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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Philip Durham papers
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0824
    Physical Description: 1 unknown (1 oversize boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1970
    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. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Philip Durham, 1960-1966.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Processing Information

    Processed by Brook Whiting, December 1963. Additions by Manuscripts Division staff, August 1982.
    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9912178923606533 


    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).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    African American cowboys -- Research.
    Manuscripts for publication
    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Faculty
    Chandler, Raymond
    Durham, Philip--Archives.