This collection contains the papers of the author Leonard Wibberley (1915-1983). Wibberley wrote over 100 books over the course
of his career. His papers include manuscripts, galleys, and typescripts for books written by him.
Leonard Wibberley was born April 9, 1915, in Dublin, Ireland. He attended schools in Ireland and England and was an apprentice
to a London publisher. At sixteen, he became a copy boy at the
Sunday Dispatch; during the Depression, he worked as street fiddler, ditch digger, dishwasher, and cook. From 1932-1936, he was a reporter
London Daily Mirror and assistant London editor for the
Malayan Straits Times and the
Singapore Free Press; he then became editor of the
Trinidad Evening News in the West Indies. Wibberley worked for the Shell Oil Company in Trinidad from 1939-1941. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1943
to work for Walsh Kaiser Shipyards while also serving as cable editor for the Associated Press. He was the American correspondent
London Evening News and a staff writer for
The Los Angeles Times from 1950 until his death of a heart attack on November 22, 1983, in Santa Monica, California.
The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers
on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers
when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish,
quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.