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Theodore Roscoe papers, 1850-1980

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1085
Bib ID 4079278 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Roscoe, Theodore
Title Theodore Roscoe papers, 1850-1980
Physical Description 5 linear feet (10 boxes)
Language(s) English .

The following boxes are located off-site: 3-10. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged into 2 series.


Scope and Content

Proofs, photographs, photostatic copies, and other printed materials of Roscoe. Included are proofs and illustrative materials for his book The Web Of Conspiracy; The Complete Story Of The Men Who Murdered Abraham Lincoln, and a printed copy of his book, Only In New England, a book of crime fiction.

1992 ADDITION: This includes some correspondence relating to the publication of his books and other writings on the assassination of Lincoln and the American Civil War: The Web Of Conspiracy, The Lincoln Assassination, and The Trent Affair. There are manuscripts, proofs, and illustrative materials; extensive research files for the first two titles mentioned above consisting of handwritten drafts and notes; handwritten and typed transcripts and photocopies of numerous 19th century American letters, manuscripts, diaries, and documents, as well as 20th century clippings, brochures, and ephemera on this topic used as background data for Roscoe's life long research and writing on Lincoln's assassination. In addition there are manuscripts with some related materials of other published and unpublished writings including Drama In Black, Only In New England, and To Live And Die In Dixie.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 3-10. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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); Theodore Roscoe papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

There is also a collection of T. Roscoe papers in the George Arents Research Library for Special Collections at Syracuse University Library, Syracuse NY 13244-2010

Reproduction Note

Type of reproduction--Photostatic copies in part

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Papers Processed HR 12/01/92.

Revision Description

2010-02-24 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bibliographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brochures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fiction (general genre) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Detective and mystery stories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
George Arents Research Library Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Naval history Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trent Affair, 1861 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Author of 21 books of naval history, crime stories, and murder mysteries, as well as 400 short stories, and many television, radio, and film scripts. Roscoe was a Columbia University student from 1927 to 1929.