Courtney Owen Cameron papers, 1943-1960  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Cameron, Owen, approximately 1906-1960
Courtney Owen Cameron papers
1943-1960 (inclusive)
4.0 linear feet, (3 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 573
Courtney Owen Cameron (1902/1906-1960) was an American author of crime and suspense novels (sometimes referred to as mysteries), and westerns, who often wrote under the name "Owen Cameron." The collection (1943-1960) contains correspondence, manuscripts of unpublished and published novels and short stories, tearsheets, published works, and scrapbooks, 1943-1960.
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.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Courtney Owen Cameron (1902/1906-1960) was an American author of crime and suspense novels (sometimes referred to as mysteries), and westerns, who often wrote under the name "Owen Cameron."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection (1943-1960) includes correspondence, manuscripts, books, scrapbooks and miscellaneous materials.

The correspondence is separated into incoming and outgoing sections. Incoming letters are arranged alphabetically by last name or title (1944-1959). Outgoing letters are arranged by date, 1952-1954. There are over 300 pieces of correspondence.

Novel length manuscript material contains unpublished works and drafts of different versions, and is organized by title.

Short story manuscript material consists of unpublished stories, and some titles include multiple drafts, rejection letters, and are organized alphabetically by title. The paper finding aid lists titles of all the novel and short story manuscripts.

There is one folder each of untitled short stories, novel fragments, short story outlines, and short story fragments. Miscellaneous material includes personal reflections, notes for stories, and a bibliography.

Tearsheets are organized by title of story and the paper finding aid includes publisher and date information for each tearsheet.

There are also nine published volumes, and three scrapbooks (1943-1952) that contain tearsheets, agent and editor correspondence, reviews, and fan mail

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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Courtney Owen Cameron papers, Ax 573, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Literature
  • Suspense fiction--Authorship
  • Western stories--Authorship
  • Personal Names :
  • Cameron, Owen, approximately 1906-1960
  • Cameron, Owen, approximately 1906-1960--Correspondence
  • Cameron, Owen, approximately 1906-1960--Manuscripts
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Mystery fiction
  • Novels
  • Short stories
  • Tear sheets
  • Western stories