Guide to the Hal George Evarts, Jr. Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Evarts, Hal George, 1915-
Title: Hal George Evarts Jr. papers
Dates: 1936-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 7.5 linear feet (5 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 823
Summary: Hal Evarts, Jr. was a writer of Western and mystery fiction. The collection comprises personal and professional correspondence, literary manuscripts, personal journals, and printed materials of author Hal George Evarts, Jr. The manuscripts are of Evarts' novels and short stories in the western and detective/mystery styles.
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 encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Hal George Evarts, Jr. was born on February 8, 1915 in Huchinson, Kansas. His father was the author Hal George Evarts. He attended Stanford University in 1932 and received his Bachelor of Arts. Evarts married Dorothea Van Dusen Abbott in 1942 and had three children. He was a member of the Western Writers of America from 1959 to 1960, serving as both a member and a vice-president. He was also affiliated with Zeta Psi and Sigma Delta Chi. In 1936-1937 he took his version of the "Grand Tour"--a knapsack trip around the world. Among his papers is a four volume diary of that trip, from Paris to central China. Evarts served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1945 in Europe with the 89th Infantry division. Evarts died August 26, 1989 at the age of 74.

Evarts worked as a writer from 1940 until his death in 1989. In that time he worked briefly as a screenwriter in Hollywood, a trade journal and newspaper reporter, as well as for the New York Herald Tribune Paris edition in 1939. Evarts was a mainstream western pulp writer. He composed over one hundred short stories to magazines and newspapers as well as numerous individual novels.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.

Content Description

The Hal Evarts, Jr. papers are divided into three series. The first contains correspondence, divided into incoming and outgoing. One file, 1956-1960, contains the records and correspondence of the membership committee, Western Writers of America. Since the collection was processed at various times and contains addenda, the correspondence may not be arranged chronologically as a whole series.

The second series contains both short story and novel length manuscripts. The manuscripts are divided by work and arranged alphabetically. Also included in this series is a single folder containing a screenplay written by Evarts. The screenplay "The Restless Gun" is in the same style as the short stories and novels.

Finally, the remainder of the collection is grouped under miscellaneous. This series contains tearsheets of Evarts in published material. This series also contains royalty statements received by Evarts for his works. Four personal journals concerning Evarts' world tour when he was in his twenties are also present in the series. The series concludes also includes bound materials containing published work of Evarts. Two of the folders contain German magazines with Evarts' short stories in German. Also included is a Yearbook of Stanford writing from 1936 and a recognition of Evarts' membership of "The Other Padres," a group of writers in the San Diego, California area.

A box of published books by Evarts was also part of the collection. However, these have been removed and are housed separately.

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], Hal George Evarts, Jr. Papers, Ax 823, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Manuscripts; Series III. Miscellaneous.

Separated Materials :  

Published books by Evarts have been removed from the collection and are housed separately.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence
Subseries A: Incoming
1 1 A-L
1 2 Matson
1 3 N-Z
1 4 Miscellaneous
1 5 Matson, Schribners
Subseries B: Outgoing
1 6 Family
1 7 Miscellaneous
1 8 Miscellaneous
1 9 Western Writers of America-Incoming and Outgoing Membership Inquiry 1956-1960

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Series II:  Manuscripts
Subseries A: Short Story Length
1 10 "As the Eagle Kills"
1 11 "Branded Woman"
1 12 "Canyon Lands"
1 13 "The Curse of Silence"
1 14 "Deadly Dilemma"
1 15 "Escort"
1 16 "The Exile"
1 17 "Fugitive's Canyon"
1 18 "Gambler's Moon"
1 19 "The Gorge of Death"
1 20 "Honkytonk Heaven"
1 21 "Hostage"
1 22 "Indian Passage"
1 23 "Jackass"
1 24 "Legend in the Dust"
1 25 "Man from Missouri"
1 26 "A Medal for the Sheriff"
1 27 "Massage to Mandakas"
1 28 "One Night in the Red Dog Saloon"
1 29 "Operation Swindle"
1 30 "Pursuit"
1 31 "Red Road to Lhasha"
1 32 "Thirty-Year Man"
1 33 "Waterhole"
1 34 "Woman Trader"
1 35 "Background is a Business"
1 36 "Hamlet-an Appreciation"
1 37 "Maverick Poker Box"
1 38 "Outcast"
1 39 "Power of Suggestion"
1 40 "Problems of a Writer"
1 41 "They Pioneered the River of No Return"
1 42 Titles A-D
1 43 Titles E-H
1 44 Titles I-N
1 45 Titles O-R
1 46 Titles S
1 47 Titles T-Y
1 48 Story Outlines-Plot Summaries
2 1 Stories
2 2 Proposed Anthology
Subseries B: Novel Length
2 3 "Bigfoot"
2 4 "Bigfoot" first draft
2 5 "Bigfoot" second draft
2 6 "Branded Man" first draft
2 7 "Branded Man" second draft
2 8 "Colorado Crossing"
2 9 "Lone Trek"
2 10 "Massacre Creek"
2 11 "Mission to Tibet" first draft
2 12 "Mission to Tibet" second draft
2 13 "Mission to Tibet" Galleys
2 14 "Mission to Tibet"
3 1 "Peg Leg Mystery" (1)
3 2 "Peg Leg Mystery" (2)
3 3 "Peg Leg Mystery" (3)
3 4 "Peg Leg Mystery" (4)
3 5 "Peg Leg Mystery" (5)
3 6 "The Peking Monster" (1)
3 7 "The Peking Monster" (2)
3 8 "The Purple Eagle Mystery" (1)
3 9 "The Purple Eagle Mystery" first draft
3 10 "The Purple Eagle Mystery" second draft
3 11 "The Purple Eagle Mystery" final draft
3 12 "Secret of the Himalayas" (1)
3 13 "Secret of the Himalayas" (2)
3 14 "Secret of the Himalayas" (3)
3 15 "Smuggler's Road" (1)
4 1 "Smuggler's Road" (2)
4 2 "The Sundown Kid"
4 3 "The Talking Mountain" (1)
4 4 "The Talking Mountain" (2)
4 5 "The Talking Mountain" (3)
4 6 "Treasure River"
Subseries C: Screenplays
4 7 "The Restless Gun"

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Series III:  Miscellaneous
4 8 Tearsheets (1)
4 9 Tearsheets (2)
4 10 Royalty Statements (1)
4 11 Royalty Statements (2)
4 12 Journal, Vol. 1
4 13 Journal, Vol. 2
4 14 Journal, Vol. 3
4 15 Journal, Vol. 4
4 16 "Du und die Welt" December 1953
4 17 "Uebersicht" May 1954
4 18 "Charity Ball Magazine" 1953
4 19 Yearbook of Stanford Writing 1936
4 20 "The Other Padres" April 1976

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  • Personal Names :
  • Congdon, Don--Correspondence
  • Evarts, Hal George, 1915---Archives
  • Evarts, Hal George, 1915---Travel
  • Corporate Names :
  • Fawcett Publications, Inc.--Records and correspondence
  • Western Writers of America--Records and correspondence.
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)--In literature
  • Subject Terms :
  • Adventure stories, American--Authorship
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Voyages around the world
  • Western stories--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Adventure fiction
    • Diaries
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Mystery fiction
    • Tear sheets
    • Western stories

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