Mort Weisinger papers, 1928-1978

Overview of the Collection

Weisinger, Mort, 1915-
Mort Weisinger papers
1928-1978 (inclusive)
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.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Additional Reference Guides
Additional Information

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and manuscripts for "The Contest," "The Complete Alibi Handbook" and "1001 Valuable Things"; the manuscript for an unpublished novel about a U.S. President (ca. 1975); legal agreements between Weisinger and "This Week" and Bantam Books (1954-1978); and photographs of Weisinger, the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

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Preservation Note

System Requirements

"Adventures of Superman" episodes -- Film -- 16 mm.

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Mort Weisinger at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

Processing Note

Processing Information

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Subordinate Component # 1Return to Top

The American Heritage Center is in the process of converting its older container lists to a more accessible format. This link is to an older version of a container list.


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Beauty contests -- Fiction.
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Heroes.
  • Journalism -- United States.
  • Popular literature.
  • Superman (Fictitious character)
  • Superman (Fictitious character) in mass media.
  • Superman films.
  • Truthfulness and falsehood -- Humor.

Corporate Names

  • Action Comics (Firm)
  • Bantam Books (Firm)
  • DC Comics, Inc.

Family Names

  • Weisinger family.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Comics.
  • Games.
  • Legal documents.
  • Motion pictures.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Scripts.


  • Authors.
  • Editors.

Titles within the Collection

  • This week.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Weisinger, Mort, 1915- -- 1001 valuable things that you can get free.
    • Weisinger, Mort, 1915- -- Complete alibi handbook.
    • Weisinger, Mort, 1915- -- Contest.