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Finding Aid for the Robert Bellem Papers, 1931-1968
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert Bellem Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1931-1968
    Collection number: 1008
    Creator: Bellem, Robert Leslie, 1902-1968
    Extent: 23 boxes (12.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the 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.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462349 

    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).

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Bellem, Robert Leslie, 1902-1968--Archives.
    Authors, American 20th century--Archival resources.
    Television writers--United States--Archival resources.
    Radio writers--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Mystery and detective fiction.
    Television plays.
    Radio plays.