Guide to the Ruth MacLeod Papers
1953-1965

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lenniger Literary Agency--CorrespondenceMacLeod, Ruth D.
Title: Ruth MacLeod papers
Dates: 1953-1965 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 9.5 linear feet (9 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 349
Summary: Ruth Macleod was an author who wrote romance and true confession stories. The collection contains correspondence, manuscript material, research files, tearsheets, and Authors Guild bulletins.
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 production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Ruth Macleod was born in Hanford, California and educated at the Eugene Bible College, Oregon and the University of California. She wrote romance and true confession stories. MacLeod was managed by the Lenniger Literary Agency.

Content Description

The collection contains correspondence, manuscript material, research files, tearsheets, and Authors Guild bulletins.

The initial donation contains manuscript material and correspondence. Manuscript material is filed alphabetically by title of work and includes outlines, tearsheets, drafts, corrected versions, and final drafts. Incoming correspondence contains letters from Lenniger agent Edith Margolis (1953-1965), general letters (1954-1965), and correspondence with Julian Messner (1962-1965). Outgoing letters are arranged by date, 1958-1964.

The 1969 Addendum contains manuscript material, tearsheets of published articles and stories, correspondence, and research materials. The manuscript material is separated into book-length and short stories and organized by title of work. Material includes outlines, drafts, corrected versions, final drafts, printer's copy, royalty statements, research material, rejection letters, and tearsheets. There is also a separate section of tearsheets of published work filed alphabetically by title and the paper finding aid includes the published title and the original manuscript title. There is also a separate section of research materials.

Incoming correspondence contains letters from Lenniger agent Edith Margolis (1964-1967), general letters (1965-1968), fan mail (1965-1967). Outgoing correspondence is filed by date, 1966-1968.

The 1970 addendum contains short story manuscript material arranged alphabetically by title and includes drafts, outlines, research material, rejection letters, tearsheets, and final versions. This addendum also includes correspondence. Incoming letters are arranged alphabetically include correspondence with the California Writers and Artists of the San Joaquin Valley, with Virginia Nielsen McCall, Edith Margolis, and Tower Publications. Outgoing letters are arranged by date, January - December, 1968. Also available here is a list of Society of Author's Representatives.

The 1971 addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1969) and incoming letters (1968-1969) including the Lenniger Literary agency and Julian Messner. This addendum also contains manuscript material for short fiction and a tearsheet.

The 1972 addendum contains incoming correspondence (1964-1970) including the Authors Guild, Inc., the California Writers and Artists of the San Joaquin Valley, Hanford Public Library, and Julian Messner. A separate section of incoming letters from the Lenniger Literary Agency (1970) is also available. Outgoing correspondence is chronologically arranged, 1967-1970. Manuscript material for the publication, Buenos Dias, Teacher includes research material and notes, book jacket, character list, outline, revised outlines, multiple drafts and a printer's copy. Also included here are issues of the Authors Guild bulletin, 1970.

The 1974 addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1964-1971) and incoming correspondence that includes letters from the Lenniger Literary Agency, multiple hospitals and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Manuscript material for novel-length and short story works are arranged by title of work and include drafts, tearsheets, and research notes.

The 1975 addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1972-1973), and incoming letters from Bantam Books, Lenniger Literary agency, Manor Books, and (Julian) Messner Books. Manuscript material for book-length and short story works are alphabetically arranged by title and include publisher correspondence, character lists, outlines, and early, late, and final drafts.

The 1977 addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1974-1975), and incoming correspondence with multiple agencies and publishers including the Lenniger Literary agency. Manuscript material for book-length and short story work is arranged alphabetically by title and includes correspondence, bibliographic notes, multiple drafts, outlines, notes, clippings, and final versions.

The 1979 addendum contains outgoing correspondence (1975-1977) and incoming letters from the California Writers and Artists, Collier Associates, and the Lenniger Literary Agency, among others. There is also a file of rejection notices (1976-1977). Manuscript material for the Vine of Sodom includes dossier of characters, outlines, drafts, and revisions.

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 records many 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], Ruth MacLeod papers, Ax 349, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: manuscripts, Correspondence, 1969 Addendum, 1970 Addendum, 1971 Addendum, 1972 Addendum, 1974 Addendum, 1975 Addendum, 1977 Addendum, and a 1979 Addendum.

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.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1967-1979.

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 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.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Lenniger Literary Agency at Special Collections and University Archives include: Lenniger Literary Agency records, Ax 073.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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


Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • MacLeod, Ruth D.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lenniger Literary Agency.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Women authors, American
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication

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