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PCL MS 048 Allen and John Saunders

Introduction

John Allen Saunders, who for most of his professional life went by the name of Allen, was a professor, journalist, novelist, playwright, and philanthropist, but was best known as the writer behind several comic strips, most notably Mary Worth and Steve Roper. This collection reflects his vast array of occupations and interests. Most of the collection centers on his work as a comic strip writer, including research files for story ideas, professional and fan correspondence, original artwork panels, proof sheets and proof books, and publicity materials. The collection also contains other professional and personal files.

The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library on August 12th, 1986, by Allen Saunders' son, John, and is formally named the Allen and John Saunders Collection. The sorting, cleaning and preliminary inventory of the original artwork was done by two student assistants, Patrick Barrett and Laura Yurek. The initial boxing, sorting and preliminary inventory of the manuscript materials was done by student assistant Vickie Campbell.

With the exception of the 73 folders listed on page 6 of this register, the collection is open to public access for research. However, the duplication of any materials must comply with applicable copyright laws. Because of the unique content of this collection, particularly with concern to the original artwork, there is a copyright restriction clause within the deed of gift.

This register was compiled by Dana Sergent, Graduate Research Assistant and Daniel P. Truckey, Student Assistant, during the Spring and Summer of 1991. It was edited by Brenda McCallum, Head Librarian of the Popular Culture Library, Fall 1991. It was updated in October 2009 by Patricia Falk.

Biographical Sketch

John Allen Saunders was born in Lebanon, Indiana on March 24, 1899. Early in his life he showed an interest in art, but did not study it seriously until after his collegiate years at Wabash College. At Wabash he received both his Bachelor and Masters of Arts in English and French, and was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa key. After graduation he left for Chicago to embark on a journalism career but would promptly return to Wabash to join the faculty as a professor of Romance Languages.

While teaching, he learned to draw by taking the Landon correspondence course and attending classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He would later claim to be the favorite instructor on campus because of his tendency to draw on the blackboard during class. Saunders taught at Wabash for seven years and during his summers did assorted odd jobs, including a tour with theChautauqua Play Company in a play called, Message from Mars. During this time he also wrote novels, plays, and started a comic strip called Miserable Moments in 1922. It was released by the United Feature syndicate, but was short lived.

After seven years at Wabash, Saunders took a leave of absence in 1929 and went to Cleveland to work as a journalist. When he got there, however, he found that the job wouldn't be open for three more weeks. The Cleveland Press gave him an option to work at an affiliated paper, the Toledo News-Bee, until the job opened. He took the offer, found that he liked Toledo, and stayed there the rest of his life, working at the News-Bee until it folded in 1938. While working at the News-Bee, Saunders met Elmer Woggon, Art Director at the Toledo Blade. The two hit it off and in 1936 began collaborating on cartoon advertisements. At this same time they began developing a comic strip called The Great Gusto, about a medicine-show man not-so-loosely based on W.C. Fields (Woggon was the artist, while Saunders did the writing). The strip failed after a short time but one character, a Native-American named Big Chief Wahoo, did generate interest and soon the strip had changed its name and focus to Chief Wahoo. The strip became popular but had its limitations in being able to create a continuous story line so Saunders and Woggon introduced a new character, journalist Steve Roper. This character helped make the strip one of the most popular in America and soon not only did Steve Roper steal the title of the strip from "the Chief" but also his girlfriend, Mini-Ha-Ha.

Steve Roper and Chief Wahoo, like all of Saunders' comic strips, was handled by the Publisher's Syndicate. This meant that they would sell and distribute his strips to newspaper subscribers around the country and later the world. If an editor, client, or reader had a complaint about a strip, it would be handled by the syndicate. Later the Publisher's Syndicate was bought by the Field Newspaper Syndicate.

In 1940, another strip distributed by the Publisher's Syndicate, Apple Mary, was in trouble of disappearing when its writer, Martha Orr, decided to stop writing it after her marriage. The syndicate asked Saunders to take over the strip, which he did with help of cartoonist Dale Conner. The name of the strip was changed from Apple Mary to Mary Worth's Family and was signed Dale Allen. In 1942, Ken Ernst took over the artistic chores, and after this the title was shortened to Mary Worth.

Saunders' most successful comic strips went through a great many changes in characters, artists, style, and popularity. Mary Worthwould change from Orr's apple-selling grandmother to a matriarch of a large estate, whose main purpose seemed to be giving advice to the forlorn. After Steve Roper took over the focus of Big Chief Wahoo, it soon became the most popular adventure strip in the country. This was especially true after the addition of a new character, Mike Nomad, a creation of cartoonist Bill Overgard, who took over for Woggon in 1953 (the name of the strip was shortened to just Steve Roper and is currently called Steve Roper and Mike Nomad).

Saunders was also involved in other comic strips throughout his career, either as a writer or consultant. Two of these were: Kerry Drake, started in 1943, in which he was a ghostwriter for Alfred Andriola; Dateline: Danger, where he served as a consultant to his son, John, the strip's writer. Dateline: Danger was actually the first comic strip to feature a major character who was black. Saunders also did art for many advertisers including: Chevrolet, Pillsbury, Jello/General Foods, Phillip Morris, American Newspapers Association, and Dr. Grabow Tobacco Pipes (Saunders was an avid pipe smoker).

Saunders retired in 1979, leaving the reins for all his strips to his son John, who had already worked on Steve Roper since 1950. John became primary scriptwriter in 1955. He had previously been working at local (Toledo) radio and television stations. Like Allen, he attended Wabash College where he wrote and edited a campus humor magazine, "The Caveman," which had been started years before by his father. He also had experience writing as a combat reporter for Stars and Stripes during World War II. As of 1991, John was still penning Mary Worth and Steve Roper.

Besides his professional life, Allen Saunders was a member of many community and national organizations including: Toledo Board of Education, President; Masons; Rotary, President of local chapter; Players (N.Y.C.); Chairman of the President's Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped (during the Eisenhower Administration); National Cartoonists Society , President; and Chairman of the Newspaper Comics Council.

Allen Saunders died on January 28th, 1986 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio. Allen Saunders’ son (John) died on Nov. 15, 2003.

Scope and Content

The Allen and John Saunders Collection (1909-1986), which is extremely comprehensive and complete, consists mostly of materials related to Allen Saunders' career as a comic strip writer from the years, 1936-1986. These materials reflect his work on the following comic strips: Big Chief Wahoo/Steve Roper/Mike Nomad (1936-1986+), Apple Mary/Mary Worth's Family/Mary Worth (1940-1986+),Dateline: Danger! (1968-1974), and Kerry Drake (1943-1983). One of the most unique aspects of this collection is the original artwork and extensive proof sheets related to these strips. The collection also includes publicity materials and clippings from national newspapers, as well as spin-offs such as scripts for a television show, comic books, and sheet music inspired by these comic strips. Along with other related professional materials they provide an excellent window to the workings of the daily "continuity strip," a form in which Saunders was considered to have excelled.

Another fascinating part of the collection is the extensive research files that Saunders compiled on various topics for use in writing the comic strips. These mostly consist of newspaper clippings on such diverse subjects as arson and aviation. Included in Saunders' research files is a collection of materials he received from the F.B.I. on their investigative methods, including a letter from J. Edgar Hoover.

Because of the popularity of his comic strips, Saunders received a great deal of reader mail, both positive and negative. Saunders saved much of this mail and these letters have been arranged by either year or subject according to the Saunders' strip they relate to. It has been said that Saunders wrote back to every fan who sent him mail, however, very few copies of his responses to reader mail are found in the collection.

In addition to professional materials concerning Saunders' work as a comic strip writer, there is professional correspondence concerning his work for advertising agencies. Also, there are materials concerning his work as a journalist with the Toledo News-Bee, including articles written by Saunders and photographs of him at work or on assignment. Along with these are materials pertaining to his position on the Wabash College Board of Trustees and also his position as Associate Professor of Romance Languages at that same college during the 1920's. Materials from his Wabash College days -- such as manuscripts for novels, articles, plays, and short stories (both published and unpublished) -- are also found in the collection.

Personal papers, such as correspondence, family papers, financial records, legal documents, and photographs of both Saunders, friends and celebrities are included in the collection, as well as awards for community service, plaques, and college diplomas.

Materials from the various professional and community organizations to which Allen Saunders belonged are also found in the collection, such as the National Cartoonists Society and the President's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped. The materials of the former include correspondence, newsletters, programs to society banquets, and roster sheets. This material provides interesting insights not only into the workings of the society but also the different cartoonists who were members, such as Charles Schultz, Al Capp and Dik Browne. The materials concerning the Presidents Committee on the Employment of the Handicappedinclude publications, correspondence, rosters, membership cards and certificates, and advertisements for the committee featuring artwork and writing by Saunders.

The following materials in the Saunders Collection are sealed and may closed to access. Due to their personal, confidential nature they will be open for research only with the advance written permission of John Saunders (or his heirs), as well as the written permission of any other persons named in the papers:

  • Box 1, Folders 5, 13, 14, 17, 22, 23, 27
  • Box 2, Folders 1-43
  • Box 8, Folders 38-39
  • Box 11, Folder 10
  • Box 12, Folders 8-10
  • Box 14, Folder 33
  • Box 19, Folder 38
  • Box 28, Folders 1-15

Series Description

Series I: Personal Papers (3 boxes)1918-1985Arranged chronologically and by functional type.Includes correspondence with family and friends, and confidential personal financial records.Arranged in the following three subseries:
  1. Family and Personal Papers
    Includes material on family history, photographs of family and friends, a confidential class record book from Saunders' French class at Wabash College, and a diary and other materials from Saunders' stint in the Chautauqua circuit.
  2. Financial Records
    Personal and CONFIDENTIAL
  3. Personal Correspondence
    Letters from friends, business associates, and letters from servicemen during World War II are included.

Series II: Freeland Writing Files (3 boxes)1913-1937Arranged chronologically and by subjectContains correspondence art school reference files; correspondence and manuscripts of short stories by Saunders for pulp magazines, and manuscripts of plays, radio scripts and unpublished novels by Allen Saunders.Arranged in the following three subseries:
  1. Early Artwork
    Clippings of published cartoons and art school sample drawings are arranged alphabetically by subject in this subseries. Also includes proof sheets of Saunders' strip Miserable Moments and material from Saunders' work as a gag writer for En-Ar-Co National News.
  2. Short Stories
    Manuscripts and correspondence arranged in order by Saunders. Includes original copies of pulp magazines containing stories by Saunders.
  3. Plays, Radio Scripts, and Novels
    Manuscripts, correspondence, and programs for performances of plays written by Saunders. Also includes photographs of stage productions and publicity photographs for a radio program.

Series III: Toledo News-Bee (2 Boxes)1926-1939Arranged chronologicallyContains professional correspondence regarding Saunders; news columns, and freelance fiction. Original artwork, reporter notes, clippings of articles by Saunders, and articles and material about the newspaper are contained.

Series IV: Community Service and Professional Organizations (3 boxes)1934-1984Arranged alphabetically by organization titleArranged in the following three subseries:
  1. Community Service and Professional Organizations Papers
    Contains correspondence, rosters, newsletters, certificates, and publications from various professional comics, community service, and social organizations Saunders to which belonged.
  2. Wabash College, Board of Trustees Papers
    Contains correspondence, reports, and rosters for Wabash College board of trustees.
  3. Wabash College Publications
    Includes college bulletins and publications.

Series V: Chief Wahoo/Steve Roper/Mike Nomad Comic Strip (4 Boxes)1935-1977Arranged chronologically and by functional typeIncludes general professional and reader mail, research files, publicity material about the strip, and commercial tie-in material.Arranged in the following four subseries:
  1. General Professional Correspondence and Reader Mail
  2. Research Files, Notes, Clippings, Story Ideas
  3. Clippings/Publicity about Strip
  4. Comic Strip Tie-Ins
    Includes Steve Roper comic books, sheet music, and television scripts

Series VI: Kerry Drake Comic Strip (1 box)1942-1973Arranged chronologically and by functional typeArranged in thefollowing five subseries:
  1. Professional Correspondence
    Contains correspondence between Alfred Andriola, Publisher's Syndicate, and Allen Saunders. Also contains partial scripts for the strip within the text of the correspondence, and some original artwork.
  2. Reader Mail
    General reader mail and professional correspondence
  3. Clippings of and about the Strip
    Articles about the strip, as well as clippings of the original strip from its first six months of publication.
  4. Story ideas
    Research material for story ideas.
  5. Kerry Drake Strip Tie-Ins
    Includes Kerry Drake comic books and screenplays.

Series VII: Mary Worth Comic Strip (2 boxes)1939-1981Arranged chronologically and by functional typeSeparated into the following five subseries:
  1. Professional Correspondence and General Reader Mail
    Contains general professional and reader mail arranged chronologically.
  2. Fan/Reader Mail
    Arranged by subject order designated by Saunders.
  3. Research Notes and Files
    Research files for Allen and John Saunders arranged in rough chronological order.
  4. Publicity Material
    Includes correspondence, articles on strip, and publicity material arranged in rough chronological order.
  5. Mary Worth Strip Tie-Ins
    Mary Worth comic books, commercial correspondence for Mary Worth radio series, television series, and scripts. Arranged in rough chronological order.

Series VIII: Other Professional Work (5 boxes)1916-1984Arranged chronologically and by projectSeparated into the following nine subseries:
  1. "Writing Comics is Serious Business" Files
    Includes correspondence, original artwork, photographs, and questionnaires from other comic artists that Saunders collected while writing the above article on continuity in the comic strips. Originally contracted for Saturday Evening Post, but published in Esquire. Excellent source for information on Saunders' peers.
  2. Agent Correspondence and Advertising Material
    Correspondence regarding the "Good Neighbors" game, film, radio, and television tie-ins for his strips, and information and samples of advertising freelance files regarding freelance advertising work by Saunders for PillsburyJell-o, andChevrolet. Arranged in rough chronological order.
  3. Duke Handy/Philip Morris Comic Strip Material
    Correspondence and material on Philip Morris freelance comic strip Saunders wrote titled Duke Handy. Arranged in chronological order.
  4. Cliff Merritt/United Transportation Union Material
    Correspondence and material on the comic book freelanced by Saunders for the United Transportation Union of their "Cliff Merritt" character.
  5. Dateline Danger! Comic Strip Material
    Correspondence and material on the comic strip Dateline Danger!, written by John Saunders, assisted by Allen.
  6. Golf is a Funny Game Material
    Correspondence and material concerning the book, Golf is a Funny Game, organized and authorized by Saunders.
  7. Other Publications
    Material for miscellaneous articles and booklets by Saunders. Arranged in rough chronological order.
  8. Playwright for Paper Actors
    Manuscripts for Saunders' autobiography Playwright for Paper Actors. Arranged chronologically by chapter.
  9. Speech Files
    A substantial number of research files and transcripts of speeches given by Saunders on comic strips and related topics are contained in this series. Arranged in rough chronological order.

Series IX: General Professional Files (5 boxes)1929-1986Arranged chronologically and by functional type in the following seven subseries:
  1. Professional Correspondence and Reader Mail
    Contains general professional correspondence, general reader mail that may have been used for articles or speeches, and correspondence, information, and original artwork by and about other comic writers and artists. Arranged in chronological order.
  2. General Business Records
    Contains expense records, payment/billing records [CONFIDENTIAL], bills, receipts, and leases.
  3. Comics Information
    Contains correspondence, clippings, and other information on comic censorship, the history of comic strips, the comic strip industry, and material about and by other comic artists.
  4. Foreign Comics
    Original comic strips and comic books and strip proof sheets of Mary Worth, Kerry Drake, and Steve Roper in Spanish, French, Russian, and other languages.
  5. Biographical Clippings and Interviews
    Contains material saved by Allen Saunders for a scrapbook, clippings about Saunders, biographical notes, and Allen Saunders' obituary.
  6. General Research and Professional Files
    General research material for comic strip writing and on the industry are included.
  7. Miscellaneous Correspondence
    Contains personal and professional correspondence from the last years of Saunders' life. Arranged alphabetically by folder by Saunders.

Series X: Miscellaneous Material (5 boxes)1909-1977Includes photographs, ephemera, scrapbooks, and oversize materialArranged roughly in chronological order in the following five subseries:
  1. Publicity photographs
    Photographs of Saunders while at the News-Bee, on stage, of Hollywood stars, of Saunders with Hollywood stars, autographed photos, comic strip publicity photographs, photographs for interviews and articles, and photographs of Saunders giving speeches and from community service events.
  2. Board Games
    "Good Neighbors" game invented by Saunders and John B. Carson and "Chief Wahoo's Teepee Town" are included.
  3. Plaques, Awards, Photographs, Taped Interview
    Awards for community service, family photographs, office plaques, Saunders' college diplomas, oversize photographs, and a taped interview with Saunders are included.
  4. Scrapbooks
    One scrapbook on Allen Saunders' public life and one of the Apple Mary comic strip.
  5. Oversize Material
    All oversize materials culled from the first nine series of the collection are herein arranged in Box 37 in series order.

Series XI: Original Artwork (54 boxes)1936-1983Arranged in chronological order by comic strip title in the following four subseries:
  1. Chief Wahoo/Steve Roper/Mike Nomad
  2. Apple Mary/Mary Worth
  3. Dateline: Danger!
  4. Kerry Drake

Inventory

Box 1
Series I: Personal Papers, Subseries A: Family and Personal Papers
FolderDescriptionDate
1 Allen Saunders teaching certificate 1918
Chautauqua contract 1926
Toledo Police Dept. fingerprint 1932
2 letters, telegram, photographs, funeral programs for Allen's mother, Nancy Ellen Jackson Saunders; New Testament Bible. 1921-1929
3 Chautauqua material: diary kept by Saunders; snapshots 6 - 9/[1926]
correspondence from family, fan Aug 1926
"Suggestions to Talent" and bulletin from Community Chautauqua's office, Indianapolis June 1926
4 program: "Community Chautauquas" Albion [Saunders is pictured as a cast member of "A Message From Mars" play production as part of the Chautauqua] Aug 28- Sept 1 [1926]
5 CONFIDENTIAL: Class Record Book: French class [grades listed, Wabash College] 1926
6 "Spiffledinking" columns by Joe Saunders (Allen's uncle); [1920s]
biographical history of John R. Saunders (Grandfather of Allen) 1932
7 early portraits of Allen Saunders; Allen Saunders graduation pictures; photographs of Saunders attending later Wabash graduations 1920s-1953
8 obituary John R. Saunders, Allen's grandfather The Lebanon Reporter, Lebanon, Indiana 9/12/1932
9 memorial program, Idah Gibson; 1933
clipping of play review
[Gibson was in the play] [author and columnist, Saunders worked with her at the Toledo News-Bee]
3/15/34
10 pamphlet:
Hoosier Corn (A Series of Mash Notes), Al H. Wynkoop [Paul McCutcheon dinner?]
12/14/1940
11 correspondence;
notes concerning issues of various magazines purchasing of back
1948
12 duplicate print of a Degas painting sent to Saunders 1948
13 CONFIDENTIAL:
correspondence from Earl Timmons [farmed Saunders land in Boone County, Indiana]
2/1950 9/1951
14 CONFIDENTIAL:
correspondence, documents, concerning Electric Line Easement [Boone County Property]
1951-1956
15 miscellaneous verses, excerpts; page of a speech [?]; speech ideas [?]; program for First Presbyterian Church, Maumee, Ohio 1952-1956
16 publicity release for Lois Saunders [daughter of Allen] [1959]
17 CONFIDENTIAL:
miscellaneous personal papers, including those pertaining to Saunders' Rolls Royce
1959-1960
18 funeral program, personal letters concerning death of Fred Saunders [Allen's father] 1963
19 CONFIDENTIAL:
information concerning Saunders' family cemetery plot; correspondence from Perrysburg Commons; receipt from church donations
1965-1981
20 photographs: friends, family and club organization parties 1965-1985
21 Saunders family history: biographical history of Joseph M.; memoirs by John Rogers Saunders; article by John R. 1895-1976
22 CONFIDENTIAL:
family correspondence
1976
23 CONFIDENTIAL:
medical records for Lois Saunders; application for Crestview Center of Ohio;
pamphlet from Maumee, Urgent Medical Care Center
1978-1980
24 newspaper:
"A Tale of Two Toledos" The Miami Herald
2/25/1979
25 letter to Santa Claus from John Saunders; n.d.
article on Allen's daughter, Lois (actress) 10/25/1979
26 play review [Lois Ann, Allen's daughter] 1978
drawing by Juliette; excerpts from diary by Cindi [Dave Saunders' daughter, Allen's granddaughter] 1970
program, First Presbyterian Church, Maumee 5/25/69
Saunders family Christmas card 1941
broadside:
organ recital, David E. Saunders [Allen's son]
1985
27 CONFIDENTIAL:
receipts, calling cards from Findlay Galleries and Field Syndicate
1981
28 church directory:
First Presbyterian Church, Maumee
Fall 1981
29 original artwork by Saunders; 1982
pipe advertisement featuring Allen Saunders 12/16/1946
30 pamphlet for the Perrysburg Common; n.d.
note of thanks to Allen Saunders from Commons; Post-operative cataract instructions from Dr. Clark D. Weidaw [1980s]
31 newpaper clipping of Dave Saunders in award winning Perrysburg High School Jazz Singers; poetry of Juliette Morgan [first prize poetry contest]; P.T.A. membership drive letter; photographs of Saunders at the Commons 1980s
32 poem by Saunders; letter from Saunders; poem: "One Night I Had A Dream" [author unknown] 1980s
33 conference name tag: "Allen Saunders, creator of Mary Worth"; pocket prayer card from Fountain For Christian Living n.d.
34 photographs:
farm [Boone County?]
n.d.
35 index
[this is an index prepared by Allen Saunders files that the Browne Popular Culture Library has interfiled into Series I and Series IV]
n.d.
36 Personal and correspondence:
Sister letters from Allen's father
n.d.
37 photographs of family members and family property [?] n.d.
Box 2
Series I (con't.)
Subseries B: Financial Records
FolderDescriptionDate
NOTE: FOLDERS 1-43 ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS
1 Farm Reports from Earl Timmons, income/expenses
[farmed Saunders land in Boone County, Indiana]
Feb. 1950 - March 1957
2 real estate and personal property tax statements, cancelled checks for Boone County property 1950 - 1957
3 fire insurance correspondence, invoices [Boone County property] June 1951 - Aug. 1960
4 annual reports for various corporations: letters to shareholders 1959 - 1963
booklet:
The Language of Investing: A Glossary
Nov. 1959
News clipping on stock market 4/22/59
list of stock holdings of John Allen Saunders 2/1959
5 Social Security, Medicare, health insurance papers for John and Lois Saunders 1966 - 1972
6 individual income tax return, John and Lois Saunders 1969
7 personal income tax information for Allen Saunders 1970
8 Lucas County State Bank statements, Allen and Lois S. 1971
9 Wabash College pooled income fund account; statements for John Allen and Lois L. Saunders; life income contract; correspondence 1972 - 1980
10 check stubs [business?] Allen Saunders 1974-77
11 personal bank statements: Huntington Bank of Toledo; First National Bank of Toledo, Allen and Lois S. 1977 - 1978
12 personal bank statements/check stubs, Huntington Bank of Toledo, Deerfield Branch State Bank [Florida] Allen and Lois Saunders 1975-1978
13 banking documents, statements, personal income tax; tax documents for Allen and John Saunders 1977 - 79
14 personal income tax portfolio, Allen and Lois S. 1978
15 Family Financial Records, Trust Accounts 1981 - 1982
Folders 16 - 19: Billing Reports from Field Newspaper Syndicate to Allen and John Saunders 1979 - 1983
Folders 20 - 24: Payment stubs and receipts from personal and professional billing statements 1978 - 1980
Folders 25 - 28: Medical insurance forms: Medicare and Blue Shield 1978 - 1981
Folders 29 - 34: Ohio Citizens Trust Co. Investment statements and other receipts 1979 - 1983
Folders 35 - 37: real estate, house bills, and appraisal 1962 - 1963, 1978 - 1981
Folders 38 - 39: retirement and life insurance forms and policies [Travelers, Connecticut General] 1959,1973, 1976 - 1981
Folders 40 - 43: Tax items [personal and professional] 1976-1981
Box 3
Series I (con't.)
Subseries C: Personal Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
Folders 1-9 contain correspondence from friends, business associates, and from serviceman during World War II [may have been penpals] 1940-1947
10 political correspondence 1945-1948
11 miscellaneous personal correspondence with friends, admirers, artists 1923, 1950-1983
12 publicity release: First Annual Exhibit of Hoosier Cartoons 8/29/1978
business cards; exhibit flyer; clipping 1970s
copy:
manuscript of "The Sugar Crick School of Art"
n.d.
13 correspondence with writers [television, comic strips] 1965 - 1970
14 answered letters 1976 - 1977
15 correspondence from Bob Franklin; two booklets of "Warning Fables" by Franklin 1977, 1983 1982, 1983
16 miscellaneous letter [from newsletter?] by Morris Weiss concerning death of Ham Fisher n.d.
17 letter and manuscript on 1780 battle by "Steve" [battle near Wabash, Indiana] n.d.
Box 4
Series II: Freelance writing and artwork files
Subseries A: Early Artwork Material
FolderDescriptionDate
Folders 1 - 16 in Box #4 and 1 - 16 in Box #5 consist of reference files developed by Saunders on drawing techniques. They are organized by subject and include pages from correspondence art schools, clippings of published cartoons, and original sketches by Saunders.
1 Landon School material [correspondence school for cartoon art] 1914
2 How to Draw information from various correspondence schools; 1913 - 1914
booklet:
How to Draw, by G. Sumner Groves, International School of Drawing
1914
3 Action Sketches
[includes original sketches]
1914, 1942
4 Action Sketches, (con't.);
booklet:
Action Sketches, Book Two, Debeck and Carter Feature Service
1916
5 Animals 1913 - 1932
6 Animals--Birds 1916, 1918
7 Animals--Dogs and Cats 1915-1925
8 Animals--Farm [includes original sketches] 1918, 1922
9 Animals--Fish 1922, 1930
10 Animals--Horses, Mules [includes original sketches] 1922, 1925
11 Animals--Elephants 1922, 1940
12 Boats, Ships, etc. 1920s
13 Farm Detail [includes original sketches] 1920s
** This asterisk denotes that material(s) from that folder have been transferred to Box #37 for Oversize Materials. They are arranged in order by series starting with folder #8 in the Box #37.
14 Hands n.d.
15 Newsprint booklet:
The Dictator's Diary (How to Draw Dictators) cartoons by Hungerford, Toledo Blade
3/18/1941
16 Indians 1920s
Box 5
Series II (con't.)
Subseries A: Early Artwork (con't.)
FolderDescriptionDate
1 Indoor Detail--Homes [includes original sketches] 1916-1922
2 Lettering 1914, 1922
3 Machines 1922-1930
4** Outdoor Detail [1920s]
5** People--Drawings [includes original sketches] 1914, [1920s], 1950, 1951
6 People--Caricaturing [contemporary political figures] [1910s - 20s]
7 People--Costumes 1919 - 1944
En-ar-co National News booklet Jan 1928
8** People--Figures [includes color ink sketch by H.W. Davis] 1914 - 1922
9** Portraits [includes original sketches]; photo of woman 1920s
10 "School Days, Old Days" 1920s
11 Sports 1920s
12 Women [includes original sketches] 1914 - 1943
13 miscellaneous cartoon clippings; correspondence sheets; 1914 - 1920s
letter from John T. McCutchen, artist n.d.
14 published and original artwork by Saunders; 1919
original ink sketches by "CY" [1920s]
15 Miserable Moments proof sheets, United Feature Syndicate [by Saunders] 1922
16 En-ar-co National News Material: typed notes of ideas; clippings from publication; copies of the pamphlets; [includes original sketches. It appears Saunders freelanced as a humor writer and possibly illustrator for this publication.] 1925 - 1927
Box 6
Series II (con't.)
Subseries B: Short Stories
FolderDescriptionDate
Note: Folders 1-33 contain typewritten manuscripts most likely written by Allen Saunders during his employment at Wabash College and while working for the Toledo News-Bee.
1 "Broad Hints on Bowling" [humorous piece] n.d.
2 "Bubbles and Blackmail" [Pinky Boyle short story]
3 typed manuscripts [all unfinished]:
"Change and Arrest" [Pinky Boyle]; "Murder By Moonlight"; untitled Pinky Boyle story; "Pinky Boyle Takes A Hand"
4 "Cobbler's Last"
5 "The Curse of Lyttleton Hall"
6 romance short stories: "Dangerous Forties"; "Cold-Packed Romance"; "Sign Language"
7 "Death on the Deadline" (with rejection letter from the Frank A. Munsey Co.) [1931?] 7/14/31
8 "Death Rides Down" (with rejection letter from Detective Fiction Weekly) [1933?] 12/27/1933
9 "Flash in the Dark" n.d.
10 "Flash in the Dark" (with rejection letter from Standard Magazine, Inc.)
11 "The Fly-By-Knight Flop"
12 "The Gat and the Fiddle" [Pinky Boyle short story]
13 "The Ghost that Giggled"
14 "Government Aid"
15 "Hard Guy's Homecoming"
16 "Here Comes the Bribe"
17 "His Jumbo Jamboree" [Pinky Boyle's short story]
18 "Horror's Homecoming"
19 "Keys to the Death House"
20 "Murder at the Matinee"
21 "Nothing Ever Happens"
22 "Nothing Up the Sleeve"
23 Memorandum booklet:
"Outward Bound" lists freelance articles Saunders sent out and payment records
1925 - 1926
24 "Picture Prowler" n.d.
25 "Pink Slipper"
26 "Pinky's Campus Prowl" [Pinky Boyle short story]
27 "Pinky Nets a Prophet" (with rejection letter from The Frank A. Munsey Co.) [1930?], 1/31/30
28 "Pinky Takes a Hand" [Pinky Boyle Short Story] n.d.
29 Ring of the Mongol
30 "Sables for Sweetie"
31 "Sir Wally Bears a Torch"
32 "Soap, Soup and Saucers"
33 Typed manuscripts of "Starts and Stops"
[stories, articles never finished]
34 "Why Motorists Grow Wary" [may be an article for the News-Bee]
Box 7
Series II (con't.)
Subseries B (con't.)
FolderDescriptionDate
Note: Folders 1-11 contain published short stories by Saunders
1 original pages:
"The Tryst"
Flynn's Weekly [Vol. 20, No.6]
1/1/1927
2 original pages:
"Heroes of Science"
Flynn's Weekly [Vol. 22, No.2]
2/26/1927
3 original pages:
"A Gamble of Gospels"
Detective Fiction Weekly
[Vol. 35, No.6]
9/22/1928
4 original pages:
"Fireworks and Frogs"
Detective Fiction Weekly [Vol. 40, No.3]
3/30/1929
5 original pages:
"Little Gypping Sweetheart"
Detective Fiction Weekly [Vol. 50, No.5]
6/7/1930
6 original pulp magazine:
"The Movie House Murders"
Complete Detective Novel Magazine
[Vol. 1, No. 61] (cover illustration is for Saunders' story)
7/1933
7 two American Druggist magazines:
contain "The Drug Store Murders" serial
8/1933
9/1933
8 original magazine:
"Blond Blight"
UEF News
[Underwood Elliot Fisher]
7/1934
9 original pulp magazine:
"The Man With One O'Clock Ears"
Dime Detective Magazine [Vol. 14, No.3]
10/15/1934
10 one original pulp magazine and two copies of original pages:
"The Nervous Corpse"
Detective Fiction Weekly [Vol. 95, No.4]
8/10/1935
11 cover of Complete Western Book Magazine with note of thanks to Saunders from Richard Sprang 1/[?]
Drug World paper 9/27/1935
misc. pages from Opportunity Magazine
[these contain no apparent material by Saunders]
11/1937
[Saunders also had his story "Out of the Hell Box" published in Vol. 26, No.2 of Flynn's Weekly Detective Fiction [Aug. 13, 1927] but this manuscript and magazine are not contained in the collection.]
Box 8
Series II (con't.)
Subseries C: Plays, Radio Scripts, Novels
FolderDescriptionDate
Sarbeque [novel] [1930?]
1 manuscript:
Chapters 1-3
 
2 Chapters 4-7
3 Chapters 8-10
4 Chapters 11-end
5 manuscript:
novel [no title]
n.d.
Cocktail Party [novel]
6 correspondence: 12/1938-6/43
7 typewritten theory and outline [193-?]
8 typed notes
9
10
11 typewritten manuscript with handwritten revisions
12 manuscript:
(carbon copy) final draft?
13 miscellaneous pages from manuscript with handwritten revisions
Crown on the Hall Tree [play]
14 correspondence: 1937-1938
15 typewritten manuscript [193?]
16 programs:
Toledo Repertoire Co.
10/1937
Death on the Deadline [novel]
17 manuscript:
Chapters 1-4
[1930?]
18 Chapters 5-8 10/1937
19 Chapters 9-end [1930s]
Eddie and Imogene [radio program by Saunders]
20 correspondence, clippings, publicity photos 1940
21 notes, original sketches, mock-up/publicity manuscript:
"We Want You to Meet Eddie and Imogene"
[1940?]
22 typewritten radio scripts [1939?]
23 (carbon copies), nos. 1-6 [1941?]
24 carbon copies of same scripts as in folder 23 1941
25 typewritten manuscript:
Girl Under Glass
("Melodrama in One Act")
n.d.
26 typewritten manuscript:
In the Waiting Room ("A Play in One Act")
n.d.
27 typed play treatment:
Lonely Heart
n.d.
28 typed manuscript:
The Matchmaker, A Comedy in Three Acts [incomplete]
n.d.
29 manuscript, bound:
novel The Movie House Murders
[1930?]
30 typed synopses, misc. notes for play Satan Came Also n.d.
31 typed [radio] script:
Sidewalk Cafe by Saunders and Lawrence Grattan with letter from NBC [radio]
1934
10/19/34
32 typewritten manuscript:
Supper At Seven ("One Act Comedy")
n.d.
33 programs of various productions of the play by Saunders, Three Taps at Twelve 1933 - 1934
review and publicity clippings;
issue of Village Chatter, New York City
5/7/35
34 Photographs:
production of Three Taps at Twelve, Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana
n.d.
35 typewritten manuscript: Uniforms ("One Act Comedy") n.d.
36 rejection letter from Robert Thomas Hardy, Inc. [author agency] for Saunders' book manuscripts 2/29/30
37 rejection letters for Girl Under Glass, In the Waiting Room, Uniforms, and Supper At Seven 1938 - 39
38 CONFIDENTIAL:
correspondence; royalty statements for plays by Saunders from Samuel French [play publishers]
1939 - 43
39 CONFIDENTIAL:
receipts; statements from Samuel French for play royalties
1945 - 60
Box 9
Series III: Toledo News-Bee Material

Folders 1-15

These contain letters labeled by Saunders as: "Correspondence 1927 plus--Last Days at Wabash-Toledo News-Bee" Although most of this correspondence deals with articles Saunders published in the newspaper, a large proportion of the letters are professional correspondence regarding Saunders' freelance fiction writings, similar to correspondence contained in Series II, Subseries B and C.

None of the correspondence seems to be related to teaching at Wabash College. The letters in this subseries are arranged and filed alphabetically by folder, with dates ranging from 1926-1937.

[Saunders wrote a daily column called "Stage and Offstage" for the Toledo News-Bee and a weekly book review, short fiction, and other pieces.]

Box 10
Series III (con't.)
FolderDescriptionDate
1 journals: Scripps-Howard News
[contains article on Gibson and Saunders] 9/1929
[contains article on Toledo News-Bee] 2/1930
2 typed reprints of "The University of Toledo--Your School" article series originally written by Saunders for the Toledo News-Bee 11/1934
3 misc. articles/columns by Saunders (originally filed loose at back of above notebook) [short fiction and "Stage and Offstage" column] 1934-38
4 clippings about paper's demise; press pass to New York Worlds Fair; 1939
pamphlet: "Paul Whiteman in Person" n.d.
The Hotplate [satirical paper for the Toledo News-Bee staff] 2/3/1934
movie article, The Literary Digest 11/9/1935
5 travel notes in Hollywood, eleven reporter pads for Europe, and Florida 1935 - 1938
6 original artwork cards to Saunders [one of a teepee by H.W. Davis]; ink caricature of Saunders by Clarence Gray [from Toledo News-Bee] 1936
7 three articles by Saunders on Hollywood 1936 - 1937
8 fan mail, letters from actors, etc. [last days of the paper being published] 1937 - 1938
9 Time
[contains reprint of article by Saunders on actress Agna Enters]
1/3/1938
10 clippings of columns by Saunders; 1930s
clippings of advertisement for "Forbidden Fires" serial story in the Toldeo News-Bee by Saunders and Ida McGlone Gibson [9/9/?]
Heritage Press flyer
[quotes Saunders]
n.d.
typed manuscript:
"City Room Callers"
n.d.
11 artwork of Saunders by "CY", and others [unsigned] [1930s]
caricature of Saunders by Wygren 1932
silhouette of Saunders by Budd-Jack 1936
12 notebook containing pasted articles by Saunders [short fiction pieces] n.d.
Box 11
IV: Community Service and Professional Organizations
Subseries A: Community Service and Professional Organizational Papers
FolderDescriptionDate
1 Art Interests, Inc., Toledo, Ohio
minutes, correspondence, rosters, art programs for exhibition by Chinese-American artist Dong Kingman
1961 - 1971
2 Board of Education, Toledo, Ohio
correspondence, articles, certificates
1941 - 1957
3 Community Chest publicity committee, Toledo, Ohio
minutes, tentative publicity program
9/8/38
1938 - 1939
4 full page newspaper advertisements for the Community Chest, Toledo Blade, the Toledo Times, Catholic Chronicle 4/1940
5 ads from folder 4 (con't.) 4/1940
6 Community Chest correspondence concerning commissioned artwork by Saunders for advertising 4 - 5/1940
7 misc. memberships: "The Hermits": rosters 10/1/79
Friday Discussion Club Roster 12/1979
8 The Hermits [Toledo Country Club]:
country club handbooks; (membership list, rules and regulations);
pamphlet: A History of the Hermits; rosters; Flower Fund Notice; New Member Announcement
1979 - 1983
9 Minor Prophets history of organization; pamphlets; correspondence; pamphlet listing original members; address list 1955 - 1975
10 CONFIDENTIAL:
"To the Members of the National Cartoonist's Society Only" [correspondence concerning ethics committee]
7/31/57
11 National Cartoonist's Society: correspondence; postcard; rosters; nomination form for NCS annual award 1949-1963
12 National Cartoonist's Association society roster 3/1968
13 The Cartoonist
[publication of the National Cartoonist's Society]
(beginning with Vol. 1, No.1 to Vol. 12, No.2: 27 separate issues)
1949-Spring 1960
14 The Cartoonist Fall [1979]
membership roster 3/1980
nomination ballot, Reuben Awards 1979
15 National Cartoonist's Society Newsletter 7/14/54 - 2/12/56
16 4/29/57 - 12/26/57
17 1/23/58 - 5/21/62
18 Newsletter & Flyer for NCS Gala Double-Header Christmas - Birthday Party 1/64 - 6/65
19 Newsletter & letter from new president 1982 - 1984
20 National Cartoonist's Society Dinner Programs 4/23/52, 4/23/57, 4/23/63, 6/6/63
21 Booklet:
19th Annual Reuben Award Dinner
4/20/65
22 misc. publications
The American Cartoonist 9/1947
Phil Love Talks of Comics 1964
23 The Newcomen Society in North America
correspondence, history, attendance roster
1963
pamphlet:
From Fruit Jars to Satellites: The Story of Ball Brothers Company Incorporated by Edmund F. Ball. Princeton NY: The Newcomen Society in North America.
1960
Newspaper Comics Council
24 articles; news releases 4/55 - 11/61
correspondence
[Saunders was Chairman of NCC]
1962
25 reports and minutes 6/56 - 9/21/60
26 10/25/61 - 3/13/63
27 publications 1955 - 1957
28 Association of the Ohio Commodores
bylaws and constitution pamphlet, correspondence, invitations
1969
29 People-to-People Program: correspondence; roster; minutes; press release; newsletter; articles; pamphlets 1956 - 1957
30 Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Beta Kappa correspondence, Toledo area Phi Beta Kappa graduate association roster 1971 - 1976
31 The Players Club
New York City programs, correspondence, bulletins, article
1954 - 68
32 booklet:
The Players Book [The Players Club]
1980
33 Players Magazine
[Official Publication of National Collegiate Players]
5 - 6/1934
NOTE: Folders 34-43 contain information concerning The President's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped
34 correspondence 12/63 - 6/69
35 notes; drafts of correspondence n.d.
36 correspondence 10/58 - 11/62
37 samples of published cartoons on handicapped employment artwork; correspondence; newspapers with handicapped and employment themes [ca. 1960]
38 roster; publicity releases; membership cards; Cartoonist's Committee; committee nomination forms 1959
39 clippings; articles on Cartoonist's Committee 12/1959
40 minutes
[name changed to The President's Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped]; program
5/59 - 4/61
5/1969
41 publications of the President's Committee 1955 - 1964
42 miscellaneous publications on employing the handicapped
[includes Toledo area publications]
1953 - 1960
43 correspondence; certificate of membership 1978 - 1980
44 booklet:
The Press Club of Toledo Roster
7/1978
45 Sigma Delta Chi (Professional Journalistic Fraternity)
correspondence
1962
46 Tile Club of Toledo [artist's club]
rosters, correspondence regarding art exhibit
1980, 1983
47 Toledo Automobile Club Roster
publication: AAA News Review [Saunders pictured]
11/1/80, 3/1961
48 United States Committee for the United Nations
correspondence; annual report; bulletin
1957 - 1959
49 Friday Discussion Club, University of Toledo
roster; photograph; schedule of speakers
1981
50 Voluntary Action Center
correspondence; information sheet
1980 - 1981
51 miscellaneous correspondence 1945
thank-you note from Joan Crawford, USO 6/29/1965
invitation, Bond Drive Dinner 1949
program for Michael V. DiSalle Recognition Dinner 1/7/59
certificate from Toledo District Defense Council 12/12/44
certificate from Toledo Public Health Association 1945 - 1946
Box 12
Series IV (con't.)
Subseries B: Wabash College, Board of Trustees Papers
FolderDescriptionDate
1 miscellaneous correspondence concerning Byron Price, recommendations [for him to become board member] June - July, 1942
2 correspondence from W. Norwood Brigance, regarding John Saunders, Speakers Bureau, Wabash College 11/10/1942, 5/14/43
3 "Class List-1920" 1/3/1948
"1920 Class Roster" 3/1960
index cards, Toledo area alumni [?] n.d.
4 miscellaneous correspondence 1954 - 1974
Board of Trustees Roster Sept 1972
5 itinerary
"Five Week Adult Program"
Summer 1955
"A Personal Development Program for Young Men in Business and Industry" n.d.
6 booklet:
Report of Meeting of Members of Boards of Trustees of Colleges and Universities of Indiana
11/24/1956
7 supportive documents used to compile above report (contents sheet inside folder] 1958-1965
8 CONFIDENTIAL:
correspondence concerning fraternity anti-discrimination situation
7 - 8/1960
9 CONFIDENTIAL:
correspondence concerning faculty recommendation on fraternities and segregation [Saunders was chairman for trustee's special committee for consideration of the faculty recommendation on this subject] from Will H. Hays, Jr.; E.B. Martindale; Pete Edson; Marshall Pipin John P. Collett; Norman Treves; Dave Peck; Edmund F. Ball; IvaI Wiles; Gene Beesley; Hjalmar W. Johnson. [all members of the trustee's special committee]
Sept. 1960
10 CONFIDENTIAL:
"Background on Faculty Recommendation on Fraternities and Segregation," by W.W. Shearer;
[1960]
"Regulations and Policies Concerning Membership in Wabash Fraternities" [10/17/60]
11 statement by trustees of Wabash College concerning fraternal discrimination n.d.
12 summary of Investment Position, Wabash College 1960
13 miscellaneous correspondence from B.K. Trippet, President of Wabash College; Ivan L. Wiles; Edmund F. Ball; Kenneth Tirmenstein; Pete Edson; Charles Follette concerning nominating committee [Saunders chairman] Sept. 1960 - April 1965
14 material concerning Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, presented to Allen Saunders, Wabash College on June 9, 1963 1962 - 1963
15 "Report of Second 1964 Examination of Shade Trees on the Wabash College Campus," by J.C. Carter, Ph.D. Plant Pathologist 10/8/1964
16 correspondence concerning & rough drafts of the "Report of the Trustee's Committee to Review the Policy of Wabash College in Respect to the Use of Federal Funds for Educational Purposes" [Saunders was a member of the committee] 1964 - 65
17 "Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Wabash College" 2/13/1982
18 Wabash College Trustees Rosters 1980-1983
Box 13
Series IV (con't.)
Subseries C: Wabash College Publications
FolderDescriptionDate
1 The Wabash Bulletin [alumni magazine]
Vol. XXIV, No.6 March 1927
Vol. L, No. 2 May 1954
Vol. LII, No.4
[Saunders pictured]
Jan. 1957
Vol. LVII, No. 2 Oct. 1959
Vol. LVII, No. 5 April 1960
2 miscellaneous clippings about Wabash College [from newspapers and magazines] 1941 - 1980
3 pamphlets; clipping on Frank Sparks (past president of Wabash, in governor's race); publicity flyer for Rollo Walter Brown [professor at Wabash] 1956
1942 - 1943
4 The Caveman
(independent campus magazine)
May 1954
5 program; article on new Wabash campus center 10/30/1954
6 Wabash College bulletins (admissions information) 1954, 1958 - 59, 1963 - 64
7 booklets:
business and industry programs
1955
8 magazine:
Saturday Review
[includes article on fraternities and discrimination in section titled "Accent on Education"]
9/10/1955
9 publications by Byron K. Trippet, President, Wabash 1955 - 64
10 articles, brochures on finance and development 1957,1961 - 65
11 pamphlets: sports; theatre; liberal arts; admission facts 1961 - 1965
12 book:
Phi Gamma Delta at Wabash College 1941-1966, by Ralph G. Hesler (?), Psi Chapter, Wabash College [Saunders was an honorary Fiji, Class of 1920]
1966
Box 14
Series V: Big Chief Wahoo/Steve Roper/Mike Nomad Comic Strip Material
Subseries A: General Professional and Reader Mail
FolderDescriptionDate
1 general professional correspondence and reader mail (Big Chief Wahoo) 1937 - 1940
2 correspondence between Publisher's Syndicate and Allen Saunders concerning creation of the Steve Roper character Feb 1938 - April 1963
3 general professional correspondence and reader mail 1941
[one has clipping of Big Chief Wahoo attached] 5/17/[41]
4 general professional correspondence 1942
letter from reader attached: b/w glossy strip Chief Wahoo 8/10/42
5 general reader mail and professional correspondence: 1943
from Saunders to reader 2/10/43
from editor, Toledo Blade 2/19/43
attached:
letter from reader 2/16/43
three clippings of comic strips Li'l Abner, Chief Wahoo 2/15/[43]
6 general professional correspondence and reader mail 1944 - 1945
[one has clippings of two color comic strips of Chief Wahoo and Steve Roper] [7/1945?]
[NOTE: Some of the letters in Folders 7 and 8 deal with a Polish character in the strip named Sonny Brownski, a wrestler.]
7 general professional correspondence and reader mail 1946
[two have clippings of Chief Wahoo and Steve Roper comic strip attached] 3/23/46, 8/27/46
8 general reader mail and professional correspondence 1947
correspondence between "Gene" Connely, Publisher's Syndicate, editor of The Indianapolis Star, and A. Saunders 6/1947
[includes attachment of color strip] 1/26/47
correspondence between Ben Kocel, Glos Ludowy (People's Voice-Polish Weekly) and Saunders 10/1947
9 general professional correspondence and reader mail 1948
[one includes three clippings of comic strip] [5/48]
from Henry Jaffe, Mycor Camera Co., Inc. 9/15/48
attached: note to Saunders from H.H. Anderson, Publisher's Syndicate; b/w glossy advertisement for "Tiny 'Mycro' " camera n.d.
article on Nielsen Ratings for week of August 15-21, 1948 9/27/48
10 general reader mail correspondence 1949
11 general reader mail and professional correspondence [include clippings of the comic strip, letter to the editor] 1950
correspondence between H.H. Anderson, Publisher's Syndicate, editor of The Globe and Mail, Toronto, and with various readers 11 - 12/1950
12 correspondence from Robert E. Bordon, Director, LP-Gas Information Services 6/11/51
13 general reader mail correspondence 1952
postcard from A. Saunders with note from N.P. Revel 7/8/1952
14 general professional correspondence:
correspondence between Publisher's Syndicate personnel, A. Saunders, and various newspaper editors general reader mail correspondence [some include attachments of news clippings of the strip, or b/w glossies of the strip]
1953
15 general reader mail correspondece: 1954
[one has clipping attached of the comic strip] 10/21/[54]
correspondence between William K. Fortner, Founder, The Christian Soldiers, Publisher's Syndicate, and A. Saunders 9/1954
16 general reader mail correspondence 1955
[one has clipping attached of color panel of strip] [3/20/55]
draft of correspondence from A. Saunders to Steve Allen [1/1955?]
17 general reader mail correspondence
[several have clippings of the comic strip attached]
1956
copy:
from Saunders to reader, Gas Transmission Co.
11/8/56
from reader with color news comic page
attached from Famous Funnies #52 of Big Chief Wahoo
5/56
correspondence between various newspaper editors, readers, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate personnel [several have clippings of the strip attached] 1956
photocopy:
Al Capp to William Overgard
8/8/1956
18 general professional correspondence and reader mail 1957
19 general reader mail correspondence
[several include attached clippings of the strip]
1958
correspondence between reader and Saunders 10 - 11/1958
general professional correspondence between editors, readers, A. Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate personnel 1958
correspondence from Publisher's Syndicate to A. Saunders 5/12/58
attachment:
clipping "Mary Haworth's Mail" The Washington Post and Times Herald
3/30/58
correspondence between editor, The Charleston Daily Mail, Overgard, and Saunders.
attachment: draft of article on the comic strip for the newspaper
7/1958
20 general reader mail correspondence
Publisher's Syndicate, and Saunders
1959
[one includes clipping of daily strip] 11/10/[59]
general professional correspondence between editors 1959
[one includes two b/w glossy dailies of, Steve Roper] 1/31/59, 2/2/59
21 general reader mail correspondence 1960
[one includes handwritten notes by Saunders] 9/29/60
carbon copy:
from Saunders to reader
2/23/60
22 general reader mail correspondence
[some include clippings of the comic strip]
[many deal with story line concerning deaf character]
1961
carbon copy: from Saunders to reader 8/16/61
from reader n.d.
attached: pages from a children's book by Thornton Burgess, Famous Animal Tales 1959
general professional correspondence between editors, Publisher's Syndicate, Saunders, and readers 1961
23 general reader mail correspondence 1962
[one includes clipping of daily comic strip] 4/4/[62]
general professional correspondence between editors, Publisher's Syndicate, readers, and Saunders 1962
[one includes clipping of daily comic strip] 3/23/[62]
24 general reader mail correspondence 1963
carbon copies: correspondence from Saunders to readers 6/11/63, 7/16/63
correspondence between reader, Publisher's Syndicate, and Saunders 6 -7/63
25 general reader mail correspondence 1964
26 general reader mail correspondence
[several include attachments of the daily strip]
1965
carbon copy: correspondence from Saunders to reader 7/26/65
general professional correspondence between editors, readers, and Publisher's Syndicate 1965
27 general reader mail correspondence
[several include attachments of the daily strip]
1966
28 general reader mail correspondence 1967
29 general reader mail correspondence 1968
[one includes attached daily comic strip] 12/12/68
general professional correspondence between Saunders, readers, and newspaper editors 1968
30 general reader mail correspondence from "Your half-wit favorite, Mike Nomad" n.d.
31 "Mail - Steve Roper"
[folder labeled by Saunders]
general reader mail correspondence
1955 - 1976
[one includes clipping of one panel from daily strip] [1976]
from Ann Griffith [columnist], Charleston Daily Mail n.d.
32 reader mail
[most are thank you letters from charity organizations or professionals thanking Saunders for portraying their causes correctly in the strip]
1950 - 1962
33 CONFIDENTIAL: correspondence, papers concerning court cases brought against Publisher's Syndicate for Steve Roper comic strip 1957 - 1958
34 correspondence, charts on Steve Roper ratings 1955 - 1960
Box 15
Series V (con't.)
Subseries B: Research files, notes, clippings, story ideas
FolderDescriptionDate
1 original watercolor and ink drawings of comic Indian characters by Horson [?] n.d.
2 original ink panel of Chief Wahoo strip; n.d.
caricature of Allen Saunders as Mary Worth with Chief Wahoo by ? 5/10/39
Note: Folders 3-11 all from file labeled by Saunders as "Steve Roper: Story Angles"
3 pamphlet:
Mail Fraud, U.S. Post Office Department
9/1964
pamphlet:
Don't Be a Pigeon in the Old Con Game
[1966?]
booklet:
Consumer Alert Booklet, Better Business Bureau
n.d.
4 Story Angles: handwritten notes; typewritten page "Roper Plot" n.d.
handwritten notes, "Encore for Eros" [notes on use of hidden cameras in story] n.d.
handwritten notes (1954-55)
correspondence [from Overgard] to Saunders 9/2/70
handwritten story outline, sketch of diamond ring n.d.
typewritten story
"General Outline of RR Story for Steve Roper"
n.d.
attached: news clipping:
"Mafia Muscles in on Rustling" [n.p.]
n.d.
handwritten story outline n.d.
"Biographical Background--Mike Nomad" fact sheet [1953]
5 listing of Toledo Public Library Selected Non-Fiction Books 10/31/67
article:
"Brush With Danger: Writer Joins Nazis" Editor and Publisher
9/24/66
clipping:
"Secret-Size Recording Machine" [n.p.]
n.d.
article:
"Beware the Fast Buck!" Men, Vol. 7, No.3
n.d.
clipping:
"Tractor Rescues Self From Fire" The Circleville Herald
8/12/70
advertisement:
"A Banner for The Cleveland Press"
n.d.
clipping:
"That HH Thing Is A Spooky One" Toledo Blade
n.d.
clipping:
"18-State Hunt Pushed for Photographer's Killer" New York Times
4/21/69
clipping:
"Flying is Such Fun" New York Herald Tribune
4/7/63
business card for record and tape service n.d.
clipping:
"Cigaret (sic) Bootlegger Likely to Move in After Big Tax Hike" [n.p.]
n.d.
clipping:
"Get-Rich-Quick Gag Draws Cops" [NYC?]
n.d.
6 handwritten notes, clippings and sketches on hidden cameras 1947 - 1952
7 typewritten scripts for strip Steve Roper and Mike Nomad 5/28 - 6/3
[197-?]
8 typewritten scripts for Steve Roper and Mike Nomad 6/11 - 6/20, [197-?]
with typewritten letter from Alice and John [Saunders]
[script by John Saunders]
"Wed. pm"
9 News clippings: 1971
"Suzy Sorority Criticized Her, Across Nation"
"California Case Illustrates Computer Data Theft Methods"
"FBI Files Hide Memories of Mafia Official"
"California Police Learn Fast-Shoot Method"
letter from Daniel R. Pfoutz, Head, Science and Technology Dept., Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh n.d.
attached:
clippings sent to Saunders by Pfoutz:
"Baseball Sandal" [sic]; "Are Successful Businessmen Using ESP?; "Strictly Personal" [column]; "Mail Service Organizing Own Police"
[1971]
10 "Rackets and Swindles" folder
handwritten notes: "Waitress Training n.d.
Better Business Bureau of Toledo Report on Operations 1963
correspondence from D.R. Pfoutz, Phil Steitz 1954, 1956
articles, clippings on topics such as beauty salon rackets, the Vanity Press, book thieves, fake charities, punchboard rackets, short change rackets, and others 1920 -
11 various news clippings on topics such as carnival games, phony glamour aids, furnace repair rackets, song sharks, teen pranksters, the Bureau of Standards, door sentry TV cameras, bank imposters, literary fraud, chinchilla racket, and others 1948 - 1972
12 pamphlets published by the Better Business Bureau:
A House Is A Living Thing 1964
Your Home Paradise for Gyps! (Cleveland) 1954
Facts You Should Know About Health Cures 1951
13 misc. clippings, articles for Steve Roper story angles 1972 - 1974
NOTE: The following folders may contain newspaper clippings, magazine articles, brochures, pamphlets, correspondence, and annotations of articles on the following subjects. These files were most likely used for Steve Roper/Mike Nomad story ideas, but they may have been used for his other strips too.
Folders 14-62 range in dates from May 1932 to Sept. 20, 1972.
14 Arson and Accidents  
15 Autos
16 Aviation
17 Bombing
18 Burglaries, self defense, consumer awareness
19 Burglaries, etc. (con't.), news clippings
20 Camera
21 Cause of death
22 Chemistry
23 Codes, Signals, Flags
24 Concealment, Smuggling
25 Counterfeiting
26 Criminal Identification
27 Drugs
28 Eavesdropping
29 Eavesdropping, (con't.): news clippings
30 Escapes
31 Fights, Jujitsu, etc.
32 Firearms
33 Fires
34 Gags, Mottos, Sayings
35 Gags, etc. (con't.) news clippings; notes on newsprint
36 Gambling
37 Gambling, (con't.): news clippings
38 Gimmicks and trick weapons
39 Gimmicks, (con't.): news clippings
40 Indians/Sign Language
41 Insurance Swindles
42 Jewels
43 Journalism, Memory
44 Juvenile Crime
45 Locks, Alarms
46 Miscellaneous idea clippings
47 Pets
48 Poisons
49 Police and Detectives at Work
50 Police Procedure and Records
51 Police Procedure, (con't.): news clippings
52 Prisons
53 Psychology and Occult
54 Psychology, etc. (con't.),: news clippings
55 Rackets, Large Crimes, Forgery, Moon shining, Spies, Dope
56 Rackets, etc., (con't.): news clippings
57 Rackets, small
58 Rackets, Small, (con't.)
59 Science in Detection
60 Science in Detection, cont'd: news clippings, sketches, notes
61 Shoplifting
62 Survival Techniques
Box 16
Series V (con't.)
Subseries B (con't.)
FolderDescriptionDate
1 correspondence from the Treasury Dept.; photo of counterfeit coin [is reproduced in a Steve Roper strip on counterfeiting in Sept. 1949); April - Aug 1949
booklet:
Know Your Money, U.S. Secret Service, Treasury Dept.
7/1948
2 handwritten notes, annotations, clippings on caves and spelunking 1950
3 Handwritten notes, annotations, clippings on carnivals and amusement parks [1936 - 1950]
4 Handwritten research notes on car theft 1946 - 1947
5 Typewritten annotations on mining 1940s
6 Clippings:
wild animal training
1961
7 Clippings on betting; horse race programs 1950
8 typed annotations on truck driving; 1947 - 1948
booklet:
Truck Driver's Handbook, American Driving Association Truck
1961
9 Annotations, clippings on animals 1940s - 1960s
10 Misc. research clippings, annotations 1940s - 1960s
11 Handwritten notes on wrestling 1946
12 Carbon copies:
Secret Service counterfeiting case reports
1940s
13 various clippings, annotations, and articles on crimes and procedures, mostly from police professional journals 1940s - 1960s
reprints of articles in FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin 1930s - 1940s
14 nos. 1-20  
15 nos. 21-40
16 nos. 41-62
17 nos. 63-88
18 Typed manuscript:
"Bibliography of Crime and Kindred Subjects" FBI
10/1/1950
19 reprints of articles from the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
[general crime information, new investigation techniques]; photographs of various equipment;
1950s
booklet: Electronic Fingerprint and Personal Appearance Identification, NY State Division of Criminal Identification n.d.
20 correspondence from J. Edgar Hoover, Director, FBI; reprints of articles distributed by FBI and Treasury Dept. 11/9/1951
21 article reprints from FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin of the regular "Identification" column 1950s
22 article reprints from FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin of the regular "Feature Article" column (covers newest law enforcement techniques) 1950s
23 articles, annotations on crime and detection (most are from law enforcement professional journals) 1950s
24 article reprints from FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin of the regular "Scientific Aids" column 1950s
25 pamphlet:
Continental Secret Service Bureau (private detective agency in Toledo, Ohio)
n.d.
26 clippings, notes on art and crime 1952, 1963
27 clippings, police and detective work 1950s - 1960s
28 Story idea clippings [most on crime 1954 - 1973
29 Clippings for possible story plots/angles and research notes [most on crime] 1970s
30 Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] booklets:
Uniform Crime Reports bulletin, Vol. 22, No.2 1951
Uniform Crime Reports bulletin, Vol. 23, No.1 1952
The Identification Facilities of the FBI 1941
Scientific Methods of Crime Detection in the Judicial Process 4/1/39
The Federal Bureau of Investigation United States Department of Justice 1/1/43
The Technical Laboratory of the FBI 1/2/42
31 Articles, clippings from front inside cover of scrapbook 1946 - 1971
32 Article from back inside cover of scrapbook, "My Life Inside the Mob" 1963
33 Scrapbook containing articles on crime and detection 1930s - 1953
Box 17
Series V (con't.)
Subseries C: Articles, Publicity about Steve Roper Comic Strip
FolderDescriptionDate
1 typed manuscripts for promotional advertisements for Chief Wahoo comic strip 1945 - 1946
2 publicity flyers for Chief Wahoo strip; copies of gag/ spoof sketches; piece from board games n.d.
3 clippings, articles about Big Chief Wahoo 1937 - 1940
4 clippings of Toledo Community Chest series of one panel strips using Big Chief Wahoo characters, Toledo Blade 1942
5 clippings about Steve Roper comic strip 1950 - 1972
6 photocopy:
publicity letter from John and Allen Saunders
[197-?]
spread sheet:
publicity for strip Steve Roper and Mike Nomad, Field Newspaper Syndicate
n.d.
photocopy, article:
"Comic Clips, a new column by Shel Dorf" [Comic Buyer's Guide?]
n.d.
photocopy:
two comic strips showing transition from Chief Wahoo to transition to Steve Roper taking over and to Mike Nomad then taking over
1935 - 1940, 1975
clipping:
"See You in the Funny Papers" by Joe Bennet [reader's poll] Pittsburgh Press
2/23/75
7 clippings on Saunders and Elmer Woggon (artist for strip) 1975 - 1977
Series V (con't.)
Subseries D: Big Chief Wahoo/Steve Roper Tie-Ins
8 typed manuscripts:
"Wahoo's Wisdom" sayings [for Junior Safety Council Organization?]
n.d.
9 sheet music (seven copies):
Big Chief Wahoo, lyrics by Saunders, M.M. Cole Publishing Co. [color cover with Wahoo and Minnie-Ha-Cha]
1940
10 Army Navy Hit Kit songbook [Wahoo and Minnie-Ha-Cha on cover] 1945
11 Steve Roper comic books
No. 1 4/1948
No. 5 12/1948
12 correspondence with Toni Mendez; script treatments; character sketches for Steve Roper television show 1953
13 typed manuscript:
Steve Roper Television Treatment [includes information on Steve Roper circulation figures for the time period]
[1953]
14 typed script:
[Steve Roper]
1953
15 typed script with handwritten notes
[Steve Roper]
1953
Box 18
Series VI: Kerry Drake Comic Strip Material
Subseries A: Professional Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
NOTE: All correspondence that follows may contain partial scripts for the strip by Saunders within the text of the correspondence. [The majority of the correspondence from Publisher's Syndicate is from H.H. Anderson.]
1 correspondence between Alfred Andriola and Allen Saunders Dec. 1942 - July 1943
2 correspondence between Andriola and Saunders; from Publisher's Syndicate [includes correspondence concerning Dan Dunn comic strip and its possible similarity to Kerry Drake] Aug. 1943 - Sept. 1943
3 correspondence between Andriola and Saunders, and from Publisher's Syndicate Oct. 1943
"The Thing Without a Face" plot synopses 10/18/43
from H.H. Anderson to Andriola [critiquing the artwork of the strip, sample panels are attached] 10/26/43
4 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate; Nov. 1943, Dec. 1943
"Preliminary Synopses of The Adventure of the Thing" 12/31/43
5 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate Jan. 1944, Feb. 1944
"Dry Ice Plot" 1/3/44
b/w glossy proof: special introductory strip 1/24/44
"Comic Preferences" poll from H.H. Anderson 2/2/44
handwritten notes by A. Saunders:
"Liquor Ring Episode" synopsis
2/7/44
6 original watercolor of "Tiffany" character from the strip by Alfred Andriola to A. Saunders [Feb. 1944]
7 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate March 1944 - May 1944
8 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate June 1944 - Sept. 1944
9 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate Oct. 1944 - Dec. 1944
from H.H.Anderson 10/20/44
attached: news clippings of Dick Tracy comic strip 11/16/44
10 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate Jan. 1945 - March 1945
includes copies of cancellation letters from editors to the Syndicate of the Kerry Drake strip March 1945
b/w proof of the Kerry Drake strip 3/6/45
11 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate April 1945 - Aug. 1945
12 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate Sept. 1945 - Jan. 1946
from Andriola: attached: two proofs of Kerry Drake 11/8/45
from Andriola attached: clipping of the strip Batman and Robin 11/26/45
13 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate Jan. 1946 - May 1946
from H.H.Anderson 1/26/46
attached: clipping of strip Brenda Starr 1/21/46
from Andriola, attached: sketchings of panel layouts 2/25/46
14 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate June 1946 - Sept. 1946
from Andriola, attached: 8xl0 photograph of toy train Lionel transformer [June 1946]
from Andriola, attached: color strip Batman 7/1/46
15 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate Oct. 1946 - Aug. 1947
16 artwork by Andriola; photocopy of woman character artwork by Saunders pencil sketches of male character Nov. 1946 - Jan. 1947
17 correspondence between Andriola, Saunders and Publisher's Syndicate Sept. 1947 - April 1948
18 April 1948 - Dec. 1948
19 Feb. 1949 - Feb. 1954
20 miscellaneous professional correspondence between Andriola, Saunders, and Publisher's Syndicate 1946 - 1948
21 Dan Dunn professional correspondence; publicity flyer for "Dan Dunn Secret Operative No. 48" transcribed radio programs May 1942 - March 1943
Series VI (con't.)
Subseries B: Reader mail
22 correspondence between readers, newspaper editors, Saunders, Andriola, and Publisher's Syndicate
[many have clippings and proofs of the strip attached; miscellaneous news story clippings on crime; other comic strip clippings]
March 1945 - March 1948
23 correspondence between readers, newspaper editors, and Publisher's Syndicate Jan. 1955 - Jan. 1967
Series VI (con't.)
Subseries C: Clippings of and about Kerry Drake comic strip
24 newspaper clippings about strip 1943 - 1950
color news clipping of the strip [1962?]
25 original clippings of newspaper strip Kerry Drake
[added to collection by Browne Popular Culture Library through; purchase in 198?]
[full run of strip from first one published in April 1944 through first six months]
April 1944 - Sept. 1944, Aug. 1947
Series VI (con't.)
Subseries D: Story Ideas
26 story ideas for strip by A. Saunders: hand and typewritten notes; miscellaneous news clippings for story ideas ca. 1966 - 1972
27 story ideas for strip by A. Saunders and from Andriola; hand and typewritten notes, correspondence, and miscellaneous news clippings and magazine articles for story ideas ca. 1970 - 1971
28 story ideas for strip by Saunders and from Andriola; hand and typewritten notes, correspondence ca. 1973
resume of Donald O. Schultz (top secret policeman) [1972?]
Series VI (con't.)
Subseries E: Kerry Drake Tie-Ins
29 Kerry Drake comic books
A-1 Comic n.d.
No.3 (Compix Inc.) [195-?]
No.4 (Compix Inc.)
No. 28 (Harvey Enterprises) 10/1951
30 hardbound book:
Citizenship Booklets, Harvey Publications
[five comic books, one is The Case of the Sleeping City featuring Kerry Drake]
1951
loose copy of The Case of the Sleeping City 1951
31 professional correspondence regarding Kerry Drake motion picture/television films June 1952 - Oct 1953
32 Kerry Drake screen treatment by Malvin Wald; [1953?]
carbon copy of letter from Saunders to Les Hafner [producer] 10/5/53
33 first draft, typed television screenplay
Kerry Drake
by Malvin Wald
[195-?]
34 typed screenplay
Production #1, Kerry Drake introduction
adaptation by Frances Hyland [for television]
1951
35 typed screenplay
Kerry Drake
"starring Sterling Hayden with Marjorie Reynolds" by Frances Hyland and Jackson Gillis;
6/4/52
publicity release; clipping about Sterling Hayden 5/28/[5-?]
36 typed screenplay
Kerry Drake by Malvin Wald, Les Hafner Production
1953
Box 19
Series VII: Mary Worth Comic Strip
Subseries A: Professional Correspondence and General Reader Mail
FolderDescriptionDate
1 reader "request" mail
[many ask for paper dolls of Mary Worth characters and several home-made dolls are attached
June 1939 - Dec 1942
2 reader "request" mail 3/43 - 2/48
3 general reader and professional correspondence 1939 - 1942
4 general reader and professional correspondence 1/43 - 11/47
correspondence and original artwork by Ernst [of bride, faces, technical sketch/shading exercise of strip] [1943?]
5 General reader mail correspondence 1948
6 general reader mail correspondence 1949
from "Eddie" Edward T. Cheyfitz, Motion Picture Association of America; attached: copy of article from The Worker on Saunders and Cheyfitz 1/21/49, 6/20/49, 4/17/49
from Steve Q. Shannon, Director, National Assn. of Greeting Card Publishers; carbon copy to H.H. Anderson, Publisher's Syndicate, from Shannon 9/16/49
newspaper clipping from "Willis":
"Omaha's Mary Worth Serves Others as Does Counterpart" Evening World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska
8/19/49
black white glossy ink panel Mary Worth 3/13/49
publicity spread sheet [Nancy-Margo-Tom triangle] 5/1949
7 General professional correspondence 1950
8 General reader mail correspondence; from Publishers Syndicate personnel 1951
9 General reader mail; correspondence from newspaper editors; from Publishers Syndicate personnel 1952
10 general reader mail correspondence 1953
from H.H. Anderson, Publishers Syndicate 4/2/53
11 "Pan" reader mail [disapprovals of story line] 5/49-10/53
12 general reader mail correspondence 1954
from Earl Hall, Managing Editor, Mason City Globe-Gazette, Mason City, IA 12/25/54
attached: carbon from H.H.A. [H.H. Anderson] to Hall [note from Hall is written on b/w daily glossy proof sheet of Mary Worth strip] 12/15/54
13 general reader mail correspondence 1955
from Andy [H.H. Anderson], Publishers Syndicate; attached: copy of correspondence to H.H. Anderson from Jim Pope, Executive Editor, Courier-Journal/Louisville Times (with poll findings on readership of comic strips) 6/10/55, 5/25/55
advertisement card for Mary Worth Gift shop n.d.
14 general reader mail correspondence: 1956
from "P.W.S" [Phil Steitz], Publishers Syndicate; attached: copy of correspondence from George H. Esselburne, Magazine and Feature Editor, Buffalo Evening News, to H.H. Anderson; b/w glossy of Mary Worth comic strip 3/19/56, 3/14/56, 3/26/56
from Harry Mautin, Director, Office of Public Information, American National Red Cross, to Eugene Conley, Publisher's Syndicate 5/9/56
from fan; attached: article, "Faith of a Cartoonist" 10/7/56
carbon copy: from Philip W. Steitz to Sheila Martindale 6/20/56
b/w glossy of sketches by Ken Ernst with notes by Saunders and note on back from Ernst n.d.
15 general reader mail correspondence 1957
general professional correspondence 1957
copy of correspondence from Mark M. Cohen [attorney representing Billy Pierson, involved in television game show scam, complaining about similarity of comic strip character to his client] 5/10/57
to Arthur Godfrey from Saunders (carbon) 1/9/57
from A. Godfrey 1/28/57
16 general reader mail correspondence
[some include replies from Saunders or handwritten notes on the correspondence by Saunders, others have newspaper clippings of the comic strip attached to their correspondence]
1958
general professional correspondence 1958
from Cecil J. Wilkinson, Executive Secretary, Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta to Publishers Syndicate; attached: newspaper strips of Mary Worth [includes greek letters in strip] 9/9/58, 8/29/[58], 8/30/[58]
phonorecord: "A Personally Recorded Message for You" [from a fan to Saunders] 1/29/58
news clipping:
"Two Plays by Horton Foote Open at Sheridan Square" [New York]
7/2/58
one panel from b/w glossy of comic strip [mentions reader's response to story line in the script of the panel] n.d.
17 general reader mail correspondence; [includes correspondence concerning hearing loss, pertaining to the comic strip's story line] 1959
from Saunders to fan 2/7/59
anonymous poem:
"Troubles"
attached: newspaper clipping of Mary Worth comic strip
4/21/[59]
general professional correspondence 1959
from "Gene" [Eugene Conley], Publishers Syndicate; attached: obituary for "Mrs. Mary E. Worth" of Rolling Prairie, Indiana [1959]
18 general reader mail correspondence 1960
general professional correspondence; [some have newspaper clippings of the strip attached] 1960
to Andy [H.H. Anderson] from Saunders; attached: handwritten notes on "Napoleonic Code" by "E. W." "Friday"
correspondence between A. Saunders and George C. Carter, attorney [concerning legal aspect of strip infringing on client] 3 - 4/1960
19 general reader mail correspondence;
[one has b/w glossy of strip attached]
1961, 12/29/[61]
from "Lonely" to "Mary" [Worth] n.d.
general professional correspondence 1961
correspondence between Publishers Syndicate, Saunders, and A. Conforti, Professional Automobile Salesmen's Association 11 - 12/1961
20 general reader mail correspondence;
[some have clippings of strips attached]
1962
8/62
carbon copy: from Saunders to a reader 2/23/62
carbon copy:
from Saunders to a reader
8/22/62
general professional correspondence concerning strip
[some also have clippings of the strip attached]
1962, 8/62
21 correspondence with Ken Ernst regarding article on Mary Worth in This Month; manuscript of short publicity bio by Ernst about himself; page of Mary Worth dailies 1963, n.d., n.d.
22 general reader mail correspondence; [some include attachments of clippings from the comic strip] 1963
carbon: from Saunders to Florence Poor 6 - 8/63
carbons: responses from Saunders to various readers
general professional correspondence 1963
23 general reader mail correspondence;
[some include attachments of clippings of the strip]
1964
from Linda A. "A Teenager in Distress" to "Mrs. Worth" 1/3/64
from fan; attachment: photocopy "Gaelic Blessing;" biographical sketch 12/4/64
general professional correspondence [some include attachments of clippings of the strip] 1964
24 general reader mail correspondence; [some include attachments of clippings of the strip] 1965
correspondence between "Peter Danch's Fans" [comic strip character] and Saunders 4 - 7/65
from Saunders to readers (carbon copies) 7/27/65
news clipping:
"Opinion of the People" Chicago Sun-Times
[includes letter on Mary Worth strip]
5/11/65
typewritten note on "Slovak" adjective [by Saunders? or Publishers Syndicate, or a reader?] n.d.
general professional correspondence 1965
25 general reader mail correspondence; [some include attachments of clippings of the strip] 1966
general professional correspondence; [some include attachments of clippings of the strip]
news clipping: "Let Go All Lines" The Berea Citizen [concerning the mention of Berea College in the Mary Worth strip; short article on the Steve Canyon comic strip also]
26 general reader mail correspondence; [some include attachments of clippings of the strip] 1967
general professional correspondence
27 general reader mail and professional correspondence
[one includes a clipping of the strip]
1968, 6/18/[68]
Series VII (con't.)
Subseries B: Fan/Reader Mail
[Note: The following folders were labeled by subject by Saunders]
28 "Pro-Con"
from readers to Saunders and editors of member papers to the Publishers Syndicate 1947 - 1958
29 "Morals"
correspondence between Saunders, reader, Publishers Syndicate, and editor of Louisville Courier Journal/ Times; 2/19/59
between Saunders, reader, Publishers Syndicate, and editor of Long Island Press 2/59
between Saunders, Publishers Syndicate, and Daniel J. O'Brien, Boston Globe 2/4/59
between Publishers Syndicate, reader, and personnel of Lexington Herald Leader Co. [newspaper]
attached: b/w glossy daily of strip
2/59, 2/4/59
carbon:
from Phil [Steitz, Publisher Syndicate] to Ernst
3/21/59
from Mrs. B. Thekan to "Journal" 2/9/59
clipping: comic strip panel, color print, woman in strapless dress [from Mary Worth?] n.d.
30 "Grammar, etc."
from readers and editors to Saunders, Ernst 1947 - 1958
31 "Comic General"
from Publishers Syndicate personnel to Saunders, editors of various newspapers 1956 - 1958
carbon:
from "Andy" [H.H. Anderson, Publishers Syndicate] to Ken Ernst
3/5/56
promotional proof sheet: "If Mary Worth Holds Them… " with reprint of letter from Bert Struby, editor, The Macon Telegraph, to "Andy" [H.H. Anderson], and sketch of Mary Worth in corner [publicity flyer sent to syndicate newspaper members promoting the strip] n.d.
general reader mail correspondence concerning topic [one includes clippings of two panels from the strip] [one includes a typed verse: "An Old Irish Blessing"] [one includes clipping of strip] 1948 - 1959
12/14/55, 1/19/56, n.d., 5/3/48
NOTE: The following correspondence (originally labeled "Letters from Readers") has been kept separate from the chronological correspondence files, as these. Were all grouped by Saunders in one location. Decided these were the "better" letters and there is evidence have used some of the following for speeches.
32 miscellaneous correspondence from fans, [some include clippings of the Mary Worth strip] 1947 - 1959
33 miscellaneous correspondence from fans, [some include clippings of the Mary Worth strip] 1960 - 1968
34 miscellaneous correspondence from fans, [some include clippings of the Mary Worth strip] handwritten note to John [Saunders] from [Allen Saunders] 1970 - 1980, n.d.
35 35 two handwritten pages of notes by Saunders [for speeches?], includes excerpts from reader mail n.d., 7/14/[?]
daily strip of Mary Worth with typewritten comments n.d.
[by?] correspondence from readers concerning "motorcycle story" and other miscellaneous reader mail [Aug 19--?], n.d.
loose panel from Mary Worth strip 1/31/[?]
NOTE: Folders 36-43 were labeled by subject by Saunders
36 "Mary's Romance, etc."
clipping "Voice of the People" column, Jackson City Patriot 9/1949
correspondence from fans, readers, newspaper editors 1949 - 1957
typewritten response from A. Saunders to reader [11/1957]
37 "Names-Pro-Con"
correspondence from readers, newspaper editors 1948 - 1962
handwritten note to Ken [Ernst] from A. Saunders [Oct 1952]
carbon:
from [H.H. Anderson], Publisher's Syndicate, to Miss Mary Ellen Worth; attached: carbon copy from H.H.A. to Calvin Eby, Features Syndicate, Kansas City Star
1/14/1955
38 CONFIDENTIAL: "Psychotic Mail" [folder titled by Saunders] Sept 1947
39 "Story Suggestions"
correspondence from readers 1948 - 1966
40 "Hit Homes"
correspondence from readers 1955 - 1958
41 "Advice Seekers"
correspondence from readers 1952 - 1956
42 Steve Roger mail
[was included in file with Mary Worth mail-perhaps it was also used for speeches?] correspondence from readers
1948 - 1971
43 "Women's Lib"
letters from readers [some dealing with Steve Roper story about his marriage, most about Mary Worth] 1972 - 1975
clipping: "Libbers Upset By Love Affair in Mary Worth" Editor and Publisher 5/27/72
44 Letters from "Women's Lib" folder dealing with the "Peggy Wales" story:
letters from readers;
[one letter contains Mary Worth clipping, 7/6/74]
6/28/74 - 9/26/74
clipping:
"Voice of the Advertiser," Advertising Age
6/24/74
draft of correspondence from Allen Saunders [9/74]
carbon copies of form letter replies from A. Saunders to nineteen (19) of the correspondents in this folder 9/13/74
45 reader mail concerning ERA story line 5/78 - 6/78
46 reader mail concerning Karen Cooper/teen pregnancy story:
carbon: from A. Saunders to Kik Browne, NCS 12/6/76
from readers [one letter has article and newsletter attached 1976 concerning adoption] 10/76 - 1/77, 1976
photocopy:
article, "In the Funnies, Karen Is A Teen, Unwed, and Pregnant," The National Observer
10/9/76
photocopies:
"Mary Worth on Teen-age Pregnancy" New York Times; "Mary Worth: It's That Kind of Trouble," New York Post
[1976]
[See also: Box 20, folder 16 in this Series for publicity covering the Karen Cooper story.] 9/29/76
47 teen pregnancy articles/information [sent by readers?]
"Adolescent Pregnancy: Ten Heavy Facts" [1976]
photocopy:
"Delivery Procedures That Endanger a Baby's Life," Good Housekeeping
8/75
"The Pregnant Patient's Bill of Rights," by Committee on Patient's Rights n.d.
photocopy:
two letters to the editor in New York Times: "The Safer Birthplace" "Birth 'Meddling'"
4/10/76, 4/20/76
photocopy:
statements excerpted from talks sponsored by American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health
3/20/74
photocopy:
"Will Common Delivery Techniques Soon Become Malpractice?" The Journal of Legal Medicine
5/75
partial manuscript:
"Ch II: The Consequences of Out-of Wedlock Fertility for Parent, Child, and Society"
[1973]
Series VII (con't.)
Subseries C: Research Notes and Files
48 Mary Worth typed story outlines; "Rough Outline Involving Leona Stockpool and John Blackstone" [ca 1940?]
49 typed story outline
"Mary Worth Episode" [another Blackstone story]; research notes; ink drawing of male character by Ernst
4/1/42, 1946
50 misc. clippings; typed prospectus for story [Angelica Varden character] [1940s?]
51 Mary Worth story ideas; explanatory manuscripts on "The Cute Meet" with story suggestions; "Various Plot Angles"; "Backgrounds" (professional); "Occupations"; "Plot Triangles" [romance]; "Twelve Basic Human Interests" n.d.
52 article:
"The Other Woman…" Advertiser's Digest [on image of women in advertising]
n.d.
letter to "Bob" from A. Saunders on upcoming stories in Mary Worth 2/7/59
explanatory manuscripts on "Blue Chip Comics, and how to pick them-How to Tell a Distance Runner from a Dog" n.d.
"The 'Mary Worth' Manual" by A. Saunders [explanation of strip, history of strip, description of how Saunders' views the strip, typical Mary Worth plot lines] (c. 1958)
article:
"Modern Living: The Pink Jungle" Time (including cover) [on cosmetic/beauty industry]
6/16/58
53 plot ideas:
Plane Crash Plot; miscellaneous; Françoise Sagan Story; The Prettiest Girl in the Senior Class; The Return of Slim; Button Bowes story Angle; Train Hostess; miscellaneous; Shipboard Romance; "Chopper" Clark Story; Sunny; The September Smith Story; The Don Jester Story; Portia Stone; Shanon Blake/Flare Graham Story outline; miscellaneous; The Necklace Story; The Skye Ballou story-started March 19, 1956; The Drum Greenwood Story-started May, 1949; John and Dodie.
n.d.
54 synopses:
plot examples from short stories in the women's magazines Companion and McCall's
1955
55 spiral bound notebook:
"Mary Worth's Almanac" [sayings and list of stories used, these notes were used by Saunders to write the article "Mary Worth and the Affluent Society"]
1941 - 1962
news clipping: "Woman's Claim to Rescue in River Disputed by Youth" n.d.
manuscript: "Mary Worth and the Affluent Society"
color glossy proof sheet of Apple Mary strip by Orr 1936
[material taken from a folder kept filed in back of the spiral notebook of folder 56 -- this folder is frequently referred to by A. Saunders in his plot ideas]
56 Background and Story Clippings: [1954]
index by A. Saunders: "Cigaret Girl, Fashion Pirates, Rehearsal Club, Photo Model, Mooching Father, Weddings, Inc., Love Story Outlines, December Bride, Mamas Boy Column, No Job After 40, Record Shop, Envy, TV Commercials
clippings/articles from the folder: "He Gives them Magic Names" [194-?]
pamphlet:
Carte Blanche Monthly Dining Guide, Chicago
(May 1963)
play review:
"Manhattan Nights"
(5/24/43)
article:
"Weds Mama's Boy; Told To Be Patient," by Ann Landers
n.d.
article:
"I Can't Get A Job Because I'm 46"
3/25/56
article:
"A Mooching Father Threatens Marriage," by Ann Landers
6/28/56
article on Rehearsal Club-young women in theater n.d.
business card:
Weddings, Inc.
n.d.
article:
"Mystery: Was The Incident in Bombay Super-natural?
5/4/55
article:
"Forgotten Medal in a Trunk"
(8/26/56)
article:
"Why Wives Run Away"
1/4/59
article:
"London Bachelor Ready to Teach Drudge-to-Deb 20-week Course"
n.d.
article:
"The Mother-in-Law Joke" December Bride [review of television program]
n.d.
article:
[on Sam Goody's Record Store House], The Village Voice
11/27/57
article:
"Envy-The Undoing of the Modern Woman," by Fred Dickenson, New York Mirror Magazine
3/16/58
correspondence from reader [suggestions for bringing past characters back into the strip] 8/11/60
57 typed outline:
"September Smith Story"
[1955]
58 carbon copies of typewritten research notes: n.d.
Who is Mary Worth?; Typical Plot Patterns; Add-Story Patterns; Typical Mary Worth Quotations; Twelve Basic Human Interests; Plot Triangles; Previous Characters Who Might Be Brought Back for Other Episodes; Backgrounds; Story Memos; The Cute Meet; Cute Meet Suggestions; Shannon Blake/Flare Graham Story Outline; The Return of Slim; Portia Stone; Sunny; Don Jester Story; Story Memos (original); "Various Plot Angles; Plot Sketches; Christmas Quotes
59 correspondence, research notes; clippings for story ideas 1960s - 1970s
60 "Assorted Newspaper Clippings":
"Parents Do the Best They Can," [Detroit?] n.d.
"Lottery Winners Lost Something Else" [1/1/77]
"To Spouse's Infidelity," by Dr. Joyce Brothers [n.p.] n.d.
"How American Womanhood Takes to the 'Sudsy Sex' of Daytime TV," National Observer 12/5/66
"Dear Dr. Brothers" (letter on living together) [n.p.] [5/20/77]
"Other Man Cares Only About Himself?" [Ann Landers column] [Detroit] n.d.
"Wife Vanishes; Memories Live On" UPI, [n.p.] n.d.
"Teenage Alcoholism Now A Major Problem," by Dr. Joyce Brothers [n.p.] n.d.
"She's Not a Born Psychic," by Edward J. Dresberg, Detroit Free Press 8/20/76
"Can There Be A Marriage of Science, Occult?" by Ena Naunton [Detroit] n.d.
"One Set of Parents Should Be [Enough]" [Ann Landers column], Detroit Free Press [1976]
"Arthur, Are You There?" [on psychics] by Robert K. Wilcox, Tropic 3/27/77
61 typed story outline
[Karl and Terry Whiting characters]
n.d.
62 typed story outlines:
"Synopsis B" [small town widower marries former show girl]; "Synopsis A" [Peter and Judith Arlen story]
n.d.
63 research notes, articles, letter from Allen Saunders to John Saunders regarding Indian story line [1970s]
64 handwritten story outlines by Ken Ernst, letter from Ernst to John Saunders [1970s]
65 copies of sketch of Mary Worth with blank word bubble; photocopies of male character in strip "Caleb" n.d.
66 various news clippings for story ideas 1978 - 1979
67 clippings for story ideas [many on working women, saved by John Saunders or sent to him by Ernst] 1979 - 1981
68 correspondence to John Saunders from Ernst; misc. clippings sent by Ernst 5/25/[79]
Box 21
Series VIII: Other Professional Work
Subseries A: "Writing Comics is a Serious Business" Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1 correspondence concerning Saturday Eveninq Post article by Saunders on continuity in comics
[it is unclear if this article was ever published in the Post, although it was published in Esquire]
May 1942 - Jan 1943
2 returned questionnaires, photographs, artwork, from the following comic creators: 1942
Ted Ashby, Ned Bryant comic strip
Monte Barrett, Jane Arden
Alfred Brewerton, Pam
Bill Braucher, Our Boarding House
Milton Caniff, Terry and the Pirates
Glenn Chaffin, Flyin' Jenny
Harold Gray, Little Orphan Annie
Weare Holbrook, Clarence
Renny McEvoy, Dixie Dugan
Tarpe Mills, Miss Fury
Charlie Plumb, Cinders
Dude Proebsting, Buckskin Lad
Lieutenant Wilson Starbuck, U.S.N., Navy Bob Steele
John J. Welch, The Red Kniqht
3 correspondence, questionnaire, artwork, from Betsy and Stanley Baer, The Toodle Family and The Nebs May 1942
4 clippings, photographs, cut-outs, questionnaire from Dick Calkins and John Dille, Buck Rogers May 1942
5 correspondence, photograph, publicity material for Sadie Hawkins Day, from Al Capp, Li'l Abner 1942
6 questionnaire, from Paul photograph, dailies of strip, Fogarty, Draftie March 1942
7 Questionnaire from Chester Gould, Dick Tracy June 1942
8 questionnaire, correspondence, photographs from Frank Martinek, Don Winslow of the Navy ** May 1942
9 photographs, correspondence, questionnaire, from Drew Pearson, Robert S. Allen, and Jack Sparling, Hap - Hopper May 1942
10 correspondence, photograph, magazine article, questionnaire from Frank Rentfrow, Sergeant Stony Craig 1942
11 photographs, publicity material from Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, Superman ** April 1942
12 correspondence, questionnaire, copied artwork, photo from Raeburn Vanburen, Abbie an' Slats Sept. 1942
13 handwritten research notes, charts n.d.
magazine articles 1942
manuscript of article:
"Writing Comics Business" is a Serious Business"
n.d.
14 correspondence from Esquire, final draft:
"Writing Comics is a Serious business"
1945
Box 22
Series VIII: Other Professional Work
Subseries B: Agent Correspondence and Research Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1 correspondence with Whitman Publishing Company [regarding "Good Neighbors Game" publication rights]; legal document between Whitman and Saunders and John b. Carson, creators of "Democracy" game
[See also: Series X, Subseries B]
1944, 11/1940
2 miscellaneous clippings, articles on comics in advertising 1948 - 1964
3 correspondence with Toni Mendez (regarding Kerry Drake and Mary Worth film/television/radio tie-ins); contract for Mary Worth television rights 1949 - 1953
4 general correspondence with Toni Mendez 1950 - 1951
5 publicity material:
"Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" from Toni Mendez
1951
6 Metro agency correspondence (advertising agency)
[Metro was Saunders' agent for freelance work; majority of correspondence is with Carl Schmidt, advertising director]
March 1956 - Dec 1957
7 correspondence with Metro; research notes on Pillsbury advertising campaign; Pillsbury advertisements from magazines; cookbook: Pillsbury's Best Butter Cookie Cookbook,Vol. 2 [The Pillsbury Playhouse comic advertising strip was done by Saunders] 1957 - 1958
8 correspondence; notes; advertisments from magazines [Doctor Dave comic strip advertisement for Chevrolet was done by Saunders 1958
9 original watercolor and ink sketches of faces and figures by Heilman for strip [for Chevrolet advertisement]
10 correspondence regarding The Five of Us, comic strip advertisement [Jell-O/General Foods] by Saunders
11 correspondence from "H.H. Anderson regarding Squeekie and Charlie Wild, Wildroot Shampoo and Hair Tonic comic strip advertisements [not by Saunders]
12 correspondence with Louis Weintraub [public relations firm] 4-5/1959
13 correspondence between Saunders and Louis Weintraub; letter from Weintraub 1/59-7/60, 3/24/69
14 publicity material on Saunders by Weintraub agency; Steve Roper pamphlet by Saunders: Steve Roper Discovers Toledo Means Business; excerpts of speech given by Saunders [all connected to Weintraub]; article on Weintraub [1959 - 1960], 3/2/1959
15 correspondence; publicity page proof and news clipping of advertisements of Mrs. Butterworth [General Foods, not by Saunders] ** 1962
16 correspondence; page proofs for Vicks Cough Drops comic strip advertisements; sketch [not by Saunders] ** 1962
17 Metro agency correspondence 3/1958 - 12/1959
18 1/1960 - 8/1961
19 5/1962 - 12/1962
20 1/1963 - 4/1964
21 correspondence between Saunders and Monroe B. Scharff [public relations firm]; RCA News release on comic artists at New York World's Fair; correspondence with The Rotarian; manuscript of article "The Encourager" that appeared in The Rotarian about Saunders [all material connected to Scharff agency]
[NOTE: See scrapbook of Series X, Subseries D for a copy of "The Encourager" article]
Oct. 1963-April 1965
Box 23
Series VIII: Other Professional Work
Subseries C: Duke Handy/Phillip Morris Campaign Material
FolderDescriptionDate
1 typed manuscript:
"A Review of Chuck Carson Comic Strip and Recommendations for the Future" [Metro Comics]
6/25/1946
2 correspondence concerning Philip Morris campaign; contract between Ad-Art, Inc. and Philip Morris [Saunders first comics creator to write a week-to-week continued story strip for a national advertiser]
booklet: Strengthen America's Peace Power
1957 - 1958
3 correspondence regarding A. Armando strip Chuck Carson [legal battle, Armando claimed Duke Handy infringed on his original creation] 1958
4 original color newsprint of Duke Handy strips July 20, July 27, Aug 17, 1958
5 Duke Handy publicity material:
publicity clippings of articles about strip; publicity photographs of Saunders, Kotsky and of Handy character; memos; correspondence; publicity spread sheet
1958
6 Letter from Alex [Kotsky, artist]; one original color newsprint of Duke Handy strip n.d., 1958
7 Duke Handy (Philip Morris comic strip character) correspondence 6/5/1972
8 research notes, files for Duke Handy comic strip n.d.
9 Duke Handy story synopses n.d.
Series VIII (con't.)
Subseries D: Cliff Merritt/United Transportation Union Material
Note: Some materials in the series are badly water-damaged and stained
10 correspondence with Lou Corsi and "Irv", United Transportation Union [used to be Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen]; clippings on World War I "Sitting Ducks" and book review on history of railroads 1970, n.d.
11 notecards, typed:
information on history of railroads
[1970]
12 notecards, typed:
script for captions to "Cliff Merritt's Scrapbook of Man on the Move", nos. 1-100
13 notecards, (con't.), nos. 101-end
14 handwritten manuscript notes for captions
15 typed manuscript:
"Cliff Merritt's Scrapbook…" [moisture has cemented pages together]
16 hand sketched and pasted rough layout of booklet; layout for publicity sheet, ASR[?] Releases [badly water-stained]
17 printed booklet:
Cliff Merritt's Scrapbook of Man on Move, United Transportation Union, ASR [by Saunders] comic books [not by Saunders]: Cliff Merritt Sets the Record Straight (two copies); Cliff Merritt and the Very Candidate coloring book: The Cliff Merritt Railroad Coloring Book [not by Saunders]
[1970?], n.d.
Box 24
Series VIII (con't.)
Subseries E: Dateline Danger! Material
FolderDescriptionDate
1 professional [Allen was a first action and reader mail correspondence consultant to John Saunders for the strip; strip to have a black lead character] April 1968 - July 1969
2 professional correspondence and reader mail; list of newspapers carrying comic strip 8/62 - 12/68, [1968]
3 comic booklet:
This is Your Warwick School
n.d.
article:
"Charlie Brown's New Pal" Newsweek [on black comic strip characters]
7/29/68
article:
"The Black Cop... "
7/17/69
original b/w newsprint dailies of strip 11/11&15/68
Series VIII (con't.)
Subseries F: Golf is a Funny Game Material
4 correspondence concerning book by Saunders, Golf is a Funny Game (includes correspondence with various publishers and Saunders, Ad-Art, Inc.) 7/20/68 - 9/14/73
5 correspondence concerning Golf is A Funny Game, with Metro Comics promotional presentation by Jerry Brown, "A Down the-middle-of-the-fairway-Promotion for Shakespeare" 8/4/72 - 9/11/73
6 handwritten notes, sketches, clippings of golf jokes, comic strips on golf, article on copyright legalities, Editor and Publisher 1972, 3/25/72
7 Statement, invoice, contract agreement, Ad-Art and Spencer D. Stone 4/1972
Series VIII (con't.)
Subseries G: Other Publications
8 typed manuscripts:
"A Driver's Dictionary"; brochure of reprint. of article; original pages of article from Public Safety [illustrations by Saunders]
n.d., Jan 1939
9 handwritten notes, correspondence with publishers, page proofs to booklet Memory Magic by A. Saunders 1949 - 1950
10 magazine, contains article "No Pictorial Cliches" by A. Saunders, Library Journal 1/15/1954
11 manuscript, typewritten articles by A. Saunders:
[Mary Worth article]; "You Can't Do That In the Comics!"; "A Career for Your Child in the Comics?"; "Comics Are A Serious Business"; "They Write the Strangest Letters to Mary Worth!"; clipping: "A Career in the Comics Requires Mostly Persistence," Cincinnati Enquirer; article, "How A Good Editor Selects His Comics" by Ray Erwin, Editor and Publisher
n.d., 9/26/1959, 7/8/67
12 booklets:
A Career For Your Child in the Comics? by Allen Saunders; research notes
1959
13 publicity release; b/w proof sheet:
Everyday… a Date with Destiny comic strip for American Newspaper Publisher's Association
1962
14 Hero Haggity comic strip typed story ideas; small black and white glossies of characters [by William Overgard] [1960s?]
15 article:
"Quick on the Draw" The Blade Sunday Magazine by Saunders
4/21/63
16 handwritten notes and pencil sketches; sketches for a book on how to draw cartoons; handwritten notes for article for Reader's Digest on story comic strip writing and reader reactions; original ink of figures n.d., [1975]
17 printed artwork by Saunders for "Patients of 8 North" newsletter [The Toledo Hospital];
booklet: Add Color to Your Life! A Promotion Primer
The Toledo Museum of Art, Membership Campaign [includes letter from membership coordinator, Saunders did artwork for the booklet]
1979
18 typed manuscript:
"How the Mad Hatter Got That Way"
n.d.
19 typewritten manuscripts: "The Changing World of the Comic Page" [by A. Saunders with Elmer F. Woggon]; "A Fortune From Filling Balloons" [by Saunders]; "Mary Worth" (Washington Post promotional story); publicity information on Ken Ernst
20 miscellaneous writing files; manuscript of article about Kerry Drake; gag ideas; manuscript: "When You Speak French Beware"
NOTE: Folders 21-24 concern the unpublished [?] novel Assaults on the Mind written by Chuck Schmitt in collaboration with Allen Saunders
21 photocopies:
typewritten outlines, plot ideas, notes on story line
1980 - 1981
22 photocopies:
typewritten manuscript of various chapters of novel (incomplete) by Schmitt
1981
23 photocopies:
correspondence; typewritten manuscript for two chapters of book
1980-81
24 miscellaneous photocopied, typewritten notes by Schmitt on arson 1981
25 typewritten manuscript of memoir by Saunders on the Toledo Repertoire Theatre [1980s]
Box 25
Series VIII (con't.)
Subseries H: Playwright for Paper Actors Material
FolderDescriptionDate
1 correspondence with various publishers 1974 - 1977
2 general book notes; miscellaneous articles and clippings; correspondence; handwritten drafts [introduction?] and handwritten draft on creation of Chief Wahoo 1977
3 correspondence from Rick Marschall to A. Saunders concerning manuscript Playwright for Paper Actors [Saunders' autobiography] [1980s?]
4 chapter outlines, Playwright for Paper Actors n.d.
5 outline for chapter on News-Bee; clipping of "Stage and and Offstage" column by Saunders for News-Bee [193-?]
NOTE: Folders 6-26 contain typed manuscripts for various sections of the autobiography
6 "Cartoonist on Campus" n.d.
7 "Mornings at the Blackboard, Afternoons and Evenings at the Drawing Board"
8 "A Story Mill Starts to Grind"
9 "'Talent' in Tents"
10 "The Scoop"
11 "The Scoop that Saved the Scooper's Job"
12 "Reviewing and Interviewing" [Hollywood experiences]
13 "Hilarity in the Newsroom"
14 "Playwright for Paper Actors"
15 "A Postscript on Plotting"
16 "When the Readers Write"
17 "Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead "
18 "From A Slum Child's Philosophy to America's Favorite Fiction"
19 "Everybody Can Draw"
20 first draft:
"The Anatomy of Humor"
[1981?]
21 "The Anatomy of Humor"; rejection letters from various publishers June-July 1981
22 "From Doodler to Dean" n.d.
23 "A New Hand on the Helm"
24 "The Social Impact of Comics" rejection letter from Quill magazine n.d., 8/11/1981
25 "Looking Back… and Ahead" n.d.
26 handwritten manuscript:
"Plotting Can Be Play"
27 miscellaneous unmatched pages from the manuscript
28 typist receipt; hand drawn sketch by Saunders for book cover; list of alternative titles 1981
29 five (5) Nemo: The Classic Comics Library magazines nos. 5-9, contain published chapters of Saunders' autobiography [These were sent to A. Saunders by Richard Marschall] Feb. - Oct. 1984
Chapter 3:
"Mornings At the Blackboard, Evenings at the Drawing Board"
Feb. 1984
Chapter 4:
"A Story Mill Starts to Grind"
April 1984
Chapter 5:
"'Talent' in Tents"
Chapter 6:
"The Scoop That Saved the Scooper's Job"
June 1984
[the August issue does not seem to contain any chapters] August 1984
Chapter 8:
"Hilarity in the Newsroom"
October 1984
Chapter 9:
"The Foot in the Door Wore A Moccasin"
Series VIII (con't.)
Subseries I: Speech Files
30 Booklet:
Chalk Talkers Portfolio; flyer advertising Saunders at Family Theater [n.p.]; order form for "Their Best Stunts"
1920, 6/21/1916, 1928
31 clippings, notes on theory of humor 1924 - 1956
32 Theory of humor (con't.)
Little Blue Books:
No. 475 "How to Develop Your Sense of Humor" 1928
No. 1063 "The Psychology of Laughter" 1926
33 typed manuscript:
"Trends in Modern Drama" [unclear if this was a speech or a publication]
[6/1933]
34 notecards, typed manuscript of radio talk: "Why Do We Laugh?" 3/24/38
35 typed drafts for "Why Do We Laugh?" radio talk; transcript of radio interview between Leonard L. Levinson, writer of NBC's "Hall of Fun" and Hugh Doddridge, radio columnist and commentator 3/24/38, n.d.
36 misc. clippings, notes for speech material 1938 - 64
37 correspondence regarding speaking engagements 1939 - 1966
38 typed manuscript:
"Modern Drama" [unclear if this was a speech or a publication, but originally filed among speaking material]
[1930's?]
39 typed manuscript:
"Let Him Talk! Getting Interest Into the Interview" [may have been a column for the Toledo News Bee]
40 typed manuscript:
"One Cent Magazines"
41 hand and typewritten notes, note cards for speech:
"Shattered Illusions--Or the Low Down on Higher Ups" (on Hollywood stars)
42 notecards, speech:
"Hollywood Highlights"
43 misc. speech research notes; clippings, files on public speaking; humorous stories; partial manuscript for "The Writing Racket" 1930s - 50s, [1930s?]
44 comics in advertising; correspondence with Metro Comics 1959
clippings 1939 - 1964
manuscripts of speeches:
for American Public Relations Association
8/13/60
"Comics in Advertising" 196-?
Toledo Advertising Club/Duke Handy[Metro Comics]
45 comics in advertising:
samples [including Terry and the Pirates and Blondie]; articles
1943 - 1960
booklet:
The ABC's of Comics Magazines
1948
46 Notecards, graduation commencement speaker [n.p.] 1943
47 typed manuscript:
speech on salesmanship for Toledo Community Chest
[1944?]
48 Handwritten notes, ideas for speech on comics 1949 - 56
49 comics speaking material:
fan mail and professional correspondence; notes
1949 - 1970s
manuscripts for speeches, including "Playwright for Paper Dolls" & "Blue Chip Comics…" n.d.
50 comics research files:
notes; miscellaneous clippings
1950s - 1970s
National Cartoonist's Society Newsletter ** 9/1965
Newspaper Comics Council Grapevine 7/70, 11/70
Gary Trudeau address [speech] 11/14/72
Metro comics booklet [195-?]
catalog:
Classic American Comic Strips, Hyperion Press
1977
51 Comics:
news clippings
1940s - 1970s
52 booklet:
Speaker's Guide, National Reference Library, Cleveland, Ohio [samples of speeches to present on various topics, many Cold War oriented]
Fall 1950
53 misc. clippings, correspondence, notes on youth and effects of media [especially comics and television] 1950 - 1954
54 clippings, brochures on fundraising, Community Chest, etc. 1951
55 misc. notes on role of a board member (for a speech?) 1951
56 typed manuscript, speech (for radio?) regarding United World Federalists 12/6/52
57 speech research clippings, quotes, political analysis of comics 1952 - 62
58 typed speech "Hobbies" given at Toledo Rotary Club 11/14/[?]
typed speech "Vocational Service, Toledo Rotary 11/22/54
transcript of speech by William S. Carlson, President, University of Toledo, "What's the Matter With Kids Today" given at Toledo Rotary 10/24/66
59 Research notes, pamphlets, articles on comics 1954
60 Handwritten notes for speech on Boy's Club
61 Humorous pieces, quotes for speeches, Toledo Public Library newsletters
62 Notecards, notes for speech "Target for Tomorrow" Dennison University, Granville, Ohio 1955
63 typed manuscript:
"All in the Family"; misc. clippings; card with "Rules for Television Guests" Byers Associates, Toledo, Ohio
[1950s?]
64 "Speech Sparker" packets on Health; Marriage and Married Life; Success; Work; Youth
65 memorial speech for Carl Spitzer; correspondence from Carl [Spitzer?]
66 typed speeches:
address to American Public Relations Association [APRA] at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; speech at APRA "How to Live With a PR Man"
4/13/60, [4/1960]
67 typed speech for Governor's Committee on Handicapped, Harrisburg, PA; publicity artwork (not original); 9/7/60
journal:
Performance: The Story of the Handicapped
7/1961
68 publicity flyers for Saunders' speaking engagements on comics in advertising; Rotary appearances 1960 - 1969
69 typed speech:
"Museums and Me" Toledo Museum of Art
[196-?]
70 handwritten notes and sketch on speech regarding the history of fund raising
71 photocopies of typed speeches by William J. Colihan, Senior Vice President, Young and Rubicam [advertising agency]:
"Some Secrets We Know About Men" 10/26/62
"Some Secrets We Know About Women" 10/10/61
[sent to Saunders by Schmidt, Metro Comics as research material] 12/11/62
72 outline:
handwritten notes for comics presentation to summer NAEA [?] meeting [professional advertising organization?]
7/11/62
73 copies of clippings, transcript of National Cartoonist's Society appearance before Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, by Jerry Robinson, Secretary, NCS [gives good history of comic strip] 7/17/62
74 typed speech:
"Toledo Hospital Graduation"
9/6/1962
75 background information on concept advertising: articles 1962,1965
76 research notes:
clippings on Mary Worth; articles on cultural analysis of comics
1962 - 72
77 speech on comics as "clean" entertainment 4/18/64
78 misc. sketches for speeches; correspondence from readers 1965 - 69
79 typed speech, biography, drawings, notes for "Comics Are A Serious Business" Defiance College, [Ohio]; press release for presentation at Ohio University 12/11/1966, 6/23/[?]
80 short typed speeches: "What's New on the Comic Page"; Metro Comics Presentation n.d., 1/6/68
81 flyer and typed introduction for Saunders' appearance at "The Calvacade of Comics" exhibit, Oklahoma State Fair 1969
82 clippings, correspondence, itinerary, flyer for Saunders and Milton Caniff presentation, Milwaukee Advertising Club 6/1966
83 hand and typewritten drafts: "The Philosophy of Humor" n.d.
84 notecards for speech as toastmaster for Toledo Chamber of Commerce
85 notecards for speech to the Country Garden Club, Perrysburg, Ohio (sesquicentennial year)
86 typed notecards and manuscript of speech:
"Let's Gather Goat Feathers" [on types of organizations]
87 handwritten notes for speech: "Blue Chip Comics-And How to Pick Them"
88 typed speech:
"Comics As a Social Force"; outline for "Newspapers in the Classroom, Sunday Comics Packet"
89 notes and sketches: "Anyone Can Draw" lecture **
90 copies of Mary Worth sketch with blank balloon; handwritten and typed notes and sketches for "Chalk Talks" and "Comics Are a Serious Business" **
91 clippings, notecards:
"Bridge to Drawing Demonstration"; Xeroxed and original sketches by Saunders; hand and typed notes; carbon: "Is This Strip Necessary?" speech
92 typed speech [?]:
"How Democracy Works"
Box 26
Series IX: General Professional Files
Subseries A: Professional Correspondence and Reader Mail
FolderDescriptionDate
1 significant legal correspondence with Publisher's Syndicate 1939 - 1954
carbon copy of Mary Worth legal agreement with Publisher's Syndicate 1949
2 miscellaneous professional correspondence including from Glenn Chaffin, Franz Polger, Carl Hammond, Charlie Plumb (United Feature Syndicate) 1940 - 1947
3 from Edward A. Tamm, FBI 1942 - 1944
4 correspondence with August Derleth [Arkham House publisher and renowned comic collector] 1943 - 1944
5 from Lawrence Michelson, advertising agency [Saunders' endorsement for Dr. Grabow pipes] 1945
6 reader mail; correspondence regarding client paper relations 1947 - 1964
7 reader and fan mail (including from Jules Feiffer, Ann Landers, Earl Wilson, Shel Dorf, Dani Aguila] 1947 - 1973, 1981
8 "Deals" correspondence with Phillip Steitz, Publisher's Syndicate; letter from Robert Reed, Publishers Hall regarding cartoon gallery proposal 1954 - 1956, 5/5/1970
9 reader mail:
"critical fan mail" [most are catches of mistakes in strips]
1954 - 1973
10 miscellaneous correspondece, including from Alexander Toth [comic artist]; Jerry DeFuccio, Mad Magazine; R.G. Cowles 1956 - 1964
11 fan mail (including carbon copies of replies from Saunders] 1956 - 1975
12 miscellaneous professional correspondence; notes 1958 - 1968
13 address list:
"Artists and Individuals"; correspondence with various comic artists
n.d., 1958 - 1972
14 miscellaneous professional correspondence; notes; clippings 1959
15 reader mail:
artist "boners" [mistakes caught by readers]
1964 - 1971
16 correspondence, booklets, pamphlets from Famous Artists School, Inc. [Saunders was shareholder?] 1965
17 correspondence with Publisher's Hall [regarding contracts] 9/67 - 12/68
18 reader mail: special interest groups, cause advocates 1968 - 1975
19 correspondence with Bill Williams, artist; Dec. 1970
comic books by Williams:
Jose Rojas May 1970
Hot Shoppes (2) n.d.
Box 27
Series IX: Subseries A (con't.)
FolderDescriptionDate
1 correspondence with artists/writers [most are requests for jobs, assistance, leads, etc.] ** 1940s - 1960s
2 correspondence with Wayne Boring, artist; page proofs of Superman comic strip by Boring 1958 5 - 6/1958
3 correspondence with Elmer Woggon and Charles Plumb April 1954
4 correspondence with Jim Lawrence, comic writer; story sample for Kerry Drake 1954 - 1957
5 correspondence between Frank Thorne and H.H. Anderson, Publisher's Syndicate; 1955
comic book:
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [artwork by Thorne]
n.d.
6 carbons of responses from comic writers to continuity ad for writers in Editor and Publisher 1952, 9/6/52
7 responses to ad, (con't.)
[includes previous job request letters received by Publisher's Syndicate and forwarded to Saunders]
1951 - 1952
8 correspondence with Al Capp, Li'l Abner 1957
9 clippings, articles on other comic artists and writers 1955 - 1957
10 sample comic artwork from other artists, including Will Anderson, P. Pinson, DeeShuck, Jack Sparling (Rumbles), W.A. Smith, Jim McArdle (Davy Crockett, Frontiersman), L.D. Warren, Bill Lignante (Layton Prince) and others 1950s - 1960s
11 publicity release: "Meet William Overgard!" May 1954
glossy page proofs of Steve Roper characters by Overgard [1954 ]
carbon: from Saunders to Ken [Ernst] about Overgard "Sat. p.m."
correspondence between Andy [H.H. Anderson] and William Overgard regarding Hero Haggity[action comic strip by Overgard] 5 - 6/1958
to Elmer [Woggon] from William Overgard 2/13/76
to Elmer [Woggon] from Saunders [pay dispute] 2/16/76
12 miscellaneous correspondence, clippings from other artists [including Dale [Conner] Ulrey] 1952 - 1965
13 from Ray Bailey [artist, Space Cadet and Miss X: with Saunders, never done?]; publicity material for Peter Scratch (by Lou Fine) ** 1952
14 original artwork:
ink panel by Dale McFeatters
12/27/1954
ink and pencil rough sketches of faces, characters [by Ken Ernst?] n.d.
color marker Sunday strip of Judge Parker by Harold Doux 12/1/1968
Box 28
Series IX (con't.)
Subseries B: General Business Files
FolderDescriptionDate
NOTE: Folders 1-15 are confidential and closed to public access.
1 four appointment books with expense records 1965 - 1968
2 three appointment books with expense records 1969 - 1971
3 three appointment books with expense records 1972, 73, 78
4 business receipts for Allen Saunders 1971 - 1972
5 business receipts for Allen Saunders 1973
Folders 6-13 include expenses and payment amounts from Publishers Syndicate to Saunders and others involved with the strip. The folders may also contain lists of newspapers carrying the strip.
6 Kerry Drake billings 1944 - 47
7 1948 - 55
8 1956 - 60
9 1961 - 65
10 Mary Worth billings [1939], 1945 - 1953
11 1954 - 60
12 1961 - 65
13 "Billings on Steve Roper from August 1954" 1954 - 65
14 Steve Roper, Mary Worth revenue share statements for, Ken Ernst, John and Allen Saunders, from Field Newspaper Syndicate; check receipt for "Plotting Can Be Play" article publication 1978, 1979, n.d.
15 office equipment and supplies bills and receipts; manuals, warranties, office leases 1945, 1965 - 1972
Box 29
Series IX (con't.)
Subseries C: Comics Information
FolderDescriptionDate
"Comics Code"
1 correspondence:
Pros and Cons; Dan Flagg and Kerry Drake legal dispute
1946 - 1963
2 articles, pamphlets 1942 - 1954
3 newspaper clippings 1948 - 1956
4 typed:
"Remarks from Committee on Motion Pictures, Radio Broadcasting, and Comic Strips in Relation to the Administration of Justice, American Bar Association," by Arthur J. Freund, Chair, Bar Assn.
9/24/1947
5 information on censorship policies and pressure groups [Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (from Dan Pfoutz) and Mt. Lebanon Public Library, PA] 1953 - 1954
6 newsletters: Intellectual Freedom, Intellectual Freedom Committee of the American Library Association
Vol. 3, No. 3 3/1955
No. 4 6/1955
Vol. 4, No. 1 9/1955
No. 2 1/1956
Vol. 5, No. 2 12/1956
carbon: House Bill No. 277, Ohio ["to provide for the establishment of a board to censor magazines and the power and duties thereof"] 3/17/55
7 clippings; correspondence from Saunders on comic book and comic strip censorship 1947 - 1954
8 information on history of comics; clippings on comic book censorship 1954 - 1975
9 correspondence from Phil [Steitz], Publisher's Syndicate Nov 1955
typed manuscript:
"Chapter XIII: The Structural Elements of Sunday Comics" for Puck: The Comic Weekly [by Puck staff?]
9/22/55
10 [slide show] script on Sunday comics, by Metropolitan Sunday Newspapers, Inc. n.d.
11 final script:
"Odyssey: The Comics" by Henry Walsh, Columbia Broadcasting Company [live animation documentary on comics, Saunders has part in script]
March 1957
NOTE: Folders 12-18 contain information on the comic strip industry and on other comic strip artists
12 information on comic readership, articles, charts 1946 - 1955
13 articles on history of comics; business aspects of comics 1940 - 1963
14 articles on social and cultural aspects of comics 1955,1970, 1980
15 articles on other comic strip artists and writers 1943 - 1950
16 articles on other comic strips and artists 1966 - 1985
17 article on Alfred Andriola; photocopy: speech by Andriola 1957
publicity photo Feb. 1965
article by Andriola 1965
art exhibition booklet (Andriola exhibit chair)
18 miscellaneous comic publications 1953 - 1958
19 comic books: Steve Canyon by Milton Caniff; Kasco Comics by Bill Woggon, Toledo, Ohio 1953, 1945
20 journal:
Inklings [Museum of Cartoon Art] No.9
Fall 1977
Series IX (con't.)
Subseries D: Foreign Comics
21 three (3) original color newsprints of Maria de Oro [Mary Worth in Spanish] 1941 - 1974
22 Kerry Drake: one original newspaper comic in Portugese 1946
five daily original newsprint comics in Spanish 1950
two booklets of the strip in Russian n.d.
one original color newsprint of strip in French 1968
Vol. 3, No. 28 (contains various comics in Italian, including "Kerry Drake"] "Luglio", 1967
23 comic book:
Grandes Detectives, vol. 1, no. 2 "Kerry Drake; Guardian de la Ley y el Orden" [from Mexico] (Added to Saunders Collection from Browne Popular Culture Library duplicate comic books on 6/7/1989]
8/1/1956
24 Steve Roper:
one Sunday proof sheet and one color Sunday newsprint of strip in Spanish; one daily newsprint of strip in Russian
1966
Series IX (con't.)
Subseries E: Biographical Clippings, Interviews
25 booklets (3):
The Sugar Crick School of Art, by Arnold Nicholson; reprint of article from Country Gentleman
1938 4/1938
Note: Folders 26-30 contain material labeled by Saunders to be included in a scrapbook. Excellent resource material is contained for interviews with him, comics in general, and Saunders' public life, including personal/society coverage and his involvement in community organizations.
26 misc. newsletters, booklets, articles, photos, letters, flyers, awards, speaking engagement material, etc. ** 1968 - 1975
27 misc. newspaper clippings ** 1968 - 1975
28 misc. magazines, pamphlets, newsletters, articles, flyers photographs, etc. ** 1960 - 1975
29 misc. articles, magazines, programs, interview, pamphlets, photographs, etc. ** 1968 - 1975
30 misc. newspaper clippings for scrapbook ** 1971 - 1975
31 clippings, articles on Saunders 1956 - 1980
32 "Winchell Column Notes Bio" (handwritten notes by Saunders) n.d.
33 misc. clippings on education, handwritten notes on comics in education 1980
34 typewritten drafts of Allen Saunders biography for Publisher's Newspaper Syndicate and for Publisher's Hall Syndicate n.d.
35 carbon copies:
suggested interview questions
36 handwritten notes; typewritten draft of A. Saunders' bios; speaker introductions; draft of "How I Started" Booklet
37 Handwritten and typed draft of biography information
38 Newspaper and magazine clippings of articles about Saunders 1948 - 1979
39 Miscellaneous publicity articles on A. Saunders 1950 - 1960
40 printed magazine articles on A. Saunders; miscellaneous publicity releases from Publisher's Syndicate 1948 - 1976
41 "Personal Publicity": biography from Defiance College 12/1/66
"Creativity in Comic Strip Authors" article by Dr. Jerry Higgins (interviewed Saunders]; carbon: "Who's Who in America" 41st ed., entry for Saunders; clipping Fall 1967, n.d.
Toledo Advertising World newsletter (contains interview of Saunders by Chuck Schmitt, author of Assaults on the mind] [1981?]
42 journal:
Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 5, No.2 (contains interview of Allen Saunders by Ann N. Ridgeway starting on p. 385] (NOTE: Added to collection in Feb. 1988)
April 1971
43 test scores:
Strong Vocational Interest Blank (for article by Higgins?)
[1966?]
44 various copies of Allen Saunders obituary, columns on his death, The Blade and The Sentinel Tribune (Allen Saunders died on January 28, 1986) 1/29/1986
Box 30
Series IX (con't.)
Subseries F: General Research and Professional Files
FolderDescriptionDate
1 clippings, notes on writing theory 1930s - 1960s
2 "Gags" hand and typewritten n.d.
3 "Gags" clippings 1930s - 1960s
4 "Gags" clippings, photos [sexual] 1940s - 1950s
5 "Gags" clippings 1950s
6 "Gags" clippings 6 clippings, information on writing profession 1940s
booklet:
Doctor, Nurse and Hospital Story Writer's Guide
1936
7 Poetry clippings 1940s - 1950s
8 "Names and Characters-Female": handwritten and typed notes; article clippings; photocopied sketches of female characters by Andriola 1940s - 1960s, 1954
9 correspondence and booklet:
Powers School [of beautyJ [Saunders had speaking engagement there?]
[1950]
10 carbon copies: transcripts of interviews with comic strip readers conducted by the Editorial Research Department [Phil Steitz, Publisher's SyndicateJ [Excellent resource for "reader response" of comic strips in the 1950s, especially of housewives] 1955
11 "Books to Check": notes, correspondence, clippings [for research on story lines] 1950s
12 plot ideas:
correspondence and clippings; clippings on "Coincidences" [including clippings on Kerry Drake story line and real life crime]
1950s - 1960s
13 Foreign Language, Slang research:
clippings, booklets, postcards, correspondence, and notes **
1929, 1950s - 1960s
14 "Story Ideas" clippings; typed note on cult racket story 1950s - 1970s
15 "A Christmas Holiday":
correspondence, clippings, and booklets for ideas for Christmas and other holiday strips
1950s - 1970s
16 miscellaneous newspaper clippings 1950s - 1970s
17 clippings on Field Newspaper Syndicate [Field Enterprise's acquisition of Publisher's Syndicate] Oct. 1962
18 clippings on women and humor 1973 - 1976
19 photocopies:
Stick/Figs comic strip by Eason, Toledo Journal
1981 - 1982
20 miscellaneous notes on story angles and characters [Mary Worth?] n.d.
21 "Comic Ad 'Recipes' " [handouts ?]: "Strip Creation" and "Essentials for Readership" charts
22 artwork [not original] by Frank Robbins and Ken Ernst of Saunders; copies of a self-portrait caricature by Saunders
Box 31
Series IX (con't.)
Subseries G: Miscellaneous Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
Note: This series contains personal and professional correspondence from the last years of Saunders' life. Similar material may be found in Series I, Subseries C and Series IX, Subseries A. The following material was arranged alphabetically by folder by Saunders.
1 address book, belonged to Saunders [1980s]
2 correspondence; addresses filed inside front of address book; map of Toledo and Northwest Ohio 1981 - 1984
3 correspondence from friends [several from publishers regarding Saunders' autobiography, including Ray Browne, Bowling Green State University Popular Press] 1980 - 1984
4 from friends, literary agents, from Mary Ellen Kazmark attached: undergraduate term paper, University of Michigan: "The Fabled Mary Worth" 1973 — 1982, 11/12/1973
5 from friends 1983
6 from friends, admirers 1979 - 1983
7 from friends, admirers [includes photographs of Saunders with a group of unidentified men at a luncheon and of a model train] 1979 - 1983
8 from friends, associates 1965 - 1984
9 from friends, associates, admirers 1980 - 1983
10 from friends, associates, Writer's Digest [concerning publication of Saunders' article: "Plotting Can Can Be Play"] 1980 — 1984, 1981
11 from Bill Woggon and others; draft of letter from Saunders to "Mr. Z" regarding Saunders' autobiography 1982, n.d.
Box 32
Series X: Miscellaneous Material
Subseries A: Publicity Photographs
FolderDescriptionDate
1 metal printing plates of photographs of Saunders; of Allen and John Saunders [from the Toledo News-Bee] 1931 — 1936, 6/1938
2 negatives: 8x10 and 4x6 b/w [from the Toledo News-Bee] of Saunders in Hollywood and others; leather photograph case [empty] 1936 - 1937
3 Saunders in sailor costume "for Wright Stock Co. Play" n.d.
4 Toledo News-Bee gag photographs of Saunders; pasted layouts for Saunders' column; Saunders in Hollywood makeup
(separated by acid-free paper)
1928, 1929, 7/22/36
5 Toledo News-Bee studio portraits; individual shots of Saunders and with others; group photographs [newspaper staff? with Joe E. Brown]
(separated by acid-free paper)
1930 — 1937, n.d.
6 Hollywood photographs: Saunders with movie stars, directors, etc. [some include Elmer Woggon as well]; 4x6 negative of Saunders with Gary Cooper; photos include Una Merkel, Spanky McFarland, Jane Withers, Betty Grable, Humphrey Bogart, Olivia De Havilland, Robert Taylor, Fredric March, Alice Faye, Jack Benny and Gracie Allen, Jean Arthur, Hugh Herbert, Tod Browning [director], Freddie Bartholomew, Errol Flynn, etc.
(separated by acid-free paper)
1936
7 autographs; autographed photographs--stage and film stars to Saunders [including Orson Welles, Toto, Theda Gray] (separated by acid-free paper) 1927 - 1946
Box 33
Series X: Subseries A (con't.)
FolderDescriptionDate
1 Hollywood movie production stills, including scenes from This is My Dance, The Gorgeous Hussy [both Joan CrawfordJ, It's Love I'm After [Leslie Howard, Bette DavisJ, The Devil is a Sissy [Freddie Bartholemew, Mickey RooneyJ, My American Wife [Francis Lederer, Ann Sothern], Public Nuisance No.1 [Jane Withers], Big Broadcast of 1937 [Jack Benny, Martha Raye] (separated by acid-free paper) 1936
2 publicity photographs of stars: Bob Burns, Fred MacMurray (separated by acid-free paper) 1937
3 Chief Wahoo and Steve Roper publicity photographs with Saunders and Woggon
(separated by acid-free paper)
[1940]
4 1940 World's Fair: Saunders giving "Chalk Talk" in Westinghouse building
(separated by acid-free paper)
1940
5 publicity photograph portraits of Saunders
(separated by acid-free paper)
[1940s?], 1953, 1957
6 photographs of Saunders at work on his comic strips (separated by acid-free paper) 1951 - 1973
7 photo essay: Saunders on location [research for strips] (separated by acid-free paper) n.d.
8 publicity photographs for Mary Worth [some include Ken ErnstJ; photo essay of Ernst and Saunders with Jane Russell; Saunders with Dr. Nick Dallis [author of Rex Morgan, MD and Judge Parker] [includes early photographs of "Apple Mary" live productions] (separated by acid-free paper)
9 photo essay for Wabash College article on Saunders at work (separated by acid-free paper) [196-?]
10 publicity photo essay of Allen and John Saunders at work
(separated by acid-free paper)
11 photo essay of Allen at home with Lois [his wife], in his office, and with John [includes exterior shots of Saunders home in Maumee] (separated by acid-free paper) [197-?]
12 photographs of Saunders giving various speeches and "Chalk Talks" (separated by acid-free paper) 1966 - 1969
13 Publisher's Syndicate publicity photographs of Saunders at "Calvacade of Comics" exhibition, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City Rotary chalk talk
(separated by acid-free paper)
[1969]
14 community service photographs of Saunders: AAA, Red Cross, dinner programs, Toledo Board of Education, President's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped, at graduation ceremony
(separated by acid-free paper)
[1930s - 1960s]
15 publicity photographs of "Pentagon Luncheon for the News-paper Comics Council" [various comic artists pictured]
(separated by acid-free paper)
11/6/67
Box 96 (oversize)
Series X (con't.)
Subseries B: Board Games
FolderDescriptionDate
1 "Good Neighbor" Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, WI [invented by Saunders and John B. Carson] [1940?]
2 "Chief Wahoo's Tepee Town" Leister Game Co., Toledo, OH copyright by R.S. Leister "Characters from comic strip 'Chief Wahoo' by Saunders and Woggon, Publisher's Syndicate" 1944
Series X (con't.)
Subseries C: Plaques, Awards, Photographs, Taped Interview
3 framed award:
Distinguished Citizen Award, The American Hearing Society
5/27/1960
4 framed:
Certificate of Appointment" Chairman, Cartoonists Committee, President's Committee on the Employment of the Physically Handicapped
12/15/59
5 plaque:
"In Appreciation u AAA Toledo Automobile Club Trustee [from May 1948 to October 1977]
10/26/77
6 plaque:
poem "On Giving U from Art White
11/1/?
7 framed photograph of woman with boy and girl [unidentified] n.d.
8 framed photograph of stage scene [A. Saunders' daughter?]
9 framed photograph, football player [A. Saunders' son?]
10 framed clipping: "Get Involved, Like Mary Worth"
11 cassette:
contains taped interview of Saunders by the Popular Press and WTOL-TV Toledo
(master for these interviews is located in the Music Library, 4th floor, Jerome Library, BGSU)
7/17/70, 8/02/70
Box 35
Series X: Subseries C (con't.)
FolderDescriptionDate
1 framed certificate:, Wabash College Alumni Award of Merit 6/4/1955
2 Allen Saunders' college diplomas from Wabash College [Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, in Latin] [1920], [1924]
3 Phi Gamma Delta certificate [in Greek] [men's social fraternity, Saunders was inducted as an honorary member while his son was in college] n.d.
4 photographs, dinner banquets:
9th Annual Dinner, National Cartoonist's Society 4/26/1955
10th Annual Dinner, National Cartoonist's Society 4/24/1956
54th Annual Dinner, The Explorer's Club 3/14/1958
Box 36 (oversize)
Series X (con't.)
Subseries D: Scrapbooks
FolderDescriptionDate
1 scrapbook containing clippings from newspapers about Saunders, Mary Worth, Steve Roper, Kerry Drake, Cliff Merrit, and other comics, as well as story-related items, including publicity spread sheets for Saunders' comics, especially for Mary Worth. There are also programs from conferences, graduations, and dinners, and publications by Phi Gamma Delta, Psi Chapter at Wabash College. (photocopies of some of these materials, especially those dealing with Saunders and the comic business, are located in the folder just behind the scrapbook) 1950 - 1971
2 clippings of the original Apple Mary comic strip [precursor to Mary Worth] by Martha Orr, [Apple Mary was created by Ms. Orr in 1932 and was taken over by Saunders in 1937.] 12/1934 - 12/1936, 11/1937
Box 37
Series X (con't.)
Subseries E: Oversize Material
FolderDescriptionDate
1 two sheets, b/w glossy proofs, Mike Nomad strip 9-10/[1970s?]
2 original strip, Li'l Abner, from Al Capp to Toledo Club 1962
3 original artwork caricatures of Saunders: ink caricature by Ernst; ink caricature by Woggon [for magazine article] n.d.
4 original ink and pencil cartoon of Saunders and Rickerd by Rickerd [friend of Saunders]
5 daily proof sheet of untitled comic strip by Ed Mann
6 "Fantastic Faces" copied proof sheet of sketches by Basil Wolvedon 1/1946
7 award from Ohio Commodores to A. Saunders 6/20/1969
8 copy artwork samples (4) from C.N. Landon correspondence art school
[from General How to Draw folder]
1909
9 five (5) sample artwork plates [from Outdoor Detail folder] n.d.
10 three (3) "Anatomy Lesson" plates, sample artwork, C.N. Landon School [from People-Drawings folder] 1918
11 one (1) sample adwork page "Symbolic Figures of Nations" Federal School of Applied Cartooning 1917
12 one (1) sample artwork [from Portraits folder] n.d.
13 original artwork of Saunders [from the Toledo News-Bee]:
charcoal portrait, unsigned ink caricature by Clarence Gray color chalk caricature by Clarence Gray ink portrait by George Scarbo four small ink caricatures of Saunders [one signed by Wygren, dated 1932]
[1930s]
14 various oversize publicity flyers by Publisher's Syndicate for Chief Wahoo comic strip; Rotomagazine, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio [photo essay on Saunders and Woggon contained] 1937 - 1940s, 12/7/41
15 Publisher's Syndicate publicity flyers for Steve Roper and Mike Nomad characters 1954 - 1969
16 photocopy of rough sketch of daily strip by Saunders [Mary Worth] 8/2/[?]
17 promotional insert [?] of complete story line of Mary Worth, The Wisconsin State Journal 1945
promotional insert [?] of complete story line of Mary Worth (Elissa Lake story, "Extra--Mary Worth Comes to Oklahoma") The Daily Oklahoman Sept - Nov 1947
18 publicity spread sheet: "National Media Give Big Coverage to 'First of Its Kind' Mary Worth Story" [1976]
19 Publishers-Hall Syndicate Mary Worth publicity flyers; one sheet glossy dailies of Mary Worth strip [1960s - 70s]
20 publicity spread sheet: "Mary Worth--Comic Strip of the Intellectuals" [regarding This Month article] [1962]
21 publicity posters for Sadie Hawkins Day from Al Capp 1942
22 publicity booklet for Draftie by Paul Fogarty, National Newspaper Service [1942]
23 original ink artwork of daily comic strip Dick Tracy by Chester GouJd "Silenced" [never ran] 7/6/42
24 correspondence, artwork of Don Winslow of the Navy, from Red Pennington 5/19/42
25 publicity poster "Superman Joins the 'Stars and Stripes' of the A.E.F." McClure Newspaper Syndicate 1942
26 The Pillsbury Playhouse b/w page proof of strip; glossy page proof: Al Capp's Corner With Reddy; three Pillsbury contest ad page proofs [n.d.?]
27 ten original color newsstrips of Squeekie and Charlie Wild comics for Wildroot shampoo and hair tonic comic ads 1952
28 Doctor Dave page proofs; original artwork for strip: panel for Doctor Dave, ink artwork [by Dale Heilman]; pencil sketch of Doctor Dave by Saunders n.d.
29 glossy page proofs of Jell-O advertisements; one pencil sketch for The Five of Us strip by Saunders n.d.
30 original color newsstrips Secret on the Set [Vicks] 1962
31 original color newsprint of Stripey advertisement strip for Stripe toothpaste 1962
32 three (3) photocopied rough layouts of Duke Handy by Alex Kotsky; one (1) original color newsprint comics page, includes Mary Worth, Steve Roper, and Duke Handy [1958]
33 b/w page proof Chuck Carson comic strip by Arnando 1958
34 one (1) b/w glossy proof page of Sunday strip Dateline: Danqer! 12/8/1968
35 glossy page proofs of strip, Hero Haggity [by William Overgard] [1960s?]
36 two original strip drawings by A. Saunders 4/25/? , 12/26/?
Three copies of sample character poses by Ernst n.d.
37 color watercolor ink drawing of Mary Worth characters [from speech?] [196-?]
38 three (3) publicity sheets for Steve Roper and Mike Nomad characters [1950s]
39 original artwork by Alexander Toth 4/30/58
40 glossy proofs of strips by Milton Caniff [untitled strip] 1944
41 b/w glossy, Sunday strip Peter Scratch 7/3/66
two Roy Rogers daily sheets of strip by Al McKimson 1956
42 pencil sketch of woman's face by Dale Conner Ulrey n.d.
43 original sketch of daily by Saunders for "Miss X" n.d.
daily proof sheets of Space Cadet by Ray Bailey 2 - 3/1952
daily proof sheets of Peter Scratch by Lou Fine 9 - 10/1965
44 page proofs of daily strips from Editors Press Service, NY:
six (6) pages in Spanish of Kerry Drake [1940s?]
three (3) pages in Spanish of Maria de Oro (Mary Worth)
two The Daily Pratap Jullundur [Arabic newspaper, with Kerry Drake] 1/9/67, 4/9/67
Supplement Illustre Le Soleil [French Sunday comics insert, with Mary Worth] 12/31/64
45 oversize items to be included in scrapbook: publicity flyers, posters, awards for Mary Worth and others 1960s
46 Steve Roper daily strip original artwork [with polish words] 10/30/46
47 Skye character [Mary Worth] daily sketch by Saunders 3/21/7
Series XI: Original Artwork
Subseries A: Chief Wahoo/Steve Roper/Mike Nomad
BoxDescriptionDate
Chief Wahoo [Saunders and Woggon]
38a clay coated "galleys"
[cemented together by moisture]
1936 - 40
38b black and white glossy ink pages 1937 - 40
39 black and white glossy ink pages June 1942 - 1943
Chief Wahoo and Steve Roper
40 weekdays: black and white glossy ink paper
Sundays: genuine newspaper color
1944, 1945
41 weekdays: black and white glossy ink paper
Sundays: genuine newspaper color
1946
42a weekdays: black and white glossy ink paper
Sundays: genuine newspaper color
1947
42b weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages Sundays: genuine newspaper color [cemented together by moisture] 1948
Steve Roper [Saunders and Woggon]
43 black and white glossy ink paper May 1949 - 1950
44 1951, 1952
45 1953, 1954
46 1955, 1956
47 black and white glossy ink paper Saunders and Woggon (1/1/57-4/12/58)
Saunders and Overgard (4/13/58-12/31/58)
1957, 1958
Steve Roper [Saunders and Overgard]
48 black and white glossy ink paper/pages 1959
49 1960, 1961
50 1962, 1963
51 1964, 1965
52 1966, 1967
53 1968, 1969
Steve Roper and Mike Nomad [Saunders and Overgard]
54 black and white glossy ink pages 1970, 1971
55 black and white glossy ink pages [Saunders and Woggon] 1973
56 black and white glossy ink pages 1974, 1975
57 black and white glossy ink pages 1976, 1977
58 black and white cardboard panels 1968, 1969, 1970
59 Steve Roper [Saunders and Overgard]
black and white cardboard panels 1968, 1969
Steve Roper and Mike Nomad [Saunders and Overgard]
black and white cardboard panels 1970, 1979
Steve Roper and Mike Nomad [Saunders and Overgard]
60 black and white cardboard panels 1979
61 1982, 1983
62 Xerox copies w/colored-pencil tracing paper overlays 1979
63 1981, 1982
Series XI (con't.)
Subseries B: Apple Mary & Dennie/Mary Worth's Family/Mary Worth Original Artwork
BoxDescriptionDate
Apple Mary and Dennie
64 weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages
Sundays: genuine newspaper color Martha Orr
Sept. 1936 - 1937
65 weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages
Sundays: genuine newspaper color Martha Orr (1938-5/28/39)
Martha Orr and Dale Allen (5/29/39 -9/30/39)
Dale Allen (9/31/39 -12/31/39) (Dale Allen was the pen name for Saunders and Dale Conner)
1938, 1939
66 weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages
Sundays: genuine newspaper color
1/1/40 - 1/7/40
Mary Worth's Family
weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages
Sundays: genuine newspaper color, Dale Allen
1/8/40 - 12/31/40
67 weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages
Sundays: genuine newspaper color
1941 - June 1942
Mary Worth
weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages
Sundays: genuine newspaper color, Dale Allen
July 1942 - Dec. 1942
Mary Worth
68 weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages
Sundays: genuine newspaper color
Dale Allen
1943, 1944
69 weekdays: black and white glossy ink pages
Sundays: genuine newspaper color Dale Allen (1/1/45 -8/11/46)
Ken Allen (8/12/46 -12/31/46) (Ken Allen was the pen name for Saunders and Ken Ernst)
1945, 1946
70 weekdays: black and white glossy Sundays: genuine newspaper color Ken Allen ink pages 1947, 1948
71 weekdays: black and white glossy Sundays: genuine newspaper color Ken Allen ink pages 1949, 1950
72 black and white glossy ink pages
Ken Allen
1951, 1952
73 black and white glossy ink pages Ken Allen (1/24/53-10/24/54) Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst (10/25/54-12/31/55) 1953, 1955
74 black and white glossy ink pages Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst 1956, 1957
75 1958
76 1966, 1967, 1969
77 1971, 1972
78 1974, 1975
79 1976, 1977 - Sept. 1978
80 black and white cardboard panels
Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst
1964, 1966 - 1968, 1974
81 1969, 1970
82 black and white cardboard panels with color schemes
Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst
1959 - 1971 (inc.)
83 black and white cardboard panels Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst 1978 - 1979
84 colored cardboard panels (covered with tissue paper)
Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst
12/78 - 9/79
85 black and white cardboard panels Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst 1981
86a black and white colored cardboard panels
Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst
1981
86b Sunday Editions
Allen Saunders and Ken Ernst
July 1981 - Dec. 1981
Series XI (con't.)
Subseries C: Dateline Danger! Original Artwork
BoxDescriptionDate
Dateline Danger!
87 Black and white glossy ink pages John Saunders 11/68 - 1969
88 Black and white glossy ink pages Alden McWilliams 1970 - 2/71
Series XI (con't.)
Subseries D: Kerry Drake Original Artwork
BoxDescriptionDate
Kerry Drake
89 black and white glossy ink
Alfred Andriola
1962, 1963
90 1964, 1965
91a 1966, 1969, 1970
91b 1969
(cemented together by moisture)
92 1971, 1972