Steven M. Krauzer papers, 1970-2009  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Krauzer, Steven M.
Title
Steven M. Krauzer papers
Dates
1970-2009 (inclusive)
Quantity
20.4 linear feet and 991 electronic files
198 megabytes of digital materials
Collection Number
Mss 767
Summary
Steven Krauzer was a Missoula, Montana, based writer who authored, co-authored, or edited 33 book length works. The Steven M. Krauzer Papers consist largely of Krauzer's professional papers including correspondence and financial records related to Krauzer's works, as well as drafts and published versions of short and book length prose.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Steven Mark Krauzer was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1948 to Earl and Bernice Krauzer. Raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Krauzer began his writing career in high school as a general reporter and sportswriter for the Manchester Union Leader. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Yale University in 1970, Krauzer explored the depiction of good and evil in detective fiction in his 1974 Master’s thesis in the English Literature program at the University of New Hampshire. His first magazine article, “Caught Naked in Lover’s Lane,” appeared in the February 1971 issue of Real Confessions, followed by short stories in Cavalier, Fling and Gem magazines.

Krauzer moved to Missoula, Montana in the mid-seventies, where he co-authored nine westerns with acclaimed author and University of Montana creative writing professor William Kittredge. The Cord series, published between 1982 and 1986 under the pen name Owen Rountree, featured bank robber Cord and his girlfriend accomplice Chi. With Kittredge, Krauzer also edited three anthologies in the late seventies; Great Action Stories, The Great American Detective, and Stories into Film. In 1980, they edited TriQuarterly 48, an issue dedicated to Western American literature, which included works by Edward Abbey, Richard Ford, and Cormac McCarthy.

From 1975-1977, Steven taught composition and literature as a continuing education instructor at The University of Montana. As a Visiting Instructor, he taught courses titled "The Hard-Boiled Detective in Fiction and Film" and "The American Western Film: Myth and Image." The latter he taught with Bill Kittredge. From 1990-1996, Krauzer taught Creative Writing at the University on an occasional basis as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

In 1983, he met Dorrit Karasek, a Missoula artist and mental health therapist, and they married nine years later. Throughout his career, Krauzer wrote many western and action-adventure novels under various pen names; most notably the six-volume Dennison’s War series as Adam Lassiter in the mid-eighties. Under his own name, his publications include Frame Work in 1989; Brainstorm in 1991; Rojak’s Rule in 1992; God’s Country in 1993 and Winter of the Wolf in 1994. Krauzer also led fiction writing workshops at The University of Montana as an adjunct professor and played right field for the Montana Review of Books, a team comprised of Missoula writers including Bryan DiSalvatore and James Crumley.

In 1986, Krauzer’s first screenplay was made into the Roger Corman produced film, “Cocaine Wars,” followed by “Sweet Revenge” in 1987. His last major publications were non-fiction guidebooks about kayaking and, with local Missoula author Peter Stark, outdoor winter adventuring. He also authored an outdoor advice column for Outside Magazine.

From 1996 to 2002, Krauzer worked in production for a number of radio and television stations in Missoula. He served as Production Director for KYSS-FM, KGVO, and KLCY from 1996-1999, and in Master Control for KMMF-TV in 2002. Steven died on March 18, 2009 in Missoula.

A draft of an obituary by DiSalvatore that was printed in the March 29, 2009 Missoulian is kept in the archives and special collections accession file along with a reminiscence by Michael Sherwood dated November 9, 2010.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Steven M. Krauzer Papers are comprised largely of files related to specific literary works written or edited by Krauzer. These files often include drafts, notes, and treatments, which are extended synopses of a full manuscript. Files for edited works also include correspondence with publishers and copyright holders. The collection also contains general business correspondence, published copies of Krauzer's works, and computer files.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Non-exculsive copyright transferred to The University of Montana for unpublished works by Krauzer or materials solely authored by Krauzer including works published under a pseudonym. This transfer of rights does not pertain to materials in the Executioner series as Krauzer did not possess a legal interest in these works. For works co-authored by Krauzer, permissions may need to be attained from interested third parties for uses exceeding fair use. Exclusive copyright for works solely authored by Krauzer is to be transferred to the University by 2029 or in the event of the death of his literary heir.

Preferred Citation

Steven M. Krauzer Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence, circa 1970-2008Return to Top

2.6 linear feet

This series is largely comprised of business correspondence regarding works Krauzer sent out for publication and largely reflects Krauzer's original arrangement, with two exceptions. Krauzer's 1999 correspondence file has been placed at the front of the series due to several letters within the file dating back to Krauzer's years at Yale, and the outgoing 1981 correspondence file which contains correspondence dating as far back as 1977. These Files within this series also contain some personal correspondence, including a letter of condolence to Ripley Schemm Hugo, clippings, and drafts of short works by Krauzer. Much of the correspondence related to the compilation of works edited by Krauzer may be found in Series II, Subseries 1 (Works by Steven M. Krauzer, Works edited by Krauzer). The computer files associated with this collection are in Series V: Computer files and audio-visual materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Correspondence 1999
circa 1970-1999
1/2
Business correspondence received
1977
1/3
Business correspondence mailed out
1977
1/4
Business correspondence sent out 1981
1977-1981
1/5
Business correspondence received
1978
1/6
Business correspondence mailed out
1978
1/7
Business correspondence received
1979
1/8
Business correspondence mailed out
1979
1/9
Business correspondence received
1980
1/10
Business correspondence mailed out
1980
1/11
Business correspondence received 1981
1980-1981
2/1
Business correspondence sent
1982
2/2
Business correspondence received
1982
2/3
Business correspondence sent out
1983
2/4
Business correspondence received
1983
2/5
Business correspondence sent
1984
2/6
Business correspondence received
1984
2/7
Correspondence received
1985
3/1
Correspondence received
1986
3/2
Correspondence received
1987
3/3
Correspondence received
1988
3/4
Correspondence received
1989
3/5
Correspondence received
1990
4/1
Correspondence received
1991
4/2-3
Correspondence
1992
4/4
Correspondence
1993
4/5
Correspondence
1994
5/1-2
Correspondence
1995
5/3-5
Correspondence
1996
6/1
Correspondence
1997
6/2-3
Correspondence
1998
6/4
Correspondence
2000
6/5
Correspondence
2001
6/6
Correspondence
2002
7/1
Correspondence
2003
7/2
Correspondence
2004
7/3
Correspondence
2005
7/4
Correspondence
2006
7/5
Correspondence
2007
7/6
Correspondence
2008

Series II:  Works by Krauzer, 1972-1996Return to Top

15.2 linear feet

This series contains drafts of works by Krauzer, as well as correspondence related to the creation of works edited by Krauzer. This series is comprised of three subseries: Subseries 1: Works edited by Krauzer, Subseries 2: Works by Krauzer, and Subseries 3: Ideas and notes for works. The files within this series contain documents relevant to the development of Krauzer’s many works, including outlines and correspondence with potential contributors to edited works. Published versions of Krauzer’s works may be found in Series IV: Published Works. The computer files associated with this collection are in Series V: Computer files and audio-visual materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Works edited by Steven Krauzer
2.4 linear feet
This subseries contains correspondence, copyright agreements, and drafts of edited works by Krauzer and Bill Kittredge. Of note is their work on TriQuarterly 48, which was a special issue on literature of the West.
1976-1982
Box
7-8
Great Action Stories
These boxes include page proofs, drafts of the introduction and head notes for Great Action Stories. Krauzer assigned the generic heading of "Anthology" or "Permissions" to most folders in these boxes. These boxes also include business correspondence related to the anthology, copyright permissions for stories used in the book, and a copies of stories that were considered, but not used in the final text.
1976-circa 1979 and undated
9-10
The Great American Detective
These boxes include drafts of the book, introduction, and head notes for The Great American Detective. They also include business correspondence related to the anthology, copyright permissions for stories used in the book, and a copies of stories that were considered, but not used in the final text.
1977-1978 and undated
10-12
Stories into Film
These boxes include drafts of Stories into Film. They also include business correspondence related to the book, copyright permissions for stories and adaptations used in the book, and copies of stories that were considered.
1977-1979 and undated
12-13
TriQuarterly 48
These boxes include drafts of the introduction to and stories used in TriQuarterly 48, an issue dedicated to the literature of the West. The boxes also include business correspondence related to the issue. Notable contributors to this issue include Edward Abbey, Ivan Doig, Richard Ford, Dorothy Johnson, Cormac McCarthy and Tobias Wolff. These files also include correspondence with William Stegner, A.B. Guthrie, and Tom Robbins.
1979-1980
13
The Invention of the West
This file contains a draft of the anthology.
1982
Subseries 2: Works by Krauzer
11.3 linear feet
This subseries contains drafts and outlines of short stories, screenplays, and book length works by Krauzer. This includes works written in collaboration with other authors, such as the Cord series, which was written in collaboration with Bill Kittredge. This subseries is organized in alphabetical order by the title of the work. Books that are part of a series are all listed under the series title. For example, The Nevada War is filed as Cord 2 as it is the second book of the series.
1976-1996 and undated
Box
13
Able Team 2
undated
13
American Iron
1996
13
The Armchair Detective reviews
Original folder title reads "Various TAD Reviews."
1976-1979
OS 56
Bandolera
1988
13-14
Blaze
1981-1982
14-15
Brainstorm
1990
15
The Breaks of the Game
1977
15
The Brief Outlaw Career of Me and Buck
1978
15-16
Cocaine Wars
1983-1985
16
Code of the West
1978
16-18
Cord 1
1980-1981
OS 56
Cord 1 galleys
circa 1982
18-19
Cord 2: The Nevada War
1980-1981
19
Cord 3: The Black Hills Duel
1982-1983
OS 56
Cord 3 galleys
circa 1983
19
Cord 4: Hunt the Man Down
1983
20-21
Cord 5: Gunman Winter
1983
21-22
Cord 6: Gunsmoke River
1983-1984
22
Cord 7: King of Colorado
1984
22-23
Cord 8: Paradise Valley
1985
23-24
Cord 9: Brimstone Basin
1985-1986
24
Dennison's War
circa 1983
24-26
Dennison's War 1
1982-1983
27
Dennison's War 2
1983
27
Dennison's War 3
1983
27-28
Dennison's War 4
1984-1985
28
Dennison's War 5
1985
28-29
Dennison's War 6
1985
29
Dennison's War 7
undated
29-30
The Diggers: The Making of Australia
1981
30
Doig Review
1979
30-31
Executioner
1980-1982
32
Executioner 40
1980-1981
32
Executioner 44
1981-1982
33
Executioner 45
1982
33
Executioner 46
1982
33
Executioner 47
1982
34
Executioner 50
1982
34
Extra Curricular Activities: our Fearless Pursuit of the New Campus Sex Clubs
1977-1978
34
Extra Innings
1976
34
The Fine Art of the Nooner
1975-1976
34-35
Frame Work
1988-1989
36
A Hot Afternoon in a Small Western Town
1976
36
Hugo review
1980-1981
36
JokeMeisters
1989-1990
36
Kentucky Rifle
1991-1992
37-39
L.A. Project
1986-1987
39
Liquor in the Front, Poker in the Rear
1977
39
Missoulian review of The Last Good Kiss
undated
39
Montana Writers and the Re-Invention of the West
1979
39
Patriot Kill
1977-1981
39
Reviews, short pieces
1981
40
RoboRanch
1989
40
Rojak 1
1990-1992
40-41
Rojak 2
1991
41
A Shadow You Will Soon Be
1991
41
Streets of Gold
1978-1980
41-42
Styx
undated
42
Sweet Revenge
1985
42
University of New Hampshire thesis
1972
42
You Gotta Be Kidding!
1991
Subseries 3: Ideas and notes
1.5 linear feet
This subseries contains files of notes not associated with published works. These files are in chronological order.
1977-1994 and undated
Box/Folder
42/7
Active--Murray Jr. Become a Man
1977-1978
42/8
Articles and publicity
Processing note: Contains potentially offensive materials. Includes movie stills for Cocaine Wars.
1979-1987
43/1-2
Articles and publicity (continued)
Processing note: Contains potentially offensive materials. Includes movie stills for Cocaine Wars.
1979-1987
43/3
Dead--Darius P. Drinkwater and the King of Wavonia
1980
43/4
King Cole Drafts
1981
43/5
Beowulf correspondence and contracts
1986
43/6-7
Computer game
1991-1992
44/1-3
Almanac Ideas, Steve’s File
1991-1993
44/4
Loose materials
1991, 2007
44/5
Tour Info Systems
1992
44/6
Food Article
1992
44/7
Helltrips - Tour info sys
1992
44/8
Sea Grass and Silver Mountain
1992
45/1
New Ideas File
August 05, 1992
45/2-4
Background Material, Steve’s File
1992-1993
45/5
Ideas/Animals, Steve’s File
1992-1993
45/6
Montana Biodiversity Project
1993
45/7
General Magazine Ideas
1993
45/8
Bear Article, Outside
April 1993
46/1
Campsite Article, Outside
April 1993
46/2
Coroner's inquest on body of Anthony Rich
1994
46/3
Ideas
undated
46/4
Peter French preliminary materials
undated

Series III:  Personal records, 1970-2009Return to Top

0.6 linear feet

This series consists of contracts, royalty statements, letters of recommendation, and Krauzer’s circular card file—or rolodex. The rolodex contains cards of Krauzer’s professional contacts, as well as short passages describing characters or events. The computer files associated with this collection are in Series V: Computer files and audio-visual materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
46/5
Transcripts and letters of recommendation
1970, 1996
46/6
Howard the Duck
Receipts for comic books.
1976
46/7
Contracts
1977-1995
46/8
Royalty statements
1977-2007
47/1-3
Royalty statements (continued)
1977-2008
47/4
Loose royalties statements
1985-1998
47/5
List of books read and movies viewed
2009
47/7
Photograph of Krauzer
circa 2004
Box
55
Rolodex
undated

Series IV:  Published materials, 1971-1996Return to Top

1.4 linear feet

This series contains published novels by Krauzer and magazines featuring Krauzer’s works. Amongst the magazines featuring works by Krauzer are Outside, Cavalier, and Fling. In addition to the fictional works listed in Series II, this series also contains book length works of non-fiction by Krauzer that include outdoor guides and a book about hiring and promotion.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
48
Magazine articles by Krauzer
Contains potentially offensive materials. Contains issues of Outside, Vision, Bikini Battle, Montana Magazine of Western History, American West, The Armchair Detective, Adam, Far West, Cavalier, Gem, Fling, and Real Confessions.
1971-1994
52-53
Anthologies and nonfiction works by Krauzer
1977-1996
53
TriQuarterly 48
Edited by Kittredge and Krauzer
1980
49-53
Novels by Krauzer
1982-1994
47/6
Book covers
1986-1996

Series V:  Computer files, 1979-2009Return to Top

991 electronic files
198 megabytes of digital materials

This series consists largely of electronic copies of Krauzer’s works, correspondence, and personal records. Also included are digital audio recordings of commercials written by Krauzer, the digital master of the invitation to Krauzer’s funeral, and a digital photograph of Krauzer. To access the electronic files please contact the Archives and Special Collections for a list of available files.

Container(s) Description Dates
electronic_folder
Electronic Folder
Computer files associated with Series I: Correspondence
Krauzer's correspondence business and personal.
1986-2009
Electronic Folder
Computer files associated with Series II: Works by Steven M. Krauzer
Electronic drafts of Krauzer's works including potential writing projects and research notes. The files in this electronic folder are organized by Work according to Krauzer's original directory lists.
1979-2007
electronic_folder
Electronic Folder
Articles
1992-1997
Electronic Folder
Bad Dog
2001
Electronic Folder
Blood River
1988-1990
Electronic Folder
Brainstorm
1989-1990
Electronic Folder
Cocaine Wars
1979-1990
Electronic Folder
Cord
This folder contains files for the Cord series include Books 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and ideas for future books in the series.
1979-1986
Electronic Folder
Couples Self Help Book
2005
Electronic Folder
Dennison's War
This folder contains files for the Dennison's War series include Books 1 through 6 and ideas for future works.
1979-1985
Electronic Folder
Fine White Line
1988
Electronic Folder
Holt 2
1993
Electronic Folder
JokeMeisters
1990-1998
Electronic Folder
Kentucky Rifle
1992
Electronic Folder
LA Project
1979-1987
Electronic Folder
Laos Project
1987-1989
Electronic Folder
Outside Magazine Articles
1991-1993
Electronic Folder
Research Notes and Story Ideas
1979-1998
Electronic Folder
Ride a Crooked Trail
2002-2007
Electronic Folder
Rojak
This folder contains files for both Rojak books.
1989-1996
Electronic Folder
Scale A Silver Mountain
1986
Electronic Folder
Sweet Revenge
1985
Electronic Folder
The Selection Solution
1993-1996
Electronic Folder
Winter Adventures
1995
Electronic Folder
Computer files associated with Series III: Personal records
Krauzer's personal records.
1983-2009
electronic_file
Electronic File
Krauzer's Commercials
The final versions of commercials written by Krauzer for radio.
1994
Electronic File
Krauzer's Airchecks
Krauzer's airchecks for when he was a D. J. for a radio station.
1994
Electronic File
Krauzer Funeral Invitiation
The electronic version of the invitation to Krauzer's funeral.
2009

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Adventure stories
  • Western stories
  • Personal Names :
  • Krauzer, Steven M.--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Faculty
  • Occupations :
  • Authors, American--Montana--Missoula