Guide to the Selected Manuscripts of Don Dwiggins

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dwiggins, Don
Title: Selected manuscripts of Don Dwiggins
Dates: 1966-1976 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 090
Summary: Don Dwiggins (1913-1988) was a writer. The collection includes literary manuscripts for several of Dwiggin's published works, including The Air Devils!, Into the Unknown, and Space and Weather.
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 encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Don Dwiggins, editor and free-lance writer, was born on November 15, 1913, in Plainfield, New Jersey and died in an automobile accident in Malibu on December 10, 1988. He was the son of Clare Victor, a cartoonist, and Bessie (Lindsay) Dwiggins. He was married to Olga Arabsky and had two children, Don Lindsay and Toni Kay. In 1942, Dwiggins entered the U.S. Army Air Force and eventually became a master sergeant. During the war he was a flight instructor with Britain's Royal Air Force. In addition to his free-lance writing, Dwiggins also served as the aviation editor for the Los Angeles Daily News (1947-54) and the Los Angeles Mirror News (1956-1962); a news writer for station KTTV, Los Angeles (1964); the editor of "Mickey Mouse Newsreel" for Disney Studios {1964); a space technology consultant for Lockheed Aircraft Co. (1964); and the senior editor for Plane and Pilot magazine {1974-1982). He is a member of the Aviation Aerospace Writers Association and the Writers Guild of America, West. For the most part, Dwiggins has written technical books on aviation and aerospace technology, which are aimed at juvenile audiences, such as Voices in the Sky and Space and the Weather. However, a bibliography of his books would also include adult novels, such as The Air Devils and at least one biography, Frankie, which is based on the life of Frank Sinatra.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.

Content Description

This sampling of manuscripts by Don Dwiggins consists entirely of working copies and carbon drafts of books published between 1966and 1976, It is only selective, however, representing mainly Dwiggin's books for young people, and does not include all of Dwiggins' writings for the period. The manuscripts are arranged-in alphabetical order by title and are followed by five books. Two of the books, Space and the Weather and Voices in the Sky, are also represented in manuscript form. The remainder is other technical juvenile books.

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], Selected Manuscripts of Don Dwiggins, Coll 090, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Literary Manuscripts

Series: Published books

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Don Dwiggins in 1977.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Mike O'Day, January 1985.

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

Literary Manuscripts
1 1 The Air Devils! Novel. Carbon draft, chapters I-IV 1966
1 2 The Air Devils! Novel. Carbon draft, chapter V 1966
1 3 Into the Unknown. Novel. Original working draft 1971
1 4 Space and the Weather. Galley proof 1966
1 5 Space and the Weather. Typed carbon draft 1966

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Published Books
2 1 Spaceship Earth. Typed original working draft 1970
2 2 Voices in the Sky. Illustrated rough draft 1969
2 3 Voices in the Sky. Carbon draft 1969

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  • Personal Names :
  • Dwiggins, Don
  • Subject Terms :
  • Aeronautics--Juvenile literature
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship

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