Guide to the Anne Emery Papers
1941-1985

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Emery, Anne, 1907-1984
Title: Anne Emery papers
Dates: 1941-1985 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 23.25 linear feet (44 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 185
Summary: Anne Emery (September 1, 1907-July 4, 1984) was born in Fargo, North Dakota and grew up in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. The collection contains correspondence and manuscripts as well as miscellaneous material.
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

Anne Emery was born on September 1, 1907 in Fargo, North Dakota. She grew up in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. She attended Northwestern University and received a B.A. in 1928, and a certificate from the University of Grenoble, France in 1929. In addition to her writing career, she was a teacher at Evanston Public Schools in Illinois from 1929-1939, and a faculty member of Northwestern University Writers Workshop from 1964-1965. She was also a member of the Authors Guild, Authors League of America, Midland Authors and Theta Sigma Phi. She married John Douglas Emery in 1933, and had five children. Emery died on July 4, 1987 in Menlo Park, California.

Her work is primarily about teen girls and the issues they confront during adolescence, such as peer pressure, friendships and dating, sex, drugs and finding one’s identity. However, Emery was also interested in historical fiction, and her first published work, Bright Horizons, dramatizes the conflicts over ratification of the American Constitution. Her other historical fiction novels include Carey’s Fortune, which is set during the presidential election of 1800, and American Friend, a novel about Herbert Hoover.

Content Description

The Anne Emery Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, financial records, published material, research material, photographs, and several files about the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. Boxes 35, 36 and 37 contain note cards of research material. Major correspondents are: MacraeSmith Co., Leslie G. Phillips (agent), G. P. Putnam's Sons, Rand McNally Co., Vanguard Press, and Westminster Press.

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 material 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], Anne Emery Papers, Coll 185, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Biographical Material
  • Correspondence
    • Publishers
    • Miscellaneous
    • Fan Mail
  • Manuscripts
    • Book Length
    • Articles and Speeches
  • Research Material
  • Published Material
    • Tearsheets
  • Reviews and Publicity
  • Financial Material
    • Contracts
    • Royalty Statements
  • Miscellaneous

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Robert Koppelman, Manuscripts Processor.

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

Biographical Material
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 Inventory
1 1 Biographical material
1 1 Biographical material

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Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Publishers
Box
Folder
1 4 A.Y.H Knapsack
1 4 Akimoto-Shobo Co., Ltd.
1 4 Berkeley Publishers Corp.
1 4 Chicago Schools journal
1 4 Compact
1 4 Curtis Brown Ltd.
1 4 Davis St. Trust (see also box 39 folders 17-20)
1 5 Davis St. Trust June 1960-February 5, 1965
1 6 Davis St. Trust February 8, 1965- March 1966
1 7 Davis St. Trust August 1966-May 1971
1 8 Davis St. Trust August 1971-May 1978
1 9 Foremost Americans Publishing Corp
1 9 G. Schirmer
1 9 G.P Putnam November 1941- March 1953
1 10 G.P. Putnam July 1954- September 1973
1 11 Gale Research Company
1 11 H.W. Wilson Company
1 12 Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
1 12 Howe, Barnes and Johnson, Inc.
1 12 John C. Winston Company
1 12 Julian Messner, Inc.
1 12 Junior Literacy Guild
1 12 Ladies Home Journal
1 12 Leslie Gordon Phillips (see also, Box 6 folders 8-10)
1 13 Leslie Gordon Phillips October 1945-April 1947
1 14 Leslie Gordon Phillips May 1947-April 1948
1 15 Leslie Gordon Phillips May 1948-December 1956
1 16 Library Journal
1 16 Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard Co., Inc.
1 16 Macrae Smith Company August 1951-February 1952
1 17 Macrae Smith Company March-September 1952
1 18 Macrae Smith Company October 1952-April 1953
1 19 Macrae Smith Company May-December 1953
2 1 Macrae Smith Company 1954
2 2 Macrae Smith Company January-September 1955
2 3 Macrae Smith Company October 1955-May 1956
2 4 Macrae Smith Company June 1956-January 1957
2 5 Macrae Smith Company February-April 1957
2 6 Macrae Smith Company May-December 1957
2 7 Macrae Smith Company January 1958-May 1960
2 8 Macrae Smith Company June 1960-August 1963
2 9 Macrae Smith Company September 1963-November 1964
2 10 Macrae Smith Company January 1965-October 1975
2 11 Marquis Who’s Who Inc.
2 12 McIntosh and Otis Inc. August 1972-August 1973
2 13 McIntosh and Otis Inc. September 1973-March 1976
2 14 McIntosh and Otis Inc. April 1976-May 1977
2 15 McIntosh and Otis Inc. June-December 1977
2 16 McIntosh and Otis Inc. January 1978-May 1979
2 17 McIntosh and Otis Inc. June 1979-December 1981
2 18 McIntosh and Otis Inc. March 1982-December 1984
2 19 National Forums Inc. Paperback Editions July 1964-June 1973
3 1 National Forums Inc. Paperback Editions September 1973-May 1974
3 2 National Forums Inc. Paperback Editions June-December 1974
3 3 National Forums Inc. Paperback Editions February 1975-December 1977
3 4 Plays Inc.
3 4 Rand McNally and Co. October 1957-July 1959
3 5 Rand McNally and Co. August 1959-August 1960
3 6 Rand McNally and Co. September 1960-August 1961
3 7 Rand McNally and Co. October 1961-December 1962
3 8 Rand McNally and Co. January 1963-February 1964
3 9 Rand McNally and Co. March 1964-May 1965
3 10 Rand McNally and Co. June 1965-March 1966
3 11 Rand McNally and Co. April-July 1966
3 12 Rand McNally and Co. August 1966-December 1967
3 13 Rand McNally and Co. March 1968-October 1971
3 14 Rand McNally and Co. November 1971-October 1979
4 1 Row, Peterson and Co.
4 2 Vanguard Press February 1946-December 1950
4 3 Vanguard Press January 1952-May 1976
4 4 Westminster Press January 1947-March 1948
4 5 Westminster Press April 1948-April 1949
4 6 Westminster Press June-December 1949
4 7 Westminster Press January-April 1950
4 8 Westminster Press May 1950-January 1951
4 9 Westminster Press February-March 1951
4 10 Westminster Press April-June 1951
4 11 Westminster Press July-October 1951
4 12 Westminster Press November 1951-April 1952
4 13 Westminster Press May 1952-March 1953
4 14 Westminster Press April-December 1953
4 15 Westminster Press 1954
4 16 Westminster Press January-June 1955
4 17 Westminster Press July 1955-March 1956
5 1 Westminster Press April-September 1956
5 2 Westminster Press October 1956-May 1957
5 3 Westminster Press June 1957-December 1958
5 4 Westminster Press 1959
5 5 Westminster Press January 1960-February 1964
5 6 Westminster Press March 1964-June 1967
5 7 Westminster Press August 1967-September 1968
5 8 Westminster Press October 1968-February 1970
5 9 Westminster Press March 1970-June 1972
5 10 Westminster Press February 1973-June 1974
5 11 Westminster Press July 1974-February 1975
5 12 Westminster Press April 1975-November 1977
5 13 Westminster Press February 1978-March 1980
5 14 Westminster Press April 1980-October 1981
5 15 Westminster Press January 1982-December 1985
5 16 World Publishing Company
5 16 The Writer
5 16 Writers Digest
Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
6 1 A
6 2 B
6 3 C
6 4 D-E
6 5 F-G
6 6 H
6 7 I-K
6 8 L
6 9 L
6 10 L
6 11 M
6 12 N-P
6 13 R-S
6 14 V-Z
Fan Mail
Box
Folder
6 15-20 Fan mail
7 1-19 Fan mail

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Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Book Length
Box
Folder
8 1-12 American Friend, research notes
8 13-18 American Friend, second draft
9 1-5 American Friend, second draft
9 6-15 American Friend, third draft
9 16-20 American Friend, fourth draft
10 1-4 American Friend, fourth draft
10 5-10 American Friend, revised edition (draft)
10 11-19 American Friend, first revised manuscript (typed)
11 1-9 American Friend, second revised manuscript (typed)
11 10-12 American Friend, galley proofs
11 13-14 American Friend, memorabilia
12 1-2 American Friend, memorabilia
12 3-6 American Friend, correspondence
12 7-11 Carey's Fortune, first draft
12 12-18 Carey's Fortune, drafts (total of 7)
13 1-17 Carey's Fortune, drafts (total of 7)
14 1-15 Carey's Fortune, drafts (total of 7)
14 16-17 Carey's Fortune, final draft (with revisions)
15 1-4 Carey's Fortune, Final draft (with revisions)
15 5-7 Carey's Fortune
15 5-7 Carey's Fortune, Galley proofs
15 8 Carey's Fortune, Book jackets; research material/notes
15 9-15 Carey's Fortune, Research material/notes
16 1-20 Carey's Fortune, Research material/notes
17 1-5 Carmichael Story, First draft
17 6 County Fair, Outline
17 7 County Fair, Draft (chapter 13 only)
17 8-10 Danger in a Smiling Mask, notes
17 11-16 Danger in a Smiling Mask, first draft (with revisions)
18 1-16 Danger in a Smiling Mask, drafts (two)
19 1-6 Danger in a Smiling Mask, final draft
19 7-10 Danger in a Smiling Mask, galley proofs
20 1-8 A Dream to Touch, final draft
20 9 Free not to Love, notes; first draft
20 10-13 Free Not to Love, first draft
20 14-18 Free Not to Love, second draft (with revisions)
21 1-7 Free Not to Love, third draft (with revisions)
21 8-13 Free Not to Love, fourth draft (with revisions)
21 14-18 Free Not to Love, fifth draft (with revisions)
22 1-3 Free Not to Love, sixth draft (with revisions)
22 4-8 Free Not to Love, seventh draft
22 9-13 Free Not to Love, eighth draft
22 14-18 Free Not to Love, ninth draft
23 1-5 Free Not to Love, final draft
23 6-8 Free Not to Love, galley proofs
23 9 Going Steady, notes
23 10-16 Going Steady, draft
24 1-5 Jennie Lee: Patriot, research notes
24 6-13 Jennie Lee: Patriot, first draft (with revisions)
24 14-18 Jennie Lee: Patriot, second draft
25 1 Jennie Lee: Patriot, second draft
25 2-7 J Jennie Lee: Patriot, third draft
25 8-13 Jennie Lee: Patriot, final draft
25 14-17 Jennie Lee: Patriot, Galley Proofs
26 1 Joan of Arc, draft
26 2-5 Losing Game, galley proofs
26 6-9 The Secret of the Precious Jade, drafts
26 10-13 The Secret of the Precious Jade, final draft
26 14 The Secret of the Precious Jade, research material
27 1-18 The Sky is Falling, early drafts
28 1 The Sky is Falling, early drafts
28 2-7 The Sky is falling, final draft
28 8-11 The Sky is Falling, galley proofs
28 12-13 The Sky is Falling, notes
28 14-16 Sorority Girl, first draft
29 1-4 Sorority Girl, first draft
29 5-11 A Spy in New Orleans, final draft and revisions
29 12 A Spy in New Orleans, research material
30 1-4 A Spy in Old Detroit, notes
30 5-10 A Spy in Old Detroit, draft and revised pages
30 11-16 A Spy in Old Detroit, final draft
31 1-2 A Spy in Old Philadelphia, final draft and revisions
31 3 A Spy in Old Philadelphia, research materials
31 4-9 A Spy in Old West Point, final draft and revisions
31 10-11 Stepfamily, notes
31 12-18 Stepfamily, drafts
32 1-5 Stepfamily, drafts
32 6-9 Stepfamily, final draft
32 10 Stepfamily, bookplates
32 11-13 Stepfamily, galley proofs
32 14-19 Vagabond Summer, first draft and revisions
33 1 Vagabond Summer, first draft and revisions
33 2-7 Vagabond Summer, final draft
33 8 Vagabond Summer, comments
33 9-13 Whatever Happened to Mary Jo? draft
33 14-17 Whatever Happened to Mary Jo? final draft
34 1 Whatever Happened to Mary Jo? final draft
34 2 Whatever Happened to Mary Jo? comments and revised pages
Articles and Speeches
Box
Folder
34 3 Aim in Adolescent Writing (notes only)
34 3 Answers to Three Questions
34 3 Finding Oneself in the Teens
34 3 Five Books and Five Children
34 3 The Importance of Reading in Making Adjustments and Vocational Choices
34 3 In Defense of the Junior Novel
34 3 Make the Kitchen the Heart of the Home
34 4 More Children for More Books
34 4 Pathways to Success in the Field of Writing for Young People
34 4 Philosophy
34 4 Reaching Young Readers (notes and two drafts)
34 4 Miscellaneous; program for Seventh Annual Library Workshop for Public and School Libraries
34 5 Teenage Literature
34 5 This is how I do It
34 5 Values in Adolescent Fiction (3 versions)
34 6 What Do We Read For?
34 6 Why I Write for Children
34 6 Writing Fiction for Young Readers Today
34 6 Young Moderns and Authors Talk Books
34 6 Notes for four untitled talks
34 7 Miscellaneous ideas for stories

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Research materials
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
34 8 Carey's Fortune, research notes
34 8 A Spy in Old Detroit, research notes
35 Jenny Lee, Patriot, research notes
36 A Spy in Old West Point, research notes
37 Herbert Hoover, research notes

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Published Material
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
38 1 Serialized work: "The Feathered Serpent", Pioneer May 27, 1944-July 1, 1944
38 2 Serialized work: Mountain Laurel, Forward July 17, 1948-September 1948
Tearsheets
Box
Folder
38 3 Babysitter’s Boyfriend, Natural Parent-Teacher October 1959
38 3 A Date with Ricky, The American Girl October 1950
38 3 A Friendly God, Boy’s and Girl’s Comrade December 26, 1943
38 3 Important Person, Teens January 30, 1944
38 3 In Defense of the Junior Novel, Top of the News, American Library Association May 1961
38 3 Kitchen to Live In, Better Homes and Gardens Febraury 1948
38 3 Molly Pays a Bill, Friends June 1944
38 3 Paul Revere’s Bell, Pioneer for Boys August 21, 1943
38 4 Pleasures and Perils in Series Writing, McClurg’s Book News June-August 1958
38 4 Reaching the Young Readers, Kentucky Library Association Bulletin January 1959
38 4 Reading and Adjustment to Life, Chicago Schools Journal September-October 1952
38 4 Robin Remembers, Friends July 1943
38 4 Too Good to Be True, Pioneer for Boys November 20, 1943
38 4 Triple-Threat Man, Boy’s Life October 1, 1944
38 4 Values in Adolescent Fiction, Junior Libraries May 1958
38 4 With Youthful Thoughts in Mind, Ohio Schools May 1958

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Reviews and Publicity
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
38 5-16 Reviews and publicity
39 1-3 Reviews and publicity

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Financial Material
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Contracts
Box
Folder
39 4 Davis St. Trust 1960-1963
39 5 Davis St. Trust 1964-1965
39 6 Davis St. Trust 1966-1967
39 7 Davis St. Trust 1968-1975
39 8 G. P. Putnam’s Sons 1946-1947
39 8 McIntosh &Otis 1977-1982
39 9 Macrae Smith Company 1952-1975
39 10 Rand McNally 1952-1975
39 11 Vanguard Press Inc. 1946-1948, 1973
39 12 Westminster Press 1947-1958
39 13 Westminster Press 1959-1979
39 14 Berkeley Publishing Corporation 1963-1966
39 15 Berkeley Publishing Corporation 1967-1969
39 16 Berkeley Publishing Corporation 1970-1975
39 17 Davis St. Trust 1960-1966
39 18 Davis St. Trust 1967-1969
39 19 Davis St. Trust 1970-1972
39 20 Davis St. Trust 1973-1977
40 1 G.P. Putnam’s Sons
40 2 Macrae Smith Company 1953-1955
40 3 Macrae Smith Company 1956-1958
40 4 Macrae Smith Company 1959-1961
40 5 Macrae Smith Company 1962-1963
40 6 Macrae Smith Company 1964-1965
40 7 Macrae Smith Company 1966-1967
40 8 Macrae Smith Company 1968-1970
40 9 Macrae Smith Company 1971-1972
40 10 Macrae Smith Company 1973
40 11 Macrae Smith Company 1974-1975
40 12 McIntosh &Otis 1976-1985
40 13 Nelson Doubleday, Inc. 1962-1964
40 14 Paperback edition histories (Emery’s personal compilation of figures)
40 15 Rand McNally &Company 1959-1966
40 16 Rand McNally &Company 1967-1970
40 17 Rand McNally &Company 1971-1978
41 1 Rand McNally &Company 1979-1983
41 2 Vanguard Press, Inc. 1968-1985
41 3 Westminster Press, Emery’s personal compilation of figures
41 4 Westminster Press 1949-1955
41 5 Westminster Press 1956-1958
41 6 Westminster Press 1959-1960
41 7 Westminster Press 1961-1962
41 8 Westminster Press 1963-1964
41 9 Westminster Press 1965-1966
41 10 Westminster Press 1967-1968
41 11 Westminster Press 1969-1970
41 12 Westminster Press 1971-1972
41 13 Westminster Press 1973-1974
42 1 Westminster Press 1975-1976
42 2 Westminster Press 1977-1978
42 3 Westminster Press 1979-1980
42 4 Westminster Press 1981-1985

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Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
42 5-9 Herbert Hoover Presidential Library material
42 10-12 Memorabilia and souvenirs
43 Scrapbook

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Photographs (PH291)

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Emery, Anne, 1907---Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Adolescence in literature
  • Authors and publishers--Correspondence
  • Historical fiction, American--Authorship
  • Teenage girls in literature
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult fiction, American--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographs

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