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Arthur H. Lewis Papers


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Lewis, Arthur H., 1906-1995

27.24 linear feet (110 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

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Biographical Note

Arthur Lewis, journalist and writer, was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Columbia University. He worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and served as press representative for the State of Pennsylvania from 1939-1952. Lewis later became a freelance writer during which time he published over twelve books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is well known for his book, Those Philadelphia Kellys (biography of Grace Kelly and her family), as well as for, Murder by contract (the story of the Yablonski murder).

1906               Born September 27, in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania

1924               Attended Franklin and Marshall College

1925-26         Attended Columbia University

1927-38         Reporter, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

1930               Married Juliet Blum

1939-52         Press representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

1950               Journalism instructor, University of Pittsburgh

1952-              Free-lance writer

1956               THE AARONSBURG STORY (The history of an inter-faith, inter-race program in a small Pennsylvania town)

1960               THE WORLDS OF CHIPPY PATTERSON (Biography of a Philadelphia lawyer)


1963               THE DAY THEY SHOOK THE PLUM TREE (The Story of Hetty Green, the richest and one of the most despised women in America)

1964               LAMENT FOR THE MOLLY MAGUIRES (The reign of Terror by a group of Irish coal miners in Pennsylvania and how they were brought to justice)

1967               LA BELLE OTERO (The biography of a courtesan)

1969               HEX (Witchcraft in Pennsylvania Cutch Country, including a murder motivated by powwowing)

1970               CARNIVAL (Life on the carnival circuit)

1971               COPPER BEECHES (Fiction, mystery story involving The Philadelphia Sherlock Holmes Society, Sons of The Copper Beeches)

1972               CHILDREN’S PARTY (Fiction)

1973               IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED (Hollywood at its zenith)

1975               MURDER BY CONTRACT (The story of The Yablonski murder)

1977               THOSE PHILADELPHIA KELLYS (Biography of a family)

1995               Died January 25, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS, Volumes 1-4, First Revision, p.589.

Description of Collection

Papers of a Philadelphia journalist and biographer, consisting of the working files of books he published. The research materials include newspaper and magazine clippings, photocopies of articles, correspondence, photographs, and notes of interviews. There is also an extensive collection of cassette tapes and transcripts of interviews, as well as typescripts for each book (some copy edited and some with several drafts). Other interesting items in the collection include five scrapbooks of clippings concerning the Philadelphia Kelly family, reports and correspondence concerning the African Trade Fair (New York, 1957-61), a number of black and white photographs related to various writing assignments, and two framed collections of autographed letters. An addition to the collection consists of materials such as manuscripts, memos, clippings, correspondence, tapes, notes, and transcripts related to a forthcoming biography of Richard A. Sprague, a high profile Philadelphia prosecutor of the 1960s-1970s. The bulk of the materials concern the blackmail trial of Harry Karafin, a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, and Sprague's tenure as chief counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations, 1976-1977. A later addition to the papers in 1993 is unprocessed.

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991029998799703811 

Research Access

Collection is open for research. 

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Arthur H. Lewis Papers, SPC MSS LT 153, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. Lewis to Temple in 1977 with Additions following in successive years. Received from Arthur H. Lewis April 15, 1982, 1 envelope of miscellaneous materials relating to Copper Beeches. The bulk of the papers were transferred from the Free Library of Philadelphia in 1977.             

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Grace, Princess of Monaco, 1929-1982
Karafin, Harry
Sprague, Richard A.

Corporate Names:
Molly Maguires (Organization)
Philadelphia Inquirer (Firm)

Assassination -- Investigation -- United States
Biography -- 20th century
Carnivals -- Pennsylvania
Detective and mystery stories
Labor disputes -- Pennsylvania
Monaco -- Prince and princesses
Reportage literature
Reporters and reporting
United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Assassinations

Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Religious life and customs
Philadelphia (Pa.). Office of District Attorney

Material Types:


 1          1          Aaronsburg Story, Vanguard press, c1955.  “To the Humane, Charitable, well-dispos’d People.” Historical Series No. 1, Congregation Mikveh. Israel, November 16, 1958. [facsimile of Jewish historical document]; program of dinner given by Governor and Mrs. George Leader, December 10, 1955.

1          2          Aaronsburg Story.  Research material, including brochures, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to the Aaronsburg Story, Aaronsburg Assembly and The Aaronsburg Story; 8” x 10” black and white photograph of Rabbi C.S. Bernstein, Rochester, N.Y.; 8” x 10” black and white photograph of Cornell Wilde; two 4” x 5” snapshots of an outdoor pageant [The Aaronsburg Story?].

1          3          Aaronsburg Story.  Research material as above; three 8” x 10” black and white photographs of men planning and building stage for Aaronsburg pageant.

2                    Aaronsburg Story.  Typescript, copy edited

3                    Worlds of Chippy Patterson, Harcourt, Brace and Gollancz, 1960.  Typescript (draft, carbon copy), pp.18-445.

4                    Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Typescript (another draft, carbon copy), pp.1-387 and approximately 20 non-consecutive pages.

5                    Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Typescript, continuation of above, pp.388-680 and approximately 200 non-consecutive pages.

6          1          Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Typescript (another draft, carbon copy) chapters 1-3, pp.1-57.

6          2          Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Typescript, revised, chapters 1-4, pp.1-24.

6          3          Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Typescript (another draft) revised, pp. 1-487.

7                     Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Typescript, (another draft) copy edited, p.1-510; manslaughter indictment, Commonwealth vs. Brookatee Matthews, June 2, 1959, 2 copies; “In Memoriam” newspaper notice for C. Stuart Patterson, Jr., pasted to small slip of paper with holograph caption: “Epilogue.”
8                     Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Typescript (first draft). p.1-510.

9-11                Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Research material.

12          1          Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Correspondence. Includes letter from Gene Fowler to Arthur Lewis, n.d. (1951?), holograph; letter from Ruth Draper to Arthur Lewis, 1951 February 14 holograph; letter from Ronald Reagan 1951, April 10, holograph.

12          2          Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Correspondence.

13                    Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Reviews.

14                    Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Research notes.

15          1-3          Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Research notes.

15          4          Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Newspaper Clippings (“not about the book”)

15          5          Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  7” x 9” black and white photographs of a photograph of Patterson.

16                    Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Research notes.

17                    Worlds of Chippy Patterson.  Notes of trials for which Patterson worked as counsel.

18                    Day They Shook the Plum Tree, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1963.  Research notes.

19          1          Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Paged galley.

19          2          Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Galley proofs, yellow page copy edited. 19  

19          3          Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Galley proofs.

20                    Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Typescript (carbon copy).

21          1          Day They Shook the Plum Tree. Correspondence.

21          2          Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Research notes.

21          3          Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Typescript (carbon copy).

21          4          Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Research notes.

22                    Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Clippings of reviews.

23                    Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Typescript, copy edited.

24                    Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Research notes and correspondence.

25                    Day They Shook the Plum Tree.  Research notes.

26-29                    Lament for the Molly Maguires, Harcourt, Brace & World and Longmans, 1965, Pocket Books, 1969.  Research notes.

29          2          Lament for the Molly Maguires . 14 8” x 10” black and white photographs of members of The Molly Maguires and The Mauch Chunk, Pa jail and courthouse.

30                    Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Typescripts (drafts).

31          1          Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Research notes.

31          2          Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Typescripts (draft, carbon copy).

31          3          Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Typescript (draft).

31          4          Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Typescript (draft, carbon copy).

32                    Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Research notes and clippings.

33                    Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Typescripts (drafts).

34                    Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Typescript (carbon copy).

35                    Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Typescript, copy-edited.

36          1          Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Galley proofs.

36          2-3          Lament for the Molly Maguires.  Paged galley.

37-38                    La Belle Otero, Trident Press 1967.  Research notes.

39          1          La Belle Otero.  Research notes.

39          2          La Belle Otero.  Correspondence.

39          3          La Belle Otero.  Extra copies of publicity.

39          4          La Belle Otero.  Correspondence, July 1966-June 1967.

39          5          La Belle Otero.  Contacts.  Includes letters from Cornelia Otis-Skinner.

40                    La Belle Otero.  Typescript (draft).

41          1          La Belle Otero.  Typescript, copy-edited.

41          2          La Belle Otero.  Typescript (carbon copy).

42          1          La Belle Otero.  Typescript (rough draft with research notes).

42          2          La Belle Otero.  Typescript (carbon copy).

43          1          La Belle Otero.  Galley proof (“Master copy,” edited).

43          2          La Belle Otero.  Galley proof.

43          3          La Belle Otero.  Paged galley (edited).

44          1          La Belle Otero.  “…Unrevised, Uncorrected advance proofs… photographically reproduced…bound for reader’s convenience.”

44          2          La Belle Otero.  Typescript, copy edited.

45          1          La Belle Otero.  Extra publicity clippings.

45          2          La Belle Otero.  Otero – Obituaries.

46          1-3          Hex, Trident Press, 1969.  Research Notes.

46          4          Hex.  Promotional material.

46          5         Hex.  Research notes – duplicate material.

46          6         Hex.  Extra clippings of Hex reviews.

46          7         Hex.  Pennsylvania Folklife, Summer 1971.

47                    Hex.  Research notes.

48          1          Hex.  Précis’

47          2          Hex.  Maps.  (Pennsylvania official Highway Map, 1966; Historic York County Tourist Map; York area map; York County Map).

47          3          Hex.  Correspondence.

47          4-5          Hex.  Typescripts (rough drafts).

49          1          Hex.  Typescript.

49          2          Hex.  Typescript (carbon copy, pp.223-4 missing).

50                    Hex.  Typescript (rough draft).
51          1          Carnival, Trident Press, 1970.  Typescript (rough draft).

51          2          Carnival.  Amusement Business, June 26, 1971; Book of the Month Club News, April 1970 (review of Carnival, p.10).

51          3          Carnival.  Research notes.

51          4          Carnival.  Clippings (extra copies).

52          1          Carnival.  Typescript (rough draft – chapters 2-13).

52          2          Carnival.  Typescript (rough draft – chapters 22-26).

53          1          Carnival.  Typescript, copy-edited, chapters 1-21.

53          2          Carnival.  Typescript, copy-edited, chapters 22-36.

54          1          Carnival.  Tape recordings.  Two 7” reels (interviews?).           

54          2          Carnival.  Two 7” x 9 ½“ black and white photographs of man hawking or auctioning merchandise.  Brochure for “The James E. Strates Shows.”

54          3          Carnival.  Correspondence, 1970, and press release.

54          4          Carnival.  “Modus operandi – mine.”

54          5-6          Carnival.  Typescripts.

55          1-3          Carnival.  Research notes and correspondence.

55          4          Carnival.  Affidavit of Arthur H. Lewis, February 7, 1973 in suit brought by Robert M. Noell against Trident Press, a sub-division of Simon and Schuster, Inc., Simon and Schuster, Inc. and Arthur H. Lewis.

55          5          Carnival.  Two 8” x 10” black and white, photograph of “Little Irvy, the 20 ton shale” and 1 8” x 10” color print of the truck used to display him; 8” x 10” black and white photograph of costumed couple inscribed, “To: Arthur Lewis – whose warmth and personality sparkles – as does his writing!  Sincerely, Morrison and Reeve”; group of miscellaneous snapshots pertaining to carnival; 8” x 10” black and white photograph “Olgo the headless girl”; Three 8” x 10” black and white photographs of cycling act; 8” x 10” black and white photograph of Janet Lee; 4 3” x 5” black and white photographs of pagan Jones.  One 9 ½ “x 7 ½” black and white photograph of oil portraits of the Vivonas (John and his wife?); 1 4 ½” x 3 ½” black and white photograph of John and Dom Vivona; 1 7” x 4” black and white photograph of “Amusement of America” staff; 1 4 ½” x 3” color photograph of “Babe” Vivona; 1 2” x 3” black and white photograph of Morris Vivona; 1 2” x 3” black and white photograph of Phil vivona; 1 2” x 3” black and white photograph of Mrs. Catherine (Mom) Vivona; 1 7” x 5” black and white photograph of Vivona family.

55          6          Carnival.  Tape recordings.  Two 7” reels of Bedford Country Fair.

56          1          Copper Beeches, Trident press, 1971.  Clippings, correspondence and publicity.

56          2          Copper Beeches.  Typescript (rough draft).

56          3          Copper Beeches.  Typescript, p.50-75 (carbon copy).

56          4          Copper Beeches.  Typescript, p.1-83.

56          5          Copper Beeches.  Typescript, copy-edited (p.125 missing).

57          1          Copper Beeches.  Typescript, copy-edited (Xerox copy).

57          2          Copper Beeches.  Paged galley (author’s set).

58          1          Copper Beeches.  Typescript, chapters 2-16.

58          2          Copper Beeches.  Typescript, copy-edited.

58          3          Copper Beeches.  Correspondence, research notes and several pages of typescript.

58          4          Copper Beeches. 1 envelope of miscellaneous materials relating to Copper Beeches. 

59          1          Children’s Party, Trident Press, 1972.  Press release and correspondence.

59          2          Children’s Party.  Typescript, copy-edited. (carbon copy).

60                    It Was Fun While It Lasted, Trident Press, 1973.  Research notes, A-H 8” x 10”, black and white photograph of Joan Blondell (7); two letters, Joan Crawford to Arthur Lewis, 1964, October 8 and 1970, August 20, signed.  1p., (19); two letters, Geraldine Fitzgerald to Arthur Lewis, 1970, March 9, holograph, 2 pages.  (25); Cassette tape recording of interview with Herb Golden (37).

61                    It Was Fun While It Lasted.  Research notes, J-T.  Eleven 8” x 10” black and white photographs of auction items at MGM
                                              (11); Letter, Barbara Stanwyck to Arthur Lewis, 1970, March 9, holograph.

62          1-10          It Was Fun While It Lasted.  Research notes, U-Z.

62          11          It Was Fun While It Lasted.  Research notes, miscellaneous.

62          12          It Was Fun While It Lasted.  Typescript (rough draft).

63                    Murder by Contract, MacMillan, 1975.  Research notes, Cassette tapes (11) of interviews and recollections of interviews; index card file of
                                               proper names with research notes.

64                    Murder by Contract.  Research notes.

65                    Murder by Contract.  Research notes.  Poster, 24” x 19”, “Let’s Make the UNWA Great Again” vote Miller-Trbovick-Patrick (2) Photograph, 8” x 10”, black and white, of unidentified man speaking at U.M.W. of A. rally and picnic, 1972, July 23 (2).

66-67                    Murder by Contract.  Research notes.

68-83                    Murder by Contract.  Xerox copies of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania printings of trials, including Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Aubran Wayne Martin, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. William Jackson Prater and Commonwealth of  Pennsylvania vs. W.A. “Tony” Boyle.

84                          Murder by Contract.  Typescript, copy edited (Xerox copy).

85                          Murder by Contract.  Typescript, as 84, with further editing.

86                          Murder by Contract.  Typescript, as 85, with additional editing.

87                          Murder by Contract.  Proofs from galley, copy edited.

88          1-7          Those Philadelphia Kellys, Morrow, 1977.  Research notes.

89                   Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Research notes; includes play The Knockout (mimeographed copy by John B. Kelly) (1);
                                               will of Jack Kelly (3).

90                   Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Research notes, publicity and photographs.

91                   Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Research notes and correspondence.

92                   Those Philadelphia Kellys.  40 cassette tapes of interviews.

93                   Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Card file index to research notes.

93           1-3          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Typescript, original and two Xerox copies.  pp.1, 1A, 4-50.

93          4          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Typescript (draft).

94          1-2          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Research notes.

94          3-5          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Transcripts of interviews (duplicates).

95          1          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Typescript, copy edited, pp.1-243.

95          2          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Typescript, copy edited, pp.244-548.

95          3          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Typescript, photocopy, p.1-406.

95          4          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Miscellaneous pages of typescript, photocopies and 5 pages of research notes.

96          1          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Galley proof (reader’s set with corrections).

96          2          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Galley proof (author’s set with corrections).

96          3          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Page galley.

97          1          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Drafts of preliminary pages, index, etc.

97          2          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Typescript, copy edited.

97          3          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Paste-up – photographs.

97          4          Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Paged galley. (See also boxes 100-101 and scrapbooks for Kelly material)

98          1         “African Trade Fair.”  Reports; correspondence, background materials, 1957-1958.

98          2         “African Trade Fair.”  Report, correspondence, conference at N.Y.U., 1959-61.  

99          1         Miscellany.  Correspondence, 1949 to 1961, mostly dealing with Harrisburg matters; includes letters from Ralph J. Bunche, Spyros P. Skouras, Elsa Maxwell, George Meany, Henry R. Luce; 8” x 10” black and white photograph of General Donovan; 8” x 10” black and white photograph of Felix Frankfurter, 8” x 10” black and white photograph of Governor Duff; 8” x 10”  black and white photograph of Channing H. Tobias; 3 ½” x 4 ½” black and white photograph of ? Sachar; 6 ½” x 4 ½” black and white photograph of Ralph Bunche.

99          2          Miscellany.  Correspondence 1961-1963, mostly concerning promotional appearances.

99          3          Miscellany.  Typescript, “Family Circus” (short story) 2 copies.

99          4          Miscellany.  Typescripts (carbon copies) of radio programs “Adventures of Research” by Doctor Phillips Thomas; Pitt Evening News, six copies 1948-49; correspondence with Prof. Robert Graham, University of Pittsburgh concerning Journalism course being taught by Lewis, 1950, September.

99          5          Miscellany.  Miscellaneous newspaper clippings; certificate form for completion of courses at Deshon General Hospital U.S.A., Butler, Pa.; 6” x 4” black and white photograph of Capt. J.W. Allen, (MC) U.S.N.; 7” x 9” black and white photograph of unidentified football stadium; two 7” x 9” black and white photographs of Arthur Lewis with three U.S. Navy officers; 7 x 9” black and white photograph of group of unidentified service men and women.

99          6          Miscellany.  3” x 5” black and white photograph of Jacob Sweitzer; three 7 ½” x 9 ½” black and white photographs of “Zorita” in various poses; 7 ½” x 9 ½” black and white photograph of four women from the Frank Casino Show; 7 ½” x 9 ½” black and white photograph of Liza Marc with Zorita Show on World of Mirth; 7 ½” x 9 ½” black and white photograph of Liza Marc and Sal Tarracina with Zorita Show on world of Mirth; 7 ½” x 9 ½” black and white photograph of Ted Megaaden’s Zorita Show with World of Mirth.

99           7          Miscellany.  Correspondence, 1969-1972, newspaper clippings and press releases; of 3” x 5” color prints of Lewis on TV program.

100                    Those Philadelphia Kellys.  Photo composition proofs in galley lengths.

101                    Those Philadelphia Kellys.  16 photographs, all (Photos: 77-1) approximately 8” x 10”, black and white: Oleg Cassini walking in Center City, 1967; Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in Monaco, 1963; John b. Kelly, Jr. in Hawaii with Beverly Rivera, Royal Hawaiian Olympic Hostess, 1956; John B. Kelly in shell, n.d., n.p.; Harlow, 1973; John B. Kelly with Miss North America competition finalists for Miss United Nations pageant 1963; Harlow, 1972; Count Jean de Pierre de Polignac.  Father of Prince Rainier, 1956; Palace ofMonaco exterior view at night, March 12, 1956; Walter C. Kelly in 1935; Mr. and Mrs. John B. Kelly, Jr. at Penn vs. Dartmouth rowing competition, n.d.; Lizanne Kelly?  Preparing to dive into swimming pool; Princess Grace, Prince Rainier, Mary Kelly, Mrs. John B. Kelly, Sr. and infant daughter of Mary and John B. Kelly, on way to the child’s baptism, n.d.; The Kelly Clan: standing, sons Charles, George, John B. and P.H. seated, Father John H. and Son Walter C., Democratic City Committee Chairman John B. Kelly and Mrs. Kelly.  Printing plate for circus poster or flyer, plus negative and paper frame. Walter C. Kelly’s humorous monologue, “The Virginian Judge.”  Photo disc. Victor 10”, 78 rpm.