New Archive for Special Collections

Rex Pickett Donates Personal Papers

All images from Pickett Archive

"I've come full circle," mused director, writer and editor Rex Pickett in La Jolla this summer, "returning to my UC San Diego roots where the inspiration to become who I ultimately became took hold."

What Pickett became, and for which he's most celebrated, is author of Sideways, a novel that has sold over 150,000 copies in the English-language edition and has been translated into 11 other languages. The film version of the iconic road trip story won over 350 awards in major categories from various critics and awards organizations.

The UC San Diego roots to which he refers ended with graduation summa cum laude in 1976 with a special projects major; his diploma reading "Specializing in Contemporary Literary and Film Criticism and Creative Writing."

Now Pickett has donated his personal papers to the UC San Diego Library's Special Collections, an archive which includes a wide range of materials including posters, photographs and other memorabilia, both from the novel and the movie.

"My artistic sensibilities-first as a filmmaker, then a screenwriter, a novelist, and (this summer) a playwright  at the La Jolla Playhouse-were annealed in the cauldron of my time at UCSD and the many great minds and ideas I was exposed to, who inspired me and fired my imagination. The late artist/film critic Manny Farber was incontrovertibly the single largest influence in my life. Donating my personal papers to the UCSD Library is, for me, a coming of full circle. One day I graduated and left for L.A. with a few boxes of writing; and one day I returned with a life's work, now archived and cared for where it all began."

All images from Pickett Archive

All images from Pickett Archive

The Rex Pickett Papers chronicle the writer's ups and downs, both as a novelist and writer for television, as well as in the film industry. His archive includes film reels from his movies, along with scripts, book drafts, journals, manuscripts, correspondence, and screenplays. Pickett penned a sequel to the Sideways novel, titled Vertical, which won the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction. His credits also include two independent feature films and numerous screenplays-some of them original-for both television and film.

A small exhibition of materials from the Pickett archive was on view at the Library this summer. 

Exhibits & Events

  • Oct. 28 - Jan. 26

  • “Early San Diego: On the Edge of Empires."
  • Curated by UCSD History Professors. ”
  • Geisel Library Exhibit.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.
  • Nov. 13 - Dec. 20

  • “Prison Nation:
  • Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex.
  • Geisel Library Exhibit.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.
  • Nov. 21

  • “Early San Diego: On the Edge of Empires.”
  • Lecture by Curators at Geisel Library
  • 12 Noon, Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.
  • Nov. 27

  • “Annual Turkey Calling Show.”
  • 12 Noon, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
  • Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.
  • Jan. 28

  • National Kazoo Day Celebration
  • Geisel Library Event.
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.
  • Jan. 27 – April 28

  • “Formerly Owned by...
  • Geisel Library Exhibit.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.
  • Feb. 1 – Feb. 28

  • “Black History Month.”
  • Talk by Robert J. Lang.
  • Geisel Library Exhibit.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

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Dolores Davies

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