Guide to the Beulah Flebbe Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dix, Beulah Marie, 1876-1970
Title: Beulah Marie Dix Flebbe papers
Dates: 1885-1966 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 13.0 linear feet (10 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 502
Summary: Beulah Marie Dix Flebbe (1876-1970) was a playwright, novelist, children's author and screenwriter during the silent movie era who wrote under the name Beulah Marie Dix. The collection includes manuscripts of novels, plays, scripts, stories and poetry, correspondence, contracts, scrapbooks, financial records, photographs, diaries and published work.
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 production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Beulah Marie Dix Flebbe (1876-1970) was born in Kingston, Massachusetts and educated at Radcliffe. She was the first woman to win the George B. Sohier Prize at Harvard. At Radcliffe she wrote plays for the Radcliffe Idler Club. After graduation she joined the Boston Author's Club, where she met Mrs. Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland and collaborated with her in playwriting. She was married in 1910 to Georg Heinrich Flebbe, a book importer. He moved to Los Angeles during World War I, where Mrs. Flebbe worked for Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse L. Lasky, writing original screen plays and adaptations. Some of her own stories were made into motion pictures including Their Own Desire and the Life of Jimmy Dolan.

Content Description

The collection consists of Manuscripts, Correspondence, Published Work, Contracts and Agreements, Miscellaneous and Memorabilia, Legal and Financial Records, Photographs and Postcards, Diaries, Pamphlets and Publications, Miscellaneous, 1975 Addenda, January 1979 Addenda, February 1979 Addenda

The Manuscripts series includes novels, plays, poetry and stories organized alphabetically by title.

Correspondence is separated between personal and professional letters and both categories are organized into incoming and outgoing correspondence and then further organized alphabetically by last name. Major correspondents are: Walter H. Baker Co., Henry Holt and Co., Macmillan Co., Paramount Pictures, Ann Watkins, American Play Co., R. Golding Bright, Samuel French, Inc., Gladys G. Holmes, Carrie A. Harper.

Published work includes books, plays, stories and articles organized alphabetically by title.

The Contracts and Agreements contains personal and professional agreements. The Miscellaneous Memorabilia section includes six scrapbooks which contain playbills from 1889-1916, with critical comments by Flebbe, reviews, and one folder of loose playbills that includes Toy Theater playbills featuring performances by Flebbe in 1912.

Legal and Financial Records consists of wills, royalty information and Dix family genealogy records.

Photographs and Postcards include Dix family photographs, autographed photos, theatre performance photos and personal photographs.

The Diaries series consists of twenty volumes by Flebbe, organized by date, that are very detailed from 1885-1890, less so from 1905-1956.

The Pamphlets and Publications series includes publications written by Flebbe and others organized by title.

The Miscellaneous series contains Flebbe school records, clippings and manuscripts by others.

The 1975 Addenda consists of manuscripts by Flebbe. The January 1979 Addenda contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and published books. The February 1979 includes correspondence that completes the January 1979 addenda.

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], Beulah Marie Dix Flebbe papers, Ax 502, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts (including novels, plays, poetry, stories by title), Correspondence ( personal and professional organized into outgoing and incoming, and then alphabetically by name), Published (by title), Contracts and Agreements (personal and professional), Miscellaneous, Memorabilia (scrapbooks), Legal and Financial Records, Photographs and Postcards, Diaries, Pamphlets and Publications, Miscellaneous, 1975 Addenda, January 1979 Addenda, February 1979 Addenda.

Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given 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.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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

Related Materials :  

Special Collections and University Archives holds numerous collections by authors, script, and screen writers.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1969.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection may have received a basic level of processing including some organization and rehousing. The initial accession(s) were processed and arranged as a whole and are reflected in the series arrangement. Subsequent accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each subsequent accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.


  • Personal Names :
  • Dix, Beulah Marie, 1876-1970
  • Dix, Beulah Marie, 1876-1970--Correspondence
  • Dix, Beulah Marie, 1876-1970--Diaries
  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Women authors, American--20th century
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Diaries.
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Photographs
    • Scrapbooks.

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