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Richard B. Gehman Papers

Identifier: MS 045


This collection contains Gehman's magazine articles from 1942-1969. Also includes research materials, correspondence, notes, drafts, and galley proofs relating to some of his books: A Hell of A Life (with Harry Richman), The Slander of Witches, Sardi's, Driven, and A Murder in Paradise.


  • 1942-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1969


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical / Historical

Richard Boyd Gehman (1921-1972), was born in Lancaster, PA., educated at McCaskey High School and began his career as a copy editor and 'cub reporter' for the local newspapers. He was a very prolific writer, composing thousands of magazine articles in addition to his nineteen books. He spent four years in the United States Engineer Corps during World War II and wrote for the Army in Tennessee. Much of his writing focuses on his intimate connection with such high-profile personalities as Eddie Condon, Harry Richman, Hugh Hefner, and Humphrey Bogart. In addition, Gehman also taught writing at such institutions as New York University, Columbia University, Indiana University, Pennsylvania State University, Millersville State Teacher's College, and at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. Gehman is also the author of the musical"By Hex" a.k.a. "The Wonderful Good" about the Amish of his native Lancaster. His wide range of interests are reflected in his expansive bibliography. Gehman also published under the pseudonyms Meghan Richards, Frederic Christian, Martin Scott, and F.C. Uffelman. He was married several times most notably to Academy Award winning actress Estelle Parsons.


3 Linear feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into series corresponding to publication career.

Ownership and Custodial History

The Richard B. Gehman Papers were donated in two sections. The manuscripts, drafts, and other materials relating to his books were donated by Gehman himself in 1969. Thomas Fensch, who failed to publish a collection of Gehman's magazine articles, donated his collection of Gehman's articles in 1970.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Richard B. Gehman. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1969..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Thomas Fensch. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1970..


No further accruals expected

Related Archival Materials

Richard B. Gehman Papers (MS 063): Custodian--Special Collections and Archives: Address--Ganser Library, Millersville University, Country--USA..

Processing Information

Processing completed May 1998.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States