Plagemann, Bentz (1913-1991)
Scope:
The Bentz Plagemann collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, legal materials, financial materials, photographs, diaries and journals, and other materials.

Manuscripts in the collection include many of Plagemann’s novels, such as William Walter (1941), Into the Labyrinth (1948), This is Goggle (1955), The Steel Cacoon (1958), Half the Fun (1961), Father to the Man (1964), The Best is Yet to Be (1966), The Heart of Silence (1967), and Wolfe’s Cloister (1974). Also included are a few speeches from the 1950s, poems, materials related to Charles Laughton from 1967, many published stories and pieces such as “The Child’s Garden of Mexico” and “Mademoiselle Justine,” unpublished novels such as With a Jaundiced Eye and Fortress Without Walls, and various unpublished short stories.

Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional correspondence dated between 1936 and 1990. Notable correspondents include Arlene Francis, Alain Darlan, William Shirer, and Alistair MacLean.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes material for Father to the Man, including a book jacket and advertisements, copies of Plagemann’s high school’s newspaper and yearbook, material from Plagemann’s military life, college assignments, schedules, and registration materials, teaching notes, and an apartment lease from 1940.

Printed material in the collection includes newspaper reviews and clippings, materials related to the TV series Goggle, issues of the Authors Guild Bulletin, Plagemann’s application for a Guggenheim Fellowship, and magazine articles by Plagemann.

Legal materials in the collection include business contracts and amendments. Material is dated between 1945 and 1961.

Financial materials in the collection include royalty statements, receipts, banking records, and tax information. Material is dated between 1959 and 1988.

Photographs in the collection include pictures of Plagemann and his family, many with holograph notes on the back.

Diaries and journals in the collection include weekly calendars dated between 1953 and 1966.

Other materials in the collection include assorted oversized magazines, drawings by Plagemann, bound notebooks with notes, Plagemann’s framed United States Navy Hospital School certificate of graduation from 1942, and Plagemann’s framed honorable discharge from the United States Navy from 1945.
Notable Figures
1. Plagemann, Bentz, 1913-
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide