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Julian Symons papers, 1980-1985

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1223
Bib ID 4078478 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Symons, Julian, 1912-1994 ; Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982 ; Murdoch, Derrick ; Adams, Tom
Title Julian Symons papers, 1980-1985
Physical Description 1 box (1 box)
Language(s) English .

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Correspondence, manuscripts and illustrations concerned with Symons' two most important historical works on the detective story, The Great Detectives, 1981, and the 1985 revised edition of Bloody Murder, which received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for the 1972 first edition. Most of the correspondence is concerned with The Great Detectives, including 2 letters from Frederic Dannay, 2 letters from Lady Gregory Bromet (daughter of A. Conan Doyle), and 1 letter from Tom Adams with drafts of his illustrations for this book. There is also a letter from Canadian author Derrick Murdoch, founder of Crime Writers of Canada.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Julian Symons papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Purchase, 1986 & 1987.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed J.L-W 01/29/88.

Subject Headings

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Detective and mystery stories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Julian Symons, 1912- , English author and critic, with a special interest in detective stories.