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Charles Boeckman papers

Identifier: Ax 329

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and an autobiographical scrapbook compiled by Boeckman.

Book length manuscripts include Unsolved Riddles of the Ages, Our Regional Industries, Cool, Hot and Blue-A History of Jazz for Young People, the Empty Grave, and a fragment of the novel Maverick Brand. There is also an autobiographical scrapbook. There are also over 50 manuscripts for short stories and articles.

Correspondence consists of incoming and outgoing letters from 1944-1981. Major correspondents include the Lenniger Literary Agency, 1954-1974, Scott Meredith, 1949-1957, and MacFadden Publications (Nina S. Dorrance), 1955-1960.


  • 1944-1981


Conditions Governing Access

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

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

Charles Boeckman (1920-2015) is an author and musician. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he aspired to be a writer from an early age. While establishing himself as a writer, Boeckman supplemented his family's income by playing jazz clarinet in dance bands and working in an advertising firm. In the 1970s, Boeckman formed his own New Orleans style Dixieland jazz band. He was awarded a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in 2009.

Boeckman's writing encompasses several fields including mystery, romance, and western. He is the author of The Last Jazz Band, among other works.


3 linear feet (3 containers) : 1 record storage box, 1 manuscript box, and 1 irregular box

Language of Materials



Charles Boeckman (1920-2015) is an author and musician. The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and an autobiographical scrapbook compiled by Boeckman.


Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

The initial accession is organized into the following series: Manuscripts, Correspondence.

Subsequent accessions have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Boeckman, 1967-1975.

Processing Information

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

Guide to the Charles Boeckman Papers
Complete Description
Austin Munsell and Kira B. Homo.
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).

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA