Guide to the Todhunter Ballard papers
1926-1975

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Creator: Ballard, Todhunter, 1903-
Title: Todhunter Ballard papers
Dates: 1926-1975 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 31.51 linear feet (60 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 049
Summary: Willis Todhunter Ballard (1903-1980) was a writer of the western and mystery fiction genre. The collection consists of professional correspondence from 1947 to 1972, publication records, papers of the Western Fiction Writers of America (WWA) documenting his activity in that organization, and literary manuscripts of 70 books, 17 teleplays, one screenplay, and a few magazine articles.
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

Willis Todhunter Ballard was born on December 13, 1903 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended schools in Cleveland and Westtown, Pennsylvania and, in 1926, graduated from Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio. Right after college he began working for his father’s company, F. W. Ballard Company, as an engineer constructing power plants and transmission lines. He stayed there for two years.

His transition to a career as a professional writer began with the editorship of an electrical trade magazine. His first published story, “Gambler’s Luck,” appeared in Brief Stories in 1927. Ballard was a prolific writer and went on to write over a thousand stories for magazines such as Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Argosy, McCall’s, Esquire, and Liberty. He also wrote stories for pulp magazines such as Black Mask, Brief Stories, Dime Mystery, Popular Western, and Ranch Romances. Ballard wrote about fifty televison and movie scripts including The Outcast for Republic Pictures. Some television series he wrote for were “Cowboy G-Men,” “Death Valley Days,” “Shotgun Slade,” “Shannon,” and “Alias Smith and Jones.”

Ballard’s main interests as a writer were in the mystery and western genres. He wrote over seventy books under such pseudonyms as Brian Agar, P. D. Ballard, Todhunter Ballard, W. T. Ballard, Parker Bonner, Hunter D’Allard, Harrison Hunt, Tod Hunt, John Hunter, Neil MacNeil, John Shepherd, and others. Ballard wrote as part of a pool of writers hired by publisher Tower Books to write stories using the pseudonym of Jack Slade.

Ballard was an active member of the Western Writes of America. He served on the applications committee and also won their “Spur Award” in 1965 for Gold in California (Doubleday, 1965) as “best historical novel.”

After a long, successful career as a writer, Mr. Ballard died on December 27, 1980 in Mount Dora, Florida at the age of 77.

Content Description

The Todhunter Ballard Papers consist of professional correspondence from 1947 to 1972, publication records, papers of Western Writers of America (WWA) documenting his activity in that organization, and manuscripts of 70 books, 17 teleplays, one screenplay, and a few magazine articles. There are also 127 books which are largely paperback foreign additions.

The correspondence section is arranged chronologically and contains business correspondence between Ballard and various publishers, agents and lawyers including Doubleday, MacMillian, Houghton-Mifflin, Fawcett, Lenniger Literary Agency, Gordon Molson Associates and H. N. Sawnson Agency.

Following the correspondence are ledger sheets containing the publication history of 51 of Ballard’s stories. They are filed numerically according to the number assigned to each story. The publication histories contain information about publisher, contract dates, domestic and foreign rights, publication dates and sales volume. Some related correspondence is also included.

The Western Writers of America material consists of correspondence arranged chronologically from 1960-1974, and applications for entry into the WWA with related correspondence. The applications are arranged alphabetically. A miscellaneous folder contains membership lists, the WWA Constitution and miscellaneous issues of Roundup, the WWA’s monthly newsletter.

The various sections of the manuscript series are arranged alphabetically by title of the work. In the book manuscript section some of the manuscripts listed under one title can also be found in the section under another alternate title, as indicated by an asterisk.*

The last box in the collection contains ten bound volumes of tearsheets of pulp magazines stories written by Ballard. Several indexes are included. Wrapped in a separate package is a scrapbook of book reviews and a few photographs of Ballard. Filed with it is a folder of loose material removed from the scrapbook. It contains documents relating to Ballard’s wartime service from 1942-1945 as a civilian connected with a production control staff at Write Patterson Field, Ohio. Loose photographs (3) of Ballard have been removed to the Photograph Collection in order to be stored properly.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

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Restrictions on Use :  

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Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Todhunter Ballard papers, Coll 049, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series I. Correspondence, professional
  • Series II. Correspondence, publications
  • Series III. Western Writers of America
  • Series IV. Literary manuscripts, books
  • Series V. Literary manuscripts, teleplays
  • Series VI. Literary manuscripts, screenplays
  • Series VII. Artwork
  • Series VIII. Tearsheets
  • Series IX. Photographs

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, professional
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1947-1960
1 2 Correspondence 1961-1963
1 3 Correspondence 1964
1 4 Correspondence 1965
1 5 Correspondence 1966
1 6 Correspondence 1967
2 1 Correspondence 1968
2 2 Correspondence 1969
2 3 Correspondence 1970
2 4 Correspondence 1971
2 5 Correspondence 1972

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Series II:  Correspondence, publications
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 1 Publications
Box
Folder
3 1 #1: Detective--Bill Lennox
3 1 #2: Dealing Out Death (Waiting at the Grave)
3 1 #3: Murder Can't Stop (Trouble is My Business)
3 1 #4: Murder Picks the Jury
3 1 #5: Two Edged Vengeance (Red Horizon)
3 1 #6: Incident at Sun Mountain (Sun Mountain)
3 2 Publications
Box
Folder
3 2 #7: West of Quarantine
3 2 #8: High Iron
3 2 #9: West of Justice (I am the Law)
3 2 #10: Showdown (Dry Camp)
3 2 #11: Walk in Fear (I Could Kill You) (Dead to Rights)
3 2 #12: Supersitition Range (Superstition Mountain)
3 3 Publications
Box
Folder
3 3 #13: Outlaw Brand (Railroad Doctor)
3 3 #14: Rawhide Gunman (A Man Called Donovan)
3 3 #15: The Package Deal (Scene in the Air)
3 3 #16: Killer Range (Winter Kill)
3 3 #17: Gunman from Texas (Texas Gun)
3 3 #18: Trigger Trail (Empire West)
3 4 Publications
Box
Folder
3 4 #19: Guns of the Lawless
3 4 #20: Chance Elson (The Big Mirage)
3 4 #21: Roundup
3 4 #22: Ride the Wind South
3 4 #23: Trail Town Marshal
3 4 #24: Saddle Tramp
4 1 Publications
Box
Folder
4 1 #25: Marshal from Deadwood (Two Mile)
4 1 #26: Death Takes an Option (Option on Death)
4 1 #27: Thunderbird Range (Thunderhead)
4 1 #28: Trouble on the Massacre
4 1 #29: Third on a Seesaw
4 1 #30: Badlands Buccaneer
4 2 Publications
Box
Folder
4 2 #31: Two Guns for Hire (Death on Wheels)
4 2 #32: The Long Trail Back
4 2 #33: Fury in the Heart (The Cheap People)
4 2 #34: Hot Dam (McCall of the Wild)
4 2 #35: The Death Ride
4 2 #36: The Night Riders
4 2 #37: Pretty Miss Murder
4 3 Publications
Box
Folder
4 3 #41: The Long Sword (Cardinal's Ring)
4 3 #42: Lights, Camera, Murder (Hollywood Eye)
4 3 #43: Have Love, Will Share
4 3 #44: Mexican Slay Ride
4 3 #45: Gopher Gold (Gold Field)
4 3 #46: The Seven Sisters
4 3 #47: Westward the Monitors Roar
4 3 #48: Three for the Money
4 4 Publications
Box
Folder
4 4 #49: Desperation Valley
4 4 #50: Gold in California! (The Golden Hills)
4 4 #51: Age of the Junkman
4 4 #54: Tough in the Saddle
4 4 #55: End of a Millionaire
4 4 #59: Duke

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Series III:  Western Writers of America (WWA)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Correspondence 1960-1962
5 2 Correspondence 1963-1967
5 3 Correspondence 1968-1969
5 4 Correspondence 1970
5 5 Correspondence 1971
5 6 Correspondence 1972-1974
6 1 Applications (with related correspondence), A-B 1960-1962
6 2 Applications (with related correspondence), C-E 1963-1967
6 3 Applications (with related correspondence), F-G 1968-1969
6 4 Applications (with related correspondence), H 1970
6 5 Applications (with related correspondence), I-N 1971
6 6 Applications (with related correspondence), O-R 1972-1974
6 7 Applications (with related correspondence), S-Y 1972-1974
6 8 Miscellaneous: Includes membership lists, constitution, voting ballots two issues of the The Roundup and Spur Awards judging instructions. 1972-1974

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Series IV:  Manuscripts: Books
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Angel of Death (Gold Medal Books)
Box
Folder
7 1 Typed draft, final carbon, pp. 1-180
7 2 Typed draft, final carbon, pp. 181-361
7 3 Typed draft, early version, 193 pp.
8 1 Typed draft, carbon, incomplete, 109 pp.
8 2 Typed draft, fragments, 97 pp.
8 3 Typed draft, fragments, 58 pp.
8 4 Outlines, typed, 5 pp., 6 pp.; character outline, 2 pp.
Applegate's Gold, by Parker Bonner (pseud.) (Avon Books, 1967) 1967
Box
Folder
8 5 Printer's copy, 202 pp.; plus front material
9 1 Typed draft, carbon, 202 pp.; plus outline, 4 pp.
9 2 Reader's proof
Bearcats! by John Hunter (pseud.). (Ballantine Books)
Box
Folder
9 3 Typed draft, original, 241 pp.
10 1 Typed draft, 220 pp.
10 2 Typed draft, carbon, 241 pp.
10 3 Galley proofs
Borders to Cross by Parker Bonner (pseud.) (Paperback Library) 1971
Box
Folder
11 1 Revised typed draft, 153 pp.
11 2 Typed draft, carbon, 163 pp.
11 3 Sample chapters (1-5), typed, 49 pp.
11 4 Typed draft, incomplete, 48 pp.; typed draft, carbon, incomplete, 41 pp.; fragments, typed, 22 pp.
11 5 Outlines, typed, 55 pp.; 5 pp; 4 pp.
Brothers in Blood by P.D. Ballard (pseud.) (Gold Medal Books, 1972) by Parker Bonner (pseud.) (Paperback Library) 1972
Box
Folder
12 1 Typed draft, carbon, pp. 1-136 (ch. 1-8)
12 2 Typed draft, carbon, pp. 137-264 (ch. 9-18)
12 3 Author's proof
Building the Impossible(for Doubleday anthology)
Box
Folder
12 4 Typed draft, carbon, 20 pp.
The Burning Land, by John Hunter (pseud.). (Ballantine Books, 1973). 1973
Box
Folder
13 1 Typed draft, printer’s copy, 241 pp.
13 2 Typed draft, carbon, 241 pp
13 3 Galley proofs.
The Californian, (Doubleday, 1971). Alternate titles: * The Man on a Mule; California Express. 1971
Box
Folder
14 1 Printer’s copy, pp. 1-184, includes front material
14 2 Printer’s copy, pp. 185-362
14 3 Printer’s copy, pp. 363-549
15 1 Final draft, carbon, pp. 1-180
15 2 Final draft, carbon, pp. 181-360
15 3 Final draft, carbon, pp. 361-549
16 1 Outline, 4 pp.
16 2 Galley proofs, final
16 3 Page proofs
16 4 Page proofs, carbon, 549 pp.
17 1 Reject pages, carbon, 549 pp.
17 2 Reject pages, carbon, 549 pp.
17 3 Reject pages, carbon, 549 pp.
A Canyon Called Death, by John Hunter (pseud.).(Berkeley, 1968). Alternate titles: * The Canyon They Called Death; * Rogue Range. 1968
Box
Folder
18 1 Typed draft carbon, 229 pp.
18 2 Typed draft, carbon, incomplete, pp. 73-229
18 2 Outline, typed 7 pp.
18 2 Character list, typed, 1 p.
18 3 Typed draft, sample chapters
18 3 Outline, 7 pp.
Canyon War, by Sam Bowie (pseud.).(Ace Books).
Box
Folder
18 4 Typed draft, printer's copy, 168 pp.
19 1 Typed draft, original, 161 pp.
19 1 Outline, typed, 4 pp.
19 1 Character list, typed, 1 p.
19 2 Typed draft, carbon, 168 pp.
19 2 Outline, typed, 4 pp.
Caribbean Cadre, by Nick Carter (pseud.).(Ace Books). Alternate title: The Kremlin File.
Box
Folder
19 3 Typed draft, final, 239 pp.
20 1 Typed draft, original, 185 pp.
20 2 Typed draft, chapters 3-5, 47 pp.
20 3 Outline, typed, 5 pp.
20 3 Outline, typed, carbon, 5 pp.
20 3 Character list, 1 p.
Chapter Eleven
Box
Folder
20 4 Final draft, typed, carbon, 110 pp.
20 4 Outline, typed, 7 pp.
20 4 Outline, typed, carbon, 5 pp.
20 4 Character list, 1 p.
Chisum, by Sam Bowie (Ace Books, 1971). Novelized from the screenplay 1971
Box
Folder
20 5 Printer's copy, 196 pp.
21 1 Final draft, 169 pp.
Crime Confidential, by Lindsay Stuart (pseud.). Alternate titles: * A Time for Terror, by Brian Agar (pseud.)
Box
Folder
21 2 Typed draft carbon, 5 chapters, 55 pp.
21 2 Outline of remaining chapters, 5 pp.
Day of the Superpower, by Neil MacNeil (pseud.). Alternate title: The Island of Tall Men
Box
Folder
21 3 Final draft, typed, carbon, 199 pp.
21 4 Revised draft, typed, carbon, 199 pp.
21 4 Character list, typed, 1 p.
22 1 Typed draft, 109 pp.
22 2 Typed draft, revised chapters, 85 pp.
Dead Ringer. (Novel based on TV series, "Alias Smith and Jones") Alternate title: His Brother's Keeper.
Box
Folder
22 3 Typed draft, carbon, 243 pp.
Death in the Mountain, by John Hunter (pseud.) (Ballantine Books).
Box
Folder
22 4 Typed draft, final carbon, 242 pp. (last page missing)
23 1 Typed draft, original, 243 pp.
23 2 Typed draft, carbon, 243 pp.
23 3 Typed draft, 243 pp.
23 4 Outline (of remaining chapters), carbon, 6 pp.
23 4 Outline (of remaining chapters), carbon, 6 pp.
23 4 Outline (of remaining chapter), 7 pp.
23 4 Miscellaneous pages, 15 pp.
Desperation Valley, by John Hunter (pseud.)
Box
Folder
24 1 Proofs
Don't Ride Home Again, by John Hunter (pseud.) (Banner, 1967) 1967
Box
Folder
24 2 Typed draft, carbon, 184 pp.
For a King's Ransom, by Joe Millard (pseud.) (Universal Publishers)
Box
Folder
24 3 Typed draft, carbon, 181 pp.
Gambler's Gun, by John Hunter (pseud.) (Ballantine Books, 1973) 1973
Box
Folder
25 1 Typed draft, printer's copy, 205 pp.
25 2 Typed draft, carbon, 205 pp.
25 3 Page proofs
Gambler's Luck, (Published in Bief Stories, October 1927. Written in 1926; Mr. Ballard's first western) 1926
Box
Folder
26 1 Typed draft, carbon, 109 pp.
25 2 Typed draft, carbon, 205 pp.
25 3 Page proofs
Give a Man a Gun, by Clay Turner (pseud.)
Box
Folder
26 2 Typed draft, original carbon, 197 pp.
Go West, Ben Gold
Box
Folder
26 3 Typed draft, final carbon, 203 pp.
26 4 Typed draft, carbon, incomplete, 110 pp.
26 5 Character list, 1 p.
26 5 Outline, typed, 4 pp.
Gold Goes to the Mountain, by Clay Turner (pseud.) (Paperback Library, 1974). 1974
Box
Folder
27 1 Typed draft, carbon, 202 pp.
27 2 Rewritten and miscellaneous pages
Gold in California, (Doubleday, 1965) 1965
Box
Folder
28 1 Miscellaneous pages, 150 pp.
28 2 Scrapbook (including fan correspondence and book reviews)
Gold in Central City, (Outlines for a Ben Gold story.)
Box
Folder
28 3 Outlines, typed, 3 pp.; 3 pp.
Gunlock, by Sam Bowie (pseud.). (Universal Publishing and Distributing, 1968) 1968
Box
Folder
29 1 Typed draft, 199 pp.
29 2 Typed draft, carbon, 199 pp.
Heiress to Murder 1926
Box
Folder
29 3 Typed draft, carbon, inclomplete, 73 pp. Character list, holograph, 1 p.
29 3 Character list, holograph, 1 p.
The Higraders (Ballatine Books). Alternate title: The Boomers
Box
Folder
30 1 Typed draft, final carbon, p. 1-120
30 2 Typed draft, final carbon, p. 121-244
30 3 Typed draft, early version, fragments, 209 pp.
30 4 Character list, typed, 1 p.
30 4 Title page, (The Boomers), typed, 1 p.
30 4 Title page, (The Higraders), typed, 1 p.
His Brother's Keeper (Novel based on TV series, "Alias Smith and Jones"). Alternate title: Dead Ringer
Box
Folder
31 1 Typed draft, carbon, 243 pp.
31 2 Character list, holograph, 1 p.
31 2 Outline, typed, 5 pp.
History of the PulpsBy Al Norton and Harry Steeger of Argosy.
Box
Folder
31 3 Ballard's reminiscences, 17 pp.
31 3 Letter from Ballard to Al Norton, 1 p.
Home to Texas. (Doubleday, 1974). 1974
Box
Folder
31 4 Typed draft, printer's copy, 203 pp.
32 1 Typed draft, final carbon, 203 pp.
32 2 Typed draft, carbon, 203 pp.
32 3 Typed draft, early version, 174 pp.
32 4 Character list, holograph, 2 pp.
33 1 Galley proofs
33 2 Page proofs
Johnny Who Rode the Ghost Train. By Phoebe and Todhunter Ballard for WWA Anthology.
Box
Folder
33 3 Typed draft, carbon, 13 pp.
Lassiter. By Parker Bonner (pseud.) (Tower, 1967). 1967
Box
Folder
33 4 Typed draft, carbon, 174 pp.
33 5 Typed draft, carbon, 174 pp.
Lassiter and the Wild Bunch. By Jack Slade (pseud.) (Tower, 1968). 1968
Box
Folder
34 1 Typed draft, carbon, 173 pp.
Lassiter and the Wild Women. By Jack Slade (pseud.) (Tower).
Box
Folder
34 2 Typed draft, carbon, 162 pp.
34 3 Typed draft, carbon
34 4 Typed draft, early version, 153 pp.
34 4 Outline, 5 pp.
Loco and the Wolf. (Doubleday, 1973. 1973
Box
Folder
35 1 Typed draft, printer's copy, 197 pp.; front material
35 2 Typed draft, carbon, 198 pp.
35 3 Character list, typed, 1 p.
35 3 Outline, typed, 10 pp.
35 4 Galley proofs
36 1 Page proofs
Look to Your Guns. By Parker Bonner (pseud.) (Paperback Library).
Box
Folder
36 2 Typed draft, final carbon, 163 pp.
36 3 Typed draft, carbon, 16 pp.
36 4 Typed draft, 160 pp.
36 4 Revised Chapters (8, 10), 18 pp.
36 4 Outline, typed, 10 pp.
36 4 Outline, typed, 9 pp.
36 4 Character list, 2 pp.
Lost Valley. By John Hunter (pseud.) (Ballantine). Alternate title: * Thirty Million Pesos-Silver.
Box
Folder
37 1 Typed draft, final, 243 pp.
37 2 Typed draft, original carbon, 243 pp.
The Man from Yuma.. By Jack Slade (pseud.) (Tower, 1968). Original title: Lassiter and the River Pirates. 1968
Box
Folder
38 1 Typed draft, final carbon, 170 pp.
38 2 Typed draft, original, 245 pp.
38 3 Typed draft, carbon, 170 pp.; outline, 4 pp.
39 1 Typed draft, carbon, 245 pp.
39 2 Typed draft, carbon, 245 pp.
39 3 Typed draft, incomplete, 130 pp. (missing pp. 1-29)
39 4 Outline, typed, 6 pp.
39 4 Character list, 1 p.
Man on a Mule. By Phoebe and Todhunter Ballard. Alternate title: * The Californian.
Box
Folder
40 1 Typed draft, miscellaneous pages, chapters, 221 pp.
The Man Who Stole a University.. By Phoebe and Todhunter Ballard (Doubleday, 1968). 1967
Box
Folder
40 2 Typed draft, printer's copy, pp. 1-230 (includes front material)
40 3 Typed draft, printer's copy, pp. 231-502
41 1 Typed draft, original, pp. 1-278
41 2 Typed draft, original, pp. 279-495
42 1 Typed draft, carbon, pp. 1-280
42 2 Typed draft, carbon, pp. 281-502
42 3 Rewritten chapter (19), typed, 12 pp. (original and carbon)
42 4 Fragments, typed, 50 pp.
42 5 Outlines, typed, 9 pp.; 7 pp.; 10 pp.
42 5 Character list, typed and holograph, 5 pp.
43 1 Galley proofs
43 2 Galley proofs
43 3 Page proofs
43 4 Page proofs
The Modoc Indian Wars. By Parker Bonner (pseud.). (Monarch Books).
Box
Folder
44 1 Typed draft, final, carbon, 193 pp.
44 1 Revised pages, typed, 10 pp.
44 1 Correspondence
The Modoc Tragedy. for WWA anthology).
Box
Folder
44 2 Typed draft, carbon, 23 pp.
44 2 Typed pages, 4-6
Murder Las Vegas Style. (Tower, 1967). Original title: 'Til Death Do Us Part 1967
Box
Folder
44 3 Typed draft, carbon, incomplete, 186 pp.
Nowhere Left to Run. (Doubleday, 1972). 1972
Box
Folder
44 4 Typed draft, printer's copy, 216 pp.; front material
Plunder Canyon. By Parker Bonner (pseud.) (Banner Books, 1967). 1967
Box
Folder
45 1 Typed draft, carbon, 185 pp.
Rafferty and the Wild Bunch. By Parker Bonner (pseud.) Alternate title: * Lassiter and the Wild Bunch.
Box
Folder
45 2 Typed draft, carbon, 173 pp.
The Return of the Sabata. By Sam Bowie (pseud.).
Box
Folder
45 3 Typed draft, carbon, 200 pp.
Ride the Lone Trail. By John Hunter (pseud.).
Box
Folder
46 1 Typed draft, original, 88 pp.
46 1 Outline, typed, 5 pp.
Rogue Range. By John Hunter (pseud.). Alternate titles: * A Canyon Called Death; The Canyon They Called Death
Box
Folder
46 2 Typed draft, original, 229 pp.
Sabata. By Brian Fox (pseud.). (Universal Publishing and Distributing). (Novel from the screenplay.)
Box
Folder
46 3 Typed draft, final, carbon, 197 pp.
The Saga of Toby Riddle. (for WWA anthology)
Box
Folder
46 4 Typed draft, 22 pp.
46 4 Typed draft, carbon, 22 pp.
The Sex Web. (Soft Cover Library, 1967.) Alternate titles: Land of Promise; Run, Run, Run Chicken; The Exploiters. 1967
Box
Folder
47 1 Typed draft, original, 195 pp.
47 1 Character list, holograph, 1 p.
47 1 Outline, typed, 1 p.
47 1 Miscellaneous pages, typed, 10 pp.
Sierra Slaughter. By Clint Reno (pseud.) (Gold Medal Books) Original title: * The Vigilante. 1967
Box
Folder
47 2 Typed draft, final, carbon, 159 pp.
47 3 Typed draft, early version, fragments, 150 pp.
47 4 Outline, typed, background historical fact, 5 pp.
47 4 Outline, typed, factual background, 6 pp.
47 4 Character list, typed and holograph, 1 p.
The Spycatchers,. By Neil MacNeil (pseud.) (Fawcett, 1966; Argosy.) Original title: * So Beautifully Deadly. 1967
Box
Folder
48 1 Typed draft, long version, carbon, 202 pp.
48 2 Typed draft, Argosy version, carbon, 97 pp.
48 2 Character list, typed and holograph, 1 p.
48 2 Miscellaneous, pp. 73-80
They Built with Silver
Box
Folder
48 3 Typed draft, carbon, 113 pp.
48 3 Outlines, typed, 4 pp.; 6 pp.
Thirty Million Pesos-Silver. By John Shepherd (pseud.). Alternate title: Lost Valley.
Box
Folder
48 4 Typed draft, carbon, 243 pp.
A Time for Terror. By Brian Agar (pseud.). Alternate title: Crime Confidential.
Box
Folder
49 1 Typed draft, 71 pp.
49 1 Typed draft, carbon, 71 pp.
49 1 Outline, typed, 6 pp.
49 1 Outline, typed, carbon, 6 pp.
To Ride Again. (for WWA anthology).
Box
Folder
49 2 Typed draft, 20 pp.
49 2 Outline, typed, 1 p.
The Town Tamer. By Parker Bonner (pseud.). Alternate title: The Man Who Hit Custer.
Box
Folder
49 3 Typed draft, final, carbon, 166 pp.
49 4 Typed draft, original, 166 pp.
49 5 Typed draft, carbon, 166 pp.; miscellaneous pp. 64-65
50 1 Typed draft, early version, 164 pp.
50 2 Character list, holograph, 1 p.
50 2 Outine, typed, 12 pp.
50 2 Critique, typed, 3 pp. (by H. Stearman)
Trail of Rage. (Doubleday, 1975). 1975
Box
Folder
50 3 Typed draft, 22 pp.; front material
50 4 Typed draft, carbon, 200 pp.
50 4 Character list, typed and holograph, 1 p.
51 1 Rewritten pages, typed, miscellaneous, 96 pp.
51 2 Galley proofs
51 3 Page proofs
The Troubled Range. By John Hunter (pseud).
Box
Folder
51 4 Typed draft, incomplete, 55 pp.
The Train Robbers. By Sam Bowie (pseud.). (Ace Books).
Box
Folder
52 1 Typed draft, original, 194 pp.
52 1 Character list, holograph, 2 pp.
52 2 Typed draft, carbon, 201 pp.
Unholy Angel. (Based on the TV series, "Alias Smith and Jones.").
Box
Folder
52 3 Typed draft, 228 pp.
53 1 Typed draft, carbon, 236 pp.
The Vigilante. By Dorne Reno (pseud.). Alternate titles: Sun Moutnain Sadist, Sun Mountain Sabotage; Mayhem on the Mountain; The Vigilente.
Box
Folder
53 2 Typed draft, carbon, 199 pp.
53 2 Character list, tped and holograph, 1 p.
53 3 Typed draft, 199 pp.
54 1 Typed draft, chapter 1, final, carbon, 20 pp.
54 2 Typed draft, chapter 1, early version, carbon, 19 pp.
54 3 Outlines, typed, 3 pp.; 3 pp.
54 4 Miscellaneous pages, typed, 5 pp.
The Western in the Seventies.
Box
Folder
54 5 Typed draft, 5 pp.
Western Writers of America Anthology.
Box
Folder
54 6 Untitled typed draft, 7 pp.
The Wild Bunch.
Box
Folder
54 7 Typed draft, 204 pp.
54 8 Untitled, typed draft, 101 pp.
54 9 Miscellaneous pages, 4 pp.

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Series V:  Manuscripts: Teleplays
Container(s)
Description
Dates
"Bronco (The Cheyenne Show)." (Warner Brothers)
Guns of the Lawless, by William Stuart, based on a novel by Todhunter Ballard
Box
Folder
55 1 Typed script, final, 59 pp. (January 11, 1961) January 11, 1961
55 1 Typed script, carbon, 63 pp.
55 1 Writing credits agreement
"Cowboy G-Men"
Box
Folder
55 2 Hangfire (Alternate title: Manhunt)
Typed script, carbon, three versions, 32 pp.; 33 pp.; 32 pp.
55 5 Hush Money
Typed script, carbon, 35 pp.
55 4 Salted Mines
Typed script, carbon, 31 pp.
55 6 Silver Fraud
Typed script, carbon, 31 pp.
"Death Valley Days." Filmaster, Inc. (with closing comments by Ronald Reagan) 1971
Box
Folder
55 6 A City is Born, by Todhunter Ballard and Robert Leslie Bellem
Premise, typed, 10 pp.
Typescript, carbon, 36 pp. (May 24, 1965) May 24, 1965
Closing comments by Ronald Reagan
55 7 Dry Water Sailros, by Todhunter Ballard and Robert Leslie Bellem
Premise, typed, 8 pp.
Typescript, carbon, 38 pp. (June 3, 1965) June 3, 1965
Typescript, mimeograph, 31 pp.
55 8 Fighting Sky-Pilot, by Todhunter Ballard and Robert Leslie Bellem
Premise, typed, 9 ppp. (titled: "Fighting Dominie") June 3, 1965
Typescript, carbon, 37 pp.
Typescript, carbon, 38 pp.
Writer's contract, 2 pp.
Correspondence, 1 p.
Writing credits agreement, 1 p.
55 9 Temporary Warden, by Todhunter Ballard and Robert Leslie Bellem
Premise, typed, 9 pp. June 3, 1965
Typescript, carbon, 35 pp.
Correspondence, 2 pp.
"Dick Tracy." Snader Telescription Sales, Inc. 1972
Box
Folder
55 10 Dick Tracy and the Sapphire Mystery (November 1951) November 1951
Typescript, mimeograph, 45 pp.
56 1 Dick Tracy and the Smugglers (November 1951) November 1951
Typescript, mimeograph, 40 pp.
"Shannon" 1972
Box
Folder
56 2 Delayed Delivery, teleplay by Todhunter Ballard; story by Seymour Friedman.
Typescript, final draft, 42 pp. December 28, 1961
56 3 The Fallers, teleplay by Todhunter Ballard; story by George and Gertrude Fass. November 1951
Typescripts, 4 versions, including final draft, original and carbon, 39 pp.; 39 pp.; 40 pp.; 39 pp.
Revised pages, 8 pp.
56 4 The Patriarch, by Todhunter Ballard
Typescript, final draft, mimeograph, 38 pp. 4 versions (October 23, 1961) October 23, 1961
Typescript, revised draft, carbon, 39 pp. October 26, 1961
56 5 The Sports Car Story, teleplay by Todhunter Ballard
Typescript, final draft, mimeograph, 44 pp. November 13, 1961
"Shotgun Slade." Revue Productions, Inc.(for Doubleday anthology)
Box
Folder
56 5 Bob Ford (Original title: Dirty Little Coward), teleplay by Todhunter Ballard nad Dwight Newton; story by Ralph Conger
Typescript, mimeograph, 30 pp.
Typescript, carbon, 31 pp.
56 7 Too Smart to Live, teleplay by Todhunter Ballard and Bill S. Ballinger; story by Ralph Conger.
Typescript, mimeograph, 37 pp. (August 10, 1959) August 10, 1959
Typescript, carbon, 36 pp.

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Series VI:  Manuscripts: Screenplays
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Ride the Blind Stallion, by Todhunter Ballard and Robert Leslie Bellem
Box
Folder
57 1 Typed script, final, mimeograph, 140 pp.
Crescent City Blues (sold to Leo Margulies, August 13, 1956) August 13, 1972
Box
Folder
57 2 Typed draft, carbon, 19 pp.
Run Out of Town (from Saturday Evening Post, September 30, 1950) September 30, 1950
Box
Folder
57 3 Typed draft, carbon, 19 pp.
57 3 Typed draft, incomplete, 7 pp.

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Series VII:  Tearsheets
Container(s)
Description
Bound Tearsheets
Box
58 Ace G_Men
58 All Sports
58 All-Star Detective
58 Big Book Detective
58 Black Book Detective
58 Black Mask
58 Brief Stories
58 Captain Satan
58 Clues Detective
58 Cowboy Stories
58 Crack Detective
58 Crime Busters
58 Detective Aces
58 Detective Dragnet
58 Detective Novel
58 Detective Short Stories
58 Detective Tales
58 Detective Yarns
58 Dime Mystery
58 Double Action
58 Exciting Mystery
58 Feds
58 Flynn's Detective Fiction
58 Gun Molls
58 Lariat
Folder
58 1 Lone Wolf Detective
58 Mammoth Detective
58 Masked Detective
58 New Detective
58 New Western
58 Phantom Detective
58 Popular Detective
58 Popular Western
58 Private Detective
58 Ranch Romances
58 Romance
58 Shadow
58 Shadow Mystery
58 Short Stories
58 Sports Action
58 Strange Detective
58 Street and Smith Clue Detective
58 Street and Smith Mystery
58 Super Detective
58 Ten Detective Aces
58 Ten Story Detective
58 Thrilling Detective
58 Thrilling Western
58 Top Notch Detective
58 Underworld
58 Variety Detective
58 Western Short Stories
Loose Tearsheets
Box
58 Argosy
58 Black Mask
58 Collier's
58 Detective Short Stories
58 Esquire
58 McCall's
58 Ranch Romances
58 Redbook
58 Saturday Evening Post
58 Ten Detective Aces
58 This Week
58 Toronto Star Weekly Novel
58 Turf and Sport Digest
Indexes
Box
58 Ledger book index to stories, sales, prices, rejections, receipts, and expenditures during 1933-1934
58 Card index, alphabetical, to stories and articles written between 1935 and 1938 containing writing and publication histories, and income statistics
Folder
58 1 Index to the already mentioned bound volumes containing publication histories: titel of story, magazine it appeared in, and the date of the issue.

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Series VIII:  Scrapbook

Scrapbook containing book reviews, articles about Ballard, and some photographs. Filed with it is a folder containing loose materials from the the scrapbook, including documents pertaining to Ballard's employment by the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Container(s)

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Photographs (PH056)
0.01 linear feet
Ballard, Willis Todhunter, 1903-1980
Description
Dates
PH056_01: [Painted caricature ]
1.0 negative
10 x 8 inches
not yet assigned
PH056_02: [Man in tie]
1.0 transparency
3 x 3 inches
not yet assigned
PH056_03: [Man outdoors on porch]
1.0 unknown
10 x 8 inches
not yet assigned
PH056_04: [Man outdoors on porch]
1.0 unknown
10 x 8 inches
not yet assigned
PH056_05: [Man outdoors on porch]
1.0 unknown
10 x 8 inches
not yet assigned

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Ballard, Todhunter, 1903---Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Western Writers of America--Records and correspondence.
  • Subject Terms :
  • American fiction--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Detective and mystery stories, American
  • Pulp literature
  • Screenwriters--United States
  • Television writers--United States
  • Western stories
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Photographs
    • Tear sheets

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