Lipsky, Eleazar (1911-1993)

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The Eleazar Lipsky collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, financial material, film, and diaries and journals.

The collection includes manuscripts for novels, film, television, and more.

Collected novel manuscripts include The People Against O’Hara, The Devil’s Daughter, and The Scientists.

Collected screenplays include The Gamblers, The Defenders, and The Malakoff Note. Additional screenplays composed by other writers include The People Against O’Hara (by John Monks, Jr.), Lincoln McKeever (by Maxwell Shane), and Kiss of Death (by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer).

Collected teleplays include “The Quality of Mercy” and “Tiger in the Night,” as well as a near complete collection of Indictment scripts, dramatized by Alan Sloan from Lipsky’s stories, totaling approximately 150 items (1956-59).

Assorted notes and outlines constitute additional manuscript items.

Collected correspondence often regards personal matters, mainly between 1988 and 1990.

Lipsky’s personal memorabilia includes a James Monroe High School Year Book; a printed item from the Monroe H.S. silver anniversary; various travel mementos; and a 1940s job application for the National Labor Relations Board.

Printed materials in the collection include reviews, clippings, and Lipsky’s contributions to various magazines. Of particular note is the inclusion of “Tiger in the Night” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, collected alongside the Italian, French, and Brazil editions of the magazine.

Collected professional materials consist largely of speaking and travel vouchers and programs, dating from 1940 to 1976. Office notes maintained by Lipsky between 1958 and 1963 are also present.

The collection includes a number of legal materials pertaining to court cases—such as People v. George Gordon (1955) and People v. Horgan & Aldoras (1945)—that Lipsky likely used as inspiration for story development. General legal reports, such as an Annual Report from the New York County DA, are present, as well, alongside contracts and agreements pertaining to Lipsky’s literary work.

Receipts, tax files, ledgers, and royalty statements constitute the collection’s financial materials.

Collected microfilm reels contain research video that Lipsky used while developing Bridge of Sighs and Devil’s Daughter.

Also included in the collection are various diaries, planners, and pocket-sized record books that Lipsky kept between the 1950s and 1970s. A 1931 notebook in which Lipsky maintained financial records may be of particular interest.

Notable Figures
1. Lipsky, Eleazar
Associated Subjects
1. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide