Malcolm Reiss papers, 1922-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Fiction House Publications (Firm).Reiss, Malcolm, 1905-1975
Malcolm Reiss papers
1922-1975 (inclusive)
2.5 linear feet, (2 containers and 1 package. )
Collection Number
Coll 016
Malcolm Reiss (1905-1975) was an editor, author of stories and a book, China Boat Boy, and also an author's agent. The collection contains personal papers including correspondence, manuscripts, and published articles, and also business records of Fiction House including correspondence, contracts, and financial records.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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

Additional Reference Guides

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

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Malcolm Reiss (1905-1975) was an editor, author, and author's agent. He grew up in San Francisco and worked during college vacations in the Northwest and Arizona as a surveyor. He was a graduate of Stanford University and subsequently studied at Columbia University.

From 1933 to 1960 he was managing editor of Fiction House Publications in New York City. Upon leaving Fiction House he operated his own literary agency. Later, he joined the literary agency of Paul Reynolds and Son, as Vice President.

Reiss published stories in Boys Life, Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, and True Western Adventures. Pseudonyms he wrote under included Buck Ryall and William Ryall.

In 1954, his book, China Boat Boy was published by Lippincott.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains personal papers including correspondence, manuscripts, and published articles, and also business records of Fiction House including correspondence, contracts, and financial records.

Personal correspondence is arranged chronologically (1930-1975) and includes personal memorabilia, contracts and negotiations, business correspondence with associates, and letters to President Johnson protesting the Vietnam War

Manuscripts include The Desert Runner, and two short children's stories. Included here is a eulogy to writer David Stacton, and a letter from Stacton, and notecards for a lecture by Reiss on publishing.

Published articles by Reiss are arranged first alphabetically by title of publication and then chronologically within each publication title. Many of the articles are oversized and can be found in a package filed with the collection. The paper finding aid lists the article titles and the pseudonym under which they were written, if applicable. There is also a copy of the book, China Boat Boy.

Fiction House correspondence is arranged chronologically (1926-1966) and consists of letters by writers and associates concerning publications or distribution rights.

Fiction House business papers are also arranged chronologically and include contracts, suits, tax statements, bond sales and purchases, a list of securities and negotiations for sale of video rights. Financial papers include a list of securities, bonds and debentures, and receipts.

There are seven Fiction House ledgers arranged chronologically from 1942-1960. The ledgers contain information concerning payments to authors, publishing expenditures, and lists of publications.

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.

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Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Malcom Reiss papers, Coll 016, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American fiction--20th century--Authorship
  • American fiction--Periodicals
  • American literature--20th century
  • American periodicals
  • Authors and publishers--Correspondence
  • Authors and publishers--New York (State)--New York
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Editors--United States
  • Literary agents--United States
  • Popular literature--United States
  • Publishers and publishing--New York (State)--New York
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Public opinion
  • Western stories--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973--Correspondence
  • Reiss, Malcolm, 1905-1975
  • Reiss, Malcolm, 1905-1975--Correspondence
  • Stacton, David, 1925-1968
  • Corporate Names :
  • Fiction House Publications (Firm)--Records and correspondence.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Articles
  • Business records
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Manuscripts for publication