Guide to the Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Seely, Nell, 1878-1968
Title: Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely papers
Dates: 1933-1966 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 585
Summary: Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely (1878-1968), a daughter of Oregon pioneers, became a songwriter, milliner, painter and poet. The collection contains correspondence, published and unpublished music manuscripts, music notebooks, photographs, memorabilia, and phonograph records.
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

Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely (1878-1968), a daughter of Oregon pioneers, was born July 14, 1878 at Junction City, Oregon. She became a song-writer, miliner, painter and poet. Her poetry appeared in several anthologies and newspapers. Blue Night was the best known of her published songs. Seely was active in the Order of the Eastern Star and several songwriters groups. In addition to her own writings, Seely wrote music for other lyricists and piano arrangements. During her writing career, Seely lived in Lebanon, Sweet Home, and Portland, Oregon.

Content Description

The collection contains correspondence, published and unpublished music manuscripts, music notebooks, photographs, memorabilia, and phonograph records.

The correspondence contains incoming letters (1939-1965) which are alphabetically arranged by title or name, and includes business and personal correspondence.

The published music series is alphabetically arranged by title of work, as is the unpublished music series. There are also 46 music notebooks in the collection.

The memorabilia series consists of scrapbooks, photographs, phonograph records, and a list of copyright songs.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, or digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

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 and 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], Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely papers, Ax 585, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Published Music, Unpublished Manuscripts (Music), Music Notebooks, and Memorabilia.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1968.

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

Additional Reference Guides :  

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


  • Subject Terms :
  • American poetry--Women authors
  • Composition (Music)
  • Musicians--Oregon
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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