Russell A. Bankson papers, 1908-1965  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Alvord, Adeline M.Bankson, Russell A. (Russell Arden), 1889-1976Marshall, Edison, 1894-1967Tuttle, W. C. (Wilbur C.), 1883-1969
Russell A. Bankson papers
1908-1965 (inclusive)
11.0 linear feet, (8 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 250
Russell Bankson (1889-1976) was a newspaperman and fiction writer in Spokane, WA. Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, publicity and press clippings, biographical data, mementoes, and manuscripts written by others.
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Russell Bankson, newspaperman and fiction writer, was born in Mt. Hope, Washington on February 21, 1889.

He attended Washington State College, Pullman from 1910-1912. He worked as reporter and editor for the Spokane Daily Chronicle, and on the editorial staff of the Spokesman-Review, both in Spokane. He contributed fiction and articles to a variety of magazines, and wrote books of western adventure and history.

During World War II, he worked for the War Relocations Authority and the War Assets Administration in Washington, DC. He was an early member of the Inland Empire Writers' Conference and served as its president from 1934-1935.

He died in 1976.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers include manuscripts of published and unpublished novels, together with correspondence (including 328 letters) with editors.

Major correspondents include Adeline Alvord, Edison Marshall, and James Marshall.

Manuscripts include book length, short stories, articles, newspaper articles, speeches, and miscellaneous publications. Both published and unpublished works are included. Most are set in the western United States or Canada. Book length works include multiple drafts. Among the manuscripts is a biography of Edward J. Roberts of Spokane, part of which was privately published.

Other documents include publicity and press clippings, biographical data, mementoes, and manuscripts written by others. Miscellaneous materials include the original draft of a short story by W.C. Tuttle, "Alias Whispering White."

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Russell A. Bankson papers, Ax 250, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors and publishers--United States
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Western stories--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Alvord, Adeline M.--Correspondence
  • Bankson, Russell A. (Russell Arden), 1889-1976--Correspondence
  • Bankson, Russell A. (Russell Arden), 1889-1976--Manuscripts
  • Marshall, Edison, 1894-1967--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)--In literature
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Western stories