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Finding Aid for the Raymond Chandler Papers, 1930-1959
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Raymond Chandler Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1959
    Collection number: 638
    Creator: Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959
    Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Abstract: Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959) published his first novel, The Big Sleep, to great success in 1939 and began writing screenplays in 1944. The collection consists of correspondence, books, photographs, speeches, and literary manuscripts by Raymond Chandler.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library 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.
    • Gift of Raymond Chandler, 1954-1958.
    • Gift of James Sandoe, 1961.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Raymond Chandler Papers (Collection 638). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964180 


    Born Raymond Thornton Chandler in Chicago on July 23, 1888; studied at Dulwich College, London, and privately in France and Germany; began career as contributor of verse, essays, book reviews and special articles to daily and weekly papers in London, 1909; served with Canadian Expeditionary Force and R.A.F. during World War I; afterwards, returned to U.S. to become an officer in various independent oil corporations; began writing fiction contributions to magazines in 1933; published his first novel, The Big Sleep, to great success in 1939, followed by Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Long Good-Bye (1954) and others; began writing and mostly co-writing screenplays in 1944; his best known screenplay is Double Indemnity, based on James Cain's novel; died in La Jolla, California, March 26, 1959.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, books, photographs, speeches, and literary manuscripts by Raymond Chandler. Includes manuscripts for The Little Sister, The Long Good-Bye, Playback and the Poodle Springs Story. Also includes Billy Wilder's copy of the screenplay of Double Indemnity and various writings about and interviews with Chandler.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Photographs (Box 1).
    2. Correspondence (Boxes 1-2).
    3. Writings by Chandler (Boxes 2-8,12-13).
    4. Screenplays by Chandler (Boxes 8-9; 13).
    5. Writings about Chandler (Boxes 9-12).
    6. Correspondence with James Sandoe (Box 1).
    7. Books by and about Raymond Chandler, including translations in various languages (Boxes 15-58).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959--Archives.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Screenwriters--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.
    Mystery and detective fiction.