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Harry Stephen Keeler papers, 1929-1980

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0693
Bib ID 4078970 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Keeler, Harry Stephen, 1890-1967
Title Harry Stephen Keeler papers, 1929-1980
Physical Description 34 boxes (34 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, contracts, and other legal documents, photographs, book jackets, clippings, and other printed materials of Keeler. This collection includes many of his later book-manuscripts which remain unpublished, his writings on plot construction, and biographical and bibliographical articles about Keeler. Among his manuscripts are THE AMAZING WEB, THE CHINESE TICKET MURDER, THE SCARLET MUMMY (in progress), and SING SING NIGHTS. Also, one letter from Edgar Wallace.

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This collection has no restrictions.

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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); Harry Stephen Keeler papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/1989.

Revision Description

2020-04-24 EAD document by CCR.

Subject Headings

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Adventure stories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Detective and mystery stories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Keeler, Hazel Goodwin Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Keeler, Thelma Rinaldo Eaton Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wallace, Edgar, 1875-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Author, editor. Keeler (1890-1967) was the very prolific author of nearly 100 long and intricately plotted murder mystery and adventure novels which were published in English from 1924 until 1953 and continued to appear in Spanish translation long after his death. Some of his works were co-written with his first wife, Hazel Goodwin Keeler, and also with his second wife, Thelma Rinaldo Eaton Keeler. He and Hazel G. Keeler were also the editors of 10-STORY BOOK magazine.

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Cataloged Correspondence--Edgar Wallace

Box 1 Uncataloged Correspondence--A-K

Box 2 Uncataloged Correspondence--K-Z

Series II: Subject File

Box 3 Book jackets and magazine coders of his works

Box 3 Income tax, banking, etc.

Box 3 Legal--Book Contracts, etc.

Box 3 Medicare

Notes on:

Box 3 Astronomy

Box 3 Business Statistics

Box 3 Chemistry

Box 3 Dialects…

Box 4 Egypt

Box 4 Geology…

Box 4 Mathematics

Box 4 Science…

Box 4 Statistics…

Box 4 Ships, Trains…

Box 4 Obituaries and Death of Harry S. Keeler

Box 4 Photographs

Box 4 Stationery

Box 4 3530 N. Fremont Street, Chicago - Real Estate

Box 4 Miscellaneous Documents,etc.

Series III: Printed materials

Clippings, articles about Keeler, advertisements for his works, copies of 10-Story Book and The Live Wire (edited by Hazel Goodwin Keeler) and other printed materials.

Box 5 Printed Materials

Series IV: Manuscripts by Harry Stephen Keeler

Manuscripts noted as being "published in Spain" were only published in Spain.

Box 6 Unidentified and Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Box 6 The affair of the bottled deuce

Box 7 The African chief murder

Box 8 Ahem, folks!

Printed copy.

Box 8 The amazing web

Printed copy.

Box 8 The Arabian nights of 1919

Printed copy.

Box 8 The Arabian nights of 1920

Box 8 The blue spectacles

Printed copy.

Box 8 Breakfast at the Warings

Box 9 The case of the crazy corpse

Box 9A The case of the flying hands

Box 9A The case of the murdered mathematician

Box 10 The case of the transparent nude

Box 10 The charlatan

Box 11 The chest with the copper nails

Box 12 The Chinese ticket murder

Box 12 The Chink: a story of Limehouse. By Thomas Rourke

Printed copy.

Box 12 The circus stealers

Box 13 The clash of identities

Printed copy.

Box 13 Concerning chapter curtains

Printed copy.

Box 13 A copy of Beowulf

Published in Spain.

Box 13 The crimson cube

Published in Spain.

Box 13 The debut of Soapy Mulligan

Box 13 The design and calculation of a 36OK.W.-D.C. generator. (Armour Institute of Technology: Engineering laboratory report)

Box 13 Dinner at the Bascombs (The adventure of the Cordova necklace)

Box 14 The enigma of Blackborough Boulevard

Box 14 Execution Not Deferred

Box 14 The five silver Buddhas (Shaped in Chicago)

Box 14 The Flyer hold up

Printed copy.

Box 14 The gallows waits, my Lord!

Box 14 The gate of the 9 hairpins

Box 15 The giant moth

Box 15 "Goodbye, Coppers!"

Box 15 "Hand me that scalpel, nurse!"

Box 15 Hangman's nights

Published in Spain.

Box 15 How to write booklength mystery stories

Flatbox 289 Hyer Hold Up

Box 15 I killed Lincoln at 10:13

Published in Spain.

Box 15 Impressions of hashees drunk in retrospect written day after, with effects still somewhat on:

Box 16 The Jaarvik case

Published in Spain.

Box 16 John Chinaman and his white love life. By Charles Boinsburg.

Printed copy.

Box 16 Keeler's amazing web of mystery plotting

Box 16 The Keyhole

ed. By Keeler.

Box 16 Killer

Box 17 The man who changed his skin

Published in Spain.

Box 17 The mechanics (and kinematics) of web-work plot construction

Printed copy.

Box 17 The miracle agent

Box 17 Mitzi


Box 18 The murder of Reno Kate

Box 19 My "millon dollar" plot inventing secret!

Printed copy.

Box 19 My most valuable plot secret

Printed copy.

Box 19 The mysterious card

Box 20 The mysterious ivory ball of Wong Shing Li

Published in Spain.

Box 20 The mystery of the 33 stolen idiots. By A.Worth.

Printed copy.

Box 20 Notebooks, 9 Volumes

Box 21 "Ol' dayvil plot!"

Box 21 The photo of Lady X

Box 21 The purple room

Box 21 Quilligan and the magic coin

Box 21 Report on Vanessa Hewstone

Box 22 The riddle of the wooden parrakeet

Box 23 The S - - - - - V - - - - -

Box 24 The scarlet mummy

Box 25 The scarlet mummy

Box 26 The services of an expert


Box 26 The sign of the crossed leaves

Box 27 The six from nowhere

Box 27 The stolen gravestone

Box 28 Strange journey

Box 29 The strange killing of Ithiel O'se Ven

Box 29 The strange murder of London Lew

Box 29 The strange will

Box 30 The straw hat murders

Box 30 The street of a thousand eyes

Published in Spain.

Box 31 The 13 from nowhere

Box 31 Those 7 original plots

Box 31 The trap

Box 32 28 suspects

Box 32 A valuable tip

Printed copy.

Box 32 The white circle

Series V: Manuscripts by Others

Box 33 Keeler, Hazel V. Goodwin

Box 33 Nevins, Francis M., Jr.

Box 33 O'Brien, Adelma Fortfisher Jones Keeler

Harry Stepher Keeler's mother.

Box 33 Miscellaneous manuscripts