Guide to the Emma Gelders Sterne Papers
1928-1971

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Creator: Sterne, Emma Gelders, 1894-
Title: Emma Gelders Sterne papers
Dates: 1928-1971 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 9.0 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 391
Summary: Emma Gelders Sterne (1894-1971) was primarily a writer of juvenile literature. The Sterne collection consists of manuscripts and supporting materials for eleven books, two plays, two speeches, and correspondence.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Emma Gelders Sterne (May 13, 1894-August 29, 1971), born in Birmingham, Alabama, was primarily a writer of juvenile literature, though she was involved in a number if different activities. For example, at an early age Sterne became involved in the American Suffrage Movement, and in cooperation with a newly established juvenile court, she started a school for delinquent children in 1917.

Sterne began her writing career by serving on the editorial staff literacy magazines in high school and while attending Smith College. She attended Columbia University Graduate School taking courses in English and philosophy. She sold her first story in 1923 while living in Pelham, New York. She continued to write children's books, gardened extensively, and pursued her interest in civil reform. After serving as editor of the Aladdin Books of American heritage Series, Sterne moved to California where she continued to write, often in collaboration with her daughter, Barbara Lindsay. The Kathy Martin series was written under the pseudonym "Josephine James."

Content Description

The Emma Gelders Sterne Papers constitutes her literary manuscripts in various drafts; secondarily it includes research notes, correspondence, speeches, publicity materials, plays, and poems, reflecting Sterne's literary work and interests in civil rights and women's rights. The collection retains its arrangement as it was received from Sterne, with literary manuscripts, subject files, and correspondence interspersed throughout the collection.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

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Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Emma Gelders Sterne Papers, Ax 391, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Emma Gelders Sterne in 1968.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff, May 2005.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 Benito Juarez. Printer's copy
1 2 Benito Juarez. First version
1 3-4 Benito Juarez. Second version
1 5 Benito Juarez. Notes and fragments
1 6-12 Blood Brothers
1 13 I Have a Dream. First version
1 14 I Have a Dream. Second version
1 15 I Have a Dream. Third version
1 16 I Have a Dream. Fourth version
1 17 I Have a Dream. Miscellaneous
1 18 I Have a Dream. Notes, Fragments
1 19 I Have a Dream. Notes, Fragments II
1 20 I Have a Dream. Resource materials
1 21 I Have a Dream. Illustrations
1 22 The Long Black Schooner. Resource materials
1 23 They Took Their Stand. First version
2 1 They Took Their Stand. First version II
2 2 They Took Their Stand. Laurens Chapter
2 3 They Took Their Stand. Jefferson Chapter
2 4 They Took Their Stand. Fairfield Chapter
2 5 They Took Their Stand. Thomas Chapter
2 6 They Took Their Stand. Hunnicut Chapter
2 7 They Took Their Stand. Williams Chapter
2 8 They Took Their Stand. Horton Chapter
2 9 They Took Their Stand. Oregon Chapter
2 10 They Took Their Stand. Fragments, Notes
2 11 They Took Their Stand. Resources, Materials
2 12 They Took Their Stand. Galley Proofs
2 13 White Swallow. Original
2 14 James- Assignment in Alaska. Carbon
2 15 James- The patient in 202. Outline
2 16 James- Search for an Island. Carbon
2 17 James- Search for an Island. Outline
2 18 James- Sierra Adventure. First version
2 19 James- Sierra Adventure. Second version
2 20 James- Sierra Adventure. Corrected Pages
2 21 James- Staff Nurse. Outline. Fragment
2 22 James- Titles Unidentified. Rough Drafts
2 23 James- Titles Unidentified. Fragments, Notes
2 24 James- Titles Unidentified. Resource materials
2 25 Negro History Course: Montage of a Dream. Script, 1st version
2 26 Negro History Course: Montage of a Dream. Script, 2nd version
2 27 Negro History Course: Montage of a Dream. Script, 3rd version
2 28 Negro History Course: Montage of a Dream. Script, 4th version
2 29 Negro History Course: Montage of a Dream. Cue Cards
2 30 Negro History Course: Montage of a Dream.
Note of explanation
2 31 Negro History Course: One More River. Script
2 32 Negro History Course: One More River. Cue Cards
2 33 Negro History Course and Documented Aries, miscellaneous
2 34 Speeches
2 35 Miscellaneous notes
2 36 Reviews
2 37 Correspondence: General Incoming A-F
2 38 Correspondence Incoming: Artists and Writers Guild
2 39 Correspondence Incoming: Artists and Writers Press, Inc
2 40 Correspondence Incoming: Golden Press Inc
2 41 Correspondence Incoming: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc
2 42 Correspondence Incoming: Lacey-Baker, Marjory
2 43 Correspondence Incoming: Lenniger Literary Agency 1962-1967
2 44 Correspondence Incoming: Lenniger Literary Agency 1956-1961
2 45 Correspondence Incoming: Crowell- Collier Press
2 46 Correspondence: General Incoming G-Z
2 47 Correspondence Incoming: Simon and Schuster, Inc
2 48 Correspondence Incoming: Sugarman, IRA
2 49 Correspondence Incoming: H. N. Swanson, Inc. Agency
2 50 Correspondence Incoming: Western Printing and Lithograph, co
2 51 Correspondence Incoming: Fan letters
2 52 Correspondence Incoming: Letters received at Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center
2 53 Correspondence: General Outgoing A-Z
3 1 Benito Juarez. Master Set Printer's Copy
3 2 Benito Juarez. Fragments
3 3 The Long Balck Schooner. Forward
3 4 They Took Their Stand. Fragments
3 5 Proposed Biography of Charles R. Drew. Notes
3 6 Plays. The Tide Afterword
3 7 Plays. Listen to the Mockingbird
3 8 Correspondence Incoming: General
3 9 Correspondence Incoming: Drew, Charles Richard to Asa G. Yancey
3 10 Correspondence Incoming: Knopf, Alfred A., Inc
3 11 Correspondence Outgoing: General
3 12 Correspondence Incoming: Jennifer Literary Agency
3 13 Miscellaneous
3 14 W. E. B DuBois, holographic notes
3 15 Research. 3 x 5 cards
3 16 His was the Voice. Holograph draft
3 17 His was the Voice. The story of W. E. B. DuBois
3 18 His was the Voice. First draft
3 19 His was the Voice. Printer's copy
3 20 Notes. His was the Voice. "Proposal and General Plan"
3 21 Notes on W. E. B. DuBois book by Ronnie [Ridenour]
3 22 Notes. Dr. Charles Drew. Blood Brothers
3 23 Long Black Schooners. Fragments
3 24 Correspondence: Outgoing
3 25 Correspondence: Incoming
3 26 Clippings and Reviews
3 27 The Negro History Bulletin
3 28 Correspondence: Outgoing
3 29 Correspondence: Incoming
3 30 Condolence letters
3 31 Publishing Contacts and Royalty Statements
3 32 Blood Brothers. Notes
3 33 Blood Brothers. Manuscripts fragments
3 34 Blood Brothers. Manuscripts fragments. Proposals
3 35 Can Happen: The Story of Lena Madesin Phillips. 1
3 36 Can Happen. 2
3 37 His was the Voice. Notes. Endorsement Statement
3 38 His was the Voice. Carbon draft
4 1 I Have a Dream. Early draft. Incomplete typed draft
4 2 I Have a Dream. Complete typed draft, 1
4 3 I Have a Dream. Complete typed draft, 2
4 4 I Have a Dream. Epilogue & Complimentary copy list
4 5 Kathy Martin: Bush Nurse
4 6 Kathy Martin: Off Duty Nurse
4 7 Kathy Martin. Dedication page. Borden's thoughts
4 8 The Long Black Schooner
4 9 Mary McLeod Bethune. Notes, Proposals, letters
4 10 Mary McLeod Bethune. Final draft
4 11 Mary McLeod Bethune. Index, Publicity, Book Jacket
4 12 The Murieta Story. Notes, Synopsis early draft
4 13 Printer's Devil. Original
4 14 Printer's Devil. Revised pages
4 15 Printer's Devil. Revised draft
4 16 They Took Their Stand. John Laurens (Chapter 1 "Freedom Papers")
4 17 They Took Their Stand. Thomas Jefferson (Chapter 2 "Small Victory")
4 18 They Took Their Stand. Sophia Auld (Chapter 3 "F is for Freedom")
4 19 They Took Their Stand. Angelina Grimke (Chapter 4 "Charleston Belle")
4 20 They Took Their Stand. John Fairfield (Chapter 5 "Railroad Man")
4 21 They Took Their Stand. George Henry Thomas (Chapter 6 "Soldier's Choice")
4 22 They Took Their Stand. James Hunnicutt (Chapter 7 "Freedom to the Free")
4 23 They Took Their Stand. Claude Williams (Chapter 8 "Walk Together Children")
4 24 They Took Their Stand. Myles Horton (Chapter 9 "Common Ground")
4 25 They Took Their Stand. Anne Braden (Chapter 10 "A House to Live In")
4 26 They Took Their Stand. Dunbar Ogden (Chapter 11 "Uphill all the Way")
4 27 They Took Their Stand. Robert Zellner (Chapter 12 "Not so Wild a Dream")
4 28 They Took Their Stand. Proposal, index, galley
4 29 They Took Their Stand. Fragments and notes
4 30 Vasco Nunez de Balboa. Typed draft
4 31 Vasco Nunez de Balboa. Galley proofs, notes, jacket
5 1 Montage of a Dream. (Anita Posey, Barbara Lindsay)
5 2 One More River. Notes, Holograph version
5 3 One More River. Manuscripts fragment, typed and carbon
5 4 One More River. Manuscripts fragments, Mimeograph
5 5 One More River. Mimeograph version (2) Program
5 6 Poems
5 7 Speech
5 8 Almost Sisters
5 9 Captain Kangaroo's Secret by Barbara Lindsay
5 10 Fern Hunt: Floral Decoration for Today
5 11 The Forty-Ninth Star
5 12 Hello, The Bear!
5 13 The Last Spike
5 14 The Melting Pot
5 15 Shoshone Material. Young Eagle
5 16 Textbook Proposals
5 17 The Very Brave Lion
5 18 Weather of Not
5 19 Memorabilia and biographical material
5 20 Wilbur the Wallaby
5 21 Publicity
5 22 SNCC. Press releases
5 23 SNCC. Hammermill Boycott
5 24 SNCC. Wats reports and incident reports
5 25 SNCC. Publications
5 26 SNCC. Miscellaneous
5 27 Santa Clara Valley Friends of SNCC: Outgoing correspondence
5 28 Santa Clara Valley Friends of SNCC: Correspondence, Incoming 1
5 29 Santa Clara Valley Friends of SNCC: Correspondence Incoming 2
5 30 Santa Clara Valley Friends of SNCC: Press Releases
5 31 Santa Clara Valley Friends of SNCC: Memos and Reports
5 32 Santa Clara Valley Friends of SNCC: Publications
5 33 Santa Clara Valley Friends of SNCC: Miscellaneous
5 34 COFO
5 35 CORE
5 36 Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
6 1 Southern Educational Conference Party
6 2 Angela Davis
6 3 Soledad Brothers
6 4 Genocide Petition to the United Nations
6 5 Civil Rights Publications, 1
6 6 Civil Rights Publications, 2
6 7 Civil Rights photographs
6 8 Civil Rights Posters
6 9 Civil Rights Miscellaneous
6 10 Communist Party: Press Release-Communist Party of Northern California reports
6 11 Communist Party: Communist Party of Northern California reports
6 12 Communist Party: Communist Part of Northern California Reports. AIMS newsletter
6 13 Communist Party: AIMS newsletter "People's World"
6 14 Communist Party: Magazines "Constitution"
6 15 Communist Party: pamphlets
6 16 McCarran Act Opposition
6 17 NCAHUAC
6 18 National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee
6 19 Women Strike for Peace
6 20 Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
6 21 Peace Movements Miscellaneous
6 22 San Jose and Santa Clara County Miscellaneous
7 1 Gardening journal 1923-1932

Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Sterne, Emma Gelders, 1894-
  • Corporate Names :
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Civil rights workers--United States
  • Publishers and publishing--Correspondence
  • Suffragists--United States
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship

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