Guide to the Mary Jane Carr papers
ca. 1934-1940

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Carr, Mary Jane, 1895-1988
Title: Mary Jane Carr papers
Dates: ca. 1934-1940 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (1 container)
Collection Number: Ax 121
Summary: Collection comprises papers of American author Mary Jane Carr, and includes draft manuscripts of two books; proofs, illustrations by Robert Kuhn, and correspondence relating to the books, including material from Walt Disney Productions; two puppet plays by Carr; poems; engraving plates; fan letters; and miscellaneous materials.
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

Mary Jane Carr (1895-1988) was born in St. Mary's, Minnesota, and educated at Marylhurst College in Oregon. She was associate editor of the Catholic Sentinel and feature writer for the Portland Oregonian.

Content Description

The papers include a carbon manuscript of Children of the Covered Wagon (Crowell, 1934) and three original illustrations for the book by Robert Kuhn. There are also manuscripts of poems and letters from readers.

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], Mary Jane Carr Papers, Ax 121, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Book manuscripts
  • Plays
  • Poems
  • Illustrated poems published in the Portland (OR) Oregonian (Sunday edition)
  • Engraving plates
  • Fan letters
  • Miscellany

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.

Detailed Description of the Collection


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Book Manuscripts
Children of the Covered Wagon : a Story of the Old Oregon Trail (Original title: Little Pioneers) (Crowell, 1934)
1 1 Carbon draft
1 2 Miscellaneous proofs (page and illustration)
1 2 Illustrations (3, in separate envelope)
1 3 Walt Disney Productions material cartoons, record, movie still, Handbook of Productions Information
1 4 Miscellaneous (correspondence, etc.)
Young Mac of Fort Vancouver (Crowell, 1940)
1 5 Draft chapters
1 6 Miscellaneous (correspondence, etc.)

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Plays (adapted for puppets)
1 7 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1 7 Sleeping Beauty

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Illustrated poems published in the Portland (Or.) Oregonian (Sunday edition)

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Engraving plates

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Fan letters

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  • Personal Names :
  • Carr, Mary Jane, 1895-1988
  • Carr, Mary Jane, 1895-1988--Correspondence
  • Kuhn, Bob
  • Subject Terms :
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Manuscripts for publication

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