Jay Kalez papers, 1926-1937  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Kalez, Jay J., 1895
Jay Kalez papers
1926-1937 (inclusive)
2.0 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 404
Jay Kalez was an author of mystery, detective, and adventure stories. The collection contains short story and article manuscripts, publisher and agent correspondence, and Army Corps of Engineer press releases.
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.

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

Jay Kalez attended the University of Washington. He became an author of mystery, detective, and adventure stories.

Jay Kalez was a freelance writer in Spokane. He wrote stories about World War II based on his experiences in the U.S. Navy, and later expanded his topics to include stories about crime, athletics, air combat, and cowboys. These pulp magazine stories led to more factual essays about the West that were published in western magazines.

To earn a living, however, Kalez held several different jobs, including that of a personnel officer for the Spokane office of the Works Progress Administration, administrative officer for the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho office of the Office of Price Administration, and for the Liaison Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

[Source: Edward W. Nolan and the Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains short story and article manuscripts, publisher and agent correspondence, and Army Corps of Engineer press releases.

There are sixty-three manuscripts of short stories and articles

Correspondence is organized by name or title of company.

Correspondents include:

Agents: Leo Margulies and Doone Martinsen.

Editors and publishers: Adventure, Cosmopolitan (Rex Lardner), Dell Publishing Co. (Eugene A. Clandy, C. W. Mowre), Fawcett Publications (Roscoe Fawcett, Douglas Lurton, John J. Green, Jack Smalley), Fiction House, Inc. (John F. Byrne), Magazine Publishers, Inc. (Harold Hersey), Frank A. Munsey Co. (Art Bittner, Don Moore), Standard Magazines, Inc. (Leo Margulies), Street and Smith Publications (Lon Murray, John L. Nanovic), True Detective (John Suttleworth).

The Army Corps of Engineer press releases are from 1954-1964.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jay Kalez papers, Ax 404, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Adventure stories, American--Authorship
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Literary agents--United States--Correspondence
  • Publishers and publishing--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Kalez, Jay J., 1895
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Detective fiction