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David Abrahamsen papers, 1906-1990

Series III: Research Projects, 1944-1990

Series III is the largest series of the collection and is comprised of files regarding three research projects: Nixon vs. Nixon: An Emotional Tragedy, Confessions of Son of Sam, and Murder and Madness: The Secret Life of Jack the Ripper.

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Subseries III.1: David Berkowitz, 1979

Interviews of David Berkowitz along with writings by him are held in this subseries.



Box 1 Folder 14 Childhood, 1979


Box 1 Folder 15 Starkweather Excerpts with Notes, 1979


Box 1 Folder 16 Interview, 1979 May 17


Box 1 Folder 17 Notarized Affidavits, 1979 May 17


Subseries III.2: Jack the Ripper, 1944-1990

The majority of the records in this subseries are drafts of Abrahamsen's manuscript. These drafts are heavily edited and illustrate the process Abrahamsen went through in order to create the final product. Correspondence with research institutions and medical doctors in England, research notes, and articles regarding personality and crime (many written by Abrahamsen) are also in this subseries.


Box 1 Folder 18 Articles, 1944-1952, 1982, 1944-1952, 1982


Box 1 Folder 19 Correspondence, 1988-1989


Drafts


Box 1 Folder 20 to 21 Chapters 1 through 3, undated, 1984, (2 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 22 Chapter 3, undated


Box 1 Folder 23 Chapter 4, undated


Box 1 Folder 24 Chapter 5, undated, 1989


Box 1 Folder 25 Chapter 6, undated


Box 1 Folder 26 to 27 Chapters 6 through 8, undated, (2 Folders)


Box 1 Folder 28 Chapter 7, undated


Box 1 Folder 29 Chapter 8, undated, 1990


Box 1 Folder 30 Footnotes, undated


Box 1 Folder 31 to 32 Research Files, undated, 1981-1990, (2 Folders)



Box 2 Subseries III.3: Nixon vs. Nixon , 1960-1977

Subseries III.3 is composed of research files with accompanying notes, correspondence with individuals who had some connection with Richard Nixon, early photographs of Nixon's family, and a draft of the manuscript with edits. Of interest are a series of interviews conducted by Abrahamsen with people who knew Nixon as a child and an adult, including a White House correspondent and Nixon's longtime campaign manager.


Box 2 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1975-1976


Box 2 Folder 2 to 4 Draft, 1977, (3 Folders)



Box 3 Nixon Film: 5 Five minute spots, undated, 1 film reels (16mm); 1-800ft reel, color, sound



Box 2 Folder 5 Interviews, 1975-1976


Box 2 Folder 6 Photographs, undated, 1960s-1970s, undated, 1960s-1970s


Box 2 Folder 7 Research Files, 1970s