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Frank Brookhouser personal papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Frank Brookhouser was born in 1912 and attended high school in Ford City, Pa. where he began his career in journalism as editor of the high school newspaper. Brookhouser took a degree in journalism from Temple University and began working for the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1939. In 1952 Brookhouser moved to the Philadelphia evening bulletin where he penned a column entitled "Man About Town," which ran until 1973. He wrote six books and over 400 short stories, many of which were reprinted in the O. Henry Award and other anthologies.

The papers of this Philadelphia newspaperman include materials related to his columns in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, spanning his 50 year career which began in Ford City, Pennsylvania. This part of the collection includes clippings and typescripts. The second part of the collection documents Brookhouser's career as a short-story writer, which includes correspondence, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, and tear sheets. Prominent correspondents include Nelson Algren, Joan Crawford, Frank Sinatra, Dave Garroway, James Michener, Allan Swallow, and Cornel Wilde.

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