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Grant Redford Papers, 1930-1970

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Redford, Grant H., 1908-1965
Title
Grant Redford Papers
Dates
1930-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
27 boxes, (12.5 linear feet)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 245
Summary
his collection includes plays, short stories, books, novels, pageants, poetry, and articles written by Grant Redford between 1930 and 1965.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Grant Hubbard Redford was born December 25, 1908 in Seattle, Washington, son of Thomas Lloyd Redford and Sarah Gwennie Hubbard of Logan. Redford grew up in Logan and eventually moved to Cedar City,Utah where he taught English. A few years later he relocated to Seattle Washington where he taught creative writing at the University of Washington. In the mid 1950s he taught in Turkey, then returned to teach and live in Seattle. Redford died in 1965.

Redford attended Logan High School in the late 1920s, winning the Hendrick's Medal for oration at Utah State Agricultural College (U.S.A.C.) in 1929. His youth was fueled by an ambition to be a known author. In high school and college years he was active in both literary and dramatic societies. He was a contributor to the Logan Daily Herald, The Scribbler (U.S.A.C. art/literary journal), and he was also editor for The Scribbler and Student Life. A fellow classmate of May Swensen, both published poetry in an anthology of contemporary Utah poetry Utah Sings, in the mid-1930s. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Vermont from 1930 -1932. As a member of USAC International Relations Club he led an anti-war demonstration at U.S.A.C. in the fall of 1936.

Upon graduation from U.S.A.C. in 1936, Redford taught speech at the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, Utah. In the 1940s he served as associate editor for Rocky Mountain Review, and in 1941 earned an M.S. degree in speech from the University of Iowa.

By the late 1940s, Redford taught in the English department at the University of Washington in Seattle. His teaching emphasis was short story and play writing; both genres reflected his own writing interests and pursuits. Redford also taught drama at the University of Ankara, Turkey from 1958 -59. He helped found the Port Townsend Summer School of the Arts in Washington in 1961, and served on its faculty until his death in 1965.

Redford's short stories were published in national magazines like Cosmopolitan as well as scholarly journals. In the 1960s, he sought performance of his plays by contacting agents on Broadway, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and televison stations. When Redford died in 1965, he had established a reputation as a well known writer in the Pacific northwest.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Plays, short stories, books, novels, pageants, poetry, and articles written by Grant Redford from 1930 to 1970. The collection includes his writings and personal papers during his days working at the University of Washington and his time working in Turkey at the University of Ankara from 1958 to 1960.

The first eight boxes include the notes, drafts, correspondence, and publicity involved in the writing of Redford's plays. The material is arranged by the plays written. The next two boxes include the short stories written by Redford. Boxes eleven through thirteen include the drafts, revisions, and notes of the novels, books, and pageants written. Poetry and articles developed by Redford are found in boxes fourteen through fifteen. Grant Redford's notes and ideas for writing material are found in the next box. All of these boxes are arranged with the same order in which Grant Redford arranged his files.

Box eighteen contains Redford's personal papers including correspondence, a bibliography, a letter of recommendation, and a daybook. Also included in the collection are the works of other authors (boxes nineteen and twenty). Boxes twenty-one through twenty-three contain Redford's lectures, notes, articles, and Turkish publications collected during his days at the University of Ankara in Turkey. Copies of the Intermountain Review are found in box twenty-four. Redford's scrapbooks and journals can be located in the next box. Finally, reel to reels and tapes are located in box twenty-six.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Grant Redford Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Grant Redford Papers USU_COLL MSS 245, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 245, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Plays, 1949-1965Return to Top

(8 boxes, 76 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
God's Clay
Undated
1 2
God's Clay-1956 original copy with notes
Undated
1 3
God's Clay-copy with news clipping
Undated
1 4
God's Clay-revision and notes
Undated
1 5
Sing of Justice (God's Clay)-partial draft
Undated
1 6
Sing of Justice (God's Clay)-notes
Undated
1 7
Sing of Justice (God's Clay)-Statement of Intentions for a novel of historical nature
Undated
1 8
God's Clay-correspondence and publicity
Undated
1 9
God's Clay-correspondence and notes
Undated
2 1
The Face on Silk
Undated
2 2
The Face on Silk
Undated
2 3
The Face on Silk-revision
Undated
2 4
The Face on Silk-copy 1
Undated
2 5
The Face on Silk
Undated
2 6
The Face on Silk-correspondence and notes
Undated
2 7
The Face on Silk-correspondence and notes
Undated
2 8
The Inheritance
Undated
2 9
The Inheritance
Undated
2 10
The Inheritance-revision and notes
Undated
2 11
The Inheritance-correspondence and publicity
Undated
3 1
The Barrier
Undated
3 2
The Barrier-play with revisions of Act III
1961
3 3
The Barrier
Undated
3 4
The Barrier-notes
Undated
3 5
The Barrier-correspondence and publicity
Undated
3 6
Place of Safety
Undated
3 7
Place of Safety
Undated
3 8
Place of Safety-notes
Undated
3 9
Place of Safety-notes
Undated
3 10
Place of Safety-correspondence and publicity
Undated
4 1
Quiet Victory
Undated
4 2
Quiet Victory
Undated
4 3
Quiet Victory
Undated
4 4
The Phoenix
Undated
4 5
The Phoenix
Undated
4 6
The Phoenix
Undated
4 7
Wesley Smith - Carpenter
Undated
4 8
Wesley Smith - Carpenter
Undated
5 1
The Valley
Undated
5 2
The Valley
Undated
5 3
Roots
Undated
5 4
Brother Linn's Wife Trouble
Undated
5 5
The Higginses Bath Night
Undated
5 6
Not For Nothing, Did the Chicken Sing
Undated
5 7
Here With Myself
Undated
5 8
The Harvest (or The Promise)
Undated
5 9
Empty Valley-a radio play
Undated
5 10
New plays-notes
Undated
5 11
Pattern For Action-original with notes; revised
Undated
5 12
Westward I Go Free-comments by Ozedemir Nutku
Undated
5 13
Westward I Go Free-comments and notes
Undated
5 14
Westward I Go Free-original
Undated
5 15
Westward I Go Free-revised
1960-1961
5 16
Shafty
Undated
6 1
Westward I Go Free-correspondence and publicity
Undated
6 2
Westward I Go Free-notes and criticism
Undated
6 3
The Crash Is the Beginning-original
Undated
6 4
The Crash Is the Beginning-notes
Undated
6 5
The Crash Is the Beginning-correspondence and publicity
Undated
6 6
In the Tide of Empire
Undated
6 7
In the Tide of Empire-correspondence, notes, and publicity
Undated
6 8
The Temple
Undated
Correspondence and Notes
Box Folder
7 1
That Year September
1949 - 1950 September
7 2
Correspondence between Grant Redford and David Hoffman about Redford plays
1958-1959
7 3
Correspondence between Grant Redford and David Hoffman about Redford plays
1958-1960
7 4
Correspondence: David Hoffman
1958-1960
7 5
Correspondence: Grant Redford
1952, 1960
7 6
Plays by other authors
Undated
7 7
Notes and fragments
Undated
7 8
Notes for Play writing
Undated
Box Folder
8 1
Prose version of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
Undated
8 2
Julius Caesar-notes
Undated
8 3
Julius Caesar-script and tentative drafts
Undated
8 4
Julius Caesar-correspondence
1960-1965
8 5
Julius Caesar-publicity
Undated
8 6
Julius Caesar-Port Townsend Summer School of Arts Annual Report
1964-1965

Short Stories, 1947-1948Return to Top

(2 boxes, 54 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 1
"The Wheel"
Undated
9 2
"The Wheel"
Undated
9 3
Two short stories found in Cosmopolitan magazines
1947 November and 1948 April
9 4
"The Broken Paddle"
Undated
9 5
"The Lake"
Undated
9 6
"The Street"
Undated
9 7
"I Didn't Want to Fight You" Interim
Undated
9 8
"The Trial" Interim
Undated
9 9
"Reunion With Time"
Undated
9 10
"With Honor"
Undated
9 11
"The No-Longer Strangers"
Undated
9 12
"There Is Still Time"
Undated
9 13
"Escape to God's Country"
Undated
9 14
"Quiet and Full or Time"
Undated
9 15
"Incantation in white and Brown"
Undated
9 16
"The Thief"and "Love Is Not a Ledger"
Undated
9 17
"The Bird Is On the Wing"
Undated
9 18
"The Buddha in the Rock"
Undated
9 19
"The Garden Is a Place"
Undated
9 20
"Give 'Em An Inch"
Undated
9 21
"The Monument"
Undated
10 1
"The Horse and the Mountain"
Undated
10 2
"The Woman and the Word"
Undated
10 3
"No Place Like Los Angeles"
Undated
10 4
"The Memorial"
Undated
10 5
"In the Eyes of a Child"
Undated
10 6
"Sovereignty"
Undated
10 7
"Pleasant Sunday"
Undated
10 8
"Haven"
Undated
10 9
"Light in the Window"
Undated
10 10
"Oh Sonny, Sonny"
Undated
10 11
"The Killing Lesson"
Undated
10 12
"That Fears of a Painted Devil"
Undated
10 13
"The Day of the Child"
Undated
10 14
"I Didn't Want to Fight You"
Undated
10 15
"There Use to Be a Door Here"
Undated
10 16
"The Comedy"
Undated
10 17
"Futility"
Undated
10 18
"Birthday Present"
Undated
10 19
"Portrait of Harry Kemp"
Undated
10 20
"The Don and Ruby Episode"
Undated
10 21
"Interlude in Friendship"
Undated
10 22
"The Dwarf's Revenge"
Undated
10 23
"Cabbages Have Made Me–"
Undated
10 24
"Boy to Girl"
Undated
10 25
"She Wanted To Be Free"
Undated
10 26
"He Who Loves Beauty Is Loved of God"
Undated
10 27
"Any Woman Ain't Worth $500"
Undated
10 28
"A Swell Kid"
Undated
10 29
"Clifton P. Stone–Cheer King"
Undated
10 30
"An Old Lady in Our Town"
Undated
10 31
"Funeral in Our Town"
Undated
10 32
"Death of His Father's God's"
Undated
10 33
More Stories
Undated

Books, Novels and Pageants, Return to Top

(3 boxes, 20 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Novels and Books
Box Folder
11 1
Joseph Smith-a Study in Leadership-manuscript and notes
Undated
11 2
Brigham's Field
Undated
11 3
Only The Trying
Undated
11 4
For the Beginning Writer-notes
Undated
11 5
For the Beginning Writer-revisions: poetry
Undated
11 6
For the Beginning Writer-revisions for publication
Undated
11 7
For the Beginning Writer
Undated
Books and Pageants
Box Folder
12 1
For the Beginning Writer
Undated
12 2
For the Beginning Writer
Undated
12 3
Passion Play-notes (Easter Pageant)
Undated
12 4
Zion Easter Pageant
Undated
12 5
Washington Territorial Centennial-notes
1953
12 6
Washington Territorial Centennial-notes
1953
Pageants and Miscellaneous
Box Folder
13 1
Washington Territorial Centennial
Undated
13 2
Washington Story
Undated
13 3
Washington Story
Undated
13 4
Redford newspaper articles, notes, and correspondence
Undated
13 5
"That Man Thompson"
Undated
13 6
"Who Is That Man Thompson?"
Undated
13 7
Mr. Thompson
Undated

Poetry and articles, 1932, 1953, 1977Return to Top

(2 boxes, 38 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Poetry, Essays, Book Reviews and Articles
Box Folder
14 1
Redford poetry found in Scribble-Utah State Agricultural College Literary Magazine
1932 January and April
14 2
Redford poetry
Undated
14 3
Redford poetry
Undated
14 4
"The Role of Structure in Joyce's 'Portrait'"; Modern Fiction Studies
Undated
14 5
"Dramatic Art vs. Autobiography"; College English
Undated
14 6
Book review on Small Town Renaissance; Pacific Northwest Quarterly
Undated
14 7
Book review on Northwest Harvest; Pacific Northwest Quarterly
Undated
14 8
Book review on The Outward Room
Undated
14 9 Undated
14 10
"Publish or Else" American Association of University Professors Bulletin
Undated
14 11
"To Speak Right, Write" Western Speech
Undated
14 12
Redford creative writing response Four Quarters
Undated
14 13
"Army Air Force English and Schools of Tomorrow" College English
Undated
14 14 Undated
14 15
"Of Teachers, Students, and Creative Writing"
Undated
14 16
"Personal Development Through Creative Writing" Los Angeles: National Council of Teachers of English Conversation
1953 November 26-28
14 17
Tyranny of Shadows
Undated
14 18
Excerpts from Tyranny of Shadows in the Logan Herald Journal
1977 January 21
Articles and Radio Addresses
Box Folder
15 1
"Some Notes on the Responsibility of Form"
Undated
15 2
"The Master Apprentice: Some Notes on Fenton's Hemingway"
Undated
15 3
"The Tyranny of Criticism"
Undated
15 4
"Is The Cherry Orchard Comic?"
Undated
15 5
"What Is Theatre?"
Undated
15 6
"Art vs. Autobiography"
Undated
15 7
"Tragedy and the Theatre of the Absurd"
Undated
15 8
"The Theatre and Revolution"
Undated
15 9
Six articles on drama
Undated
15 10
"Blight and Hope of Theatre: The University"
Undated
15 11 Undated
15 12
Articles and reviews
Undated
15 13
Redford manuscripts
Undated
15 14
"Beyond Missouri Lie the Rockies"
Undated
15 15
"Turkish Snapshots–A Study in Contrasts"
Undated
15 16
"Moliere: French Dramatist"
Undated
15 17
"O. Henry–William Sidney Porter"
Undated
15 18
Weather articles
Undated
15 19
Radio address: "Bogey Men of the Mind"
Undated
15 20
Radio address: "Automobile Murder Must Stop"
Undated

Notes, Return to Top

(2 boxes, 18 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Writing Notes and Ideas
Box Folder
16 1
Plots and Ideas for short stories and articles
Undated
16 2
Speeches
1941
16 3
Notes and Ideas for stories
Undated
16 4
Major concepts forming American Life
Undated
16 5
Problems of Communication in Today's World
Undated
16 6
Writers, Purpose, and Critics
Undated
16 7
Novels
Undated
16 8
Projected Novels
Undated
16 9
Play on Failure of Individualism
Undated
16 10
Writers Conference
1946-1948
16 11
Hymns
Undated
16 12
Academic Freedom
Undated
16 13
Notes
Undated
Notes, Printed Material, and Correspondence
Box Folder
17 1
The Liberal and his dilemma-notes
Undated
17 2
Printed material
Undated
17 3
Printed material
Undated
17 4
Printed material
Undated
17 5
Tryout theatre
Undated
17 6
Correspondence
1933, 1938-1938, 1943
17 7
Correspondence
1944-1959
17 8
Correspondence
1960-1965

Personal Papers, 1939, 1941Return to Top

(1 box, 5 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
18 1
Correspondence: History of a MA Degree with degree
1941
18 2
Redford Bibliography
Undated
18 3
Photographs
Undated
18 4
Letter of Recommendation
1939
18 5
Daybook
Undated

Works by Other Authors, Return to Top

(2 boxes, 23 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
19 1
"A Ballad of the Mountain Meadows Massacre" by Austin E. Fife
Undated
19 2
"Your child and His Respiratory Problems" by O. Will Andersen
Undated
19 3
The Han River Flows by Yu Ch'i-jin; translated by Fred Lukoff
Undated
19 4
Short stories and plays
Undated
19 5
Caveman
Undated
19 6
"Job"
Undated
19 7
Visions of Sugar Plums by Barry Pritchard
Undated
19 8
Kla-How-Ya by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery
Undated
19 9
Fallout by Douglas Bankson
Undated
19 10
Till Time Be Conquered by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery
Undated
19 11
Look On the Land by John Phillip Dalby Musical play commemorating Cache Valley's One Hundredth Year
Undated
19 12
Paradise Square by Ray B. West Jr.
Undated
19 13
The Eve of St. Mark by Maxwell Anderson
Undated
19 14
Captain Fantastic Meets the Ectomorph by Barry Pritchard
Undated
20 1
"Pocatello" by A. Wilber Stevens
Undated
20 2
"Malign Nature and the Frontier" by Carlton F. Culmsee
Undated
20 3
Under Sound by Veneta L. Nielsen
Undated
20 4
Melvin LaFollette's poetry
1955
20 5
"The Whistle" by Douglas Bankson
Undated
20 6
"The Passing of Martin Harris" by William Harrison Homer
Undated
20 7
Double Thread by Veneta Nielson
Undated
20 8
So Deep a Logos by Veneta Nielson
Undated
20 9
Echoes Calling by Carlton Culmsee
Undated

Turkey-University of Ankara, 1958-1964Return to Top

(3 boxes, 13 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
21 1
Turkish lectures and notes
Undated
21 2
Lectures–dramatic criticism
Undated
21 3
Yelken (Turkish magazine)
Undated
21 4
Turkish publications
Undated
21 5
Redford articles in Turkish
Undated
22 1
Turkey article
Undated
22 2
Turkey article
Undated
22 3
Turkey itinerary and passport
Undated
22 4
Kemal Seli
Undated
22 5
Programs for Turkish plays and lectures
Undated
22 6
"Kosebosi" ("The Streetcorner")
Undated
22 7
Turkish magazines
1963-1964
23 1
Turkish magazines
1963-1964

Intermountain ReviewReturn to Top

(1 box, folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
24 1
Intermountain Review
1937-1941
24 2
Intermountain Review
1942

Scrapbooks and Journals, Return to Top

(1 box)

Reel to Reels, Return to Top

(1 box and tapes)

Additional Materials, Return to Top

(1 box, 2 folders)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
27 1
That Man Thomson
Undated
27 2
"Tom Wilson in Port Townsend"
Undated