Guide to the Louis Charbonneau papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Charbonneau, Louis, 1924-
Title: Louis Charbonneau papers
Dates: 1958-1980 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 14.0 linear feet (10 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 656
Summary: Louis Charbonneau was an an author who wrote western, science fiction and mystery novels and who also served in the U.S. Air Force in WWII, was a teacher and wrote for the Los Angeles Times. The collection includes correspondence, books, short stories, poetry, movie, television and radio scripts, and book length manuscripts.
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).

Content Description

The collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Books, and nine Addendas from 1971-1980.

Correspondence includes incoming letters (1958-1970) and outgoing letters (1958-1970).

Manuscripts contain short stories, poetry, movie, television, and radio scripts, and foreign editions that are arranged chronologically, from 1958-1971. Manuscripts throughout the collection may include drafts, notes, revisions, rejections, dust jackets, proofs, outlines, galley proofs, printer's copies, and published copies. Foreign editions include Danish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portugese and Swedish versions of Charbonneau's work.

The 1971 Addenda contains incoming and outgoing correspondence (1953-1971), and manuscripts.

The 1972 Addenda includes manuscripts and books, 1958; 1972.

The 1973 Addenda contains manuscripts and correspondence, 1969-1972.

The 1974 Addenda consists of manuscripts, 1972-1973.

The 1975 Addenda contains manuscripts and correspondence, 1972-1974.

The 1976 Addenda contains of manuscripts and correspondence, 1974-1976.

The 1978 Addenda contains manuscripts, correspondence and books, 1975-1976.

The 1979 Addenda consists of outgoing correspondence (1976-1978), incoming correspondence (1977-1978), and manuscripts, 1976-1979.

The 1980 Addenda contains manuscripts and books, 1976-1979.

Historical Note

Louis Charbonneau (1924- ) was born in Michigan, educated at the University of Detroit, served in the U.S. Air Force in WWII, was a teacher, and later wrote for the Los Angeles Times. He was also an author who wrote western, science fiction and mystery novels. He wrote westerns under the name Carter Travis Young.

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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Louis Charbonneau papers, Ax 656, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Books, 1971 Addenda, 1972 Addenda, 1973 Addenda, 1974 Addenda, 1975 Addenda, 1976 Addenda, 1978 Addenda, 1979 Addenda, 1980 Addenda.

Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given 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, 1971.

This collection may have received a basic level of processing including some organization and rehousing. The initial accession(s) were processed and arranged as a whole and are reflected in the series arrangement. Subsequent accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each subsequent 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 :
  • Charbonneau, Louis, 1924---Correspondence
  • Charbonneau, Louis, 1924---Manuscripts
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Authors, American--20th century--Manuscripts
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Radio authorship--United States
  • Science fiction, American--Authorship
  • Television authorship--United States
  • Western stories--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication

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