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The Frank Slaughter collection consists of manuscripts, research material, correspondence, and printed material.
Manuscripts by Slaughter in the collection include drafts of many novels, often multiple drafts for an individual book, including page and galley proofs. These are generally typed drafts, many of which have handwritten or typed corrections. Titles in the collection include Immortal Magyar (New York, New York: Henry Schuman, 1950); A Crown of Thorns: A Dramatic Reading (Sioux City, Iowa: Wetmore Declamation Bureau, 1955); The Crown and the Cross: The Life of Christ (Cleveland, Ohio: World Publication Co., 1959; includes early drafts titled Diving Galilean); The Land and the Promise: The Greatest Stories from the Bible (Cleveland, Ohio: World Publication Co., 1960); The Curse of Jezebel: A Novel of the Biblical Queen of Evil (Doubleday, 1961; includes research notes and drafts of the book); David: Warrior and King (Cleveland, Ohio: World Publication Co., 1962); Upon This Rock: A Novel of Simon Peter (Coward-McCann, 1963); The Purple Quest: A Novel of Seafaring Adventure in the Ancient World (Doubleday, 1965); Doctor's Wives (Doubleday, 1966); The Sins of Herod: A Novel of Rome and the Early Church (Doubleday, 1968); Surgeon's Choice: A Novel of Medicine Tomorrow (Doubleday, 1969); Countdown (Doubleday, 1970); Code Five (Doubleday, 1971); Convention, MD: A Novel of Medical In-Fighting (Doubleday, 1972); Women in White (Doubleday, 1974); Plague Ship (Doubleday, 1976; also titled The Peruvian Mutations); Devil's Gamble: A Novel of Demonology (Doubleday, 1977); The Passionate Rebel (Doubleday, 1979; also titled Maritza); Gospel Fever: A Novel About America's Most Beloved Evangelist (Doubleday, 1980); No Greater Love (Doubleday, 1981); Doctor's Daughters (Doubleday, 1981); Doctors at Risk (Doubleday, 1983); Transplant (Hutchinson, 1987); This Mine Oath (unpublished); Conspiracy of Silence (unpublished); and The Cross and the Hammer (unpublished). Also present is the published version of a short story by Slaughter titled "The First Gift"; a manuscript for Espy and the Catnappers (Doubleday, 1975), by Jane M. Slaughter; and Ladies in Hades, possibly the musical adaptation of the work by the same title by Frederic Arnold Kummer (in addition to drafts we also have several cassette tapes).
Research material in the collection includes material used for The Purple Quest (originally titled The Black Ship), as well as are some information compiled while researching Gospel Fever.
Correspondence in the collection includes over 60 letters between Slaughter and Abraham and Sylvia Burack of The Writer, sent between 1968 and 1984. Also present are over 160 letters to and from various individuals, dated between 1990 and 1994.
Printed material includes 15 publicity items surrounding Slaughter and his writings between 1968 and 1984. There are also newspaper articles about Frank and Jane Slaughter dating from the 1940s to the 1960s.