University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Selwyn Jepson:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Jepson, Selwyn, 1899-1989
Title: Selwyn Jepson Papers
Dates: 1939-1959, undated
Abstract: The papers of Selwyn Jepson, a British novelist and screen writer, include mostly handwritten and typed manuscripts from his many mystery novels.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2184
Extent: 10 document boxes (4.2 linear feet), 1 oversize box (osb)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days' notice for access in the Ransom Center's Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material: reference@hrc.utexas.edu.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Transfer, 1960

Processed by:

Hagan Barber, 2012

Note:

This finding aid replicates some information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.


BAR CODE LIST

  • Box 1: 059188000064461
  • Box 2: 059188000064472
  • Box 3: 059188000064483
  • Box 4: 059188000064494
  • Box 5: 059188000064508
  • Box 6: 059188000064519
  • Box 7: 059188000064520
  • Box 8: 059188000064530
  • Box 9: 059188000064541
  • Box 10: 059188000064552
  • osb: Retained at Ransom Center

Container List

Works:

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1.1 A call at six-thirty [TV Play], AmsS with A revisions [31 pp], nd.
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1.2 'Coy, Uncertain-', AmsS with A revisions [11 pp], nd.
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1.3 Do’s and Don’ts for spies [article], AmsS with A revisions [13 pp], Tccms [11 pages], 1949.
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1.4 Do’s’ and ‘don’ts for Spies for spy masters, AmsS with A revisions [11 pages], Tccms [9 pages], 1949.
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osb Forever my love [TV play], AmsS with A revisions [53 pages], nd.
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1.5 God and the little cat, AmsS with A revisions [21 pages], nd.
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1.6 Interrogation [TV play], AmsS with A revisions [41 pages], nd.
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1.7 Keep murder quiet, Alternative Mechanics for End of, TmsI (3 pages), 1949 July 27.
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1.8 Lady’s companion [TV play], AmsS with A revisions [44 pages], nd.
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1.9 The last putt, Tms with few emendations [20 pages], nd.
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1.10 Letter of the law, AmsS with A revisions [15 pages], Tms [15 pages], nd.
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1.11 Letter-rack in Umbria, AmsS with heavy A revisions [36pp], nd.
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1.12 Little brother [TV Play], AmsS with heavy A revisions [43pp], nd.
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1.13 Man running, Tccms / inc with extensive A revisions [57pp], nd.
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1.14 Mr. Allison’s afternoon, TccmsS [12pp], nd.
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2.1 "My Name is Jones" [TV play], AmsS with heavy A revisions [47pp], nd.
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2.2 A noise in the night: Radio play, Tms with A revisions [111pp], nd.
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2.3 Rabbit for Lil, Tms [8pp], Tccms [8pp], nd.
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2.4 Rat’s death, Tms [12pp], nd.
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osb Thought is kill [TV play], AmsS with heavy A revisions [27pp], nd.
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2.5 Wedding cake [TV play], Ams with A revisions [59pp], nd.



Bound Works:

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2.6-7 The assassins, Ams with few T pages [1953-1955].
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3.1 The assassins, Ams with few T pages [1953-1955] (continued).
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3.2-3 The bath that sang [radio play], AmsS with A revisions, Tms / inc, nd.
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3.4-5 The black Italian, Ams [1950-1951].
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4.1 The black Italian, Ams [1950-1951] (continued).
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4.2-4 The golden dart, AmsS [1947].
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5.1 The golden dart, AmsS (continued).
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5.2-4 The golden dart, Tms with A revisions [1947].
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5.5 The golden dart, T / ccms with A revisions [1948].
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6.1 The golden dart, T / ccms with A revisions [1948] (continued).
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6.2-3 The golden dart, T / ccms with A corrections [1947].
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6.4-5 The hungry spider, T / ccms with few A emendations, Tms with A corrections, nd.
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7.1 The hungry spider, T / ccms with A corrections [1949].
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7.2-3 The hungry spider, Ams [1948-1949].
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7.4-5 Keep murder quiet, Ams filmscript [1949].
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8.1 Man dead, Ams with few T and Tcc pages [1950].
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8.2 Man dead, T / ccms with few A emendations [1950].
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8.3 Man running, Ams [1939 and 1946].
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9.1-2 Man running, Ams [1939 and 1946] (continued).
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9.3-4 A noise in the night, Ams [1955-1956].
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10.1 A noise in the night Ams [1955-1956] (continued).
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10.2 A noise in the night: Television play, AmsS [1958].



Letters:

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10.3 Letter to Mr. Abramson, AL [1945], TL [1945].



Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author’s outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author’s incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date