Guide to the Joseph Archibald papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Archibald, Joe, 1898-
Title: Joseph Archibald papers
Dates: 1962-1967 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (1 container)
Location of Collection: Collection is located with other small manuscript collections.
Collection Number: A 215
Summary: Joseph Archibald (1898-1986) was a writer. The Joseph Archibald papers comprise literary manuscripts and television scripts concerning the military, specifically Vietnam and the Air Force. The collection also includes incoming correspondence, both personal and professional, from publishers, military officers and civilians. The collection also includes an article about Joseph Archibald.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068

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

Joseph Stopford Archibald was born on September 2, 1898, in Newington, New Hampshire to Alexander and Angelina Archibald. At the age of twelve, he had sold his first cartoon to Judge magazine. By the age of fifteen, he had begun his writing career with a prize-winning contribution to the Boston Post. Archibald attended Chicago Academy of Fine Arts before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War I.

During the war, Joseph Archibald served on a naval sub-chaser and as staff cartoonist for a service publication. After his military service, Archibald returned to New England and became a reporter for several Boston newspapers. In the 1920s, Archibald became the sports columnist and a cartoonist for the New York-based McClure Newspaper Syndicate. He married Dorothy Allison Fenton in November 1927.

Archibald worked in a variety of positions ranging from editorial art director for several different publishing companies, to a trick cartoonist entertaining troops during World War II. He published many free-lance stories, but it was not until 1947 when Archibald published his first book Rebel Halfback with Macrae and Smith Publishers. Joseph Archibald would eventually publish over fifty books aimed at young boys. Most of these books focused on sports and military stories with titles such as Touchdown Glory, West Point Wingback, Right Field Rookie, and Special Forces Trooper. In addition, Archibald worked on television scripts and appeared as a guest cartoonist on national television programs.

Joseph Archibald resided for many years in Port Chester, New York where he was involved in amateur theater and the American Cancer Society. He died March 1, 1986 in Barrington, New Hampshire at the age of 87.

Content Description

The Joseph Archibald papers comprise serveral letters concerning Archibald's research on General Claire Lee Chennault, several television scripts, manuscripts for Special Forces Trooper, and assorted miscellaneous items. Archibald disposed of many of his documents before the University of Oregon Libraries received his papers.

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], Joseph Archibald papers, A 215, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series I. Incoming Correspondence
  • Series II. Manuscripts
  • Series III. Miscellaneous

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.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Joseph Archibald in 1969.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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Series I:  Incoming correspondence, 1962-1965
1 2 Letters from D.G. Westervelt, Anna Chennault, Milton Caniff, Major James R. Reid, Lt. Col. William Lookadoo 1962-1965

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Series II:  Manuscripts
1 3 Television manuscript for a series, "The Misadventures of Phineas Pinkham or A Screwball at War." Episode #1 "Scrambled Yeggs." Story by Joseph Archibald, script by Samuel Chaikofsky
1 4 Television manuscript for a film, "Prisoner, John Barleycorn." Script by Samuel Chaikofsky, based on a story by Joseph Archibald
31.0 pages
1 5 Literary Manuscript for Special Forces Trooper, A young adult novel about Vietnam. pp. 1-25
1 6 Special Forces Trooper, pp. 26-54
1 7 Special Forces Trooper, pp.55-80
1 8 Special Forces Trooper, pp. 81-129
1 9 Special Forces Trooper, pp. 112-130
1 10 Special Forces Trooper, pp. 131-151
1 11 Galley Proof, Special Forces Trooper, pp. 1-26
1 12 Special Forces Trooper, pp. 27-52
1 13 Television manuscript for "Stead Story"
About an Air Force base in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Series III:  Miscellaneous
1 14 The Evening Telegram (Rocky Mount, NC) Article on Archibald, p. 1 September 20, 1967

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  • Personal Names :
  • Archibald, Joe, 1898---Archives
  • Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1958
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Cartoonists--United States
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Sports stories, American
  • War stories, American
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Television scripts

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