Guide to the Will Cook Papers
1952-1964

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cook, Will
Title: William (Will) Everett Cook papers
Dates: 1952-1964 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 332
Summary: William Everett Cook was a writer of western and adventure novels and stories. Collection consists of correspondence (273 letters), manuscripts for his novels, short stories, and one novella, and an extensive collection of western pulp fiction containing short stories by Cook.
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

William Everett Cook was born in Richmond, Indiana in 1922 and died in 1964. He began writing for publication in 1952 for Popular Library. During his short life Cook was a soldier, commercial aviator, deep-sea diver, logger, peace officer, and writer of western and adventure novels and stories. His hobbies included sports car racing, sailing, judo, and barbershop singing. His pseudonyms include Wayne Everett, James Keene, Frank Peace, and William Richards.

Content Description

Collection consists of correspondence (273 letters), manuscripts for his novels, short stories, and one novella, and an extensive western pulp collection containing short stories by Cook. Correspondents include agent Marguerite Harper, 1952-1953, Lenniger Literary Agency, 1953-1954, Popular Library, 1953-1954, Noel Loomis, and Lee E. Wells

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 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], Will Cook Papers, Ax 332, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1299.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

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 I:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Outgoing
Box
Folder
1 1 General
(5 letters
From the desk of Will Cook
1955
Subseries B: Incoming
Box
Folder
1 2 General, A-M
(78 letters
Includes the following correspondents: Steven Frazee, C. William Harrison, Robert J. Hogan
1953-1955
1 3 General, N-Z
Includes correspodnence from Mike Tilden
1953-1955
1 4 Marguerite Harper
(22 letters
1952-1953
1 5 Lenniger Literary Agency
(108 letters
1953-1954
1 6 Lenniger Literary Agency 1954
1 7 Noel Loomis
(13 letters
1954
1 8 Popular Library
(32 letters
1953-1954
1 9 Lee E. Wells
(9 letters
1954
1 10 Unidentified
(6 letters
1954

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Series II:  Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Novels
Box
Folder
1 11 The Ballard of Ben Bodeen
(195 pages
original, carbon
1 12 Call This Land Home
(200 pages
original, carbon
1 13 Home to the Mountains
(186 pages
original, carbon
1 14 The Legacy
(178 pages
original, carbon
1 15 The Speed Merchants. Meredith Press
(133 pages
printer's copy, carbon, corrected
1964
1 16 The Speed Merchants
galley proof
1 17 The Speed Merchants
page proof
1 18 Vengence Valley. Ballantine Books. (Wade Everett)
(177 pages
original, carbon
1966
1 19 The Warrior. Ballantine Books. (Wade Everett)
(176 pages
original, novel
1967
1 20 Wind River Kid
galley proof
Subseries B: Novellas
Box
Folder
1 21 Elizabeth by Name
(61 pages
original, novel
Subseries C: Short Stories
Box
Folder
1 22 Building the Blue Water Boat in the Back Yard
((5 pages

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Series III:  Addenda I
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 The Ballad of Ben Bodeen
(195 pages
final manuscript, unsold
2 2 The Indian Fighter. Published as The Apache Fighter
(215 pages
final manuscript, carbon
1967
2 3 The Last Bandit
(65 pages
final manuscript, outline and sample chapters
2 4 Lydia
(619 pages
final manuscript, unsold. Will Cook was asked to revise this manscript for Random House in 1961, but he never did.
2 5 Lydia
final manuscript
2 6 Lydia
final manuscript
2 7 Lydia
final manuscript
2 8 Many Brave Warriors
(198 pages
final manuscript
2 9 No Money Down. (William Richards is Will Cook and Dick Hibbert)
(277 pages
early version
2 10 No Money Down. Popular Library
(281 pages
final manuscript
1969
2 11 The Outcasts. Bantam
(207 pages
manuscript, carbon of final draft
1965
2 12 The Rogue Queen
(56 pages
manuscript, never completed
2 13 Sinner's Paradise
(64 pages
manuscript, never completed, outline and sample chapters
2 14 Summer Job
(17 pages
manuscript
2 15 The Taming of Patrick O'Toole (James Keene)
(102 pages
manuscript, never completed, outline and sample chapters
2 16 The Unhappy Healers (William Richards)
(151 pages
manuscript, never completed, sample chapters and outlines
2 17 Short story manuscripts
(16 pages, bad day; 17 pages, the cook stove war; 16 pages, the far-travelin' man; 19 pages, first prize; 19 pages, parting gift; 17 pages, timberjack, 17 pages, the verdict; 3 pages, the pitkin affair outline

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Series III:  Addenda II
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 18 Les Pistoleros
(190 pages
published in French
1974

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Series IV:  Addenda III: Western magazine stories
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 19 Brand Her Bad!, by Frank Peace
(10 pages, photocopy
published in Star western
April 1954
2 19 The Devil's Roundup, by Frank Peace
(25 pages, photocopy
published in Dime western magazine
November 1953
2 19 Final Warning, by Frank Peace
(10 pages, photocopy
published in Dime western magazine
July 1953
2 19 Night Marshal, by Frank Peace
(12 pages, photocopy
published in Western Story magazine
August 1953
2 19 The Range that Hell Forgot! by Frank Peace
(16 pages, photocopy
published in Dime western magazine
January 1954

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Cook, Will--Archives
  • Frazee, Steve, 1909---Correspondence
  • Harper, Marguerite--Correspondence
  • Harrison, C. William--Correspondence
  • Hogan, Robert J.--Correspondence
  • Loomis, Noel M., 1905-1969--Correspondence
  • Tilden, Mike--Correspondence
  • Wells, Lee E.--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lenniger Literary Agency--Correspondence
  • Popular Library--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)--In literature
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Pulp literature--Authorship
  • Western stories--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Western stories

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