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Jim Junot - Cornwell Collection

Identifier: DC064

Scope and Contents

The files contain information on the life of Patricia Cornwell from 1974 until the present. Most of the information is newspaper articles collected by Jim Junot. There also are copies of transcripts of talks and interviews by Patricia Cornwell and copies of her writings for the Charlotte Observer and while a student at Davidson College. The oversize materials include signed publicity posters for Postmortem and a bulletin board created by Cornwell for the Davidson College English Department in 1978.


  • Existence: 1974 - 1998


Biographical / Historical

Patricia Cornwell, American mystery writer and graduate of Davidson College, was born Patricia Daniels on June 9, 1956. She spent her childhood in Montreat, North Carolina where she was acquainted with Ruth Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham. At the age of 18 she entered Davidson College. Cornwell graduated from Davidson with honors in English and eventually married Professor Charles Cornwell, a Davidson College English professor at the time. She worked at the Charlotte Observer for a number of years before moving with her husband to Richmond, Virginia. While in Richmond, Cornwell worked in the Richmond morgue as a computer analyst. Cornwell took her first stab at writing in the early '80's, penning a biography of Ruth Graham. Her first successful mystery novel was Postmortem which won every major mystery/crime fiction award in 1990. Three more "Scarpetta" novels (her main character is named Kay Scarpetta), Body of Evidence, All That Remains, and Cruel and Unusual, followed over the next three years. Cornwell then went on to write Cause of Death, and Unnatural Exposure. Jim Junot is an avid collector of Patricia Cornwell memorabilia. He is the Assistant Director of Sports Information for the University of Louisville in Kentucky. After collecting a vast amount of information on Patricia Cornwell, he created the "Unofficial Patricia Cornwell Website" at Most of the information on this website was given to the college archives in print form in 1998.


.42 Linear Feet (1 box + oversize)



Physical Location

Carrel Storage

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to archives Jim Junot. Mr Junot collected the materials and made copies available to the archives. Additional materials were donated by Sam Spencer (signed posters) and Tony Abbott (bulletin board)

Processing Information

Processed on 19-Jun-98

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository