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Sylvan Karchmer Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Karchmer, Sylvan
Title: Sylvan Karchmer Papers
Dates: 1933-1982
Abstract: This collection consists of published short stories, typescript drafts, notes, theater programs, photographs, and clippings associated with Karchmer's plays, and personal correspondence.
Identification: 1983-001
Quantity: 8.00 Boxes
Language of Materials The papers are in:English
Repository: Special Collections University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Sylvan Nathan Karchmer was born in Dallas, Texas, on December 31, 1911. After graduating from high school, he worked for the petroleum industry until 1942, when he served as an enlisted man in World War II and was posted to North Africa and Italy. In 1947, Karchmer began his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949 and Master of Fine Arts in 1950. Karchmer studied Playwriting under Dr. E.P. Conkle. His master's thesis was the writing and production of a full-length play, Stranger upon Earth. During his time as a student, Karchmer wrote several short stories and had many published in principal little magazines. In Best American Short Stories of 1951 five of his stories were judged "distinctive." Upon graduation he was eager to find a teaching position that would allow him time to write. He accepted a teaching position at the University of Oregon, teaching playwriting and creative writing. He rose from the rank of instructor to full professor during his 17 year tenure and was Head, Creative Writing Division. He was writer in residence at Viterbo College, Wisconsin (1970-1), and taught playwriting and short story writing at Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. One of his plays, The Tooth of the Lion, won the Charles Sergel Prize at the University of Chicago in 1953. Productions of his plays Vain Empire and A Little Winter Love were performed at Stephens College, Missouri in 1957 and University of Nebraska in 1961. His short stories appeared in numerous publications, including Antioch Review, Southwest Review, Esquire, Western Review, Prairie Schooner, University of Kansas City Review, Arizona Review, Colorado Quarterly, Opinion, Kansas Quarterly. Several stories have been reprinted in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories, 21 Texas Stories, College Years, These Your Children. Karchmer also wrote and published several short stories under his pseudonym Lee Brian.

Karchmer always considered Texas his home and returned to teach Creative Writing at the University of Houston in 1967 and served as the Fiction Editor of Forum from 1971-80. Sylvan Karchmer died on July 24, 1991 at the age of 79.

Scope and Contents

The collection is organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1933-1985, (1� boxes) II. Works: Short Stories, 1940-1982 (4 boxes), III. Works: Plays, 1953-1977 (2 boxes), and IV. Career and Personal (1 box). The Correspondence series consists mainly of outgoing letters written to Miss Gladys Moore, a lifelong friend and correspondent. The Works series include published and unpublished drafts primarily of Short Stories and Plays. Career and Personal series includes book reviews by Karchmer, clippings, play production materials and miscellaneous items collected by Karchmer.


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Index Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston. Creative Writing Program
Genre/Form of Material:
Page proofs
Theater programs
Topical Term:
Authors, American -- 20th century
Dramatists, American -- 20th century

Related Materials

Karchmer's correspondence with Bernard Malamud forms part of the Bernard Malamud Papers at Oregon State University Special Collections.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sylvan Karchmer Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries


Detailed Description

Correspondence 1932-1985

The bulk of this series is made up of outgoing letters from Sylvan Karchmer to Gladys Moore. The two corresponded on a regular basis between the years 1932-1981. There are a few incoming letters pertaining to Karchmer's work organized by date. This series does not include correspondence related to specific productions which has been filed with other materials related to that production.
Box Folder
1 1 Moore, Gladys September 1934-December 1934
2 Moore, Gladys January 1935-May 1936
3 Moore, Gladys June 1936-December 1937
4 Moore, Gladys January 1938-December 1938
5 Moore, Gladys February 1939-December 1939
6 Moore, Gladys January 1940-December 1940
7 Moore, Gladys February 1941-December 1942
8 Moore Gladys January 1943-December 1943
9 Moore, Gladys January 1944-December 1944
10 Moore, Gladys January 1945-June 1946
11 Moore, Gladys July 1946-December 1948
12 Moore, Gladys January 1949-December 1950
13 Moore, Gladys January 1951-December 1954
14 Moore, Gladys January 1955-December 1957
15 Moore, Gladys January 1958-December 1960
16 Moore, Gladys February 1961-December 1965
17 Moore, Gladys January 1966-November 1970
18 Moore, Gladys January 1971-December 1975
Box Folder
2 1 Moore, Gladys February 1976-December 1978
2 Moore, Gladys January 1979-December 1981
3 Moore, Gladys 1932-1934
4 Smith, Henry to Gladys Moore April 12, 1933
5 Conkle, [E.P.] March 3, 1952
6 Bagdasian, Harry M. and Robert Schulte November 12, 1979
7 Smith, [Mack] February 9, 1983
8 Staub, Jacob J. May 8, 1984
9 Baugh, Susan C. April-June 1985

Works: Short Stories 1940-1982

This series includes published and unpublished short stories, by Sylvan Karchmer. Some works were published under his pseudonym, Lee Brian. Works are filed alphabetically by title whether published or not.
Box Folder
2 10 �Notes' holograph drafts for several short stories, 18 pieces
11 "Abrazo", Quixote 16, Winter 1958 and clippings
12 Addio, The American Courier, August 1, 1953 as Lee Brian
13 The Afternoon Sound, Hopkins Review, Summer 1979
14 The Afternoon's Work, The Midwest Journal, Spring 1955
15 The Age of Gold, American Hebrew August 2, 1946
16 The Ancestor, The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review November 1948
17 And Now Goodbye�, typescript, undated
18 Annie Cohen typescript, (5/31/72)
19 Anniversary, The American Hebrew. January 30, 1948
20 Answer! Reconstructionist, October 1976 as Lee Brian
21 The Apple Vendor, The Villager, November 1975 as Lee Brian
22 A Bare Minyon, Jewish Spectator November 1948
23 The Bell, Jewish Spectator July 1940
24 Bell's Palsy, Esquire, December [undated]
25 The Bible Bus, American Judaism January 1953
26 The Birthday, typescript and holograph note, unda
27 The Blame typescript, undated
28 The Blast, The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review June-July 1947
29 The Blessing over Bread, Jewish Frontier May 1957
30 The Blight typescript, undated
31 Blue River, The Midwest Journal Spring 1954
32 Bond, Epoch Fall 1950
33 The Bond of Sympathy typescript, undated
34 The Bouquet, Jewish Exponent January 27, 1976
35 The Bracing Hand, typescript, undated
36 The Brief Courtship typescript draft, undated
37 The Bronze Figurine in Arizona Quarterly Spring 1949
38 The Brothers typescript, undated
39 The Brothers, The Jewish Horizon June 1956
40 The Buried Alive Stunt, The University of Kansas City Review Winter 1948
41 The Bus typescript [1985?] as Lee Brian
42 By Candlelight, Aspen Leaves, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1975 as Lee Brian
43 Byzantium, The Colorado Quarterly Winter 1958
44 The Calculated Risk, Opinion Sept. -Oct. 1953
45 The Calory Content, The American Hebrew Apr. 12, 1946
46 The Candidate Next Time, Opinion July-Aug. 1954
47 The Caribou, The Canadian Forum, Oct. 1953 as Lee Brian
48 A Case for the Courts, Pequod, No. IV, Spring 1969 as Lee Brian
49 Changing of the Guard, Arx, July 1969 as Lee Brian
50 A Christmas Memoir typescript, undated
51 Citizen Sklar, New Frontiers, Spring 1963 as Lee Brian
52 The Clock typescript undated, as Lee Brian
53 The Coarser Fiber, Nimrod, Vol. 6, No. 2, undated as Lee Brian
54 The Colonello's Lady from Trieste typescript with holograph critical note, undated
55 Color Motif, Opinion July-August 1949
56 Come Sweet Death typescript draft and holograph note, undated
57 Commitments, Kansas Quarterly, Winter 1971-72 as Lee Brian
58 Cousin Emily typescript with revisions, undated
59 Cousin Melvin, The Western Humanities Review Summer 1960
60 The Crank, The American Hebrew Jan. 31, 1947
61 The Crystal Ballroom typescript with revisions, undated
62 Cypress by the Walk, The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review Dec. 1947
63 Dancer, The Antigonish Review, Autumn 1972 as Lee Brian
64 Darling, Wind, Vol. 12, No. 46, 1982 as Lee Brian, typescript with revisions
65 The Day the War Began typescript, undated
66 Death of a Division typescript with revisions, undated
67 The Debate Team, Midwestern University Review, 1966 as Lee Brian
68 Dilke, Event, Vol. 11, No. 1, [1982] as Lee Brian, typescript with revisions
69 The Discussion, Opinion August 1946
70 Displaced Person, The Husk [undated]
71 The Distance Man typescript draft with revisions, undated
72 The Divining Rod typescript with revisions [1976] with clipping
73 Spiral notebook containing several holograph story drafts
Box Folder
3 1 The Door typescript, undated as Lee Brian
2 Doshie, Four Quarters, May 1960 as Lee Brian
3 An Egregious Affair, Kansas Magazine, 1966 as Lee Brian
4 Elberta, Jewish Frontier December 1958
5 Elijah, St. Louis Jewish Light, March 23, 1983 as Lee Brian
6 Encounter, Portland Today February 1977
7 Encounter at Orvieto, The Antioch Review Spring 1953
8 Encounter in the Dark, Liberal Judaism November 1947
9 An Engaging Affair typescript, undated
10 An Episode of My Youth typescript, undated
11 An Episode of the Building Campaign typescript, undated
12 Erev Shabbos, Jewish Weekly, May 17, 1946 with correspondence to SK from Dr. Trude-Weiss Romarin, editor of The Jewish Spectator June 14, 1946
13 The Esurient Teacher, Northwest Review Summer 1966
14 Exile, The Jewish Spectator Jan. 1941
15 The Expedition typescript, undated
16 The Family, West Coast Review Jan. 1975
17 The Fano Club, The University of Kansas City Review Autumn 1947
18 Festive Occasion, The American Jewish Times Outlook, April 1979 as Lee Brian
19 Final Class, Unicorn, Winter 1977 as Lee Brian
20 A Fistful of Alamo Heroes, The University of Kansas City Review Summer 1950
21 The Flower Lady (33 page holograph draft) 6/30/78
22 The Food Basket, The South Carolina Review, June 1973 as Lee Brian
23 The Fortress typescript, undated
24 The Funny Page typescript with revisions, undated
25 G.I. in Tunis and "Letter to the Editor," The Menorah Journal Spring 1946
26 The Gag-Men typescript, undated
27 A Game of Chess, clipping, undated
28 The Garden, Reconstructionist, April 1975 as Lee Brian
29 The Gift, The Cresset, October 1961 as Lee Brian
30 The Gift of Love, The American Hebrew March 2, 1951
31 A Girl in New York, Approach, Fall 1956 as Lee Brian
32 Going Home, Liberal Judaism November 1946
33 A Golden Trio, The University of Kansas City Review Autumn 1969
34 Goodbye, Goodbye�, The Stylus July 1955
35 Grandpa, Arizona Quarterly Autumn 1985
36 Granny, Jewish Frontier September 1955
37 Granny, Forum Winter 1980
38 The Graveyard Shift, Folio Summer 1960
39 The Greek, Jewish Frontier November 1954
40 The Green Cake, The Villager, November 1976 as Lee Brian
41 The Guard typescript, undated as Lee Brian
42 Hail Brother and Farewell, Epoch Winter 1949
43 That Heavy Bear, University of Portland Review, Fall 1972 as Lee Brian
44 Hertha: The S.S. Girl typescript 1979
45 Hetty and Mamma typescript 1978
46 Hi Fi, University of Portland Review, Fall 1974 as Lee Brian
47 The Highest Tradition, The American Hebrew July 19, 1946
48 His Father's Evening, The Chicago Jewish Forum Fall 1966
49 His Father's Evening, The Jewish Digest October 1967
50 The Hobby, Jewish Life October 1946
51 Honey Boy, Hairenik October 21, 1948
52 Hop, Skip, Jump, typescript, undated
53 Hut-Two-Three-Four, Arizona Quarterly Winter 1947
54 I Walk Alone, typescript, undated
55 Ice Cream, typescript 1975
56 If I am Not for Myself, The Cresset, February 1969 as Lee Brian
57 Immunity, The Little Review Fall 1965
58 The Important Thing, The American Hebrew January 7, 1949
59 In a Black Garb, Greyledge Review, Fall-Winter, 1960 as Lee Brian, typescript, undated
60 In the Park, Jewish Affairs, August 1961 as Lee Brian
61 Innocent Prospects, Alpha, Fall 1979 as Lee Brian, 2 typescripts with revisions
62 An Interval of Mourning, North Dakota Quarterly, Summer 1968 as Lee Brian
Box Folder
4 1 An Invitation, Sands 1986
2 The Invitation typescript, undated
3 The Invitation typescript draft 11/21/81
4 Is This Our Dance, Aspect, January-February 1974 as Lee Brian
5 The Isle of Ogygia typescript, undated
6 The Ivied Tower, Wind, Vol. 16, No. 57, 1986 as Lee Brian, typescript with revisions
7 The Journey, Opinion May 1948
8 The Journey typescript, undated as Lee Brian
9 The Journey Back typescript draft, undated
10 Junior typescript, undated
11 The Last Laugh typescript, undated
12 The Last Place, The Husson Review, May 1968 as Lee Brian
13 The Leopard, The American Courier, November 1, 1953 as Lee Brian
14 A Lesson in ABCs, Opinion January 1948
15 The Lesson in History, The American Hebrew December 26, 1947
16 The Lesson Music typescript draft 1964
17 The Life of Virgy, 2 typescripts, undated
18 A Lift to Town, The Hopkins Review, undated
19 A Line of Bad Verse, Husk May 1950
20 The Lion Hunt typescript with revisions, undated
21 The Lists, Ball State University Forum Spring 1965
22 A Literary Friendship, Sahara, Summer 1978 as Lee Brian
23 The Little Girl in the Ditch, typescript with revisions, undated
24 A Little Refreshment, The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review February 1949
25 Long Trousers typescript, undated as Lee Brian
26 The Lovelace House, Fiddlehead, Spring 1964 as Lee Brian
27 Machine, The Smith, Issue 27, undated, as Lee Brian
28 The Mad Woman, The Chronicle Review, December 1973 as Lee Brian
29 Malamed, The American Jewish Times Outlook, September 1979 as Lee Brian
30 The Man in Trieste, Jewish Affairs, December 1951 as Lee Brian
31 The Man with the Scar typescript with revisions, undated
32 Manhole, Surfside Poetry Review, Spring-Summer 1974 as Lee Brian
33 Mazel-Tov, The American Hebrew April 4, 1947
34 Memoir, The Antigonish Review, Summer 1980 as Lee Brian
35 Missing Person typescript, 1978 with 3 pages of holograph notes and revisions
36 Mr. Lombard typescript with revisions, undated
37 The Motherly Interest, Views, undated
38 Music from Teufel, University of Kansas Review, undated
39 The Music Lesson, The Villager, October 1964 as Lee Brian
40 My Ally, Perspectives, undated
41 My Friend at the Hotel de Gink, undated
42 Naples Interlude, Opinion March-April 1951
43 Nate typescript draft 1979
44 The Neophite typescript with revisions, undated
45 The New Neighbors typescript draft, undated and letter from Don Wasson re: draft, 1961
46 A Night at Milly's, Folio May 19??
47 Night Scenes, undated as Lee Brian
48 The Nine Cities of Carthage typescript, undated, 2 pages holograph notes and revisions
49 Mother Mia, The Bicentennial Collection of Texas Short Stories, edited by James P. White 1974
50 Obituary, Sam Houston Literary Review, Fall 1978 as Lee Brian
51 Officer-Substitute Horowitz, Jewish Life, June-July 1951 as Lee Brian
52 The Old Rabbi Look at the Rubble, The American Jewish Times-Outlook September 1953
53 Old Todd typescript, 3 pages of notes and revisions, undated
54 The Old Wine, The Cresset February 1967
55 The Older Echo, The University of Kansas City Review Summer 1963
56 On the Road to Rome typescript, undated
57 Operations Musk, typescript, undated
58 The Orpheus Legend, Views, Vol. V, No. 2
59 Paradise, Alive, Vol. 3, No. 2, undated as Lee Brian
60 Paradise, Jewish Life, December 1961 as Lee Brian
61 The Party at Serracapriola, Tanager December 1947
62 The Passenger, Quixote, Vol. 8, No. 2, undated as Lee Brian
63 A Promise of Gold typescript, undated
64 The Pro-Semite, Jewish Frontier June 1954
65 The Pedant and Miss Read typescript, undated as Lee Brian
66 Poetry, The Southern Jewish Weekly, November 28, 1980 as Lee Brian, typescript with notes
67 The Portrait, Liberal Judaism, April-May 1949 as Lee Brian
68 Professor Miracle, The South Dakota Review Autumn 1966
69 Quo Vedas, typescript draft, undated
70 Rabbi Lantz's Wednesday Morning, Jewish Spectator, January 1964 as Lee Brian
71 The Rabbi of Corpus Christi Shul, Jewish Frontier, October 1967 as Lee Brian
72 The Ramparts, Sahara, Fall 1976 as Lee Brian
73 The Ransom, The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review March 1947
Box Folder
5 1 Recipe, typescript, undated
2 Remainder, Event, Vol. 4, No. 1
3 Respite, Arizona Quarterly, undated
4 The Return, typescript, undated
5 The Return, Brooklyn Jewish Center Review, undated
6 Reunion, Sam Houston Literary Review December 1976
7 The Rival, Jewish Currents October 1979
8 Rockbound, typescript, undated
9 Rosebelle, Sahara Summer 1975
10 The Sabbath Guest, Jewish Frontier January 1957
11 The Saint, The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review August-September 1947
12 Salutations, The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review April 1948
13 Sara, typescript, undated
14 Sea Change, The American Jewish Times Outlook November 1978
15 Search, The Chronicle Review December 1974
16 A Season of Joy, Metamorphosis Summer 1961
17 The Second-Year Man Talks, typescript, undated as Lee Brian
18 Seder in Capus, Jewish Spectator April 1947
19 Shepherd Song, The Southern Jewish Weekly March 28, 1980
20 Signor Sacco, The University of Kansas City Review Winter 1946
21 Silence, typescript draft 10/15/81
22 The Silent Moments, The American Hebrew September 24, 1948
23 The Silver Basket, Jewish Life October 1953
24 The Smallest Nightmare, Folio Spring 1959
25 Something for Clara, Arizona Quarterly, undated
26 Sophocles in the Underworld, Laurel Review, Summer 1979 as Lee Brian
27 Sound the Great Horn, Jewish Spectator September 1947
28 The Star Gazer, typescript draft, with revisions, undated
29 The Starlet, typescript, undated
30 Statue in Grandfather's Garden, Prairie Schooner Summer 1950
31 A Stranger, Jewish Affairs July 1954
32 The Student Writer's Imperfect World, Old Oregon December-January 1962-63
33 The Sufficient Cook, The Southern Jewish Weekly September 8, 1972
34 The Suko, Liberal Judaism October 1947
35 Summer Plans, The Husson Review December 1971
36 The Summons, Jewish Spectator September 1946
37 The Survivor, Liberal Judaism February 1947
38 Tell it to the Jews-Not Me, The National Jewish Monthly February 1948
39 Ten Minutes, West Coast Review Spring 1966
40 That Funny Little Man, typescript, undated
41 That Wonderful Little Train, typescript, undated
42 The Threshing, typescript draft, undated
43 The Ticket, The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review October 1949
44 The Time of Beginning, typescript draft with holograph notes, undated
45 To Warm the Heart, typescript draft with revisions, undated
46 The Top of the Trail, The American Hebrew March 12, 1948
47 La Tosca, Hairenik Weekly June 16, 1949
48 TraLaLaLa, Perspective, undated
49 The Transgression, The University of Kansas City Review Spring 1961
50 Traveler's Return, typescript, undated
51 The Triangle, The Link June 1948
52 A Trio of Voices, The American Hebrew October 17, 1947 and October 24, 1947
53 The Truce, The American Hebrew April 26, 1946
54 The Truck, The American Hebrew May 21, 1948
55 Tunis Dance, typescript, undated
56 The Twilight Prayer, Jewish Life December 1946
57 Twilight Time, typescript draft (1/28/65)
58 Two Passes to Milano, Epoch Spring 1948
59 The Typres, typescript draft, undated
60 Uncle Birney, Quixote 10 Summer 1956
61 The Unending War, The Young Israel Viewpoint January-February 1948
62 Untitled story typescript draft, undated
63 Untitled story typescript draft with revisions, undated
64 A Vacant Apartment, Wind, Vol. 10, No. 37 1980
65 Venetia typescript draft (12/3/56)
66 The Victor, The American Hebrew December 28, 1945
67 The Visa, The California Quarterly, undated
68 The Visit, typescript, undated
69 A Visit to Benedetto Croce, Western Review Winter 1948
70 A Visit to the Undertakers, typescript with revisions, undated
71 A Visit to Tulsa, Phoebe October 1978
72 Voices, Manuscript Lab 1956
73 The Walls of the Shul, Jewish Spectator September 1941
74 The Web of Sympathy, The Husk, undated
75 Welcome, The Midwest Journal, undated
76 Weltanschauung, The Canadian Forum April 1955
77 The White Cadillac, Aspect July/September 1976
78 The Wild Night of Mr. Ross, typescript draft with revisions, undated
79 William Tell, Fiddlehead Spring 1962
80 Wine and Roses, typescript with revisions, undated
81 The Winter World, Southwest Review Winter 1961
82 With Tenderness, Reconstructionist December 1980
83 A Word on Stone, The American Hebrew April 23, 1948
84 Writing Can Be Taught, The Round Table January 1976
85 Young Harry, Arx April 1969
86 Young Haskell, Jewish Frontier November 1962
87 Young Kollishman, The Jewish Spectator May 1941
88 Your Souvenirs, The Midwest Journal Winter 1950-51

Works: Plays 1953-1977

Karchmer's stage plays, radio plays and teleplays arranged alphabetically by title.
Box Folder
6 1 The Angels in the Cave typescript, undated
2 At Evening, typescript, undated as Lee Brian
3 At the End of the Day, typescript photocopy, undated as Lee Brian
4 Attic Danger typescript, undated
5 The Baby Sitters' Pool, typescript, undated as Lee Brian
6 Ballade in G Minor, undated
6 Typescript, as Lee Brian
6 Typescript draft with holograph revisions, as SK
7 The Belfry, typescript drat with revisions, undated
8 A Case of Moon Madness, typescript, undated
9 The Cimadorsa Ring, typescript draft with revisions, undated
10 The Closed Season, typescript, undated as Lee Brian
11 The Closed Season, typescript, undated
12 Commodore Suicide, West Coast Review Winter 1968
13 Conversations with C.O.D., undated as Lee Brian
13 Typescript
13 Typescript, copy 1
13 Typescript, copy 2
13 Typescript, copy 3
14 The Credentials of Dr. Wallace typescript, undated as Lee Brian
15 The Dangling Promise typescript, undated
16 The Death of Antony, typescript with notes and revisions, undated
17 The Distant Signal, typescript, undated
18 The Dry Run typescript with revisions, undated
19 The Famished Hearts typescript, undated
20 The Fire Bell, undated as Lee Brian
20 Typescript
20 Typescript, copy 1
21 The First Day of Spring, typescript, undated
22 First Skirmish, typescript, undated
23 The $40,000 Scheme, typescript, undated
24 The Fragile Potsherd, undated
24 Typescript
24 Typescript, as Lee Brian
24 Typescript draft with holograph revisions, notes
25 The Golden Chain, undated
25 Typescript, as Lee Brian
25 Typescript, as Lee Brian, copy 1
25 Typescript, as Lee Brian, copy 2
25 Typescript draft with critique, notes, holograph revisions
25 Typescript with holograph revisions
25 Typescript, photocopied
25 Typescript
26 The Golden Poppy, typescript draft with holograph revisions, undated
27 Goodbye typescript, undated
28 Hail the Conquering� typescript, undated
29 Happy Birthday to You, New York: Samuel French 1953
(3 copies)
30 The Harvest is In, typescript, undated
31 In Repose, typescript draft with holograph revisions, undated
32 Jacobian Court, typescript draft with holograph revisions, undated (Pages 71-72 missing, 2pp. labeled "omit")
32 5 pages of notes
33 The Journey, typescript, undated
34 The Journey East typescript draft, undated
35 The Key, typescript draft with holograph revisions, undated
36 The Last Confederate typescript, undated
37 The Last Run, typescript, undated
38 The Linen Closet, typescript, undated as Lee Brian
39 The Little White Lie, typescript, undated
40 A Little Winter Play[Love], typescript, undated
41 The Maker of Flags typescript, undated
42 The Man with the Mole, typescript, undated
43 Morta Belle, typescript, undated
Box Folder
7 1 Myrtle and Ivy, undated
1 Typescript
1 Typescript
1 Typescript, as Lee Brian
1 Typescript
1 Typescript
2 The Name on the Doorplate, typescript, undated
3 Necktie Andy, typescript, undated
4 The No-Smell It Pellet, undated
4 Typescript, with holograph notes, revisions
4 Typescript, with holograph note
5 The Old Heater typescript, undated as Lee Brian
6 Operation Musk typescript, undated
7 The Orchid Years, typescript, undated
8 An Order of Zinnias, typescript, undated
9 Out of the Game typescript, with 4 pages notes 1956
10 The Pageant of Israel typescript, undated
11 The Picture typescript, undated
12 The Play-Dream, typescript draft with holograph revisions, undated
13 A Present for the Boy typescript with revisions, undated
14 The Prize Winning Lady typescript, undated with 2 clippings
15 The Rose Garden, typescript, undated
16 Saturday Night's the Loveliest Night typescript, undated
17 Scrabble, holograph draft in spiral notebook
18 The Second Garden, undated as Lee Brian
18 Typescript
18 Typescript
19 The Short Hour, undated
19 Typescript, photocopied
20 The Silver Trout, typescript, undated
21 Simpsonite, typescript, undated
22 Stranger at the Gate, typescript, undated
23 Streetcar, typescript draft August 30, 1977
24 Summer Interlude, typescript, undated
25 Through the Gate, typescript, undated
26 A Time for Singing, typescript, undated
27 A Time of Truce, typescript, undated as Lee Brian
28 Top of the Trail, undated
28 Typescript draft with holograph revisions, undated
28 Typescript, undated
29 The Tower, typescript draft with holograph revisions, undated
30 A Trip up the River, typescript, undated as Lee Brian
31 The Truck, typescript draft, undated
32 The Unfinished, typescript with typed and holograph notes, undated
33 Unnamed play #1, typescript draft with holograph notes
34 Unnamed play #2, typescript draft
35 White Cream Dessert, typescript draft, undated
36 Woman in Love, typescript, undated
37 The Year of the Candle Flame, typescript, undated

Career and Personal

This series contains 4 sub series: book reviews written by Sylvan Karchmer, clippings, play production materials and miscellaneous items collected by Karchmer.
8 Book Reviews
1 Birdsong, New Letters Spring 1978
2 Penetrating Wagner's Ring: An Anthology book review by Sylvan Karchmer in The South Central Bulletin Summer 1979
3 The Persian Oven and Magic Unbound, Negative Capability Summer 1983
4 The Short Fiction of Caroline Gordon: A Critical Symposium, The South Central Bulletin Fall 1976
Newspaper Clippings
5 3 items 1949
5 Karchmer Wins $50 in Lions' Play Contest [Austin American Statesman, April/May, 1949]
5 Lions Club to see Prize-Winning Play [May 1949]
5 University Playwright Wins First in Lions Club Contest [1949]
6 5 articles containing death of Miss Susan Hancock Stalnaker, "wealthy recluse," Austin American Statesman December 1949
7 4 items
7 Karchmer Wins Award [May 1953]
7 Love's Labor Wasted Once More: Or What Should a Man Think?, The Houston Post September 3, 1959
7 Play Cast Announced by University Theatre, The Summer Nebraskan July 5, 1961
7 Death notice for Rose Jacobs Karchmer in Dallas Morning News September 16, 1976
8 5 items
8 UO Professor to Speak For Writers Group [Cottage Grove Sentinel] [January 30, 1958]
8 Ye Tabbard Inn to Meet in SU, undated
8 "A short story by Sylvan Karchmer�," undated
8 Missing Manuscripts' Return Requested, undated
8 Drama Department Ranks Tops in U.S., undated
These folders contain clippings, correspondence, photographs and publicity material related to the production of Karchmer's plays.
9 "On this Green Bank"
9 Clippings and reviews
10 pieces
9 Program, "Four One-Act Plays" Nov. 17-22, 1947
10 "The Short Hour"
10 Program (5 copies)
10 "The Prompter," Vol. 4, No. 4 February 1957
8 copies
10 "Art in Progress" 1958
11 "The Short Hour"
Clippings and reviews, 38 pieces
12 "The Short Hour"
Correspondence, 10 pieces
13 "The Short Hour"
Publicity Material
13 "The Prompter" Feb. 1958
13 "The New Dramatists"
publicity release, brochure
13 Photographs
6 group photos of SK
14 "The Short Hour"
14 Congratulatory letters, telegrams
7 pieces
14 Announcements
11 pieces
15 "Stranger Upon Earth" [May 16-20, 1950]
15 Clippings and reviews
6 pieces
15 Cast List
16 "Vain Empire"
16 Clippings and reviews
8 pieces
16 Program, "Vain Empire," undated
17 "Vain Empire"
17 Correspondence between John Gunnell of Stephens College and SK March 3-16, 1957
6 pieces
These folders contain several items collected by Karchmer. Included are programs, faculty publications lists from University of Oregon, drawing of O. Henry's Museum in Austin, passenger list from R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth II, and Karchmer's student records from University of Texas.
18 Holograph notes by SK on Gladys Moore's novel, undated
19 Photocopies of two short stories: An Invitation and Grandpa, with handwritten note from Paul Strassman to SK, undated
20 "Acta Diurna" June 1, 1967
21 The Brooklyn Jewish Center Review June-July, 1948
22 "The Case of Ezra Pound" by Jack LaZebnik from The New Republic April 1, 1957
23 Drawing of O. Henry Museum in Austin, undated
24 Faculty publications, University of Oregon, undated
25 Faculty publications issue of Oregon State System of Higher Education Bulletin June 30, 1956
26 Harvest, Vol. 41, dedicated to Sylvan Karchmer, undated
27 "In Memory of Boris Roubakine," undated
28 The Jewish Spectator October 1941
29 "The Literature of Sulfur Compounds Obtainable from Petroleum Fractions" by J.H. Karchmer, undated
30 Memorial to Ed Mayo in Periphery Spring 1974
31 The Menorah Journal Index 1915-1948
32 Obituary of Siegfried Kuttner and Calling Card
33 Old Oregon February-March 1959
34 Old Oregon May-June 1965, May-June 1969
35 Passenger List, R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth II May 14, 1971
36 (Four) Photographs of unidentified play [Stranger upon Earth?]
37 Programs
38 Student records from University of Texas, student I.D. cards, letter awarding Master of Fine Arts in Drama (June 3, 1950)
39 Review by Chandler B. Beall of Mario Praz: The Flaming Heart, signed by Beall
40 Unidentified painting
41 University of Texas Commencement Program June 3, 1950