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and original handwritten and typed manuscripts of many of his books, newspaper articles, and other writings, including unpublished material.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 19: News Clippings, 1946-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 1: News clippings re: Wake of the Red Witch, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 2: News clippings re: Wake of the Red Witch, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 3: News clippings re: Wake of the Red Witch and Fair Wind to Java, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Radio interview transcript, reviews, bio, advertising, Southwest Writer’s Conference schedule, Slant of the Wild Wind cover art, greeting cards, 1946-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 5: News clippings, miscellaneous, including Roark’s family, 1946-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 6: News clippings re: Wake of the Red Witch, 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 7: News clippings, cover art, publicity re: Fair Wind to Java, invitations, programs, 1948-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 8: News clippings and letter from Republic Pictures Corp. re: Fair Wind to Java, 1948-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 9: News clippings re: Rainbow in the Royals, 1949-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 10: News clippings re: Rainbow in the Royals, 1949-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 11: News clippings: reviews, announcements, research, articles written by and about Roark and family, 1949-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: News clippings: reviews, announcements, partial bibliography, 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 13: News clippings, telegrams re: Slant of the Wild Wind, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 14: News clippings, telegrams re: Slant of the Wild Wind, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Inspirational news clippings, editorials from MD Medical Newsmagazine, Westminster Presbyterian Church bulletins, 1952-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 16: News clippings re: The Wreck of the Running Gale, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 17: News clippings and fan mail re: The Outlawed Banner, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 18: News clippings re: The Cruel Cocks; Screen Stories magazine with article on Wake of the Red Witch, 1957, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 19: News clippings, publicity, radio transcripts re: Diamond Six, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 20: News clippings, reviews, book jacket, transcript from “Evelyn Oppenheimer Show” re: The Lady and the Deep Blue Sea, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 21: News clippings re: Tales of the Caribbean, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Overseas and U.S. news clippings re: Lady and the Deep Blue Sea, Tales of the Caribbean, Should the Wind be Fair and Wake of the Red Witch, 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Reviews, news clippings re: Should the Wind be Fai, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 24: News clippings re: Famous Ships of Texas series by Roark in Houston Chronicle, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 25: News clippings re: short fictions by Roark for the Houston Chronicle, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: News clippings re: Then and Now articles by Roark for the Houston Chronicle, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 27: News clippings re: articles written by Roark on Texas history, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 28: News clippings of various articles by Roark in Houston Chronicle,, 1960-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 29: News clippings re: articles about Sam Houston by Roark, 1960-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 30: News clippings: reviews, announcements, bios of Roark, 1960-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 31: News clippings re: 25 Flags Over Texas series by Roark in the Houston Chronicle, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 32: News clippings re: The San Jacinto Letters series by Roark in the Houston Chronicle, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 33: News clippings and radio transcripts re: The Witch of Manga Reva, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 34: News clippings: publicity; Doubleday Book Log, 1962-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 35: News clippings re: Unsung Heroes of Texas series by Roark for the Houston Chronicle, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 36: News clippings re: Drill a Crooked Hole, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 37: News clippings re: Drill a Crooked Hole, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 38: News clippings, research items and handwritten notes saved by Roark, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 39: News clippings, letters of condolence related to the death of Garland Roark, photocopies, 1985Add 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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