Guide to the Frances Cavanah Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cavanah, Frances, 1899- 1982
Title: Frances Cavanah papers
Dates: 1954-1971 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 container)
Collection Number: Ax 544
Summary: Frances Cavanah (1899- 1982) was a writer and editor of children's books. The collection includes manuscripts and correspondence that reflect Cavanah's career as a publisher and author.
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

Frances Cavanah (September 26, 1899-May 2, 1982) was born in Princeton, Indiana. She received her education at DePauw University. Cavanah was interested in the theater as well as being active an active member or various organizations including: the Author's League, National Historical Society, Society of Midland Authors, Washington Children's Book Guild, Mortar Board, Theta Sigma Phi and Delta Delta Delta.

Cavanah's professional career includes work as a member of the editorial staff, associate and contributing editor at various well thought of publishing companies, including row Peterson Incorporated and Rand McNally & Company. She later went onto be biographical editor of the World Book Encyclopedia and an anthology editor for the 1949 revision of Childcraft.

Content Description

The Frances Cavanah Papers include manuscripts and correspondence and miscellaneous items that reflect Cavanah's diverse career in publishing.

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], Frances Cavanah Papers, Ax 544, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Correspondence

Series: Manuscripts

Series: Miscellaneous

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Processing Staff, June 2006.

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

1 1 Incoming: 3 from Rand McNally & Co. June 8, 1966-March 14, 1967
1 1 Outgoing: 2 to Rand McNally & CO May 25, 1966-October 30, 1966
1 7 Incoming: 1 from McGraw-Hill Book Company February 21, 1968
1 7 Attachment: application for copyright permission

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1 1 Purpose of Freedom Encyclopedia
1 2 Freedom Encyclopedia A-D
Carbon, original typed copy and xerox copies of pages with holograph revisions
1 3 Freedom Encyclopedia E-K
Carbon, original typed copy and xerox copies of pages with holograph revisions
1 4 Freedom Encyclopedia L-P
Carbon, original typed copy and xerox copies of pages with holograph revisions
1 5 Freedom Encyclopedia R-Z
Carbon, original typed copy and xerox copies of pages with holograph revisions
1 6 Freedom Encyclopedia. Galley Proofs
1 7 The Making of an Anthology
1 7-8 Holiday Round Up. Printer's copy.
1 9 Jenny Lind's America. Printer's copy
1 10-11 We Wanted to be Free. Notes and final draft with holograph revisions. 1971

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1 1 Two bookmarks 1968
1 12 Report: U. S. Civil Aeronautics Board, Transatlantic Supplemental Charter, authority renewal case
1 12 "Jerry Lind Fever" by Cavanah published in Historic Preservation October 1970-December 1970

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  • Personal Names :
  • Cavanah, Frances
  • Cavanah, Frances--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship

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