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   Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Frederic Dannay Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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At a Glance

Bib ID:4079731 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982.
Title:Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982.
Physical description:85 linear ft (ca.25,000 items in 190 boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.  More information »



This collection is arranged into 2 series:

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Scope and Content

Correspondence, outlines and drafts, manuscripts, letters of agreement, contracts, photographs, artwork, and memorabilia. The collection is divided into two parts: the Frederic Dannay Papers and the files of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (EQMM) . The Dannay papers consist of extensive correspondence with most of the notable mystery writers of this century, as well as well-known authors who sometimes wrote in that genre: Isaac Asimov; Lawrence Block; Ray Bradbury; Perl S Buck; Edgar Rice Burroughs; James M. Cain; Raymond Chandler; Agatha Christie, etc. Most of the novels and short stories written by Dannay and Lee are represented in manuscript form: "The Roman Hat Mystery;" "Ten Day's Wonder;" "Cat of Many Tails;" "The Scarlet Letters;" "The Glass Village;" "The Player on the Other Side;" "And on the Eighth Day," etc. In addition, there are the manuscripts of books edited by Ellery Queen; manuscripts by Ellery Queen Jr.; scripts by Ellery Queen; poetry by Dannay; contracts between Dannay and Lee, as well as between them both as Ellery Queen and numerous parties. There are also manuscripts by such notables as Jorge Luis Borges; Erskine Caldwell; Raymond Chandler; Agatha Christie; Stanley Ellin; William Faulkner; Dashiell Hammett; O Henry; Nigel Morland; Georges Simenon; Muriel Spark; Julian Symons; Roy Vickers; and Cornell Woolrich.

The second part of this collection is the files of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (EQMM) . Containing some 4,600 manuscripts submitted to the magazine over a period of 40 years, it is an unrivaled collection of its kind. Nearly all of the manuscripts have Dannay's msnuscript corrections.

Series I: Cataloged Series

Subseries I.1: Correspondence

For complete entries see volume 1 of the Catalog

Subseries I.2: Manuscripts

Alphabetical by author. For a complete catalog listing of each individual manuscript see volume 2 of the printed catalog

Series II: Arranged Series

Subseries II.1: Correspondence

Arranged by date [Boxes 64-72]

Subseries II.2: Manuscripts

Boxes 73-78 & Boxes 89-90

Series IV: Artwork and Photographs

Cataloged and arranged

Series V: Printed Materials

Boxes 91-100

Series VI: Objects and Memorabilia

Series VII: Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

This part of the collection comprises 87 Boxes of manuscripts submitted to EQMM from its beginning in 1941 till the early 1980s. Each manuscripts has been cataloged. For a complete guide to authors and their manuscripts volumes 2 & 3 of the Catalog

Series VIII: Arranged manuscripts

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Frederic Dannay Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 02/--/91 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 7, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-01-27 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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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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Drafts (literary).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Allingham, Margery, 1904-1966.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ambler, Eric, 1909-1998.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Armstrong, Charlotte, 1905-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Audemars, Pierre.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Avallone, Michael.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Babb, Sanora.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Barzun, Jacques, 1907-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Baxt, George.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bell, Josephine, 1897-1987.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bellak, Leopold, 1916-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bentley, E. C. (Edmund Clerihew), 1875-1956.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bentley, Eric, 1916-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bentley, Phyllis Eleanor, 1894-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Berkeley, Anthony, 1893-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bloch, Lawrence W.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Blochman, Lawrence Goldtree, 1900-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Block, Lawrence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Boucher, Anthony, 1911-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bradbury, Ray, 1920-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brand, Christianna, 1907-1988.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Breen, Jon L., 1943-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brentano, Lowell, 1895-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Britain, William.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Burnett, W. R. (William Riley), 1899-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Burroughs, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Byrne, M. St. Clare (Muriel St. Clare), 1895-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Taylor, 1900-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Canby, Henry Seidel, 1878-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Canning, Victor.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carr, Albert H. Z.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carr, John Dickson, 1906-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cary, Joyce, 1888-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Charteris, Leslie, 1907-1993.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ciardi, John, 1916-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clemens, Cyril, 1902-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cohn, Roy N.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Costain, Thomas B. (Thomas Bertram), 1885-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Coxe, George Harmon, 1901-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Creasey, John.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Crispin, Edmund, 1921-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Crofts, Freeman Wills, 1879-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cronin, A. J. (Archibald Joseph), 1896-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cushing, Richard, 1895-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Čapek, Karel, 1890-1938.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Daly, Elizabeth, b. 1878.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Damore, Leo.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Davis, Dorothy Salisbury.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
De Ford, Miriam Allen, 1888-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
De La Torre, Lillian, 1902-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Derleth, August William, 1909-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Detective and mystery stories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dickens, Monica, 1915-1992.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Du Maurier, Daphne, 1907-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dunham, Katherine.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron, 1878-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eberhart, Mignon Good, 1899-1996.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ellery Queen's mystery magazine.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ellin, Stanley.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ferrars, Elizabeth.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Finney, Jack.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fish, R. L. (Robert L.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Francis, Dick.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Freeling, Nicolas.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Freeman, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fremlin, Celia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gardner, Erle Stanley, 1889-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Garfield, Brian, 1939-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Garve, Andrew, 1908-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gilbert, Anthony, 1899-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gilbert, Michael Francis, 1912-2006.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Golding, Louis, 1895-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gollancz, Victor, 1893-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gulik, Robert Hans van, 1910-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Halliday, Brett.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Halsband, Robert, 1914-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hare, Cyril, 1900-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Harrington, Joyce.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Harte, Bret, 1836-1902.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Haycraft, Howard, 1905-1991.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hecht, Ben, 1893-1964.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Heidenfeld, Wolfgang.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Henry, O., 1862-1910.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Highsmith, Patricia, 1921-1995.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hilton, James, 1900-1954.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hoch, Edward D., 1930-2008.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hughes, Dorothy B. (Dorothy Belle), 1904-1993.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hughes, Riley.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hunter, Evan, 1926-2005.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Huston, John, 1906-1987.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Irish, William, 1903-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Irvine, R. R. (Robert R.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
James, P. D.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jepson, Selwyn, 1899-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jesse, F. Tennyson (Fryniwyd Tennyson), 1888-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kantor, MacKinlay, 1904-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Keating, H. R. F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kelland, Clarence Budington, 1881-1964.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kemelman, Harry.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kersh, Gerald, 1911-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
King, Stephen, 1947-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lacy, Ed.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lardner, Ring, 1885-1933.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lathen, Emma.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lawrence, Hilda.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Le Carré, John, 1931-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lee, Manfred B. (Manfred Bennington), 1905-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lerner, Max, 1902-1992.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ley, Willy, 1906-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lockridge, Frances Louise Davis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lockridge, Richard, 1898-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lofts, Norah, 1904-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lovesey, Peter.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
MacDonald, John D. (John Dann), 1916-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
MacDonald, Ross.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mailer, Norman.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Marsh, Ngaio, 1895-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mather, Berkely.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McBain, Ed, 1926-2005.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McCloy, Helen.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McGerr, Patricia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McKelway, St. Clair, 1905-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Millar, Kenneth, 1915-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Milne, A. A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Montgomery, Bruce, 1921-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moravia, Alberto, 1907-1990.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morland, Nigel, 1905-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moyes, Patricia.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Narcejac, Thomas, 1908-1998.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nevins, Francis M.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Niven, David, 1910-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Novelists, American--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oboler, Arch, 1907-1987.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Palmer, Stuart, 1905-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Patrick, Q.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Paul, Elliot, 1891-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pentecost, Hugh, 1903-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Perowne, Barry.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Plumb, J. H. (John Harold), 1911-2001.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pollock, Channing, 1880-1946.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Powell, James.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Powell, Talmage.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Prince, Harold, 1928-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Prince, Jerome, 1907-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pronzini, Bill.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Quick, Dorothy Alita Kewley, 1907-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rafferty, S. S.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rascoe, Burton, 1892-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rawson, Clayton, 1906-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Redman, Ben Ray, 1896-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rendell, Ruth, 1930-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ritchie, Jack, 1922-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roberts, S. C. (Sydney Castle), 1887-1966.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rohmer, Sax, 1883-1959.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rosten, Leo Calvin, 1908-1997.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Savage, Ernest, 1918-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sayers, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Seeley, Mabel, 1903-1991.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Serling, Rod, 1924-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shellabarger, Samuel, 1888-1954.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shiel, M. P. (Matthew Phipps), 1865-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Simenon, Georges, 1903-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Slesar, Henry.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Spark, Muriel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Starrett, Vincent, 1886-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Steel, Kurt, 1904-1946.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Steele, Frederic Dorr, 1873-1944.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stewart, J. I. M. (John Innes Mackintosh), 1906-1994.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stribling, T. S. (Thomas Sigismund), 1881-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Strong, L. A. G. (Leonard Alfred George), 1896-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sturgeon, Theodore.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Symons, Julian, 1912-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Targ, William, 1907-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tey, Josephine, 1896 or 7-1952.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Thurber, James, 1894-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Treat, Lawrence, 1903-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Twohy, John Roger.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tyre, Nedra.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Updike, John.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Upfield, Arthur William, 1888-1964.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Vickers, Roy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Watson, Colin.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Waugh, Hillary.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Welles, Orson, 1915-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Westlake, Donald E.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilde, Percival, 1887-1953.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Woolrich, Cornell, 1903-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wylie, Philip, 1902-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Yaffe, James, 1927-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Mystery writer, editor, critic of crime fiction, and coauthor with Manfred B. Lee of the Ellery Queen mystery novels and stories.

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