Preliminary Guide to the William Campbell Gault Collection

Preliminary 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 William Campbell Gault Collection

Collection number: Mss 284

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
Preliminary arrangement and description by D. Tambo.
Date completed:
January 18, 2011
Encoded by:
A. Demeter
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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


 

General

Box 1

Address Book

Box 1

Awards – incl. Boucheron XII award (Milwaukee, 1981) in the form of a leather shoe sole [Gault had been a sole cutter in a Milwaukee shoe factory in his younger days]; Shamus Award,Best Paperback Novel, 1983; and Boucheron .22 Lifetime Achievement Award (Pasadena, 1991)

Box 1

Bio – incl. articles about Gault

Box 1

Card File – publication information about stories

 

Cassette Sets [audio books]

Box 2

The Best Mystery Stories of the Year (incl. Gault's "The Kerman Kill"), 1988

Box 2

The Bloodstained Bokhara, 1990

 

Correspondence

Box 2

Congdon, Michael – agent, ca. 1990-1992

Box 2

Pronzini, Bill – agent / editor, 1991-1994

Box 2

Sternig, Larry – literary agent, 1990-1996

Box 2

Miscellaneous, 1990-1992

 

Financial Records

Box 2

Income and Wordage, 1945-1975, 1979

Box 2

Royalties – by year and by title, ca. 1960s-1991

Box 2

Hard Boiled Dicks, No. 3 (June 1982) – Special William Campbell Gault Issue

 

Manuscript Drafts

Box 2

Dead Pigeon – typescript, 1992

Box 2

The San Valdesto Connection – typescript, n.d.

Box 2

Photographs – Gault and fellow mystery writers

Box 2

"Private Eye Writers of America" – List, 1993

Box 2

Reviews – of Gault's publications

Box 2

Scrapbook – clippings with stories about Gault and one-page "Daily Short Story" works by him

Box 2

Yearbook – Wauwatosa [WI] High School, 1927 – Gault on p. 44

Box 2

Miscellany

Box 3

Foreign Language Editions

Scope and Content Note

incl. Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese
 

Pulp Magazines

Scope and Content Note

mystery and sport stories by Gault (usually the cover and the story pages, not the whole magazine)
Box 4

1937-1949

Box 5

1950-1964, n.d.

Box 5

Larry Sterling Literary Agency (Milwaukee, WI) – apparently stories by Gault handled by the agency

 

Oversize

Box 6

Photograph – two black and white portraits of Gault, ca. 1950s-1960s

Box 6

Saturday Evening Post – issues with Gault stories, 1951-1953