Theodore V. Olsen papers, 1955-1983  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Olsen, Theodore V.
Title
Theodore V. Olsen papers
Dates
1955-1983 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet, (11 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 393
Summary
Theodore Victor Olsen was a well-known writer of western novels and stories, and other works inspired by American history. A native of Wisconsin, he was born in the town of Rheinlander in 1932 and died there in 1993. This collection contains many examples of his writing, from throughout his career, in draft and proof forms. Also included are many business-related correspondence.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Theodore Victor Olsen was a popular author of western novels and stories. He was born in Rheinlander, Wisconsin on April 25, 1932 and died there of a stroke on July 13, 1993. He was educated at Stevens Point State College (now University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point), earning his B.S. in 1955. To Olsen’s credit are 40 novels and numerous short stories; some of these attributed to the pseudonyms Joshua Stark, Christopher Storm and Cass Willoughby. Although Olsen sold his first novel only months after his college graduation, the first years of his career were difficult. The popular pulp western magazine had declined, closing an outlet on which the previous generation of western writers had depended. He waited until 1959 before another novel was sold. Faucett Publishing bought his next five novels during the years 1960-1961. From this point on Olsen was able to sustain a career as a freelance writer. Olsen’s work is highly regarded for its dramatic effectiveness and careful presentation of historical information. Numerous pieces exhibit an interest in Native American culture through sympathetic writing. Although his fame rests mainly on his writings in the western genre, Olsen considered his historical novel, There was a Season (1972), on Jefferson Davis to be among his most important. His novel Arrow in the Sun (1969) was produced as a film in 1970 under the title Soldier Blue.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Theodore V. Olsen papers contain mainly literary manuscripts and professional correspondence. Many of the author’s novels, and some shorter works, are represented in draft, outline and/or proof forms. Included with many items are brief introductory remarks typed by Olsen himself or possibly by an assistant. Of particular value to the researcher are the many working drafts that help exhibit Olsen’s creative process. However, one wishing to research the life and personality of the author would find few in-depth materials.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Theodore V. Olsen Papers, Ax 393, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Haven of the Hunted
1 2
Back Trail
1 3
Journey of No Return
1 4
Gunswift
1 5
Ramrod Rider
1 6
Brand of the Star
1 7
Savage Sierra
1 8
Break the Young Land
1 9
A Man Called Brazos
1 10
Canyon of the Gun
1 11
The Stalking Moon
1 12
The Hard Men
1 13
Bitter Grass
1 14
No Fights
2 1
Arrow in the Sun (rough draft)
2 2
Arrow in the Sun (final draft)
2 3
Arrow in the Sun (proofs)
2 4
"Blizzard Pass"
2 5
"The Strange Valley"
2 6
Cancel Our Tomorrows (rough draft, holograph revision and insertion)
2 7
Cancel Our Tomorrows (final draft, outline of remaining chapters)
2 8
Cancel Our Tomorrows (carbon draft)
2 9
Eye of the Wolf (rough draft, holograph revision and insertion)
2 10
Eye of the Wolf (carbon draft)
2 11
Eye of the Wolf (printer's copy)
2 12
Keno(by Joshua Stark) (rough draft, holograph revision and insertion)
2 13
Keno(by Joshua Stark) (final draft, copy-edited)
2 14
Keno (carbon draft)
2 15
A Man Named Yuma (rough draft, holograph revision and insertion)
2 16
Summer of the Drums (rough draft, holograph revision and insertion)
2 17
Summer of the Drums (carbon draft)
2 18
Summer of the Drums(printer's copy)
2 19
Summer of the Drums (final galley and page proof)
3 1
There Was a Season (part 1)
3 2
There Was a Season (part 2)
3 3
There Is a Season (rough draft, holograph revisions and insertions)
3 4
There Is a Season (part typed carbon, part typed)
3 5
There Is a Season (part 1)
3 6
There Is a Season (part 2)
3 7
There Is a Season (carbon draft)
3 8
"A Kind of Courage" (rough draft, holograph revision and insertion)
3 9
"T.V. Olsen, A Lterary Biography" (rough draft, holograph revision and insertion)
3 10
Mission to the West (outline)
3 11
Mission to the West (page proof)
3 12
Run to the Mountain (outline)
3 13
Run to the Mountain
4 1
Starbuck's Brand (outline)
4 2
Starbuck's Brand (rough draft)
4 3
Starbuck's Brand (finished draft)
4 4
Starbuck's Brand (galley and page proofs)
4 5
Track the Man Down
4 6
Track the Man Down (galley and page proofs)
4 7
Blood of the Breed (rough draft)
4 8
Blood of the Breed (final copy)
4 9
Blood of the Breed (carbon copy)
4 10
Blood of the Breed (galley)
4 11
Birth of a City (rough draft)
4 12
Birth of a City (carbon copy)
4 13
Birth of a City (finished draft)
4 14
Our First Hundred Years (rough draft)
5 1
Red is the River (outlines)
5 2
Red is the River (final copy - 1)
5 3
Red is the River (final copy - 2)
5 4
Red is the River (rough draft of revised version - 1)
5 5
Red is the River (rough draft of revised version - 2)
5 6
Red is the River (carbon copy of revised version - 1)
5 7
Red is the River (carbon copy of revised version - 2)
5 8
Red is the River (rough draft of original version)
5 9
Red is the River (carbon copy of finished draft)

Series II:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 10
Business correspondence
1980-1982
6 1
T.V. Olsen - Incoming correspondence
6 2
Arthur H. Clark Co. - Incoming correspondence
6 3
Doubleday and Co. - Incoming correspondence
6 4
Fawcett (Gold Medal) - Incoming correspondence
6 5
Lenniger Literary Agency - Incoming correspondence
6 6
H. H. Swanson, Inc. - Incoming correspondence
6 7
Correspondence - Incoming
1969-1972
6 8
Correspondence - Doubleday and Co.
6 9
Correspondence - Fawcett (Gold Medal)
6 10
Correspondence - Lenniger Literary Agency
6 11
Correspondence - H. N. Swanson Agency
6 12
T.V. Olsen - correspondence
6 13
T.V. Olsen - Correspondence Sent

Series III:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 14
1963 Spur Awards - Miscellaneous
1963

Series IV:  Addenda IReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
7 1
"Gateway to the Heartland"
7 2
"A History of the Rheinlander Public Schools"
7 3
"Allegories for One Man's Moods" - I
7 4
"Allegories for One Man's Moods" - II
7 4a
"Allegories for One Man's Moods" - II
7 5
Rattlesnake - I
7 6
Rattlesnake - II
7 6a
Rattlesnake - III
7 7
Rattlesnake - IV
7 8
"Bonner's Stallion" - I
7 8a
"Bonner's Stallion" - II
7 9
Roots of the North - I
7 10
Roots of the North - II
7 11
Roots of the North - III
7 12
Roots of the North - IV
7 13
Roots of the North - V
7 14
Westward They Rode - I
7 15
Westward They Rode - II
7 16
Day of the Buzzard - I
7 17
Day of the Buzzard - II
7 18
Professional Correspondence, 1964-1975
7 19
Professional Correspondence, 1976
7 20
Professional Correspondence, 1977
7 21
Professional Correspondence, 1978
7 22
Professional Correspondence, 1979
8 1
Red is the River, author's galley

Series V:  Addenda IIReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
9 1
Professional Correspondence, 1983
9 2
Professional Correspondence, 1984
9 2a
Professional Correspondence, 1985
9 3
Professional Correspondence, 1986
9 4
Professional Correspondence, 1987
9 5
Professional Correspondence, 1988
9 6
Professional Correspondence, 1989
9 7
Professional Correspondence, 1990
9 8
Professional Correspondence, 1991
9 9
A Killer is Waiting - I
9 10
A Killer is Waiting - II
9 11
A Killer is Waiting - III
9 12
Lazlo's Strike - I
9 13
Lazlo's Strike - II
9 14
Lazlo's Strike - III
10 1
Lazlo's Strike, galley
10 2
Lazlo's Strike, galley
11 1
News clippings

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Historical fiction, American--Authorship
  • Western stories--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Olsen, Theodore V.--Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Western stories