Scope and Contents
The collection correspondence, manuscripts, earning statements, and newspaper clippings.
The correspondence is organized alphabetically by name or title and includes letters exchanged with agents and publishers. There is some personal correspondence. There are five folders containing letters exchanged with the author Frank Bonham, who was also a former pulp writer who turned to writing young adult stories.
Manuscript material includes drafts with margin notes, and proofs. Titles include The Sunday Cycles; Wild Willie, Wide Receiver; and Don't Cry for Me.
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Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
William Campbell Gault (1910–1995) was an American writer of detective and crime fiction, sports fiction and young-adult novels. He wrote under his own name and under the pseudonym Roney Scott.
“Born in Milwaukee in 1910, his first big break came in 1936, when he began selling short-shots to the McClure Newspaper Syndicate and such soft-porn mags as Paris Nights and Scarlet Adventures. He soon moved on to sports fiction, an interest that found its way into his private eye fiction. He also was concerned with the problems of youth, and often used ethnic characters in his fiction, treating them with sensitivity and respect, something not exactly common in the genre at the time.”
Gault's book, Don't Cry for Me (1952) won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
1.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 3 manuscript boxes
Language of Materials
William Campbell Gault (1910–1995) was an American writer of detective and crime fiction, sports fiction and young-adult novels. The collection correspondence, manuscripts, earning statements, and newspaper clippings.
Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.
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.
This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.
Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.
- American literature -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Authors and publishers -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bonham, Frank
- Clippings Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Detective and mystery stories, American -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Drafts (documents) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Gault, William Campbell
- Literature Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Manuscripts for publication Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Mystery fiction Subject Source: Local sources
- Proofs (printed matter) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Publishers and publishing -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young adult fiction, American -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the William C. Gault Papers
- Revise Description
- Tanya Parlet.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)