Scott O'Dell papers, 1966-1976  PDF

Overview of the Collection

O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989
Scott O'Dell papers
1966-1976 (inclusive)
1.0 linear foot, (2 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 809
Scott O’Dell (1898-1989) was a writer of books for adults, young adults and children. The collection includes manuscripts for The Cruise of the Arctic Star and correspondence with the publishing company.
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.

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

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Scott O’Dell (May 23, 1898-October 15, 1989) was born Odell Gabriel Scott in Los Angeles, Ca. Scott O’Dell married twice, to Jane Rattenbury and to Elizabeth Hall with whom he had two children. O’Dell attended Occidental College in 1919, University of Wisconsin in 1920, Stanford University from 1920-1921, and University of Rome in 1925. He was a member of the Authors Guild.

He formerly worked as a technical director for Paramount and as a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He also grew citrus fruit and taught a mail-order course in photoplay writing. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force, 1942-1943. In 1934 he published his first novel, Woman of Spain: A Story of Old California, and thereafter he was engaged primarily in writing. From 1947 until 1955 he was book review editor for the Los Angeles Daily News, and he continued to release book-length works for adults. His first novel for teens, Island of the Blue Dolphins, appeared in 1960. He died of prostate cancer in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains materials for The Cruise of the Arctic Star, including manuscripts. The correspondence dates during many of Scott O’Dell’s more famous works, including Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Scott O'Dell Papers, Ax 809, 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
Cruise of the Arctic Star. Photocopy of Final Draft
Cruise of the Arctic Star. First Draft
Cruise of the Arctic Star. Printers Copy
Cruise of the Arctic Star. Final Draft
Cruise of the Arctic Star. Miscellaneous pages
Cruise of the Arctic Star. Miscellaneous pages
Cruise of the Arctic Star. Page proofs

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Cruise of the Arctic Star
Houghton Mifflin
Houghton Mifflin

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Sailing--Juvenile literature
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Arctic Star (Offshore cruiser)--Juvenile literature
  • Geographical Names :
  • California--Description and travel--Juvenile literature