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Finding Aid for the Philip Durham Papers, 1956-1970
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Philip Durham Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1970
    Collection number: 824
    Creator: Durham, Philip
    Extent: 16 boxes (8 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Philip Durham (1912-1977) was a professor of American literature at UCLA (1953-1976), Fulbright professor of American literature at the University of Helsinki(1955-56) and the author of several books. The collection consists of manuscripts, proof sheets, correspondence, books (many edited or with a forward by Durham), magazine articles, and research materials.
    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 Philip Durham, 1960-1966.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Philip Durham Papers (Collection 824). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1217892 


    Durham was born February 7, 1912 in Portland, Oregon; BS, Linfield College, 1935; MA, Claremont Graduate School, 1946; Ph.D, Northwestern University, 1949; member of faculty, Elmhurst College, 1949-51; instructor (1953-55), assistant professor (1955-61), associate professor (1961-66), professor (1966-76), and professor emeritus (1976-77), UCLA; Department of English; Fulbright professor of American literature, University of Helsinki, 1955-56; author of several books, including: American Fiction in Finland (with Tauno F. Mustanoja, 1960), Down these Mean Streets a Man Must Go: Raymond Chandler's Knight (1963), The Negro Cowboys (with Everett Jones, 1965), and The Western Story: Fact, Fiction, and Myth (1975); died March 27, 1977.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts and proof sheets for Philip Durham's The Negro Cowboys, and Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go. Manuscripts also include American Fiction in Finland, The lost cowboy (an article), and The Adventures of the Negro Cowboys. The collection also contains correspondence, books (many edited or with a forward by Durham), magazine articles, and research materials.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. American Fiction in Finland (Boxes 1,15).
    2. Down these Mean Streets a Man Must Go : Raymond Chandler's Knight (Boxes 1,2,4).
    3. Correspondence (Boxes 1-3,5,7,10).
    4. Adventures of the Negro Cowboys (Box 4).
    5. The Negro Cowboys (Boxes 5-6,8-12).
    6. Killer in the Rain; Deadwood Dick on Deck (Box 7).
    7. Ex libris Philip Durham (Boxes 13-15).
    8. Topical office files (Boxes 15-16).
    9. Research material and card index on western life (Box 17).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Durham, Philip--Archives.
    Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Faculty--Archival resources.
    Authors, American 20th century--Archival resources.
    African American cowboys--Research.
    Manuscripts for publication.