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Barry Shipman Papers, 1911-1997

Overview of the Collection

Title
Barry Shipman Papers
Dates
1911-1997 (inclusive)
Quantity
22 linear feet, (46 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS 090
Summary
The collection documents the long career of a Hollywood scriptwriter who wrote and produced feature films, serial cliffhangers, television westerns, and technical films. The materials also document the role he played in the revival of interest in the career of his mother, silent filmmaker Nell Shipman.
Repository
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
83725
Telephone: 208-426-3958
archives@boisestate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The son of two show-business parents, Barry Shipman (1912-1994) spent a lifetime in the film industry. He made cameo appearances in silent films, scripted some of Flash Gordon's and Dick Tracy's most memorable adventures, penned television Westerns, and produced technical films on the space program and Cold War weapons systems. His father, Ernest Shipman, was a theatrical producer and financier who met Barry's mother, Nell, an actress, when she auditioned for a part in one of his shows. They married on the road in 1911, settled in Southern California, and become pioneers in the emerging film industry. There Barry was born, on February 24, 1912, in South Pasadena.

When Barry was small, his mother wrote scenarios for the silent screen, but as he grew older, she began acting again, and Barry spent a good part of his childhood in the Hollywood studios or "on location," meeting many of the great stars of the silent era. Nell Shipman became a star herself, playing leading lady to the likes of William Duncan, Lou Tellegen, and Gayne Whitman, and appearing regularly in, and on the covers of, the fan magazines of the day. Nell Shipman's ambition, however, was to make her own movies, and after she divorced Ernest Shipman, Barry accompanied her on many of her filmmaking ventures. Big Bear, in the San Bernardino Mountains, was a frequent haunt. Barry spent most of 1922-1924 with Nell in Spokane, Washington, and at her ill-fated "movie camp" on Priest Lake, Idaho. His childhood adventures in the wilds of North Idaho, snow-bound in the winters, miles from the closest towns, with the colorful characters and the wild animals that made up his mother's menagerie, formed indelible impressions that he would revisit in writings much later in his life. When Nell Shipman's Idaho filmmaking venture collapsed in1925, Barry accompanied her East, to Connecticut, Florida, Spain, and Florida again, before returning with her California in 1928. Together with Nell's partner, Charles Austin Ayers, their two children Daphne and Charles Ayers (born in Spain), and good friend Dick Diaz, they set out on their cross-country automobile trek from Miami immediately after the close of Nell's stage play, "Are Screen Stars Dumb?" Barry had a major role in the play, but image-conscious Nell Shipman, hoping for a Hollywood comeback, told the press that her handsome teenaged co-star was her younger brother.

Back in California, Barry Shipman began acting and dancing and worked with the Mission Play in San Gabriel before landing small parts in film. In 1934 he married Beulah McDonald, a contract actress with Paramount, who, as Gwynne Shipman, appeared in some of the Hopalong Cassidy films of the '30s. But Barry Shipman turned his career toward the writing end of the business, instead. His first story to make it to the silver screen was Shakedown, produced by Columbia in 1936, but most of his early work was for the serials. His first was the Republic Pictures adventure Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (1936). He also wrote for Dick Tracy, Lone Ranger, and Zorro, among others, for Republic, and Flash Gordon for Universal. His mother often tempted him with offers to collaborate on the independent projects she envisioned, but, with a wife and daughter to support, he always declined, as gracefully as he could, in favor of the relative security of studio work. During World War II, along with a number of his Hollywood colleagues, he served with the Marine Corps Photographic Section at Quantico, Virginia. Looking back on his World War II service forty years later, he wrote: "Me?... I saw all the action at Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, you name it. Yes sir! I sat through almost every USMC Pacific operation in either my Quantico or Ford Island [Hawaii] projection booth and rose in rank from 1st Lt. To Major doing it!" He was slated to lead a contingent of Marine Corps photographers during the invasion of Japan, but the sudden end of the war brought his military career to an end as well.

After the war, Shipman returned to Hollywood, and resumed his work writing for the studios, making his most notable mark with the Durango Kid serials for Columbia. With the fade-out of the Saturday morning cliffhangers in the early 1950s, though, he switched to television, working as a story and scriptwriter, both freelance and on contract, mainly for Revue Studios. Among his television credits are episodes of Death Valley Days, The Adventures of Kit Carson, Lassie, Shotgun Slade, and State Trooper. He also wrote motion picture screenplays for a number of Westerns in the late 1940s and 1950s. One of them in particular, Stranger at My Door (1956), directed by his friend William Witney for Republic Pictures, received a good measure of critical claim.

Bills, writers' strikes, and the inconsistent pay of freelance work impelled Shipman to look for steadier employment, so in 1962 he went to work as a consultant for the U.S. Navy, writing scripts for training films. Three years later he became a fulltime civilian employee of the Air Force, writing and producing films for its audio-visual service, first at Lookout Mountain, California, and later at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino. He traveled extensively in that work, including trips to Vietnam and the DEW line in the Canadian Arctic. Once, while on assignment to gather information for a film on the space program, he encountered some uncooperative engineers. "Me and my little tape recorder didn't even exist until I happened to make the remark that my knowledge of space was limited to the Flash Gordon serials, some of which I had written. 'Hey!' the word went out. 'He used to write the Flash Gordons!' The young egg-heads had grown up on the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers stuff...bubbling dry ice, smoke from rocket ships drifting in space and all! From then on I had no more problems getting the information I wanted." He retired from government service in 1979.

Shipman's retirement coincided with a revival of interest in the films and career of his mother, Nell Shipman. Though long forgotten by the general public, she was fondly remembered in North Idaho, and in 1977 (seven years after her death), a point of land projecting into Priest Lake was named "Shipman Point," in her honor. Barry Shipman and his family traveled to Idaho to attend the dedication ceremonies, and he became reacquainted with many of his childhood friends and associates. Then in 1984, he received a telephone call from Tom Trusky, an English professor at Boise State University, who was investigating her life and career as part of a project to identify Idaho films and filmmakers. So began a collaboration between the two which resulted in the posthumous publication of Nell Shipman's autobiography, reconsideration of her career by academics in the U.S. and abroad, and screenings of her films at festivals from Idaho to Italy. Barry wrote extensively about his mother's career and their experiences together, particularly at Priest Lake, and he enjoyed promoting her revival. He seemed a bit bemused, however, when he himself was "rediscovered" by fans of the serials and began receiving invitations to film festivals and conferences featuring his own work. He was scheduled to take part in the Western Film Caravan in Knoxville, Tenn., in early 1994 but became too ill to attend. He died in San Bernardino on August 12, 1994, at the age of 82. At the time, he was working on a screenplay based on his experiences with Nell Shipman at Priest Lake.

Barry and Beulah Shipman had three children, a daughter Nina, born in California, and twin sons, Michael and Noel, born in Virginia during Barry Shipman's military service in Quantico. An amateur inventor as well as a writer, Shipman held several patents, including one for a sun-tanning device known as the "Sun Tan Tree." Professionally, he was a member of the Screen Writers Guild and Writers Guild of America and was active in both. In his retirement, he billed himself as a "Media Imaginist" on his personal letterhead. Reflecting on his mother's and his own life experiences, he sometimes mused on the financial difficulties that creative artists so often faced. Nevertheless, he wrote in 1987, "I'd rather be the author, playwright, conceiver of a good show than be the owner of six downtown parking lots."

Note: Quotations above come from a letter to Douglas Bankson dated May 11, 1987, found in the collection (Box 13, Folder 9)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes scripts, scenarios, and story outlines for motion pictures, serials, and television programs, particularly Westerns and adventures, many written for Republic Pictures; together with correspondence, reminiscences, memorabilia, and research files, relating chiefly to Shipman's screenwriting career and the career of his mother, silent filmmaker Nell Shipman. Motion pictures represented include Stranger at My Door (1956), Durango Kid serials, and documentaries and training films produced for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, 1964-1976. Television programs represented include Adventures of Kit Carson, Death Valley Days, Shotgun Slade, and State Trooper.

Forms part of the Idaho Writers Archive.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[item description], Barry Shipman Papers, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  Biographical and personal papersReturn to Top

A long list of Barry Shipman's film credits is found in Box 1, Folder 3 (Resume, film credits). Other notable items in this series include brief biographical essays (Recollections) covering specific incidents in Shipman's life and career (particularly some of his childhood experiences with his mother, Nell Shipman, in California, Spokane, Washington, and at Priest Lake, Idaho); rough drafts of federal employment applications, with a detailed record of his education and work history; various publicity news clippings over the years; and papers relating to Shipman's patents (particularly the Sun Tan Tree), his World War II military service, and the Western Caravan film festival in Knoxville at which he was to be honored in 1994. The "Screenwriting" files include letters, reviews and other papers relating to his well-received screenplay, "Stranger at My Door" (1956), as well as studio correspondence revealing Barry Shipman's role in the writing of the "Lone Ranger" serials for Republic Pictures in the 1930s. Among the many poems Shipman wrote are three that offer a wry look at the experiences of extras and other lesser actors in the Hollywood studios in the 1930s (Box 2, Folder 1).

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Obituaries and tributes
1994
1 2
Birth certificate
1912
1 3
Resumes, Film credits
1 4
Corporate employment applications
1962-1963
1 5
Federal employment application: Form 57
1962
1 6
Federal employment application: Security questionnaire, Form 4
1962
1 7
Federal employment application: Rough draft
1962
1 8
Federal employment application: Statement of personal history, Form 398
1967
1 9
Employment application: Writing samples
1965
1 10
Recollections: Bio letter upon reaching 40
1952
1 11
Recollections: Beeswax
1 12
Recollections: Christmas Eve 1923
1993
1 13
Recollections: The Dogs of 921 East Wilson Avenue
1 14
Recollections: Foreword
1992
1 15
Recollections: I Remember Tonto
1 16
Recollections: Laddie
1 17
Recollections: Miscellaneous
1 18
Recollections: Putting Me Over
circa 1928
1 19
Recollections: Untitled, pp. 7-36
1 20
Recollections: West Avenue 43
1 21
Recollections: Where are The Good Guys?
1994
1 22
Recollections by Harriet Kyle, "The Doctor's House"
1 23
Musical compositions: Copyright registration, Contracts
1936-1938
1 24
Publicity clippings: Barry and Beulah Shipman
1932-1937
1 25
News clippings
1912-1994
1 26
UCLA Department of Cinema
1942
1 27
Fortean Society
1941
1 28
Military service: Documents
1942-1963
1 29
Military service: Rosters
1 30
Screenwriting: Daredevils of the Red Circle: Publicity
1939
1 31
Screenwriting: The Lone Ranger
1937-1969
1 32
Screenwriting: Serials, Miscellaneous
1 33
Screenwriting: Stranger at My Door: Correspondence
1956-1993
1 34
Screenwriting: Stranger at My Door: Publicity, Reviews
1956-1988
1 35
Screenwriting: Reviews, Miscellaneous
1947-1953
1 36
Screenwriting: Motion picture code
1934
1 37
Screen Writers Guild
1954-1955
1 38
Writers Guild of America
1960-1981
1 39
Navy: Appreciations
1964-1966
1 40
Air Force: Appreciations
1969-1976
1 41
Air Force: Personnel matters
1967-1979
1 42
Air Force: Miscellaneous
1977-1986
1 43
"Our World" Television appearance
1987
1 44
Brownie Bear Club
1987
1 45
Sister Cities project (San Bernardino-Mexicali)
1987
1 46
Barry Shipman papers: University of Wyoming solicitation
1979-1989
1 47
Film Festivals: Palm Springs, 1990
1989
1 48
Film Festivals: Knoxville, 1994 (Western Film Caravan)
1994
1 49
Film Festivals: Knoxville, 1994: Shoenberger, Jim
1993-1994
1 50
Film Festivals: Knoxville, 1994: Smith, Harold
1993-1994
1 51
Film Festivals: Knoxville, 1994: Franklin, Grady
1993-1994
1 52
Film Festivals: Knoxville, 1994: Fan mail
1994
1 53
Film Festivals: Knoxville, 1994: Miscellaneous
1994
1 54
Miscellaneous
2 1
Poems by Barry Shipman
2 2
Poems by Barry Shipman
1925-1944
2 3
Poems by Barry Shipman
1930s
2 4
Poems by Barry Shipman
1930s
2 5
Poems by Barry Shipman
1930s
2 6
Poems by Barry Shipman: Later poems
2 7
Poems: The First Laugh
1934
2 8
Poems: Friend
1934
2 9
Poems: La Meuse Illusive
1933
2 10
Poems: So Glad It's You
1931
2 11
Poems: Thymesta
2 12
Poems: Thymesta
2 13
Poems: To Beula
2 14
Shipman, Beulah McDonald: Journal entries
1933
2 15
Shipman, Beulah McDonald: Contract with Paramount
1935
2 16
Shipman, Beulah McDonald: Publicity, Miscellaneous
3 1
Inventions: Sound effects patent
1947
3 2
Inventions: Sun Tan Tree: Correspondence
1958-1961
3 3
Inventions: Sun Tan Tree: Correspondence: Marjorie Walker
1958-1959
3 4
Inventions: Sun Tan Tree: Descriptions, Press releases, Clippings
3 5
Inventions: Sun Tan Tree: Design patent
1959
3 6
Inventions: Sun Tan Tree: Mechanical patent application
1959-1960
3 7
Inventions: Sun Tan Tree: Marketing, Manufacturing
1958-1961
Publications [together with Nell Shipman items, see Series 4]
Box
15
Writers Guild of America, Directory of Members
1984-1985
15
Action-Packed Cliffhangers Viewer's Guide, by Doug E. Nye
1983
15
Daily Variety with review of "Riders of the Lone Star" p. 3
1947 October 3
15
The Hollywood Reporter with review of "Riders of the Lone Star" p. 3
1947 October 3
15
The Hollywood Reporter with review of "Fort Savage Riders" p. 4
1951 March 14
15
The Hollywood Reporter with review of "Montana Territory" p. 3
1952 June 4
15
Daily Variety with review of "Montana Territory" p. 3
1952 June 4
15
Daily Variety with review of "Night in the Museum" p. 8
1953 October 8
15
Screen Stories with review of "Stranger at My Door" p. 20
1956 June
15
Screenland with review of "Stranger at My Door" p. 74
1956 July
15
The Hollywood Reporter with review of "Stranger at My Door" p. 3
1956 April 17
15
Boxoffice with review of "Stranger at My Door" last page
1956 April 21
15
Under Western Skies with filmography of Smiley Burnette (Barry Shipman credits)
1978 January
15
The World of Yesterday with article on Lone Ranger
1978 October
15
The World of Yesterday with filmography of Ralph Byrd (Barry Shipman credits)
1979 January
15
The Journal of the Writers Guild of America, West with Barry Shipman article, "Where are the Good Guys"
1994 February
15
How to Become an Actor in Television Commercials, by Nina Shipman
1975
Folder
2 17
Through My Eyes, by Nina Shipman (memoir manuscript)
Oversize material
Box
46
2 congratulatory sketches (1943) in color, presented to Shipman by Marine Corps colleagues on birth of twin sons and promotion to rank of captain
oversize_drawer
not specified
Plans, Sun Tan Tree
not specified
Color magazine clippings, Sun Tan Tree

2:  SubjectsReturn to Top

Papers in the subject files include notes, articles, and clippings on people and topics of interest. They reveal Shipman's early interest in both metaphysics and hard science, family history, and the careers of some of his colleagues. Files relating to Nell Shipman are found in Series 4.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 8
Actors, Colleagues (mainly obituaries)
3 9
Carey, MacDonald
1989-1994
3 10
Drake, Oliver
1991
3 11
London, Jack: Jack London and the Movies, by Robert S. Birchard
3 12
Metaphysics: Barry Shipman compilation
1931-1933
3 13
Metaphysics: Dorothy Yost letter
circa 1933
3 14
Metaphysics: Horoscopes
circa 1933
3 15
Metaphysics: Meditations
1941
3 16
Metaphysics
3 17
Metaphysics
3 18
Parker, William H.: Death,1966
3 19
Republic Pictures Corp.: Jack Mathis
1976-1991
3 20
Science notes
3 21
Science notes
3 22
Science notes
1939
3 23
Science notes
1940
3 24
Science notes
circa 1941
3 25
Shipman, Ernest: Chronology, by D.J. Turner
3 26
Shipman, Ernest: Shipman Enterprises, by D.J. Turner
3 27
Shipman, Ernest: Films
3 28
Shipman, Ernest: Films: The Foreigner / Edna Shipman
3 29
Shipman, Ernest: Films: One Hundred Years of Mormonism
3 30
Shipman, Ernest: Miscellaneous papers (Photocopies)
1911-1930
3 31
Shipman, Ernest: Articles by Peter Morris
3 32
Shipman, Ernest: Shipman -- Curwood correspondence
1918-1922
3 33
Shipman, Ernest: Shipman -- Jack London correspondence
1915
3 34
Shipman, Ernest, Jr. (half-brother)
3 35
Shipman, Lani (granddaughter)
3 35
Shipman, Nina, and Noel and Michael Shipman (children)
3 36
Shipman family history
3 37
Valerie, Joan
1992
3 38
Walker, Joseph B.
3 39
Walker, Joseph B.: Zoom lens controversy
1947-1990
3 40
Warfield, Marjorie
1991

3:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Barry Shipman's correspondents include members of his large extended family, lifelong friends, colleagues from the film business, and researchers interested in his career and that of his mother's. Most of the correspondence preserved in the collection dates from Shipman's retirement years (after 1979), though there are a few letters from earlier dates scattered throughout. Quite a few, if not most of the files, contain reminiscences of his life and work, the most extensive of which are the letters exchanged with Mike Newton (Box 6), a fan of the serials, who peppered Shipman with questions about the making of the cliffhangers, and Tom Trusky (Box 9), the Boise State professor who was instrumental in Nell Shipman's "revival." Both sides of the correspondence are represented, as Shipman kept not only the letters he received, but copies of his own letters as well, which he churned out at a prolific rate on his word processor in the study of his San Bernardino home.

Among the correspondents represented are his lifelong friend Dick Diaz, who joined the Nell Shipman entourage as a teenager in the 1920s in New England and accompanied them to Florida and California; Barry's half brother and sister, Charles Douglas Ayers and Daphne Ayers Feldman, children of Nell Shipman and Charles Austin Ayers; his half-brothers on the Shipman side of the family, Robert and Ernest Shipman, Jr., with whom he did not become acquainted until he was an adult; Priest Lake friends Lloyd Peters, Dorothy Winslow Overmyer, and Loie Pierson (his school teacher); World War II Marine Corps colleagues Frank Adreon and Julian "Bud" Lesser; Linda Stirling (who starred in many of the cliffhangers) and William Witney (who directed many); and a host of other friends, associates, film fans and scholars. Correspondence with Douglas Bankson, relating to their collaborative screenplay about Nell Shipman, is located in Series 4.

The letters in the folders marked with an asterisk (*) relate mainly to Nell Shipman's life and career. Many of those correspondents are also represented in the Tom Trusky papers (MSS 99). Barry Shipman's own extensive correspondence with his mother, dating back to 1933, is found in the Nell Shipman collection (MSS 81). Many of those letters he received from his mother, and some he sent her in return, have been published in Letters from God's Country: Nell Shipman, Selected Correspondence and Writings, 1912-1970 (Boise State University, 2003).

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Adreon, Frank
1942 1991
4 2
Alba, Consuelo de
1941
4 3*
Anderson, Kathryn
1992-1994
4 4*
Armatage, Kay
1977-1994
4 5
Ayers, Charles Douglas (half-brother)
1976-1990
4 6*
Boise State University: Miscellaneous
1987-1992
4 7*
Boise State University Library: Hansen, Ralph
1987-1988
4 8*
Boise State University Library: Virta, Alan
1988-1989
4 9*
Boise State University Library: Virta, Alan
1990-1994
4 10*
Brownlow, Kevin
1987-1993
4 11*
Burgess, Audrey Ayers (cousin)
1988?
4 12
Cannavan, Jack
1989
4 13*
Chenault, Cynthia
1993
4 14*
Chenault, Robert
1992-1994
4 15*
Chenault, Robert: Proposals
4 16*
Butterfield, David
1989-1990
4 17
Butts, R. Dale
1987-1992
4 18*
Codelli, Lorenzo
1987-1988
4 19*
Cork, Marylyn
1985-1994
4 20*
Covert, Nancy Wolff
1990-1994
4 21
Creacy, Don
1993-1994
4 22*
Cunningham, John
1986-1993
4 23
Diaz, Richard Alden
1967-1994
4 24
Dudzak, A.L. ("Nicky") and Mary Lou
1954-1992
4 25
Dudzak, Maria
1993-1994
4 26
Eby, Lois
1992-1993
4 27*
Eldridge, Judy
1988-1994
4 28*
Everson, William
1988-1992
5 1
Feldman, Daphne Ayers (half-sister)
1941-1987
5 2
Feldman, Daphne Ayers (half-sister)
1988-1990
5 3
Feldman, Daphne Ayers : Enclosures
5 4
Feldman, Edmund (brother-in-law)
1990-1992
5 5
Finnegan, Diane
1991
5 6*
Forster, Annette
1994
5 7*
Fox, Stanley
1990-1992
5 8*
Fulbright, Thomas
1968-1988
5 9
Gene Autry Museum
1990-1992
5 10*
Gibson, Frank and Laura
1987-1992
5 11*
Gregory, Mollie
1986-1990
5 12
Gupta, Deshbandhu
1948-1949
5 13
Hathcock, Luther
1988-1989
5 14*
Holbrook, Paul
1988-1994
5 15*
Hollywood Studio Museum
1992
5 16*
Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation: Just, Rick
1986-1993
5 17*
Japenga, Ann
1990-1994
5 18*
Kaye, Janice
1992
5 19*
Lacher, Gary
1986-1987
5 20*
Lasky, Betty
1987-1993
5 21
Lesser, Julian "Bud"
1979-1991
5 22
Lesser, Julian "Bud"
1992-1993
5 23
Lesser, Julian "Bud"
1993-1994
6 1
Letters to the Editor
6 2
Lord, Stephen
1986-1993
6 3
Magers, Boyd and Donna
1991-1994
6 4*
Maltin, Leonard
1992-1994
6 5
Mathis, Jack
1971-1994
6 6
McDonald, Bertha Bingham (mother-in-law)
1941
6 7*
Morris, Peter
1973-1988
6 8*
Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.): Mancia, Adrienne
1988-1989
6 9
Myers, Eugene Ekander Duncan
1987-1991
6 10*
Naked Eye Productions (Jane Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio)
1990-1994
6 11*
Nelson, Harold G.
1991
6 12*
Nelson, Morlan
1987-1990
6 13
Newton, Mike
1987-1991
6 14
Newton, Mike
1992-1994
6 15
Newton, Mike
undated
6 16
Newton, Mike: Articles
6 17
Newton, Mike: Original letters by Barry Shipman
1989-1993
6 18
Newton, Mike: From Beulah and Nina Shipman
1994-1997
6 19
Nielsen, Ray
1989-1993
6 20*
Oakman, Jack
1982-1985
6 21*
Oderman, Stuart
1989-1994
6 22*
Oldfield, Barney
1987-1994
6 23*
Overmyer, Dorothy Winslow
1987-1989
7 1*
Peters, Lloyd
1968-1988
7 2*
Peters, Lyma
1988-1993
7 3
Pettijohn, Hal and Jill
1931 1988-1993
7 4*
Pierson, Loie
1984
7 5*
Priest Lake State Park (Idaho): Townsend, Larry
1987-1995
7 6
Robertson, Thelma
1941
7 7
Scott, Warren and Terry
1942-1987
7 8
Sherwood, Deborah (Deborah LaScala)
1986-1993
7 9
Shipman, Beulah (wife)
1945 1973 undated
7 10
Shipman, Ernest, Jr. and Joyce (half-brother)
1977-1990
7 11
Shipman, Lani (Lani Beth Walrod) (granddaughter)
1982-1991
7 12
Shipman, Nina (daughter)
1981-1989
7 13
Shipman, Nina (daughter)
1990-1993
7 14
Shipman, Robert (half-brother)
1987-1990
7 15
Shipman family, Miscellaneous
1977-1993
7 16*
Simpson, Claude
1972-1992
7 17*
Skikavich, Moira
1991-1993
7 18
Smith, Jack (newspaper columnist)
1987-1991
7 19*
Smith, Liz (newspaper columnist)
1993
7 20
Stadey, Mauricia / Bob Waldmire
1993-1994
7 21*
Sparling, Gordon
1976-1994
7 22
Stirling, Linda
1991-1993
7 23
Taylor, Jesse Kinyon
1954-1956
7 24*
Turner, D. John
1976-1993
7 25*
Vallejo, Joan
1988-1994
7 26*
Wachtman, Glenn A.
1988-1990
8 1
Walker, Joseph and Juanita
1977-1992
8 2
Walker, Marjorie
1987-1994
8 3
Walker, Marjorie: Publicity
1987-1992
8 4*
White, Jeff (Starwil Talent Agency)
1988-1989
8 5
Witney, William
1991-1994
8 6*
Williams, Betty Jane
1986-1994
8 7*
Zainfeld, Morton
1989-1994
8 8
General, Miscellaneous: A-G
8 9
General, Miscellaneous: H-R
8 10
General, Miscellaneous: S-Z
8 11*
Nell Shipman-related, Miscellaneous: A-M
8 12*
Nell Shipman-related, Miscellaneous: N-Z
8 13
Serials and Westerns, Miscellaneous
8 14
First name only
8 15
Fragments and unidentified
9 1
Trusky, Tom
1984-1985
9 2
Trusky, Tom
1986 January-July
9 3
Trusky, Tom
1986 August-December
9 4
Trusky, Tom
1987 January-June
9 5
Trusky, Tom
1987 July-December
9 6
Trusky, Tom
1988
9 7
Trusky, Tom
1989
9 8
Trusky, Tom
1990
9 9
Trusky, Tom
1991
9 10
Trusky, Tom
1992
9 11
Trusky, Tom
1993
9 12
Trusky, Tom
1994
9 13
Trusky, Tom: Enclosures

4:  Nell ShipmanReturn to Top

This series contains material about Nell Shipman written or collected by Barry Shipman. It includes memorabilia from the dedication of Nell Shipman Point, 1977; letters and other papers (1993-1994) chronicling the discovery that the Doctors' House museum in Glendale, California, was once the home of Nell Shipman; papers about Nell Shipman film screenings, especially ones Barry Shipman attended; and various writings by Barry about Nell in the form of play scripts, film treatments, proposals, and the like. There is a large body of correspondence back and forth between Barry Shipman and his childhood friend from Spokane, Douglas Bankson, who collaborated on a screenplay (never produced) called "Nell." The earliest Nell Shipman-related proposal ("Nell Shipman Presents," Box 12, Folder 14) is dated about 1936, for a series of films based on her works. There is also documentation of a one-woman multi-media play based on Nell's life presented in Boise, Idaho, by Jenny Sternling in 1993. Like one of Barry's own works, it was entitled "Between Pictures." Barry's version of "Between Pictures" was produced in Hawaii in 1991 and starred Nina Shipman as Nell. A videotape of the production is in Series 6.

The general correspondence files (Series 3) also contain much correspondence relating to Nell Shipman.

Container(s) Description Dates
Nell Shipman
Box Folder
10 1
Nell Shipman Chronology, by Barry Shipman
10 2
Nell Shipman, A Resume of Her Career, by Barry Shipman and Tom Fulbright
1976
10 3
The Professor Done Right by Our Nell
circa 1987
10 4
Extracts from Nell Shipman's writings
10 5
Nell Shipman papers
1978-1981
10 6
Doctors' House: Correspondence: Richman, Terry
1993-1994
10 7
Doctors' House: Glendale Historical Society
1993-1994
10 8
Doctors' House: Nell Shipman publicity
1993-1995
10 9
Festivals: Ottawa, 1982: Canadian Women Filmmakers
1982
10 10
Festivals: Boise, 1987: Nell Shipman Silent Film Festival
1986-1987
10 11
Festivals: Paris, 1988
10 12
Festivals: Victoria, BC, 1989
10 13
Festivals: Screenings, Miscellaneous
1982-1990
10 14
Films, etc.: Film summaries
10 15
Films, etc.: Back to God's Country
10 16
Films, etc.: The Grub-Stake
10 17
Films, etc.: Lady Marines
10 18
Films, etc.: Pianophiends
10 19
Films, etc.: Something New
10 20
Films, etc.: The Story of Mr. Hobbs
10 21
Films, etc.: Vaudeville and stage work
10 22
Nell Shipman Awards (Boise)
1993
10 23
Nell Shipman Awards (Seattle)
1991-1993
10 24
Nell Shipman Point dedication, 1977
1977
10 25
Nell Shipman Point dedication, 1977: Correspondence
1975-1984
10 26
Nell Shipman Point dedication, 1977: Publicity
1977-1991
10 27
Silent Screen & My Talking Heart: Boise State University
10 28
Silent Screen & My Talking Heart: Afterword
1986
10 29
Silent Screen & My Talking Heart: Afterword, Lillian Leighton
1986
10 30
Silent Screen & My Talking Heart: Reviews
1987-1990
10 31
Miscellaneous
10 32
Subjects: Barham family in Victoria, B.C., 1891-1899
10 33
Subjects: Big Bear Valley Historical Society
1987
10 34
Subjects: Coolin, Idaho
1977-1990
10 35
Subjects: Priest Lake, Idaho
1981-1994
10 36
Subjects: Priest Lake, Idaho: Lionhead Lodge map and description by Barry Shipman
1986
10 37
Subjects: Priest Lake, Idaho / Lloyd Peters
1968-1988
10 38
Subjects: Priest River, Idaho
1990-1993
10 39
Subjects: Serrao, Amerigo
10 40
Nell Shipman postcard design by Michael Shipman
1987
15
Publications [together with Barry Shipman items, See Series 1]:
15
Guestbook for dedication of Nell Shipman Point, 31 August 1977
15
Incredible Idaho magazine (Spring 1978) with article, "Nell Shipman Point" by Claude Simpson
Productions about Nell Shipman
Box Folder
11 1
Between Pictures
11 2
Between Pictures (Hawaii, 1991)
11 3
Between Pictures (Boise, 1993): Correspondence: Jenny Sternling
1989-1992
11 4
Between Pictures (Boise, 1993): Correspondence: Jenny Sternling
1993-1994
11 5
Between Pictures (Boise, 1993): Correspondence: Vera Cederstrom
1993-1994
11 6
Between Pictures (Boise, 1993): Personnel
11 7
Between Pictures (Boise, 1993): Publicity
1993
11 8
Between Pictures (Boise, 1993): Script
11 9
The Girl From God's County, by Barbara Sapergia
11 10
The Girl From God's County: Correspondence: Barbara Sapergia
1991-1994
11 11
The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart: Barbara Martineau
1976-1980
11 12
Tales of Priest Lake, by Betty Vitousek
1975-1981
Works about Nell Shipman by Barry Shipman
Box Folder
12 1
Abandoned Trails (Treatment)
12 2
Audition (Monologue sketch)
12 3
The Ballad of Faith Diggs (Photo story)
1987
12 4
Between Pictures (Play script): Draft
12 5
Between Pictures (Play script): Draft 1
1989 March
12 6
Between Pictures (Play script): Draft 2
1989 April
12 7
Between Pictures (Play script )
1991
12 8
Borderline Tales (Treatment)
1991
12 9
East of God's County (Treatment)
12 10
The Girl From God's Country (Play script)
12 11
The Grubstake (Photo story)
12 12
Nell: Preliminary treatment / Synopsis
12 13
Nell: Treatment
12 14
Nell Shipman Presents (Prospectus)
circa 1936
12 15
Remember Nell? (Drafts for documentary)
12 16
The Silent Screen & My Talking Heart (Autobiography): Afterword
1986
12 17
The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart (Monologue)
12 18
Silent Star: Treatment (115 pages)
1988
12 19
Silent Star: Treatment (73 pages)
12 20
This Little Bear Went Hollywood (Documentary script)
1992
12 21
Thoughts
1987
"Nell" by Barry Shipman and Douglas Bankson
Box Folder
13 1
Prospectus (1989)
13 2
Synopsis (1992)
13 3
Draft fragments
13 4
Draft fragments
13 5
Corrected draft (195 pages)
1991 November
13 6
Script (185 pages)
1992 July
13 7
Douglas Bankson: Biographical information
13 8
Douglas Bankson: Contracts
1989-1990
13 9
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1987-1989
13 10
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1990 January-February
13 11
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1990 March-April
13 12
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1990 May-June
14 1
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1990 July-August
14 2
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1990 September
14 3
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1990 October-December
14 4
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1991 January-May
14 5
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1991 June-December
14 6
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1992
14 7
Correspondence with Douglas Bankson
1993-1994
14 8
Letters from Douglas Bankson: Undated and fragments
14 9
Letters by Barry Shipman: Undated and fragments
14 10
Letters from Douglas Bankson: Enclosures

5:  PhotographsReturn to Top

There are fewer than 100 photos in the collection, most of which are miscellaneous snapshots, publicity photos for Barry Shipman's invention, the "Sun Tan Tree," and photos from his work for the Air Force in the 1960s and 1970s. Photos of Barry and his mother Nell can be found in the Nell Shipman collection (MSS 81).

Container(s) Description Dates
5" × 7" or smaller
Box photo
16 #001-006
Personal
circa 1917-1932
16 #007-009
Forest Lodge remnant
1977?
16 #010-012
Barry Shipman, Beulah Shipman, Judy Eldridge
16 #013-017
Sun Tan Tree
1960
16 #018-020
Doctors House, Glendale, CA
16 #021-022
Air Force production, with Barry Shipman
16 #023-024
Barry and Beulah Shipman, with digital copy
1950s 1987
16 #025
Barry before portrait of Nell Shipman (color clipping)
16
Nina Shipman (also CD of images)
Mainly 8" × 10"
Box photo
16 #101-103
World War II colleagues
16 #104-105
Roland Reed; Women's banquet
16 #106
Portrait
circa 1952
16 #107-111
Sun Tan Tree; Nina Shipman
circa 1960
16 #112-117
Sun Tan Tree; Nina Shipman
circa 1960
16 #118-123
Sun Tan Tree; Nina Shipman
circa 1960
16 #124-125
Bob Hope show, Alaska, with Barry Shipman
1971
16 #126-128
Air Force production photographs, with Barry Shipman (color)
16 #129-137
Air Force production photographs (color)
16 #138-150
Air Force production photographs (b/w)
16 #159-167
Air Force photographs; Vietnam; Lyndon Johnson
1965
16 #168
Crackerjack, We Love You: title slide

6:  Videos and tape recordingsReturn to Top

This series contains videos of motion pictures and serials scripted by Barry Shipman, several other motion pictures featuring his wife Beulah (as Gwynne Shipman), and videotapes of an appearance by Barry Shipman on the "Our World" television interview program in 1987, among others. It also includes a videotape of a production of "Between Pictures," the story of Nell Shipman by Barry and Nina Shipman, and a tape recording of Nell Shipman reading the story "Doraleen," also by Barry and Nina Shipman. (Scripts for "Between Pictures" and "Doraleen" are located in Series 4 and Series 9, respectively.) A notable addition to the collection in 2009 was a somewhat blurry but still viewable VHS copy of "Lady Marines," a World War II film produced by Barry Shipman while serving with the Marine Corps Photographic Section. It features a voiceover by his mother, Nell Shipman.

Container(s) Description
Videos and tape recordings
Box
17 a/b
"Barry Shipman" no. 1-4 (four 3/4-inch VHS recordings of interviews with Barry Shipman conducted by Tom Trusky, 1987, and filmed by University Television Productions, Boise State University)
17 a/b
"Doraleen, a Musical Adventure" (tape cassette; featuring voice of Barry Shipman's eight-year old granddaughter Westerly as Doraleen, circa 1975)
17 a/b
"Doraleen" read by Nell Shipman (2 tape cassettes)
17 a/b
"AAARK! Something About Communication" (VHS of U.S. Air Force film written by Barry Shipman in 1968)
17 a/b
"Between Pictures" starring Nina Shipman (Hilo, Hawaii, 1991) (VHS)
17 a/b
"Lady Marines" (VHS of World War II Marine Corps film produced by Barry Shipman with voiceover by Nell Shipman)
17 a/b
"Nell Shipman: The Girl From God's Country" by Tom Trusky (VHS); with Leonard Maltin's Entertainment Tonight segment, "Cliffhangers"
17 a/b
"Our World" [see Box 1, Folder 43] and "Stranger at My Door" (VHS)
17 a/b
"The Republic Pictures Story" (VHS) with mention of "Stranger At My Door"
17 a/b
"Shipman family album" (VHS) containing excerpts from motion pictures starring Nell Shipman, Gwynne (Beulah) Shipman, and Nina Shipman, and other family media appearances.
Videos (Commercially-produced and distributed; donated by Mike Newton)
These videos (in VHS format) are also individually cataloged in the Library's catalog.
Box
43
Dick Tracy (Burbank Productions) 5 cassettes
43
Dick Tracy Returns (serial) (VCI) 2 cassettes
43
Dick Tracy Returns (feature) (VCI)
43
Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (VCI) 2 cassettes
43
Dick Tracy's G-Men (VCI) 2 cassettes
43
Lone Star Raiders (3 Mesquiteers) (Republic Pictures Home Video)
43
Mysterious Mr. M. 2 cassettes
43
The Painted Stallion (Republic Pictures Home Video)
43
Robinson Crusoe on Clipper Island (Video Treasures) 2 cassettes
43
S.O.S. Coast Guard (Republic Pictures Home Video) 2 cassettes
43
Trail Dust (Cumberland). Starring Gwynne (Beulah) Shipman
43
Zorro Rides Again (Republic Pictures Home Video) 2 cassettes
43
Zorro's Fighting Legion (Republic Pictures Home Video) 2 cassettes
Videos donated by Mike Newton
Box
44-45
Films scripted by Barry Shipman, home-recorded in VHS format by Mike Newton. Also a few television appearances by Nina Shipman. Consult the archivists for a complete list.

7:  Works for televisionReturn to Top

This series contains scripts (teleplays) and story outlines written for television by Barry Shipman. The name of the television series is listed first, followed by the name of the particular episode. Unless otherwise indicated, a script is represented; story outlines and other papers (correspondence, etc.) are identified when they occur. While a few of the scripts are Barry Shipman's own typewritten versions, most are mimeographed shooting scripts prepared by the studio. Barry Shipman did not copyright these scripts in his own name; they became the property of the studios when accepted for production. The earliest work in the series is the script for a pilot for a proposed Hoosier Hot Shots television series, 1949 (Box 25, Folder 3); the latest are scripts for the Lassie series.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
18 1
Adventures of Charlie Chan: The Great Salvos
1957
18 2
Bronco Layne: Destinies West
1961
18 3
Bronco Layne: Land purchase story: Story outline
18 4
Chevron Theatre: Night in the Museum
1953
18 5
Coronado 9: While Ramon Burned
1959 1960
18 6
Coronado 9: Double Crossing: Story outline
18 7
Coronado 9: Yo Ho Homicide: Story outline
18 8
Death Valley Days: The $275,000 Sack of Flour
1962
18 9
Death Valley Days: The $275,000 Sack of Flour: Correspondence
1965
18 10
Death Valley Days: The Lion of Idaho [William E. Borah]
1962
18 11
Death Valley Days: Loss of Faith
1962
18 12
Death Valley Days: Phantom Procession
1962
18 13
Death Valley Days: Research
18 14
Death Valley Days: Story ideas
18 15
Death Valley Days: Story submissions
18 16
Gunslinger: The Death Seeker: Story outline
18 17
Kit Carson: Fragments
18 18
Kit Carson #30: Border City
1952
18 19
Kit Carson # 32: The Broken Spur
19 1
Kit Carson #37: The Curse of the Albas
19 2
Kit Carson #47: Trouble in Tuscadora
19 3
Kit Carson #137: Savage Outpost
19 4
Kit Carson #138: Marshal of Guntown
19 5
Kit Carson #140: Outlaw Army
19 6
Kit Carson #141: Haunted Hacienda
19 7
Kit Carson #147: Law of Boot Hill
19 8
Kit Carson #152: Powdersmoke Law
19 9
Kit Carson #153: Phantom Uprising
19 10
Kit Carson #154: Mission to Alkalil
19 11
Kit Carson #155: Frontier Empire
19 12
Kit Carson #156: The Judge of Black Mesa
19 13
Kit Carson #157: Valiant Outlaw
19 14
Kit Carson #158: Devil's Remuda
19 15
Kit Carson #159: Eyes of the Outlaw
19 16
Kit Carson #160: Overland Stage
19 17
Kit Carson #161: Ghost Town Garrison
19 18
Kit Carson #162: Renegades of Rejo
19 19
Kit Carson #163: Stampede Fury
19 20
Kit Carson #164: The Golden Ring of Cibola
19 21
Kit Carson #165: Bullets of Death
19 22
Kit Carson #168: Frontier Challenge
20 1
Kit Carson #169: The Gatling Gun
20 2
Kit Carson #170: Powder Depot
20 3
Kit Carson #171: The Hermit of Indian Ridge
20 4
Kit Carson #172: Riders of the Hooded League
20 5
Kit Carson: Phantoms of Ghost Town
20 6
Kit Carson: Synopses (not by Barry Shipman)
20 7
Laramie: Lawless Legacy: Story outline
1961
20 8
Laramie: Slaughter's Stallion: Story outline
20 9
Lassie: Analysis ("Basic Ingredients")
20 10
Lassie: Contract, Residual statements
1966-1967
20 11
Lassie #6414: Lassie Works a Miracle
1964
20 12
Lassie #6424: Lassie Meets a Challenge
20 13
Lassie #6513: In the Eyes of Lassie
20 14
Lassie #6617: Lassie Baits a Bear
1966
20 15
Lassie: Courage of Lassie: Story outline
20 16
Lassie: The Heart of Lassie: Story outline
20 17
Lassie: Lassie Keeps a Promise: Story outline
1966
20 18
Lassie: The Old Man and the Forest: Story outline
1964
20 19
Lassie: Realm of the Wild: Story outline
1964
20 20
Lassie: Wild Hyacinth: Story outline
21 1
Last of the Mohicans: Winter Passage
1956
21 2
Mickey Spillane: Black Blossoms
1959
21 3
Mickey Spillane: Blunder Buss
1959
21 4
Mickey Spillane: Doll Trouble
21 5
Mickey Spillane: My Fair Deadly
1958
21 6
Mickey Spillane: Wedding Morning
1959
21 7
Mickey Spillane: Story submissions
21 8
Overland Stage: Bad Man from Bitter Creek: Story outline
21 9
Overland Stage: First Stage to Denver
1959
21 10
Overland Stage: First Stage to Denver
1959
21 11
Overland Stage: Pilot script, by Samuel A. Peeples
1959
21 12
Ramar of the Jungle: Crocodile God of Kaa: Story outline
21 13
Ramar of the Jungle: The Mark of Shaitan
21 14
Roy Rogers: Toss Up
1956
21 15
S.A.-7: Jason and the Double Fleece
1959
21 16
S.A.-7: The Bogus Bonds of Balaam
1959
21 17
S.A.-7: Stone Deaf
1959
22 1
Shotgun Slade: Freight Lane
1959
22 2
Shotgun Slade: Noose Brand Frame-Up
1959
22 3
Shotgun Slade: A Plate of Death
1959
22 4
Shotgun Slade: The Pool Shark
1959
22 5
Shotgun Slade: Roman Creek
1959
22 6
Shotgun Slade: The Smell of Money
1959
22 7
Shotgun Slade: Shotgun Trail
1959
22 8
Shotgun Slade: A Flower for Jenny
1960
22 9
Shotgun Slade: Woman from Wyoming
1960
22 10
Shotgun Slade: Widow of El Dorado
1960
22 11
Shotgun Slade: A Gun and a Prayer
1961
22 12
Shotgun Slade: Crossed Guns
22 13
Shotgun Slade: The Phantom Noose: Story outline
22 14
Shotgun Slade: Set-Up for a Gundown: Story outline
22 15
Shotgun Slade: Sing a Song of Six-Guns: Story outline
22 16
Shotgun Slade: Story submission
22 17
Soldiers of Fortune: The City of Doom
23 1
Soldiers of Fortune: Escort to Namtok
1955
23 2
Soldiers of Fortune: The General
1955
23 3
Soldiers of Fortune: Hatchet Man
1956
23 4
Soldiers of Fortune: Hatchet Man: Contracts, etc.
1956
23 5
Soldiers of Fortune: The Monster of Loch Macgora
1956
23 6
State Trooper: Dangerous Honeymoon
1957
23 7
State Trooper: The Sniper
1957
23 8
State Trooper: Stay Lost Little Girl
1958
23 9
State Trooper: Firebug
1958
23 10
State Trooper: Still Water Runs Red
1958
23 11
State Trooper: No My Darling Daughter
1958
23 12
State Trooper: The Woman Who Cried Wolf
1958
23 13
State Trooper: Joker's Dead
1958
23 14
State Trooper: When the Cat's Away
1958
23 15
State Trooper: Crisis at Comstock
1958
23 16
State Trooper: The Trap that Jack Built
1958
23 17
State Trooper: Lonely Valley
1958
23 18
State Trooper: Excitement at Milltown
1958
23 19
State Trooper: The Silver Spiral
1958
23 20
State Trooper: The Judas Tree
1958
23 21
State Trooper: The Choker
1959
23 22
State Trooper: The Choker
1959
23 23
State Trooper: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
1959
24 1
Tall Man: Story proposals
24 2
Tall Man: Night Train to Tularosa
1960
24 3
Tall Man: Death or Taxes
1960
24 4
Tall Man: Death or Taxes
24 5
Tall Man: Maria's Little Lamb
1960
24 6
Tall Man: Ransom of a Town
1960
24 7
Tall Man: Notes
24 8
Tom Sawyer: Cap'n Jack's Ordeal: Story outline
24 9
Tom Sawyer: A Night on Sand Island: Story outline
24 10
Tom Sawyer: Quiet Sunday
1960
24 11
U.S. Marshal: Tarnished Star
1959
24 12
U.S. Marshal: Short Cut to Hell
1959
24 13
U.S. Marshal: Dial æO' for Danger
1960
24 14
U.S. Marshal: Root of Evil: Story outline
24 15
Whirlybirds: Fire Flight
1956
24 16
Whirlybirds: Incident at Wilke's Bight
1956
24 17
Whirlybirds: Fury Canyon
1957
24 18
Wild Bill Hickok: Meteor Mesa
1957
25 1
Adventures of Dr. Fu-Manchu: Prisoner of Dr. Fu-Manchu 1955
25 2
Adventures of Dr. Fu-Manchu: The Delegate from Hell
1955
25 3
Hoosier Hot Shots Show: Pilot
1949
25 4
The Judy Canova Show # 1
25 5
The Judy Canova Show

8:  Screenplays (Motion pictures and serials)Return to Top

The screenplays in Series 8 are scripts and treatments for both feature films and serials. As in the case of the television scripts, a few (including Dick Tracy, Episode One, 1937) are Barry Shipman's own typewritten versions, but most are duplicated shooting scripts prepared by the studios. Several films are represented by more than one version of the script. The dates following the names of the scripts are the dates on the scripts themselves, and not necessarily the dates the films were released.

Barry Shipman's most acclaimed film, Stranger at My Door (1956), is represented by two treatments and several versions of the script. The treatments and early versions are filed under the original working title, "Jesse James Was My Neighbor" (Box 26), based on the book of the same name. Only the final version was entitled "Stranger at My Door" (Box 28, Folder 1). The James family estate objected to Shipman's depiction of Jesse James in the script, so the name of the lead character was changed to Clay Anderson. (Barry Shipman to Alan Virta, 9 February 1989, in Box 4, Folder 8).

The shooting schedule for the Durango Kid serial episode, Prairie Roundup (Box 30, Folder 8), reveals the expeditious pace at which these serials were filmed. Prairie Roundup, featuring Charles Starrett as the Durango Kid, was shot at the Columbia Ranch in Burbank and the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth in seven days in July 1950. A few of the Durango scripts are not Shipman's, but were written by others.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
25 6
Adventures of Daniel Boone: Treatment
1955
25 7
Carolina Cannonball (Judy Canova)
1954
25 8
Dick Tracy: Episode One
1936
25 9
Feudin' Rhythm (Eddy Arnold)
1949
25 10
Gene Autry Untitled: Treatment
1942
25 11
Hoedown (Eddy Arnold)
1949
25 12
Home in San Antone Roy Acuff)
1948
25 13
Hot Heiress / Untamed Heiress (Judy Canova)
1952
25 14
Hot Heiress / Untamed Heiress (Judy Canova)
1953
25 15
Hot Heiress / Untamed Heiress (Judy Canova)
1953
26 1
Hot Heiress / Untamed Heiress (Judy Canova)
1953
26 2
Jesse James Was My Neighbor / Stranger at My Door: Treatment
1953
26 3
Jesse James Was My Neighbor / Stranger at My Door: Treatment
1953
26 4
Jesse James Was My Neighbor / Stranger at My Door
1953
26 5
Jesse James Was My Neighbor / Stranger at My Door
1954
26 6
Jesse James Was My Neighbor / Stranger at My Door
1954
26 7
Jesse James Was My Neighbor / Stranger at My Door
1955
26 8
Latin Quarter
1954
26 9
Lay That Rifle Down: Treatment
1954
26 10
Lay That Rifle Down
1954
26 11
Lay That Rifle Down
1954
27 1
Montana Territory
1951
27 2
Montana Territory
1951
27 3
Montana Territory: Production papers
1951
27 4
The Painted Stallion: Episode One
1936
27 5
The Renegades and the Woman
1955
27 6
Rose of Santa Rosa (Hoosier Hot Shots)
1947
27 7
Santa Fe Sunset / Out California Way: Treatment
1945
27 8
Singing Spurs (Hoosier Hot Shots)
1948
27 9
Smoky Mountain Melody (Roy Acuff)
1948
27 10
Smoky Mountain Moon (Roy Acuff)
1948
27 11
Smoky River Serenade (Hoosier Hot Shots)
1947
27 12
S.O.S. Coast Guard: Episode One
1937
27 13
Song of Idaho (Hoosier Hot Shots)
1947
28 1
Stranger at My Door
1955
28 2
Swing the Western Way
1946
28 3
Texas Sandman (Hoosier Hot Shots)
1948
28 4
Texas Sandman (Hoosier Hot Shots)
1948
28 5
Three Mesquiteers: Panhandle story (Treatment)
1939
28 6
Three Mesquiteers # 1116: Treatment
1941
28 7
Three Mesquiteers # 1117: Story outline
1941
29 1
Durango Kid: Riders of the Lone Star
1946
29 2
Durango Kid: Six-Gun Law
1947
29 3
Durango Kid: West of Sonora
1947
29 4
Durango Kid: Trail to Laredo
1947
29 5
Durango Kid: Laramie
1948
29 6
Durango Kid: The Blazing Trail
1948
29 7
Durango Kid: Horseman of the Sierras
1949
29 8
Durango Kid: Trail of the Rustlers
1949
29 9
Durango Kid: Texas Dynamo
1949
30 1
Durango Kid: Riders of Black Mesa
1949
30 2
Durango Kid: Streets of Ghost Town
1949
30 3
Durango Kid: Streets of Ghost Town
1949
30 4
Durango Kid: Across the Badlands
1949
30 5
Durango Kid: Across the Badlands
1949
30 6
Durango Kid: Lightning Guns
1950
30 7
Durango Kid: Prairie Roundup
1950
30 8
Durango Kid: Prairie Roundup: Shooting schedule
1950
30 9
Durango Kid: Lightning Guns: Cast sheet / Crew sheet
1950
30 10
Durango Kid: Raiders of Tomahawk Creek
1950
30 11
Durango Kid: Rings of Death
1950
30 12
Durango Kid: Ridin' the Outlaw Trail
1950
31 1
Durango Kid: Snake River Desperados
1950
31 2
Durango Kid: Fort Savage Raiders
1950
31 3
Durango Kid: Bonanza Town
1950
31 4
Durango Kid: Cyclone Fury
1950
31 5
Durango Kid: Desert Vigilante
1950
31 6
Durango Kid: Whiphand
1951
31 7
Durango Kid: The Kid from Amarillo
1951
31 8
Durango Kid: Smoky Canyon
1951
31 9
Durango Kid: The Rough, Tough West
1951
32 1
Durango Kid: Laramie Mountains
1951
32 2
Durango Kid: Junction City
1951
32 3
Durango Kid: The Kid from Broken Gun
1952
32 4
Durango Kid: Panhandle Territory
1952
32 5
Durango Kid: Gunpowder
1952
33
The Painted Stallion: Episodes 1 -- 12
1936
34
Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island: Episodes 1 -- 12 1936
35
S.O.S. Coast Guard: Episodes 1-12
1937
46
Oversize - Advertising pressbooks:
46
The Arkansas Swing
46
Feudin' Rhythm
46
Frontier Outpost
46
Hawk of the Wilderness
46
Song of Idaho
46
Trail to Laredo
46
Republic Confidential (book), by Jack Mathis

9:  Story outlines, short stories, and scriptsReturn to Top

With one exception, the works in this series are not known to have been produced or published. They include short stories, story ideas, radio plays, proposals and scripts for feature films, documentaries, and television, and other works of an unidentified or miscellaneous nature. Almost all are in typescript form. The earliest works in the series appear to be two short stories, "And So to Bedlam" (written in 1930, when Barry was 18), and "The Personal Adventures of a Guinea Pig," which may be even earlier. Other early works include stories coauthored with his mother, Nell Shipman, in the 1930s, and some written for producer Nat Levine. Television proposals in this series include story ideas pitched to the producers of the Bonanza, Cheyenne, and Jetsons series. One of Shipman's unfulfilled projects attracted press attention. The Los Angeles Herald of February 8, 1936, featured a story about his research on the religious society of Penitentes and its alleged link to the murder of writer Carl Taylor in New Mexico (clipping included in the file on "The Penitentes"). He was planning to write a screenplay about the subject.

The one work in this series that is known to have been produced is the musical fantasy "Doraleen," which Shipman wrote with his daughter, Nina Shipman. It was produced by Nina Shipman at the University of Hawaii Hilo in 1986.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
36 1
Research and Ideas
36 2
Abur Muchacho !
36 3
And So to Bedlam (Short story)
1930
36 4
Anchor Ridge (Short story)
36 5
Animals, Simulated conversation (Story outline, Nat Levine)
1940
36 6
Bad Angel
36 7
Battle of Dabbit Run
36 8
Big Dick (Short story)
36 9
The Black Door (Short story)
1934
36 10
Blood donor documentary
1952
36 11
Bonanza: Angel with Amnesia
36 12
Bonanza: Jampenny
36 13
Bonanza: A Taste of Eden
36 14
Byron Court
36 15
Captain Rickelberry and the Red Baron
1970
36 16
Chateau Darsac '21 (with Lois Eby)
36 17
Cheyenne: The Rogue Morgan
36 18
Cheyenne: Story proposals
36 19
The Clarinet, the Goldfish in the Bowl, and the Clock
36 20
Coffee Break
36 21
Cold War Marines (with Russell Hayden)
36 22
Colt
36 23
Crazy as a Coot (with Rex Taylor)
36 24
Credo in 2 / 4 Time (Short story)
36 25
The Dangerous Way
36 26
Doraleen ("Pilot script")
36 27
Doraleen (Script) (with Nina Shipman)
36 28
Doraleen: Lyrics
36 29
Doraleen: Transcript of Nell Shipman recording
1969
36 30
Doraleen: Correspondence: Luanne Burkett
1981-1982
36 31
Doraleen: Correspondence: Tony La Scala
1981-1982
36 32
Doraleen: Correspondence: Miscellaneous
1980-1993
36 33
Doraleen and Fuzzy Vague (Novel)
36 34
Double-Check (with Lois Eby)
36 35
Drikung (Partial story)
1980
36 36
The Dumkopf Report
36 37
Dwight's First Birthday (Radio skit)
36 38
Es La Cosa (Short story)
36 39
The Explorer (with Nell Shipman)
37 1
The Face of Freedom / P.O.W.
1978
37 2
The Face of Freedom / P.O.W.
1978
37 3
Face of the West
37 4
Faro
37 5
A Father is Missing
37 6
Fibber McGee and Molly (Script)
circa 1952
37 7
The Film Hunter
37 8
Floating Bridge
37 9
Four Horsemen (Script, pp. 1-70)
37 10
Four Horsemen (Script, pp. 71-161)
37 11
Four Horsemen -- Outlaws (Script for Nat Levine)
37 12
Genesis Recycled
37 13
Girls' Dormitory
37 14
Gold Mine in the Sky (Estimating script)
37 15
Golden Shivada
37 16
Got a Match, Buddy: Correspondence
1939
37 17
The Greatest Name
37 18
A Harbor is a Good Thing
37 19
Helicopter salvage documentary: Correspondence
1960-1991
37 20
The Helmet (Radio play)
37 21
High Adventure
37 22
Hit the Ceiling
37 23
Hopalong Cassidy untitled
37 24
Hopalong Cassidy untitled
38 1
Horace de Vere Cole gag
38 2
Iberian Adventure
circa 1957
38 3
Interplanetary Navigation (Script)
1964
38 4
Jetsons
38 5
Jim Clark's War Diary
38 6
Kid Bolivar
38 7
The Ladakh Story
38 8
Little Audrey
38 9
The Lone Vigilante
38 10
The Love Doctor
38 11
The Lumberjack (with Nell Shipman)
circa 1934
38 12
The Lonesome Bell
circa 1936
38 13
The Magic Arena (Short story)
38 14
Magic Television Set
1972
38 15
Magnolia
38 16
Man's Best
38 17
A Martian Bed-Time Story
38 18
Mother Goose
1984
38 19
Murder in the Stars (with Nell Shipman)
circa 1937-1938
38 20
National Offensive Order of the Undershirts
38 21
Operation Moon Map
38 22
The Outcasts of Purity
38 23
The Packman
1961
38 24
Penitentes
38 25
The Personal Memoirs of a Guinea Pig (Short story)
38 26
Pied Piper of the Pentagon
38 27
Point and Counter Point
38 28
Ponce de Leon, Ltd.
38 29
Power Play (Monologue)
38 30
The Prima Donna and the Cowboy (with Marina Koshetz)
38 31
The Prime of Your Life (with Thom Keith)
39 1
Protection for People (Script)
1962
39 2
Rebel in Blue (Script)
39 3
Rebel in Blue (Script)
1951
39 4
Robinson Crusoe of Ku Ku Island (with Nina Shipman) (Script)
39 5
Shadows
39 6
Shame Town / Silver Platter
39 7
The She Stallion
1987
39 8
The Slipping Clutch (Short story)
39 9
Something is Laughing
39 10
Song My Mother Taught Me (with Marina Koshetz)
1966
39 11
The Star Monster
39 12
The Star Monster (Script)
39 13
The Star-Setter
39 14
Sub Chaser (with Rex Taylor)
circa 1941
39 15
Swamp Devil
39 16
Sweet Sweet Charity (Monologue)
39 17
Tag of Identification (Short story)
1938
39 18
A Tale of a Dog
39 19
Ten Years in January
39 20
Texas Renegades
39 21
This is Your Dream
39 22
Those Verworn Ghosts (with Rex Taylor)
40 1
Timber Giant
40 2
Timber Giant (with Thorpe Babcock)
circa 1936
40 3
Time Bomb in a Brick Foxhole (Tribute to Richard Brooks)
1992
40 4
The Two Worlds of Nellie Bly
40 5
A Typical Den Meeting (Script)
40 6
Wall Paper (Short story)
40 7
War Hawk
1954
40 8
The Widow from Wyoming
40 9
The Wine of Karma (Short story)
40 10
Year of the Dragon
Scripts by others
Box Folder
40 11
The Circus (Frontier Doctor), by Al Martin
40 12
Ladies in Mink, by Clyde Bruckman
40 13
The Execution of Lazerus (Anonymous)

10:  Air Force and Navy scriptsReturn to Top

Included in this series are scripts and production papers for films Barry Shipman wrote, directed, or produced while working as a consultant with the U.S. Navy (1964-1966 ) and as a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force (1967-1979). Many of the scripts are shooting scripts, with camera directions as well as dialogue. Production papers may include memos, travel schedules, shooting schedules, and commendations. The titles, particularly those on early script versions and production papers, may not be those under which the film was released. A number of the films relate directly to the Vietnam War; some films relate to aircraft piloting.

Container(s) Description Dates
Air Force films
Box Folder
41 1
AAAARK! Something About Communication (SFP 1876) Script [Film produced as AAARK!]
1968
41 2
AAARK! Something About Communication (SFP 1876)
1968
41 3
Air Force Academy film
1967
41 4
Black Man (SFP 2096): Script
41 5
Bob Hope show (Alaska)
1971
41 6
C-141 Category Two ILS Approach Procedures (TF 6633) Script
1968
41 7
Coping with Violations of the Public Trust (SS 306) Script
1979
41 8
Coronet Organ (SFP 2239)
1972
41 9
Coronet Organ (SFP 2239)
1972
41 10
The Court Martial Process (TS 1220): Script
41 11
Crackerjack, We Love You (FR 771): Script
1969
41 12
Crackerjack, We Love You (FR 771)
1970
41 13
Crackerjack, We Love You (FR 771): Vietnam trip
1970
41 14
Effective Commander's Calls (AVR 77): Script
41 15
Energy Management (TF 6668): Script
41 16
Energy Management: Energy Maneuverability class transcript: pp 1-89
41 17
Energy Management: Energy Maneuverability class transcript: pp 90-193
1973
41 18
Exercise Focus Retina [Korea]
1969
41 19
The Eyes and Ears of the Arctic [DEW line] (FR 1344) Script
1973
41 20
The Eyes and Ears of the Arctic [DEW line] (FR 1344)
1973 1994
41 21
Get the Message, the AFCS Reserve Forces (FR 1282) Script
1975
41 22
The Gift of America (AFN 80): Script
1976
42 1
Helicopter (AVA 824)
42 2
Homecoming
1973
42 3
Integrated Logistics Support (AVR 71): Script
1976
42 4
It's Your Skin (TF 6317) : Script
42 5
Know Your Cargo (TS 98): Script
1975
42 6
Mission North [North Vietnam] (SFP 1705): Script
1967
42 7
Mission North [North Vietnam] (SFP 1705): Script
1967
42 8
Mission North [North Vietnam]
42 9
The Modern Treatment of Decompression Sickness (TF 6845): Script
1975
42 10
The Modern Treatment of Decompression Sickness (TF 6845): Script
1975
42 11
Single Management of Audio-Visual Resources (SFP 1878)
1969
42 12
Visual Illusions (TS 1414) : Script
42 13
Westward the Eagles (FR 981): Script
1968
42 14
With Tender Loving Care (TF 6538)
1972
Navy films
Box Folder
42 15
The $75,000 Pick Up [Underwater recovery vehicles]: Script
42 16
100,000 Pound Igloo Test: Script
1964
42 17
100,000 Pound Igloo Test
1964
42 18
Dolphin Hydrodynamic Studies: Script
1965
42 19
Models and Missiles of the Magic VAT: Script
42 20
To Catch a Shadow [Submarine warfare]: Script
1966
42 21
To Catch a Shadow: Script
1966
42 22
To Catch a Shadow
1966
42 23
Twenty-Fifth Hour: Script
1964
42 24
Twenty-Fifth Hour: Script
1964