Benjamin Appel (1907-1977) was a writer whose "voice of the streets" reflected his New York City childhood and his military experience. His work has been compared to Dashiell Hammett and James Cain. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and research materials from his work, including the 1943 Dark Stain, which addressed racism.
Virginia Nielsen McCall (1909-2000) was an author of romantic and confession stories, self-help articles and books, juvenile literature, and sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Virginia Nielsen. The collection (1935-1965) contains literary manuscripts, correspondence, tearsheets, books, reviews, publicity, clippings, and periodicals.