Platt, Kin (1911-2003)
NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.
The Kin Platt collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, artwork, printed material, and other items.
The bulk of the collection consists of manuscripts for Platt’s novels. These include typed drafts, galley proofs, and page proofs. Most drafts include Platt's notes and corrections.
Manuscripts by Platt in the collection include Big Max (Harper, 1965); Sinbad and Me (Chilton Books, 1966); The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear (Chilton, 1968); Mystery of the Witch Who Wouldn't (Chilton, 1969); The Kissing Gourami (Random House, 1970); The Pushbutton Butterfly (Random House, 1970); Hey, Dummy (Chilton, 1971); Dead As They Come (Random House, 1972); Chloris and the Creeps (Chilton, 1973); The Princess Stakes Murder (Random House, 1973); Max Roper in Match Point for Murder (Random House, 1975), Chloris and the Freaks: A Novel (Bradbury, 1975); Headman (Greenwillow, 1975); The Body Beautiful Murder (Random House, 1976); The Terrible Love Life of Dudley Cornflower (Bradbury, 1976); The Impossible Spy (writing as “Kirby Carr”, 1976); The Doomsday Gang (Greenwillow Books, 1978), The Screwball King Murder (Random House, 1978), The Ape Inside Me (Lippincott, 1979); Dracula, Go Home! illustrated by Frank Mayo (F. Watts, 1979); The Ghost of Hellsfire Street (Delacorte, 1980); Flames Going Out (Methuen, 1980), Frank and Stein and Me (F. Watts, 1982); Crocker (Lippincott, 1983); Murder in Rosslare (Walker, 1986); and Darwin and the Great Beasts (Greenwillow Books, 1992).
Also present in the collection are numerous unpublished manuscripts, including sections of an autobiography titled My Way, Their Way or No Way: A Life . Also represented is Platt's work for television, including his scripts for Hitman ; The Phil Silvers Show ; The Red Buttons Show ; and others, as well as story ideas and treatments for the animated shows Josie and the Pussycats; Scooby Doo, Where Are You? ; and Top Cat .
Other manuscripts by Platt in the collection include short stories, poems, several notebooks (with notes, writing ideas, story notes, and sketches), and musical works, including the script and musical scores for a musical titled Alladine (1947).
Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional letters. Personal letters date from 1961 to 1985. Professional letters consist of correspondence with editors and publishers (1972-1987).
Artwork in the collection includes several hundred original drawings by Platt of Bill Clinton, Oliver North, Warren Christopher and other notables, as well as cartoons and illustrations for book jackets. There are a number of sketches for Darwin and the Great Beasts and other comic strips as well.
Printed material in the collection includes several book jackets from Platt’s novels. There is also an issue of Flicks magazine containing a review of Murder in Rossdale (1966).
Other items in the collection include financial material; six contracts for Hanna-Barbera cartoon episode scripts (1961); copyright materials; publisher contracts; business files; subject files regarding various personal and professional topics; and photographs.