Shelby Foote Collection Fellows

Since December 2010, through the generosity of Steve and Riea Lainoff, Rhodes has been home to the Shelby Foote Collection of writings and papers, a collection that includes hand-drawn maps, photos, memorabilia, letters, more than 2,000 volumes from Foote’s private library, which includes first editions by William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Walker Percy, leatherbound and hand-written manuscripts, personal diaries, an extensive collection of music and sculpture, as well as family correspondence. Foote is best known for writing The Civil War: A Narrative, published in three parts in 1958, 1963 and 1974. It’s a massive, 1.2-million-word trilogy, the whole of which was written in Memphis. The original drafts now find a home at Rhodes.