Finding Aid for the Paul Iselin Wellman Papers, 1930-1966

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Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Paul Iselin Wellman Papers, 1930-1966

Collection number: 140

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, December 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Paul Iselin Wellman Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1930-1966
Collection number: 140
Creator: Wellman, Paul Iselin, 1898-1966
Extent: 29 boxes (14.5 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Paul Iselin Wellman (1898-1966) worked as reporter, writer, and editor for various Wichita newspapers (1919-36) and the Kansas City Star (1936-44) before becoming a screenwriter for Warner Brothers and M-G-M (1944-46). He also wrote histories of the west and many historical novels, including The iron mistress (1951) and The fiery flower (1959). The collection consists of manuscripts, typescripts, and galley proofs of Wellman's screenplays and published books.
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.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

  • Gift of Paul Iselin Wellman, 1949-64.
  • Gift of Mrs. Paul I. Wellman, 1966-67.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Paul Iselin Wellman Papers (Collection 140). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Wellman was born October 14, 1898, in Enid, Oklahoma; AB, Fairmont College (now University of Wichita), 1918; worked as reporter, writer, and editor for various Wichita newspapers, 1919-36, and the Kansas City Star, 1936-44; became a screenwriter for Warner Brothers and M-G-M, 1944-46; published histories of the west and many historical novels, including The iron mistress (1951) and The fiery flower (1959); member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Society of American Historians; died September 17, 1966 in Los Angeles.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts, typescripts, and galley proofs of Wellman's screenplays and published books. Scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and publicity material for The iron mistress are also included.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Manuscripts.
  2. Scrapbooks and newpaper clippings.
  3. Publicity material for The iron mistress.
  4. Indian stories and articles.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Wellman, Paul Iselin, 1898-1966--Archives.
Screenwriters--Archival resources.
Authors, American--Archival resources.
American fiction--20th century.
Western stories.
Film scripts.


Container List

Box 1

The chain. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1949.

Physical Description: 122 sheets. Page proofs (368pp.). Holograph corrections in ink and red crayon.
Box 1

The chain. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1949.

Physical Description: 123 sheets. Galley proofs. Holograph corrections in blue ink.
Box 1

The chain. [Los Angeles, 1949]. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1949.

Physical Description: 513 leaves, typescript. Original, double-spaced on 8.5 × 11 paper. Holograph corrections in red crayon and pencil.
Box 6

The Comancheros. Los Angeles, 1952. A novel. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1952.

Physical Description: 11 p.l., 236 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Note

Gift of the author, December 1952.
Box 16

A dynasty of Western outlaws. [Los Angeles, ca. 1961]. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1961.

Physical Description: 18 p.l., 401, 46 leaves. 28 cm. Typescript with corrections.
Box 16

--- ---- .

Physical Description: Galley proofs. 3 sets.
 

The Female. Los Angeles, 1952-53. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1953.

Physical Description: (6 items).

Scope and Content Note

A novel of Theodora and Justinian.
Box 8

1. Typescript no.1.

Physical Description: Yellow paper.
Box 8

2. Typescript no.2.

Physical Description: Pink paper.
Box 9

3. Typescript no.3.

Physical Description: Green paper.
Box 7

4. Typescript no.4.

Physical Description: Blue paper.
Box 10

5. Typescript no.5.

Physical Description: White paper.
Box 10

Galley proofs.

Physical Description: 170 sheets.
Box 13

The fiery flower. Los Angeles, ca. 1959. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1961.

Physical Description: 9 p.l., 211 leaves. Typescript with a few holograph corrections; printer's copy.

Scope and Content Note

A novel.
Box 13

--- ---- Another copy.

Physical Description: Galley proofs with a few holograph corrections. 82 sheets.
Box 13

--- ---- Another copy.

Physical Description: Foundry proofs. 99 sheets.

Note

Gift of the author, December 1959.
Box 7

Glory, gold and God. Los Angeles, 1954. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1954.

Physical Description: 529 leaves, typescript. Holograph corrections in ink and red pencil.
Box 13

Gold in California. Los Angeles, 1958. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958.

Physical Description: 82 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

A history of the Gold Rush. With this: 2 sets of galley proofs with corrections, and a partial set of galleys with the original pencil drawings on the margins by Lorence Bjorkland.

Note

Gift of the author, November 1958.
Box 20

The house divides: the age of Andrew Jackson to Abraham Lincoln. Los Angeles, ca. 1965. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1966.

Physical Description: 15 p.l., 663, 52 leaves. 28 cm. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Mainstream of America series, edited by Lewis Gannett.
Boxes 21, 22

---- ----.

Physical Description: 5 sets of galleys.

Note

Gift of Mrs. Wellman, October 1966.
Box 14

Indian wars and warriors: East. Los Angeles, ca. 1959. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1959 (North star books: 10).

Physical Description: 82 leaves. 28cm. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Included are proofs of the illustrations by Lorence Bjorklund.

Note

Gift of the author, December 1959.
Box 14

Indian wars and warriors. II. West of the Mississippi, 1832-1891. Los Angeles, ca. 1959. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1959 (North star books: 11).

Physical Description: 82 leaves. 28cm. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Scope and Content Note

Included are proofs of the illustrations by Lorence Bjorklund.

Note

Gift of the author, December 1959.
 

The Iron Mistress. [Los Angeles, 1951]. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1951

Box 3

1. Typescript no.1.

Physical Description: Yellow paper.
Box 4

2. Typescript no.2.

Physical Description: Yellow paper.
Box 4

3. Typescript no.3.

Physical Description: Yellow paper.
Box 5

4. Typescript no.4.

Physical Description: Blue paper.
Box 5

5. Final Version.

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 6

6. Galley proof.

Physical Description: 133 leaves.
Box 6

7. Copy of book, unaccessioned. Garden City, New York, 1951.

Oversize box 30

8. Miscellaneous publicity material.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Oversize box 30

9. Publicity material.

Physical Description: Colored poster in form or book jacket with sheet of instructions for display.
 

Jericho's Daughters [Los Angeles, 1956]. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1956.

Note

Gift of the author, November 1956.
Box 2

1. Original typescript.

Physical Description: 471pp.
Box 2

2. Galley proofs.

Physical Description: 12 leaves.
Box 2

3. Final proof copy.

Physical Description: 378pp.
Box 17

Magnificent destiny. [Los Angeles, ca. 1962]. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1962.

Physical Description: 11 p.l., 704 leaves. 28 cm. Typescript with corrections.
Box 17

--- ---- Galley proofs.

Physical Description: 2 sets.
 

Portage Bay, Los Angeles, 1955-56. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1957.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 11

1. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Physical Description: 189 leaves.
Box 11

2. Page proofs. Marked set.

Physical Description: 48 sheets.
 

Ride the red earth. Los Angeles, 1957-58. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1958.

Physical Description: 4 items.

Note

Gift of author, August 1958.
Box 11

1. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Physical Description: White paper. 602 leaves.
Box 12

2. Typescript (carbon). 3rd copy.

Physical Description: White paper. 602 leaves.
Box 12

3. Typescript (carbon). 4th copy.

Physical Description: White paper. 602 leaves.
Box 11

4. Galley proofs.

Physical Description: 143 sheets.
Box 12

--- ---- Ride the red earth. New York, Bantam Books [1959].

Physical Description: 404pp. 17.5 cm.

Note

Gift of author, August 1958.
Box 18

Spawn of evil. Los Angeles, ca. 1963. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1964.

Physical Description: 449, 32 leaves. 28 cm. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A history of outlaws on the frontiers of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys between the Revolution and the Civil War.

Note

This was the copy from which type was set.
Box 19

--- ---- Galleys and page proofs.

Physical Description: 4 sets.
Box 15

Stuart Symington. Portrait of a man with a mission. Los Angeles, ca. 1959. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1962.

Physical Description: 256 leaves. 28 cm. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Note

This is the printer's copy.
Box 15

--- ---- Another copy.

Physical Description: 93 sheets. Galley proofs. Stamped Nov. 2, 1959.
Box 15

--- ---- Another copy.

Physical Description: 82 sheets. (283pp.) Page proofs. Stamped Nov. 18, 1959.
Box 15

--- ---- Another copy.

Physical Description: 95 sheets. (283pp.) Inspection proofs. Printed on green paper.
Box 23

Wellman, Paul Iselin, 1898-1966. The ageless story of Peter Schlemihl, by ... and Robert Thoeren. n.p., n.d. Publishing history unknown.

Physical Description: 102 leaves. Typescript.
Box 23

--- Cheyenne. [Los Angeles], 1944.

Physical Description: 63 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Brief story synopsis and cast of characters.
Box 23

--- Anothor copy. [Los Angeles], 1944.

Physical Description: Typescript (carbon).
Box 23

--- Cheyenne. [Los Angeles], 1944.

Physical Description: 175 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

A novel.
Box 23

--- Another copy, [Los Angeles], 1944.

Physical Description: Revised draft. 175 leaves.
Box 23

--- Another copy. [Los Angeles], 1944.

Physical Description: 175 leaves. Typescript (carbon).
Box 23

Andrews, Robert D. Copper camp. [Los Angeles], 1905.

Physical Description: 27 leaves. Script. Typescript (carbon).
Box 23

Wellman, Paul Iselin, 1898-1966. The fiery flower. n,p., n.d. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1961.

Physical Description: 211 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A novel.
Box 23

--- The forty-niners. August 29, 1906.

Physical Description: 129 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A story.
Box 23

--- Another copy.

Physical Description: 129 leaves. Typescript.
Box 23

--- Another copy.

Physical Description: 129 leaves. Typescript (carbon).
Box 23

--- Another copy.

Physical Description: 126 leaves. Typescript (carbon). Screenplay.
Box 23

--- Another copy. Fragments

Physical Description: 47 leaves. Typescript (carbon). Screenplay.
Box 24

--- The Buckstones. n.p., 1966. Publishing history unknown.

Physical Description: 459 leaves. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

A novel.
Box 24

--- Another copy.

Physical Description: 459 leaves. Typescript (carbon).
Box 24

--- Another copy. Fragments.

Physical Description: 97 leaves. Typescript.
Box 25

--- The Buckstones. n.p., December 1, 1966. New York: Triedent Press, 1967.

Physical Description: 166 leaves. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

A novel. Author's corrections on raster.
Box 25

-- The Passage of Prudence Buckstone. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 19 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

Outline of a novel.
Box 25

--- The Buckstones. Trident Press, New York, 1967

Physical Description: 488pp.

Scope and Content Note

A novel. Unrevised, uncorrected advance proofs.
Box 25

--- The Buckstones.

Physical Description: 44 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

Fragment of a novel: Old pages and revised ending.
Box 25

--- The Buckstones.

Physical Description: 20 leaves.
Box 25

--- The Buckstones. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 549 leaves. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

A novel. Original copy-edited manuscript.
Box 26

--- The Passage of Prudence Buckstone. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 471 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A novel.
Box 26

--- Another copy. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 405 leaves. Yellow page draft. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

A novel.
Box 27

The forty-niners. n.p., 1946. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1961.

Physical Description: 129 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A novel.
Box 27

--- The forty-niners. n.p., 1946.

Physical Description: 39 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

Ship sketches-- data.
Box 27

--- The kissing bandit. n.p., January 28, 1946.

Physical Description: 80 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A screenplay.
Box 27

--- The kissing bandit: suggested story-line. n.p., March 26, 1946.

Physical Description: 11 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A story for the screenplay.
Box 27

--- Another copy. n.p., March 26, 1946.

Physical Description: 11 leaves. Typescript (carbon).
Box 27

--- The kissing bandit: story-line. n.p., April 24, 1946.

Physical Description: 22 leaves. Typescript (carbon).
Box 27

--- The kissing bandit n.p., May 14, 1946.

Physical Description: 95 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A screenplay.
Box 27

--- The Prodigal judge. n.p. April 6, 1946.

Physical Description: 43 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

Dialogue Treatment for a screenplay.
Box 27

--- Another copy. n.p., April 6, 1946.

Physical Description: 43 leaves. Typescript (carbon).
Box 27

--- Red Gold (Treatment). n.p., March 1, 1945.

Physical Description: Typescript. 135 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Story for the screenplay.
Box 27

--- Another copy. n.p., March 1, 1945.

Physical Description: 135 leaves.
Box 27

--- Red Gold (Treatment). n.p., May 29, 1945.

Physical Description: 137 leaves. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

A screenplay.
Box 28

--- Red Gold (Treatment). n.p., May 29, 1945.

Physical Description: 137 leaves. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

A screenplay.
Box 28

--- Another copy. n.p., May 29, 1945.

Physical Description: 137 leaves. Typescript.
Box 28

--- Henry Russel Sanders. Los Angeles. August 18, 1953.

Scope and Content Note

A booklet: a eulogy for Coach Sanders, by P.I.W.
Box 28

--- Savage Altars, n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 112 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A radio play.
Box 28

--- Newspaper clippings from the Wichita Eagle, January 1, 1933, relating to the Savage Altars radio play.

Box 28

--- Untitled novel, n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: Typescript (carbon) 26 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Outline of a theme and plot for a novel.
Box 28

--- Yonder lies my valley. n.p., n.d.

Physical Description: 88 leaves. Typescript (carbon).

Scope and Content Note

A musical play.
Box 28

--- Walls of Jericho. n.p., n.d. New York: A.B. Lippincott company, c. 1947.

Physical Description: 601 leaves. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

A novel, original manuscript.
Box 29

--- Scrapbooks (2), containing nemeparer clippings of a general nature from 1932-1945?, by or about Favl Wellman.

Box 29

--- The life and times of Bill Ackerman. Los Angeles, May 6, 1961, written for a testimonial dinner.

Box 29

Ephemera. Various newspaper clippings, 1938?-1952?, presumably by or about Paul Wellman.

Oversize box 30

Publicity material for The Iron Mistress - poster of dustjacket with instructions for display.

Oversize box 31

Indian stories written for Wichita Eagle, 1930-1932.

Physical Description: [Newspaper copies].
Oversize box 32

Indian articles written for The Town Crier (Sunday magazine), The Whichita Beacon, 1926-1928.