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Collection Overview

Creator:
Van Dine, S.S.
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
S. S. Van Dine Scrapbooks
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/2j62s488s
Dates:
1916-1939
Size:
68 Volumes and 7.21 linear feet
Language:
English

Abstract

Educated in California and at Harvard, Willard Huntington Wright became editor of The Smart Set (1913-1914). After suffering a serious illness in 1925, he turned to writing detective novels under the pseudonym of "S. S. Van Dine". His papers consist of scrapbooks reflecting the professional and private life of Van Dine, including articles by and about him (1926-1930), reviews of his books, motion pictures, and radio plays, his literary and art criticism, and miscellaneous and general notes (1926-1937).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

This collection consists of scrapbooks reflecting the professional and private life of Van Dine, including articles by and about him (1926-1930), reviews of his books, motion pictures, and radio plays, his literary and art criticism, and miscellaneous and general notes (1926-1937). There are scrapbooks of material about his marriage (1931), dogs and kennels (1930-1934), and death (1939), as well as scrapbooks of articles from the Los Angeles Times book page (1908-1913) and the San Francisco Bulletin (1919) in which he used his real name, Willard Huntington Wright.

Arrangement:

Arranged in two parts:

Collection Creator Biography:

Educated in California and at Harvard, Willard Huntington Wright became editor of The Smart Set (1913-1914). After suffering a serious illness in 1925, he turned to writing detective novels under the pseudonym of "S. S. Van Dine". The principal character in this popular series is the master sleuth Philo Vance.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Additions are a gift of Helen Worden Cranmer.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

S. S. Van Dine Scrapbooks; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/2j62s488s
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184