Guide to the Jacquelyn Trimble Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Trimble, Jacqueline Whitney, 1927-
Title: Jacquelyn Trimble papers
Dates: 1943-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 669
Summary: Jacquelyn Whitney Trimble (1927 - ) worked as a librarian and was an author who wrote mysteries and science fiction. The collection contains manuscripts of novels and short stories, professional correspondence, personal journals, and college material, 1943-1970.
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).

Content Description

The collection contains manuscripts of novels and short stories, professional correspondence, personal journals, and college material.

The collection is organized by accession/addendum.

The initial donation of 1972 includes correspondence, book-length and short story-length manuscripts, unfinished and untitled manuscripts, and notes.

Correspondence is separated into incoming and outgoing letters. Outgoing correspondence is organized chronologically (1958-1965) and incoming correspondence is organized alphabetically by last name or title and includes publishers correspondence.

Book-length and short story manuscripts are separated into their own section and organized by title. Material often includes notes, outlines, multiple drafts, fragments, comments, and research. Included here is Trimble's Master's thesis for the Master of Librarianship at Washington University.

Unfinished manuscripts are also organized by title and may include multiple versions, notes, fragments and drafts.

There are over 300 pages of untitled manuscripts. Additional notes are also available.

The 1973 addendum contains incoming and outgoing correspondence (1962-1965) and includes publisher correspondence.

The 1974 addendum consists of two unpublished manuscripts that include plot outlines and notes, drafts, and corrections. Titles are Jessamyn and Star Walker.

The 1976 addendum consists of manuscript material, college transcripts and course work, and personal journals. Many of the works in this addendum are science fiction stories. Manuscript material includes, drafts, outlines, and related correspondence.

College material includes transcripts from three universities, and course work from the University of Washington.

Personal journals entries are often not in chronological order. Journals are dated pre-1943 and undated; 1951; 1954; 1970. Journal entries include travel diaries, original poetry under the non de plume Conrad J., cartoons, and commentary.

Historical Note

Jacquelyn Whitney Trimble (1927 - ) was born in Portland, Oregon and educated at the University of Washington. She was a librarian and wrote mysteries and science fiction. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms James Whitney, J. L. H. Whitney, and Conrad J.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Jacquelyn Trimble papers, Ax 669, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Related Materials :  

Special Collections and University Archives holds the papers of Trimble's husband, Louis Preston. See the Louis Preston papers, Ax 251.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1972; 1974; 1976.

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 to no organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

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


  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors and publishers--Correspondence
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Science fiction--Women authors
  • Women authors, American--Oregon

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