Mary Collins papers, 1941-1953  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collins, Mary Garden
Mary Collins papers
1941-1953 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 201
Mary Collins was an author of six mystery novels, all set in California. The collection contains correspondence, contracts, manuscripts, notes, and scrapbooks, 1941-1953.
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 production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Mary Collins was an author of mystery novels. "She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, her family moved to Berkeley, California when she was three years old. She attended public schools in Berkeley, Miss Burke’s School in San Francisco, and—briefly—the University of California.

From 1941 to 1949, she published six mystery novels, all set in California."


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence, contracts, manuscripts, notes, and scrapbooks, 1941-1953.

Correspondence is primarily with agents. There are folders of correspondence arranged by date and also by correspondent's name or title. Names and titles include Margot Johnson of A. S. Lyons, Inc. and Ann Watkins Inc.

Among the correspondence are seven letters from Gertrude Atherton, 1943 to 1947.

Scrapbooks contain clippings, reviews, photographs, and articles about Collins.

There are manuscripts for the titles Dog Eat Dog and Death Warmed Over.

Also available are contracts, agreements, and notes.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mary Collins papers, Ax 201, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Detective and mystery stories, American--Authorship
  • Literary agents--United States--Correspondence
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Collins, Mary Garden
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Scrapbooks