Guide to the Donald R. Holm Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Holm, Donald R.
Title: Donald R. Holm papers
Dates: 1940-1966 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6.0 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 405
Summary: Don Holmald (d. 2002) was a staff writer for The Oregonian and author of novels, novelettes, company histories, short stories, and articles. The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, published material, newspaper material, and memorabilia.
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

Donald Holm (d. 2002) was born in Velva, N. D. He was a staff writer for The Oregonian and author of novels, novelettes, company histories, short stories, and articles. In the course of his career, Holm was the Oregonian's "Teen Correspondent" (though he was middle aged at the time) and the outdoor editor.

In 1973, Holm helped found the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association (NOWA). He was elected and served as NOWA's first president for two terms. [Source:]

Content Description

The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, published material, newspaper material, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts are subdivided into book manuscripts, novelette manuscripts, short story manuscripts, articles, reviews, radio scripts, essays written for English class, and miscellaneous manuscripts. Book manuscripts include Double Exposure, The Earth is not Sufficient, The Farm in the Wilderness, Irons in the Fire: The Story of ESCO, The Long Chase, Noah, Rejection Slip (A collection of short stories by Holm, with commentary), Reunion Summer, and San Rogers. Novelette manuscripts include Big Medicine Road, Black Money, The Long Man, Runaway, Sailor on the Pinewoods Trail, and Sundown Trail.

Correspondence is primarily professional correspondence with publishers, editors and agents. Major professional correspondents include Alaska Life, Alaska Sportsman, Cooperative Merchandiser, Curtis Brown, Farm Journal, Field and Stream, Ford Motor Company, August Lenniger, Northwestern Bell Magazine, Outdoor Life, Petroleum Today, Popular Publications, and Sports Afield. There is also a smaller section of personal correspondence, primarily with Francis Ames, and some fan mail dating from 1947 to 1966.

Published materials consist primarily of magazines featuring articles by Holm. Full copies of the magazines are included in the collection.

Newspaper materials include carbons of feature stories and articles written for the Oregonian as well as a large collection of clippings.

Memorabilia consists of a collection of 3X5 cards on which Holm's recorded the names of short stories and articles, and the publishers to whom they were offered.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Donald R. Holm papers, Ax 405, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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 :

Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Published Material, Newspaper Material, and Memorabilia.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

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


  • Personal Names :
  • Holm, Donald R.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Northwest Outdoor Writers Association.
  • Oregonian
  • Subject Terms :
  • American newspapers--Oregon
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Authors, American--Oregon
  • Authors, Armenian--United States
  • Reporters and reporting--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication

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