Finding Aid for the Jim Thompson Papers, 1955-1958

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1998
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Finding Aid for the Jim Thompson Papers, 1955-1958

Collection number: 1660

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, 1998
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, November 2002
© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jim Thompson Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1955-1958
Collection number: 1660
Creator: Thompson, Jim, 1906-1977
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: James Myers Thompson (1906-1977) was a journalist for the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times Mirror. He also wrote screenplays and mystery and suspense novels. The collection consists of typescripts written by Thompson.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alberta H. Thompson, 1989-94.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jim Thompson Papers (Collection 1660). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

James Myers Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma, in 1906; BA, University of Nebraska; married wife, Alberta, in 1931; associated with the Federal Writers Project in the 1930s; journalist, New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times Mirror; best known for his mystery and suspense paperback books, he wrote 34 novels, including The killer inside me (1953), After dark, my sweet (1955), The getaway (1959), The grifters (1963), and Pop. 1280 (1964); also wrote screenplays, teaming with Stanley Kubrick on The killing (1956) and Paths of glory (1957); several of Thompson's novels were adapted for film, including The getaway (1972), The killer inside me (1976), After dark, my sweet (1990), The kill-off (1990), and The grifters (1990); died April 7, 1977.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of typescripts by writer Jim Thompson. Titles include: Concrete pastures, The expensive sky, Kingdom come, Very nice for framing, The voice of murder, Sunset and Cienega, Mitch Allison, The getaway, Ironside, and McKenzie's Raiders.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Collection arranged by title.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Thompson, Jim, 1906-1977--Archives.
Novelists, American--20th century--Archival resources.
Detective and mystery stories--Archival resources.
Crime--Fiction--Archival resources.
Manuscripts for publication.
Typescripts.


Container List

 

Concrete Pastures

Box 1, Folder 1

n.d. Synopsis of novel.

Physical Description: 40pp. Typescript with corrections. Pages renumbered beginning with p. 20.

Scope and Content Note

Also, notes re December 1955 publication and screen treatment.
 

The Expensive Sky

Box 1, Folder 2

n.d.

Physical Description: 194pp. Typescript with holograph corrections.
 

Kingdom Come

Box 1, Folder 3

n.d. Robert Mills Limited Agency.

Physical Description: 54pp. Photocopy with corrections.
 

Very Nice for Framing

Box 1, Folder 4

n.d. Ad Schulberg [Agency].

Physical Description: 45pp. Typescript.
 

The Voice of Murder

Box 1, Folder 5

n.d. 3 character screenplay. Ad Schulberg [Agency].

Physical Description: 39pp. Typescript.
 

Sunset and Cienega

Box 1, Folder 6

n.d. Sample novel. Ad Schulberg [Agency].

Physical Description: 44pp. Typescript
 

Mitch Allison

Box 1, Folder 7

n.d. Robert P. Mills [Agency].

Physical Description: 48pp. Typescript(c) with holograph corrections.
 

The Getaway

Box 1, Folder 8

n.d. Robert P. Mills [Agency].

Physical Description: 167pp. Typescript(c) with holograph corrections.
 

Ironside

Box 1, Folder 9

n.d. Robert Mills Agency.

Physical Description: 155pp. Typescript.
 

McKenzie's Raiders

 

Indian Agent

Box 2, Folder 1

August 22, 1958. 10B.

Physical Description: 40pp. Mimeograph.
 

Death Patrol

Box 2, Folder 2

October 6, 1958. 19B.

Physical Description: 39pp. Mimeograph.
 

Joe Ironhat

Box 2, Folder 3

December 19, 1958. 28B.

Physical Description: 38pp. Mimeograph.
Box 2, Folder 4

December 19, 1958. 28B. Another copy.

Physical Description: 38pp. Photocopy.
 

Billington

Box 2, Folder 5

Oceanside, [June 1957] 26pp. Typescript.

 

The Unholy Grail

Box 2, Folder 6

July 22, 1960. First draft. Series 522, story no.21.

Physical Description: 37pp. Mimeograph.
 

Pop. 1280

Box 2, Folder 7

[February 5, 1964]. McIntosh, McKee & Dodds, literary representatives.

Physical Description: 211pp. Typescript(c). Acidic paper.
 

South of Heaven

Box 2, Folder 8

n.d. End sample.

Physical Description: 101pp. Typescript.