Edward Abbey, a Master’s graduate of University of New Mexico and Fulbright Fellow, became a writer of novels, travel books, reviews and articles. His selected major novels include: The Brave Cowboy (1956), Fire on the Mountain (1962), Black Sun (1971), and The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975). The bulk of the collection best documents Abbey's writings and activities during the last two decades of his life, 1969 to 1989.
The collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, journals, notebooks, speeches, manuscripts, articles, audiotapes, videotapes, and supplemental materials documenting his life and career. Over half of the collection consist of drafts of his novels, essays, articles, and other works. There are no drafts for his earlier novels, Jonathan Troy, The Brave Cowboy, and Fire on the Mountain, nor for Appalachian Wilderness and The Hidden Canyon.