HISTORY: James D. Horan (1914-1981) was an historian, novelist, and newsman. He authored 40 books. Horan attended Drake College in New Jersey and the Writing Center at New York University. He married Gertrude Dorrity in 1938 and they had four children: Patricia, Brian, Gary and James.
SCOPE: The James D. Horan Collection consists primarily of manuscripts of his books, both fiction and non-fiction. One script for a television show is also present. In total, there are 29 series. The first 25 series are arranged alphabetically by title of the completed work, with the exception of two instances, in which the subjects received prominence (the Shenandoah series and the Pinkertons series). In general, a series devoted to a general work typically includes manuscripts and/or drafts. Correspondence, research, images (such as photocopies, Photostats or slides), and clippings may also be included. The remaining series are devoted to clippings and correspondence that are presumably unrelated to any of the completed works.
HOLDINGS: 20 linear feet.
ACCESS: Some of the material in Special Collection M- may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.
Copies of the finding aid are available for download:
OTHER RESOURCES: The James D. Horan Papers, at Syracuse University.
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