Scope and arrangement
The Jim Carroll papers (1930s-2009, bulk 1980-2008) document his work as a writer and musician, with an emphasis on his music career, fiction, and poetry after 1980. These papers are not a good source for material related to his writing of The Basketball Diaries or his early poetry.
Carroll's creative output is represented by notes, writings, and audio and video recordings. His personal life and business dealings are documented through correspondence, financial and legal records, photographs, clippings, printed matter, artwork, and personal memorabilia. The collection includes books from Carroll's personal library, many of which have his annotations and notes.
The Jim Carroll papers are arranged in three series:
Carroll's creative output is represented by notes, draft writings, and recordings. Manuscripts and notes in the collection show Carroll's writing process from fragmentary notes and drafts to completed works. His poetry and music are represented by draft verses, studio recordings of songs in various stages of completion, and recordings of live performances.
Personal papers document Carroll's personal life and business dealings through correspondence, financial and legal records, photographs, a scrapbook, writings and artwork by others, clippings and writings about Carroll, printed matter, and memorabilia. Personal papers also include a World War II diary that belonged to Carroll's father, Thomas J. Carroll.
Carroll's personal library contains books that he annotated, books that were inscribed to him, and various editions of his own works. For the most part, the books in Carroll's library are lightly annotated, with markings on only a few pages. In addition to annotations, the books contain notes unrelated to the content of the book themselves, including drafts of poems. Some books include Carroll's ownership marks with dates, the earliest of which is dated 1969.
Books in the library can be found by searching the New York Public Library catalog for "Jim Carroll library."