H.C. Branson papers Edit


MSS 319 large


  • approximately 1940-1968 (Creation)


  • 9 Linear Feet (Whole)
    9 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections three (3) working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, H.C. Branson papers, MSS 319, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Donald A. Yates in 1979, 2000, 2001, 2008, and 2012.

  • Processing Information

    The H. C. Branson papers were processed by Kassy Fineout, August 2008, and accurals by Lydia Tang in 2017.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Henry Clay Branson (1904-1981) grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan, and later attended Princeton in 1924. He then spent three years in Paris only to return to Michigan in 1929 to attend the University of Michigan. In Ann Arbor he married, fathered the first of his three daughters in 1934 and eventually graduated from the university in 1937. Branson read Doyle as a boy, followed Philo Vance’s cases in Paris in the pages of Scribner’s Magazine and was one of the most familiar of card-holders at the Ann Arbor Public Library, where he withdrew and consumed hundreds of mystery stories, all contributing to his becoming a mystery writer.

  • Scope and Contents

    The H. C. Branson papers contain notes, manuscripts, typescripts of the author's mystery stories as well as diaries, sketches for a memoir and correspondence.

  • Arrangement

    The H. C. Branson papers are arranged into the following series: I: Mystery novels (arranged by date of publication, then alphabetically) II: Salisbury Plain (arranged alphabetically) III: Correspondence IV: Notes, drafts, and correpondence