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George Harmon Coxe papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 556

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material created and accumulated by George Harmon Coxe in the course of his career as a crime novelist and short story writer. Material includes writings, correspondence, financial papers, subject files, photographs, printed material and scrapbooks by or relating to George Harmon Coxe, spanning the years 1897 to 1980, with the bulk of the material spanning 1922 to 1980.

Dates

  • 1897 - 1980
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1980

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 79: Restricted Fragile Material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The George Harmon Coxe Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George Harmon Coxe, 1965-1979. Gift of J. Randolph Cox, 1973. Gift of Janet Coxe Davis, 1997.

Arrangement

Organized into two groupings: I. 1965-1979 Acquisitions II. October 1997 Acquisition.

Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time.

Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. For instance, correspondence and writings can be found in both groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section.

Extent

33.27 Linear Feet (81 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.coxeg

Overview

This collection consists of material created and accumulated by George Harmon Coxe in the course of his career as a crime novelist and short story writer. Material includes writings, correspondence, financial papers, subject files, photographs, printed material and scrapbooks by or relating to George Harmon Coxe, spanning the years 1897 to 1980, with the bulk of the material spanning 1922 to 1980.

George Harmon Coxe (1901-1984)

George Harmon Coxe, American novelist, was born in 1901 in Olean, New York. He attended Purdue University from 1919-1920 and Cornell University from 1920-1921. Coxe worked as a reporter in San Diego and New York and as an advertising salesman in Massachusetts. Coxe married Elizabeth Fowler in 1929 and they had one daughter and one son.

During the course of his career as a crime and detective novelist, Coxe authored over 60 books and numerous short stories published in magazines such as Black Mask, Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine, and Cosmopolitan. Two films were made from Coxe's stories: Women Are Trouble was released in 1936 and Here's Flash Casey in 1938. Coxe was awarded the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master award in 1964. He died January 30, 1984 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization, at the time of acquisition. Further description was carried out in 2012. The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as: Za Coxe, Uncat Za Ms Coxe, and Uncat ZA MS 538. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, according to month and year of acquisition.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and compiled from individual catalog cards. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during basic processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the George Harmon Coxe Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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Location

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Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.