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Roe Richmond papers

Identifier: Coll 163

Scope and Contents note

The Roe Richmond papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, and published material. Richmond's correspondence is largely communication with Greg Tobin and Sam Tanenhaus, publishers at Tower Publications and Ace Books, respectively. Correspondence also includes exchanges between Richmond and Carlton F. Wells, an English professor at the University of Michigan. Their friendship developed from a common interest in writing. The small segment of correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Manuscripts comprise the builk of the papers, and include both book and short story lengths as well as a few poems. Richmond's autobiography, entitled Somewhere Back of the Sun, is part of this short story subseries.

Printed material consists of Richmond's work as published in a variety of magazines, mostly pulps. Most of the pulp stories are western or sport yarns, but there are also some in the detective and romance genres. For works published in Texas Rangers, Richmond used the pseudonym Jackson Cole. His first published story, "Way of a Champion," appeared in a 1934 issue of Jack Dempsey's Fight Magazine. The series is arranged alphabetically by story title.

The remainder of the collection includes some of Richmond's research materials and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Photographs in the collection include three portraits of the author, from the 1920s and the 1940s-1950s. Forty-one books are individually cataloged.


  • Creation: 1968-1986


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Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

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Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Roaldus F. Richmond (1910-1986) was born in Barton, Vermont. He began writing in grammar school and polished his craft at the University of Michigan, where he also played varsity baseball. Later, he played semi-professional baseball in addition to working as a proofreader, editor, and sports columnist.

In 1947, Richmond decided to become a full-time writer and, until his death, wrote three hundred and fifty stories and published fifteen novels. His stories appeared in a wide variety of publications such as Story Magazine and Catholic World, but for the most part, his work was published predominatly in pulp magazines like Texas Rangers amd Western. Although he is known as a western writer, he also penned sports, romance, and adventure stories. His full-length novels includes Conestoga Cowboy and Riders of Red Butte.

Richmond was a member of the Western Writers of America and supervised the Vermont Writers Project. He and his wife, Evelyn, made their home in Concord, New Hampshire. Roe Richmond died at age 76 on May 8, 1986.


14.75 linear feet (16 boxes, 41 volumes)

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Roaldus F. "Roe" Richmond (1910-1986) was a writer of pulp fiction best known for his Western stories. The consists of professional correspondence, manuscripts of books and short stories, including his autobiography, and published work in magazines, pulps, and books. His stories in Texas Rangers magazine were published under the pseudonym Jackson Cole.

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