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James Alexander Thom, "Letters from Dynavac" manuscript

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2295

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the original manuscript of the final draft of "Letters from Dynavac," an unpublished science fiction novel by James Alexander Thom. Written in the 1970s, Thom stated that the rapid technological progress of the computer industry made the story obsolete before it could be published.


  • circa 1970


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

James Alexander Thom was born May 28, 1933 at Gosport, Indiana to Drs. Jay Webb and Julia Elizabeth (Swain) Thom. After high school, he attended Purdue University for one sememster, then joined the U.S. Marines and served in Korea. Thom left the military in 1955 and settled in Indianapolis to sell insurance. He later took a job in the advertising department at the Indianapolis Star while attending night school to pursue his love of writing. Thom received his B.A. degree from Butler University in 1960 and worked for the Star as a police reporter, then served as business and finance editor until 1967. He later served as senior editor of the Saturday Evening Post before becoming a free-lance magazine writer and novelist in 1973. His books include Follow the River, The Long Knife, and Panther in the Sky.


Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. "James Alexander Thom: 2014." Accessed March 23, 2022.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James Alexander Thom on 2018/04/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/03/23 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/23 by Laura Eliason.
James Alexander Thom, "Letters from Dynavac" manuscript
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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.