Finding Aid for the Rudy Thomas Foley Papers, 1947-1984

Processed by Dan Luckenbill; machine-readable finding aid created by Dan Luckenbill
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Rudy Thomas Foley Papers, 1947-1984

Collection number: 1708

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Dan Luckenbill, 1993
Encoded by:
Dan Luckenbill
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, July 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Rudy Thomas Foley Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1947-1984
Collection number: 1708
Creator: Foley, Rudy Thomas, 1947-1984
Extent: 10 boxes (5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Rudy Thomas Foley (1947-1984) wrote plays, fiction, and poetry. The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, audiotapes, reviews, programs, fliers and newsletters, clippings, and presentation copies of books.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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  • Box 951575
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rudy Thomas Foley Papers (Collection 1708). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Foley was born on May 22, 1947; wrote plays, fiction, and poetry; he died on August 16, 1984 in California.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, audiotapes, reviews, programs, fliers and newsletters, clippings, and presentation copies of books.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Foley, Rudy Thomas, 1947-1984--Archives.
Authors, American--California, Southern--Archival resources.

Related Material

Dan Luckenbill Papers (Collection 1484). Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

Writings

 

General Information

 

Portfolio

 

Photographs, etc.

Box 1

1970s(?). Includes stills from and clippings about the motion picture Greek Lightning, in which Rudy T. Foley had a role, resumes and photographs, promoting Rudy T. Foley as a model.

 

Correspondence

 

Friend from Switzerland

Box 1

Late 1960s. Primarily postcards. Also photographs and souvenir books of Switzerland.

 

Illness

 

Aids

Box 1

Greeting cards received when ill, 1983-1984.

Box 1

1984 calendar. Marked with dates for chemo treatments, etc. Bernard Galm has noted August 5, Rudy died, and August 23, burial, Trappist, Kentucky.

 

General Correspondence, etc.

 

Howard Moss

 

Letters to Rudy T. Foley

Box 2

August 24, 1979.

Physical Description: 2 leaves. Typed, signed.
Box 2

September 20, 1979.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typed, signed. On (small) The New Yorker letterhead.
Box 2

January 5, 1980.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typed, signed. Also envelope.
Box 2

February 5, 1980.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typed, signed. On (larger) The New Yorker letterhead.
Box 2

March 17, 1982.

Physical Description: 1 (blue) card. Holograph, signed on verso. With 2 clippings and envelope.
Box 2

March 23, 1982.

Physical Description: 1 blue card. Typed, signed on verso. Also envelope.
Box 2

November 18, 1982.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typed, signed on verso. On (small) The New Yorker letterhead.
Box 2

December 9, 1982.

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typed, signed on verso. On (small) The New Yorker letterhead.
Box 2

n.d.

Physical Description: 1 item. Small greeting card, signed.
 

General Correspondence

 

Various Family Members

Box 2

Greeting cards and letters.

 

Bernard Galm

 

Correspondence With Rudy T. Foley

Box 2

Greeting cards and letters, ca. 1976-1983.

 

Brother Paul, Abbey Of Gethsemani, Trappist, Kentucky

 

Correspondence With Rudy T. Foley

Box 2

ca. 1972-1984. An extensive file with many enclosures.

 

Writings

 

Correspondence

 

Rudy T. Foley's letters and replies

Box 2

Agents, publishers, editors, etc. Blueboy, In Touch, St Martin's Press, etc. primarily about his music criticism ( Bravo) and his novel Thoroughbred. Includes several interesting responses including a critique by Kirby Congdon (2 leaves, photocopy), for example.

 

General Information

 

School Items

 

Los Angeles City College

Box 3

January 1982. Los Angeles City College Associate of Arts degree.

 

Friendships, etc.

 

Copy of Manuscript by John Marvin

 

Interviews With Male Actors

Box 3

Don Johnson, etc.

 

Writings

 

Plays

 

Foghorns

Box 4

2 copies.

 

The Marine Truckdriver

Box 4

Two copies.

 

Summer Garden

Box 4

Cassette recordings. 1980. 2 audiotapes (cassette). Rudy T. Foley produced this at the Evergreen Stage (5060 Fountain Avenue, Hollywood), February-March 1980. Directed by Cecil Reddick.

Box 4

Various drafts, photographs, reviews, etc. 7 folders. Includes submission to a contest of gay plays.

Box 4

Programs and fliers. One program signed by cast members. One version of fliers includes quotations from reviews ( Los Angeles Times, Free Press, and Drama - Logue).

 

Music Criticism

 

For KFAC magazine

Box 5

1976-1977. These became the basis for a book, entitled Bravo.

 

Plays

 

Various

Box 5

Drafts, etc.

 

Fiction

 

Crocodiles

Box 5

Rough draft and one later draft. Also filed (by Rudy T. Foley) in a later series with other writings.

 

Bahnhofstrasse [an excerpt from Thoroughbred]

Box 6

In: Cygnet, vol.3 no.3 [a supplement to The Daily Bruin] April 19, 1978.

 

Thoroughbred

Box 6

Various versions and copies.

 

Rudy T. Foley's Files

 

General

 

Appreciation of Music

Box 7

KFAC articles and Bravo.

 

Book reviews, Critiques, History

Box 7

Various drafts, etc.

 

Employment

Box 7

UCLA.

 

Workman's Compensation Claim

Box 7

UCLA.

 

Rudy T. Foley's Files [This File Kept By BG]

 

General

 

Memorial Items

Box 7

Obituary, photograph of gravestone, copy of service at Gethsemani, etc. Other records included: birth ceritifcate, baptismal certificate.. Also letter from Dan Luckenbill to John Rechy. November 7, 1984. 2 leaves. typed, signed. Gives news of the death of Rudy T. Foley.

 

Rudy T. Foley's Files

 

General

 

Miscellaneous

Box 7

 

Novel

Box 8

A version of Crocodiles, 1978.

 

Novel Revised

Box 8

Versions of Thoroughbred(?).

 

Novella

Box 8

Torch Ridge, 1977.

 

Novel

Box 8

Something Wicked, n.d. 2 copies.

 

Plays

Box 8

Change for a Silver Dollar, Hell.

 

Poetry

Box 9

Various. Includes letter about Adrienne Rich. Rudy T. Foley had been to a reading by Adrienne Rich and this letter describes that (to him) disappointing experience.

 

Play

Box 9

The Cunt.

 

Short Stories

Box 9

Various titles.

 

Soviet Articles

Box 9

School papers.

 

Track and Field

Box 9

Mike Tully. Newspaper clippings, autographed program.

Box 9

Letter from Mike Tully, May 10, 1979. 1 leaf. Holograph, signed. Rudy T. Foley had envisioned Mike Tully playing a role in a movie version of Thoroughbred, which Rudy T. Foley promoted.

 

Club 7 / 11

Box 9

Newsletters, etc. Also draft for ad to be placed by Rudy T. Foley.

 

Miscellaneous drafts, etc

Box 10

Extensive folder.

 

Books Collected By Rudy T. Foley

 

Primarily Presentation and Gift Copies

 

Christopher Isherwood

Box 10

Christopher and His Kind. For Thomas Foley in memory of Anais Nin, Christopher Isherwood, March 7, 1978.

Box 10

My Guru and His Disciple. Happy Birthday from Christopher I. May 25, 1980.

 

Howard Moss

Box 10

Instant Lives. For Rudy, with my fondest good wishes on Christmas Eve, 1982, Howard. Los Angeles.

Box 10

Finding Them Lost and Other Poems (paperback). For Rudy, on a sunny day, from Howard, December 1970.

 

John Rechy

Box 10

The Fourth Angel, n.d. For Rudy and For Bernard: To Rudy, whose own beautiful books I'm looking forward to, friend. To Bernard: instant friend. Warmly, John.

Box 10

Bodies and Souls (paperback). For Rudy: I hope your wonderful writing continues. Sincerely, J Rechy [no date].

 

Tennessee Williams

Box 10

Small Craft Warnings (paperback). Gift inscription from Dan Luckenbill: Rudi - Happy Birthday '78. Love, Dan.

 

General

 

Poster For Tricia's Wedding (The Cockettes) And Un Chant D'Amour

 

First time shown in New York(?).

Box 11

n.d. Oversize Box.

 

Photograph [Nude] of Rudy T. Foley

 

Photographer Unknown

Box 11

Damaged with cracking.

 

Other Photographs

 

Marina del Rey and the Victors' Garden

Box 11

Small photographs and negatives. Rudy T. Foley lived in a garage apartment at the Victors' (Beverly Hills), where he did garden design and groundskeeping.

 

Calendar

 

The First Tom of Finland Calendar

Box 11

1978. Signed by Tom of Finland. Water damaged. Other reproductions of work by Tom are found throughout the papers (used as fliers, etc.).