Garland Roark Collection, 1946-1988 | East Texas Research Center

By Anne Kendall

Collection Overview

Title: Garland Roark Collection, 1946-1988Add to your cart.

ID: A/181

Primary Creator: Garland, George (1904-)

Extent: 33.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Authors -- Biography -- Sources, Authors -- Texas, East, Garland, George, 1904-, Roark, Garland -- Manuscripts

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection spans Roark's writing career from 1943 until his death in 1985 and contains galley proofs, and original handwritten and typed manuscripts of many of his books, newspaper articles, and other writings, including unpublished material. Also included are Roark's research notes and materials, and promotional material for the movies based on his novels Wake of the Red Witch, and Fair Wind to Java. Other items in the collection include business correspondence, most notably with publishers Doubleday and Company, Inc. and Little, Brown and Company, and letters from actors John Wayne and Clint Walker. There is a large collection of news clippings and reviews, transcripts of radio interviews, and several of Roark's drawings.  There are also publicity photos, photos of Roark and his family, and personal correspondence and fan mail.

Collection Historical Note

Garland Roark was born July 26, 1904 in Groesbeck, Texas the son of James H. and Mona Lee (Davidson) Roark. He married Leola Elisabeth Burke on September 14, 1939. He died February 9, 1985 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The late Garland Roark was well known as a writer of seafaring adventures and, under the pseudonym George Garland, of Westerns. Roark held advertising positions with various stores in Texas from 1924 until 1946, when he quit to write full time. The decision proved fortuitous; throughout the 1950's and 1960's Roark maintained a solid reputation for pulp-style adventure stories.

Roark's first novel, Wake of the Red Witch, set the tone for his subsequent work. Set in the South Seas, the story revolves around sunken treasure and the cruel greed of the men searching for it. Early reviewers were less than enthusiastic about the book. Critical assessment notwithstanding, Wake of the Red Witch was a popular title, made even more so after it was filmed in 1948 with John Wayne as the star.

According to Joe R. Lansdale in Twentieth-Century Western Writers, "Many of Roark's main characters display the proud independence that was Wayne's trademark, as well as the trademark of the Western hero." As Roark's writing career gained momentum he received better notices for his works, and he attracted a loyal following for his sea stories.

Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, volume 63, page 393-394.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors -- Biography -- Sources
Authors -- Texas, East
Garland, George, 1904-
Roark, Garland -- Manuscripts


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Manuscript "Should the Wind be Fair"],
[Box 2: Manuscripts "Should the Wind be Fair", "Rainbow in the Royals", "Project Quiet Ocean", "Banana Run" "Our Lady of the Watch", "The Liana", "The Ship that Vanished" and "The Sea of the Caribbees"],
[Box 3: Manuscript "Bay of Traitors"],
[Box 4: Manuscripts "Bay of Traitors", "Toll of the Blazing Star", "Slant of the Wild Wind" and "Slow Wind in the West"],
[Box 5: Manuscript "The Outlawed Banner"],
[Box 6: Manuscripts "The Eye of the Needle" "The Big Dry", and "The Cruel Cocks"],
[Box 7: Manuscript "Witch of Manga Reva"],
[Box 8: Manuscripts "Comanche Belle", "Doubtful Valley", "Bugles and Brass", "He Sold His Saddle" and "Hellfire Jackson Follows the Lone Star"],
[Box 9: Manuscript "Hellfire Jackson"],
[Box 10: Manuscript of "Angels in Exile"],
[Box 11: Manuscripts],
[Box 12: Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Speeches],
[Box 13: Research],
[Box 14: Correspondence and "Coin of Contraband"],
[Box 15: Business and Fan Letters, 1950-1968],
[Box 16: Business and Fan Letters, 1948-1970],
[Box 17: Business and Fan Letters, 1939-1988],
[Box 18: Personal Letters and Cards, 1940-1989],
[Box 19: News Clippings, 1946-1985],
[Box 20: Oversized],
[Box 21: Oversized, 1931-1985],
[Box 22: Oversized, 1946-1987],
[Box 23],
[Box 24],
[All]

Box 11: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Foundry proof: Angels in Exile, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Foundry proof: Angels in Exile, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Final galley proof, reader’s copy: Angels in Exile, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Galley inserts: Angels in Exile, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Television and short story ideas, outlines, letters from Doubleday & Company, Inc., re: Angel in Exile, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Screenplay for Fair Wind to Java written by Richard Tregaskis - 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Manuscript Fair Wind to Java, p. 1-127, Maxwell Aley & Assoc. copy, typescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Manuscript Fair Wind to Java, p. 128-289, Maxwell Aley & Assoc. copy, typescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Partial manuscript: Fair Wind to Java, (foreword p. 2, 3) p. 290-363, typescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Partial manuscript: Fair Wind to Java, p. 364-441, typescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Partial manuscript: Fair Wind to Java, p. 442-511, typescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Partial manuscript: Fair Wind to Java, p. 512-594, typescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Story outline, foreword, partial manuscript (p. 1-21) of Lady and the Deep Blue Sea, (originally titled Petticoat Captain and Challenge of the Seas)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Original manuscript: Challenge of the Seas (renamed Lady and the Deep Blue Sea) p. 23-106 (spiral 1 & 2), handwrittenAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Original manuscript: Challenge of the Seas (renamed Lady and the Deep Blue Sea) p. 107-222 (spiral 3 & 4), handwrittenAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Original manuscript: Challenge of the Seas (renamed Lady and the Deep Blue Sea) p. 223-313 (spiral 5 & 6), handwrittenAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Original manuscript: Challenge of the Seas (renamed Lady and the Deep Blue Sea) p. 314-422 (spiral 7 & 8), handwrittenAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Original manuscript: Challenge of the Seas (renamed Lady and the Deep Blue Sea) p. 423-467 (spiral 9), handwrittenAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Manuscript: Challenge of the Seas (renamed Lady and the Deep Blue Sea) Part One, p. 1-80, typescript carbonAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Manuscript: Challenge of the Seas (renamed Lady and the Deep Blue Sea) Part Two, p. 81-216, typescript carbonAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Manuscript: Challenge of the Seas (renamed Lady and the Deep Blue Sea) Part Three, p. 217-358, typescript carbonAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Synopsis: The Coin of Contraband, contains photo of Al Scharff, typescript carbonAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Partial manuscript: Coin of Contraband, p. 1-56, typescriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Star in the Rigging, story outline p. 1-59, foreword and prologue p. 1-26, handwrittenAdd to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Manuscript "Should the Wind be Fair"],
[Box 2: Manuscripts "Should the Wind be Fair", "Rainbow in the Royals", "Project Quiet Ocean", "Banana Run" "Our Lady of the Watch", "The Liana", "The Ship that Vanished" and "The Sea of the Caribbees"],
[Box 3: Manuscript "Bay of Traitors"],
[Box 4: Manuscripts "Bay of Traitors", "Toll of the Blazing Star", "Slant of the Wild Wind" and "Slow Wind in the West"],
[Box 5: Manuscript "The Outlawed Banner"],
[Box 6: Manuscripts "The Eye of the Needle" "The Big Dry", and "The Cruel Cocks"],
[Box 7: Manuscript "Witch of Manga Reva"],
[Box 8: Manuscripts "Comanche Belle", "Doubtful Valley", "Bugles and Brass", "He Sold His Saddle" and "Hellfire Jackson Follows the Lone Star"],
[Box 9: Manuscript "Hellfire Jackson"],
[Box 10: Manuscript of "Angels in Exile"],
[Box 11: Manuscripts],
[Box 12: Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Speeches],
[Box 13: Research],
[Box 14: Correspondence and "Coin of Contraband"],
[Box 15: Business and Fan Letters, 1950-1968],
[Box 16: Business and Fan Letters, 1948-1970],
[Box 17: Business and Fan Letters, 1939-1988],
[Box 18: Personal Letters and Cards, 1940-1989],
[Box 19: News Clippings, 1946-1985],
[Box 20: Oversized],
[Box 21: Oversized, 1931-1985],
[Box 22: Oversized, 1946-1987],
[Box 23],
[Box 24],
[All]

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