Virginia Nielsen McCall (1909-2000) was an author of romantic and confession stories, self-help articles and books, juvenile literature, and sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Virginia Nielsen. The collection (1935-1965) contains literary manuscripts, correspondence, tearsheets, books, reviews, publicity, clippings, and periodicals.
Walt Morey (1907-1992), award-winning author of Gentle Ben, Year of the Black Pony, and numerous other juvenile and adult books set in the Pacific Northwest, was determined to become a writer despite a youthful lack of interest in school. Morey slowly mastered his craft by writing short stories for pulp magazines, drawing on his varied life experiences. After the pulp magazine market dried up, Morey’s wife Rosalind convinced him to try children’s fiction; his first attempt yielded the classic Gentle Ben. Spurred by the book’s critical and financial success, Morey went on to write over fourteen more novels and non-fiction books. The Walt Morey collection consists largely of fiction manuscripts and correspondence. Biographical material, non-fiction manuscripts, magazines, scrapbooks, children’s art work and other personal materials are also included. This inventory represents an incorporation of all the material received between 1967 and 1993.