Browne Popular Culture Library
Mystery/Detective Fiction Manuscript Collections
The E.T. (Ned) Guymon Detective Fiction Collection (PCL MS-32) contains literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and more than 1,600 books, many of which are first editions.
Additional collections include correspondence of Ellery Queen and manuscripts by Ruth Rendell (PCL MS-88, Barbara Vine), John Boland (Hugh Windsor), Patricia McGerr, Norman Daniels (PCL MS-1), Joan Hess, Les Roberts, Dennis Lynds, Marcia Muller (PCL MS-112), Bill Pronzini (PCL MS-152), Michael McDowell (PCL MS-138), and others.
Our manuscript collections with electronic finding aids are listed below. For additional inventories, as at the BPCL Service Desk.
For more information on the mystery/detective fiction collections at the BPCL, consult the mystery/detective fiction page.
PCL MS-24 Jack H. Bailey Collection
Jack H. Bailey is a fiction writer employed in the California aerospace industry. The literary manuscript and galley sheets for Icarus Complex form the core of the collection.
PCL MS-50 John Ball Collection
Includes the manuscript for Singapore, the last novel in the Tibbs series.
PCL MS-118 Michael Bowen Collection
Manuscript of Badger Game, written in 1989.
PCL MS-217 Nancy J. Cohen Collection
The Nancy J. Cohen Collection is comprised of six cubic feet of correspondence, manuscripts, book publicity, articles and conference programs from 1994 to 2009. The manuscripts form the nucleus of the collection and include futuristic romance titles written by Cohen as author Nancy Cane and mysteries created for her Bad Hair Day Series.
PCL MS-2 Dorothy Daniels Collection
The Dorothy Daniels Collection houses 110 manuscripts of 56 books, 28 synopses, 16 sets of galley sheets and 127 books.
PCL MS-1 Norman Daniels Collection
Norman Daniels is an author who has worked in several genres of popular fiction. Literary manuscripts, television and radio scripts, and printed stories form the core of the collection.
PCL MS-41 Marjorie Dorner Collection
1987, 1989, 1990, 1992
Marjorie Dorner is a contemporary American author of mystery-suspense novels, literary short stories, and one play. The manuscripts of working and final versions of her four mystery-suspense novels form the core of the collection.
PCL MS-131 Rebecca A. Freligh Collection
Rebecca A. Freligh is a feature writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. An original manuscript with editorial corrections comprises the core of this collection.
PCL MS-29 William M. Green Collection
William M. Green is an author of the mystery genre. Literary manuscripts and related materials form the core of the collection.
PCL MS-32 The Guymon Detective Fiction Collection
Correspondence, literary manuscripts, and other non-book material relating to the life and career of E. T. (Ned) Guymon, Jr., one of the world's leading collectors of mystery and detective fiction books.
PCL MS-8 Morris Hershman Collection
The Morris Hershman Collection consists of printer's manuscripts of six of his books. Included are related materials such as book jackets (Lady Fortune, Lover's Knot, and Scapegrace). The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title.
PCL MS-140 Joan Kahn Collection
1957, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983
Joan Kahn was an editor of mystery and suspense novels. Correspondence and miscellaneous articles concerning some of the books she edited form the core of this collection.
PCL MS-4 Marta Haake Labus Collection
Marta Haake Labus is a comedy-mystery writer. She writes under the pseudonym Claire McCormick. Literary manuscripts of two of her books form the core of the collection.
PCL MS-16 Jennette Letton Collection
Jennette Letton is an author of historical drama and suspense novels. Literary manuscripts form the core of this collection.
PCL MS-9 Ralph Maloney Collection
The Ralph Maloney Collection houses the literary manuscripts for his books, short stories and motion picture scripts.
PCL MS-138 Michael M. McDowell Collection
The Michael McEachern McDowell Collection includes 20 cubic feet of correspondence and manuscripts dating from 1966-2001. This author of predominantly horror and occult-themed novels and screenplays began donating his collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library around 1987 until his death in 1999.
PCL MS-112 Marcia Muller Collection
Manuscripts of novelist Marcia Muller's novels, short stories and other writings as well as correspondence with her agent, publishers, other writers and her readers. Miscellaneous files and copies of interviews are also included.
PCL MS-17 John H. Patterson Collection
John H.Patterson was an author of the mystery genre. Literary manuscripts and correspondence form the core of the collection.
PCL MS-152 Bill Pronzini Collection
Includes manuscripts of writer Bill Pronzini's novels, short stories and other writings, as well as correspondence with his agent, publishers, editors, other writers and fans. Other files include reviews, interviews, book jacket designs, and audio recordings of many of Pronzini's works.
PCL MS-88 Ruth Rendell Collection
Literary manuscripts of non-series novels and stories form the core of the collection.
PCL MS-5 Willo Davis Roberts Collection
Roberts was a writer of mystery, suspense, gothic, historical and juvenile novels. Literary manuscripts and galley sheets from seven of her works form the core of this collection.
PCL MS-25 Martha Anne Guice Wingate
The Martha Anne Guice Wingate Collection houses the literary manuscript for her books, which are arranged alphabetically by title. Included with the manuscripts are related materials such as publishing correspondence, galley sheets, and book contracts.
PCL MS-180 Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Collection
The Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Collection is comprised of 17 cubic feet of manuscripts and correspondence from 1978-1999. The manuscripts include primarily historic and contemporary horror novels and some western, science fiction, and romantic suspense.