Nancy Gurney papers, 1965-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Gurney, Nancy, 1915-1974
Nancy Gurney papers
1965-1972 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
A 310
Nancy Gurney (1915-1974) was a writer of children's books. The collection includes illustrations and manuscripts that reflect her work and collaboration with her husband, Eric Gurney.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Nancy Gurney was born in 1915 and died in 1973. Very little information is available about her childhood and education. She lived in Westport, Connecticut and Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. She wrote three children's books in collaboration with her husband, Eric Gurney, who is an illustrator.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Nancy Gurney Papers include materials and illustrations for her book The King, the Mice and the Cheese with an original sketch of the cover and a plot summary. There is also an early draft of Gurney's Guide to Feathered Friends. The article "The Little Green Dot (or) Let's All Make Green Dot Dolls and Pillows" is included on page 19 of the magazine Ties. The Nancy Gurney Papers also contain a black and white photograph of Nancy Gurney taken in 1940.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Nancy Gurney papers, A 310, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

IllustrationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
The King the Mice and the Cheese. Illustration proofs by Eric Gurney, 30 pp., approx. 13x9

Manuscripts, Sketches, Notes and MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 2
The King, the Mice and the Cheese. Original cover sketch in blue pencil; early plot summary, holograph, 2pp.
1 2
Gurney's Guide to Feathered Friends. Early draft, Xerox copy, 22 pp.
1 2
"The Green Dot (or) Let's All Make Green Dot Dolls and Pillows." Article in Ties magazine (May-June 1972), pp. 18-31.
1 2
Photograph of Nancy Gurney, circa 1940.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Illustrated children's books--United States--Specimens
  • Illustrators--United States
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Personal Names :
  • Gurney, Nancy
  • Gurney, Richard
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Book illustrations
  • Photographs