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Kenneth Perkins papers, approximately 1914-1950.
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 1; BANC MSS 2015/209 box 2; BANC MSS 2015/209 box 7; BANC MSS 2015/209 oversize box 1; ...
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Kenneth Perkins papers, approximately 1914-1950
Kenneth Taylor Perkins papers


Perkins, Kenneth, 1890-1951, creator, creator.


Collection includes: manuscript drafts of novels, stories, radio and television scripts, plays, and screenplays; plot outlines, summaries, and synopses; published versions of stories (most in the form of tear sheets extracted from magazines, many of them pulps); research notes; a small amount of correspondence, personal materials (including some material from Perkins' student days at UC Berkeley), newspaper clippings, and ephemera.


1914 (issued)


Perkins, Kenneth -- 1890-1951 -- Archives
Authors, American -- 20th century


COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Kenneth Perkins papers, BANC MSS 2015/209, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of Janet Gail Gauss & Lise Ann Thomas; 20150807.
In English.
Kenneth Taylor Perkins was born on May 16, 1890 in Kodaikanal, India, the son of American missionaries. After his mother's death in 1897, his father remarried and sent him to live in San Francisco with his grandparents. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he wrote plays for student productions and earned a degree in English literature. While at UC Berkeley, Perkins became acquainted with future authors Frederick Schiller Faust (Max Brand), Sidney Howard, and Aubrey Drury. After graduation he became an English instructor at Pomona College at Claremont, California. During World War I, Perkins served with the US Army as a 2nd lieutenant in the field artillery. After the war, encouraged by Faust, Perkins began publishing stories and novels. Some of these works were mysteries and some -- those written under the pseudonym J.O. Quinliven -- were horror; most, however, were westerns. Several of Perkins' stories and novels were adapted for stage and film. His novel "Ride Him, Cowboy" (1923) was filmed twice, the second time (1932) with John Wayne in the lead role. Two of his plays, "Creoles" (1927) and "Desire" (1930) were produced on Broadway. Perkins also wrote scripts for radio and television, including episodes of "The Range Rider," "The Gene Autry Show," "Zane Grey Theater," and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." Over his career, Perkins submitted scores of short stories (mostly westerns) for publication in magazines and newspapers. In addition to the Quinliven pseudonym, Perkins published as Randolph Hale, King Phillips, Kim Knight, and Charles Dustin. Perkins died in Los Angeles on June 7, 1951.


Western fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Short stories.
Manuscripts for publication.
Tear sheets.
Pulps (documents)
Scripts (documents)
Radio plays.
Radio scripts.
Television scripts.
Film scripts.
Dust jackets (Binding)
Book jackets.
Film stills.

Physical Description:

8.25 (3 9 2 2




BANC MSS 2015/209 box 1
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 2
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 7
BANC MSS 2015/209 oversize box 1
BANC MSS 2015/209 oversize box 2
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 3
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 4
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 5
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 6
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 8
BANC MSS 2015/209 box 9
BANC MSS 2015/209 cardfile box 1
BANC MSS 2015/209 cardfile box 2
BANC MSS 2015/209 carton 1
BANC MSS 2015/209 carton 2
BANC MSS 2015/209 carton 3
BANC MSS 2015/209
BANC MSS 2015/209



Copyright Note:

COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.