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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Related Archival Materials

  • 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
    Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources