Thomas, Donald (1926- )
Scope:
The collections of Donald Thomas include manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, professional materials, research materials, film and video, audio materials, photographs, electronic media, and miscellaneous other materials.

The manuscripts of the collection include drafts, alternative chapters, and outlines of his books (fiction and nonfiction), edited works, short stories, teleplays, radio plays, and other short pieces. Novels include Sergeant Verity and the Blood Royal (1979); Captain Wunder (1981); Sergeant Verity and the Swell Mob (1981); Belladonna: A Lewis Carroll Nightmare (1983); Mad Hatter Summer (1983); The Blindfold Game (1983); The Day the Sun Rose Twice (1985);  Jekyll, Alias Hyde (1988); The Ripper's Apprentice (1989); The Raising of Lizzie Meek (1993); Dead Giveaway: Murder Avenged from the Grave (1993); The Arrest of Scotland Yard (1993); The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (1998); Red Flowers for Lady Blue (2000); The Hangman's Child (2000); Sherlock Holmes and the Running Noose (2001); The Execution of Sherlock Holmes and Other New Adventures of the Great Detective (2007); Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil (2009); and Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly (2010). The collection also includes the novels The Blood Runs Hot (1988); Scream Blue Murder (1988); and Money with Menaces (1989) published under the pseudonym Richard Dacre.

Nonfiction works include A Long Time Burning: The History of Literary Censorship in England (1969); Charge! Hurrah! Hurrah! A life of Cardigan of Balaclava (1974); Marquis de Sade (1976); Cochrane: Britannia's Last Sea-King (1978); Robert Browning, A Life within Life (1982); Hitler's Englishman (1987); Rotten to the Core: The Life and Death of Neville Heath (1988); Honour among Thieves (1991); Henry Fielding (1991); Dancing in the Dark (1994); Lewis Carroll: A Portrait with Background (1996);  The Victorian Underworld (1998); Swinburne: The Poet in His World (1999); An Underworld at War (2004); Villains' Paradise (2006); and Freedom's Frontier: Censorship in Modern Britain (2007).
 
Work he edited includes A Selection from John Dryden (1972).

His unpublished materials include Hanged in Error; Lewis Carroll: An Editorial Curiosity; Prince Charlie's Bluff (incomplete); Death on a Pale Horse and Ladykiller (written under the pseudonym Francis Selwyn); an untitled 305 page manuscript; an untitled collection of short stories; and unfinished, cut, or alternative chapters from many of his other works.

Manuscript material of Thomas' short stories include "Knave of Diamonds;" "Off with His Head;" "Victoria's Other London;" and "The White Queen's Burden."

Tele- and radio plays include assorted teleplays and other materials for The Detective; the teleplay "Trial of Lord Mohun;" the radio play "The Trial of Lord Cardigan (1841)"; both the tele and radio plays of "The Unknown Victorian"; the radio play "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (2009); and various other works for television and radio.

His other short works include articles such as "The Dangerous Edge of Things" and "The Healer's Knife," the speech "Press Prosecutions of the 19th Century: The Evidence of King's Bence Indictments," and an Introduction to Henry Fielding's novel Joseph Andrews and Shamela.

Correspondence in the collection consist of four unsigned letters and one signed letter from Thomas to several publishers dated March 29th, 2005.

Printed materials held by the collection consist of book covers and designs, newspaper clippings, and a pamphlet containing a speech Donald Thomas delivered before the Bibliographical Society in 1976.

Professional materials consist of synopses and proposals of books sent to publishers including a 1988 proposal for the work The Everyman Book of Victorian Verse: The Post-Romantics; subject files regarding Freedom's Frontier, An Underworld at War, and Villains Paradise; an information packet from Thomas to one Andreas Dierkes who was writing a thesis on Jekyll, Alias Hyde; and publicity items such as bookseller handouts and jacket and back flap copies.

Research materials include around five hundred pages of notes on Lewis Carroll as well as notes and source material on the Victorian Underground. Also included are notes for Villians' Paradise and list of reference requests made between 2004 and 2005 approximately.

The film and video material includes a video cassette named "Donald Thomas, Thomas Cocrane Broadcast BBC 2, 24th, January 2003."

The audio material of the collection includes a cassette tape containing interviews over the radio play "The Return of Sherlock Holmes."

Photographic material in the collection consists of copies of photographs used for the Villains Paradise illustrations; a photo of the Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth, Devon; and fifty five images regarding "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" on a CD.

Electronic media includes eight recordings of Donald Thomas' radio dramas and radio interviews.

Miscellaneous other items include a box of British Museum order-slips for source material and a ticket stub for a train journey from Cardiff Central to the Bath Spa dated Jan. 22, 1999.

Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. History and Biography Subject Guide
3. Criminals, Cops, and Judges Subject Guide