Finding Aid of the Irving Shulman papers 0021

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch and Mandeep Condle
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
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specol@usc.edu
2010


Title: Irving Shulman papers
Collection number: 0021
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 19.67 Linear feet 19 boxes, 1 map case folder
Date (inclusive): 1931-1970
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of the novelist, screenwriter, and biographer Irving Shulman, who is best known for writing the screenplay for Rebels Without a Cause. His papers include manuscripts and typescripts of screenplays, short stories, novels, and biographies.
creator: Shulman, Irving

Biographical Note

Irving Shulman was a novelist, screenwriter and biographer of Rudolph Valentino, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Jean Harlow. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish immigrants from Lithuania on May 21, 1913. Shulman received his BA from Ohio University in 1937, his MA from Columbia in 1938, and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1972. During World War II he worked for the War Department in Washington, D.C. He married Joan Grager in 1938, and they had two daughters.
The Dukes of Amboy, his first novel (and biggest literary success), mined the neighborhoods in which Shulman had grown up and was published in 1947. Shulman moved to Los Angeles in the late 1940s, where he worked as a contract screenwriter and continued to write novels. As a screenwriter, he is best known as the author of the screenplay for the 1955 movie Rebels Without a Cause. Shulman later adapted the movie's plot for his novel Children of the Dark. In the 1960s, Shulman wrote biographies of Jean Harlow (1964), Rudolph Valentino (1967), and Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis (1970). Shulman passed away on March 23, 1995.

Scope and Content

This collection contains manuscripts and typescripts of Irving Shulman's screenplays, short stories, novels, and biographies of Jean Harlow, Rudolph Valentino and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Also included in this collection are publisher's galleys for some of his books and various literary periodical publications from the 1930s. Please refer to the Scope and Content notes of individual series for more information.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Irving Shulman papers, Collection no. 0021, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Related Archival Materials

Ohio University's Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections has the Irving Shulman Collection (MSS# 98).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Harlow, Jean, 1911-1937
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994
Shulman, Irving -- Archives
Valentino, Rudolph, 1895-1926
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
Biographers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Celebrities--United States--Biography--Archival resources
Manuscripts
Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Typescripts

 

Novels

Scope and Content

Series consists of manuscript and typescript drafts of novels written by Irving Shulman. Series also includes notes, promotional materials, and book reviews for a few works, including The Roots of Fury and The Velvet Knife.

Arrangement

Series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of the final, published work. Unidentified drafts are at the end of the series.
Map-case 5, Drawer 4, Box 1

The Amboy Dukes

Box 1

Because We're Friends

Map-case 5, Drawer 4, Box 1

The Big Brokers

Box 1

Calibre

Box 1

Children of the Dark

Box 1

College Confidential

Box 1

Cry Tough

Box 1-3

Good Deeds Must Be Punished

Box 3

I Want to Live

Box 3

The Notorious Landlady

Box 3

Platinum High School

Box 3

The Roots of Fury

Box 3

Rusty Desmond

Box 3-4

The Square Trap

Box 4

Things They Understand

Box 4

The Velvet Knife

Box 4

Unidentified Drafts

Map-case 5, Drawer 4

Miscellaneous Book Reviews

Box 4-5

Galleys

Scope and Content

Series includes galleys for a few novels and biographies written by Irving Shulman.
Box 5-6

Short Stories and Plays

Scope and Content

Series contains short stories and plays written by Shulman.
 

Screenplays

Scope and Content

Series contains draft and final screenplays and screen treatments Shulman wrote for film and television.
Box 6-7

Movies

Box 7

Television

 

Biographies

Scope and Content

Series contains drafts of the three biographies written by Shulman: Harlow: An Intimate Biography, Valentino, and Jackie!: The Exploitation of a First Lady. Series also contains Shulman's extensive research and note files on Valentino and Onassis, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about Valentino Shulman purchased.
 

Jean Harlow

Box 7-8

Drafts

Box 8

Research and Notes

 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Box 8

Drafts

Box 9

Research and Notes

 

Rudolph Valentino

Box 9-13

Drafts

Box 14, Map-case 5, Drawer 4

Research and Notes

Box 14

Personal Papers

Scope and Content

Series contains a few files of Shulman's papers. These papers include Shulman's 1949 and 1954 applications for Guggenheim Fellowships and the text of a lecture he gave to a social welfare organization in New York in 1940.
 

Publications

Box 15, Folder 5

List of Publications

Box 15, Folder 6

The Lamplighter (2 copies), 1936 January

Box 15, Folder 6

The Lamplighter (2 copies), 1936 March

Box 15, Folder 6

The Lamplighter (2 copies), 1936 April

Box 15, Folder 7

Literature, 1936 January

Box 15, Folder 7

Literature, 1936 April

Box 15, Folder 8

Mid West, 1936 November

Box 15, Folder 9

New Masses, 1932 February

Box 15, Folder 10

Matrix (2 copies), 1935 April

Box 15, Folder 10

Matrix (2 copies), 1935 May

Box 15, Folder 11

The Saturday Review, 1935 December 14

Box 15, Folder 11

The Saturday Review, 1935 December 21

Box 15, Folder 11

The Saturday Review, 1935 December 28

Box 1, Folder 12

The American Mercury

Box 1, Folder 13

American Stuff, Vol 1, No.3

Box 1, Folder 14

The Anvil, 1934 January - February

Box 15, Folder 14

The Anvil, 1934 July - August

Box 15, Folder 14

The Anvil, 1934 September - October

Box 1, Folder 15

The Blaze, 1934 October

Box 16, Folder 1

The Book League Monthly, 1930 February

Box 16, Folder 2

The Book League Monthly, 1929 November

Box 16, Folder 3

The Calithump, 1934 July

Box 16, Folder 4

Circle, 1946 July

Box 16, Folder 5

Creative, 1936 November - December

Box 16, Folder 6

The Dial Dubuque, 1934 December

Box 16, Folder 7

Fantasy, Winter 1933

Box 16, Folder 7

Fantasy Summer 1934

Box 16, Folder 8

Gotham Book Mart Catalogue, 1936

Box 16, Folder 9

Grump, 1965 May

Box 16, Folder 10

The Hound & Horn, Spring 1931

Box 16, Folder 11

The Hound & Horn, 1933 July - September

Box 16, Folder 12

International Who's Who - Monthly Supplement, 1947 February

Box 16, Folder 12

International Who's Who - Monthly Supplement, 1947 July

Box 16, Folder 13

Justice For Salcido, 1948

Box 16, Folder 14

Kosmos, 1934 March - April

Box 16, Folder 15

The Lance, 1934 April

Box 16, Folder 16

The Magazine, 1934 July - December

Box 16, Folder 17

Manuscript (3 copies), 1934 January

Box 16, Folder 18

Manuscript, 1934 April / June

Box 16, Folder 19

Manuscript, 1934 August / December

Box 16, Folder 20

Manuscript, 1935 February / April

Box 16, Folder 21

Manuscript (2 copies), 1935 June

Box 16, Folder 22

Manuscript, 1935 August

Box 16, Folder 22

Manuscript, 1935 October

Box 16, Folder 23

Manuscript, 1935 December

Box 16, Folder 23

Manuscript, 1936 February

Box 16, Folder 24

Manuscript (2 copies), 1936 April

Box 16, Folder 25

Manuscript, 1936 June

Box 16, Folder 25

Manuscript, 1936 August

Box 16, Folder 26

Manuscript, 1936 October

Box 16, Folder 26

Manuscript, 1936 December

Box 16, Folder 27

Medallion, 1934 August - September

Box 16, Folder 28

The New Talent, 1934 June - August

Box 16, Folder 28

The New Talent, 1934 September - November

Box 16, Folder 29

The New Talent, 1935 October - December

Box 16, Folder 30

The New Tide, 1934 October - November

Box 16, Folder 31

Partisan Review, Winter 1939

Box 16, Folder 32

The Penguin New Writing I, 1941

Box 16, Folder 33

River, 1937 April

Box 16, Folder 34

The Rocking Horse, Fall 1934

Box 16, Folder 35

Scope, 1934 September - October

Box 17, Folder 2

Story, 1934 February

Box 17, Folder 2

Story, 1934 June

Box 17, Folder 3

Story, 1935 March

Box 17, Folder 1

Skyline, 1934 March

Box 17, Folder 3

Story, 1941 May - June

Box 17, Folder 4

Story, 1941 September - October

Box 17, Folder 4

Story, 1942 March - April

Box 17, Folder 5

Teguayo, undated

Box 17, Folder 6

This Quarter, 1930 December

Box 17, Folder 7

The Transatlantic Review, 1924 January

Box 16, Folder 7

The Transatlantic Review, 1924 February

Box 18, Folder 1

Trend, 1934 October - November

Box 18, Folder 2

Windsor Quarterly, Spring 1934

Box 18, Folder 2

Windsor Quarterly, Autumn 1934