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Anthony Boucher collection, 1923-2005.
BANC MSS 2016/113 carton 1; BANC MSS 2016/113 box 1; BANC MSS 2016/113 box 2; BANC MSS 2016/113 box 3; ...
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Anthony Boucher collection, 1923-2005
White family collection of Anthony Boucher


White (Family, creator, collector.


Boucher, Anthony, 1911-1968, creator.


White, Phyllis, 1915-2000, creator.


Anthony Boucher Memorial Mystery Convention.


Comprises ephemera and miscellaneous materials related to the life and career of Anthony Boucher. Includes issues of periodical publications that contain articles written by or about Boucher, miscellaneous files, galley proofs of several books with which Boucher was associated (not his own works), and audiocassette recordings of "The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" radio drama. Also includes Phyllis White's files related to the Anthony Boucher Memorial Mystery Convention (a.k.a. Bouchercon), from its inception in 1970 through Bouchercon 30 in 1999 (excluding Bouchercon 4 (1973) and including programs for 2003 and 2005), including two photographic scrapbooks compiled in her honor and presented to her in 1994 and 2000 by Bouchercon organizers.


1923 (issued)


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White family -- Archives
Boucher, Anthony -- 1911-1968 -- Archives
White, Phyllis -- 1915-2000 -- Archives
Anthony Boucher Memorial Mystery Convention.
Detective and mystery stories -- Authorship
Science fiction -- Authorship
Fantasy fiction -- Authorship
Authors, American -- California -- Berkeley -- 20th century
Editors -- United States -- 20th century
Critics -- United States -- 20th century


Collection title devised by cataloger.
Anthony Boucher collection, BANC MSS 2016/113, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of James and Lawrence White; 2016.
Books and serials transferred to the Book Collections of The Bancroft Library; cataloged separately.
Related collection: Joe R. Christopher correspondence with Phyllis White (BANC MSS 2016/114).
Associated collection: White Mss. Also located at: The Lilly Library, 1200 East Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-5500, USA.
Anthony Boucher was born William Anthony Parker White on August 21, 1911, in Oakland, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1932, then obtained a M.A. in German from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1938, he was married to Phyllis Price, whose father Lawrence Marsden Price was a professor in the German Department at UC Berkeley. In 1942, after living for a few years in Los Angeles, he and Phyllis returned to Berkeley where they remained for the rest of their lives. Among Boucher's many literary contributions, he served as mystery book editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, contributor and reviewer for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, creator, writer, and announcer for "Golden Voices" on KPFA radio, fantasy reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times and New York Herald (under another pseudonym, H.H. Holmes), mystery reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, reviewer for Opera News, and editor for True Crime Detective and Mercury Mysteries. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Mystery Writers of America in 1945 and received the Edgar Award three times for excellence in criticism. He and J. Francis McComas founded the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1949, and Boucher served, first as co-editor then as sole editor of the magazine until 1958. He also wrote seven novels, edited numerous anthologies of detective and fantasy fiction, and translated stories from French, Spanish, and Portuguese (he was an early translator of Jorge Luis Borges). Following his death in 1968, the annual Anthony Boucher Memorial Mystery Convention, a.k.a. "Bouchercon," was named in his honor. The first convention was held in Santa Monica, California in May 1970. Phyllis White was a regular guest of honor, frequently speaking and participating in panel discussions, until her death in 2000.
In English.

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BANC MSS 2016/113 carton 1
BANC MSS 2016/113 box 1
BANC MSS 2016/113 box 2
BANC MSS 2016/113 box 3
BANC MSS 2016/113 box 4
BANC MSS 2016/113 oversize box 1
BANC MSS 2016/113