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Thomas B. Costain letter to Chester L. McDonald

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8187

Scope and Contents

Letter was written by Costain on November 4, 1961 to Chester L. McDonald. Letter is typewritten with Costain's handwritten signature.


  • 1961 November 4


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Thomas B. Costain letter to Chester L. McDonald must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Chester L. McDonald (1940-2003) was an autograph collector in Massachusetts.

Biographical History

Thomas B. Costain (1885-1965) was a Canadian-born writer and editor.

Thomas Bertram Contain was born on May 8, 1885 in Brantford, Ontario to John Herbert Costain and Mary Schultz. In 1902 he sold a mystery story to the Brantford Courier, and began working there as a reporter. He moved to the Guelph Daily Mercury in 1908, where he worked as editor until 1910. Costain married Ida Randolph Spragge in 1910, and they had two daughters. He later worked as the fiction editor for The Saturday Evening Post for fourteen years.

Costain's first novel was published in 1942. He eventually wrote twelve novels and seven non-fiction books, four of which were produced as motion pictures. Costain died on October 8, 1965 in New York, New York.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Custodial history is unknown.


Literature manuscripts collection development policy.


Typescript, signed.


Located in Box 593.

Processing Information

Processed; Kristi Young; November 2013.
Register of Thomas B. Costain letter to Chester L. McDonald
Kristi Young
2013 November
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States