University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Clifford Irving Papers, 1954-2012



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Irving, Clifford
Title: Irving, Clifford, papers
Dates: 1954-2012
Abstract: The Irving Papers include correspondence with lawyers, publishers and colleagues; personal diaries; lawsuit documents; prison journals; drafts and notes related to Irving’s literary works; portions of the Hughes manuscript; fan mail; information related to Irving’s 1972 bankruptcy; childhood drawings and school report cards; photographs; and restricted documents that Irving battled to obtain from the U.S. State Department.
Accession No.: 2013-039; 2013-040; 2017-110
OCLC No.: 893914078
Extent: 20 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Clifford Irving was born in 1930, growing up in New York City. He graduated from Cornell and worked in the newsroom of the New York Times before sailing to Europe in 1953, where he worked on his first novel on the Spanish island of Ibiza. In 1961 he was a correspondent to the Middle East for NBC. In 1972, Irving was convicted of fraud stemming from his production of an elaborately faked autobiography of the enigmatic billionaire Howard Hughes.

Irving, working with Richard Suskind, created a manuscript based on forged documents and audio interviews. They persuaded a publisher McGraw-Hill to forward an advance of $765,000, which was placed into a Swiss bank account by Irving’s then-wife Edith. The book was slated for publishing in March 1972, but two month’s prior, Hughes held a telephone press conference to denounce the work. Irving was convicted later that year and spent 17 months in federal prison.


Scope and Contents

The Irving Papers include correspondence with lawyers, publishers and colleagues; personal diaries; lawsuit documents; prison journals; drafts and notes related to Irving’s literary works; portions of the Hughes manuscript; fan mail; information related to Irving’s 1972 bankruptcy; childhood drawings and school report cards; photographs; and restricted documents that Irving battled to obtain from the U.S. State Department.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Social security numbers, medical records, and financial material are restricted to protect confidentiality and privacy.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Irving, Clifford -- Archives
Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976.
Subjects
Literary forgeries and mystifications.
Authorship.
Authors, American.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Clifford Irving Papers, 1954-2012, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4L973 The Permanent Press
Lawsuit vs. Playboy
McGraw-Hill
Anthony Sheil
Kindle project
Seaboard
Simon and Schuster
Jim Silberman
David de Keyser
Robert Youdelman
Scott Kaplan – “Fake”
“Versus the IRS”
Richard Suskind
Robert C. Goldston
Bill Cole
Robin Maugham
Beldon Butterfield
William Fifield
Gerry Albertini
Kay Peters
Doug Preston
Albert Prago
Robert Lewin
Duke of Bedford
Prison, 1972-1973
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4L974 Appendix to Howard Hughes autobiography (last pages missing)
Correspondence with Howard Hughes
Original introduction to Hughes autobiography
Hughes book
Efforts to sell Hughes autobiography, 1990s
Rosemont case: Hughes autobiography
News clippings and reviews
Magazine articles
Irving artwork appraisal
Website, 2006
Finances: Mexico
U.S. State Department documents, 1970s
Portfolio recovery case, 2006
William Heinemann Publishers
Radio Shack case, Jacksonville, 1990
Julian Bach bribery controversy, 1980-1981
Legal papers – Mexico
Maurice Nessen files
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4L975 Pam Daniel, Sarasota Magazine
Frank Cooper
Frank Cooper re. “The Hoax,” “What Really Happened”
Frank Cooper re. “Tom Mix and Pancho Villa”
Frank Cooper re. “Final Argument”
Atheneum Publishers
Mitchell J. Hamilburg
Julian Bach Agency
Marty Shepard, The Permanent Press
OUI magazine
Hodder and Stoughton Publishers
Curtis Brown Limited
John Cushman, agent
Peter Mayer, Avon Books
Beverly Loo, McGraw-Hill
“Those Girls” rejections
Brock Peters
William Heinemann Publishers
Contracts
Rights and copyrights
Fan mail
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4L976 Literary business and production correspondence
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4L977 Personal and professional correspondence
Bankruptcy, 1976
Ibiza
Herbert Buckholz
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4L978 Fay de Keyser
Julie Anne Schall
Marguerite Garvey Goldston
Like van der Hoeven
Nina van Pallandt
Irving’s childhood
Irving autobiographical
Family papers
Correspondence with children
Irving automobile, personal
Edith Sommer Irving
Maureen J. Earl “Moish”
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4L979 Nina Wilcox
Irving’s parents
Jeff Aghassi
Randall Jamail
Hamish Hamilton
Summit Books
Claire Irving
Valdi Sherwood
Houston Trial
Frank Cooper
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4L980 Personal correspondence and notes
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4L981 “Ibiza”
“Final Argument”
“The Spring”
“The Neighbor’s Wife” draft with notes
“The Angel of Zin”
“Versus the IRS”
“Prison Journal”
“Thou Shalt Kill”
“Nixon Memoirs”
“Smoke”, “Criminal Love” screenplay
“The Pet Man”
“Booming”
“Chomula”
“Tahiti”
Various manuscripts and drafts
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4L982 “Sam Grey”
“The Neighbor’s Wife” screenplay
“Stranger to the Kingdom”
“The Losers” screenplay
“I Remember Amnesia” unpublished draft
“Angel of Zin” reviews
“Manhattan Serenade” screenplay
“The Third Bomb”
“Detroit Love Story”
“Tom Mix and Pancho Villa” notes and reviews
“Trial” – NBC, 1992
“The Thirty-Eighth Floor”
Various manuscripts
Notes and ideas, 2950s
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4L983 “Sleeping Spy”
“God’s Bandit”
“Death Freak”
Ideas
Thekla Princess Vaszary
Philip Lorber and Orson Welles movie “F for Fake”
Summit Books (Simon & Schuster) re: “Daddy’s Girl”
Raimundas
Various notes
Valdi’s notebook
“The Wrath of Achilles”
“Mate in Three”
Poetry
Richard Gardner
Irving letters from prison
“The Cuban Affair”
Frederik “Fritz” Mayer
Israeli book destroyed by fire in 1976
“The Spring,” Simon & Schuster
“Trial”
“The Angel of Zin”
“The Valley”
“Final Argument”
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4L984 “Hoax” movie and screenplay
“Les Amours”
“Monet”
“The Body of a Young Venus”
Miscellaneous manuscripts
Magazines and journals
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4L985 “Tom Mix and Pancho Villa” manuscripts
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4L986 “Tom Mix and Pancho Villa” manuscripts (2)
“Daddy’s Girl” reviews
“Amnesia” research
Critique of “Monet”
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4L987 Irving’s daily calendars and logs
“Fake!”:
Manuscripts
Movie
Mike Downey and F&ME
Screenplay
Ken Talbot “Enigma”
Treatment, August 2012
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4L987 Elmyr de Hory et. al.
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4L988 Journals
Notebooks
Address book
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4L989 News clippings
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4L990 Books
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4A464a Photographs
“On A Darkling Plain,” bound manuscript, 1954 [2013-040]
Audiocassettes: “Final Argument”
Compact discs: “The Hoax”
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3W143c Photographs of Clifford Irving and his children [2017-110], circa 1960-1970
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2.325/M87 Restricted:
Drivers licenses, passports
Medical
Tax forms