Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Cornell Woolrich papers, 1958-1964

Series II: Writings, 1937-1960

Series II contains drafts of several novels, plays, and a run of short stories. There are also portions of Woolrich's unpublished "autobiography."

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Blues of a Lifetime

Box 1 Folder 4 "Remington Portable NC69411,", undated

Box 1 Folder 5 "The Poor Girl,", undated

Box 1 Folder 6 "Even God Felt the Depression" and "President Eisenhower's Speech,", undated

Box 1 Folder 7 "The Maid Who Played the Races," undated (notes), undated

Box 1 Folder 8 Cover Charge, undated (play), undated

Box 1 Folder 9 to 10 Hotel Room , undated, (2 Folders)

I Was Waiting for You

Box 1 Folder 11 "I Was Waiting for You,", undated

Box 1 Folder 12 "New York Blues" and "Two Lives,", undated

Box 2 Folder 1 Into the Night--Notes, 1950s

Box 2 Folder 2 Into the Night--Draft, 1950s

King Features Syndicated Articles

Box 2 Folder 3 "The Murderer's Story,", 1937

Box 2 Folder 4 "Endicott's Girl,", 1938

Box 2 Folder 5 "Murder Does Its Homework,", 1941

Box 2 Folder 6 "Double-Life,", 1943

Box 2 Folder 7 "Death Wins the Sweepstakes,", 1947 October 6

Box 2 Folder 8 "Mystery in Room 913,", 1947 October 13

Box 2 Folder 9 "Death Holds the Downbeat,", 1947 November

Box 2 Folder 10 "Accessory to Murder,", 1948

Box 2 Folder 11 "The Case of the Body in Grant's Tomb,", 1949 January

Box 2 Folder 12 "Case of the Lying Son,", 1949 November

Box 2 Folder 13 "Murder before the Camera,", 1955

Box 2 Folder 14 "Murder in the Dark Blue Night,", 1956

Box 2 Folder 15 "The Corpse in the Statue of Liberty,", 1957

Box 2 Folder 16 The Loser , undated

Box 2 Folder 17 Miscellaneous Fragments, undated

Box 2 Folder 18 The Moon of Montezuma , [1949-1960]

Box 3 Folder 1 Night Has a Thousand Eyes--Part I, 1940s

Box 3 Folder 2 Night Has a Thousand Eyes--Part II, 1940s

Box 4 Nine Nights in a New York Hotel. Printed book, with holograph corrections. New York, late 1950s, 1 volume

This is Cornell Woolrich's own copy of Hotel Room, as published by Random House in 1958, with his manuscript changes to the book. Acquired with the book are typescripts of two new stories that Woolrich intended to have included in a new, never published edition: Episode 2, "The Fiancee without Future (1900)," and Episode 3, "The Fault-Finder (1915)." Woolrich changed the title of the book and the titles of each chapter, created a new table of contents with the two new stories, and changed "Cornell Woolrich" to "William Irish," one of his pseudonyms. The Random House publication does not include two of the stories listed in the typescript shown below: Chapter 7, "The Night of May 12th, 1935," and Chapter 8, "The Night of September 20th, 1937."

Box 3 Folder 3 Somebody Else's Life, 1958 (television play), 1958

Box 3 Folder 4 Wardrobe Trunk, 1958 (radio play), 1958

Waltz into Darkness

Box 3 Folder 5 Part I, 1940s

Box 3 Folder 6 Part II, 1940s

Box 3 Folder 7 Part III, 1940s