Scope and arrangement
With the exception of several brief journal allusions to his early life and a scant selection of personal documents and letters, this collection of the Emmett "Babe" Wallace Papers is almost wholly preoccupied with the process and product of an artistic life. Many works can be traced from the random notation of a musical or poetic phrase in a hip-pocket memo book, through numerous versions and changes, to a finished poem or a published song. Again apparently "finished" songs or poems can re-appear years later with new variations in phrasing or arrangement.
Papers organized into five series: I Personal Papers; II Creative Works; III Scripts; IV Printed Material; and V Miscellaneous