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and original handwritten and typed manuscripts of many of his books, newspaper articles, and other writings, including unpublished material.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 18: Personal Letters and Cards, 1940-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Greeting cards and invitations, 1946-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters, cards from family, friends, and fans, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Personal letters and cards, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Personal letters and cards, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Personal letters and cards, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Personal letters and cards, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Personal letters and cards, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Personal notes and letters, photo of Sgt. Frank R.W. Burnett, Stone Fort Chapter DRT program, order form for Bay of Traitors from Mize Dept. Store, Nacogdoches, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Personal letters and cards, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Personal letters and cards, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Personal letters and cards, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Personal letters and cards, pencil sketch maze, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Personal letters and cards, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Personal letters and cards, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Personal letters and cards, 196.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Personal letters and cards, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Personal letters and cards, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Personal correspondence with and about Al and Ida Scharff (Coin of Contraband), 1966-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Personal letters and cards, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Personal papers and notes labeled “current correspondence”, includes Roark’s journal from, January-February 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Personal letters and cards, 1969-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Church bulletins, religious booklets, inspirational itemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Sharon Roark wedding announcement, personal cards and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Drawings, paintings, greeting cards belonging to Mrs. Mona RoarkAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Greeting cards, letters and invitations from friends and family, mostly to Mrs. Roark, 1940-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Greeting cards, letters and invitations from friends and family, mostly to Mrs. Roark, 1940-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Greeting cards, letters and invitations from friends and family, mostly to Mrs. Roark, 1940-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Personal letters and cards, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Personal letters and cards, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Letters regarding Roark genealogy, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Personal letters and invitations, appointment of Mrs. Roark to Historical Commission, letters re: research, 1955-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Personal letters and cards, 1970-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Letters, cards from family, “History of Rock Church” presented by Mrs. Roark, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Obituaries and funeral program, 1982-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Garland Roark’s death certificate, obituary, letters from Colorado physician regarding Roark’s illness, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Program from Sesquicentennial celebration, restoration fundraisers, misc. addresses, contract for translation of Should the Wind Be Fair into German, December 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Letters and cards from Vice-President George Bush and President Ronald Reagan, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Handwritten recipes, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Roark’s children’s drawings and school papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Portion of Mrs. Roark’s journal, titled “For Buddy and Bright Eyes”, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Personal papers and letters, research notes on Douglass Lodge No. 43, Ashtola, and Dekalb, Texas, newslettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Inventory of Roark's materials prepared by his family; copyright registration and information, 1986-1993Add 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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