Guide to the Fanny Heaslip Lea Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lea, Fanny Heaslip, 1884-1955
Title: Fanny Heaslip Lea papers
Dates: 1912-1955 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 022
Summary: Fanny Heaslip Lea (1883-1955) was a journalist and author of short stories, novels, plays, and poetry. The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, and memorabilia, 1912-1955.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Fanny Heaslip Lea (1883-1955) was born in New Orleans, Louisina. She graduated from Sophie Newcomb College, New Orleans in 1904 and then did two years of post-graduate work at Tulane. Lea married Hamilton Pope Agee in 1911 and they had one daughter, Anne Worthen.

Between 1906-1911, Lea worked as a journalist for New Orleans newspapers and also began to sell short stories during this period. She eventually gave up newspaper work and made writing her full-time profession. Her short stories appeared in Harper's and Collier's magazines and her romances were serialized in magazines, newspapers, and serials such as The Saturday Evening Post.

She also wrote essays, novels, plays, and poetry. At least three of her novels have been made into films.

Content Description

The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts are separated into categories by type (short-story, plays, etc.), and material is arranged alphabetically by title within each category.

Short story material includes drafts, corrected, and alternate versions.

Plays include different draft versions with revisions and outlines.

Poetry material contains over fifty different manuscript titles.

Book-length manuscripts contains draft chapters and fragments. Manuscript titles include the novel, Poison.

A miscellaneous section contains personal, business and fan mail correspondence, reviews, memorabilia including clippings and photographs, and proofs and cover design for Verses for Lovers.

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 :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Fanny Heaslip Lea papers, Coll 022, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Francis Keating, 1981.

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

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.


  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--Women authors
  • American poetry--Women authors
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication

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