Guide to the Harriet E. Huntington Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Huntington, Harriet E., 1909-1985
Title: Harriet E. Huntington papers
Dates: 1942-1974 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 7.0 linear feet (8 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 454
Summary: Harriet E. Huntington (1909-1985) was a photographer and author of children's books. The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, reviews, photographs, biographical materials and family scrapbooks that reflect Huntington's career as an 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

Harriet Huntington was born on January 31, 1909 in Orlando, Florida to Harwood Huntington, a minister, and Grace Goodhue Huntington. She attended the Marlborough School for girls in Los Angeles, California and the Braircliff School in New York. Huntington studied music and dance, and toured with Michio Ito's dance company from 1929-1930.

Huntington's first book Let's Go Outdoors, published in 1939, was inspired by a child's question about insects and her inability to find age appropriate reading materials. She published 17 more books in subjects ranging from nature to technology. During her career she learned how to take the photographs that were an integral part of the books she wrote. Huntington died on June 12, 1985.

Content Description

The Harriet Huntington Papers contain manuscripts and photographs (most mounted on poster board) for several of her published books, specifically California Harbors, Cargoes, Let's go to the Woods, Let's look at Flowers, Let's Look at Insects, and Balinese Dancing. Also included is a manuscript for the unpublished Ballet Primer, which Ms. Huntington collaborated on with Maria Bekefi, also mounted on poster board. In addition, the collection contains correspondence, personal photographs and several family scrapbooks.

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], Harriet E. Huntington Papers, Ax 454, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Manuscripts and Photographs

Series: Memorabilia

Subseries: Correspondence

Subseries: Book Reviews, Clippings and Miscellaneous

Subseries: Photographs and Scrapbooks

Series: Addenda

Subseries: Correspondence

Subseries: Manuscripts

Subseries: Photographs

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Harriet E. Huntington in 1968.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff, May 1979.

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 and photographs
1 1 California Harbors
1 1 Cargoes
1 1 Photographs
2 1 Let's Go to the Woods
2 2 Let's Go to the Woods
2 3 Let's Go to the Woods
3 1 The Ballet Primer
3 2 The Yosemite Story
3 3 The Yosemite Story
3 4 The Yosemite Story
3 5 The Yosemite Story
3 6 The Yosemite Story
4 1 Let's Look At Flowers
4 2 Let's Look At Flowers
4 3 Let's Look At Flowers
4 4 Let's Look At Flowers
4 5 Let's Look At Flowers
4 6 Let's Look At Flowers
4 7 Let's Look At Flowers
4 8 Let's Look at Insects
4 9 Let's Look at Insects
4 10 Let's Look at Insects
4 11 Let's Look at Insects
4 12 Let's Look at Insects
4 13 Let's Look at Insects
5 1 Balinese Dancing
5 2 Balinese Dancing

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6 1 Outgoing October 19, 1971-May 9, 1972
6 2 Incoming: professional August 8,1965-May 13,1974
6 3 Incoming: Professional November 16, 1969-March 24, 1971
6 4 Incoming: Professional January 19,1942-January 25,1968
6 5 Incoming: Professional March 30, 1972-November 19, 1973
6 6 Incoming: Fan Mail November 15, 1971
Book Reviews, Clippings and Miscellaneous
6 7 Book Reviews and 3 photographs July 19, 1939-April 4, 1970
6 8 Book Reviews August 31,1069-August 3,1970
6 9 Book Reviews and Newspaper clippings November 30,1969-May, 1974
6 10 Book Fair: announcements and letters
6 11 Biographical material, publicity, clippings, reviews
Photographs and scrapbooks
6 12 Photographs
6 13 Scrapbook leaves: 76 pages
6 14 Scrapbook: leather bound, black, 5" x 9"
6 15 Scrapbook: leather bound, black, 7" x 9"
6 16 Scrapbook: Brown folder, 9" x 11"
6 17 Scrapbook: Leather bound, brown, 11" x 14"
6 18 Scrapbook: Leather bound, brown, soft, 11" x 14"

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4 1 Cooper, Lois 1974
4 2 Let's Look at Reptiles
4 3 Let's Look at Reptiles
4 4 Let's Look at Reptiles
4 5 Let's Look at Reptiles
4 6 Let's Look at Reptiles
4 7 Let's Look at Reptiles
4 8 Let's Look at Reptiles
4 9 Photographs

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  • Personal Names :
  • Huntington, Harriet E.
  • Huntington, Harriet E.--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Women photographers--United States
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Scrapbooks.

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