Margaret Scherf papers, 1908-1979  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Scherf, Margaret, 1908-1979
Margaret Scherf papers
1908-1979 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (1 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 666
Margaret Scherf (1908-1979) wrote lighthearted mystery and detective stories. The collection includes literary manuscripts and correspondence with Isabelle Taylor.
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.

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

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Margaret Scherf was born April 1, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Her father was a high school teacher and her family moved several times before settling permanently in Cascade, Montana. She attended Antioch College for three years, preferring to leave school for a job at a book-publishing firm in New York City. She held a series of editorial and publishing related jobs before quitting her job in 1939 to become a full-time writer. Her audience knew her as an author that delivered amusing and lightweight fictional tales. She was a passionate democrat who was later elected to the Montana state legislature. She died on May 12, 1979 when she was struck and killed by a drunk driver south of Kalispell, Montana.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Margaret Scherf collection contains multiple versions of manuscripts, typed, holographs, and final drafts, in addition to letters of correspondence.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Margaret Scherf Papers, Ax 666, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Book Manuscript, The Banker's BonesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Manuscript. All holographs with extensive revisions, 649 pages
1 13
Version 1
1 14
Version 2
1 15
Version 3
1 16
Version 4
1 17
Manuscript, typed, printer's copy, editorial corrections and some holographic revisions, 203 pages
1 18
Galley proof with editorial corrections
1 19
Correspondence. One exchange of letters between Margaret Scherf and Isabelle Taylor

Addenda I, ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: The Beautiful Birthday Cake
Box Folder
2 1
Notes and source including a holograph and typed version, 144 pages
2 2
First draft. Typed and holograph with heavy revisions, 206 pages
2 3-4
Final galleys, including edits by the publisher and light holograph corrections, 56 pages
Subseries B: The Man Who Saw Green
Box Folder
2 5
Carbon draft and holograph revisions, 190 pages
Subseries C: Mystery of the Shaky Staircase
Box Folder
2 6
Notes and source as well as a typed version and holograph, 77 pages
2 7
Typed draft with heavy holograph revisions, 143 pages
Subseries D: To Cache a Millionaire
Box Folder
2 8
Notes and fragments with a holograph and typed version, 205 pages
2 9
First draft. Typed and heavy holograph revisions, 143 pages
2 10
Final draft. Publisher edited including a layout for page iii, a typed version and holograph revisions, 252 pages
2 11
Original Galley fragment
2 11
Final Galleys. Publisher edited and holograph corrections, 50 pages
1 12
Page proofs (incomplete) and holograph corrections, 9 pages
1 12
Page proofs for 56 pages

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Personal Names :
  • Scherf, Margaret
  • Scherf, Margaret--Correspondence
  • Taylor, Isabelle--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Manuscripts for publication