John Clifford papers
This collection contains selected papers and documents of John Clifford, who wrote the screenplay for Herk Harvey's feature film, Carnival of Souls. This collection consists of documents and promotional materials related to the film, as well as some of Clifford's original book manuscripts and comic strip proposals.
- Creation: 1960s-2000s
- Clifford, John, 1918-2010 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of John Clifford
John Clifford was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1918 and grew up in Chicago with relatives after his parents died. He served during World War II overseas before moving to Lawrence, Kansas, where he worked at the industrial and educational film studio Centron Corporation. It was there he met director Harold "Herk" Harvey, for whom he wrote the screenplay of the horror movie Carnival of Souls, shot in Lawrence and released in 1962. The film was edited at Centron Studios, 1621 West 9th Street, what is now Oldfather Studios on the University of Kansas campus. Initially dismissed, the film was revived and became a cult favorite in the 1980s.
Clifford also wrote lyrics for songs composed by Angelo Badalamenti and sung by Nina Simone among others; taught journalism at Lawrence High School; and wrote novels. John Clifford died in 2010 at the age of 91.
2 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize box, 4 oversize folders)
Language of Materials
RH MS 1094
RH MS 1209
RH MS Q326
RH MS R407
RH MS S47
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, John Clifford, 2004
- Guide to the John Clifford Collection
- John Clifford papers
- Finding aid prepared by rh, 2007; revised by skt, 2010; revised by rmk, 2017.
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- Preferred citation
<p>John Clifford Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1094, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries</p>