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Stratemeyer Syndicate records, 1883-1966

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Stratemeyer Syndicate
Title
Stratemeyer Syndicate records
Dates
1883-1966 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 815
Summary
Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1927) was an author and founded the Stratemeyer Syndicate which produced adventure story series for children, such as Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Honey Bunch, and the Bobbsey Twins. The collection includes literary manuscripts and fan letters.
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

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) was born in Newark, New Jersey. Stratemeyer worked in his family’s tobacco shop until 1889, when he became a freelance writer. He founded and ran the Stratemeyer Literary Syndicate, which published hundreds of his books until 1984.

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892-1982), Edward’s daughter, was born in Newark, New Jersey. She continued writing the series after Edward’s death and became the owner and manager of the Syndicate, running the organization for 52 years, until her death in 1982. She wrote many of the Nancy Drew books, and was active in many organizations such as the Red Cross and the Girl Scouts.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes manuscripts by both Stratemeyer and Adams, and fan letters. There are also publications that include work by Stratemeyer.

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

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

Stratemeyer Syndicate Records, Ax 815, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Fan lettersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
1928
1 2
1929

ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 3
The Double Jinx Mystery. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. By Carolyn Keene [Harriet S. Adams]—holograph outline, 40 pp.
undated
1 4
The Double Jinx Mystery. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. By Carolyn Keene [Harriet S. Adams]—Printer’s copy, chapters 1-11 (p. 1-94)
undated
1 5
The Double Jinx Mystery. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. By Carolyn Keene [Harriet S. Adams]—Printer’s copy, chapters 12-20 (p. 95-177)
undated
1 6
In the Lightening Flash. By Chester K. Steele [Edward L. Stratemeyer]—Typed draft with holograph revisions
undated
1 7
In the Lightening Flash. By Chester K. Steele [Edward L. Stratemeyer]—Typed draft with holograph revisions
undated
2 1
The Radio Boys on the Pacific. [Edward Stratemeyer]—galley proofs, marked
undated
2 2
Snowbound in Camp. The Blythe Girls series. [Edward Stratemeyer]—galley proofs, marked
undated

PublicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 3
Bright Days
Box Folder
2 3
Vol. 1, no. 1
April 1896
2 3
Vol. 1, no. 2
May 1896
2 3
Vol. 1, no. 5
August 1896
2 3
Vol. 2, no. 6
September 1896
2 3
Vol. 2, no. 10
October 3, 1896
2 3
Vol. 2, no. 14
October 31, 1896
2 4
Love’s Maze (comic opera). Written by Edward Stratemeyer, composed by Louis C. Stratemeyer. Complete libretto
1887
2 5
Our American Boys, Vol. 1, no. 1
January 1883
2 6
Best Books for Boys and Girls. New York: Cupples and Leon Co., Publishers
2 6
Good Books for Boys. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, Publishers
1911