Guide to the Grant Redford Papers,
1930-1970

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Redford, Grant H., 1908-1965
Title: Grant Redford Papers
Dates: 1930-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 27 boxes (12.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 245
Summary: his collection includes plays, short stories, books, novels, pageants, poetry, and articles written by Grant Redford between 1930 and 1965.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Grant Hubbard Redford was born December 25, 1908 in Seattle, Washington, son of Thomas Lloyd Redford and Sarah Gwennie Hubbard of Logan. Redford grew up in Logan and eventually moved to Cedar City,Utah where he taught English. A few years later he relocated to Seattle Washington where he taught creative writing at the University of Washington. In the mid 1950s he taught in Turkey, then returned to teach and live in Seattle. Redford died in 1965.

Redford attended Logan High School in the late 1920s, winning the Hendrick's Medal for oration at Utah State Agricultural College (U.S.A.C.) in 1929. His youth was fueled by an ambition to be a known author. In high school and college years he was active in both literary and dramatic societies. He was a contributor to the Logan Daily Herald, The Scribbler (U.S.A.C. art/literary journal), and he was also editor for The Scribbler and Student Life. A fellow classmate of May Swensen, both published poetry in an anthology of contemporary Utah poetry Utah Sings, in the mid-1930s. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Vermont from 1930 -1932. As a member of USAC International Relations Club he led an anti-war demonstration at U.S.A.C. in the fall of 1936.

Upon graduation from U.S.A.C. in 1936, Redford taught speech at the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, Utah. In the 1940s he served as associate editor for Rocky Mountain Review, and in 1941 earned an M.S. degree in speech from the University of Iowa.

By the late 1940s, Redford taught in the English department at the University of Washington in Seattle. His teaching emphasis was short story and play writing; both genres reflected his own writing interests and pursuits. Redford also taught drama at the University of Ankara, Turkey from 1958 -59. He helped found the Port Townsend Summer School of the Arts in Washington in 1961, and served on its faculty until his death in 1965.

Redford's short stories were published in national magazines like Cosmopolitan as well as scholarly journals. In the 1960s, he sought performance of his plays by contacting agents on Broadway, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and televison stations. When Redford died in 1965, he had established a reputation as a well known writer in the Pacific northwest.

Content Description

Plays, short stories, books, novels, pageants, poetry, and articles written by Grant Redford from 1930 to 1970. The collection includes his writings and personal papers during his days working at the University of Washington and his time working in Turkey at the University of Ankara from 1958 to 1960.

The first eight boxes include the notes, drafts, correspondence, and publicity involved in the writing of Redford's plays. The material is arranged by the plays written. The next two boxes include the short stories written by Redford. Boxes eleven through thirteen include the drafts, revisions, and notes of the novels, books, and pageants written. Poetry and articles developed by Redford are found in boxes fourteen through fifteen. Grant Redford's notes and ideas for writing material are found in the next box. All of these boxes are arranged with the same order in which Grant Redford arranged his files.

Box eighteen contains Redford's personal papers including correspondence, a bibliography, a letter of recommendation, and a daybook. Also included in the collection are the works of other authors (boxes nineteen and twenty). Boxes twenty-one through twenty-three contain Redford's lectures, notes, articles, and Turkish publications collected during his days at the University of Ankara in Turkey. Copies of the Intermountain Review are found in box twenty-four. Redford's scrapbooks and journals can be located in the next box. Finally, reel to reels and tapes are located in box twenty-six.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Grant Redford Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Grant Redford Papers USU_COLL MSS 245, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 245, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged by topic.

Processing Note :  

Processed in June of 1999

Acquisition Information :  

The materials in this collection were donated to USU Special Collections in 1996 by Grant's son, Myron, and in 2005 by Grant's brother Ralph.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Plays, 1949-1965
(8 boxes, 76 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 God's Clay Undated
1 2 God's Clay-1956 original copy with notes Undated
1 3 God's Clay-copy with news clipping Undated
1 4 God's Clay-revision and notes Undated
1 5 Sing of Justice (God's Clay)-partial draft Undated
1 6 Sing of Justice (God's Clay)-notes Undated
1 7 Sing of Justice (God's Clay)-Statement of Intentions for a novel of historical nature Undated
1 8 God's Clay-correspondence and publicity Undated
1 9 God's Clay-correspondence and notes Undated
2 1 The Face on Silk Undated
2 2 The Face on Silk Undated
2 3 The Face on Silk-revision Undated
2 4 The Face on Silk-copy 1 Undated
2 5 The Face on Silk Undated
2 6 The Face on Silk-correspondence and notes Undated
2 7 The Face on Silk-correspondence and notes Undated
2 8 The Inheritance Undated
2 9 The Inheritance Undated
2 10 The Inheritance-revision and notes Undated
2 11 The Inheritance-correspondence and publicity Undated
3 1 The Barrier Undated
3 2 The Barrier-play with revisions of Act III 1961
3 3 The Barrier Undated
3 4 The Barrier-notes Undated
3 5 The Barrier-correspondence and publicity Undated
3 6 Place of Safety Undated
3 7 Place of Safety Undated
3 8 Place of Safety-notes Undated
3 9 Place of Safety-notes Undated
3 10 Place of Safety-correspondence and publicity Undated
4 1 Quiet Victory Undated
4 2 Quiet Victory Undated
4 3 Quiet Victory Undated
4 4 The Phoenix Undated
4 5 The Phoenix Undated
4 6 The Phoenix Undated
4 7 Wesley Smith - Carpenter Undated
4 8 Wesley Smith - Carpenter Undated
5 1 The Valley Undated
5 2 The Valley Undated
5 3 Roots Undated
5 4 Brother Linn's Wife Trouble Undated
5 5 The Higginses Bath Night Undated
5 6 Not For Nothing, Did the Chicken Sing Undated
5 7 Here With Myself Undated
5 8 The Harvest (or The Promise) Undated
5 9 Empty Valley-a radio play Undated
5 10 New plays-notes Undated
5 11 Pattern For Action-original with notes; revised Undated
5 12 Westward I Go Free-comments by Ozedemir Nutku Undated
5 13 Westward I Go Free-comments and notes Undated
5 14 Westward I Go Free-original Undated
5 15 Westward I Go Free-revised 1960-1961
5 16 Shafty Undated
6 1 Westward I Go Free-correspondence and publicity Undated
6 2 Westward I Go Free-notes and criticism Undated
6 3 The Crash Is the Beginning-original Undated
6 4 The Crash Is the Beginning-notes Undated
6 5 The Crash Is the Beginning-correspondence and publicity Undated
6 6 In the Tide of Empire Undated
6 7 In the Tide of Empire-correspondence, notes, and publicity Undated
6 8 The Temple Undated
Correspondence and Notes
Box
Folder
7 1 That Year September 1949 - 1950 September
7 2 Correspondence between Grant Redford and David Hoffman about Redford plays 1958-1959
7 3 Correspondence between Grant Redford and David Hoffman about Redford plays 1958-1960
7 4 Correspondence: David Hoffman 1958-1960
7 5 Correspondence: Grant Redford 1952, 1960
7 6 Plays by other authors Undated
7 7 Notes and fragments Undated
7 8 Notes for Play writing Undated
8 1 Prose version of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Undated
8 2 Julius Caesar-notes Undated
8 3 Julius Caesar-script and tentative drafts Undated
8 4 Julius Caesar-correspondence 1960-1965
8 5 Julius Caesar-publicity Undated
8 6 Julius Caesar-Port Townsend Summer School of Arts Annual Report 1964-1965

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Short Stories, 1947-1948
(2 boxes, 54 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 1 "The Wheel" Undated
9 2 "The Wheel" Undated
9 3 Two short stories found in Cosmopolitan magazines 1947 November and 1948 April
9 4 "The Broken Paddle" Undated
9 5 "The Lake" Undated
9 6 "The Street" Undated
9 7 "I Didn't Want to Fight You" Interim Undated
9 8 "The Trial" Interim Undated
9 9 "Reunion With Time" Undated
9 10 "With Honor" Undated
9 11 "The No-Longer Strangers" Undated
9 12 "There Is Still Time" Undated
9 13 "Escape to God's Country" Undated
9 14 "Quiet and Full or Time" Undated
9 15 "Incantation in white and Brown" Undated
9 16 "The Thief"and "Love Is Not a Ledger" Undated
9 17 "The Bird Is On the Wing" Undated
9 18 "The Buddha in the Rock" Undated
9 19 "The Garden Is a Place" Undated
9 20 "Give 'Em An Inch" Undated
9 21 "The Monument" Undated
10 1 "The Horse and the Mountain" Undated
10 2 "The Woman and the Word" Undated
10 3 "No Place Like Los Angeles" Undated
10 4 "The Memorial" Undated
10 5 "In the Eyes of a Child" Undated
10 6 "Sovereignty" Undated
10 7 "Pleasant Sunday" Undated
10 8 "Haven" Undated
10 9 "Light in the Window" Undated
10 10 "Oh Sonny, Sonny" Undated
10 11 "The Killing Lesson" Undated
10 12 "That Fears of a Painted Devil" Undated
10 13 "The Day of the Child" Undated
10 14 "I Didn't Want to Fight You" Undated
10 15 "There Use to Be a Door Here" Undated
10 16 "The Comedy" Undated
10 17 "Futility" Undated
10 18 "Birthday Present" Undated
10 19 "Portrait of Harry Kemp" Undated
10 20 "The Don and Ruby Episode" Undated
10 21 "Interlude in Friendship" Undated
10 22 "The Dwarf's Revenge" Undated
10 23 "Cabbages Have Made Me–" Undated
10 24 "Boy to Girl" Undated
10 25 "She Wanted To Be Free" Undated
10 26 "He Who Loves Beauty Is Loved of God" Undated
10 27 "Any Woman Ain't Worth $500" Undated
10 28 "A Swell Kid" Undated
10 29 "Clifton P. Stone–Cheer King" Undated
10 30 "An Old Lady in Our Town" Undated
10 31 "Funeral in Our Town" Undated
10 32 "Death of His Father's God's" Undated
10 33 More Stories Undated

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Books, Novels and Pageants
(3 boxes, 20 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Novels and Books
Box
Folder
11 1 Joseph Smith-a Study in Leadership-manuscript and notes Undated
11 2 Brigham's Field Undated
11 3 Only The Trying Undated
11 4 For the Beginning Writer-notes Undated
11 5 For the Beginning Writer-revisions: poetry Undated
11 6 For the Beginning Writer-revisions for publication Undated
11 7 For the Beginning Writer Undated
Books and Pageants
Box
Folder
12 1 For the Beginning Writer Undated
12 2 For the Beginning Writer Undated
12 3 Passion Play-notes (Easter Pageant) Undated
12 4 Zion Easter Pageant Undated
12 5 Washington Territorial Centennial-notes 1953
12 6 Washington Territorial Centennial-notes 1953
Pageants and Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
13 1 Washington Territorial Centennial Undated
13 2 Washington Story Undated
13 3 Washington Story Undated
13 4 Redford newspaper articles, notes, and correspondence Undated
13 5 "That Man Thompson" Undated
13 6 "Who Is That Man Thompson?" Undated
13 7 Mr. Thompson Undated

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Poetry and articles, 1932, 1953, 1977
(2 boxes, 38 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Poetry, Essays, Book Reviews and Articles
Box
Folder
14 1 Redford poetry found in Scribble-Utah State Agricultural College Literary Magazine 1932 January and April
14 2 Redford poetry Undated
14 3 Redford poetry Undated
14 4 "The Role of Structure in Joyce's 'Portrait'"; Modern Fiction Studies Undated
14 5 "Dramatic Art vs. Autobiography"; College English Undated
14 6 Book review on Small Town Renaissance; Pacific Northwest Quarterly Undated
14 7 Book review on Northwest Harvest; Pacific Northwest Quarterly Undated
14 8 Book review on The Outward Room Undated
14 9 "Proper and Improper Uses of Literature"(click to view) Undated
14 10 "Publish or Else" American Association of University Professors Bulletin Undated
14 11 "To Speak Right, Write" Western Speech Undated
14 12 Redford creative writing response Four Quarters Undated
14 13 "Army Air Force English and Schools of Tomorrow" College English Undated
14 14 "Growing Into a Writer" Scribble (click to view) Undated
14 15 "Of Teachers, Students, and Creative Writing" Undated
14 16 "Personal Development Through Creative Writing" Los Angeles: National Council of Teachers of English Conversation 1953 November 26-28
14 17 Tyranny of Shadows Undated
14 18 Excerpts from Tyranny of Shadows in the Logan Herald Journal 1977 January 21
Articles and Radio Addresses
Box
Folder
15 1 "Some Notes on the Responsibility of Form" Undated
15 2 "The Master Apprentice: Some Notes on Fenton's Hemingway" Undated
15 3 "The Tyranny of Criticism" Undated
15 4 "Is The Cherry Orchard Comic?" Undated
15 5 "What Is Theatre?" Undated
15 6 "Art vs. Autobiography" Undated
15 7 "Tragedy and the Theatre of the Absurd" Undated
15 8 "The Theatre and Revolution" Undated
15 9 Six articles on drama Undated
15 10 "Blight and Hope of Theatre: The University" Undated
15 11 "A Doorway to the Art of Short Story"(click to view) Undated
15 12 Articles and reviews Undated
15 13 Redford manuscripts Undated
15 14 "Beyond Missouri Lie the Rockies" Undated
15 15 "Turkish Snapshots–A Study in Contrasts" Undated
15 16 "Moliere: French Dramatist" Undated
15 17 "O. Henry–William Sidney Porter" Undated
15 18 Weather articles Undated
15 19 Radio address: "Bogey Men of the Mind" Undated
15 20 Radio address: "Automobile Murder Must Stop" Undated

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Notes
(2 boxes, 18 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Writing Notes and Ideas
Box
Folder
16 1 Plots and Ideas for short stories and articles Undated
16 2 Speeches 1941
16 3 Notes and Ideas for stories Undated
16 4 Major concepts forming American Life Undated
16 5 Problems of Communication in Today's World Undated
16 6 Writers, Purpose, and Critics Undated
16 7 Novels Undated
16 8 Projected Novels Undated
16 9 Play on Failure of Individualism Undated
16 10 Writers Conference 1946-1948
16 11 Hymns Undated
16 12 Academic Freedom Undated
16 13 Notes Undated
Notes, Printed Material, and Correspondence
Box
Folder
17 1 The Liberal and his dilemma-notes Undated
17 2 Printed material Undated
17 3 Printed material Undated
17 4 Printed material Undated
17 5 Tryout theatre Undated
17 6 Correspondence 1933, 1938-1938, 1943
17 7 Correspondence 1944-1959
17 8 Correspondence 1960-1965

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Personal Papers, 1939, 1941
(1 box, 5 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
18 1 Correspondence: History of a MA Degree with degree 1941
18 2 Redford Bibliography Undated
18 3 Photographs Undated
18 4 Letter of Recommendation 1939
18 5 Daybook Undated

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Works by Other Authors
(2 boxes, 23 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
19 1 "A Ballad of the Mountain Meadows Massacre" by Austin E. Fife Undated
19 2 "Your child and His Respiratory Problems" by O. Will Andersen Undated
19 3 The Han River Flows by Yu Ch'i-jin; translated by Fred Lukoff Undated
19 4 Short stories and plays Undated
19 5 Caveman Undated
19 6 "Job" Undated
19 7 Visions of Sugar Plums by Barry Pritchard Undated
19 8 Kla-How-Ya by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Undated
19 9 Fallout by Douglas Bankson Undated
19 10 Till Time Be Conquered by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Undated
19 11 Look On the Land by John Phillip Dalby Musical play commemorating Cache Valley's One Hundredth Year Undated
19 12 Paradise Square by Ray B. West Jr. Undated
19 13 The Eve of St. Mark by Maxwell Anderson Undated
19 14 Captain Fantastic Meets the Ectomorph by Barry Pritchard Undated
20 1 "Pocatello" by A. Wilber Stevens Undated
20 2 "Malign Nature and the Frontier" by Carlton F. Culmsee Undated
20 3 Under Sound by Veneta L. Nielsen Undated
20 4 Melvin LaFollette's poetry 1955
20 5 "The Whistle" by Douglas Bankson Undated
20 6 "The Passing of Martin Harris" by William Harrison Homer Undated
20 7 Double Thread by Veneta Nielson Undated
20 8 So Deep a Logos by Veneta Nielson Undated
20 9 Echoes Calling by Carlton Culmsee Undated

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Turkey-University of Ankara, 1958-1964
(3 boxes, 13 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
21 1 Turkish lectures and notes Undated
21 2 Lectures–dramatic criticism Undated
21 3 Yelken (Turkish magazine) Undated
21 4 Turkish publications Undated
21 5 Redford articles in Turkish Undated
22 1 Turkey article Undated
22 2 Turkey article Undated
22 3 Turkey itinerary and passport Undated
22 4 Kemal Seli Undated
22 5 Programs for Turkish plays and lectures Undated
22 6 "Kosebosi" ("The Streetcorner") Undated
22 7 Turkish magazines 1963-1964
23 1 Turkish magazines 1963-1964

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Intermountain Review
(1 box, folders)
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
24 1 Intermountain Review 1937-1941
24 2 Intermountain Review 1942

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Scrapbooks and Journals
(1 box)

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Reel to Reels
(1 box and tapes)

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Additional Materials
(1 box, 2 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
27 1 That Man Thomson Undated
27 2 "Tom Wilson in Port Townsend" Undated

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Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • Ankara Üniversitesi--Faculty.
    • Port Townsend Summer School of the Arts--Faculty.
    • University of Washington--Faculty.
    • Utah State Agricultural College--Faculty.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Authors, American
    • Dramatists, American
    • Poets, American
    • Titles within the Collection :
    • Intermountain review of English and speech.

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