Johns Hopkins University Dashiell Hammett collection
Scope and Contents
The items in this artificially-assembled collection were created by or are related to Dashiell Hammett and his writing career. The collection currently includes a movie script and film ephemera. The holding spans 1942 to 1943.
- Creation: 1942 - 1943
- Latimer, Jonathan, 1906-1983 (Person)
- Paramount Pictures, Inc. (Organization)
- Johns Hopkins University (Collector, Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.
Dashiell Hammett biography
Samuel Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse).
In addition to the significant influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time" and was called, in his obituary in The New York Times, "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction." Time magazine included Hammett's 1929 novel Red Harvest on a list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005.
0.46 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box, 1 custom flat box)
Language of Materials
Samuel Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. The items in this artificially-assembled collection were created by or are related to Hammett and his literary career. The holding spans 1942 to 1943.
This collection is arranged by accession, which reflects the order in which the items were acquired.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The items in this collection have been gathered from multiple sources by Johns Hopkins University. Please see individual series for acquisition information.
Accession information is included as a note in the relevant file level for each accrual to the collection.
Materials Specific Details
It is the intent of the curators of Special Collections to continually acquire and add to this artificially-assembled collection, within the theme of Dashiell Hammett's writing career.
This collection was processed in February 2016 by Annie Tang.
Genre / Form
- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- Detective and mystery stories, American
- Film criticism
- Film noir
- Motion picture plays, American
- Motion pictures, American
- Noir fiction, American
- Johns Hopkins University Dashiell Hammett collection
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA