Philip Durham (1912-1977) was a professor in the English department at UCLA (1953-77), and a Fulbright professor of American
literature (1955-56). The collection consists of Professor Philip Durham's indexes of various pulp magazines and the beginnings
of several bibliographies, a history of
Black mask and a Dashiell Hammett bibliography.
Durham was born February 7, 1912 in Portland, Oregon; BS, Linfield College, 1935; MA, Claremont Graduate School, 1946; Ph.D,
Northwestern University, 1949; faculty member, Elmhurst College, 1949-51; instructor (1953-55), assistant professor (1955-61),
associate professor (1961-66), professor (1966-76), and professor emeritus (1976-77), UCLA Department of English; Fulbright
professor of American literature, University of Helsinki (1955-56); wrote several books, including American fiction in Finland (with Tauno F. Mustanoja, 1960), Down these mean streets a man must go: Raymond Chandler's knight (1963), The Negro cowboys (with Everett Jones, 1965), and The western story: fact, fiction, and myth (1975); died March 27, 1977.