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Finding Aid for the John Gregory Dunne papers, 1962-1967, bulk 1966-1967
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Gregory Dunne papers
    Date (inclusive): 1962-1967, bulk 1966-1967
    Collection number: 992
    Creator: Dunne, John Gregory, 1932-
    Extent: 4 document boxes (2 linear ft.)
    Abstract: All materials relate to John Gregory Dunne's novel Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike. Between 1966 and 1967 Dunne researched his novel in Delano, California. The collection include the manuscript, Dunne's research, including interviews, daily notes log, and local area research materials. Also included are ephemera related to his research, financial statements, newspapers clippings devoted to the grape strike, correspondence, photographs, official statements, strikers' newspapers, materials relating to the boycott, and other writings by Dunne during 1967.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    Brief-listed by Brooke Whiting, ca. 1967
    Processing completed by Rebecca Ruud, March 2012, with assistance by Kelley Bachli and Lilace Hatayama.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Gregory Dunne papers (Collection 992). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232961 


    John Gregory Dunne was born May 25, 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut. Dunne was a novelist and screenwriter. His brother, Dominick Dunne was also a writer. On January 30, 1964, John Gregory Dunne married writer Joan Didion. The two worked on many writing projects together. Dunne was responsible for writing novels such as The Studio, Vegas, True Confessions, Red White and Blue and Playland. Screenplays included Panic in Needle Park, A Star is Born, True Confessions (the screenplay of his novel), and Up Close and Personal. Dunne died on December 30, 2003 in New York.

    Scope and Content

    In 1966, John Gregory Dunne, 1932-2003, American author of numerous novels, screenplays, and works of non-fiction, visited Delano, California to research the continuing grape strike. In his research he interviewed Cesar Chavez, leader of the strike, corresponded with the grape growers, including Di Giorgio, and collected newspaper clippings dealing with the strike and wrote to his agent and publishers about the upcoming novel. He took daily notes and gathered all pamphlets, testimony, and fliers to do with the strike. The novel Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike was published in 1967.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Research files
    2. Delano writings
    3. Other writings

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Dunne, John Gregory, 1932- --Archives.
    Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970 --History --Archival resources.
    Authors, American --20th century --Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    manuscripts for publication.

    Related Material

    John Gregory Dunne papers  , 1969- [ongoing] at the Bancroft Library, University of Berkeley (BANC MSS 79/125 c)
    United Farm Workers Information Fair   at the University of Irvine Special Collections (MS-R015)