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Finding Aid for the Joseph T. Shaw Papers, 1936-1952
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index to Prominent Correspondents

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph T. Shaw Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1952
    Collection number: 2052
    Creator: Shaw, Joseph T. (Joseph Thompson), b. 1874
    Extent: 6 boxes (2.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Abstract: Captain Joseph T. Shaw (1874-1952) edited the detective fiction magazine, Black mask (founded by H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan in 1920), from 1926-36. He later worked as literary agent for the Sydney A. Sanders Agency and his own Joseph T. Shaw Associates, His published works include Derelict (c1930), Danger ahead (c1932), and Blood on the curb (c1936). The collection consists of correspondence of Shaw with authors represented by the Sydney A. Sanders Agency (1949-50) and Joseph T. Shaw Associates (1951-52), photographs, ephemera relating to Shaw Associates, and material relating to his work as editor of A hard-boiled omnibus: early stories from Black mask (1946).
    Language: English
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Mrs. Joseph T. Shaw.
    • Gift of Joseph T. Shaw, 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph T. Shaw Papers (Collection 2052). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233765 

    Biography

    Captain Joseph T. Shaw was born in 1874; he edited the detective fiction magazine, Black mask (founded by H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan in 1920), from 1926-36; he later worked as literary agent for the Sydney A. Sanders Agency and his own Joseph T. Shaw Associates; published works include Derelict (c1930), Danger ahead (c1932), and Blood on the curb (c1936); he died on August 1, 1952.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence of Shaw with authors represented by the Sydney A. Sanders Agency (1949-50) and Joseph T. Shaw Associates (1951-52), photographs, ephemera relating to Shaw Associates, and material relating to his work as editor of A hard-boiled omnibus: early stories from Black mask (1946). Material includes drafts of material, correspondence with contributors, and mock-up of anthology. Correspondents include Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Photographs include a large framed black and white photograph mounted on linen tablecloth of the first west coast Black mask get-together on January 11, 1936, featuring and autographed by Raymond Jae Moffatt, Raymond Chandler, Herbert Stinson, Dwight Babcock, Eric Taylor, Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Barnes, John K. Butler, Todhunter Ballard, Horace McCoy, and Norbert Davis.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence (Boxes 1-4).
    2. Ephemera (Box 5).
    3. The hard-boiled omnibus: early stories from Black mask (Box 7).
    4. Signed group photograph of writers mounted on linen tablecloth (Oversize box 6).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Shaw, Joseph T. (Joseph Thompson), b. 1874--Archives.
    Shaw, Joseph T. (Joseph Thompson), b. 1874-- Hard-boiled omnibus.
    Literary agents--United States--Archival resources.
    Periodical editors--United States.

    Index to Prominent Correspondents

    Bellem, Robert Leslie Box 1 2 items
    Booth, Charles G. Box 5, folder 8 3 items
    Chandler, Raymond Box 5, folder 8 2 items
    Chidsey, Donald B. Box 5, folder 8 1 item
    Cox, William R. Box 1 146 items
    Coxe, George Harmon. Box 5, folder 8 4 items
    Dannay, Frederick See “Queen, Ellery”
    Fox, Norman A. Box 2 263 items
    Gardner, Erle Stanley Box 5, folder 8 5 items
    Hammett, Dashiell Box 5, folder 8 7 items
    Nobel, Frederick Box 5, folder 8 3 items
    “Queen, Ellery” Box 3 4 items
    Walsh, Thomas Box 4; Box 5, folder 8 155 items
    Whitfield, Raoul Box 5, folder 8 3 items
    Photographs
    Coxe, George Harmon Box 5, folder 4 1 item
    MacDonald, John Box 5, folder 4 1 item
    Nobel, Frederick (photograph by William Mortensen) Box 5, folder 4 1 item
    Thompson, Thomas Box 5, folder 4 1 item
    Whitfield, Raoul Box 5, folder 4 1 item
    Shaw, Joseph Thompson Box 5, folder 4 1 item and photocopy