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Robert Bellem papers, 1931-1968
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  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
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  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Robert Bellem papers
    Collection number: 1008
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12.5 linear ft. (23 boxes)
    Date: 1931-1968
    Abstract: Bellem (1902-1968) was born in Philadelphia. He worked as a journalist for 15 years in Philadelphia, Miami, Albuquerque and California. Bellem sold his first detective story to Argosy in 1925. He began writing for Spicy Detective Stories in 1934. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Anthony Gordon, Franklin Charles, John Grange, and John A. Saxon. Bellem later wrote television screenplays. The collection consists of short stories, novels, movie scenarios, radio scripts, and television plays written by Bellem.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Bellem, Robert Leslie, 1902-1968

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library 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.

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Bellem, 1968.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert Bellem Papers (Collection 1008). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Bellem was born in Philadelphia in 1902; worked as a journalist for 15 years in Philadelphia, Miami, Albuquerque, and Pasadena, California; sold first detective story to Argosy in 1925; while in Pasadena, was a radio announcer for KPSN, a movie extra for Universal, and also worked on the advertising staff of the Pasadena Star-News; met publisher Frank Armer, 1933, and began writing for his Spicy Detective Stories the following year; by 1936 Bellem was writing and selling over a million words annually; also wrote under the pseudonyms Anthony Gordon, Franklin Charles, John Grange, and John A. Saxon; later wrote television screenplays; died in 1968.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of short stories, novels, movie scenarios, radio scripts, and television plays written by Bellem. The short stories (originally published in pulp magazines) were bound in volumes. Television series writing includes scripts for 77 Sunset Strip, The F.B.I., Death Valley Days, Perry Mason, Iron Horse, and Dick Tracy. Includes radio scripts for Creeps by Night. Also contains newspapers, magazines, and a catalog of military goods.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Hollywood detective third series (Boxes 1-2).
    2. Short stories (Boxes 3-4).
    3. Dan Turner: Hollywood detective (Boxes 5-6).
    4. Detective stories (Boxes 7-10).
    5. TV series and teleplays (Boxes 11-13, 15-21).
    6. Books (Box 14)
    7. Radio plays (Box 22)
    8. Adventure stories (Box 23).

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462349 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bellem, Robert Leslie, 1902-1968--Archives.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archives.
    Detective and mystery stories.
    Radio plays.
    Radio writers--United States--Archives.
    Television plays.
    Television writers--United States--Archives.