Ken W. Purdy papers, 1931-1988 (bulk 1931-1972)

Purdy, Ken W

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 4.8 c.f. (15 archives boxes)
    • 21 tape recordings
    • 1 reel of microfilm (35 mm), and
    • 62 photographs
  • OCLC ocn173711739, ocn173699771
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  • Papers, mainly 1931-1972, of a journalist noted for his writing and editorial work on several men's magazines and his expertise on classic cars. Included are biographical and bibliographical materials; correspondence; final copies of numerous articles, stories, books, and scripts (including screenplays for "Le Mans"); recordings of research interviews with Ian Fleming, Dan Gurney, William Harrah, Stirling Moss, and others; legal and financial records; scrapbooks and clippings; and miscellany. Professional correspondence and memoranda document exchanges with Arthur H. Motley, Hugh Hefner, other associates at "True," "Argosy," and "Playboy"; Brandt & Brandt, Littauer & Wilkinson, and other agents and literary figures; and numerous racing figures. A complete edition of "Victory" in nine languages, which Purdy edited during World War II, is available in the Historical Society Library.


  • Portions of this collection are available only on microfilm.
  • Presented by Lucille Purdy, Westport, Connecticut, 1985.
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