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Guide to the James E. Sisson Papers, 1950-1986
BANC MSS 87/167 c  
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Description
Consists of Sisson's personal and research correspondence, writings, and research files on Jack London. Correspondence is chiefly with friends and other London scholars, including Tony Bubka, Marlan Beilke, Becky London Fleming, Russ Kingman, Earle Labor, and Joan London. Includes bibliographies and indices relating to London's writings and correspondence, along with drafts and proofs of Sisson's own published and unpublished works on London. Research materials gathered by Sisson relate to papers, theses, dissertations, and plays about London's life and works, along with bibliographies, reviews, and articles about London. Clippings files concern London's family, friends, homes, and scholars, and include a collection of London cartoons, drawings, and other ephemera.

Microfilm copies of 27 volumes of Jack London scrapbooks, 1899-1942.
Background
James Edward Sisson III was born in Vernon, Alabama on August 28, 1917 and educated in the Lamar County public schools, graduating as valedictorian in 1935 from Lamar County High School. After receiving his B.S. from Florence State College in 1939, Sisson taught in the Jackson County, Alabama elementary school system. Between 1941 and 1945, he served as a Cryptographic Technician in the Signal Intelligence Unit in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, Sisson attended Auburn University in Alabama, and received a B.S. in Education in 1946 and a M.A. in English in 1947. He taught at Mississippi State University and Georgia Tech before beginning post-graduate studies at Duke University in 1953. During this period, Sisson was diagnosed as having both tuberculosis and facial skin cancer, but in 1960 he began studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with Professor James D. Hart. From 1967 to 1969, Sisson worked as a Library Assistant at The Bancroft Library, and began his research on Jack London in 1970.
Extent
Originals: Number of containers: 5 boxes, 9 cartons Linear feet: 15.40 Microfilm: Number of reels: 10 (35 mm)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.