The James Killian collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, and printed materials.
The collection includes drafts, outlines, and notes for 45 episodes of the radio soap opera, Portia Blake Faces Life (1940). Also present are manuscripts for The March of Time (radio program) and the Donald Sturges play, Buck Nigger.
Collected correspondence includes letters from Abraham Ribicoff to Edward F. Killian; letters from members of Congress to Killian and James Comer regarding travel tax; a letter from Peter Taylor to Raymond Rapuano; and a note to Killian from President Ronald Reagan.
Killian’s personal memorabilia consists of a playbill for Arthur Giron’s Edith Stein; a holograph notepad from the Hyatt Regency; and a receipt from the Los Angeles Sheraton Grande marked with holograph notes regarding Christopher Isherwood.
Printed materials in the collection consist primarily of articles that Killian contributed to various publications between 1935 and 1999. Other items include a Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish bulletin; a New York Times Book Review; a pamphlet from the University of California at Berkley lecture series; and a New York Times obituary for J.F. Powers.