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Jay Kalez papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 404

Scope and Contents

The collection contains short story and article manuscripts, publisher and agent correspondence, and Army Corps of Engineer press releases.

There are sixty-three manuscripts of short stories and articles

Correspondence is organized by name or title of company.

Correspondents include:

Agents: Leo Margulies and Doone Martinsen.

Editors and publishers: Adventure, Cosmopolitan (Rex Lardner), Dell Publishing Co. (Eugene A. Clandy, C. W. Mowre), Fawcett Publications (Roscoe Fawcett, Douglas Lurton, John J. Green, Jack Smalley), Fiction House, Inc. (John F. Byrne), Magazine Publishers, Inc. (Harold Hersey), Frank A. Munsey Co. (Art Bittner, Don Moore), Standard Magazines, Inc. (Leo Margulies), Street and Smith Publications (Lon Murray, John L. Nanovic), True Detective (John Suttleworth).

The Army Corps of Engineer press releases are from 1954-1964.


  • 1926-1937


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

Jay Kalez attended the University of Washington. He became an author of mystery, detective, and adventure stories.

Jay Kalez was a freelance writer in Spokane. He wrote stories about World War II based on his experiences in the U.S. Navy, and later expanded his topics to include stories about crime, athletics, air combat, and cowboys. These pulp magazine stories led to more factual essays about the West that were published in western magazines.

To earn a living, however, Kalez held several different jobs, including that of a personnel officer for the Spokane office of the Works Progress Administration, administrative officer for the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho office of the Office of Price Administration, and for the Liaison Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

[Source: Edward W. Nolan and the Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives]


2 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Jay Kalez was an author of mystery, detective, and adventure stories. The collection contains short story and article manuscripts, publisher and agent correspondence, and Army Corps of Engineer press releases.


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.

Physical Description

1 record storage box and 1 manuscript box.

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 Jay Kalez Papers
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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