General Literary Manuscripts collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Jacqueline Morin
Finding Aid Date
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description


  • 1677-1980s (Creation)


  • 0.42 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 legal-size document box

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  • Abstract

    The General Literary Manuscripts collection is an artificially created collection comprised chiefly of literary works and manuscript fragments of well-known writers and other public figures. The time covered is late 17th century to the first half of the 20th century.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], General Literary Manuscripts collection, Collection no. 375, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice is required for access.

  • Arrangement

    The one-box collection is arranged alphabetically by author.

  • Scope and Content

    The manuscripts in the General Literary Manuscripts collection represent a wide variety of American and English writers, as well as a range of written materials. Some items of note include a signed bank check from James Fenimore Cooper to "Daughters," some hand-written receipts with sealing wax of Sir Robert Howard dated 1677, several manuscripts by Christopher Darlington Morley, and an original 1940s radio script by Damon Runyon called, "That Ever-Loving Wife of Hymie's."