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Iams, Jack, 1910-1990
Jack Iams Mystery Novels
Manuscripts Division
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5


Jack Iams (Samuel Harvey Iams, Jr.), Class of 1932, was a noted mystery writer in the first part of the twentieth century. The collection includes notes, drafts, outlines, and typescripts for seven of Iams's mysteries, as well as several assorted items, such a book jacket proofs and page proofs.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of first draft typescripts, as well as many of the outlines, notes, summaries, and revised typescripts, for seven mystery novels of Iams (Class of 1932): The Body Missed the Boat (NY: William Morrow and Co., 1947), Girl Meets Body (NY: William Morrow and Co., 1947), Prematurely Gay (NY: William Morrow and Co., 1948), Death Draws the Line (NY: William Morrow and Co., 1949), Do Not Murder Before Christmas (NY: William Morrow and Co., 1949), A Shot of Murder (NY: William Morrow and Co., 1950), What Rhymes with Murder? (NY: William Morrow and Co., 1950). Included also are book jackets and many of the master galley proofs and page proofs associated with those works, plus two letters from his editor at William Morrow and Company and one carbon of a letter by him.


The material is arranged alphabetically by the title of the work.

Collection Creator Biography:

Iams, Jack, 1910-1990

Samuel Harvey Iams, Jr. was born on November 15, 1910 in Maryland. Iams began his writing career in American and British journalism. Adopting the pseudonym Jack Iams, he proceeded to publish his own books. Iams is best known for his mysteries, including Death Draws the Line, and his crime novels featuring the character Rocky Rockwell. He passed away in January of 1990.

Collection History


Gift of Samuel H. Iams, Jr.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Jack Iams Mystery Novels; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5