Rifkin, Shepard (1918-2011)
NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.
The Shepard Rifkin collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, printed material, research material, journals, personal memorabilia, photographs, audio, and legal and financial material.
Manuscripts in the collection include novels, short stories, essays, and plays. Novels in the collection include drafts of McQuaid at Cape Flyaway (1992), McQuaid in August (1979), Homicide South, and Stand Up Harpooner!, a collection of other authors' work, edited by Rifkin. There are short stories, essays, and poems, both published and unpublished, including "End of the Line: A Play in One Act" (1964), "Leviathan, Inc." (1972), "Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde" (1973), "A Company of Rivers" (1978), "If You Don't Die, We Won't Try: A Homicide Story" (1975) among others.
Correspondence ranges from the 1950s to the 2000s, and includes professional letters between Rifkin and publishers, authors, and editors, and personal letters between Rifkin and notables such as the MacDowall Colony, Carl Gottlieb, and Rifkin's wife Tamara Kim.
Professional material includes materials related to Rifkin's novel The Murder Vine, regarding its movie sale and its Portuguese translation. Also included are Rifkin's resume and bibliography. There are also receipts and notes for photocopies and research.
Printed material includes news clippings and news articles both pertaining to Rifkin's work and to certain Israeli news items. There are also various magazines and catalogs.
Research material includes index cards with plot schemes, descriptions, and subject ideas, notes regarding detective novels, index cards regarding "Art Novel," and various other materials pertaining to Native American and Cape Cod research.
Journals range from 1953 to 1983, not inclusive. Journals also include draft fragments of unpublished short stories and novels, and an address book.
Personal memorabilia includes a scrapbook of photos of First Lady Roosevelt and revolutionary pamphlets. There is also a board of education diploma, papers regarding the 79th Street Owners Inc., and various posters, among other items.
Photographs and artwork in the collection include two albums, one dated 1920 to 1990 and the second dated 1940 to 1974. Other photographs mostly feature Rifkin and his friends and family, one including Joan Crawford. Other photographs include several black and white photographs of a variety of subjects, and various other photographs related to travel.
Audio material in the collection includes 2 cassette tapes entitled "Tamara Singing on Cassette."
Legal and financial material includes numerous copies of wills, divorce papers, and marriage licenses. There is also a birth certificate and a Xerox US passport from 1960. Many financial materials pertain to Tamara Kim. Also included is the Murder Vine purchase agreement.
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