Biography and History

James Ramsey Ullman was an American novelist, theatrical producer, world traveler, and mountain climber. Born in New York in 1907, Ullman attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated from Princeton University in 1929. After graduation, Ullman moved to Brooklyn, where he worked as a reporter and features writer at a newspaper. He soon left the newspaper to produce theatre, launching such productions as Faraway Horses, Men in White, Blind Alley, and The Milky Way. After a string of failed productions, Ullman traveled to the Amazon and published a travelogue, The Other Side of the Mountain, upon his return to America. He took a job with the Federal Theatre and turned to freelance writing, producing short stories and articles on mountain climbing, one of his greatest hobbies. He penned a book on the subject titled High Conquest in 1941. Ullman died in 1971.

Source: From the finding aid for C0268

  • James Ramsey Ullman Papers. 1915-1971 (inclusive), 1935-1970 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0268

    Consists of the extant papers of James Ramsey Ullman (Princeton Class of 1929), American novelist, theatrical producer, world traveler, and mountain climber. Included are manuscripts of most of his major works, many shorter works, correspondence, and subject files.