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Harry Stephen Keeler papers, 1929-1980

Summary Information

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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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Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

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 This collection includes many of his later book-manuscripts which remain unpublished, his writings on plot construction, and biographical and bibliographical articles about Keeler.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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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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Subject

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
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

Playscript



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

Playscript.


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