Browne, Howard (1907-1999)
Scope:
The Howard Browne collection consists of manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, printed material, and video.

Manuscripts by Browne date from 1956 to 1974, and include teleplays, screenplays, short stories, and short non-fiction pieces.  Teleplays by Browne include episodes of several television series, including Alias Smith and Jones; Bourbon Street Beat; Bus Stop; Cheyenne; Chrysler Theatre; Colt .45; Conflict; Destry; Follow the Sun; Keyes to Danger; Kraft Suspense Theatre; Mannix; Maverick; Mission Impossible; Playhouse 90; Run for Your Life; 77 Sunset Strip; and The Virginian.  Also present are some television features and other television-related writings.  Screenplays by Browne include The Burning Sky (1957); The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1966); Capone (1974); and The Ball Breakers (1975).

Photographs in the collection include two black and white prints of Browne, one dated ca. 1930, the other Mar. 1986; a Polaroid snapshot of “The Private Eye Writers of American Lifetime Achievement Award” to Browne (1985); and a copy of a photo of Al Capone and his friends, (ca. 1928).

Correspondence in the collection consists of several letters to and from Browne, dating from 1962, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1978, and 1985-1992.  Notable correspondents include Michael Avallone, Robert Bloch, William Campbell Gault, John Jakes, Herman Kogan, Irv Kupcinet, William Radebaugh, Maureen Daly McGivern, and Collin Wilcox.

Printed material in the collection includes the published versions of short stories and other pieces by Browne, including Fantastic (1954), Rogue for Men (1956), Cosmopolitan (1957), Amazing Stories (1984), Mystery Scene (1987), and four clippings of a mystery review column from the San Diego Tribune (1978).  Also present are various reviews and publicity items for books and films by Browne.  The collection also includes a biography, a bibliography, an interview, and programs of events in which Browne took part.

Video in the collection includes a viewing dub of The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
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Notable Figures
1. Browne, Howard, 1907-1999
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Authors, American
4. Motion picture authorship – United States
5. Television authorship – United States
6. Maverick (Motion picture)
7. Mission Impossible (Television program)
8. Screenplays
9. Television writers
10. Scripts
11. Screenwriters
12. American literature--20th century
13. Photographs