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Contact Infomation:

Special Collections

Michigan State University Libraries

100 Main Library

East Lansing, MI 48824

517.884.6471

E-mail:spc@mail.lib.msu.edu

URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

Date Received:

1979

Date Processed:

2008

Acquisitions Information:

Donated by H. C. Branson; Donald A. Yates.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Identification of item: Box number/Folder number, H. C. Branson Papers, MSS 319, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use.

The H.C. Branson Papers will be open and available for use within in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Photoduplication Restrictions:

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Collection Summary:

This collection contains the manuscripts, typescripts and revisions of H. C. Branson’s novels as well as correspondence surrounding the publication and critical reception of Salisbury Plain.

Historical Background:

Henry Clay Branson, born in 1904, grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan, and later attended Princeton in 1924.  He then spent three years in Paris only to return to Michigan in 1929 to attend the University of Michigan.  In Ann Arbor he married, fathered the first of his three daughters in 1934 and eventually graduated from the university in 1937.  Branson read Doyle as a boy, followed Philo Vance’s cases in Paris in the pages of Scribner’s Magazine and was one of the most familiar of card-holders at the Ann Arbor Public Library, where he withdrew and consumed hundreds of mystery stories, all contributing to his becoming a mystery writer.  He died in 1981.

Processing Note:

The H. C. Branson Papers were processed by Kassy Fineout – August of 2008.

Arrangement:


The H. C. Branson Papers are arranged into two series.  The first series (mystery novels) is arranged in four boxes by date of publication, then alphabetically.  The second series (Salisbury Plain) is arranged alphabetically in two boxes.

 

Series 1: Mystery Novels

Box Folder Folder/Description
1 1 A Winter’s Journey – Final Copy
  2 A Winter’s Journey – Manuscript (missing pages 1-2, 4-18)
  3 A Winter’s Journey – Typescript
  4 A Winter’s Journey – Typescript (Copy, McCamley Park Story)
  5 Polyphemus (I’ll Eat You Last) – Manuscript
  6 I’ll Eat You Last – Proofs (with note by Lee Wright of Simon & Schuster)
  7 I’ll Eat You Last – Typescript
  8 The Pricking Thumb – Manuscript
  9 The Pricking Thumb – Notes and Revisions
Box Folder Folder/Description
2 1 The Pricking Thumb – Typescript
  2 Giant Killer – Correspondence (Lee Wright)
  3 Giant Killer – Manuscript
  4 Giant Killer – Notes and Revisions
  5 Giant Killer – Typescript – 1
  6 Giant Killer – Typescript – 2
  7 Fearful Passage – Correspondence (Lee Wright)
  8 Fearful Passage – Manuscript
  9 Fearful Passage – Notes and Revisions – No date (Holograph)
  10 Fearful Passage – Notes and Revisions – No date – 1
  11 Fearful Passage – Notes and Revisions – No date – 2
  12 Fearful Passage – Typescript
Box Folder Folder/Description
3 1 Fearful Passage – Typescript (Carbon)
  2 Last Year’s Blood – Manuscript
  3 Last Year’s Blood – Notes and Revisions
  4 Last Year’s Blood – Typescript
  5 Last Year’s Blood – Typescript (Carbon)
  6 Leaden Bubble – Correspondence (Lee Wright)
  7 Leaden Bubble – Manuscript
  8 Leaden Bubble – Notes and Revisions
  9 Leaden Bubble – Typescript
Box Folder Folder/Description
4 1 Leaden Bubble – Typescript (Carbon)
  2 Beggar’s Choice I – Correspondence (Ivan con Auw, Jr.)
  3 Beggar’s Choice I – Manuscript
  4 Beggar’s Choice I – Notes and Revisions – 1
  5 Beggar’s Choice I – Notes and Revisions – 2
  6 Beggar’s Choice I– Typescript – 1
  7 Beggar’s Choice I – Typescript – 2
  8 Beggar’s Choice II – Correspondence (Lee Wright)
  9 Beggar’s Choice II – Manuscript
  10 Beggar’s Choice II – Notes and Revisions – No date
  11 Beggar’s Choice II – Notes and Revisions – June 19, 1951-
  12 Beggar’s Choice II – Notes and Revisions – July 7, 1952-
  13 Beggar’s Choice II – Typescript – May 22, 1952
  14 Beggar’s Choice II – Typescript – June 30, 1952 (copy to Lee Wright)
  15 Beggar’s Choice II – Typescript – August 21, 1952 (copy to Ivan von Auw, Jr.)

Series 2 – Salisbury Plain

Box Folder Folder/Description
5 1 Civil War Bibliography
  2 Correspondence – January 21, 1960-March 10, 1965 (Pre-publication matters)
  3 Correspondence – August 14, 1963-February 17, 1966 (with Ken Millar)
  4 Correspondence – April 23, 1965-November 25, 1968 (Critical Reception)
  5 Final Draft – June 3, 1960 (pages 1-125)
  6 Final Draft – June 3, 1960 (pages 126-250)
  7 Final Draft – June 3, 1960 (pages 251-370)
  8 Final Draft – June 3, 1960 (pages 1-125) – Copy returned from Harold Ober Associates Incorporated (includes note from Julia Kestin)
  9 Final Draft – June 3, 1960 (pages 126-250) – Copy returned from Harold Ober Associates Incorporated
  10 Final Draft – June 3, 1960 (pages 251-370) – Copy returned from Harold Ober Associates Incorporated
  11 Hand drawn maps
  12 Holograph Manuscript – June 22, 1956
  13 Holograph Manuscript – February 12, 1957
  14 Holograph Manuscript – February 23, 1957
  15 Holograph Manuscript – June 9, 1961
  16 Miscellaneous
  17 Notebook – Civil War Notes, Bibliography, Footnotes for Salisbury Plain (Michigan, Slater’s Book Store)
  18 Notes and Revisions – No date (from Ken Millar)
  19 Notes and Revisions – January 29, 1949-
  20 Notes and Revisions – February 24, 1950-
  21 Notes and Revisions – April 18, 1953-
  22 Notes and Revisions – February 12, 1956-
  23 Notes and Revisions – November 20, 1956-
  24 Notes and Revisions – September 15, 1957- (“The Wilderness”)
  25 Notes and Revisions – December 24, 1959-
  26 Notes and Revisions – February 15, 1960-
  27 Notes and Revisions – March 30, 1960-
  28 Notes and Revisions – October 11, 1960-
  29 Notes and Revisions – May 3, 1961-
  30 Notes and Revisions – February 10, 1962-
  31 Notes and Revisions – March 19, 1963- (“The Wilderness”)
  32 Notes and Revisions – October 26, 1963-
  33 Notes and Revisions – November 1, 1963-
  34 Notes and Revisions – September, 1964
  35 Notes and Revisions – September 14, 1964
  36 Notes and Revisions – November 16, 1964
  37 Published copy –Salisbury Plain
Box Folder Folder/Description
6 1 Typescript – No date
  2 Typescript – No date (Part III, Chapter I)
  3 Typescript – No date (Part III, Chapter II)
  4 Typescript – June 22, 1956-November 18, 1959 (pages 1-100)
  5 Typescript – June 22, 1956-November 18, 1959 (pages 101-308)
  6 Typescript – February 23, 1957 (Chapter I)
  7 Typescript – May 24, 1957-September 5, 1957 (“The Wilderness”)
  8 Typescript – June 3, 1960 (pages 1-125)
  9 Typescript – June 3, 1960 (pages 126-250)
  10 Typescript – June 3, 1960 (pages 251-370)
  11 Typescript – April 26, 1962
  12 Typescript – May 28, 1962
  13 Typescript – May 28, 1962 (with notes)
  14 Typescript – December 31, 1962
  15 Typescript – January 14, 1963 (MS Variants, Nov. –61-Feb. –62)
  16 Typescript – February 24, 1963 (pages 1-72) – With Ken Millar comments
  17 Typescript – February 24, 1963 (pages 73-153) – With Ken Millar comments
  18 Typescript – February 24, 1963 (pages 154-227) – With Ken Millar comments
  19 Typescript – February 24, 1963 (pages 228-323) – With Ken Millar comments
  20 Typescript – June 2, 1964 (pages 1-120)
  21 Typescript – June 2, 1964 (pages 121-270)
  22 Typescript – May 11, 1967-September 2, 1967 (“The Wilderness”)
  23 Typescript pages – No date – 1
  24 Typescript pages – No date – 2
  25 Typescript pages – June 3, 1960 (Chapter II)
  26 Typescript pages – February 22, 1963
  27 Typescript pages – February 22, 1963 (with notes)




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