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PCL MS 001 Norman Daniels Collection

Norman Daniels was an author of several genres of popular fiction. Literary manuscripts, television and radio scripts, and printed stories form the core of the collection.

Norman Daniels and his wife Dorothy had transferred the bulk of their manuscripts and collections to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, by 1985. The collection is open to research, however, the duplication of materials must comply with applicable copyright laws. Questions about this collection should be directed to the archivist. This register was compiled Mark R. McDermott, Graduate Assistant in Popular Culture Studies, in May 1986 and updated in July 2009 by Patricia Falk.


PCL MS 002 Dorothy Daniels Collection

Dorothy Smith Daniels was a prolific writer of novels of the Gothic genre. The core of the Dorothy Daniels Collection consists of correspondence, fan mail, literary manuscripts, galley sheets, story synopses, and books, dating from 1965 to 1985. In 1969, Dorothy Daniels began transferring her literary manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, and continued to send additional manuscripts as they were written or published. The collection is open for research, however, the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register has been compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in March 1986 and updated July 2009 by Patricia Falk.


PCL MS 004 Marta Haake Labus Collection

Marta Haake Labus is a comedy-mystery writer. She writes under the pseudonym Claire McCormick. Literary manuscripts of three of her books form the core of the collection.

In 1983, Marta Labus first began transferring her manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research, however, the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in March 1986, revised with an addendum in July 1992, and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.


PCL MS 005 Willo Davis Roberts Collection

Willo Davis Roberts was a writer of mystery, suspense, gothic, historical and juvenile novels. Literary manuscripts and galley sheets from seven of her works form the core of this collection.

In 1973, Willo Davis Roberts began transferring her manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green state University. The collection is open for research, however, the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in March 1986 and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.

Please note that the Grummond Children's Literature Collection located at the University of Southern Mississippi (http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/degrum/public_html/html/research/findaids/DG0822.html) holds additional materials by Willo Davis Roberts.


PCL MS 008 Morris Hershman Collection

Morris Hershman is an author of mystery, gothic, and western novels as well as a contributor of over one hundred short stories to periodicals.

In 1975, Hershman first began transferring his manuscripts and books to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research, however, the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in April 1986, and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk. *Addendum Inventory completed January 1, 1992, by Susan Irwin, Graduate Library Assistant, Browne Popular Culture Library.


PCL MS 009 Ralph Maloney Collection

Ralph Maloney was an author of the mystery genre. Literary manuscripts and correspondence form the core of his collection. He wrote both under his name and the pseudonym, Jack Liston.

In 1972, Ralph Maloney first began transferring his manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research, however, photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in April 1986, and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.


PCL MS 016 Jennette Letton Collection

Jennette Letton is an author of historical drama and suspense novels. Literary manuscripts form the core of this collection. In 1969, Jennette Letton began transferring her manuscripts to the Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University.

The collection is open for research, but photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in May 1986, and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.


PCL MS 017 John M. Patterson Collection

John M. Patterson was an author of the mystery genre. Literary manuscripts and correspondence form the core of the collection.

In 1969, Patterson transferred his manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research, but the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright 1aws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in May 1986 and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.

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PCL MS 019 Patricia McGerr Collection

Patricia McGerr was a fiction writer of mystery novels and short stories. Between the years 1946 and 1975 she wrote 17 novels and over 50 short stories. The Patricia McGerr Collection is comprised of 1/2 linear feet and includes items produced by or used by McGerr during her research and writing process. Some of these items include: research notes, manuscript drafts, newspaper articles, and correspondence. McGerr’s research notes and literary manuscript for her novel Murder is Absurd forms the core of this collection.

In 1969 McGerr transferred her manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library. The collection spans the years 1962-1965. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in May 1986, updated July 1992 and reconditioned by Annie Rose Land, Popular Culture Library Associate I, in June 2013.


PCL MS 024 Jack H. Bailey Collection

Jack H. Bailey is a fiction writer employed in the California aerospace industry. The literary manuscript and galley sheets for Icarus Complex form the core of the collection.

Bailey transferred this manuscript to the Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research, but the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in June 1986, and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.


PCL MS 025 Martha Anne Guice Wingate Collection

Martha Anne Guice Wingate is an author of the mystery genre. The core of the collection consists of literary manuscript and correspondence dating from 1971 to present. She writes under Martha G. Webb and the pseudonym, Lee Martin.

In 1985, Martha Anne Guice Wingate first began transferring her manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research, but the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in June 1986 and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.

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PCL MS 029 William M. Green Collection

William M. Green is an author of the mystery genre. Literary manuscripts and related materials form the core of the collection.

In 1974, William M. Green first began transferring his manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. He continues to send additional manuscripts as they are written. This collection is open for research, but the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in June 1986, and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.

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PCL MS 032 Guymon Detective Fiction Collection

The correspondence, literary manuscripts, and other non-book material in the Guymon Detective Ficton Collection provide revealing insights into the life and career of E. T. (Ned) Guymon, Jr., the man generally acknowledged to be the world's leading collector of mystery and detective fiction books. Spanning the years 1930 to 1983, the letters, photographs, and other memorabilia reflect Guymon's wide acquaintance with and patronage of the leading authors, collectors, and dealers in the mystery field.

A collection of over 3,000 books amassed by Guymon during the later years of his life is also housed in the Browne Popular Culture Library. The approximately 15,000 titles previously collected by him were donated to the library of his alma mater, Occidental College, Los Angeles in the late 1960s.

Both the book and manuscript collection were donated to Bowling Green State University by Kathryn Guymon, widow of Ned Guymon. This register was prepared by Nancy Steen in November 1985. The collection is open for use by researchers. Standard copyright restrictions are in effect for all unpublished manuscripts.


PCL MS 038 Michael L. Cook Collection

The Michael L. Cook Collection consists of approximately 0.25 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Michael L. Cook in 1985 and 1987. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.  The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.


PCL MS 041 Marjorie Dorner Collection

Marjorie Dorner is a contemporary American author of mystery-suspense novels, literary short stories, and one play. The manuscripts of working and final versions of her four mystery-suspense novels form the core of the collection.

Marjorie Dorner transferred her manuscripts to the Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in December 1993. The collection is open for research, but photocopying or other duplication of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Kevin Lause under the supervision of Jean Geist, Popular Culture Library Associate II in September 1996 and updated in September 2009 by Patricia Falk.


PCL MS 050 John Ball Collection

John Ball, a music critic turned mystery writer, is best known for his mysteries featuring the black detective Virgil Tibbs. Tibbs was first introduced in 1965 in The Heat of the Night. This book won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and the film version, starring Sidney Poitier, won an Academy Award as best motion picture in 1967. Ball would go on to write five more novels in the Virgil Tibbs series.

The Ball Collection of .5 cubic foot consists of the manuscript for Singapore, the last novel in the Tibbs series. This manuscript was transferred to Bowling Green State University in August 1985. The collection has no restrictions placed upon its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works. The Mugar Memorial Library at Boston University holds the John Ball literary archives.

This finding aid was prepared by Nancy Down in April 2009.


PCL MS 059 Susan Cohen Collection

The Susan Cohen Collection consists of approximately 0.75 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Susan Cohen in 1976. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.  The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.


PCL MS 064 Charles L. Grant Collection

The Charles L. Grant Collection consists of approximately 0.25 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Charles L. Grant in 1969. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.  The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.


PCL MS 065 Andrew M. Greeley Collection

The Andrew M. Greeley Collection consists of 1.25 linear feet of fiction manuscript materials by the author. Dr. Michael Marsden donated the manuscripts in this collection between 1989 and 1992. The collection is open for research, but photocopying or other duplication of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Debbie Chimahusky under the supervision of Jean Geist, Popular Culture Library Associate II in February 1999. It was updated in September 2009 by Patricia Falk and in August 2017 by Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown.


PCL MS 076 Brian C. Lysaght Collection

The Brian C. Lysaght Collection consists of approximately 0.2 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by the author in 1985. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.  The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.


PCL MS 078 James E. Martin Collection

The James E. Martin Collection consists of approximately 4 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by James E. Martin in 1989 and 1990. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.  The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.


PCL MS 083 Jerry Oster Collection

The Jerry Oster Collection consists of approximately 1.75 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Jerry Oster between 1985 and 1992. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.  The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.


PCL MS 085 Frank G. Presnell Collection

The Frank G. Presnell Collection consists of approximately 0.6 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Arthur H. Phillips in 1975. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.  The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.


PCL MS 087 Ellery Queen Collection

The Ellery Queen Collection consists of approximately 0.8 linear feet of manuscript materials, primarily correspondence. The collection was purchased by the Browne Popular Culture Library in 1986. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist.  The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.


PCL MS 088 Ruth Rendell Collection

Ruth Rendell is a contemporary British writer of series detective novels and non-series mystery-suspense novels and stories. Series novels and stories are written under her own name while non-series works have often been published under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Literary manuscripts of non-series novels and stories form the core of the collection.

In 1986 Ruth Rendell transferred two manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. An additional donation of three manuscripts followed in 1987, and additions to the collection are anticipated. The collection is open for research, but the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Kevin Lause under the supervision of Jean Geist, Popular Culture Library Associate II. It was updated in September 2009 by Patricia Falk.