Guide to the Dorothy Sterling Papers
ca. 1845-2007

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Sterling, Dorothy, 1913-
Title: Dorothy Sterling papers
Dates: ca. 1845-2007 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number: Ax 852
Summary: Dorothy Sterling (1913-2008 ) is a writer, particularly of fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults.
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

Dorothy Sterling was born in New York, New York on November 23, 1913, daughter of Elsie Darmstadter Dannenberg and Joseph Dannenberg. She was educated at Wellesley College and Barnard College, graduating from Barnard with a B.A. in 1934. She married Philip Sterling (also a writer) on May 14, 1937. They have two children, Peter and Anne.

Dorothy Sterling's fiction books for children are typically mysteries, such as The Brownie Scout Mystery (1955), The Silver Spoon Mystery (1958), Secret of the Old Post-Box (1960) and The Cub Scout Mystery (1952). Her non-fiction books fall into two categoris: science and nature, such as Trees and Their Story (1953), Insects and the Homes They Build (1954), and The Story of Mosses, Ferns, and Mushrooms [1955]); and civil rights, such as It Started in Montgomery: A Picure History of the Civil Rights Movement (1972), Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman (1954), Tear Down the Walls!: A History of the American Civil Rights Movement (1968). Mary Jane (1959), is a best-selling young adult novel about a twelve-year-old black girl who was among the first students to integrate a junior high school in the 1950s.

Dorothy Sterling has won several awards for her writings, including the Carter G. Woodson Book Award from the National Council for the Social Studies for The Trouble They Seen: Black People Tell the Story of Reconstruction (1976)

Dorothy Sterling died December 1, 2008 in Wellfleet, MA.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.

Content Description

The Dorothy Sterling Papers consist of correspondence and literary manuscripts of several of her books for children.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Dorothy Sterling papers, Ax 852, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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.

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.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Dorothy Sterling in 1969. Anne Fausto-Sterling in 2011.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

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. 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. 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.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1969 Accession
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Correspondence, incoming A - K
1 2 Correspondence, incoming L - Z
1 3 Beacon Press
1 4 Doubleday and Company
1 5 National Councils of Teachers of English
1 6 Portal Press
1 7 Scholastic Magazine
1 8 Correspondence, outgoing 1966-1970
1 9 Correspondence, outgoing 1936-1965
1 10 The Outer Lands (literary manuscript) dated
1 11 The Outer Lands Research Notes Undated
1 12 Elizabeth Cady Stanton Speaks on Women's Rights Undated
1 13 Harriet Tubman Runs a Railroad Undated
1 14 Material for book on the movies Undated
1 15 Material for book on the movies
1 16 Publisher Memoranda
1 17 Speeches by Dorothy Sterling
1 18 Reports on Luce manuscripts
1 19 Reviews
1 20 Mission to Moscow; Howard Koch
1 21 American Notes for Yesterday and Tomorrow; Michael Cowley
1 22 It's No Dictatorship, Say the Perons; John Dos Passos
1 23 Charlie Chaplain
1 24 Censorship
2 1 Correspondence, outgoing
2 2 Correspondence, incoming
2 3 Correspondence, incoming, general, A-L
2 4 Correspondence, incoming, general, M-Z
2 5 Beacon Press
2 6 Bernard, Jacqueline
2 7 Crosby, Alexander
2 8 Doubleday and Company, Inc.
2 9 Miller, F. John
2 10 Patterson, Lillie
2 11 Scholastic Magazine
2 12 Shepard, Ray
2 13 White, Anne Terry
2 14 Ullman, Victor
2 15 Correspondence, personal
2 16 Fan letters
2 17 Correspondence, outgoing Undated
2 18 Correspondence, outgoing 1972 1973
2 19 Correspondence, outgoing 1971
2 20 Correspondence, outgoing 1970
2 21 Correspondence, outgoing 1969
2 22 Correspondence, outgoing 1968
2 23 Correspondence, outgoing 1957-1967
2 24 Miscellaneous correspondence and other materials
2 25 Typescripts
2 26 Typescripts
2 27 Literary manuscripts--late drafts
2 28 Literary manuscripts--final drafts
2 29 Galleys
2 30 Literary manuscript: It Started in Montgomery (page proofs)
2 31 Photography
2 32 Magazine tearsheets
3 1 Correspondence, incoming, A - Z
3 2 Correspondence, incoming, Doubleday 1971-1977
3 3 Correspondence, incoming, D - L
3 4 Correspondence, incoming, M - Q
3 5 Correspondence, incoming, R - S
3 6 Correspondence, incoming, T - Z
3 7 Correspondence, outgoing 1966-1973
3 8 Correspondence, outgoing 1974-1978

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Series:  2011 Accession
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography I (1 of 2)
4 2 Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography I (2 of 2)
4 3 Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography II (1 of 2)
4 4 Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography II (2 of 2)
4 5 Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography III (1 of 2)
4 6 Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography III (2 of 2)
5 1 Memo books
5 1 Washington April 29, 1968
5 1 Philadelphia, New York April 25, 1969-November 9, 1969
5 1 Boston, Baltimore, Washington May 18, 1969-July 23, 1969
5 1 Washington May 31, 1969-June 2, 1969
5 1 Boston (2) June 9, 1969
5 1 Detroit
5 1 Cleveland
5 1 New York, Boston
5 1 Puerto Rico - sources and references
5 1 Convention work book
5 1 Words book 1964-1967
5 2 Harvard Houghton Library 1984-1991
5 3 Frank Clarkson 1987
5 4 University of Massachusetts 1983-1984
5 5 National Anti-Slavery Standard (NASS) 1844-1856
5 6 Elizabeth Stevens 1984-1990
5 7 NASS notes 1861-1865
5 8 Karl Kabelac 1987
5 9 The Women's Journal 1870-1988
5 10 Historical Society 1981-1986
Box
Folder
5 14 University of North Carolina 1997
5 11 Conservation Trust 1996-1998
5 12 Barbara Bader 2002
5 13 Wellesley College 1987-1994
5 15 Misc. correspondence 1980-2002
5 16 Anti-Slavery Bugle manuscript 1845-1863
5 17 Manuscript by Dorothy Sterling
5 18 1
5 19 2
5 20 3
5 21 Manuscript: Four Score and More
5 22 Unnamed manuscript
5 23 Manuscript: Four Score and More
5 24 Final copy manuscript and diskette: Four Score and More November 2, 2002
5 25 Notecards: notes and references

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2014 Accession
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 7 Sisters 1964 - 1985
4 8 Sisters 1983 - 1984
4 9 Mary Jane 1964 - 1973
4 10 Jerry Ayers, TX 1989 - 1990
4 11 Boston Public Library (BPL) 1988 - 1991
4 12 Carole Bovoso 1969 - 1989
4 13 Publisher Statements September 1978 - September 1984
4 14 Publisher Statements September 1985 - September 1989
4 15 Bundy H. Boit 1985 - 1986
4 16 Permissions 1986 - 1990
4 17 Correspondence 1979 - 1984
4 18 Porter, Dorothy 1980 - 1990
4 19 Correspondence regarding Paul Cuffe 1977 - 1986
4 20 Porter, Dorothy writings 1976 - 1984
4 21 Permissions 1978 - 1983
4 22 Permissions 1983 - 1984
4 23 Jane Addams Peace Association May 11, 1984 - February 4, 1985
4 24 Correspondence 1986 - 1991
4 25 Notes on notebooks
4 26 Gale Research Center 1984 - 1989
4 27 University of Massachusetts Press November 25, 1981 - June 6, 1989
4 28 Schelesinger 1979 - 1991
4 29 Ohio University 1980 - 1990
4 30 Swarthmore College 1982 - 1983
4 31 Nellie McKay 1987 - 1989
4 32 Southern History 1989
4 33 Correspondence 2005 - 2007
4 34 Norton & Co. 1985 - 2000
4 35 Research trips [photos]
4 36 Dorothy's writings 1971 - 1977
4 37 English Journal 1963 - 1966
4 38 Dorothy's testimony before the House committee 1966 - 1967
4 39 Correspondence about "Mary Jane" book February 12, 1960 - February 17, 1960
4 40 Dorothy's miscellaneous correspondence 1980 - 1992
4 41 Delano Coleman, PC November 4, 1997 - November 25, 1997
4 42 Amistad Research Center July 27, 1996 - October 4, 1999
4 43 Sue Davidson 1992 - 1997
4 44 Note book 1983
4 45 News clippings from Archie Lee 2006 - 2007
4 46 Research photos 1997

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Sterling, Dorothy, 1913-
  • Subject Terms :
  • African Americans--Juvenile literature
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship

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