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John F. Suter Papers

Identifier: MS 020


The collection consists of drafts, galley proofs, magazines, and correspondence relating to the work of John F. Suter. These materials cover the span of Mr. Suter's career, including his early attempts at writing radio plays. The earliest item dates from 1945 with the bulk of the material covering the period from 1980 to the present.


  • Creation: 1945-1995,
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980-1995


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

John F. Suter (1914-1996) was a 1935 graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where he received a BA. in Chemistry. He spent his career as a professional chemist with Union Carbide in Charlestown, WV. But, when time was available, he pursued his interest in creative writing. From 1935 to the early fifties, Suter focused his efforts on writing scripts for radio dramas. In the mid-fifities, however, his efforts turned toward the short story and has remained his medium of choice since. Suter has been published in several mystery anthologies and magazines including the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazineand Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.


1.5 Linear feet (4 boxes)

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Collection: Organized into 4 series corresponding to the type of work represented : 1) Short stories; 2) Plays; 3) Book reviews; 4) Miscellaneous.

Ownership and Custodial History

The John F. Suter Papers were donated to the Franklin and Marshall College Library, Archives and Special Collections Department beginning in 1979 to ca. 1996 by John F. Suter. These papers had been in his possession until the time of donation to the College. Additional material in the form of correspondence was donated by Richard Warren in 1996.

Processing Information

Processing completed 1996.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States