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Dorothy Sterling papers, ca. 1845-2007

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Sterling, Dorothy, 1913-
Title
Dorothy Sterling papers
Dates
ca. 1845-2007 (inclusive)
Quantity
9.5 linear feet, (6 boxes)
Collection Number
Ax 852
Summary
Dorothy Sterling (1913-2008 ) is a writer, particularly of fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults.
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.
Additional Reference Guides
Paper finding aid with additional information available in Special Collections & University Archives.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Dorothy Sterling was born in New York, New York on November 23, 1913, daughter of Elsie Darmstadter Dannenberg and Joseph Dannenberg. She was educated at Wellesley College and Barnard College, graduating from Barnard with a B.A. in 1934. She married Philip Sterling (also a writer) on May 14, 1937. They have two children, Peter and Anne.

Dorothy Sterling's fiction books for children are typically mysteries, such as The Brownie Scout Mystery (1955), The Silver Spoon Mystery (1958), Secret of the Old Post-Box (1960) and The Cub Scout Mystery (1952). Her non-fiction books fall into two categoris: science and nature, such as Trees and Their Story (1953), Insects and the Homes They Build (1954), and The Story of Mosses, Ferns, and Mushrooms [1955]); and civil rights, such as It Started in Montgomery: A Picure History of the Civil Rights Movement (1972), Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman (1954), Tear Down the Walls!: A History of the American Civil Rights Movement (1968). Mary Jane (1959), is a best-selling young adult novel about a twelve-year-old black girl who was among the first students to integrate a junior high school in the 1950s.

Dorothy Sterling has won several awards for her writings, including the Carter G. Woodson Book Award from the National Council for the Social Studies for The Trouble They Seen: Black People Tell the Story of Reconstruction (1976)

Dorothy Sterling died December 1, 2008 in Wellfleet, MA.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Dorothy Sterling Papers consist of correspondence and literary manuscripts of several of her books for children.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothy Sterling papers, Ax 852, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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.

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1969 AccessionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence, incoming A - K
1 2
Correspondence, incoming L - Z
1 3
Beacon Press
1 4
Doubleday and Company
1 5
National Councils of Teachers of English
1 6
Portal Press
1 7
Scholastic Magazine
1 8
Correspondence, outgoing
1966-1970
1 9
Correspondence, outgoing
1936-1965
1 10
The Outer Lands (literary manuscript)
dated
1 11
The Outer Lands Research Notes
Undated
1 12
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Speaks on Women's Rights
Undated
1 13
Harriet Tubman Runs a Railroad
Undated
1 14
Material for book on the movies
Undated
1 15
Material for book on the movies
1 16
Publisher Memoranda
1 17
Speeches by Dorothy Sterling
1 18
Reports on Luce manuscripts
1 19
Reviews
1 20
Mission to Moscow; Howard Koch
1 21
American Notes for Yesterday and Tomorrow; Michael Cowley
1 22
It's No Dictatorship, Say the Perons; John Dos Passos
1 23
Charlie Chaplain
1 24
Censorship
2 1
Correspondence, outgoing
2 2
Correspondence, incoming
2 3
Correspondence, incoming, general, A-L
2 4
Correspondence, incoming, general, M-Z
2 5
Beacon Press
2 6
Bernard, Jacqueline
2 7
Crosby, Alexander
2 8
Doubleday and Company, Inc.
2 9
Miller, F. John
2 10
Patterson, Lillie
2 11
Scholastic Magazine
2 12
Shepard, Ray
2 13
White, Anne Terry
2 14
Ullman, Victor
2 15
Correspondence, personal
2 16
Fan letters
2 17
Correspondence, outgoing
Undated
2 18
Correspondence, outgoing
1972 1973
2 19
Correspondence, outgoing
1971
2 20
Correspondence, outgoing
1970
2 21
Correspondence, outgoing
1969
2 22
Correspondence, outgoing
1968
2 23
Correspondence, outgoing
1957-1967
2 24
Miscellaneous correspondence and other materials
2 25
Typescripts
2 26
Typescripts
2 27
Literary manuscripts--late drafts
2 28
Literary manuscripts--final drafts
2 29
Galleys
2 30
Literary manuscript: It Started in Montgomery (page proofs)
2 31
Photography
2 32
Magazine tearsheets
3 1
Correspondence, incoming, A - Z
3 2
Correspondence, incoming, Doubleday
1971-1977
3 3
Correspondence, incoming, D - L
3 4
Correspondence, incoming, M - Q
3 5
Correspondence, incoming, R - S
3 6
Correspondence, incoming, T - Z
3 7
Correspondence, outgoing
1966-1973
3 8
Correspondence, outgoing
1974-1978

Series:  2011 AccessionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography I (1 of 2)
4 2
Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography I (2 of 2)
4 3
Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography II (1 of 2)
4 4
Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography II (2 of 2)
4 5
Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography III (1 of 2)
4 6
Dorothy Sterling - Draft of Autobiography III (2 of 2)
5 1
Memo books
5 1
Washington
April 29, 1968
5 1
Philadelphia, New York
April 25, 1969-November 9, 1969
5 1
Boston, Baltimore, Washington
May 18, 1969-July 23, 1969
5 1
Washington
May 31, 1969-June 2, 1969
5 1
Boston (2)
June 9, 1969
5 1
Detroit
5 1
Cleveland
5 1
New York, Boston
5 1
Puerto Rico - sources and references
5 1
Convention work book
5 1
Words book
1964-1967
5 2
Harvard Houghton Library
1984-1991
5 3
Frank Clarkson
1987
5 4
University of Massachusetts
1983-1984
5 5
National Anti-Slavery Standard (NASS)
1844-1856
5 6
Elizabeth Stevens
1984-1990
5 7
NASS notes
1861-1865
5 8
Karl Kabelac
1987
5 9
The Women's Journal
1870-1988
5 10
Historical Society
1981-1986
Box Folder
5 14
University of North Carolina
1997
5 11
Conservation Trust
1996-1998
5 12
Barbara Bader
2002
5 13
Wellesley College
1987-1994
5 15
Misc. correspondence
1980-2002
5 16
Anti-Slavery Bugle manuscript
1845-1863
5 17
Manuscript by Dorothy Sterling
5 18
1
5 19
2
5 20
3
5 21
Manuscript: Four Score and More
5 22
Unnamed manuscript
5 23
Manuscript: Four Score and More
5 24
Final copy manuscript and diskette: Four Score and More
November 2, 2002
5 25
Notecards: notes and references

2014 AccessionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 7
Sisters
1964 - 1985
4 8
Sisters
1983 - 1984
4 9
Mary Jane
1964 - 1973
4 10
Jerry Ayers, TX
1989 - 1990
4 11
Boston Public Library (BPL)
1988 - 1991
4 12
Carole Bovoso
1969 - 1989
4 13
Publisher Statements
September 1978 - September 1984
4 14
Publisher Statements
September 1985 - September 1989
4 15
Bundy H. Boit
1985 - 1986
4 16
Permissions
1986 - 1990
4 17
Correspondence
1979 - 1984
4 18
Porter, Dorothy
1980 - 1990
4 19
Correspondence regarding Paul Cuffe
1977 - 1986
4 20
Porter, Dorothy writings
1976 - 1984
4 21
Permissions
1978 - 1983
4 22
Permissions
1983 - 1984
4 23
Jane Addams Peace Association
May 11, 1984 - February 4, 1985
4 24
Correspondence
1986 - 1991
4 25
Notes on notebooks
4 26
Gale Research Center
1984 - 1989
4 27
University of Massachusetts Press
November 25, 1981 - June 6, 1989
4 28
Schelesinger
1979 - 1991
4 29
Ohio University
1980 - 1990
4 30
Swarthmore College
1982 - 1983
4 31
Nellie McKay
1987 - 1989
4 32
Southern History
1989
4 33
Correspondence
2005 - 2007
4 34
Norton & Co.
1985 - 2000
4 35
Research trips [photos]
4 36
Dorothy's writings
1971 - 1977
4 37
English Journal
1963 - 1966
4 38
Dorothy's testimony before the House committee
1966 - 1967
4 39
Correspondence about "Mary Jane" book
February 12, 1960 - February 17, 1960
4 40
Dorothy's miscellaneous correspondence
1980 - 1992
4 41
Delano Coleman, PC
November 4, 1997 - November 25, 1997
4 42
Amistad Research Center
July 27, 1996 - October 4, 1999
4 43
Sue Davidson
1992 - 1997
4 44
Note book
1983
4 45
News clippings from Archie Lee
2006 - 2007
4 46
Research photos
1997

2015 Accession, n.d.Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
x x
Close to My Heart revisions
n.d.