Krasner, William (1917-2003)

The William Krasner collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, professional materials, and other items.

The collection includes manuscripts for books, short stories, articles, film and television, and more.

Collected book manuscripts include The Vortex Theorem, The Smallest Willie (or Machine Gun Willie), Carthage Must Be Destroyed, Look for the Dance, Resort to Murder, Who Is Silvia, and Drug Trip Abroad.

Collected short story manuscripts include “Encounter on the Paoli Local,” “Doppelganger,” “Zero Sum,” “Knife-Edge,” “I See Her Walking Still,” and “The Tale of George.”

Collected article manuscripts include “Aging Study,” “Guggenheim Article,” and “People Who Help People.”

Collected film and television scripts are filed under headings such as “Bedsore Script,” “Lopatin Films,” “Mrs. Willoughby,” ”Railroad Film,” and more.

Additional manuscript items pertain to “Family Series: Family Problems 72” and “Mental Health Ass. (St. Louis)” (radio plays); “Ah, Memories, Memories!” (a memoir); “A Method of Forecasting Development of Tropical Cyclones” (with Julius London); and “Footsteps I Cannot Hear” (a poem). Fragments pertaining to Krasner’s biography are included, as well.

Correspondence in the collection is exclusively professional, documenting Krasner’s exchanges with his agent from the 1970s to the 1990s. A letter from the publishers of Poetry’s Elite regarding the publication of “Footsteps” may be of particular interest.

The collection’s printed materials consist largely of newsclippings from Daily Egyptian, Society, The City Church, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Dimensions in Religious Education, and Today in Psychology. Also present is an issue of Transaction, alongside Krasner’s “A Method of Forecasting” (as printed in The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society) and “A Modern-Day Salute to Memorial Day” (as printed in The Owl).

Krasner’s professional materials are classified in subject files that bear headings such as “Fellowship, Grants, Etc.,” “Nursing,” “Rejects,” and “World War II Reminiscences, Writings, Stuff,” among others.  

Also included in the collection is Krasner’s record of Military Service Agreements.

Notable Figures
1. Krasner, William, 1917-2003
Associated Subjects
1. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide