Rare Book & Manuscript Library
 

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 .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 2 series.

Description

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 In addition there are manuscripts with some related materials of other published and unpublished writings including Drama In Black, Only In New England, and To Live And Die In Dixie.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

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Reproduction Note

Type of reproduction--Photostatic copies in part

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Roscoe, Theodore. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1983. Accession number--M-83.

Papers: Source of acquisition--Roscoe, Mrs Theodore. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--10/09/92. Accession number--M-92-10-09.

Gift of Theodore Roscoe, 1983.

Gift of Mrs Theodore Roscoe, 1992.

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.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
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 (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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

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.

External users and Columbia affiliates may view materials on-site at RBML. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only Columbia affiliates may view materials on-site at Avery, Starr, and Burke. After clicking 'Submit Request', users will login with their UNI and password (Columbia affiliates) or their special collections account (external users). Appointments are required and will be arranged according to each individual repository's policy.


Series I: Book Titles


Subseries I.1: The web of conspiracy; the complete story of the men who murdered Abraham Lincoln



Box 1 Galley proofs (xerox copies), with corrections -- Page proofs of the Reader's Digest article: "The Abraham Lincoln Murder Case", based on The web of conspiracy (Feb. 1960) -- Photocopy of the Reader's Digest Book: The Abraham Lincoln Murder Mystery, based on The Web of Conspiracy -- The Lincoln Murder Case by Dale Wasserman for CBS television, based on The Web of Conspiracy, 1961. -- Mimeographed playscript, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, [1959]



Box 2 Photographs -- Photostats and xeroxes -- Printed illustrations


Subseries I.2: Only in New England; the Story of a Gaslight Crime.


Box 2 Only in New England; the Story of a Gaslight Crime., New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [c1959], 1 Printed copy, inscribed and signed by the author

Series II: Manuscripts and Subject Files

1992 Addition



Box 3 A-S



Box 4 T-W, and "The Lincoln Assasination", Manuscript



Box 5 "The Lincoln Assasination.: Research Files, Notes, photo reproductions, printed materials, and four audio cassettes



Box 6 Drama in Black , Manuscripts



Box 7 The Web of Conspiracy , Correspondance, Review materials, etc.


Box 7 Research files 1, Notes, tanscripts of documents, printed materials, etc.



Box 8 The Web of Conspiracy.: Research Files 2, Notes, transcripts of documents, printed materials, etc.



Box 9 The Web of Conspiracy , Front matter; typed manuscript; Galley



Box 10 Biographical sketch and clippings, chiefly about Lincoln, research, and writings