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and original handwritten and typed manuscripts of many of his books, newspaper articles, and other writings, including unpublished material.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 17: Business and Fan Letters, 1939-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Business and fan letters, outlines of Bay of Traitors, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Business and fan letters, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Business and fan letters, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Business and fan letters, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence with George S. Birch concerning his novel The Clay of Adam, 1968-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Business and fan letters, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters and information from Boston University and Bowling Green University re: obtaining Roark’s manuscripts, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Business letters and fan mail, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Business and fan letters, letters from other authors, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Business and fan letters, letters from other authors, including John L. Mortimer, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters, news clippings, radio transcript, handwritten notes re: promotion for Drill a Crooked Hole, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letters and photos re: Drill a Crooked Hole, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Business letters, mostly from Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1968-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Business and fan letters, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Letters and notes concerning The Hollow Rock by Alice Moody, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Business and fan letters, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Business and fan letters, 1970-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence with other writers requesting publishing assistance, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Business letters, 1971-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence with Jack Cox, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Letter from Doubleday and Company, Inc. requesting return of advance, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Publicity photos of cast and premier of Fair Wind to JavaAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Publicity photos of cast and premier of Fair Wind to JavaAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Garland Roark Day; Groesbeck Homecoming - September 1946: photos, programs, news clippings, memorabiliaAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs and negatives of family and friends, 1930-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Roark family photo negatives, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Roark family photo negatives, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Photos of family, friends, and scenes, child’s drawing of Mickey Mouse to “Granddaddy”Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Roark family photos, Garland Roark driver license, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Publicity photos of Garland Roark, including with Governor Lee O’Daniel, personal letters and notes, catalog of Texas literature collection of David GrossblattAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Letters from Roark to Godson and namesake Jerry Garland Bartos; booklet about co-operative advertising by Roark, no date, 1937-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Greeting cards, postcards, photos – family, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Greeting cards, postcards – family and friends, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Greeting cards, postcards, photo – family and friends, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Greeting cards and invitations, 1939-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Personal letters, 1938-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Greeting cards and invitations, 1940-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Letters and cards from friends and fans, news clipping re: Doubtful Valley, Wanda Roark recital program, 1949-1952Add 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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