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Mort Weisinger papers, 1928-1978
- Weisinger, Mort, 1915-
- Mort Weisinger papers
- 1928-1978 (inclusive)19281978
- 11.76 cubic feet (26 boxes) + films.
- Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
- Access Restrictions
There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.
- Additional Reference Guides
Finding aid available in repository.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Mort Weisinger (1915-1978) was the editor of Superman comic books from 1945-1970 and the story editor of "The Aventures of Superman" television show which ran from 1952-1957. Weisinger began writing for pulp magazines while in college and became a contributing editor to "This Week" magazine. He was also the author of "The Contest," a novel about beauty pageants, "The Complete Alibi Handbook" and "1001 Valuable Things That You Can Get Free," which was first printed in 1955.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Collection contains materials relating to Weisinger's work as a writer and editor from 1928-1978. Collection includes correspondence (1932-1978) mostly regarding his work as a writer and editor for "This Week" and other magazines and with companies who were included in "1001 Valuable Things"; the galleys and manuscripts for "The Contest," "The Complete Alibi Handbook" and "1001 Valuable Things"; the manuscript for an unpublished novel about a U.S. President (ca. 1975); legal agreements between Weisinger and "This Week" and Bantam Books (1954-1978); and photographs of Weisinger, the Weisinger family and various celebrities.
Collection also includes newspaper clippings on Weisinger and Superman (1928-1978); a script for the motion picture version of "The Contest" (1971); 2 16 mm films from "The Adventures of Superman" television show (1957); 5 scrapbooks; comic books; miscellaneous art work for the Superman comic book; and the board game "Movie Millions," which was developed by Weisinger.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
"Adventures of Superman" episodes -- Film -- 16 mm.
There are no known other archival collections created by Mort Weisinger at the date of processing.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Beauty contests -- Fiction.
- Comic books, strips, etc.
- Journalism -- United States.
- Popular literature.
- Superman (Fictitious character)
- Superman (Fictitious character) in mass media.
- Superman films.
- Truthfulness and falsehood -- Humor.
- Action Comics (Firm)
- Bantam Books (Firm)
- DC Comics, Inc.
- Weisinger family.
Form or Genre Terms
- Legal documents.
- Motion pictures.
Titles within the Collection
- This week.
- Weisinger, Mort, 1915- -- 1001 valuable things that you can get free.
- Weisinger, Mort, 1915- -- Complete alibi handbook.
- Weisinger, Mort, 1915- -- Contest.