teagarden, Norma, 1989-1997

Box 5, Folder 6

Tessesnso, Ron, 1995-1996

Box 5, Folder 7

Thomason, Mary Louise (“Buck”), 1994

Box 5, Folder 8

Tipton, Billy (“Little Billy”), 1969-1993

Box 5, Folder 9

Tipton, G.W. (father of Billy Tipton) and family, 1922-1994

Box 5, Folder 10

Tipton, G.W. and Reginald, divorce, 1927-1933, 1993

Box 5, Folder 11

Tipton, William T. (brother of Billy Tipton), photocopies of photographs used in book, 1994

Box 5, Folder 12

Tipton, William T. and Doris, 1992-1997

Box 5, Folder 13

Wallin, Bob, 1997

Box 5, Folder 14

Whitt family, information from Patty Cunningham, 1995

Box 6, Folder 1

Whitt, Non Earl, 1936-1994, undated

Box 6, Folder 2

Whitt, Non Earl, information from J.L. Whitt, 1994

Box 6, Folder 3

Willis, Bryan, 1994-1995, undated

Box 6, Folder 4

Wilson, Teddy, 1995

 

Chronological files

Box 6, Folder 5

1914-1929

Box 6, Folder 6

1930-1934

Box 6, Folder 7

Kansas City newspapers, 1932

Box 6, Folder 8

1935-1939

Box 6, Folder 9

1940-1949

Box 6, Folder 10

Roberta Brower manuscript, 1945-1946

Box 6, Folder 11

1950-1955

Box 6, Folder 12

1956-1960

Box 6, Folder 13

1962

Box 6, Folder 14

1963-1964

Box 6, Folder 15

1967-1969

Box 6, Folder 16

1971

Box 6, Folder 17

1974-1979

Box 6, Folder 18

1980-1985

Box 6, Folder 19

1986-1989

Box 6, Folder 20

Chronology from binder [1 of 2]

Box 6, Folder 21

Chronology from binder [2 of 2]

 

Place files

Box 7, Folder 1

Joplin, MO, 1996-1997, undated

Box 7, Folder 2

Kansas City, MO, 1974, undated

Box 7, Folder 3

Kansas City, MO, jazz, 1929-1932

Box 7, Folder 4

Longview, WA, 1951, undated

Box 7, Folder 5

Oklahoma [1 of 6], 1989-1995, undated

Box 7, Folder 6

Oklahoma [2 of 6], 1989-1995, undated

Box 7, Folder 7

Oklahoma [3 of 6], 1989-1995, undated

Box 7, Folder 8

Oklahoma [4 of 6], 1989-1995, undated

Box 7, Folder 9

Oklahoma [5 of 6], 1989-1995, undated

Box 7, Folder 10

Oklahoma [6 of 6], 1989-1995, undated

Box 7, Folder 11

Oklahoma, history, 1933, undated

Box 7, Folder 12

Oklahoma, maps, 1993-1994, undated

Box 7, Folder 13

Portland, OR, 1992, undated

Box 8, Folder 1

Seattle, WA, 1991, undated

Box 8, Folder 2

Spokane, WA [1 of 2], 1993-1995, undated

Box 8, Folder 3

Spokane, WA [2 of 2], 1993-1995, undated

Box 8, Folder 4

Spokane, entertainment magazines [1 of 2], 1954-1966

Box 8, Folder 5

Spokane, entertainment magazines [2 of 2], 1954-1966

 

Subject files

Box 8, Folder 6

Afterlife of Billy Tipton, 1989-1996

Box 8, Folder 7

Afterlife of Billy Tipton – Billy [opera], 1994

Box 8, Folder 8

Afterlife of Billy Tipton – Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, 1990-1996

Box 8, Folder 9

Afterlife of Billy Tipton – The Billy Tipton Story [screenplay by Kate Wright], circa 1996

Box 8, Folder 10

Afterlife of Billy Tipton – The Slow Drag [musical], 1997

Box 9, Folder 1

Afterlife of Billy Tipton – Stevie Wants to Play the Blues [play by Eduardo Machado], 1993

Box 9, Folder 2

Biology and Gender, clippings and photocopies, 1994-1995, undated

Box 9, Folder 3

Clippings from folder marked “Dave-personal” re: Billy Tipton, 1989-1991

Box 9, Folder 4

Clippings from Kitty Oakes re: Billy Tipton (some annotated), 1989-1990

Box 9, Folder 5

Cross dressing and male impersonation, library search records and photocopied readings, 1996, undated

Box 9, Folder 6

Cross dressing and transgender issues, clippings and photocopies, 1991-1997, undated

Box 9, Folder 7

Divorce, research notes and correspondence, 1995

Box 9, Folder 8

Entertainment business, 1992-1996, undated

Box 9, Folder 9

Freedom of Information Act request re: Billy Tipton, 1994

Box 9, Folder 10

FTM Newsletter, 1987-1991

Box 9, Folder 11

FTM Newsletter, 1992-1993

Box 9, Folder 12

FTM Newsletter, 1994-1995

Box 9, Folder 13

FTM Newsletter, 1996-1997

Box 10, Folder 1

FTM Newsletter, 1998-2000

Box 10, Folder 2

Gender, clippings and photocopies [1 of 4], 1989-1996, undated

Box 10, Folder 3

Gender, clippings and photocopies [2 of 4], 1989-1996, undated

Box 10, Folder 4

Gender, clippings and photocopies [3 of 4], 1989-1996, undated

Box 10, Folder 5

Gender, clippings and photocopies [4 of 4], 1989-1996, undated

Box 10, Folder 6

Jewel Box Revue, 1993-1995, undated

Box 10, Folder 7

NC Class of ’57 reunion materials from Ron Turner, 1997

Box 10, Folder 8

Walkathons, Oklahoma City, clippings, 1930s

 

Gerry Everding research files

Box 10, Folder 9

Casper, WY, photocopies and notes, 1969-1997

Box 10, Folder 10

Corpus Christi, TX, 1996

Box 10, Folder 11

Correspondence with Middlebrook, 1996-1997

Box 10, Folder 12

Joplin, MO, photocopies and notes [1 of 2], 1947-1997, undated

Box 10, Folder 13

Joplin, MO, photocopies and notes [2 of 2], 1947-1997, undated

Box 10, Folder 14

Miscellaneous sources (people) – old files

Box 11, Folder 1

Name index leads, A-H

Box 11, Folder 2

Name index leads, J-N

Box 11, Folder 3

Name index leads, O-R

Box 11, Folder 4

Name index leads, S-Z

Box 11, Folder 5

News articles from database search on “jazz” and “Joplin,” 1980-1996

Box 11, Folder 6

News articles from database search on “Tipton” plus “Billy,” “jazz,” “trio,” etc., 1989-1996

Box 11, Folder 7

Notes, miscellaneous, 1994-1997

Box 11, Folder 8

San Angelo, TX, notes, 1997, undated

Box 11, Folder 9

Shadow Lake, manuscript by George C. Weldon [1 of 2], undated

Box 11, Folder 10

Shadow Lake, manuscript by George C. Weldon [2 of 2], undated

Box 11, Folder 11

Social security records, 1996

Box 11, Folder 12

Springfield, MO, 1991-1995, undated

 

Published reference sources

Box 12

Morgan, H. Wayne and Anne Hodges Morgan. Oklahoma: A History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1984

Box 12

Olian, Joanne (ed.) Everyday Fashions of the Forties as Pictured in Sears Catalogs. New York: Dover Publications, 1992

Box 12

Oklahoma Today. Vol. 44, no. 6, November 1994-January 1995

Box 12

Ross, Jim. Oklahoma Route 66; The Cruiser’s Companion. Bethany, OK: Ghost Town Press, 1992

Box 12

Sheldon, Ruth. Hubbin’ It: The Life of Bob Wills. 1938

Box 12

Stewart, Roy F. Born Grown: A History of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City: Metro Press, 1974

 

Series 2 Production Files

Box 12, Folder 1

Correspondence with Houghton Mifflin, 1997

Box 12, Folder 2

Chapters 1-7 revisions, 1997 March

Box 12, Folder 3

Chapters 8-15 revisions, 1997 March

Box 13, Folder 1

Manuscript returned to Middlebrook from publisher [1 of 4], circa 1997

Box 13, Folder 2

Manuscript returned to Middlebrook from publisher [2 of 4], circa 1997

Box 13, Folder 3

Manuscript returned to Middlebrook from publisher [3 of 4], circa 1997

Box 13, Folder 4

Manuscript returned to Middlebrook from publisher [4 of 4], circa 1997

Box 13, Folder 5

Marked page proofs [1 of 3], circa 1997

Box 13, Folder 6

Marked page proofs [2 of 3], circa 1997

Box 13, Folder 7

Marked page proofs [3 of 3], circa 1997

Box 13, Folder 8

Photocopies of book illustrations [1 of 2]

Box 13, Folder 9

Photocopies of book illustrations [2 of 2]

Box 14, Folder 1

Dust jacket, circa 1998

Box 14, Folder 2

Suits Me advance reading copy, 1998

Box 14

Suits Me, first edition signed to Stanford University Libraries by Middlebrook, 1998

 

Series 3 Response to Book

Box 14, Folder 3

Correspondence, responses to Suits Me [1 of 4], 1998

Box 14, Folder 4

Correspondence, responses to Suits Me [2 of 4], 1998

Box 14, Folder 5

Correspondence, responses to Suits Me [3 of 4], 1998

Box 14, Folder 6

Correspondence, responses to Suits Me [4 of 4], 1998

Box 14, Folder 7

National Public Radio All Things Considered interview of Middlebrook, transcript, 1998

Box 14, Folder 8

Publicity, contacts and general, 1997-1998

Box 14, Folder 9

Publicity for Suits Me, clippings [1 of 3], 1998

Box 14, Folder 10

Publicity for Suits Me, clippings [2 of 3], 1998

Box 14, Folder 11

Publicity for Suits Me, clippings [3 of 3], 1998

 

Series 4 Photographs

Box 15, Folder 1

Photograph inventories and correspondence with publisher and agent re: photographs, 1997

Box 15, Folder 2

Frontispiece and #1-10

Box 15, Folder 3

#11-24

Box 15, Folder 4

#24x-29x

Box 15, Folder 5

#30-38

Box 15, Folder 6

#39-48, plus unused photo D

Box 15, Folder 7

#49-61, plus unused photos A, B, F, G

Box 15, Folder 8

From Dave Sobol, 1955-1963, undated

Box 15, Folder 9

From Sara Murphy, undated

Box 15, Folder 10

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 1: Born Naked

Box 15, Folder 11

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 3: Kansas City

Box 15, Folder 12

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 5: Graduation

Box 15, Folder 13

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 7: Reggie’s Daughter

Box 15, Folder 14

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 8: Self-Made Man

Box 15, Folder 15

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 11: Mobility

Box 15, Folder 16

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 12: Making It

Box 15, Folder 17

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 13: Man’s World

Box 15, Folder 18

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 14: Family Man

Box 15, Folder 19

Not inventoried or used, Chapter 15: Out and Down

Box 15, Folder 20

Carrie Flaherty family photographs, circa 1960s-1970s

Box 15, Folder 21

Unsorted photographs

Box 15, Folder 22

Negatives from Betty Cox

Box 15, Folder 23

Negatives from Patty Cunningham

Box 15, Folder 24

Negatives from Roberta Ellis

Box 15, Folder 25

Negatives from Ron Kilde

Box 15, Folder 26

Negatives from Kitty Oakes

Box 15, Folder 27

Negatives from Katherine Swan

Box 15, Folder 28

Negatives from William T. Tipton

Box 15, Folder 29

Unlabeled negatives

 

Series 5 Audiovisual material

 

Accession ARCH-2001-014 Billy Tipton book files

Box 1A

Folders: Afterfile of Billy T through Ronconi [transcripts of interviews, copies of documents, correspondence, chron files]

Box 1B

Middlebrooks' logbooks, 1992-Feb. 1995 and February 1995-January 1996

Box 1B

Folder: 1961-68 Tipton: letters (copies of)

Box 1B

Advance reading copy of Suits Me

Box 1B

Assorted folders on Oklahoma

Box 1B

Folder: Screenplay by Kate Wright "The Billy Tipton Story"

Box 1B

Topic files on gender

Box 1B

Chronological files in notebook [research on Tipton arranged chronologically]

Box 1B

NY Times with Tipton's obituary

Box 2A

Photocopies of illustrations

Box 2A

Inventory of Billy Tipton's scrapbooks and office records prepared by Mary Ellen Foley

Box 2A

Assorted books on Oklahoma history

Box 2A

Metal case ("Grandma's Favorites") owned by Carrie Flaherty [Kitty Tipton's mother] containing family photographs

Box 2B

Folders: S through Wilson, Teddy [transcripts of interviews, copies of documents, correspondence, chron files]

Box 2B

Chapter revisions [2 notebooks]

Box 2B

Typescript of book

Box 2B

Logbook

Box 3

Folders: BT chron files, place files, business file, FTM newsletter 1987-97, miscellaneous research files

Box 4

Jerry Everding's notes on Joplin, Missouri

Box 4

Name index leads

Box 5

Reviews, clippings, magazines, notes, and correspondence; interview audiotapes; audiotape copies of Tipton's music

Box 6

Photographs and inventory of photographs

Box 7

Primary B.T.: primary documents [autopsy, death certificate, deeds, etc.]

Box 7

Hardback copy of final book Suits Me, The Double Life of Billy Tipton

Box 7

Assorted books for background research