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Robert Lindsey papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-02
This collections documents the career of journalist and author Robert Lindsey. Materials are largely related to research for his various publications and collaborations, including The Falcon and the Snowman (1979), The Flight of the Falcon (1983), A Gathering of Saints (1988), An American Life (1990), Irresistible Impulse (1992), and Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me (1994). Research materials inlcude news clippings, interview transcripts and recordings, correspondence, notes, photographs, and audio/visual materials. The collection also includes some working manuscripts and published copies of his books, as well as newsclippings of Lindsey's articles for The New York Times from 1968-1989 and The San Jose Mercury-News from 1959-1968.

Dates

  • 1950-1999

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment only. Please contact Archives and Special Collections staff in advance to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from Archives and Special Collections as the physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. Archives and Special Collections can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).

Extent

33.75 Linear Feet (27 record cartons)

Overview

This collections documents the career of journalist and author Robert Lindsey. Materials are largely related to research for his various publications and collaborations and include news clippings, interview transcripts and recordings, correspondence, notes, photographs, and audio/visual materials. It also includes working manuscripts and published copies of his books, as well as newsclippings of Lindsey's articles from 1959-1989.

Biographical

Robert Hughes Lindsey was born on January 4, 1935 in Glendale, California. He is a journalist and author of several true crime books, including The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship and Espionage (1980), The Flight of the Falcon: The True Story of Escape and Manhunt for America’s Most Wanted Spy (1983), A Gathering of Saints: A True Story of Money, Murder and Deceit (1998), and Irresistible Impulse: A True Story of Blood and Money (1992). Lindsey worked as a reporter and editor at the San Jose Mercury News and The New York Times and is the former West Coast Bureau Chief for The New York Times. Marlon Brando and Ronald Reagan used Lindsey’s assistance when writing their autobiographies, respectively Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me and Ronald Reagan: An American Life.

Arrangement

Materials arranged in the following series:

Series 1: An American Life

Series 2: Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Series 3: A Gathering of Saints

Series 4: The Falcon and the Snowman

Series 5: The Flight of the Falcon

Series 6: Irrestistible Impuse

Series 7: Books and movies

Series 8: Newsclippings

Series 9: Correspondence

Series 10: Biographical material

Series 11: Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert Lindsey, 2008.

Deaccession

Notes, interview transcripts, audio and video recordings acquired during the writing of Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me deaccessioned in 2013 and returned to counsel representing Marlon Brando Living Trust. The agreement between Mr. Lindsey and Mr. Brando stated the work on the book was completed as a "work for hire," with Mr. Brando retaining full and complete ownership and control of all written or taped material made available to Mr. Lindsey as a result of his work.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robin Guthrie, Kaylynn Lockard, Josiah Peralta, & Jordan Leininger, 2017.

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the Robert Lindsey Papers
Status
in_progress
Author
Finding aid prepared by Robin Guthrie, Laura Berger, and Kaylynn Lockard.
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the California State University, Monterey Bay Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library
100 Campus Center
Seaside CA 93955 United States