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William (Will) Everett Cook papers, 1952-1964

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Cook, Will
Title
William (Will) Everett Cook papers
Dates
1952-1964 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.0 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 332
Summary
William Everett Cook was a writer of western and adventure novels and stories. Collection consists of correspondence (273 letters), manuscripts for his novels, short stories, and one novella, and an extensive collection of western pulp fiction containing short stories by Cook.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

William Everett Cook was born in Richmond, Indiana in 1922 and died in 1964. He began writing for publication in 1952 for Popular Library. During his short life Cook was a soldier, commercial aviator, deep-sea diver, logger, peace officer, and writer of western and adventure novels and stories. His hobbies included sports car racing, sailing, judo, and barbershop singing. His pseudonyms include Wayne Everett, James Keene, Frank Peace, and William Richards.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of correspondence (273 letters), manuscripts for his novels, short stories, and one novella, and an extensive western pulp collection containing short stories by Cook. Correspondents include agent Marguerite Harper, 1952-1953, Lenniger Literary Agency, 1953-1954, Popular Library, 1953-1954, Noel Loomis, and Lee E. Wells

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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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Will Cook Papers, Ax 332, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1299.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Outgoing
Box Folder
1 1
General
(5 letters
From the desk of Will Cook
1955
Subseries B: Incoming
Box Folder
1 2
General, A-M
(78 letters
Includes the following correspondents: Steven Frazee, C. William Harrison, Robert J. Hogan
1953-1955
1 3
General, N-Z
Includes correspodnence from Mike Tilden
1953-1955
1 4
Marguerite Harper
(22 letters
1952-1953
1 5
Lenniger Literary Agency
(108 letters
1953-1954
1 6
Lenniger Literary Agency
1954
1 7
Noel Loomis
(13 letters
1954
1 8
Popular Library
(32 letters
1953-1954
1 9
Lee E. Wells
(9 letters
1954
1 10
Unidentified
(6 letters
1954

Series II:  ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Novels
Box Folder
1 11
The Ballard of Ben Bodeen
(195 pages
original, carbon
1 12
Call This Land Home
(200 pages
original, carbon
1 13
Home to the Mountains
(186 pages
original, carbon
1 14
The Legacy
(178 pages
original, carbon
1 15
The Speed Merchants. Meredith Press
(133 pages
printer's copy, carbon, corrected
1964
1 16
The Speed Merchants
galley proof
1 17
The Speed Merchants
page proof
1 18
Vengence Valley. Ballantine Books. (Wade Everett)
(177 pages
original, carbon
1966
1 19
The Warrior. Ballantine Books. (Wade Everett)
(176 pages
original, novel
1967
1 20
Wind River Kid
galley proof
Subseries B: Novellas
Box Folder
1 21
Elizabeth by Name
(61 pages
original, novel
Subseries C: Short Stories
Box Folder
1 22
Building the Blue Water Boat in the Back Yard
((5 pages

Series III:  Addenda IReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
The Ballad of Ben Bodeen
(195 pages
final manuscript, unsold
2 2
The Indian Fighter. Published as The Apache Fighter
(215 pages
final manuscript, carbon
1967
2 3
The Last Bandit
(65 pages
final manuscript, outline and sample chapters
2 4
Lydia
(619 pages
final manuscript, unsold. Will Cook was asked to revise this manscript for Random House in 1961, but he never did.
2 5
Lydia
final manuscript
2 6
Lydia
final manuscript
2 7
Lydia
final manuscript
2 8
Many Brave Warriors
(198 pages
final manuscript
2 9
No Money Down. (William Richards is Will Cook and Dick Hibbert)
(277 pages
early version
2 10
No Money Down. Popular Library
(281 pages
final manuscript
1969
2 11
The Outcasts. Bantam
(207 pages
manuscript, carbon of final draft
1965
2 12
The Rogue Queen
(56 pages
manuscript, never completed
2 13
Sinner's Paradise
(64 pages
manuscript, never completed, outline and sample chapters
2 14
Summer Job
(17 pages
manuscript
2 15
The Taming of Patrick O'Toole (James Keene)
(102 pages
manuscript, never completed, outline and sample chapters
2 16
The Unhappy Healers (William Richards)
(151 pages
manuscript, never completed, sample chapters and outlines
2 17
Short story manuscripts
(16 pages, bad day; 17 pages, the cook stove war; 16 pages, the far-travelin' man; 19 pages, first prize; 19 pages, parting gift; 17 pages, timberjack, 17 pages, the verdict; 3 pages, the pitkin affair outline

Series III:  Addenda IIReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 18
Les Pistoleros
(190 pages
published in French
1974

Series IV:  Addenda III: Western magazine storiesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 19
Brand Her Bad!, by Frank Peace
(10 pages, photocopy
published in Star western
April 1954
2 19
The Devil's Roundup, by Frank Peace
(25 pages, photocopy
published in Dime western magazine
November 1953
2 19
Final Warning, by Frank Peace
(10 pages, photocopy
published in Dime western magazine
July 1953
2 19
Night Marshal, by Frank Peace
(12 pages, photocopy
published in Western Story magazine
August 1953
2 19
The Range that Hell Forgot! by Frank Peace
(16 pages, photocopy
published in Dime western magazine
January 1954