Guide to the Edward Y. Breese papers
1965-1972

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Breese, Edward Y. (Edward Yarde), 1912-1979
Title: Edward Y. Breese papers
Dates: 1965-1972 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 136
Summary: Consists primarily of correspondence with editors, manuscripts of fiction and some non-fiction, and financial material relating to the marketing of his stories.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Edward Yarde Breese was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1912. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1934. After graduating from Princeton, he worked for a time as a wire service reporter in New York covering financial news from the New York Stock Exchange. Later he served in the Army Air Force as an aerial gunner during the Second World War. .

After the war, he held a variety of positions including work as a personnel management and training executive; industrial management consultant; in sales and sales management; as a real estate broker in Florida; and teacher of economics, humanities, and industrial management at Georgia Tech and at the University of Georgia at Atlanta. .

He began a free-lance writing career sometime past the age of 40, at first concentrating on non-fiction articles for a variety of periodicals such as Manage, Fate, Armenian Salesman, Modern Man, The Freeman, Guns and Ammo, and American Rifleman. Beginning around 1966, he began to sell short pieces of fiction to such "pulp" magazines as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, and Zane Grey Western Magazine. A number of his works were submitted under a variety of pseudonyms such as Brett Halliday, Zane Grey, Ned or Edward Buller, or simply as "Y. B.".

Breese died in Miami, Florida in 1979 at the age of 67.

Additional Breese material can be found in the Leo Margulies Papers (Coll 133).

Content Description

The Edward Breese Papers document Breese's career as a popular fiction writer and consist of autobiographical sketches, correspondence, manuscripts, and financial material.

The correspondence, 1965-1972, is arranged chronologically and is for the most part between Breese and his various editors. There are also some personal family letters.

The manuscript section contains published and unpublished poetry, non fiction, and fiction ranging in size from short, article length (approximately 1,000 words) to novelettes (20,000-30,000 words). Short notes containing character sketches and plot devices are also included. The non-fiction pieces are mainly business articles and political opinion.

The fictional works include mystery, western, and romance stories. The section containing financial material contains short handwritten notes written by Breese which list titles of periodicals to which he proposed to sell articles and include the article titles, dates of sale, and amounts paid. Contracts mailed to Breese by various publishers are also included in the financial materials section.

The collection includes two photos, one of Breese and his wife attending a wedding, c. 1960, and a snapshot of them in later years.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

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.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Edward Y. Breese papers, Coll 136, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series: Correspondence
  • Series: Manuscripts: Poems
  • Series: Manuscripts: Non-fiction
  • Series: Manuscripts: Fiction
  • Series: Financial material
  • Series: Photographs

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Manuscripts Processor.

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


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series:  Correspondence, 1965-1972
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 1965-1967, March 1965-1967
1 4 1967, April-1968, March April 1967-March 1968
1 5 1968, April-1969, March April 1968-March 1969
1 6 1969, April - 1970, March April 1969-March 1970
1 7 1970, April - 1971, March April 1970-March 1971
1 8 1971, April - 1972, March April 1971-March 1972

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Series:  Manuscripts: Poems
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 9 False Dawn, 2 versions
1 9 Six untitled poems

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Series:  Manuscripts: Non-fiction
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 10 The Art of Self-Defense
1 10 The Big One Won't Get Away...
1 10 Communication by Memo
1 10 Crocodile in the High Rent District
1 10 Days of Our Youth
1 10 The Effective Business Letter
1 10 Equality? 2 versions
1 10 The Executive Interview
1 10 The Greatest Power
1 10 Having Had a Spiritual Awakening...
1 10 Hold the Phone...
1 10 Houses Built Upon Sand
1 10 How Fares the Republic?
1 10 How To Read for Comprehension
1 10 "The Human Desire for Freedom" (newspaper clipping)
1 11 I Study with a Pencil...
1 11 I Wanted to Write, 2 fragmented versions
1 11 I Trusted God, 2 versions
1 11 Keep the Lid On -- With Common Sense
1 11 Light on the Black Bloc, 2 versions, one w/revised title
1 11 A Little Something Added...
1 11 The Making of a Mystic
1 11 A Matter for Us All
1 11 A Matter of Rights -- Constitutional That Is
1 11 The Oak in the Acorn One More Time...
1 11 One Word...
1 11 Pass the Ball -- Not the Buck
1 11 The Performance Review
1 11 The Psychic Dividend
1 11 Psychic Power -- Utilize, Don't Analyze
1 11 Psychology (?) or Socialism
1 11 The Right To Bear Arms
1 11 Sacrament of the Drugged
2 1 Screen the Customer Canvass List
2 1 Set (?) My People Free
2 1 Sex and the Alcoholic
2 1 The Shortest Distance...
2 1 A Simple Method for Pre-Employment Motivation
2 1 The Strongest Chain Thank God -- Right Now
2 1 That All-Important Demonstration
2 1 They Called Him Snorky, fragments. Includes hand-written draft by Jack Sewell and one page of questions from Breese to Sewell.
2 1 Through the Eyes of God
2 1 Time for Decision, 2 versions
2 1 To Be or Not To Be
2 1 Truly Great Society
2 1 The Ultimate Weapon Is Courage
2 1 What Are You Proving?
2 1 When You Say That... Smile
2 1 Where Have All the Young Men Gone?
2 1 You've A Choice...
2 1 Three untitled non-fiction fillers

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Series:  Manuscripts: Fiction
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 2 Absolutely, Mr. Marko -- Positively, Mr. Smith
2 2 Achilles' Heel
2 2 All in the Game
2 2 The All-Seeing Eye, with corrected pages
2 3 Are You Hip, Mr. Hawk?, with corrected pages
2 3 Big House Blues
2 3 Black Widow's Dinner, with extra page version
2 4 Blind Lady Justice
2 4 Bolita Is a Game of Chance
2 5 The Cannery Murder Case
2 6 Case of the Crawling Crustaceans
2 7 Caveat Vendor
2 7 Come into My Parlor
2 8 The Curse of Cain
2 8 Death for Breakfast
3 1 Death in the Dice
3 1 Death in the Family
3 2 Death in the Mail Sack
3 2 Death Wore a Bridal Veil
3 3 Don't Take Wooden Nutmegs
3 3 Double Shuffle to Death
3 4 Double Trouble
3 4 Encounter With Ronnie and Bride
3 4 Faerie Gold
3 4 Family Triangle
3 4 Fast Riders
3 5 Filial Devotion, with corrected pages
3 5 Fly Away Home
3 5 Free as a Bird...
3 5 Game of Cops and Robbers
3 5 The Game's the Thing
3 5 Get Thee Forth...
3 5 Guilty, Your Honor... Please
3 6 Gypsy Card Game
3 6 He Wanted Me Drunk...
3 6 High Valley River
3 7 How to Kill a Doll
3 7 I Counted on Love
3 7 I Remember Marita
3 7 The Impossible Takes Longer, with corrected pages
3 7 In Memoriam
3 7 Just Another Perfect Crime...
3 8 Just Call Me Jimmy...
3 8 Kill Him for Kicks
3 8 King of the Range
3 8 The Landlord Murder Case
4 1 Lazy River
4 1 Little Man Deadly
4 1 Little Man With The Big Mouth
4 2 Long Trail to Nowhere
4 2 Lost Valley Gold, fragment
4 2 Love the Black Widow...
4 2 A Man Must Stand...
4 3 A Matter of Timing..., 2 versions
4 3 Murder of a Mean Old Man
4 3 Must Be Obeyed...
4 3 My Brother In Law
4 4 Never Sell a Cliche Short
4 4 Never Too Late
4 4 Nightmare House
4 4 Old Friends Are the Best?
4 4 The Old School Tie
4 5 Out of the Depths...
4 5 Payment for a Life
4 5 Pearl before Swine
4 5 Pigeon in the Park
4 5 Pirate Gold, with corrected pages
4 5 Rare Night in June
4 5 Run for Your Life
4 6 Running in the Swamp
4 6 Sail Out Again...
4 6 The Saleswoman
4 6 The Schoolhouse Murder
4 7 Scratch My Back
4 7 She'll Never Leave You, Irving
4 7 Shock Tactics
4 7 The Sniper Who Shot My Husband
4 7 The Speculator
4 7 Summation -- For the State
4 7 Take Any Card, with corrected page
5 1 Tell Me...
5 1 This Game's for Keeps
5 1 This Game is Played for Keeps
5 1 This Key Unlocks Coffins
5 2 The Thousand Flowers Case
5 2 Track the Man Down
5 3 A Trip to the Islands
5 3 Triple Cross at Holy Cross
5 3 Turn About
5 4 Turn on the Heat
5 4 Two for One
5 4 Up and Down Time, 2 versions
5 4 We're All Killers
5 5 We'll Trade Even
5 5 Wharf Rats Eat Mice
5 5 When Jack's Father Kissed Me
5 6 When We Were Married Who Am I?
5 6 Whoso Lives by the Sword...
5 6 Would I Ever Be Able to Love My Husband Again After He Killed Our Baby?
5 7 Character sketches

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Series:  Financial material
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
5 8 Short handwritten notes which include markets to which Breese attempted to sell his work
5 9 Contracts/miscellaneous

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Photographs (PH077), 1960-1979
0.0010 linear feet
Breese, Edward Yarde, 1912-1979
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 PH077_01: [Man and woman standing outside doorway]
1.0 photographic print
2.75 x 1.75 inches
not yet assigned
PH077_02: [2 men and 2 women standing at alter (at wedding?)]
1.0 photographic print
7 x 5 inches
not yet assigned

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Breese, Edward Yarde, 1912-1979
  • Margulies, Leo, 1900-1975
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Detective and mystery stories--Authorship
  • Love stories--Authorship
  • Popular literature--Authorship
  • Short stories--Authorship
  • Western stories--Authorship

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