Finding Aid for the Achmed Abdullah Papers, 1900-1945

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UCLA Library Special Collections
UCLA Library Special Collections staff
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Achmed Abdullah Papers, 1900-1945

Collection number: 419

UCLA Library Special Collections

UCLA Library Special Collections staff

Los Angeles, CA

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  • UCLA Library Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Achmed Abdullah Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1900-1945
Collection number: 419
Creator: Abdullah, Achmed, 1881-1945
Extent: 8 boxes (4.0 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Achmed Abdullah (1881-1945) wrote screenplays, novels, plays and short stories. The collection consists of typescripts of screenplays, novels, plays, and short stories written by Abdullah.
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.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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.

Restrictions on Access

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

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Laura Wilck, agent.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Achmed Abdullah Papers (Collection 419). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230292 


Born Nadir Khan-Romanoffski in Yalta, Crimea, 1881, and educated at Eton, École le Grand, Oxford, and the Sorbonne; he became a naturalized British subject and served in the British and British-Indian Army; his many writing credits include Broadway Interlude, Pagan Love, Bucking the Tiger, The Remittance Woman, and The Lives of a Bengal Lancer; he lived the later years of his life in the U.S.; he died May 12, 1945.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of typescripts of screenplays, novels, plays, and short stories related to the career of writer Achmed Abdullah.

Indexing Terms

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


Abdullah, Achmed, 1881-1945--Archives.
Authors--Archival resources.
Screenwriters--Archival resources.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

The Affair of the Chinese Vase.

Box 1, Folder 2

The Affair of the Nauratama Amulet.

Box 1, Folders 3-4

Alias Emerald Annie. Co-author Anthony Abbot.

Box 1, Folders 5-6

Almost a Christian.

Box 1, Folder 7

April Fool: A Comimelodrama... Co-author Erwin Nistler.

Box 1, Folder 8

The Awakening of Pierrot.

Box 1, Folder 9

Because He Loved Greatly.

Box 1, Folder 10

Beyond the Desert.

Box 1, Folder 11


Box 1, Folder 12

Boiled New England Dinner.

Box 1, Folder 13

British Agent.

Box 1, Folder 14

Broadway Interlude. Co-author William Almon Wolf.

Box 1, Folder 15


Box 1, Folder 16

Charmette. Co-author Faith Baldwin.

Box 2, Folder 1

Charmette Co-author Faith Baldwin.

Physical Description: (Drafts and revisions).
Box 2, Folder 2

A Chinese Joan of Arc.

Box 2, Folder 3

Citizen John Thomson.

Box 2, Folder 4

Consider the Oath of M'taga.

Box 2, Folder 5

Constant and Eternal.

Box 2, Folder 6

The Dancer of Samarkand.

Box 2, Folder 7

Delightful Si-Si.

Box 2, Folder 8


Box 2, Folder 9

Desert Passion.

Box 2, Folder 10

Diplomacy. Co-author Thomas H. Uzzell.

Box 2, Folder 11

Dust of the Rose Petal.

Box 2, Folders 12-13

False Face.

Box 2, Folder 14


Box 2, Folder 15

The Fetish of Remorse.

Box 2, Folder 16

Footling Tobias P.

Box 2, Folder 17

For Thy Love is Better Than Wine.

Box 2, Folder 18

Forever Free.

Box 2, Folder 19

Forty-Five Hours from Broadway. no.1. We were six- and a woman.

Box 2, Folder 20

Forty-Five Hours from Broadway. no.3. Panama Passage.

Box 2, Folder 21

Forty-Five Hours from Broadway. no.4. Journey's Start.

Box 2, Folder 22

Forty-Five Hours from Broadway. no.7. Citizen John Dawson.

Box 2, Folder 23

Framed at the Benefactors Club.

Box 3, Folders 1-2


Box 3, Folder 3

A Full House.

Box 3, Folder 4

A Gentleman of Quality.

Box 3, Folder 5

Golden to the Winds.

Box 3, Folder 6

The Great Wife.

Box 3, Folder 7

The Hard Way.

Box 3, Folder 8

The Hatchetman. Co-author David Belasco.

Box 3, Folder 9

He Who Goes Fantee.

Box 3, Folder 10


Box 3, Folder 11


Box 3, Folder 12

Her Own Life to Live.

Box 3, Folder 13

Hey-Oh! Flies the kite!

Box 3, Folder 14

Holy Russia and Jacqueline.

Box 3, Folder 15

The Home Coming.

Box 3, Folder 16,

Home Wind.

Box 3, Folders 17-18

The Honorable Mister Wong. Co-author David Belasco.

Box 3, Folder 19

An Honorable of the Earth.

Box 3, Folder 20

How Fear Died at Kimbedi.

Box 3, Folder 21

I Play These.

Box 3, Folder 22

I Wanted Romance.

Box 3, Folder 23

In the Matter of a Little Brown Girl-Child.

Box 3, Folder 24

It Happened in Samarkand.

Box 4, Folder 1

The Incubus.

Box 4, Folder 2

Jade-White Peace.

Box 4, Folder 3

Jones, Maker of Miracles.

Box 4, Folder 4

Jungle Tale.

Box 4, Folder 5

Katy. Co-author Hubert Osborne.

Box 4, Folder 6

Kearny of the Camel Corps.

Box 4, Folder 7

Last Curtain.

Box 4, Folder 8

Laughter in Tartary.

Box 4, Folder 9

The Leopard's Spots.

Box 4, Folder 10

Love East.

Box 4, Folder 11

The Magnificent Gesture.

Box 4, Folder 12

The Masked Dancer.

Box 4, Folder 13

Million Dollar Smith.

Box 4, Folder 14

Miss Smythe, Inc.

Box 5, Folder 1

The Multitude of His Mercy.

Box 5, Folder 2

Mustafa's American Saga.

Box 5, Folder 3

The Nigger and the Chink.

Box 5, Folder 4

Nor Always to the Strong.

Box 5, Folder 5

Omar the Great.

Box 5, Folder 6

On With the Play.

Box 5, Folder 7

Once in High Tartary.

Box 5, Folder 8

One Was Braver Than the Other.

Box 5, Folder 9

The Open Road No Longer.

Box 5, Folder 10

The Orderly, Homespun Fields.

Box 5, Folder 11

O'Reilly of the Legion.

Box 5, Folder 12

Overheard in a Vienna Cafe.

Box 5, Folders 13-14

Pantaloon. Co-author David Belasco.

Box 5, Folder 15

The Passionate Prince.

Box 5, Folder 16

A Persian Symphony.

Box 5, Folder 17


Box 5, Folder 18

The Purple Palette of Life.

Box 5, Folder 19

The Quirks of a Wild Girl's Heart.

Box 5, Folder 20

The Quirks of a Wild Girl's Heart.

Physical Description: Newspaper clipping.
Box 5, Folders 21-22

R.U.R. 1992; a Fantastic Melodrama in Three Acts. Co-author Karek Capek.

Box 6, Folder 1

Read in the Sand.

Box 6, Folder 2

Red Braggart.

Box 6, Folder 3

The Red Gods Who Talked.

Box 6, Folder 4

Requiescat in Pace.

Box 6, Folder 5

The Road Back.

Box 6, Folder 6

A Romantic Young Man.

Box 6, Folder 7

A Romantic Young Man (A synopsis).

Box 6, Folder 8

The Sacrifice.

Box 6, Folder 9

Say ye of the Truth: Is This Sorcery?

Box 6, Folder 10

Seven Words on Calvary.

Box 6, Folder 11

Showman. Co-author William A. Wolff.

Box 6, Folder 12

Sickness in Kakamoeka.

Box 6, Folder 13

Sign on the Dotted Line.

Box 6, Folder 14

Small Hero.

Box 6, Folder 15

Song of India; Co-author of screenplay Richard Schayer.

Box 6, Folder 16

Sons of Abel.

Box 6, Folder 17

The Soul of Pekin.

Box 6, Folder 18

The Stolen Apples System.

Box 6, Folder 19

Street of the Saharan Traders.

Box 6, Folders 20-21

Street of the Saharan Traders.

Box 6, Folder 22

A Successful Man.

Box 6, Folder 23

The Sword of the Lord.

Box 6, Folders 24-25

Swords on the Border.

Box 6, Folder 26

The Tale of a Bluff.

Box 6, Folder 27

The Tale of the Road.

Box 7, Folder 1

Tarter Goliath.

Box 7, Folder 2

Tempest Over Africa.

Box 7, Folder 3

These Women I Have Known, Marushka.

Box 7, Folder 4

Thingumajee Thingamabob Jones.

Box 7, Folder 5

The Third Chose Death.

Box 7, Folder 6

This is Emily.

Box 7, Folder 7

To be accounted for.

Box 7, Folder 8

To be concluded in Afghanistan by Yar Nadirkhan.

Box 7, Folder 9

Toto. Co-author Leo Ditrichstein.

Box 7, Folder 10


Box 7, Folder 11

The Ultimate Women: Part 1, Part 2.

Box 7, Folder 12

Unloaded Dice.

Box 7, Folders 13-17, Box 8, Folders 1-2


Box 8, Folder 3


Box 8, Folder 4

The Vase of Ancient Precepts.

Box 8, Folder 5


Box 8, Folder 6

Ways and Means.

Box 8, Folder 7

Where for the Grace.

Box 8, Folder 8

With a Star for Sword.

Box 8, Folder 9

Without a Crown. Co-author Hubert Osborne.

Box 8, Folder 10

The Witness Within. Co-author Anthony Abbot.

Box 8, Folder 11

A Woman's Jeweled Ear Rings.

Box 8, Folder 12

Women I Have Known, No.3 (Gypsy Love).

Box 8, Folder 13

Women I Have Known, No.4 (I am the Gold Wife).

Box 8, Folder 14

Women I Have Known, No.7 (A Girl From the Hills).

Box 8, Folders 15-17

Wonderview; a Play in Three Acts. Co-author Hubert Osborne.

Box 8, Folder 18

Wonderview, correspondence.

Box 8, Folder 19

The Worker of Miracles.

Box 8, Folder 20

Worthy Foeman.

Box 8, Folder 21


Box 8, Folder 22

The Yellow Wife.

Box 8, Folder 23

You Two and We Two.

Box 8, Folder 24

Zyka- for Short. Co-author Hubert Osborne.

Box 8, Folder 25

The Wages of Freedom. Galley Proofs.

Box 8, Folder 26

La Zanahoria. Short story.