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James D. Horan Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: Jul 1967

Biographical History

James D. Horan (1914-) was an American newspaper editor, author and novelist. Born in New York City, he studied at Drake College in Jersey City and at the New York University Writing Center. He wrote more then 15 books, primarily history or historical fiction, and was employed as Special Events Editor for the New York Journal American for many years. He was the recipient of numerous awards for his books, and a member of many organizations of writers and historians.

He and his wife, Gertrude Dorrity, had four children.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The James D. Horan Papers consist primarily of drafts and manuscripts of his books and television work. There is a very small amount of Correspondence (two items). Manuscripts with the most amount of material in the collection include The King's Rebel, The Great American West, The Right Image, The Shadow Catcher and others. Television productions represented include The Black Cat, The D.A.'s Man, and Turnpike.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is arranged alphabetically by title. Within this, material is roughly chronological, in an attempt to demonstrate the development of an idea into a final product.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Horan, James David, 1914-


Authors, American.
Novelists, American.
Popular literature -- United States.
Television scripts.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.
Scripts (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

James D. Horan Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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Television productions