McGivern, William P. (1922-1982)
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The William P. McGivern collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, legal and financial material, memorabilia, and other material.
Manuscripts by McGivern include novels and novelettes, short stories, articles, screenplays and teleplays, speeches, and notes. Novels/novelettes include Rogue Cop (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1954); The Big Heat (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1953); Casper of the Golden Bulls (1966); Margin of Terror (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1953); Very Cold For May (Bluebook, 1950); A Book to Read (1946); Shadow for a Lady (1947); A Choice of Assassins (1964); Blondes Die Young (1959); Odds Against Tomorrow (Collins, 1958); The Seventh File (Pocket Books, 1957); Lie Down, I Want to Talk to You (1966); Heaven Ran Last (Dodd, Mead and Co.,1949); The Crooked Frame (Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1952); The Darkest Hour (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1952); Savage Streets (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1959); A Pride of Place (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1962); The Road to the Snail (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1961); Caprifoil (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1972); The Seeing (Tower Books, 1980); Soldiers of '44 (Arbor House, 1979); Night Extra (Collins, 1967) and others. Short stories include "Inspiration for Murder" (Today, 1961); "Glory and the Beast" (True, 1952); "Old Willie" (Argosy, 1965); "One Lesson in Larceny" (Dime Detective Magazine, 1949); "The Dead Walk" (Street and Smith's Detective Story Magazine, 1949); "The Last Word" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, 1963); "Hunt Her In Hell" (1949); "Without a Prayer"; "The Record of M. Duval"; "The Ropes"; "I Love You, Whoever You Are"; "The Eyes of Fear"; "Never Say Goodbye" (Great Mystery and Western Stories); "Blonde Date with Murder" (Great Mystery and Western Stories); "Secret of the Goldfish Bowl" (Mystery and Suspense Classics); "Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee" (Slattery's People, 1964), and others. In addition, many of the manuscripts in the collection were published in Fantastic Adventures Magazine, an American pulp science fiction magazine. These include the novels The Musketeers in Paris (1944); The Masterful Mind of Mortimer Meek (1941); Goddess of the Fifth Plane (1942); Convoy to Atlantis (1941); The Galaxy Raiders (1950); The Avengers (1942); The Psyche Steps Out (1950); Flight of The Sirius (1943); Kidnapped Into the Future (1942) and others. Short stories published in Fantastic Adventures include "The Contact of Carson Carruthens" (1942); "Adopted Son of the Stars" (1941); "Howie Levys Meets an Enchantress" (1942); "Double Cross in Double Time" (1948); "There’s No Way Out" (1952); "The Travelling Brain" (1952); "Orders for Willie Weston" (1958), "Tink Takes Command" (1942), "Doorway of Vanishing Men" (1941); "Three Terrible People" (1941); "Problems on Mars" (1942); "The Wandering Swordsman" (1942); "The Death of Asteroid"; "Love That Potion" (1955); "Jinn and Tonic" (1953) and more. Articles include "Ship of Fools: Stanley Kramer’s Tiger" (Show, 1964); "Witness to a Storm" (1973); "Writing for Television and Movies" (1973) and "The Making of a Minor Classic", a memoir. Screenplays and teleplays include: A Cold Wind Calls the Signals (1962-1963); I Saw What You Did (1964); Got Time for a Cup of Coffee? (1964); Killer on the Turnpike (1960); What Became of the White Tortilla or A Game in the Win Column (1964); The Exiles (1982); Gold in the Sky (1975); and Night of the Juggler (1977). Teleplays also include scripts for the TV shows Kojak, Faraday, and Insight; as well as various scripts for individual episodes of others shows. Other scripts include "Leviathan Five" (1963); "Where Were You During the Battle of the Bulge, Kid?" (1967); "Keep Out of Reach of Adults" (1964); "The Mob" (1968), "City Cries Terror" (1965) and others. Several speeches dated 1975-1980 are also present.
Correspondence in the collection includes personal and business letters. These include letters from McGivern to his family (1944-1945) while he was in the US Army during World War II; letters to Universal Studios and Columbia Pictures regarding his scripts and adapting his books for film; a request and authorization for the reissuance of his Soldier's Medal in 1964; contracts for overseas publications; motion pictures sales; and letters between McGivern and various editors and his agent. Notable correspondents include Thomas M. Rees, John Wayne, Bruce Lansbury, Norma Katkov, Phyllis Whitney, and Mack Reynolds, among others.
Printed material consists of tear sheets, clippings, reviews, posters, pamphlets, booklets, promotional material, and other items. Several newspaper clippings about the movie versions of The Big Heat, Rogue Cop, Odds Against Tomorrow, and I Saw What You Did, as well as movie posters, are included, as well as reviews of Rogue Cop, Savage Streets, The Crooked Frame, and other works. Also present are many clippings McGivern and his writings, taken from newspapers and magazines.
Legal and financial material includes an international driver's license issued to McGivern in Paris (1951); a transcript of a court hearing (1963); US and California income tax forms (1949-1970); and a small notebook of expenses.
Memorabilia includes many items regarding McGivern’s time in the US Army, such as a Citation Award of the Soldier's Medal; a commendation to the 789th AAA AW Brigade; Enlistment records; a report of Separation Honorable Discharge; a booklet entitled "The Story of Antwerp X"; an occupation map of Germany; and US Army memoranda. Other memorabilia relates to McGivern's career or family, and includes a copy of a Christmas story that had been passed down in his family since the 1800s; McGivern's file for the Emmy Awards balloting in 1973; a booklet listing his membership to the Player's Club of New York; a bracelet worn in memory of Vietnam POW Major Henry Serex; a catalog for the Insight series; the McGivern coat-of-arms; a folder, including a picket sign, for the Writer's Strike; a copy of Women's Wear Daily featuring a photograph of his daughter Megan (1967); an appointment diary; tape recordings; a Christmas play written by his daughter, Megan (1962) with McGivern's notes and signature; leaves from his address book; McGivern family reunion documents; and the last notebook that McGivern kept by his bedside before his death.
Other material includes family photos; travel photographs; photos of New York City's Paramount theater marquee advertising the performance of Rogue Cop; photos of film locations; McGivern's wartime notebooks; a diary of a trip abroad in 1956; and his personal diary from 1955.
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