Guide to the Brian Garfield Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Garfield, Brian, 1939-
Title: Brian Garfield papers
Dates: 1961-1988 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 70.0 linear feet (66 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 294
Summary: Brian Garfield (1939- ) is an author and screenwriter of suspense, mystery, and western stories, and historical non-fiction. The collection contains manuscript material, screenplays and scripts, correspondence, reviews, articles, a master's thesis, published books, magazines, and articles, and unpublished research and diaries.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Brian Garfield (1939- ) is an author and screenwriter of suspense, mystery, and western stories, and historical non-fiction. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including the cult hit Death Wish and its sequels. Garfield was born in New York City and educated at the University of Arizona. He has written under multiple pseudonyms: Bennett Garland, Alex Hawk, John Ives, Drew Mallory, Frank O'Brian, Jonas Ward, Brian Wynne, Frank Wynne, and Brian Wynne Garfield.

Content Description

The collection contains manuscripts, screenplays and scripts, correspondence, reviews, articles, master's thesis, published books, magazines, and articles, and unpublished research and diaries. Most of the manuscripts and screenplays come with a letter of explanation by the author.

The initial donation of 1966 through to the addendum of 1978 consists of the first 32 boxes of the collection (one box, #32, is missing). Accessions that came in from 1991-2000 are in boxes 34-66.

The initial donation of 1966 contains manuscripts organized by title that include drafts, galley proofs, corrected sheets, printer's copy, outlines, discarded pages, and final drafts, 1961-1966. When applicable, the alias used is noted.

The 1967 addendum contains manuscripts, articles, reviews and correspondence with agent, Toni Strassman (1958-1967). Manuscripts contain letters of explanation by the author.

The August 1968 addendum contains manuscripts of books, plays, short stories, articles for The Roundup (the magazine of the Western Writers of America, Inc.), and correspondence with Douglas Martin.

The October 1968 addendum contains manuscript material from 1961-1968, Garfield's master’s thesis, and books by others.

The November 1969 addendum contains working material for the book, Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians. Material includes multiple drafts, corrections, editor's edit, final draft, printer copy, galley proofs, and research material such as publications, maps, and photocopied formerly classified and other unpublished documents. There are also four boxes of research note cards with a corresponding letter explaining the system of documentation. Also available are cassette recordings of interviews (1967), alphabetically arranged correspondence, photograph lists and captions, and published works.

The 1971 addendum (a continuation of the 1966 gift) contains correspondence including incoming (1966-1968) and outgoing (1964-1970) book length manuscripts that contain research material, notes, outlines, synopsis, early and final drafts, revisions, editorial notes, published copies and foreign editions. Also available are paintings by Garfield's mother.

The 1972 addendum (a continuation of the 1966 gift) contains book length manuscripts, 1970-1972.

The 1973 addendum contains published works by Garfield.

The 1975 addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1971-1973), incoming correspondence (1971-1975), manuscripts of Death Sentence and Death Wish, 1970-1975 that include uncorrected proofs and published versions, and also include a letter of explanation by the author.

The 1976 addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1965-1972), incoming correspondence organized alphabetically by last name or title that is primarily concerned with the publication of The Thousand Mile War, book-length manuscripts, screenplays (including "Death Wish"), radio scripts, works edited by Garfield, and miscellaneous incomplete projects. This addendum also includes a publication record (up till 1975), issues of The Round Up, 1963-1974, screenplays by others of Garfield's novels and manuscripts by others.

The 1978 addendum contains manuscripts (1975-1978) including Death Sentence, and manuscripts by others.

Accessions 91.51.M and 91.50.M are filed under the number Up 702 and consist of correspondence (1965-1988), screen, television, and film script material for manuscripts including The Thousand Mile War, Wild Times, Seersucker, Tripwire, The Paladin, The Stepfather, and Checkpoint Charlie. Also included here are essays, articles, short stories, columns, book reviews, and red and black 'record' notebooks containing holograph versions of stories, other typescripts, and book reviews.

The 1994 accession (Up 112) contains manuscript material of the novel, Smoke.

Accession 000.067 contains manuscript material for screenplays including Recoil. Also available are videos of the Aleutian Islands, of renaming Shemya island, and of Black Jackson: Last Mission, audio tapes, photographs, and letters of Reineke, loose-leaf copies of The First Paramushiro Raids, and The Thousand Mile War, Alaska and Aleutians articles, and personal letters to Garfield.

Accession 00.073 / Up 722 contains manuscripts material and outtakes from Western Films: a Complete Guide, Do or Die, Marchand Woman, and Manifest Destiny.

Accession 99.029 / Up 113 contains manuscript material of Do or Die and Fight or Flight as well as screenplays of Marksmen and Hell's Hinges.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Brian Garfield papers, Ax 294, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1966-1978.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.


  • Personal Names :
  • Garfield, Brian, 1939-
  • Garfield, Brian, 1939---Correspondence
  • Garfield, Brian, 1939---Manuscripts
  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Motion picture authorship
  • Screenwriters--United States
  • Western stories--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Screenplays

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