Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Richard W. Lewis papers

Abstract

The Richard W. Lewis papers (dated 1946-1976, undated; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise interview notes and transcripts, article rough drafts, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and research materials that document the writing process of Richard Lewis in the mid-twentieth century in Hollywood.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Richard W. Lewis papers
Creator
Lewis, Richard Warren, 1932-1998
Extent
1.8 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Celebrities -- United States
Journalists -- Correspondence
Journalists -- Interviews
Military life.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0481: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: RIchard W. Lewis papers, 1946-1976, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Richard Warren Lewis (1932-1998) was born in Vermont to John Lewis (b. 909) and Charlotte Lane (b. 1910). The family lived in Queens in New York City, where John worked as a freelance writer. After finishing high school, Richard went on to attend the University of Michigan and studied political science as well as serving in the Army. Lewis made his career as an author and journalist, writing for several newspapers and magazines such as the LA Times, TV Guide, Playboy, Playgirl, People, Life, and Saturday Evening Post. He also wrote many anthologies and nonfiction works such as The Scavengers and Critics of the Warren Report. In 1983, Lewis married Glenda K. Edwards (b. 1952). Lewis passed away in Hancock, New Hampshire in 1998.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Richard W. Lewis papers (dated 1946-1976, undated; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise interview notes and transcripts, article rough drafts, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and research materials that document the writing process of Richard Lewis in the mid-twentieth century in Hollywood. Lewis wrote articles on a number of celebrities, including Lee Marvin, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Debbie Reynolds, and Barbra Streisand. The interview notes and transcripts include the various questions asked by Lewis for his articles, biographies of the persons, and contact with close associates and employees. Lewis also wrote about TV shows, movies, music, and the Hollywood social scene. Each file is a separate article written by Lewis. Also included in the collection are check statements, mainly from Playboy, reimbursing him for expenses and paying him his writing fees, along with a few letters written to his parents while he was stationed in Japan serving in the US Army in the 1950s.
The Richard Lewis papers are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Chuck Ashman, 1975-1976, undated

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Bill Cosby, 1966-1969, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Country music, 1957-1966, undated

  • Box 1, folder 3-5
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Anne Francis, 1965-1974, undated

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Ben Gazzara, 1964-1966, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7
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General article research and notes, 1963-1971, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Elliot Gould, 1969-1970, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Robert Goulet, 1962-1966, undated

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Andy Griffith, 1968, undated

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Helter Skelter film, 1974-1976, undated

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Jill St. John, 1962-1964, undated

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Ernie Kovacs, 1961, undated

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Lassie TV show, 1960-1965, undated

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Jack Lemmon, 1962-1965, undated

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Meredith MacRae, 1963-1970, undated

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Lee Marvin, 1963-1968, undated

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Mitch Miller, 1946-1963, undated

  • Box 3, folder 1-3
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Paul Newman, 1964-1968, undated

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Jack Nicholson, 1969-1972, undated

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Night clubs, 1961-1962, undated

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Carroll O'Connor, 1971-1972, undated

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Claes Oldenburg, 1971, undated

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Peyton Place TV show, 1964-1969, undated

  • Box 3, folder 9-10
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Stefanie Powers, 1964-1966, undated

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Juliet Powse, 1963-1965, undated

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Debbie Reynolds, 1960-1966, undated

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Jay Sebring, 1964-1966, undated

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Connie Stevens, 1966-1974, undated

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Barbra Streisand, 1963-1969, undated

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Check statements, 1968-1971

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Richard Lewis to parents, 1956-1957, undated

  • Box 4, folder 8
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