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Selected manuscripts of Don Dwiggins, 1966-1976

Overview of the Collection

Dwiggins, Don
Selected manuscripts of Don Dwiggins
1966-1976 (inclusive)
1.0 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 090
Don Dwiggins (1913-1988) was a writer. The collection includes literary manuscripts for several of Dwiggin's published works, including The Air Devils!, Into the Unknown, and Space and Weather.
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 to the public.

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Don Dwiggins, editor and free-lance writer, was born on November 15, 1913, in Plainfield, New Jersey and died in an automobile accident in Malibu on December 10, 1988. He was the son of Clare Victor, a cartoonist, and Bessie (Lindsay) Dwiggins. He was married to Olga Arabsky and had two children, Don Lindsay and Toni Kay. In 1942, Dwiggins entered the U.S. Army Air Force and eventually became a master sergeant. During the war he was a flight instructor with Britain's Royal Air Force. In addition to his free-lance writing, Dwiggins also served as the aviation editor for the Los Angeles Daily News (1947-54) and the Los Angeles Mirror News (1956-1962); a news writer for station KTTV, Los Angeles (1964); the editor of "Mickey Mouse Newsreel" for Disney Studios {1964); a space technology consultant for Lockheed Aircraft Co. (1964); and the senior editor for Plane and Pilot magazine {1974-1982). He is a member of the Aviation Aerospace Writers Association and the Writers Guild of America, West. For the most part, Dwiggins has written technical books on aviation and aerospace technology, which are aimed at juvenile audiences, such as Voices in the Sky and Space and the Weather. However, a bibliography of his books would also include adult novels, such as The Air Devils and at least one biography, Frankie, which is based on the life of Frank Sinatra.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This sampling of manuscripts by Don Dwiggins consists entirely of working copies and carbon drafts of books published between 1966and 1976, It is only selective, however, representing mainly Dwiggin's books for young people, and does not include all of Dwiggins' writings for the period. The manuscripts are arranged-in alphabetical order by title and are followed by five books. Two of the books, Space and the Weather and Voices in the Sky, are also represented in manuscript form. The remainder is other technical juvenile books.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Selected Manuscripts of Don Dwiggins, Coll 090, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Literary ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
The Air Devils! Novel. Carbon draft, chapters I-IV
1 2
The Air Devils! Novel. Carbon draft, chapter V
1 3
Into the Unknown. Novel. Original working draft
1 4
Space and the Weather. Galley proof
1 5
Space and the Weather. Typed carbon draft

Published BooksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Spaceship Earth. Typed original working draft
2 2
Voices in the Sky. Illustrated rough draft
2 3
Voices in the Sky. Carbon draft