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PCL MS 069 Sheldon R. Jaffery Collection

Sheldon R. Jaffery was a practicing attorney in Cleveland, Ohio with a personal interest in science fiction, fantasy, horror fiction, and pulp magazines. The Jaffery Collection centers on the manuscripts of the books Jaffery published throughout the 1980s which deal with these genres. The material dates from 1947 to 1989, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1980s. Jaffery's interests specifically lie in the Arkham House book series, the DAW book series, and pulp magazine fiction. These topics are the focus of his manuscripts and research materials, which make up the core of the collection. Also housed in the Browne Popular Culture Library are a substantial number of specialist catalogs accrued by Jaffery as a collector/dealer in rare science fiction and fantasy books and posters.

The initial collection was acquired by the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in December, 1987, and a second shipment was received in January, 1990. The collection was organized and arranged at the Browne Popular Culture Library by Dana Sergent, who also prepared the biographical sketch and box/folder inventory.

The collection is open to public access for research; however, the duplication of any materials must comply with applicable copyright laws.

This register was compiled by Brenda McCallum, head librarian, and Dana Sergent, graduate research assistant, Popular Culture Library, January, 1990 and updated in September 2009.


PCL MS 152 Bill Pronzini Collection

Bill Pronzini, pulp aficionado and creator of the Nameless Detective series has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a master of the modern mystery.” Since becoming a professional writer in the late 1960s, he has published over sixty novels within the mystery/suspense and western genres, not to mention numerous short stories, anthologies and single-author collections which he edited or coedited. His collaboration with such authors as Jeffrey Wallmann, Michael Kurland, John Lutz, Barry N. Malzberg, Collin Wilcox, Jack Anderson, Martin H. Greenberg, Ed Gorman and of course Marcia Muller has kept pace with his own considerable output. Further references to Pronzini-Muller collaborations may be found in her collection, MS-112, at the Browne Popular Culture Library.

The Pronzini Collection dates from 1991 to the present. The only exceptions are reference cards for sold and unsold Pronzini writings, 1966-1977, and a 1987 manuscript for Son of Gun in Cheek. The collection contains manuscripts of his novels, short stories and other writings, as well as correspondence with his agent, publishers, editors, other writers and fans. Other files include interviews, articles, photos about Pronzini and book publicity. Audio book recordings are also found here. The California State Library Foundation owns the Pronzini literary archive from 1967 to 1991.

Bill Pronzini transferred his collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in March 1997. 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, whether authored by Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller or by other writers whose work may be found in this collection.

This finding aid was prepared by Eric Honneffer in December 2005 and updated in May 2010.


PCL MS 068 Carl Jacobi Collection

The Carl Jacobi Collection is comprised of six linear feet of correspondence, files, diaries, literary productions, printed materials, and photographs documenting the private and professional life of this notable author of horror, fantasy, science, and adventure fiction. The collection spans approximately 100 years beginning with Jacobi family documents from 1896 and ending with correspondence dated 1996 — a year before Carl Jacobi's death.

The collection was donated by Mr. Jacobi to the Popular Culture Library beginning in 1987 with later installments added by his estate after his death in 1997. There are no restrictions placed upon the use of this collection for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works whether authored by Carl Jacobi or by other writers whose work may be found in this collection.

The collection was arranged and described by Eric Honneffer December 2011.


PCL MS 001 Norman Daniels Collection

Norman Daniels is an author who has worked in 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. 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 109 Michael Avallone Collection

Michael Avallone was a freelance writer, editor, cartoonist, and film critic. He has written in almost every literary genre and is known for his fast-paced, pulp-like, novels. The Michael Avallone Collection dates from 1941 to 1982 and consists of various correspondence, notes, newspaper articles, and book reviews. The collection spans ½ linear feet and was originally filed in the Michael Cook Collection but was separated out May 22, 1989.

There are no restrictions placed upon the use of this collection for scholarly purposes. The collection is open for research; however, photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works authored by Michael Avallone. This register was compiled by Annie Rose Land, Popular Culture Library Associate I, in June 2013.