PCL MS 032 Guymon Detective Fiction Collection
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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 Standard copyright restrictions are in effect for all unpublished manuscripts.
Edward Tyndal Guymon, Jr. (1900-1983) was born in Kansas, graduated from Occidental College, and lived for the rest of his life in southern California. He began collecting first editions in the 1920s but soon realized that he should narrow his collecting scope. In the mid-1930s, he acquired A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes title, and from that time on, he concentrated on detective fiction. During the next fifty years, his collection became known to authors, bookmen, and other collectors all over the world. The collection led to the formation of lasting friendships with many of the most important names in the field, including Raymond Chandler, Fred Dannay ("Ellery Queen"), Vincent Starrett, August Derleth, Craig Rice, and David Randall.
Guymon was a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and the Mystery Writers of America. He was the recipient of the MWA's Raven Award in 1952 for his non-creative contribution to mystery writing. Guymon was also a prominent businessman with diverse interests.
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The voluminous correspondence between Guymon and numerous authors, dealers, and collectors, from 1930 to 1983, forms the basis of the Guymon Collection. In addition, there are a number of literary manuscripts; hundreds of dealers' invoices; and large files of materials pertaining to the Baker Street Irregulars; the Mystery Writers of America (including a long run of MWA's The Third Degree); and the Mystery Library.
Also included in the Collection of numerous catalogs, lists, reviews, programs, scrapbooks and photographs. Of special interest are the informal pictures of the famous authors in attendance at social functions at the Guymon home and elsewhere. Guymon's wide-ranging interests are attested to by the large number of Charles Wakefield Cadman's musical scores (1904-1945), most of which are inscribed by the composer to Guymon, his friend and patron.