The Myrick E. Land collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, financial materials, audio materials, and photographs.
The collection includes manuscripts for many of Land’s full-length works such as The Fine Art of Literary Mayhem; Lee: A Portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald (by Robert L. Oswald with Myrick and Barbara Land); The Pleasure of His Company (by Paul B. Fay, Jr. with Land); Quicksilver; Dark November; Last Flight; and The Dream Buyers. Additional manuscript materials are constituted by “Search the Dark Wood” and “The Years Before” (screenplays); “The Vault” (play); Thomas R. Shepard, Jr.’s “The Disaster Lobby” (speech); assorted condensations for Look; and miscellaneous notes, outlines, and biographical materials.
Correspondence collected between 1947 and 1980 chronicles Land’s relationships with various publishers, editors, agents, academics, authors, and political figures. Notables include Edwin Reischauer, Eric Sevareid, Leon Uris, Edward Kennedy, Dick Schaap, Bennett Cerf, Margaret Coit, John Davies, Morton Hunt, Fletcher Knebel, Paul Reynolds, Abraham Ribicoff, Robert G. Spivack, Gloria Steinem, William Manchester, William L. Shirer, Adlai Stevenson, Evan Thomas, and Otto of Austria, among others.
The collection’s printed materials include newsclippings, tearsheets, reviews, proofs, advertisements, and short works by Land, such as “A Proposal for the Establishment of an Australian School of Journalism” and “Report on Study Leave.” Various newspaper and journal pieces (1948-79), many of which concern the controversy surrounding William Manchester’s The Death of a President, may be of particular interest.
Professional materials are collected in subject files and include manuscript items, correspondence, printed materials, photographs and more. Materials pertain to Land’s full-length works, his condensation publications with Look, and radio and talk show bookings, among others. Notable items include mock-ups for Look ads (with holograph corrections); Profit Sharing Trust information; and a membership list for Group 13.
Collected legal materials consist chiefly of contracts for Land’s books, dating from 1954 to 1976.
Land’s financial materials include royalty statements, bills, receipts, general financial statements, and cancelled checks (1962-1967).
Audio materials, recorded on cassette tapes, contain a number of research interviews, including 22 tapes of interviews with Robert L. Oswald in preparation for Lee.
Many of the photographs in the collection capture Land, occasionally with family, friends, and contemporaries, such as William Shire. Other photographs capture Land with South American journalists and a street shooting.