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Finding Aid of the Irving Shulman papers

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch and Mandeep Condle, 2010

The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Shulman, Irving
Title
Irving Shulman papers
Collection no.
0021
Date [inclusive]
1931-1970
Extent
19.67 Linear feet, 19 boxes, 1 map case folder
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains the papers of the novelist, screenwriter, and biographer Irving Shulman, who is best known for writing the screenplay for Rebels Without a Cause. His papers include manuscripts and typescripts of screenplays, short stories, novels, and biographies.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Irving Shulman papers, Collection no. 0021, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biographical Note

Irving Shulman was a novelist, screenwriter and biographer of Rudolph Valentino, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Jean Harlow. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish immigrants from Lithuania on May 21, 1913. Shulman received his BA from Ohio University in 1937, his MA from Columbia in 1938, and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1972. During World War II he worked for the War Department in Washington, D.C. He married Joan Grager in 1938, and they had two daughters.

The Dukes of Amboy, his first novel (and biggest literary success), mined the neighborhoods in which Shulman had grown up and was published in 1947. Shulman moved to Los Angeles in the late 1940s, where he worked as a contract screenwriter and continued to write novels. As a screenwriter, he is best known as the author of the screenplay for the 1955 movie Rebels Without a Cause. Shulman later adapted the movie's plot for his novel Children of the Dark. In the 1960s, Shulman wrote biographies of Jean Harlow (1964), Rudolph Valentino (1967), and Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis (1970). Shulman passed away on March 23, 1995.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains manuscripts and typescripts of Irving Shulman's screenplays, short stories, novels, and biographies of Jean Harlow, Rudolph Valentino and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Also included in this collection are publisher's galleys for some of his books and various literary periodical publications from the 1930s. Please refer to the Scope and Content notes of individual series for more information.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Ohio University's Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections has the Irving Shulman Collection (MSS# 98).

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Manuscripts
  • Typescripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Harlow, Jean, 1911-1937
  • Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994
  • Shulman, Irving -- Archives
  • Valentino, Rudolph, 1895-1926

Subject(s)

  • Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
  • Biographers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Celebrities--United States--Biography--Archival resources
  • Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Novels 

Scope and Content

Series consists of manuscript and typescript drafts of novels written by Irving Shulman. Series also includes notes, promotional materials, and book reviews for a few works, including The Roots of Fury and  The Velvet Knife.

Arrangement

Series is arranged in alphabetical order by title of the final, published work. Unidentified drafts are at the end of the series.

 The Amboy Dukes 

Map-case
5
Drawer
4
Box
1

 Because We're Friends 

Box
1

 The Big Brokers 

Map-case
5
Drawer
4
Box
1

 Calibre 

Box
1

 Children of the Dark 

Box
1

 College Confidential 

Box
1

 Cry Tough 

Box
1

 Good Deeds Must Be Punished 

Box
1-3

 I Want to Live 

Box
3

 The Notorious Landlady 

Box
3

 Platinum High School 

Box
3

 The Roots of Fury 

Box
3

 Rusty Desmond 

Box
3

 The Square Trap 

Box
3-4

 Things They Understand 

Box
4

 The Velvet Knife 

Box
4

 Unidentified Drafts 

Box
4
Map-case Drawer

 Miscellaneous Book Reviews 

5 4

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Series 2:  Galleys 

Scope and Content

Series includes galleys for a few novels and biographies written by Irving Shulman.

Box
4-5

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Series 3:  Short Stories and Plays 

Scope and Content

Series contains short stories and plays written by Shulman.

Box
5-6

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Series 4:  Screenplays 

Scope and Content

Series contains draft and final screenplays and screen treatments Shulman wrote for film and television.

 Movies 

Box
6-7

 Television 

Box
7

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Series 5:  Biographies 

Scope and Content

Series contains drafts of the three biographies written by Shulman: Harlow: An Intimate Biography,  Valentino, and  Jackie!: The Exploitation of a First Lady. Series also contains Shulman's extensive research and note files on Valentino and Onassis, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about Valentino Shulman purchased.

 Jean Harlow 

 Drafts 

Box
7-8

 Research and Notes 

Box
8

 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 

 Drafts 

Box
8

 Research and Notes 

Box
9

 Rudolph Valentino 

 Drafts 

Box
9-13

 Research and Notes 

Box
14
Map-case
5
Drawer
4

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Series 6:  Personal Papers 

Scope and Content

Series contains a few files of Shulman's papers. These papers include Shulman's 1949 and 1954 applications for Guggenheim Fellowships and the text of a lecture he gave to a social welfare organization in New York in 1940.

Box
14

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Series 7:  Publications 

Box Folder

 List of Publications 

15 5

 The Lamplighter (2 copies), 1936 January 

15 6

 The Lamplighter (2 copies), 1936 March 

15 6

 The Lamplighter (2 copies), 1936 April 

15 6

 Literature, 1936 January 

15 7

 Literature, 1936 April 

15 7

 Mid West, 1936 November 

15 8

 New Masses, 1932 February 

15 9

 Matrix (2 copies), 1935 April 

15 10

 Matrix (2 copies), 1935 May 

15 10

 The Saturday Review, 1935 December 14 

15 11

 The Saturday Review, 1935 December 21 

15 11

 The Saturday Review, 1935 December 28 

15 11

 The American Mercury 

15 12

 American Stuff, Vol 1, No.3 

15 13

 The Anvil, 1934 January - February 

15 14

 The Anvil, 1934 July - August 

15 14

 The Anvil, 1934 September - October 

15 14

 The Blaze, 1934 October 

15 15

 The Book League Monthly, 1930 February 

16 1

 The Book League Monthly, 1929 November 

16 2

 The Calithump, 1934 July 

16 3

 Circle, 1946 July 

16 4

 Creative, 1936 November - December 

16 5

 The Dial Dubuque, 1934 December 

16 6

 Fantasy, Winter 1933 

16 7

 Fantasy Summer 1934 

16 7

 Gotham Book Mart Catalogue, 1936 

16 8

 Grump, 1965 May 

16 9

 The Hound & Horn, Spring 1931 

16 10

 The Hound & Horn, 1933 July - September 

16 11

 International Who's Who - Monthly Supplement, 1947 February 

16 12

 International Who's Who - Monthly Supplement, 1947 July 

16 12

 Justice For Salcido, 1948 

16 13

 Kosmos, 1934 March - April 

16 14

 The Lance, 1934 April 

16 15

 The Magazine, 1934 July - December 

16 16

 Manuscript (3 copies), 1934 January 

16 17

 Manuscript, 1934 April / June 

16 18

 Manuscript, 1934 August / December 

16 19

 Manuscript, 1935 February / April 

16 20

 Manuscript (2 copies), 1935 June 

16 21

 Manuscript, 1935 August 

16 22

 Manuscript, 1935 October 

16 22

 Manuscript, 1935 December 

16 23

 Manuscript, 1936 February 

16 23

 Manuscript (2 copies), 1936 April 

16 24

 Manuscript, 1936 June 

16 25

 Manuscript, 1936 August 

16 25

 Manuscript, 1936 October 

16 26

 Manuscript, 1936 December 

16 26

 Medallion, 1934 August - September 

16 27

 The New Talent, 1934 June - August 

16 28

 The New Talent, 1934 September - November 

16 28

 The New Talent, 1935 October - December 

16 29

 The New Tide, 1934 October - November 

16 30

 Partisan Review, Winter 1939 

16 31

 The Penguin New Writing I, 1941 

16 32

 River, 1937 April 

16 33

 The Rocking Horse, Fall 1934 

16 34

 Scope, 1934 September - October 

16 35

 Story, 1934 February 

17 2

 Story, 1934 June 

17 2

 Story, 1935 March 

17 3

 Skyline, 1934 March 

17 1

 Story, 1941 May - June 

17 3

 Story, 1941 September - October 

17 4

 Story, 1942 March - April 

17 4

 Teguayo, undated 

17 5

 This Quarter, 1930 December 

17 6

 The Transatlantic Review, 1924 January 

17 7

 The Transatlantic Review, 1924 February 

16 7

 Trend, 1934 October - November 

18 1

 Windsor Quarterly, Spring 1934 

18 2

 Windsor Quarterly, Autumn 1934 

18 2

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