Browne Popular Culture Library

PCL MS-4: Marta Haake Labus Collection

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Transfers | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 

Introduction

Marta Haake Labus is a comedy-mystery writer. She writes under the pseudonym Claire McCormick. Literary manuscripts of two of her books form the core of the collection.

In 1983, Marta Labus first began transferring her manuscripts to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research, however, the photocopying of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Nancy White Lee, Popular Culture Library Associate II, in March 1986, revised with an addendum in July 1992, and updated in August 2009 by Patricia Falk.

 

Biographical Sketch

Marta Haake Labus was born on September 13, 1943, in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in 1965; received a Master of Arts degree in 1966 and a Ph. D. in 1971 from the University of Illinois. Labus married Otto Philleo Labus on May 10, 1982. They reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Labus is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Modern Language Association of America, Women in Communications, McCormick Ranch Woman's Association Career Group, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. She was a Woodrow Wilson scholar in 1965, University of Illinois dissertation fellow in 1969, and held National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships in 1974 and 1976-1977.

Labus has always been interested in writing. As a child she spent much time writing plays and composing song lyrics. In high school she wrote radio scripts for the local Junior Theater of the Air; one script was published in The National Scholastic. During college she stopped writing except for poetry. In 1981 she began work on her first novel writing under the pseudonym Clair McCormick. Labus completed a third comedy/mystery, Murder in Cowboy Bronze in 1985.

 

Transfers

The following books have been transferred from the collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library main stack area. Call numbers for these books may be found in the BGSU Libraries Catalog.

 

Scope and Content

The Marta Haake Labus Collection consists of manuscripts for three books; Resume for Murder, The Club Paradis Murders, and Murder in Cowboy Bronze. Included with the manuscripts are galley sheets, outlines, and an area map for illustration purposes.

The published books of these three works are located in the book section of the Browne Popular Culture Library. The manuscripts are arranged chronologically.

 

Series Description

Literary Productions

Series
Manuscripts (Literary)
1980-1985
Arranged chronologically.
Typed manuscripts for three books. This series includes original outlines, various drafts of the manuscripts, deleted pages, a map and galley sheets.
 

Inventory

Box 1
FolderDescriptionDate
Resume For Murder 1980-1982
1Version #1 manuscript as originally submitted to Walker and Co. 
2Version #2 manuscript, pp. 1-103
3Version #2 manuscript, pp. 104-235
4Version #3 manuscript, printer's copy, pp. 1-121
5Version #3 manuscript, printer's copy, pp. 122-235
6Galley sheets
Box 2
FolderDescriptionDate
The Club Paradis Murders 1981
1Map 
2Original outline
3Version #1 manuscript, uncut, pp. 1-112
4Version #1 manuscript, uncut, pp. 113-302
5Version #2 manuscript in cut and past form, pp. 1-116
6Version #2 manuscript in cut and paste form, pp. 117-210
7Version #2 manuscript in cut and paste form, pp. 211-314
8Deleted pages from version #2
Box 3
FolderDescriptionDate
The Club Paradis Murders (con't.)1983
1Version #2 manuscript retyped, pp. 1-140 
2Version #2 manuscript retyped, pp. 141-211
3Version #2 manuscript retyped, pp. 212-313
Box 4
FolderDescriptionDate
Murder in Cowboy Bronze (1983?)
1Character notes.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
 
2Chapter-by-chapter outline of events in numerical order.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
3Outline.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
4Notes for revision.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
5Short revised outline.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
6Revised outline.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
7Revised outline.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
8Revised outline.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
9Final form outline.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions
10Original author's version as given to the typist.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions, chapters 1-4
n.d.
11Original author's version as given to the typist.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions, chapters 5-end
 
12Rewrite manuscript as given to typist.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions, chapters 1-4
13Rewrite manuscript as given to typist.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions, chapters 5-end
14Typewritten manuscript, chapters 1-5
Box 5
FolderDescriptionDate
Murder in Cowboy Bronze (>con't.)
1Typewritten manuscript, chapters 6-endn.d.
2Original finished manuscript as submitted to the publisher.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions, chapters 1-5
(1984?)
3Original finished manuscript as submitted to the publisher.
Typewritten manuscript with corrections and additions, chapters 6-end
(1984?)
4Revised manuscript as given to the printer, edited and copy edited, chapters 1-51985
5Revised manuscript as given to the printer, edited and copy edited, chapters 6-end
6Galley proofs
7Author's marked folders and box topsn.d.

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