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Charles Finney papers 1905-1995 (bulk 1931-1978)

AZ 024

Collection Summary

Creator: Finney, Charles G.
Collection Name Charles Finney papers
Inclusive Dates: 1905-1995
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1931-1978)
Physical Description:1.5
Abstract The Charles G. Finney papers contain manuscripts, correspondence, publicity records, personal records pertaining to Finney's family and his work as an author of two novels, a variety of short stories. The collection also includes biographical information obtained by Finney biographer June Fredman, a close family friend.
Collection NumberAZ 024
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Charles Grandison Finney was born in Sedalia, Missouri on December 1, 1905. He was the great-grandson of the famous evangelist, Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875). In 1927 to 1929, Finney served in China with the U.S. Army 15th Infantry Regiment (E Company), which would later inspire one of his novels, The Old China Hands. After returning from China, Finney moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1930 where he became an editor at the Arizona Daily Star. His most famous novel, The Circus of Dr. Lao, was published in 1935 by Viking Press and was created into a Hollywood movie, later titled, The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao starring Tony Randall. He wrote a variety short stories, some of which were published as a collection in The Ghosts of Manacle.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes a variety of materials pertaining to the life and work of author and editor Charles G. Finney. The majority of the collection are annotated and unpublished typescripts and manuscripts of Finney's novels and short stories, in addition to correspondence, photographs, various publicity materials, and notes by June Fredman, a close family friend who was working on a biography of Charles Finney at the time of her death.


This collection is organized into five series
Series I: Manuscripts, 1936-1969
Series II: Correspondence, 1945-1978
Series III: Publicity, 1931-1984
Subseries 1: Newspapers, 1931-1984
Subseries 2: 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Movie Memorabilia 1962-1964
Series IV: Personal, 1905-1995
Series V June Fredman, 1978, 1995



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Related Material

Robert Hammond Papers; MSS 164; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Finney, Charles G. (Charles Grandison), 1905-1984.

American literature--20th century.
American literature--Arizona.
American literature--Southwestern States.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Charles Finney papers (AZ 024). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

2017-03-14 This finding aid was manually revised and updated to EAD 2.0 specifications by Molly Stothert-Maurer.

2017-06-16 This finding aid was updated in alignment with LC EAD 2.0 specifications using a python script created by Erik Radio.

2018-02-06 This finding aid was updated to include an addition, accession #2018.004 by Kristen Cook.

Container List

Series I: Manuscripts, 1936-1969
This series contains both published and unpublished typescripts and manuscripts written by Charles Finney. This series is arranged alphabetically.
11 "An Anabasis in Minor Key", 1959-1960
12 "Arrangement in Dead Dogs and Dead Chinks", 1936
13 "Brother Francis and the Birds, undated
14 "The Bruja of Huatamixl", undated
15 "The Dead Boy Under the Bridge", undated
16 "The Door", undated
17 "Fishing in the Hink, 1961
18 The Ghosts of Manacle, 1964
19 "Green Hills", 1966
110 "Isabelle the Inscrutable", 1963-1964
111 "A Letter to Senator Hayden", undated
112 "The Lyre Snake", undated
113 "Murder with Feathers", 1966
114 "The Negro Sub-foreman", 1963, undated
115 "The Night Crawler", 1961
116 "Noah Builds an Ark", undated
117 "The Noonday Demons", undated
118-19 The Old China Hands, 1960-1961
3 The Old China Hands Hardbound Book Sleeve, 1961
120 "The Old Pueblo", undated
121 "Private Prince", 1961
122 "Project Number 6", 1962
123 "The Prophet Espinoza", 1961
124 "Sermon at Casa Grande", 1961, undated
125 "Memoirs of a Snake-hunting Man", 1964
126 "The Temptation of Dr. Lao", 1965
127 "Turtles in the Glass Atlas", undated
128 "Untitled Book" Chapters 2 and 3, 1961
129 "Yellowbank", undated
130 Magazine Publications, 1963-1969
Series II: Correspondence, 1945-1978
This series contains letters between Finney and his literary agent, former military personnel, and his readers. This series is arranged chronologically.
131 Correspondence, 1945-1961
132 Correspondence, 1962-1965
133 Correspondence, 1966-1971
134 Correspondence, undated
135 Notes, undated
3 The United States 15th Infantry Regiment Broadside, 1964
3 Army and Navy Register, 1939
Series III: Publicity, 1931-1984
This series contains materials related to his published works.
Subseries 1 Newspapers, 1931-1984
This subseries contains literature reviews of Finney's books published in newspapers across the United States.
21 Newspapers, circa 1931-1984
22 Periodicals, 1934, 1953-1984, undated
3 Scrapbook, circa 1935-1941, 1961
Subseries 2 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Movie Memorabilia, 1962-1964
This subseries contains memorabilia related to the The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao movie, released in 1964.
23 Literary Purchase Agreement, 1960-1962
24 The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Memorabilia 1964
Series IV: Personal, 1905-1995
This series contains personal items related to Charles Finney, his family, and his family history. Materials include photographs and publications.
25 Photographs, undated
26 Family History, circa 1905-1995
Series V: June Fredman, 1978, 1995
This series contains materials related to June Fredman who was working on a biography on Charles Finney. Materials indlude notebooks, cassette tapes, correspondence with publishers, and a draft of the first few chapters of the biography, which was to be titled Magician out of Missouri.
27 Charles Finney Biography Notes, undated
3 Charles Finney Interview Audio Cassettes, undated
28 Magician out of Missouri Incomplete Draft, undated
29 Correspondence, 1978-1995
210 Personal, 1978-1995