Amelia Elizabeth Walden papers, 1954-1977  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Walden, Amelia Elizabeth
Title
Amelia Elizabeth Walden papers
Dates
1954-1977 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.0 linear feet, (6 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 054
Summary
Collection comprises literary manuscripts of young adult fiction by Amelia Elizabeth Walden and her correspondence with McGraw-Hill relating to book production.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Amelia Elizabeth Walden was born January 15, 1909 in New York City. After graduating from Columbia University in 1934, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, also in New York. From 1935 to 1945 she taught English and Dramatics at Norwalk High School, Norwalk, Connecticut. In 1946 Miss Walden married John William Harmon. This was also the year that her first book was published. At the request of her editor she revised the manuscript, entitled Gateway, to fit a new genre emerging at the time, called the "young adult" novel which was aimed at a post-adolescent but not yet adult audience, approximately ages 16 to 18. She is considered a pioneer in this area of American literature. Miss Walden found success writing for this audience, and commented, "I respond to young people because I remember my own adolescence so vividly - and fondly. It was a period of total involvement, of enjoying life to the hilt."

Miss Walden has written over 40 novels published by McGraw-Hill, Lippincott, William Morrow, The Westminster Press, and Appleton Century-Crofts. In 1985 she was residing in Westport, Connecticut.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Amelia E. Walden Papers consist of manuscripts and related material written between 1954 and 1977. They are arranged alphabetically by title and all the material relating to each manuscript is grouped under that title. The folders labeled McGraw-Hill material include inter-office memoranda, cost estimates, check disbursement forms, and book production information. There is only one book with the collection, Heartbreak Tennis. It is shelved free-standing at the end of the boxed material.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Amelia Elizabeth Walden Papers, Coll 054, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Basketball Girl of the Year. New York: McGraw-Hill
1970
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence
Box Folder
1 1
1961
1 1
1967-1970
1 1
1973
1 1
Front matter
1 3
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 1 - 80
1 4
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 81 - 160
1 5
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 161 - 252
1 6
Galley proofs
2 1
Page proofs
Escape on Skis. Philadelphia: Westminster Press
1975
Box Folder
2 2
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 1 - 65
2 3
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 66 - 130
2 4
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 131-194
2 5
Page proofs
Heartbreak Tennis. Philadelphia: Westminster Press
1977
Box Folder
3 1
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 1-60
3 2
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 61-120
3 3
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 121-185
3 4
Page proofs
3 5
Page proofs
In Search of Ophelia. New York: McGraw-Hill
1966
Box Folder
3 6
McGraw-Hill material
My Sister Mike. New York: McGraw-Hill
1956
Box Folder
4 1
McGraw-Hill material
My World's the Stage. New York: McGraw-Hill
1964
Box Folder
4 2
McGraw-Hill material
A Name for Himself. New York: J. B. Lippincott Co.
1967
Box Folder
4 3
Jacket design, Story description
Play Ball, McGill! Philadelphia: Westminister Press
1972
Box Folder
4 4
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 1-80
4 5
Typed draft with holograph corrections, p 81-160
4 6
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 161-250
4 7
Galley proofs
So Near the Heart. New York: McGraw-Hill
1962
Box Folder
4 8
McGraw-Hill material
Three Loves Has Sandy. New York: McGraw-Hill
1955
Box Folder
4 9
McGraw-Hill material
Valerie Valentine Is Missing. Philadelphia: Westminster Press
1971
Box Folder
5 1
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 1-80
5 2
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 81-160
5 3
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 161-222
5 4
Typed draft, carbon, with holograph corrections, pages 1-80
5 5
Typed draft, carbon, with holograph corrections, pages 81-160
5 6
Typed draft, carbon, with holograph corrections, pages 161-230
5 7
Galley proofs
When Love Speaks. New York: McGraw-Hill
1961
Box Folder
6 1
McGraw Hill material
Where Was Everyone When Sabrina Screamed? Philadelphia: Westminster Press
1971
Box Folder
6 2
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 1-80
6 3
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 81-160
6 4
Typed draft with holograph corrections, pages 161-227
6 5
Galley proofs

Free-standing volumesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Heartbreak Tennis. Philadelphia: Westminster Press
1977

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors and publishers--United States
  • Publishers and publishing--United States
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult fiction, American--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Walden, Amelia Elizabeth--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • McGraw-Hill Book Company