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Guide to the Samuel N. Beard Papers
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Series 1 Correspondence, 1964-1968

Physical Description: Box 1:1-12

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence is concerned with the business side of Mr. Beard's writing efforts. Some of the institutions and persons involved are editor Nick Cominos, Executive Story Editor Barbara Schultz from CBS Television Network, Kim Novak, Scott Meredith from the Literary Agency, and Writers Guild of America West, Inc.


The material has been arranged alphabetically by correspondent, containing both incoming and outcoming letters.
Box-folder 1:1

CBS Playhouse, with submitted screen plays, November 1967

Box-folder 1:2

Cominos, Nick September 1964-May 1968

Box-folder 1:3

Imperial Productions Inc. (I.P.I), March 1968

Box-folder 1:4

Meredith, Scott, July 1965-August 1968

Box-folder 1:5

Novak, Kim (a signed letter) and William Morris Agency, October 1966-January 1967

Box-folder 1:6

Perl [?], February-May 1967

Box-folder 1:7

Schultz, Barbara, October 1967-February 1968

Box-folder 1:8

Vantage Press, October 1967-January 1968

Box-folder 1:9

Attached promotional material

Box-folder 1:10

Writers Guild of America, West, Inc., July 1965-May 1968

Box-folder 1:11

Manuscript registration receipts, 1965, 1967-1968

Box-folder 1:12

Miscellany, 1956, 1968


Series 2 Articles, 1965-1967

Physical Description: Box 1:13-17

Scope and Content Note

This series includes articles, essays and newspaper clippings used by Mr. Beard as a reference material, as well as an article published in The Packer celebrating Mr Beard's 50th year in the produce industry.


Arranged alphabetically by author.
Box-folder 1:13

Gindes, Andrew A Man on the Moon: The NFWA Political Farm Unionism in California

Box-folder 1:14

Gindes, Andrew Steinbeck's People: A Study in Cultural Despair of Oklahoma Migrants in California During the Years of Drought

Box-folder 1:15

Robison, Lewis (Ed.) "The International Harvesters", Western Grower and Shipper, February 1967

Box-folder 1:16

Roak, Jeff "Sam Beard in 50th Produce Year", The Packer, July 15, 1967

Box-folder 1:17

Newspaper clippings, 1965-67


Series 3 Writings, 1965-1968

Physical Description: Box 1:18-27, Box 2, Box 3:1-19

Scope and Content Note

This series contains many scenarios, first drafts, rewrites, and carbon copies of television scripts and screenplays, as well as a copy of the screenplay by Earl Haley of "The Vacuum Murders" (original story by Earl Haley and Sam N. Beard).


Material is arranged alphabetically by a title
Box-folder 1:18

"But for the Grace of God", typescript

Box-folder 1:19

"The Cabbage Deal", typescript

Box-folder 1:20

"Call My Banker", typescript

Box-folder 1:21-27

"Death on the Dogwood", typescript drafts, TV scripts

Box-folder 2:1-7

"The Drunken Irrigator", outlines, typescript drafts, TV scripts

Box-folder 2:8-9

"Fooled", TV scripts

Box-folder 2:10

"The Fruit Tramps", typescript

Box-folder 2:11-13

"Gas-Pipe", typescripts, TV script

Box-folder 2:14-15

"Getting Even", typescript, TV script

Box-folder 2:16

"Growers Soliloquy", typescript

Box-folder 2:17

"The House on Cedar Street", TV script

Box-folder 2:18-20

"King of the Valley", typescripts, TV script

Box-folder 2:21

"Mexicali Nights", typescript

Box-folder 2:22

"The Secret of the Moon", outine

Box-folder 2:23-25

"Shoestring to Shoestring", typescript, TV script

Box-folder 2:26-28

"Ten Chinamen", TV scripts

Box-folder 2:29-31, 3:1-2

"Theba", TV scripts, additional scenes

Box-folder 3:3-6

"The Vacuum Murder", typescript, TV script, screenplay, Agreement of Ownership

Box-folder 3:7-10

"Victim of Misplaced Confidence", typescripts, TV scripts

Box-folder 3:11-13

"Who's the Dame?", typescript, TV scripts

Box-folder 3:14-17

"The Wrong Crop", typescripts

Box-folder 3:18

"Tales of imperial Valley", a bound typescript

Box-folder 3:19

Incomplete manuscript, "Middleton is still talking ..."


Series 4 Photographs, 1930-1965

Physical Description: Box 3:20-22

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of various acquaintances and locations, with several of the Barbara Worth Hotel, in El Centro, CA, shots taken before and after the fire.


Arranged by size.
Box-folder 3:20

3x5, [2 color photos]

Box-folder 3:20

Barbara Worth Hotel, Aftermath of the fire, entrance, January 21, 1962

Box-folder 3:20

Barbara Worth Hotel, Aftermath of the fire, street corner, January 21, 1962

Box-folder 3:21

5x7, [7 photos]

Box-folder 3:21

Samuel N. Beard, in front of the Barbara Worth Hotel, June 1933

Box-folder 3:21

"The King of the Valley", Mr. Maljan in front of Barabara Worth Hotel, ca. 1930-1939

Box-folder 3:21

H.S. "Doc" Tusler, First West Coast buyer of Lettuce for the Kroger Baking and Grocery Comapany, Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1930-1939

Box-folder 3:21

"Tommie", Western Union messenger boy, El Centro, CA ca. 1930-1939

Box-folder 3:21

"Tommie", Western Union messenger boy, El Centro, CA, 35 years later, ca. 1960-1969

Box-folder 3:21

Barbara Worth Hotel, lobby, ca. 1950-1959

Box-folder 3:21

Barbara Worth Hotel, street corner view, ca. 1950-1959

Box-folder 3:22

8x10, [6 photos]

Box-folder 3:22

"The King" and his wife, Los Angeles, CA

Box-folder 3:22

"King's Row Brand: Grown & Packed by King Maljan and Co.", poster reproduction

Box-folder 3:22

Annex of Barbara Worth Hotel, scene 1, October 1965

Box-folder 3:22

Annex of Barbara Worth Hotel, scene 2, October 1965

Box-folder 3:22

The First F.O.B. lettuce auction held in the basement of the Barbara Worth Hotel, 1929-1930

Box-folder 3:22

"A Desert Tragedy", painting hanging in the lobby of the De Anza Hotel, Calexico, CA, 1965


Series 5 Miscellaneous, 1920-1965

Physical Description: Box 3:23-25

Scope and Content Note

Includes a list of Mr. Beard's personal files found in his Salinas Office, a few personal notes, and clippings
Box-folder 3:23

Inventory of Salinas Office Papers, August 1967

Box-folder 3:24

Newspaper Reproductions of images of Barbara Worth Hotel, 1920-1960

Box-folder 3:25