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Sullivan (Edward S.) papers
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A photographic and manuscript archive created and compiled by Edward S. Sullivan, a Los Angeles-based correspondent for the seminal crime publication True Detective, whose ground-level journalistic techniques often blurred the line between reportage and private investigation. The photo portion of the archive contains "evidence" of hundreds of murders, assaults, stick-ups, forgeries, and other criminal acts spanning from the 1930s through the 1960s. The majority of these images were used as illustrations for Sullivan's true-crime articles, either for True Detective or his freelance work for other publications. The material is mostly related to criminal activity in California, but adjacent western states, as well as Mexico, are also represented. Aside from the photographs, the collection contains Sullivan's case folders, presumably used as research or reference for his work. All of the case files include newspaper clippings and about half contain some sort of manuscript notations by Sullivan, primarily notes from interviews with sources on both sides of the law, and they are composed with the dashed-off, slang-heavy prose of a "gumshoe" detective. This note was adapted from the seller's description.
4.42 Linear Feet 7 boxes
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