Guide to the James Summers Papers
1946-1969

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Summers, James L.
Title: James Summers papers
Dates: 1946-1969 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 12.0 linear feet (8 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 495
Summary: James L. Summers (1910-1973) wrote books and short stories for young adults. The collection consists of manuscripts, galley proofs, correspondences, and published materials.
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

James Levingston Summers was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on September 11, 1910. He attended Chaffey College in 1928, the University of Wisconsin from 1928-1930, and the University of California in 1939. Throughout his literary career, Summers prided himself on the development and control of writing techniques. Throughout his career, besides being a children's author, Summers was also a high school teacher. He died in 1973.

Content Description

The collection includes literary manuscripts for novels and short stories, including various early drafts as well as final manuscripts. Also included is correspondence, ranging in date from 1946-1969.

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], James Summers Papers, Ax 495, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Manuscripts. Novels

Series: Manuscripts. Short Stories

Series: Manuscripts. Miscellaneous

Series: Published Short Stories

Series: Correspondence

Series: Books

Series: Miscellaneous

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff, April 1969.

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

Manuscripts--Novels
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Cumash Summer. First draft and plot synopsis 1967
1 2 Cumash Summer. Final manuscript and galley proofs 1967
1 3 Gift Horse. First draft 1961
1 4 Gift Horse. Final manuscript and galley proofs 1961
1 5 Girl Trouble. First draft and galley proofs 1953
1 6 Girl Trouble. Final manuscript 1953
1 7 Heartbreak Hot Rod. First draft 1953
1 8 Heartbreak Hot Rod. Early draft 1953
1 9 Heartbreak Hot Rod. Early draft partial 1953
1 10 Heartbreak Hot Rod. Revised draft 1953
1 11 Heartbreak Hot Rod. Second revised draft and galley proofs 1953
2 1 The Iron Mistress. First draft 1954
2 2 The Iron Mistress. Final manuscript 1954
2 3 The Karting Crowd. First draft 1961
2 4 The Karting Crowd. Final manuscript 1961
2 5 Limit of Love. First draft and galley 1959
2 6 Limit of Love. Final manuscript 1959
2 7 Lost Boy of Dinkey. Unpublished. Final manuscript undated
2 8 The Lucky Suzuki. First draft 1968
2 9 The Lucky Suzuki. Final manuscript and galley proofs 1968
2 10 Muscle Boy. First draft 1962
2 11 Off the Beam. First draft 1963
3 1 Off the Beam. Second draft 1963
3 2 Off the Beam. Third draft 1963
3 3 Off the Beam. Final manuscript 1963
3 4 Operation ABC. First draft 1955
3 5 Operation ABC. Final manuscript 1955
3 6 Prom Trouble. First draft 1954
3 7 Prom Trouble. Final manuscript 1954
3 8 Ring Around Her Finger. First draft 1957
3 9 Ring Around Her Finger. Second draft 1957
3 10 Ring Around Her Finger. Final manuscript 1957
3 11 Railroad to the Moon. 1946 version 1 1946
4 1 Railroad to the Moon. 1946 version 2 1946
4 2 Railroad to the Moon. Second version 1 undated
4 3 Railroad to the Moon. Second version 2 undated
4 4 This Random Sky. First draft 1960
4 5 This Random Sky. Final manuscript 1960
4 6 Sons of Montezuma. Research notes 1958
4 7 Sons of Montezuma. First draft 1958
4 8 Sons of Montezuma. Second draft 1958
4 9 Sons of Montezuma. Final manuscript 1958
4 10 The Third World. Unpublished. First draft undated
4 11 The Third World. Unpublished. Final manuscript undated
4 12 Tiger Terwilliger. First draft 1963
4 13 Tiger Terwilliger. Final manuscript 1963
4 14 Tougher Than You Think. First draft undated
5 1 Tougher Than You Think. Final manuscript undated
5 2 Trouble on Hogback Hill. First draft 1960
5 3 Trouble on Hogback Hill. Final manuscript and galley proofs 1960
5 4 Trouble on the Run. First draft 1956
5 5 Trouble on the Run. First draft, carbon 1956
5 6 Trouble on the Run. Second draft 1956
5 7 Trouble on the Run. Final manuscript 1956
5 8 Wait for Private Black. First draft 1958
5 9 Wait for Private Black. Second draft 1958
5 10 Wait for Private Black. Final manuscript 1958
5 11 Wait for the Harvest. Unpublished. First draft. undated
6 1 Wait for the Harvest. Unpublished. Final manuscript undated
6 2 Who's Perfect? Unpublished. First draft. undated
6 3 The Wonderful Time. First draft 1957
6 4 The Wonderful Time. Second draft 1957
6 5 The Wonderful Time. Final manuscript 1957
6 6 Untitled novel. Manuscript 1 undated
6 7 Untitled novel. Manuscript 2 undated
6 8 Iron Doors Between. Original title: George. First draft 1968
6 9 Iron Doors Between. Original title: George. Final manuscript 1968
6 10 Manuscript fragments undated

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Manuscripts--Short Stories
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
6 11 Manuscripts. 1 undated
6 12 Manuscripts. 2 undated
6 13 Manuscripts. 3 undated
7 1 Manuscripts. 4 undated
7 2 Manuscripts. 5 undated
7 3 Manuscripts. 6 undated
7 4 Manuscripts. 7 undated
7 5 Manuscripts. 8 undated
7 6 Untitled manuscripts. 1 undated
7 7 Untitled manuscripts. 2 undated
7 8 Untitled manuscripts. 3 undated
7 9 Untitled manuscripts. 4 undated
7 10 Story outlines undated

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Manuscripts--Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
7 11 Speeches undated
7 12 Vera E. Summers. 1 undated
7 13 Vera E. Summers. 2 undated

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Published Short Stories
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
7 14 Miscellaneous magazines (26 items) 1949

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Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
7 15 Outgoing correspondence 1946-1967
8 1 Personal correspondence 1954-1967
8 2 Incoming correspondence. A-L 1946-1967
8 3 Incoming correspondence. M-Z 1946-1967
8 4 Accent 1946-1947
8 5 Calling All Girls 1947-1949
8 6 Ruth Cantor 1957
8 7 Jacques Chambrun, Inc. 1947-1954
8 8 Charm 1946-1948
8 9 Current Books, Inc. 1946-1947
8 10 Doubleday and Company, Inc. 1948-1967
8 11 Margaret and Nicholas Freydberg, Literary Agents 1948-1949
8 12 Junior Literary Guild 1954-1968
8 13 Ladies Home Journal 1946-1954
8 14 Long Beach Unified School District 1964
8 15 McIntosh and Otis, Inc. 1946-1969
8 16 David McKay Company, Inc. 1964-1968
8 17 Julian Messner, Inc. 1958
8 18 New Mexico Quarterly Review 1946-1947
8 19 San Luis Coastal Unified School District 1966-1968
8 20 San Luis Obispo County Schools 1965-1968
8 21 Santa Barbara County Schools 1954-1967
8 22 Senior Prom 1949-1950
8 23 Seventeen 1947-1954
8 24 Constance Smith 1946-1963
8 25 Southwest Review 1946-1957
8 26 Street and Smith Publications, Inc. 1946-1947
8 27 Teen Age Library Association of Texas 1959-1963
8 28 Today's Woman 1947-1950
8 29 Westminster Press 1949-1958
8 30 Westminster Press 1959-1969

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Books
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 31 Girl Trouble 1953
8 32 The Iron Mistress 1951
8 33 The Iron Mistress 1954
8 34 The Lucky Suzuki 1968
8 35 Open Season 1947
8 36 Ring Around Her Finger. German edition 1960
8 37 Ring Around Her Finger. German edition 1964
8 38 The Shelter Trap 1962
8 39 This Random Sky. German edition 1963
8 40 Trouble on the Run 1956

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Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 41 Royalty statements undated
8 42 Miscellaneous reviews, biographical data, publicity undated

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Summers, James L.
  • Summers, James L.--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Publishers and publishing--Correspondence
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship
  • Young adult literature, Canadian--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication

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