Preliminary Guide to the Patrick McManus Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
McManus, Patrick F.
Patrick McManus papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1952-2012
16.0 Linear feet 17 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use) MS.1979.09: 2-9-13-4; MS.1987.28: 2-4-30-1; MS.2005.20: 2-5-27-2; MS 2012-13: 1-38-16-5; MS.2016.11: 2-7-22-7.
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

Patrick F. McManus (1933- ) is a writer from Spokane, Washington. He received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Washington State College, in 1956 and 1959 respectively. During his time at WSC, McManus was the editor of the Washington State Review and PowWow, WSC's alumni magazine. McManus then began a short career as an instructor of English and Journalism at Eastern Washington College and as a reporter on the Spokane television station KREM, soon finding his calling as a professional writer. His books include: A Fine and Pleasant Misery (1981), They Shoot Canoes, Don't They? (1982), Never Sniff a Gift Fish (1984), The Grasshopper Trap (1986), Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs (1988), The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw (1990), Real Ponies Don't Go Oink! (1992), The Good Samaritan Strikers Again (1993), How I Got This Way (1995), Never Cry "Arp!" And other Great Adventures (1996), Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing (1998), The Bear in the Attic (2003), The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery (2006), Kerplunk: Stories (2008), Avalanche: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery (2008), The Double-Jack Murders: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery (2009), The Huckleberry Murders: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery (2010).

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of professional and literary papers of author Patrick F. McManus.

MS.1979.09, MS.1987.28, MS.2005.20:

These accessions include drafts and manuscripts for short stories, television scripts, and books: They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?, Kid Camping, Never Sniff a Gift Fish, The Grasshopper Trap, Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, How I Got This Way, The Good Samaritan Strikes Again, The Bear in the Attic, Whatchagot Stew, Into the Twilight, Endless Grousing, and Real Ponies Don't Oink!. The collection also contains articles and issues of magazines, journals, newspapers, and newsletters that contain McManus' work: including Field and Stream, Spokesman Review, Spokane Magazine, Reader's Digest, Satellite Orbit, Outdoor Life, and True Magazine. Additionally, this collection contains class notes and papers from McManus' time as a student at Washington State College, along with fan mail, audio recordings of McManus' articles, incoming and outgoing correspondence, and VHS videorecordings of McManus interviews.


This collection of Patrick McManus's papers includes materials related to the following titles: Deer on the Bicycle (2000), Avalanche (2007), Double-Jack Murders (2009), Huckleberry Murders (2010), KERPLUNK! (2007), and The Blight Way (2006). In general, the collection consists of research files, drafts, proofs, and final published editions.


This collection of Patrick McManus's papers includes manuscripts of stories and books, other McManus writings, review of his works, audiovisual media (recordings of public appearances, audiobooks, video recordings of performances of his work), periodicals and miscellaneous publications containing contributions by McManus, publications with articles about McManus, and masters' theses about McManus.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

Preliminary inventory, MS.1979.09:

Box 1. Correspondence, notes, school papers (1960s, 1950s), manuscript of master's thesis, television scripts, rejected articles, tear sheets of articles (especially Field and Stream), short stories, fan mail.

Box 2. Rough drafts of articles with notations and corrections; books and related publisher correspondence.

Box 3. Phonograph records of "current" articles for use by the blind.

Preliminary inventory, MS.2016.11:

Box 1. Collection documentation and processing notes; manuscripts of stories and books by McManus; review of McManus's books.

Box 2. Reviews (continued); other McManus writings; miscellaneous and biographical material; audiovisual media (recordings of public appearances, audiobooks, video recordings of perfomances of his work).

Box 3. Periodicals and miscellaneous publications with McManus contributions (unsorted).

Boxes 4-5. Periodicals with reviews of McManus's work; publications with articles about McManus; masters' theses about McManus.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Patrick and Darlene McManus donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in multiple installments beginning in 1979 (MS.1979.09, MS.1987.28, MS.2005.20, MS.2012.13, MS.2016.11).

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Large runs of periodicals with McManus contributions (Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Spokane Magazine) and books were received with MS.2016.11. These were separated to be added to the MASC rare book collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Collection.

Personal Name(s)

  • McManus, Patrick F.


  • Authors, American -- 21st century -- Archives
  • Authors, American--20th century--Archives
  • Fishing
  • Literature
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Wildlife

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