Guide to the Stratemeyer Syndicate Records
1883-1966

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Stratemeyer Syndicate
Title: Stratemeyer Syndicate records
Dates: 1883-1966 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 815
Summary: Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1927) was an author and founded the Stratemeyer Syndicate which produced adventure story series for children, such as Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Honey Bunch, and the Bobbsey Twins. The collection includes literary manuscripts and fan letters.
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

Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) was born in Newark, New Jersey. Stratemeyer worked in his family’s tobacco shop until 1889, when he became a freelance writer. He founded and ran the Stratemeyer Literary Syndicate, which published hundreds of his books until 1984.

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892-1982), Edward’s daughter, was born in Newark, New Jersey. She continued writing the series after Edward’s death and became the owner and manager of the Syndicate, running the organization for 52 years, until her death in 1982. She wrote many of the Nancy Drew books, and was active in many organizations such as the Red Cross and the Girl Scouts.

Content Description

The collection includes manuscripts by both Stratemeyer and Adams, and fan letters. There are also publications that include work by Stratemeyer.

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 :  

Stratemeyer Syndicate Records, Ax 815, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Fan letters; Manuscripts; and Publications.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams in 1974.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Fan letters
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 1928
1 2 1929

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Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 The Double Jinx Mystery. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. By Carolyn Keene [Harriet S. Adams]—holograph outline, 40 pp. undated
1 4 The Double Jinx Mystery. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. By Carolyn Keene [Harriet S. Adams]—Printer’s copy, chapters 1-11 (p. 1-94) undated
1 5 The Double Jinx Mystery. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. By Carolyn Keene [Harriet S. Adams]—Printer’s copy, chapters 12-20 (p. 95-177) undated
1 6 In the Lightening Flash. By Chester K. Steele [Edward L. Stratemeyer]—Typed draft with holograph revisions undated
1 7 In the Lightening Flash. By Chester K. Steele [Edward L. Stratemeyer]—Typed draft with holograph revisions undated
2 1 The Radio Boys on the Pacific. [Edward Stratemeyer]—galley proofs, marked undated
2 2 Snowbound in Camp. The Blythe Girls series. [Edward Stratemeyer]—galley proofs, marked undated

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Publications
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 3 Bright Days
Box
Folder
2 3 Vol. 1, no. 1 April 1896
2 3 Vol. 1, no. 2 May 1896
2 3 Vol. 1, no. 5 August 1896
2 3 Vol. 2, no. 6 September 1896
2 3 Vol. 2, no. 10 October 3, 1896
2 3 Vol. 2, no. 14 October 31, 1896
2 4 Love’s Maze (comic opera). Written by Edward Stratemeyer, composed by Louis C. Stratemeyer. Complete libretto 1887
2 5 Our American Boys, Vol. 1, no. 1 January 1883
2 6 Best Books for Boys and Girls. New York: Cupples and Leon Co., Publishers
2 6 Good Books for Boys. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, Publishers 1911

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer
  • Stratemeyer, Edward, 1862-1930
  • Subject Terms :
  • Adventure stories, American--Authorship
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship

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