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Preliminary Guide to the William Campbell Gault Collection
Mss 284  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Campbell Gault Collection
    Dates: ca. 1937-1996
    Collection number: Mss 284
    Creator: Gault, William Campbell
    Collection Size: 5.2 linear feet (5 cartons and 1 oversize box).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of work by Santa Barbara crime and young adult fiction writer William Campbell Gault, including hard covers, paperbacks, and stories in anthologies and pulp magazines.
    Physical location: Boxes 1-5 (Del Sur); Box 6 (Del Sur Oversize).
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None.

    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

    William Campbell Gault Collection. Mss 284. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Shelley Gault, 2010.

    Biography

    William Campbell Gault (1910-1995) was born and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lived mostly in that city until he moved to California in 1950. He served in the 166th Infantry during World War II. Before he became a professional writer, he held a variety of jobs, including ice man, mailman, aircraft assembler, sole cutter in a shoe factory, bus boy, waiter, and hotel manager. Gault wrote under his own name and pseudonyms such as Roney Scott and Will Duke.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the collection consists of work by Santa Barbara crime and young adult fiction writer William Campbell Gault, including hard covers, paperbacks, and stories in anthologies and pulp magazines. English-language monographs have been cataloged separately and can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Library online catalog. Foreign-language editions and magazines are housed in this manuscript collection.
    The collection also contains awards, correspondence, a few black and white photographs of Gault and fellow mystery writers, mystery and sport stories mainly appearing in pulp magazines from the latter 1930s to the early 1960s.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Gault, William Campbell
    Detective and mystery stories