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Finding Aid for the Clifford Knight Papers, 1929-1950
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Clifford Knight Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1929-1950
    Collection number: 695
    Creator: Knight, Clifford, 1886-
    Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Clifford Knight (1886- ) contributed fiction and short stories to several magazines, including Collier's and Argosy, and wrote mystery novels. The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and ephemera.
    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 Clifford Knight, 1950.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Clifford Knight Papers (Collection 695). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1973007 


    Knight was born on December 7, 1886 in Fulton, Kansas; attended Washburn College and University of Michigan; assistant professor, Signal Corps Officers Training School, Yale University, 1918-19; subeditor, Kansas City Star, 1920-29; contributed fiction and short stories to several magazines, including Collier's and Argosy; wrote mystery novels, including Tommy of the Voices (1918), The Affair of the Scarlet Crab (1937), The Affair of the Heavenly Voice (1937), and The Affair of the Ginger Lei (1938).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and ephemera of mystery novelist Clifford Knight.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. The Affair of the Circus Queen, The Affair on the Painted Desert, The Affair of the Black Sombrero, The Affair at Palm Springs (Box 1).
    2. The Affair of the Scarlet Crab, Tommy of the Voices, The Yellow Cat, Dark Abyss (Box 2).
    3. Hangman's Choice, The Affair of the Limping Sailor, The Affair of the Splintered Heart, The Affair of the Fainting Butler (Box 3).
    4. The Affair of the Dead Stranger, The Affair of the Sixth Button, The Affair in Death Valley, The Affair of the Skiing Clown (Box 4).
    5. The Affair of the Crimson Gull, The Affair of the Jade Monkey, The Affair of the Corpse Escort, The Affair of the Golden Buzzard (Box 5).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Knight, Clifford,--b. 1886--Archives.
    Novelists, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Mystery and detective fiction.
    Manuscripts for publication.