Photographs and more information about the Ernest J. Gaines Center and Ernest Gaines' work can be found on the Center's Research Guide.
An excerpt from an early draft of Catherine Carmier entitled The Comeback (Box 2-Folder1). Part of the excerpt can be seen in the short story "Mary Louise" from Mozart & Leadbelly (2004). Unlike Catherine Carmier, Gaines tells the story in The Comeback using multiple narrators: Brother, Jackson, and Mary Louise.
An undated speech written by Ernest J. Gaines for a reading for Of Love and Dust. In the speech, Gaines talks about the inspirations for the novel and how he "invented" the characters, discussing their thoughts on the action in the novel.
An advertisement and reviews of "A Long Day in November" which originally appeared in Bloodline (1968). Also included in these documents is a recommendation from the Richardson Independent Schooldistrict stating that the book should not be added to the district's elementary school libraries.
Promotional material CBS sent out before The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman aired in January 1974.
An early prospectus for Gaines' 1978 novel In My Father's House. It can be found in Box 9-Folder 4. The title in this prospectus is Revenge, and the plot varies from the finished publication in a couple of ways, namely in point of view and in Robert's actions.
A short speech, in Gaines' handwriting, for A Gathering of Old Men. It can be found in Box 10-Folder 24.The speech describes the land where Gaines grew up and the migration of young people away from the area. He also talks about the change in the land and agriculture over time.