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Lurton Blassingame Literary Agency records

Identifier: Ax 043

Scope and Contents note

The Lurton Blassingame Literary Agency Records comprise a decade's worth of correspondence with authors, publishers, magazines, newspapers, filmmakers, agents, etc. ajor correspondents are: Russell Annabel, Joe Archibald, Joe Brooks, Charles Einstein, Robert Heinlein, A. A. Hoehling, Ted Janes, James Joseph, David Lavender, Keith Monroe, John Reese, Andy Russell, Margaret Self, Don Stanford, George Sullivan. The collection includes two snapshots, one of Del Annabel posing with moose antlers, the other of Tex Cobb with dog and body of wolf, circa 1950s-1960s.


  • 1965-1978


Conditions Governing Access note

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.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Lurton Blassingame (1904-1988) is one of the earliest and most respected publishing agents. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Columbia where he wrote his masters thesis on the history of pulp fiction. His first notable job was as a film writer in Hollywood. In 1937 he founded the American Library Foundation with William Allen. He wrote numerous articles for Writer's Digest, giving advice on the fiction markets during the era when pulp literature was popular, formed a public relations firm named Houston Branch Associates which later merged with Eleanor Wood's Spectrum Literary Agency in 1978.


33 linear feet (23 containers)

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Lurton Blassingame (1904-1988) was a notable literary agent. The collection primarily includes correspondence with clients..

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Core CollectionAddendum IAddendum IIAddendum IIIPhotographs

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, August 2006.

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Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA