Guide to the Iris Thorpe Barry Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Barry, Iris, 1903-1983Lenniger Literary Agency.
Title: Iris Thorpe Barry papers
Dates: 1925-1975 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 227
Summary: Iris Thorpe Barry was a writer of poetry, short stories, and crime and suspense novels. The collection contains manuscripts of poems, short stories, and novels, correspondence, memorabilia and publicity, and published works, 1925-1975.
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

Iris Thorpe Barry was a writer of poetry, short stories, and crime and suspense novels. She wrote poetry under her maiden name, Iris Lora Phillips, her name during her first marriage, Iris Lora Thorpe, and her name during her second marriage, Iris Barry (or Iris Thorpe Barry).

Content Description

The collection contains manuscripts of poems, short stories, and novels, correspondence, memorabilia and publicity, and published works.

This collection is arranged by accession/addendum.

The original donation contains manuscripts, published works, correspondence, clippings, notes, and addresses.

Manuscript material includes two novel-length manuscripts with revisions, outlines, and notes.

Manuscripts of poems, short stories, and essays, and published work are organized together by title, and some of the manuscripts contain revisions.

The addendum of 1974 includes correspondence, manuscripts, published works, and memorabilia.

Correspondence is separated into incoming and outgoing sections. There are only four outgoing letters, 1957-1968. Incoming correspondence is more substantial, with ninety-two letters, and is organized by last name or title, 1925-1975. Correspondents include publishers and literary agencies, including the Lenniger Literary Agency.

Manuscripts consist of novel length, short story, articles, and poetry. Most of the book length-manuscripts include draft and revised versions, notes, corrections, and outlines, and are organized by title. Some of the short story manuscripts include corrections and most include draft and final versions, and are arranged by title of work. There are also tear sheets of published short stories.

There are two manuscripts of articles and one includes drafts and revisions with corrections. Poetry work includes manuscripts and published versions. Poetry is organized by the name Barry used when writing: Iris Lora Phillips, Iris Lora Thorpe, and Iris Barry. Poem titles are arranged alphabetically within each name section.

There is also memorabilia included in the collection consisting of clippings, programs, notices, and advertisements.

Miscellaneous material includes notes, character sketches, and english notebook, and a text of a speech.

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], Iris Thorpe Barry papers, Ax 227, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give 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.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1974.

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. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

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.


  • Personal Names :
  • Barry, Iris, 1903-1983
  • Barry, Iris, 1903-1983--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lenniger Literary Agency--Records and correspondence.
  • Subject Terms :
  • American fiction--20th century--Authorship
  • American poetry--Women authors
  • Authors and publishers--Correspondence
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Love stories--Authorship
  • Poetry--Authorship
  • Suspense fiction--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Essays
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Novels
    • Poetry
    • Romantic suspense fiction
    • Short stories

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