Guide to the Courtney Owen Cameron Papers
1943-1960

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Creator: Cameron, Courtney Owen, 1906-1960
Title: Courtney Owen Cameron papers
Dates: 1943-1960 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.0 linear feet (2 containers, 1 package)
Collection Number: Ax 573
Summary: Courtney Owen Cameron (1902/1906-1960) was an American author of crime and suspense novels (sometimes referred to as mysteries), and westerns, who often wrote under the name "Owen Cameron." The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts of unpublished and published novels and short stories, tearsheets, published works, and scrapbooks, 1943-1960.
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

Courtney Owen Cameron (1902/1906-1960) was an American author of crime and suspense novels (sometimes referred to as mysteries), and westerns, who often wrote under the name "Owen Cameron."

Content Description

Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, books, scrapbooks and miscellaneous materials.

The correspondence is separated into incoming and outgoing sections. Incoming letters are arranged alphabetically by last name or title (1944-1959). Outgoing letters are arranged by date, 1952-1954. There are over 300 pieces of correspondence.

Novel length manuscript material contains unpublished works and drafts of different versions, and is organized by title.

Short story manuscript material consists of unpublished stories, and some titles include multiple drafts, rejection letters, and are organized alphabetically by title. The paper finding aid lists titles of all the novel and short story manuscripts.

There is one folder each of untitled short stories, novel fragments, short story outlines, and short story fragments. Miscellaneous material includes personal reflections, notes for stories, and a bibliography.

Tearsheets are organized by title of story and the paper finding aid includes publisher and date information for each tearsheet.

There are also nine published volumes, and three scrapbooks (1943-1952) that contain tearsheets, agent and editor correspondence, reviews, and fan mail

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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Courtney Owen Cameron papers, Ax 573, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1970; 1971.

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 to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1970-1971.

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.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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


Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Authors, American--20th century--Manuscripts
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication

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