Charles Boeckman papers, 1944-1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Dorrance, Nina S.Meredith, ScottLenniger Literary AgencyBoeckman, Charles, 1920-2015
Charles Boeckman papers
1944-1981 (inclusive)
3 linear feet, (3 containers)  :  1 record storage box, 1 manuscript box, and 1 irregular box
Collection Number
Ax 329
Charles Boeckman (1920- ) is an author and musician. The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and an autobiographical scrapbook compiled by Boeckman.
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Charles Boeckman (1920- ) is an author and musician. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he aspired to be a writer from an early age. While establishing himself as a writer, Boeckman supplemented his family's income by playing jazz clarinet in dance bands and working in an advertising firm. In the 1970s, Boeckman formed his own New Orleans style Dixieland jazz band. He was awarded a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in 2009.

Boeckman's writing encompasses several fields including mystery, romance, and western. He is the author of The Last Jazz Band, among other works.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and an autobiographical scrapbook compiled by Boeckman.

The initial accession consists of manuscripts and correspondence.

Book length manuscripts include Unsolved Riddles of the Ages, Our Regional Industries, Cool, Hot and Blue-A History of Jazz for Young People, and a fragment of the novel Maverick Brand. There are also over 50 manuscripts for short stories and articles.

Correspondence consists of incoming and outgoing letters from 1949-1974. Major correspondents include the Lenniger Literary Agency, 1954-1974, Scott Meredith, 1949-1957, and MacFadden Publications (Nina S. Dorrance), 1955-1960.

Accession 85 113x M Up 269 consists of correspondence and manuscripts. Included is a full manuscript for a mystery novel, The Empty Grave.

Accession 85 114x M consists of an autobiographical scrapbook compiled by Boeckman for his daughter, Sharla.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Jazz musicians--United States
  • Western stories--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Boeckman, Charles, 1920-2015
  • Boeckman, Charles, 1920-2015
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lenniger Literary Agency
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autobiographies
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Mystery fiction
  • Short stories
  • Western stories