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Collection Title: Charles Ira Coombs Papers

Collection Number: DG0219

Accession Number: 93-226; D-2816; D-2458; unknown

Inclusive Dates: 1947-1988; no date

Volume: 20.1 cubic ft.

Given By : Charles Ira Coombs

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Be A Winner in Track and Field by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1975.

Manuscript
Galley
Outline/research
Correspondence (Fan mail)
Manuscript (first draft)
Box of slides (for jacket)

Ace of Argonne by Charles Ira Coombs; World Publishing Co., 1967.

Manuscript (2)
Carbon copy
Galley
Dust jacket

Coal in the Energy Crisis by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1980.

Manuscript
Manuscript- second draft
Manuscript – third final draft
Research material
Notes
Captions
Glossary
Outline
Correspondence
Revised material
Related material

Skyhooks: The Story of Helicopters by Charles Ira Coombs; W. Morrow, 1967.

Manuscript – first draft
Manuscript
Galley
Outline
Related

Sabre Jet Ace by Charles Ira Coombs; Harper, 1961.

Correspondence
Related material

Aerospace Power: A Pictorial Guide by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1966.

Manuscript (2)
Galley
Blues
Manuscript, carbon copy
Outline
Correspondence

Drag Racing by Charles Ira Coombs; W. Morrow, 1970.

Manuscript – first draft
Manuscript – second draft
Manuscript – printer's copy
Manuscript – final copy
Galley
Outline/related material
Research/correspondence
Correspondence
Dust jacket

Bicycling by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1972.

Manuscript – rough first draft
Manuscript
Galley
Revised pages
Jacket
Outline
Captions
Notes
Research material
Correspondence

Hot Air Ballooning by Charles Ira Coombs; W. Morrow, 1981.

Galleys
Production notes + research material
Chapter outline
Correspondence
Glossary
Caption dummy
Photo cutlines
Assorted work pages
Edited typescript
First draft of manuscript
Second draft of manuscript
Typescript

Gold and Other Precious Metals by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1981.

First draft
Second draft
Edited draft
Foreword
Glossary
Photo captions
Correspondence – 1980
Correspondence – 1981
Spinoff magazine article
Chapter outline notes
Research notes
Miscellaneous false starts
Edited typescript – chapters and glossary
Edited galley

Ultralights: The Flying Featherweights by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1984.

Rough draft of first chapter on “ultralight aviation”

Be A Winner in Windsurfing by Charles Ira Coombs; W. Morrow, 1982.

Research materials
Printer's galleys
Edited typescript
Illustrations
Caption headings
Correspondence, Nov. 1980- April 1981
Correspondence from May 1981 – Nov. 1981
Random trial pages
First draft of typescript
Edited typescript – chapters and glossary
Final draft of typescript
3 color slides

BMX: A Guide to Bicycle Motocross by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1983.

Miscellaneous starts, failings, and falters
Chapter outline and chapter notes
Final draft
Corrected galley
Page proofs
Photo captions
Correspondence, 1981
Correspondence, 1982- 1983
Research publications
Book jacket
Glossary
Index
Second draft
First draft

Young Pony Express Rider by Charles Ira Coombs, illustrated by Charles H. Geer; Grosset & Dunlap, 1953.

Original typescript (chapters 1-5)
2 complete original typescripts, 1 edited

Soaring: Where Hawks and Eagles Fly by Charles Ira Coombs; Henry Holt & Co., 1988.

Book proposal
Chapter outline
Research notes
Typescripts, four versions, marked
General correspondence
Personal correspondence (1992-1193)
Publisher's correspondence
Children's correspondence

All-Terrain Bicycling by Charles Ira Coombs; Henry Holt, 1987.

Research notes
Research correspondence
Publisher correspondence
Typescript, edited, first draft
Typescript, edited, second draft
Published book

Be A Winner in Tennis by Charles Coombs; Morrow, 1975.

Manuscript (first draft)
Galley
Outline/glossary/captions etc..
Dust jacket
Correspondence
Photos

Pipeline Across Alaska by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1978.

Manuscript (1st draft)
Manuscript (revised)
Galley
Research/outline
Pamphlets
Photos
Correspondence
Two filmstrips on energy

Be A Winner in Skiing by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1977.

Manuscript (1st draft)
Manuscript ( 2nd draft)
Manuscript (final draft)
Galley
Outline
Glossary
Picture information
Research material
Correspondence

Be A Winner in Ice Hockey by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1974.

Manuscript (2 drafts)
Manuscript (carbon)
Galley
Outline/Glossary/Captions
Correspondence
Dust jacket
Related material

Be A Winner in Baseball by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1973.

Manuscript (first draft)
Manuscript (final draft)
Galley
Correspondence
Mechanics
Outline/dust jacket
Paste-up jacket design
Research notes
Paste-up

Be A Winner in Soccer by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1977.

Manuscript (first draft)
Manuscript (second draft)
Galley
Photos
Correspondence
Outline
Related material

Spacetrack: Watchdog of the Skies by Charles Ira Coombs; W. Morrow, 1969.

Manuscript (1st draft)
Manuscript (2nd draft)
Manuscript ( 3rd draft)
Manuscript (final draft)
Blues
Jacket art for dust jacket
Photo outlines
Related

Cleared For Takeoff: Behind the Scenes at an Airport by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1969.

Manuscript
Picture captions
Outline
Notes

Be A Winner in Horsemanship by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1976.

Manuscript
Galley
Corrections
Research notes
Fan mail
Correspondence
About author w/ photo
Photos

Be A Winner in Basketball by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1975.

Manuscript
Galley
Research/glossary
Correspondence
Photos (11)

Be A Winner in Football by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1974.

Manuscript
Galley
Captions, photos, glossary, false starts, etc..
Research article and notes
Outline
Correspondence

Tankers, Giants of the Sea by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1979.

Manuscript – first draft
Manuscript – second draft
Manuscript – final
Glossary
Forward
Captions
Outline
Correspondence
Research notes
Research material
Notebook
Edited copy
Spinoff article
Galleys

Deep Sea World: The Story of Oceanography by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1966.

Manuscript
Correspondence

Passage To Space: The Shuttle Transportation System by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1979.

Manuscript – third revision
Manuscript – carbon copy
Manuscript – printer's copy
Galley
Outline
Glossary
Captions
Charts
Tables
Revised material
Related material
Correspondence
Photos
Research material

Auto-Racing by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1971.

Manuscript
Galley
Outline
Front and back matter
Table of contents
Index
Glossary

Motorcycling by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1968.

Manuscript
Outline

Mopeding by Charles Ira Coombs; Morrow, 1978.

Manuscript (2)
Manuscript (second draft)
Related Material
Galley
Correspondence
Outline
Correspondence/ fan mail
Research notes
Photos (10)

Frank Luke: Balloon Buster by Charles Ira Coombs; Harper & Row, 1967.

Manuscript

The Forest: Nature's Gift to Man [formerly titled “The Complete Book of Forestry”] by Charles Ira Coombs; Popular Library, 1964.

Correspondence

Project Mercury by Charles Ira Coombs; William Morrow, 1960.

Correspondence

Rocketmen and What They Do by Charles Ira Coombs; F. Watts, 1962.

Correspondence

Stories/articles:

“Tex Martin and the Twins” by Charles Ira Coombs [series in Junior Life magazine]

Manuscript (Nov 13 ‘66 – March 12 ‘67)
Manuscripts (May 1 '66 – July 3 '66)
Manuscript (Sept. 10 '67 – April 14 '68)
Manuscripts, Illustrations, printed pages (Feb. 6 & 13 '66)
Junior Life magazines (May 1 '66--March 31 '66)
Stories (handwritten and typed)

“What's New” by Charles Ira Coombs [series in Hi Way magazine]

Manuscripts and printed pages (May, June, July 1966)

“Chip Grant” by Charles Ira Coombs [series from Catholic Boy magazine]

November, 1962
December, 1963
February, June, September 1964

“Flight Of the Spacehawk” by Charles Ira Coombs

Manuscript
Publication ( Boy's Life , March, 1968)

Unpublished Materials:

“Cosmic Space” by Charles Ira Coombs

2 typescripts
1 revised typescript

“The Fade Away Pitch” by Charles Ira Coombs.

Typescript
Notes

“Mystery Under The Big Top” by Charles Ira Coombs.

Notes
Typescript (chapters 6-11)
2 complete typescripts
Typescript (rejected revision)

Correspondence:

General correspondence of Charles Coombs, 1987

Assorted Business and Personal Correspondence:

Correspondence, business
Correspondence – Boys Life
Correspondence - WM Morrow & Company 1980
Correspondence – WM Morrow & Company 1981
Correspondence – WM Morrow & Company 1982
Correspondence – WM Morrow & Company 19??
Fan mail
Correspondence (Personal) – 1980, Frank Bonham
Correspondence (Personal) – 1981, Frank Bonham
Correspondence (Personal) – 1982, Frank Bonham
Correspondence (Personal) – Joe Brennan
Correspondence (Personal) – Bill Gault
Correspondence – Emmett Betts
Correspondence – John Hinds
Correspondence – Personal, 1970's
Correspondence – Personal, 1980
Correspondence – Personal, 1981
Correspondence – Personal, 1982
Correspondence (Personal) – Burton Albert
Correspondence (Personal) – Dan Coombs
Correspondence (Personal) – Jim Sunderma

Correspondence:

1953-1956
1955-1957
1958-1960
1957-1968
Personal Correspondence
Editorial Correspondence – 1970 – May 1973
Editorial Correspondence – 1972 - 1973
Morrow Co.
Miscellaneous
Harper & Row re: "American Adventures"
Personal & Business ('74-'80)
Morrow Co. (Nov. '75- Nov '76)
Editorial (1949-1957)
Editorial
Correspondence (1947-1950)

Reader's Digest project correspondence

Fan mail (letters from students)

Biographical Material:

Something About The Author: Autobiography Series, Vol. 15; Gale Research Corporation, 1992.

“An Autobiographical Sketch of Charles ‘Chick' Coombs”

Correspondence
Original typescript
Carbon copy typescript (2)
Folded & gathered sheets
Contract
List of illustrations

Related Material:

Galleys

Caption Dummy + Glossary

Notes

Newspaper clippings: [personal experience while researching “Bushing Flying in Alaska” and “Alaska Bush Pilot”]

“Mukturks Army”
“The Mountain of Jade”

Typescript

Royalty Statements

Reviews

Miscellaneous material about the author

"Hello Writer" (proofs)

"The Case Of The Chocolate Snatcher" (photocopied pages)

Miscellaneous material for "Track Is For Me"

"Track Is For Me" (typescripts)

Travel Article:

Copy of newsletter article
Related correspondence

 


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