Guide to the James Grady Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Grady, James b. 1949-
Title: James Grady Papers
Dates: 1971-2000 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet
Collection Number: Mss 588
Summary: The collection contains manuscripts, publisher’s galleys, and books by James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor and other works.
Repository: University of Montana--Missoula
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Archives and Special Collections

The University of Montana--Missoula
Missoula, MT 59812

Languages: Materials are in English 

Biographical Note

James Grady was born on April 30, 1949, in Shelby, Montana. He graduated from The University of Montana School of Journalism in 1974. James Grady sold his first novel, Six Days of the Condor, at age twenty-four, which was made into the motion picture, “Three Days of the Condor,” in 1975. In the summer of 1973, he received a Fellowship to work on the staff of United States Senator Lee Metcalf of Montana. He wrote the novel, Shadow of the Condor, while working for Metcalf. He subsequently worked as an investigative reporter under syndicated columnist Jack Anderson. He has published numerous novels and short stories and has written feature scripts for Hollywood studios. His books include Shadow of the Condor, The Great Pebble Affair, Catch the Wind, and many others. Today, Grady lives near Washington, D.C.

Content Description

The collection includes manuscripts, publisher’s galleys, and books for Six Days of the Condor, Shadow of the Condor, and The Great Pebble Affair. The collection also contains manuscripts for a short story, a movie treatment, and an unpublished manuscript of an historical novel, “Tumbling Dice.” A self-published work, “Radical Daze,” is a memoir about Grady’s student days at The University of Montana during the height of campus anti-Vietnam War activism, 1966-1972. The collection contains published versions of Grady’s short stories and copies of his books in English and foreign languages.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and the University of Montana--Missoula.

Restrictions on Use :  

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright status unknown.

Preferred Citation :  

[Name of document or photograph number], James Grady Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Materials have been arranged by publication or work and then chronologically.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of James Grady

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1/1 Six Days of the Condor, “master set, 2nd pass" 1974
1/2 Six Days of the Condor, publisher’s blueprints, galleys 1974
1/3 Six Days of the Condor, “confirmation master set” 1974
1/4 Six Days of the Condor, manuscript ca. 1974
1/5 Gamayun, [early version of Shadow of the Condor], manuscript ca. 1973
2/1 Shadow of the Condor, manuscript 1975
2/2 Shadow of the Condor, first galleys 1975
2/3 Shadow of the Condor, manuscript ca. 1975
3/1 The Great Pebble Affair, published under the name of “Brit Shelby,” manuscript undated
3/2 The Great Pebble Affair, published under the name of “Brit Shelby,” original manuscript and first galleys 1976
3/3 Tumbling Dice: A Historical Novel, manuscript undated
3/4 Crime Against the Body Politic, short story published in I Witness ca.1977
3/5 By Persons or Things Unknown, Movie Treatment undated
3/6 Radical Daze: Snapshots from the University of Montana ‘movement,’ circa 1966-72, Personal/Academic Memoir by James Grady undated
3/7 Correspondence and clippings 1971-2000
3/8 Stories published in "Journal of Asian Martial Arts" 1988, 2000
3/9 Stories published in "Regardie’s" 1988, 1991
3/10 Story published in Treasure State Review 1993
4 Books:Six Days of the Condor, eleven copies in ten different languages, ca. 1974 Shadow of the Condor, two copies in Italian, two copies in English, 1975-1976 Catch the Wind, 1980 Runner in the Street, 1984 The Great Pebble Affair, copy in Italian, 1978 City of Shadows by James Dalton [James Grady pen name], 2000 The Best American Mystery Stories, James Ellroy, editor-features “The Championship of Nowhere” by James Grady, 2002


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Students--Biography
  • Subject Terms :
  • American fiction--20th century
  • Memoirs
  • Novels
  • Student protesters--Montana--Missoula--Biography
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1965--Personal narratives, American
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1965--Protest movements--Montana --Missoula
    • Occupations :
    • Authors, American

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