This collection contains the papers of the screenwriter and novelist Irving Wallace (1916-1990). His papers include correspondence,
research notes, proofs, and typescripts for some of his stories, screenplays, and novels.
Irving Wallace was born in 1916 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He sold his first magazine story when he was 15. After dropping out
of college to write for film, he met his wife Sylvia Kahn. In 1942, Wallace enlisted in the Air Force, where he was placed
in the First Motion Picture Division. A year later, he was transferred to the Signal Corps Photographic Center, which stationed
him first in Los Angeles and later in New York. Upon his discharge from the Air Force in 1946, he returned to free-lancing
for periodicals but also started writing screenplays and treatments for movie studios. In 1953, he began writing book-length
works. His first published work was
The Fabulous Originals. Over the course of his career, he would go on to write sixteen novels and seventeen works of nonfiction, many of which became
sensational best-sellers. Wallace died in 1990.
3.5 Linear feet
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 The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers.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.