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Tom Sturak collection on Horace McCoy, 1918-1976
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Series 1: Horace McCoy Materials. 1918-1976.

Scope and Content

Includes all materials either generated by or pertaining directly to Horace McCoy, such as manuscripts, screenplays, personal and professional correspondence, reviews and newspaper clippings, and personal ephemera. These materials were compiled by Tom Sturak for the purpose of researching his dissertation, and some bear his annotations. Transcripts of various forms of McCoy’s personal and professional correspondence, made by Tom Sturak, are also included.

Subseries 1.1: Drafts and Writings. 1927-1955.

Scope and Content

Includes McCoy’s manuscripts and some photocopies for novels and short stories, such as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, “Murder by the Master”, and an untitled manuscript. The bulk of McCoy’s writings take the form of screenplays and film treatments generated through various agencies for various studios, covering a span of roughly three decades, from the late 1920s to the mid-1950s. Includes complete copies of two short stories from 1927 and an article in Esquire from 1948. Also includes various editions of McCoy's novels and collected short stories.
Books in this file are cataloged individually and can be searched through the UCLA Library Catalog.

Organization and Arrangement

McCoy’s scripts and treatments are arranged alphabetically by title. Printed copies of McCoy’s magazine articles and photocopies and manuscripts of longer fiction follow and are arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Scripts: Be Still, My Heart (Film Treatment). 1940s.

Box 1, Folder 2

Scripts: Bonanza (Film Treatment). 1940s.

Box 1, Folder 3

Scripts: Flight to the End of the World (Film Treatment). 1940s.

Box 1, Folder 4

Scripts: The Glacier Story. 1953 February 16.

Box 1, Folder 5

Scripts: Gold!. 1940s-1955.

Box 1, Folder 6

Scripts: The Great Louisiana Lottery (Film Treatment). 1955 December 11.

Box 1, Folder 7

Scripts: The Great Louisiana Lottery. 1955 December 11.

Box 1, Folder 8

Scripts: His Excellency, The Gold- Digger (Film Treatment). circa 1951.

Box 1, Folder 9

Scripts: His Excellency, The Gold- Digger (Film Treatment). circa 1951.

Box 1, Folder 10

Scripts: In Old Monterrey. 1944 May 29.

Box 2, Folder 1

Scripts: Llano Estocado (Film Treatment). 1950s.

Box 2, Folder 2

Script: Lonely Heart (Film Treatment). 1947-1955.

Box 2, Folder 3

Script: Lonely Heart (Film Treatment). 1947-1955.

Box 2, Folder 4

Scripts: Marry the Man (Film Treatment). 1930s-1940s.

Box 2, Folder 5-6

Scripts: Night Cry. 1955 August 15.

Box 2, Folder 7

Scripts: Nothing But the Sky. 1955.

Box 2, Folder 8

Scripts: The Pistolero. 1940s-1955.

Box 3, Folder 1

Scripts: Red Blizzard. 1953.

Box 3, Folder 2-3

Scripts: Texas. 1945 July 7.

Box 3, Folder 4

Scripts: Texas Lady (Film Treatment). 1955.

Box 3, Folder 5

Scripts: Timbuktu. 1954 June 2.

Box 3, Folder 6

Scripts: The Unexplained (Case History 1). 1930s-1955.

Box 3, Folder 7

Scripts: The Unexplained (Case History 2). 1930s-1955.

Box 3, Folder 8

Scripts: Untitled Screenplay. 1930s-1955.

Box 4, Folder 1

Murder By the Master Carbon Copy. 1931.

Box 4, Folder 2

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Holographs and Photocopies. circa 1935.

Box 4, Folder 3

Untitled Manuscript Holographs and Photocopies. 1935.

Box 4, Folder 4

Short Stories and Articles. 1927-1949.

Boxes 11-13

Published Works. 1930s-1970s.

Scope and Content

Includes published editions of McCoy's novels and short story collections in English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Danish and Bosnian.
Also includes published works by other contemporary authors in English, French and Spanish.
Also includes anthologies in which Sturak's work appears, in English.
Includes anthology: L'Arbalette Revue de Litterature, Volume 9. Ed. and published by Marc Barbezat in August 1944. A segment of They Shoot Horses, Don't They? appears in a French translation.

Subseries 1.2: Professional Career. 1920s-1976.

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence pertaining to McCoy’s studio work as a screenwriter, his literary career, and one letter pertaining to his work with the Dallas Little Theater. Also includes literary working documents as well as collected press clippings pertaining to his various novels and activities as a public figure. This subseries also contains photographic prints and negatives from his work as a sports editor with the Dallas Journal; his acting with the Dallas Little Theater; of the staff for his paper, The Dallasite; and various personal and promotional photographs taken after arriving in California. Also contains a personal scrapbook filled with clippings pertaining to the publication of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Correspondence includes letters transcribed by Tom Sturak.

Organization and Arrangement

McCoy’s professional correspondence is arranged chronologically. Press clippings are arranged by work.
Box 4, Folder 5

Photographic Prints and Negatives. 1920s-1954.

Box 4, Folder 6

Dallas Little Theater Materials. 1920s.

Box 4, Folder 7

Literary Correspondence: Short Stories and Articles. 1935-1948.

Box 4, Folder 8-9

Literary Correspondence. 1935-1953.

Box 4, Folder 10

Studio Correspondence. 1936-1955.

Box 4, Folder 11

Press Clippings for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. 1930s.

Box 9, Folder 3

Scrapbook with Press Clippings for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. 1935.

Box 4, Folder 12

Press Clippings for No Pockets In a Shroud, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and I Should Have Stayed Home. 1930s-1940s.

Box 4, Folder 13

Press Clippings for Scalpel. 1950s.

Box 4, Folder 14

Working Documents for Scalpel. 1952-1958.

Box 4, Folder 15

Miscellaneous Clippings. 1930s-1950s.

Box 10, Folder 1

Full/ Oversize Magazines: Reviews for Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and Scalpel and Mentions. 1948-1976.

Box 9, Folder 4

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Script Adaptation. circa 1969.

Box 9, Folder 5

Murder- Go- Round by Craig Rice. 1947.

Box 9, Folder 6

Miscellaneous Scripts and Treatments by Other Writers. 1930s-1940s.


Subseries 1.3: Personal Materials. 1918-1955.

Scope and Content

This subseries contains materials that document McCoy’s personal life, including official documents, personal correspondence, and personal income and expense reports from 1953-1955. It also includes cards and correspondence pertaining to the birth of his daughter Amanda McCoy; miscellaneous household cards, expenses, notes, and receipts; and brochures and business cards kept by his wife, Helen, mostly relating to the newborn Amanda. There is also a small selection of Helen McCoy’s personal correspondence. Also includes a personal scrapbook with photographs, clippings, and notes, mostly from the time predating McCoy’s California period. Correspondence includes letters transcribed by Tom Sturak.
Box 5, Folder 1

Personal Correspondence. 1918-1955.

Box 5, Folder 2

Personal and Official Documents. 1930s-1955.

Box 5, Folder 3

Horace and Helen McCoy Notes. 1930s.

Box 5, Folder 4

Wedding to Helen Vinmont. 1933.

Box 5, Folder 5

Cards and Correspondence for Birth of Amanda McCoy. 1939-1940.

Box 5, Folder 6

Household Miscellaneous Cards. 1930s-1950s.

Box 5, Folder 7

Household Brochures and Business Cards. 1930s-1950s.

Box 5, Folder 8

Miscellaneous Notes and Receipts. 1930s-1950s.

Box 5, Folder 9

Income and Expense Reports. 1953-1955.

Box 5, Folder 10

Letters Addressed to Helen McCoy. 1930s.

Box 10

Personal Scrapbook. 1920s-1931.


Series 2: Tom Sturak Materials. 1959-1971.

Scope and Content

Includes preliminary and final copies of Sturak’s dissertation, as well as his notes, lists, and professional correspondence.

Subseries 1.1: Drafts and Writings. 1959-1966.

Scope and Content

Contains both a complete final copy of Sturak’s dissertation on the life and writings of Horace McCoy (later annotated by the author), various drafts and edits of each chapter of the dissertation, and early essays on McCoy. Notes and checklists are also included.

Organization and Arrangement

Dissertation drafts are separated and arranged by chapter.
Box 6, Folder 1-6

Completed Dissertation. 1966.

Box 6, Folder 7-8

Dissertation Extra Pages. 1966.

Box 7, Folder 1-2

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 1. 1963-1966.

Box 7, Folder 3-4

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 2. 1963-1966.

Box 7, Folder 5

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 3. 1963-1966.

Box 7, Folder 6

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 4. 1963-1966.

Box 7, Folder 7

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 5. 1963-1966.

Box 7, Folder 8

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 6. 1963-1966.

Box 7, Folder 9

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 7. 1963-1966.

Box 7, Folder 10

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 8. 1963-1966.

Box 8, Folder 1-2

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 9. 1963-1966.

Box 8, Folder 3

Dissertation Drafts: Chapter 10. 1963-1966.

Box 8, Folder 4

Dissertation Checklist. 1963-1966.

Box 8, Folder 5

Dissertation Notes and Edits. 1963-1966.

Box 8, Folder 6

Dissertation Notes. 1963-1966.

Box 8, Folder 7

Notes on McCoy Chronology. 1963-1966.

Box 8, Folder 8

Duplicate Materials. 1959-1966.

Box 8, Folder 9

Personal Logs and Metadata. 1960-1963.

Box 8, Folder 10

Dissertation Approval. 1966.

Box 8, Folder 11

Early Paper on McCoy. 1961.


Subseries 1.2: Professional Career. 1959-1971.

Scope and Content

Contains Sturak’s professional correspondence including his correspondence with Horace McCoy’s relatives and personal and professional acquaintances.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials pertaining to Sturak’s various publications are arranged chronologically. Sturak’s professional correspondence with publishers and with McCoy’s family and acquaintances are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 8, Folder 12

Materials for the Avon Reissue of They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. 1965-1966.

Box 8, Folder 13

Materials for Tough Guy Writers of the 30s. 1966.

Box 8, Folder 14

Materials for Mystery and Detection Annual. 1971.

Box 9, Folder 1-2

Correspondence. 1959-1965.