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Bill Crider Collection
- 1987 (Creation)
Name of creator
Bill (Allen Billy) Crider was born July 28, 1941, in Mexia, Texas. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963, a Master's degree from North Texas State University in 1966, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. Crider taught in high school for two years, followed by college teaching at Howard Payne University. From 1983 forward, he taught at Alvin Community College, where he chaired the English Department.
Crider is a prolific writer who writes in a variety of genres, including mysteries, westerns, horror, and young adult novels. He was best known for his mystery novels, particularly the "Sheriff Dan Rhodes" series. Crider is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers League, and the Western Writers of America. He has been awarded the "Anthony Award" for best first novel (Too Late to Die), and the "Golden Duck Award" for best the best juvenile science fiction novel of 1998 (Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror).
Bill Crider passed away on February 12, 2018, at his home in Alvin, TX, from cancer.
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Scope and content
The collection spans Bill Crider's entire career. A near-complete run of manuscripts traces his writing career, supplemented by a correspondence file, miscellaneous material, and books and magazines. A long run of "DAPA-EM," the organ of a mystery writer's amateur press association completes the collection.
System of arrangement
This collection is organized into 5 series:
- Series 1. Manuscripts, 1939-1979; Undated
- Series 2. Correspondence, 1978-1998
- Series 3. Magazines, 1971 - September 2002; Undated
- Series 4. Mystery Amateur Press Association, May 1981 - July 2002
- Series 5. Books, 1981-2002
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Conditions governing access
These materials are stored offsite and require additional time for retrieval.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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