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Iams, Jack, 1910-1990
Jack Iams Mystery Novels
Manuscripts Division
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ReCAP (rcpxm): 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


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.


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Processing Information

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-5