Guide to the Arthur and Mary Frank Mason Papers
1920-1957

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Mason, Arthur, 1876-1955Mason, Mary Frank, 1888-1966
Title: Arthur and Mary Frank Mason papers
Dates: 1920-1957 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 402
Summary: Mason, Arthur (1876-1955) and Mary Frank (1888-1966) were children's book authors. The collection includes holograph manuscripts of novels and short stories, correspondence with agents and friends, contracts, reviews, diaries, and photographs that reflect their work as authors.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

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

Arthur Mason (March 14, 1876-1955), a children’s book author, was born in Strangford, Ireland. He did not begin to write until the age of 44. First he was a sailor, gaining first command by the age of 25. He became a citizen of the United States in 1899. He mined for gold in Australia, Alaska, and the western United States, and was a marine superintendent during World War I. Mary Frank Mason (1888-1966), his wife, was an author of children's stories and a librarian.

Content Description

The Arthur and Mary Frank Mason Papers includes holograph manuscripts of novels and short stories, correspondence with agents and friends, contracts, reviews, diaries, and photographs that reflect their work as children’s book authors.

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 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], Arthur and Mary Frank Mason Papers, Ax 402, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Arthur Mason
  • Books and Publications
  • Mary Frank Mason

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

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

Arthur Mason
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Manuscripts
Box
Folder
1 1 Come easy, go easy. Day 1933
1 2 Cook and the captain bold. Little 1924
1 3 Flying bo’sun; a mystery of the sea. Holt 1920
1 4 From the horn of the moon. Doubleday 1931
1 5 Swansea Dan. Cosmopolitan Book 1929
1 6 The wee man of Ballywooden. Doubleday 1930
1 7 Short stories A-L
1 8 Short stories M-Z
1 9 Miscellaneous manuscripts
Correspondence
Box
Folder
1 10 General incoming 1922-1953
1 11 Author’s League of America 1932-1933
1 12 Curtis Brown, Ltd. 1928-1953
1 13 Jonathan Cape Limited 1930-1957
1 14 John Day Co. 1932-1934
1 15 Doubleday and Co., Inc. 1929-1948
1 16 William Heinemann 1930-1935
1 17 Stephens, L. Louise 1940-1957
1 18 Outgoing letters 1926-1956
Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
1 19 Miscellaneous material
1 20 Scrapbook

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Books and Publications
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Volume
1 1 Wide Seas & Many Lands. By Arthur Mason. Includes holographic revisions by Arthur and Mary while in Paris, 1925-1926 for a later edition. 1923
1 2 “Crack On” By Arthur Mason for Century magazine August 1928
1 3 The Water Babies. By Charles Kingsley. Illustrated by Jean Cruickshanks. Holographic notations on cuts by Mary Mason. 1954
1 4 The Water Babies. By Charles Kingsley. Illustrated by Rosalie K. Fry. Holographic notations on cuts by Mary Mason. 1958
1 5 “An Author Begins at Forty” by Arthur Mason . The Writer’s Club Bulletin. May 1938
1 6 The Golden Book Magazine July 1931

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Mary Frank Mason
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Manuscripts
Box
Folder
1 21 Short stories A-N
1 22 Short stories O-Z
1 23 Articles
1 24 Book reviews
1 25 Miscellaneous manuscripts
Correspondence
Box
Folder
1 26 General incoming 1947-1966
1 27 Burn, June and Farrar 1959
1 28 Hader, Berta and Elmer 1958
1 29 McAllester, David and Susan 1956-1960
1 30 Muir, Edwin 1927-1956
1 31 Reader’s Digest 1945-1961
1 32 Rice, Elmer 1923-1966
1 33 Sauter, Bill and Beatty, Bessie 1947
1 34 Trask, Sherwood 1930-1949
1 35 Viking Press 1951-1961
1 36 Outgoing letters, including autographed letters and attempts to sell them 1940-1966
Diaries
Box
Folder
1 37 European diary 1924-1928
1 38 Diary 1937

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Mason, Arthur, 1876-1955.
  • Mason, Arthur, 1876-1955--Correspondence
  • Mason, Arthur, 1876-1955--Diaries
  • Mason, Mary Frank, 1888-1966
  • Mason, Mary Frank, 1888-1966--Correspondence
  • Mason, Mary Frank, 1888-1966--Diaries
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's books--Specimens
  • Children's literature--Publishing--United States
  • Children's stories, American--Authorship
  • Publishers and publishing--United States--Correspondence
  • Women authors, American--20th century
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Photographs
    • Scrapbooks.

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