Guide to the Noel Loomis Papers
1929-1969

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Creator: Loomis, DorothyLoomis, Noel M., 1905-1969
Title: Noel Loomis papers
Dates: 1929-1969 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 74.5 linear feet (65 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 165
Summary: Noel Loomis (1905-1969) was an American author and teacher who specialized in Western and adventure novels and scripts, including writing for the TV series', Bonanza and Have Gun Will Travel. The collection (1929-1969) contains manuscripts, correspondence, illustrations and original paintings, lecture recordings, writer's club files, and also writings and correspondence by Dorothy Loomis.
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 production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Noel Loomis (1905-1969) was born in Wakita, Oklahoma and educated at the University of Oklahoma. Beginning in 1929 he became a free-lance writer of adventure and western fiction novels and scripts. He wrote for the popular western TV series', Bonanza and Have Gun Will Travel.

He also taught writing at San Diego State College, and was a writing consultant in San Diego city schools. He married Dorothy Loomis, who was also a writer.

Content Description

The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, illustrations and original paintings, microfilm, lecture recordings, Western Writers of American and other writer's club files, including correspondence and other documents relating to conflicts within the Western Writers of America organization. Writings and correspondence by Dorothy Loomis are also included within the collection.

The material is arranged by initial donation and subsequent addenda, and includes the following material: (lists are not comprehensive)

The initial donation in February 1972 consisted of book length manuscripts, arranged alphabetically by title, that include drafts, revisions, galley proofs, rejections, comments by others, literary agency correspondence, and final drafts.

The 1972 Addendum contains manuscripts by Loomis and others on microfilm.

The 1973 Addendum consists of correspondence, tearsheets, books, pulp magazines, and general magazines. Outgoing correspondence is organized by date, 1957-1961, and incoming correspondence is organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. The pulp magazines are filed alphabetically by title.

The 1974 Addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1953-1967) and incoming correspondence, organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title.

The 1975 Addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1954-1969), and incoming correspondence, organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. Important subjects include correspondence relating to internal conflicts within the Western Writers of America organization. This addenda also contains correspondence concerning the 1972 Addenda donation of microfilm. Correspondence, articles and stories by Dorothy Loomis are also included, 1948-1971.

The 1975 Addendum also contains manuscript material including book-length, short story, and TV scripts. Material include drafts, revisions, galley proofs, research, rejections, comments by others, literary agency correspondence, and final drafts. Books, magazines, and pulps with articles and stories by Noel Loomis, Dorothy Loomis and others are also included.

Also included in the 1975 Addendum are tape recordings of class lectures, television and radio, and meetings of Western Writers of America. This addendum also contains publicity, book reviews, and memorabilia.

Another Addendum (called addendum #5) contains original paintings for novels by Loomis, and illustrations for writings by Dorothy Loomis.

The 1976 Addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1949-1965), and incoming correspondence organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. Also included are subject files containing articles and letters to the editor by Loomis and others. There are also files on Western Writers of America that include constitutions, conventions, elections, legislation, membership, treasury and memorabilia.

The 1976 Addendum also contains manuscript material including book-length, articles and essay manuscripts that include drafts, revisions, galley proofs, research, rejections, comments by others, correspondence, and final drafts. Also included are books, magazines, and tearsheets.

The 1978 Addendum consists of outgoing correspondence (1954-1969), and incoming correspondence organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. There is also a section of incoming and outgoing correspondence by Dorothy Loomis.

The 1978 Addendum also contains subject files on writer's clubs, conferences, and conventions. Manuscript material is also included. There are short article and essay manuscripts, book reviews, projected manuscripts with publisher and subject correspondence, a manuscript by Dorothy Loomis, books, and memorabilia.

The 1978 Addendum also includes fifty-four reel-to-reel recordings of lectures given in 1967 by Loomis, and thirty-three reels of microfilm that contain copies of newspapers.

The April 1979 Addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1951-1967), and incoming correspondence, organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. Also included are manuscripts and writer's conference materials.

The August 1979 Addendum consists of congressional documents dealing mostly with mail routes and Native American peoples and lands, manuscript fragments, journals, magazines and newsletters, maps, tearsheets, Native American files and student papers.

The 1980 Addendum contains tape recordings of lectures by Loomis for class, radio, and/or TV, 1954-1969.

The collection contains many photographs. The paper finding aid lists photographs in the original placement order within the collection; however the photographs were physically separated from the papers for preservation purposes. Photographs are now stored in photo boxes 1-23.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, or digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

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], Noel Loomis papers, Coll 165, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts; Correspondence; 1972 Addendum; 1973 Addendum; 1974 Addendum; 1975 Addendum; Addendum #5; 1976 Addendum; 1978 Addenda, April 1979 Addendum; August 1979 Addendum; and a 1980 Addendum.

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, 1972-1980, and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

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

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.

Related Materials :  

Correspondence to/from Noel Loomis can also be found at Special Collections and University Archives in: William (Will) Everett Cook papers, Ax 339.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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


Detailed Description of the Collection

Papers
63.0 linear feet
Photographs
11.5 linear feet

Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Loomis, Dorothy
  • Loomis, Dorothy--Correspondence
  • Loomis, Noel M., 1905-1969
  • Loomis, Noel M., 1905-1969--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Western Writers of America.
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)--In literature
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Television authorship--United States
  • Western stories--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Western stories

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