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Gregg, Jess Papers of American Plays and Fiction Writings

Identifier: PP-Gregg

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the creative works of Jess Ashton Gregg, beginning with works from the time of his childhood through college and ending with his professional career as playwright and author. Included are original pencil sketches, short stories, novels, plays, and detailed correspondence written to, and received from, his family. Also included in the collection are five decades of calendars that detail Gregg's daily activities, as well as diaries that chronicle 12 years of his life. Personal items such as photographs and scrapbooks are also included in the collection, though they are few in number. One quarter of the collection contains correspondence between Gregg and his family, spanning close to five decades of the author's life. A preponderance of the letters are written by Gregg to his family, and set out his daily activities and many of his thought processes concerning his writings. From these letters alone, it is possible to piece together the majority of Gregg's personal life, as well as understand what was happening in his professional world. All correspondence is arranged chronologically and grouped by the sender. The highlight of the collection consists of Gregg's writings. Included are handwritten works ranging from the time of his childhood (short stories and plays that provide insight into the creative mind of this budding author) to works written during his college years at Rollins under the tutelage of Edwin Granberry. Additionally, there are completed and typed novels and plays produced by Gregg during his professional career; some were published and produced for the stage, while others have remained unpublished. His creative works are arranged alphabetically; a majority are typed, though there are many handwritten notes to be found in the pages of these works, and many of his early works are handwritten in pencil. Series 6 in this collection, arranged alphabetically, contains completed, typewritten copies of both published and unpublished material. Gregg also served as his own best chronicler, saving reviews, newspaper clippings, interviews, and announcements relating to every aspect of his work. Included in the collection are programs from the few plays in which Gregg starred as a young man.


  • Created: 1937-2009
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/06/2009


Conditions Governing Access

Open access

Conditions Governing Use

The status of copyright on the materials from the Jess Gregg Papers is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.). Permission to publish or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.


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6.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This is the collection of the personal papers of Jess Gregg, American playwright, fiction author and Rollins alumnus (1941), including biographical information, his association with Rollins, correspondence, notebooks, and some of his literary manuscripts.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in six series, beginning with his biographical information and his connection to Rollins College, followed by his personal papers, letters, notebooks, and literary manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Estate of Jess Gregg, via Trustee Ian Brenton Ogilvie of Winter Park, Florida

Existence and Location of Originals

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Repository Details

Part of the Rollins College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Rollins College Box 2744
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park 32789-4499 US