Noel Loomis (1905-1969) was born in Wakita, Oklahoma and educated at the University of Oklahoma. Beginning in 1929 he became a free-lance writer of adventure and western fiction novels and scripts. He wrote for the popular western TV series', Bonanza and Have Gun Will Travel.
He also taught writing at San Diego State College, and was a writing consultant in San Diego city schools. He married Dorothy Loomis, who was also a writer.
The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, illustrations and original paintings, microfilm, lecture recordings, Western Writers of American and other writer's club files, including correspondence and other documents relating to conflicts within the Western Writers of America organization. Writings and correspondence by Dorothy Loomis are also included within the collection.
The material is arranged by initial donation and subsequent addenda, and includes the following material: (lists are not comprehensive)
The initial donation in February 1972 consisted of book length manuscripts, arranged alphabetically by title, that include drafts, revisions, galley proofs, rejections, comments by others, literary agency correspondence, and final drafts.
The 1972 Addendum contains manuscripts by Loomis and others on microfilm.
The 1973 Addendum consists of correspondence, tearsheets, books, pulp magazines, and general magazines. Outgoing correspondence is organized by date, 1957-1961, and incoming correspondence is organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. The pulp magazines are filed alphabetically by title.
The 1974 Addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1953-1967) and incoming correspondence, organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title.
The 1975 Addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1954-1969), and incoming correspondence, organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. Important subjects include correspondence relating to internal conflicts within the Western Writers of America organization. This addenda also contains correspondence concerning the 1972 Addenda donation of microfilm. Correspondence, articles and stories by Dorothy Loomis are also included, 1948-1971.
The 1975 Addendum also contains manuscript material including book-length, short story, and TV scripts. Material include drafts, revisions, galley proofs, research, rejections, comments by others, literary agency correspondence, and final drafts. Books, magazines, and pulps with articles and stories by Noel Loomis, Dorothy Loomis and others are also included.
Also included in the 1975 Addendum are tape recordings of class lectures, television and radio, and meetings of Western Writers of America. This addendum also contains publicity, book reviews, and memorabilia.
Another Addendum (called addendum #5) contains original paintings for novels by Loomis, and illustrations for writings by Dorothy Loomis.
The 1976 Addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1949-1965), and incoming correspondence organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. Also included are subject files containing articles and letters to the editor by Loomis and others. There are also files on Western Writers of America that include constitutions, conventions, elections, legislation, membership, treasury and memorabilia.
The 1976 Addendum also contains manuscript material including book-length, articles and essay manuscripts that include drafts, revisions, galley proofs, research, rejections, comments by others, correspondence, and final drafts. Also included are books, magazines, and tearsheets.
The 1978 Addendum consists of outgoing correspondence (1954-1969), and incoming correspondence organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. There is also a section of incoming and outgoing correspondence by Dorothy Loomis.
The 1978 Addendum also contains subject files on writer's clubs, conferences, and conventions. Manuscript material is also included. There are short article and essay manuscripts, book reviews, projected manuscripts with publisher and subject correspondence, a manuscript by Dorothy Loomis, books, and memorabilia.
The 1978 Addendum also includes fifty-four reel-to-reel recordings of lectures given in 1967 by Loomis, and thirty-three reels of microfilm that contain copies of newspapers.
The April 1979 Addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1951-1967), and incoming correspondence, organized alphabetically by sender's last name or organization title. Also included are manuscripts and writer's conference materials.
The August 1979 Addendum consists of congressional documents dealing mostly with mail routes and Native American peoples and lands, manuscript fragments, journals, magazines and newsletters, maps, tearsheets, Native American files and student papers.
The 1980 Addendum contains tape recordings of lectures by Loomis for class, radio, and/or TV, 1954-1969.
The collection contains many photographs. The paper finding aid lists photographs in the original placement order within the collection; however the photographs were physically separated from the papers for preservation purposes. Photographs are now stored in photo boxes 1-23.
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[Identification of item], Noel Loomis papers, Coll 165, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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