Hughie Call papers, 1936-1978  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Call, Hughie, 1890-1969
Title
Hughie Call papers
Dates
1936-1978 (inclusive)
Quantity
9.0 linear feet, (6 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 073
Summary
Hughie Florence Call (1890-1969) was a writer whose works reflect her life on a Montana sheep ranch. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts of books and articles, reviews, legal documents, and general memorabilia that follow her writing career from 1936-1969.
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

Hughie Florence Call was born in Trent, Texas on May 20, 1890, to John Hicks Florence, a physician, and Kathleen Best Florence. Her father's work with the state quarantine department and later his position with the state legislature occasioned her frequent moves in childhood to many small coastal and border towns and to Galveston, Houston and Dallas. She received her education from tutors and in private schools, including the present Trinity University of San Antonio. Florence was a feature writer for a chain of Texas newspapers under what was known as the Bagley Syndicate before marrying Andrew Dickinson on May 5, 1909. She was widowed just ten years later with one son, Andrew Dickinson, Jr.

While visiting California in 1920, Hughie Florence Dickinson met Thomas J. Call, a veteran Montana woolgrower. He was also a widower with a young son, Leigh Call. After they were married on June 4, 1920, Hughie Florence Call moved from the relative urbanity of Texas to the isolated sheep ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Montana where she accumulated a lifetime of material for her books and stories.

Mrs. Call began her writing career in earnest in 1936,when the first of her factual articles, "Eavesdroppers in Eden" and "Sheep Bought It" were published. She then turned to fiction with "We, The Living," after which she ventured into short stories and later novels for children and adults. Mrs. Call wrote her first novel, The Golden Fleece in 1942, followed by four others: Rising Arrow (1950), Peter's Moose (1955), The Little Kingdom (1961), and The Shorn Lamb (1969). The Little Kingdom is about Call's daughter, Florence Louise "Wezie," who died at age 17 of a sudden illness, and is dedicated to Tom, who died in1946. It received widespread recognition, having been translated into Braille and published internationally. It was also honored by The National Federation of Press Women as the best non-fiction juvenile book of 1965. Call's short stories were published in The American Magazine, The Country Beautiful, Reader's Digest, Redbook, The Saturday Evening Post, Scribner's, This Week, and Woman's Home Companion, among others.

In addition to writing, Mrs. Call was a frequent guest lecturer at various schools and taught creative writing both privately and at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. A member of Theta Sigma Phi, The Texas Institute of Letters, and Who's Who of American Letters in 1967, Mrs. Hughie Florence Call died on September 3, 1969.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Hughie Call Papers contain correspondence, manuscripts of books and articles, reviews of her works, legal documents, and general memorabilia, and cover her entire career from 1936-1969. Her early days as a newspaper writer are not represented in the collection.

The correspondence is arranged chronologically from 1937-1978, a large portion of which is from publishers pertaining to her works in progress. The balance is divided between fan mail from friends and strangers. Of special note are letters received from fellow authors Burt Struthers, Mrs. Peggy (Simson) Curry, Archer Gilfillan, Fred Gipson, A.B. "Bud" Guthrie and Mrs. (Claire) George Sessions Perry. The correspondence after Mrs. Call's death is between her publishers and friends and family relating to her works in progress and the consolidation of her papers. There are only five outgoing letters from Mrs. Call in the collection.

The manuscripts series contains galley proofs of two of her five published books The Little Kingdom and The Shorn Lamb. The original story line for The Golden Fleece is included, but not the final draft. Call's other two published works, Rising Arrow and Peter's Moose are not represented in this collection. However, both rough and final drafts of her unpublished novel, Spring Storm are included. These works are arranged alphabetically by title, along with the rough and final drafts of novelettes and short stories. Fragments of story lines and several completed but untitled short stories are also part of this series, including works co-authored with Ruby Wiley and Naomi Lane Babson. Finally, notebooks of works in progress, research and writing class notes, and some of her poetry complete the manuscript series.

A few novelettes and short stories, which have been published in magazines, are filed in a separate tearsheet series and are also arranged alphabetically by title. Following these are reviews of Call's works, which for preservation purposes are divided into newsprint and non-newsprint. The legal documents, which comprise the next series, pertain to copyright and ownership rights of the Hughie F. Call manuscripts. Finally, the general memorabilia includes biographical information about contemporary authors and correspondents A. B. "Bud" Guthrie, J. Frank Dobie and Emma Yearing; writing awards; a list of her students in a writing class, and a photograph of the Call ranch and one of her father, Dr. Florence, included in a book he authored. There is also an unidentified pencil drawing of a sheep in this last file.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hughie Call Papers, Coll 073, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Biographical MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Biographical Material

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Correspondence
March 1937-October 1942
1 3
Correspondence
November 1, 1942-December 29, 1943
1 4
Correspondence
March 1, 1944-July 16, 1956
1 5
Correspondence
September 7, 1960-November 28, 1964
1 6
Correspondence
February 16, 1965-October 28, 1966
1 7
Correspondence
January 4, 1967-June 2, 1968
1 8
Correspondence
August 13, 1968-February 3, 1969
1 9
Correspondence
February 5, 1969-May 12, 1969
1 10
Correspondence
May 27, 1969-March 13, 1978

ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 11
"Adventure in Yellowstone." Short story. Chapters 1-6
1 12
"Adventure in Yellowstone." Short story. Outline of final 10 chapters
1 13
And a New Earth. Fragments of seven false starts
1 14
And a New Earth. Early draft, fragments
1 15
And a New Earth. Early draft, fragments
1 16
And a New Earth. Later draft with revisions, chapters 1-4
1 17
And a New Earth. Later draft with revisions, chapters 5-8
1 18
And a New Earth. Later draft with revisions, chapters 9-12
2 1
And a New Earth. Later draft with revisions, chapters 13- beginning of 20
2 2
And a New Earth. Novelette Final draft
2 3
And a New Earth. Notes
2 4
The Amber Necklace. Novelette: Carbon of final draft
2 5
The Amber Necklace. Novelette: Carbon of final draft
2 6
"Another Dawn." Short story, final draft
2 7
"Balance in Full." Short story. First draft
2 8
"Balance in Full." Short story. Final draft
2 9
"'Bout as Good as Mind Readin.'" Short story. Carbon draft
2 10
"The Cornering Hound." Short story. Co-authored with Ruby Wiley. Final Draft
2 11
"A Family Together." Short story. Final draft
2 12
"Farewell My Beloved." Short story. Early draft with revisions
2 13
"Farewell My Beloved." Short story fragments
2 14
The Golden Fleece. Novel. Storyline, carbon
2 15
The Little Kingdom. Novel. Galley proofs
2 16
Bequest. Novel. (Later title: A Matter of Bequest). Outline, fragments
2 17
"Mrs. Featherly's Bequest." Short story. (Later title: A Matter of Bequest). Final draft
2 18
"A Singular Bequest." Short story (Later title: A Matter of Bequest). Early draft, fragments
2 19
A Matter of Bequest. Novel. Synopsis, chapters 5-25 (photocopy)
2 20
A Matter of Bequest. Novel. Synopsis, chapters 8-25, mixed original/ carbon
2 21
A Matter of Bequest. Novel. Early draft of Chapter 4 and revisions, original
3 1
A Matter of Bequest. Novel. Later drafts, fragments
3 2
A Matter of Bequest. Novel. Final draft, pages 1-29
3 3
"The Missing Angel." Short story. Storyline fragment
3 4
"The Missing Angel." Short story. Early draft, original
3 5
"The Missing Angel." Short story. Final draft
3 6
The Necklace of Nuggets. Novelette. Early draft, fragments
3 7
The Necklace of Nuggets. Novelette. Later draft, fragments
3 8
The Necklace of Nuggets. Novelette. Later draft, fragments
3 9
"Playing It Safe." Short story. Final draft
3 10
Road Map for Writers. Book. Co-authored with Naomi Lane Babson, carbon draft
3 11
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Chapters 1-6, carbon draft and outline of final chapters (incomplete)
3 12
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Chapters 7-11, carbon draft
3 13
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Page revisions
3 14
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Early draft with revisions
3 15
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Early draft with revisions
3 16
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Early draft with revisions
3 17
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Early draft with revisions
3 18
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Early draft with revisions
4 1
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Printer's copy.
4 2
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Printer's copy.
4 3
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Printer's copy
4 4
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Printer's copy
4 5
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Printer's copy
4 6
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Page proofs
4 7
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Galley proofs
4 8
The Shorn Lamb. Novel. Jacket illustration by Trina Hyman
4 9
"Something For Company." Short story. Final draft
5 1
Spring Storm. Novel. Early draft with revisions
5 2
Spring Storm. Novel. Early draft with revisions
5 3
Spring Storm. Novel. Early draft with revisions
5 4
Spring Storm. Novel. Early draft with revisions
5 5
Spring Storm. Novel. Early draft with revisions
5 6
Spring Storm. Novel. Synopsis of last ¾ of novel
5 7
Spring Storm. Novel. Later carbon draft
5 8
Spring Storm. Novel. Later carbon draft
5 9
Spring Storm. Novel. Later carbon draft
5 10
Spring Storm. Novel. Later carbon draft
5 11
Spring Storm. Novel. Later carbon draft
5 12
Spring Storm. Novel. Later carbon draft
5 13
"The Way of the Eagle." Short story. Final draft
5 14
"The Windbreak." Short story. Fragments of five beginnings
6 1
Untitled. (Dr. David Brownell). Short story. Rough draft
6 2
Untitled. (Dam Breaking). Short story. Storyline
6 3
Untitled. (Dam Breaking). Short story. Fragments
6 4
Untitled (Dude Ranch). Short story. Storyline, fragment
6 5
Untitled. (Mr. John (Liz) Winslow). Short story. Fragments
6 6
Manuscripts in process. Three notebooks
6 7
Research notes
6 8
Writing class notes
6 9
Poetry
6 10
Manuscript. Story by Anne George: "Miss Pink and Miss Blue"
6 11
Tearsheets, including the short stories "Always listen for the Bells", "Eavesdroppers in Eden", "Feather", "Land", "We the Living", "Sheep Bought It" and an excerpt of The Little Kingdom.

ReviewsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
6 12
Reviews, newspaper
6 13
Reviews, non-newspaper

Legal DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
6 14
Legal documents

MemorabiliaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
6 15
Memorabilia
6 16
Memorabilia

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Children and Youth
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Literature
  • Montana
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • Sheep ranches--Montana--Juvenile literature
  • Women
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Call, Hughie, 1890-1969
  • Call, Hughie, 1890-1969--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Description and travel
  • Montana--In literature