Preliminary Guide to the Richard Howells Watkins Collection

Arrangement and description by D. Tambo
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Preliminary Guide to the Richard Howells Watkins Collection, ca. 1895-1950s

Collection number: Mss 130

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
D. Tambo
Date Completed:
Dec. 26, 2007
Encoded by:
A. Demeter
© 2010 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Richard Howells Watkins Collection
Dates: ca. 1895-1950s
Collection number: Mss 130
Creator: Watkins, Richard Howells
Collection Size: 4.4 linear feet (11 document boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: The collection contains correspondence, copies of short stories, articles, and screenplays by Watkins, as well as aviation files with photographs of WWI aces, early airplanes (Curtis, Martin, Le Perce-Packard, Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation, and others), ca. 1910s-1920 and images apparently shot from them, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and other New York views; various air fields around the country.
Physical location: Box 1 (Del Sur); Boxes 2-11 (SRLF).
Languages: English

Access Restrictions

None. Majority of boxes stored off-site, please contact Special Collections to retrieve.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Richard Howells Watkins Collection. Mss 130. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Undetermined.

Biography

Richard Howells Watkins (1895 - ?) was an author in the adventure/detective genre, a World War I veteran, an inveterate traveler, and an auto racing, aviation, and maritime enthusiast. He was born in New York City on May 26, 1895, later residing in Riverside, Connecticut, and finally moving to Santa Barbara in 1956.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains correspondence, copies of short stories, articles, and screenplays by Watkins, as well as aviation files with photographs of WWI aces, early airplanes (Curtis, Martin, Le Perce-Packard, Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation, and others), ca. 1910s-1920 and images apparently shot from them, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and other New York views; various air fields around the country. Monographs by Watkins have been cataloged separately.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Watkins, Richard Howells
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations.
Airplanes, Military -- History -- 20th century.
Airplanes--History--20th century.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Aviation, ca. 1910s-1920

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs (b/w) of WWI aces, early airplanes (Curtis, Martin, Le Perce-Packard, Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation, and others), and images apparently shot from them, incl. Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and other New York views; various air fields around the country.
Box 2

Biographical/Personal

Scope and Content Note

Includes certificate of baptism, Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, New York City, June 16 1895 (noting birth date of May 26, 1895) and passport, with photo of Watkins.
Box 2

Book Reviews, ca. late 1920s-early 1930s

 

Correspondence

Box 2

Incoming (also including some receipts and documents re travels), ca. 1925-1936

Box 2

1940s – incl. J. H. [Jimmy] Doolittle (aviation pioneer)

 

Outgoing – and some incoming; most relating to writing/publishing

 

General / Personal

Box 2

ca. 1913, 1928-1932

Box 2

ca. 1931-1955

Box 2

ca. 1942-1946, re Coast Guard service and other

Box 2

1947-1951

Box 3

1954-1955

Box 3

Abbot, Mary Squire

Box 3

Adventure Magazine, 1926-1943

Box 3

Blue Book, ca. 1930-1947

Box 3-4

Brandt, Carl, 1935-1960

Box 4

Business and Personal, ca. 1953-1955

Box 4

Detective Story Magazine, 1919

Box 5

Meyerhoff, Arthur, 1945

Box 5

Munsey Co., 1926-1937

Box 5

Service for Authors, Inc., 1930-1935

Box 5

Short Stories (magazine), ca. 1945-1949

 

Diaries - work/travel schedule, incl. notes on how many pages written per day

Box 5

1925-1933

Box 6

1934-1958

 

Writings - print copies of stories appearing in various magazines

Box 7

Ace-High Magazine, 1922

Box 7

Adventure, 1927-1949

Box 7

All-American Fiction, 1938

Box 7

American Boy, 1929-1930

Box 7

American Legion Magazine, 1942

Box 7

American Magazine, 1940

Box 7

Argosy, 1922-1951

Box 8

Blue Book, 1925-1950

Box 8

Britannia and Eve, 1935

Box 8

Cassell’s Magazine, n.d.

Box 8

Chicago Daily News, 1929

Box 8

Chicago Sunday Tribune, 1932

Box 8

Clues, 1930, 1933

Box 8

Collier’s, 1936-1943

Box 8

Complete Stories, 1927-1937

Box 8

Country Home Magazine, 1938

Box 9

Detective Fiction Weekly, ca. 1928-1934

Box 9

Detective Story Magazine, 1920

Box 9

Elks Magazine, 1939

Box 9

Esquire, 1949

Box 9

Fiction Parade, 1935

Box 9

Flying Stories, 1929

Box 9

The Grand Magazine, 1928, 1934

Box 9

High Spot Magazine, 1931

Box 9

The Illustrated Detective Magazine, 1930

Box 9

The Illustrated Love Magazine, 1932

Box 9

Liberty, 1943-1947

Box 9

Live Stories, 1921, 1923

Box 9

Macleans, 1937-1947

Box 9

Munsey, 1926-1928

Box 10

Mystery Magazine, 1926-1927

Box 10

Mystery Stories, 1926-1927

Box 10

The Open Road for Boys, 1932

Box 10

Pocket Detective Magazine, 1936

Box 10

Popular Magazine, 1926, 1929

Box 10

Saturday Evening Post, 1927-1954

Box 10

Short Stories, 1926-1939

Box 10

This Week, 1940

 

Miscellany - incl. research files

Box 11

Auto Racing

Box 11

Bloomfield, Howard – book collaboration, 1943

Box 11

Desert Rat Scrapbook (serial)

 

Screenplays

Box 11

“Death Chute”

Box 11

“Full Throttle”

Box 11

Travel Photos – incl. West Indies (Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad), and England

Box 11

World War II Mementos