Roeburt, John (1909-1972)
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The John Roeburt Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, research material, professional material, photographs, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts consist of drafts of Roeburt's radio plays, screenplays, teleplays, novels, short stories, articles, and nonfiction projects. The collection includes drafts of original stories for the radio shows "Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator" (1951-1955), "Bulldog Drummond" (1944-1954), "By the People" (1956-1957), "Inner Sanctum" (1947-1951), "International Airport" (1949-1951), "The Adventures of the Falcon," (1943-1945), "The Affairs of Peter Salem" (1950-1951), "It's Murder" (1944-1945), "Counterspy" (1944), "House of Mystery," (1945), "The Brighter Day" (1949), "Tales of Fatima" (1949), "Private Files of Matthew Bell" (1952), and "Suspense" (1961), as well as Roeburt's script for the radio adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher (1963). The collection also includes screenplays written by Roeburt, such as "Dark Memory" (1946), "The Long Count" (1955), and "The Queen's Mark" (1951), as well as teleplays for shows like "Ellery Queen" (1959), "Ken Cornell, Insurance Fraud Investigator" (1960), and the 1964 Tony Awards. Collected novel and nonfiction drafts by Roeburt include Hedy Lamarr, Cemetery Blues, A Jigger Moran Mystery (1963), Black Man, White Devil (1963), Sex Life and the Criminal Law (1962), and Earthquake (1959), co-written with Milton Berle. The collection also contains drafts of Roeburt's stage plays such as "Second Breakfast" (1944), nonfiction pieces for Variety and Fire Island News, and various short stories, theatrical sketches, comedy notes, and song lyrics written by Roeburt, as well as an extensive collection of notes and outlines about possible literary, radio, television, and film projects. Also included in the collection are manuscripts of radio plays and teleplays written by other authors, such as Ed Adamson, Steadman Coles, Bob Corcoran, Sam Dann, Mildred Davis, Earl Hamner, Frank Hummert, Greer Johnson, Millar Lampell, Alvin Sapinsky, and S.S. Schweitzer.

Correspondence dates from 1948-1971 and consists of both personal items, such as Roeburt's Christmas cards, as well as professional correspondence about radio, film, and television projects. Notable figures include Edward T. Chase, Jay Cipes, Abel Green, Howard Hughes, Hedy Lamarr, Carl Reiner, and William Sloane.

Printed material includes ads, announcements, and newspaper clippings about Roeburt's novels and entertainment career, as well as a copy of Roeburt's writing credits and the list of scripts he wrote for "Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator."

Research material in the collection primarily consists of research folders organized by Roeburt for the projects "Inner Sanctum," "The Marxist Brothers," and "The Rating Game," as well as interview transcripts, clippings, and research notes about Hedy Lamarr, Kirk Douglas, and "Sex Life and the Criminal Law."

Professional material includes the copyright registrations for "Man in the Dark" and "Dark Memory," the shooting scripts and guides for the documentary "A Man Named Douglas" and the film "Ruby MacLaine," as well as the budget for "Ruby MacLaine" and a set drawing for a 1952 episode of "Lights Out" that was written by Roeburt.

Photographs consist of several portraits of an unidentifiable woman, as well as a group souvenir photo from "The Boulevard" that includes Roeburt's daughter, Jill.

Memorabilia in the collection includes sheet music from Broadway musicals, decorative maps, children's school projects and essays, amici curiae from the 1962 Attorney General v. The Book Named "Tropic of Cancer" court case, a "Spending Guide for the Budget-Minded Family," and programs from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the 1962 Tony Awards Dinner, and the play "Overkill and Megalove" by Norman Corwin.
Notable Figures
1. Roeburt, John
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. Radio Subject Guide
3. Radio writers -- United States
4. Authors, American
5. Television authorship – United States
6. Detective and mystery stories
7. Television writers – United States
8. American literature--20th century
9. Radio authorship – United States
10. Fiction
11. Photographs