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and original handwritten and typed manuscripts of many of his books, newspaper articles, and other writings, including unpublished material.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 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Captain Thomas Fenlon,  Tug Magnolia Hurricane- handwritten notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Handwritten Manuscript- opening and forwardAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Handwritten Manuscript- pt. 1-3Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Handwritten Manuscript- pt. 4/5Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Captain Thomas Fenlon, 2- Notes and CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Research- Correspondence; "Republic"Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Research- A Brief History of the Development of the American Tank Steamship IndustryAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Research- Towing NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Research- Thomas Fenlon's Shipping ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Research- CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Research- NewspaperAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Research- Examples of Barges/ Shipping VesselsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Handwritten NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Captain Thomas Fenlon, "Roughrider of the Seas" Story OutlineAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Captain Thomas Fenlon, "Roughrider of the Seas" Annotated Story OutlineAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Captain Thomas Fenlon, "Peril all the way"- Short StoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Captain Thomas Fenlon, "The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met"- Short StoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Captain Thomas Fenlon, "Roughrider of the Sea" Mauscript- IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Captain Thomas Fenlon, Edited ManuscriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Captain Thomas Fenlon, "Roughrider of the Seas", Edited ManuscriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Captain Thomas Fenlon, "Roughrider of the Sea" Edited Manuscript- 2nd DraftAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: "Timothy Talk"- ResearchAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: "Timothy Talk"- Synopsis (handwritten)Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Timothy Talk"- SynopsisAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: "Timothy Talk"- Chapter 1Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "The Apache Wheel"- George Garland (pseudonym) ManuscriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Should the Wind Be Fair- Copyright Renewal NoticeAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: "Hold Page One Open"- Short StoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Tales of the Caribbean "Banana Run", "Mr. Gilespie", "The Manchineel", "The Stangler Vine"- Short StoriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Tales of the Caribbean "Our Lady of the Watch"- Short StoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Tales of the Caribbean- ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: "The Cruel Cocks" Publicity & Reviews (Newspaper Clippings)Add to your cart.
Folder 33: "Outlawed Banner" Reviews (Newspaper Clippings)Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Stories by Kenneth McShan: "The Speech"Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Stories by Kenneth McShan: "The Wedding"Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Stories by Kenneth McShan: "A Choice of Games"Add to your cart.
Folder 37: "Blockade Runner" by F.D. Cloud- TV Series ProposalAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Charlotte Burrows: "Paintbrush to Pencil" (Story about Roark)Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Sharon Roark- Short Story: "The Tree Show of May's Christmas"Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Sharon Roark: "The Music of the Conderderacy"Add to your cart.
Folder 41: National Geographic Society AcceptanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Messner Biographies PamphletAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Composers, Authors and Artists of America NewsletterAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Wreck of the Running Gale Edited Manuscript pt. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Wreck of the Running Gale Edited Manuscript pt. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Wreck of the Running Gale Annotated Title PagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Wreck of the Running Gale Reviews- Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Wreck of the Running Gale Handwritten Manuscript- pt. 1-3Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Wreck of the Running Gale Handwritten Manuscript- pt. 4-6Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Wreck of the Running Gale Handwritten Manuscript- pt. 7-9Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Wreck of the Running Gale Handwritten Manuscript- pt. 10-11Add 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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