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Finding Aid for the Jim Thompson Papers, 1955-1958
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jim Thompson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1958
    Collection number: 1660
    Creator: Thompson, Jim, 1906-1977
    Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: James Myers Thompson (1906-1977) was a journalist for the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times Mirror. He also wrote screenplays and mystery and suspense novels. The collection consists of typescripts written by Thompson.
    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 Alberta H. Thompson, 1989-94.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jim Thompson Papers (Collection 1660). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3222526 


    James Myers Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma, in 1906; BA, University of Nebraska; married wife, Alberta, in 1931; associated with the Federal Writers Project in the 1930s; journalist, New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times Mirror; best known for his mystery and suspense paperback books, he wrote 34 novels, including The killer inside me (1953), After dark, my sweet (1955), The getaway (1959), The grifters (1963), and Pop. 1280 (1964); also wrote screenplays, teaming with Stanley Kubrick on The killing (1956) and Paths of glory (1957); several of Thompson's novels were adapted for film, including The getaway (1972), The killer inside me (1976), After dark, my sweet (1990), The kill-off (1990), and The grifters (1990); died April 7, 1977.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of typescripts by writer Jim Thompson. Titles include: Concrete pastures, The expensive sky, Kingdom come, Very nice for framing, The voice of murder, Sunset and Cienega, Mitch Allison, The getaway, Ironside, and McKenzie's Raiders.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Collection arranged by title.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Thompson, Jim, 1906-1977--Archives.
    Novelists, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Detective and mystery stories--Archival resources.
    Crime--Fiction--Archival resources.
    Manuscripts for publication.