The papers of Robert Crosson, Hollywood actor and contemporary Los Angeles poet, contain manuscript and typescript drafts
for Crosson's published collected works, especially GEOGRAPHIES (1981), ABANDONED LATITUDES: NEW WRITINGS BY 3 LOS ANGELES
POETS (1983), CALLIOPE (1988), and THE BLUE SOPRANO (1994); individual poems published in small literary magazines; and unpublished
poetry and prose, including his novel "Round-Trip to Midland." Of particular interest are Crosson's daybooks which record
his daily activities, thoughts and writings for over four decades. Also included are video and audio recordings, photographs
of Crosson, and collages. The papers are arranged in eight series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS
BY CROSSON, 4) DAYBOOKS, 5) ARTWORKS BY CROSSON, 6) CASSETTE RECORDINGS, 7) REEL-TO-REEL AUDIO RECORDINGS, and 8) ORIGINALS
OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
Born in 1929, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Crosson moved with his family to Pomona, California, in 1944. He graduated from
Pomona High School in 1948, attended Mt. San Antonio College and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles,
where he obtained a bachelor's degree in English and theatre arts in 1951.