Mary O'Hara papers, 1900-2015

Overview of the Collection

Creator
O'Hara, Mary
Title
Mary O'Hara papers
Dates
1900-2015 (inclusive)
Quantity
14.60 cubic ft. (18 boxes) + digital material
Collection Number
00237
Summary
Mary O'Hara was an author and composer, known for her popular Western novel "My Friend Flicka." Collection contains manuscripts, galley proofs, reviews, scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, fan mail, clippings, movie posters,and audio visual recordings regarding her work and personal life.
Repository
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
82071
Telephone: 3077663756
ahcref@uwyo.edu
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Mary O'Hara Alsop, a writer and composer originally from New York, came to Wyoming in 1930 and along with her husband bought the Remount Ranch near Laramie. While living on the ranch, O'Hara wrote her popular Western novel "My Friend Flicka," the first of a trilogy which was followed by "Thunderhead" and "Green Grass of Wyoming," all of which were made into motion pictures. She left the ranch in 1945 and returned to the east coast. Among her other writings are a novella "The Catch Colt," for which she later wrote music and libretto for a musical play version.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Manuscripts, galley proofs and reviews of several of O'Hara's written works. There are also scrapbooks, correspondence, books, fan mail, reviews, clippings, photographs, and audio visual recordings concerning "My Friend Flicka," "Green Grass of Wyoming," "The Catch Colt," and other works by O'Hara.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

Other materials can be found at Georgetown University Library's Booth Family Center for Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Mary O'Hara from 1952-1963, Kent Parrot from 1981-1986 and the Estate of Mary O'Hara from 2018-2019.

Processing Note

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alexandra Cardin in February 2020.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Biographical and Personal Material Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Article About Mary O'Hara in the Bridgeport Sunday Post
1948 October 3
1
Artwork of Flicka and Thunderhead, Her Colt
undated
13
Artwork - Untitled
undated
1
Certificate and Biographical Information
1922-1980
15
Music Score of Euryanthe, by Carl Maria von Weber, Gift from Mary's Grandmother, May
undated
15
Music Score of Il Don Giovanni, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gift from Mary's Grandmother, May
undated
1
Photographs of Family and Friends
Circa 1900-2007, undated
1
Photos of Mary O'Hara
Circa 1900-1980, undated
18
West Point Academy Certificate of Kent Kane Parrot Jr.
1935

Series II. Movie Material and ContractsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Contract Correspondence for Dutch and Portuguese Editions of My Friend Flicka
2005 June-November
1
Contracts - My Friend Flicka and Thunderhead, with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
1941-1998
1
Correspondence - The Catch Colt
1980-1981
1
Correspondence - Stewart Agency
1951-1952, 1996
1
Nadia M. Derkach - Consultant
1944-2007
1
Fox Agreement Material - Green Grass of Wyoming
1945-1998
1
Georgetown University Library Donation
1951, 1980-2007
1
Green Grass of Wyoming, - 50th Anniversary of Movie in Lancaster, Ohio, Promotional Material and Photographs (Two Folders)
1948-1999
13
My Friend Flicka, - Promotional Material for Movie
2006-2007
1
Notice of Termination - United States Copyright Office
1990-2008, undated
1
University of Wyoming - Donation
1952-2007

Series III. Scrapbooks, Clippings, Reviews, and Fan Mail Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Fan Mail (Two Folders)
1944-1992
1
Fan Mail and Reviews (Three Folders)
1941-1946, 1983
1
Newspaper Clippings
1943-1954
1
Newspaper Clippings
1980-1995
1
Reviews of Green Grass of Wyoming
1943-1946
1
Reviews of The Son of Adam Wyngate
1952,1997
1
Reviews of Wyoming Summer
1963, undated
2
Scrapbook - Clippings and Reviews
1941-1960, undated
1
Scrapbook - Gunston Ranch
1947-1980, undated
13
Scrapbook - Top O' The Big Hill, - Publicity
1961 April-July

Series IV. Manuscripts, Scripts, and ProofsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Manuscripts
Box
2
The Catch Colt, - Drafts 2A & 2B, Adapted for Radio
1987
2
The Catch Colt, - Manuscript
1975
2
The Catch Colt, - Manuscript
1975
2
The Catch Colt, - Script with Music
undated
2
Green Grass of Wyoming, - Manuscript (Two Folders)
1940s
2
Green Grass of Wyoming, - Manuscript (Bound)
1940s
3
A Musical in The Making, - Original Manuscript
1965
2
My Friend Flicka, - Galley Proof
1941
2
My Friend Flicka, - Juvenile Edition Proofs
1944, 1958
2
My Friend Flicka, - Manuscript
undated
2
My Friend Flicka, - Manuscript (Bound)
undated
3
Novel-in-The-Making, - Galley Proof
1954 August 16
3
Novel-in-The-Making, - Proof
1954 June 21
3
Poems - Manuscript Material
undated
3
Prodigal Daughter: An Autobiography, Material
1941-1985, undated
3
Prodigal Daughter: An Autobiography, - Manuscript (Two Folders)
undated
3
The Son of Adam Wyngate, - Galley Proof
undated
4
The Son of Adam Wyngate, - Manuscript (Nine Folders)
undated
4
Thunderhead, - Manuscript (Bound)
1952 September 8
4
Wyoming Summer, - Manuscript (Three Folders)
1962-1963
5
Wyoming Summer, - Manuscript
1963
5
Wyoming Summer, - Manuscript (Three Folders)
undated
5
Wyoming Summer/Summer at The Ranch(Old Title), - Manuscript
1962
5
Wyoming Summer/Summer at The Ranch (Old Title), - Manuscript, Final Draft (Three Folders)
undated
Radio Scripts
Box
3
Fire Department Please!
1939 April 7
3
When The Whistle Blows"
undated
Short Stories
Box
3
Brother and Sister Story
undated
3
The Children
undated
3
Elf-O-Wind
undated
3
Good by My Lover Good by
undated
3
Italian for Monkey
1940s
3
Miscellaneous Manuscripts
1971 May 24
3
Miscellaneous Manuscripts
undated
3
Small Boy's Apology
undated
3
Story Ideas
1940, 1952, undated
3
They Called It Love
1940s
3
Zeros Don't Count
undated

Series V. Musical Scores Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
7
The Big Hill or The Rocky Mountain Divide, - Music Score
1959
7
The Big Hill or The Rocky Mountain Divide, - Orchestration
undated
5
The Catch Colt
1959
5
The Catch Colt
1967, undated
8
The Catch Colt, - Manuscript Copy of Musical Score (Three Folders)
1959
14
The Catch Colt, - Musical Score , Microfilm
undated
9
The Catch Colt, Musical Score (Bound)
1959
8
The Catch Colt, Musical Score (Three Folders)
undated
7
The Catch Colt, - Orchestrations (Two Folders)
1966 May 10
5
The Catch Colt (Joey), - Sheet Music
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Bass
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Bassoon
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Cello/Violoncello
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Clarinet I
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Clarinet II
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Flute (Piccolo)
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Harp
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Horns I & II
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Oboe (English Horn)
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Percussion
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Piano
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Trombone
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Trumpets I & II
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Viola
undated
5
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Violin I
undated
6
The Catch Colt, - Sheet Music for Violin II
undated
8
The Catch Colt, "The Windmill", Waltz Theme from the Operetta - Score
undated
6
Green Grass of Wyoming, Sheet Music
undated
6
Lullabies
1979
18
Miscellaneous Musical Scores
undated
6
Music Notebook
1937
6
Music Notebook
1939 February-March
6
Music Notebook
1939 June
6
Music Notebook
1939 October
6
Music Notebook
1940
6
Music Notebook
1940 April
6
Music Notebook
1940 October
6
Music Notebook
1940-1941
6
Music Notebook
undated
18
O Wind! Blow Wind!, - Score
undated
6
O Wind! Blow Wind!, - Orchestration by Robert Levin
undated
7
Oh! Wyoming! a Musical Play, - Musical Score
1959
9
Oh! Wyoming! a Musical Play, - Musical Score (Bound)
1959
7
Twilight and Birdcalls, - Sheet Music
undated
9
Wind Harp, - Orchestration
undated
8
Wind Harp, - Score
undated
9
Wind Harp, - Score
1972 December 20
9
Wind Harp, - Score
1972
7
Wind Harp: a Fantasie for Piano, - Score
1957
7,8
Wyoming Suite, - Sheet Music (Bound, Two Folders)
1947

Series VI. Publications and Printed Material Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Books
Box
10
The Catch Colt, Two Copies
1978
10
The Catch Colt, United Kingdom Edition
1979
10
The Catch Colt: a Folk Tale of the Western Plains with Music
1964
10
De Grønne Vidders Land, Danish Translation of Green Grass of Wyoming
1960
11
Ein Sommer mit Unseren Pferden, German Translation of Wyoming Summer
undated
10
L'Erba Verde Del Wyoming, Italian Translation of Green Grass of Wyoming
1955
10
Flicka's Friend: The Autobiography of Mary O'Hara, Eight Copies
1982
11
Flicka, Het Veulen, Dutch Translation of My Friend Flicka
undated
12
Flickas Sønn, Norwegian Translation of Thunderhead
1947
10
Grazige Weiden Van Wyoming, Dutch Translation of Green Grass of Wyoming
1964
10
Green Grass of Wyoming, Arabic Translation
undated
10
Green Grass of Wyoming, Armed Services Edition
1946
10
Green Grass of Wyoming, Book in Three Parts, Edition for Older Boys and Girsl, 12-15 Years
1966
10
Grønne Gressganger, Norwegian Translation of Green Grass of Wyoming
1948
10
Grünes Gras der Weide, German Translation of Ggreen Grass of Wyoming
1968
11
Hans vän Pike, Swedish Translation of My Friend Flicka
1947
11
Hans Venn Flicka, Norwegian Translation
1946
11
Mein Freund Flicka, German Translation of My Friend Flicka
1946
11
Mi Amiga Flicka, Spanish Translation of My Friend Flicka
1947
11
A Minha Amiga Flicka, Portuguese Translation of My Friend Flicka
undated
11
Min Ven Flicka, Danish Translation of My Friend Flicka
1957
11
Moja Prijateljica Flika, Serbo-Croatian Translation
1958
11
A Musical in The Making: a Personal Experience of The Author
1966
11
My Friend Flicka, Book in Two Parts, Edition for Older Boys and Girls, 12-15 Years
1966
11
My Friend Flicka, Arabic Translation
undated
11
My Friend Flicka, Burmese Translation
undated
11
My Friend Flicka, Cambodian Translation
undated
11
My Friend Flicka, Gujarati Translation
1958
11
My Friend Flicka, Japanese Translation
1958
11
My Friend Flicka, Korean Translation
1956
11
My Friend Flicka, Marathi Translation
1941
12
Thunderhead, Arabic Translation
undated
12
Thunderhead, Book in Three Parts, For Older Boys and Girls (12-15 Years)
1966
12
Tordenskyen, Danish Translation of Thunderhead
1959
12
Wervelwind, Danish Translation of Thunderhead
undated
Other Publications
Box
12
Green Grass of Wyoming, Published Sheet Music
1946,1947
13
Green Grass of Wyoming, "50th Anniversary Celebration"
1998
13
"Let Not The Sun Go Down." McCall's Magazine
1942 March
12
May God Keep you, Published Sheet Music
1946
12
Miscellaneous Published Music
1920-1982
12
Wind Harp, Published Sheet Music
1954
Printed Material
Box
13
The Catch Colt, Poster for The Book
undated
18
Flicka, Movie Poster
2006
18
Green Grass of Wyoming, Poster Autographed by Peggy Cummins
1948

Series VII. Audio Visual Recordings Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
2-inch Quadruplex Tapes
Box
14
The Catch Colt, - 30 Second Spot, Seven Tapes
1983 February 1
14
Richard Parrot 30 Second Dub
undated
Audio Cassette Tapes
Box
16
The Catch Colt, - Ad for WTKS
1983 December 9
17
The Catch Colt, - Act I and II, London Recording, Two Tapes
undated
Commercial Compact Disc
Box
16
My Friend Flicka, - Audio Book
2015
Phonograph Records,
Box
16
The Catch Colt, - Selections, Dutch Recording, Two Discs
undated
16
I Have a True Love, By The United States Air Force Band
undated
16
Mary O'hara Radio Interview at Avro Studios in the Netherlands/Windharp, Played by Pierre Palla
1959 January 17
Reel to Reel Tapes,
Box
14
Act I
undated
16
The Catch Colt, - Act I and II
1988
16
The Catch Colt, - Act I and II
1989 August 17
16
The Catch Colt, - Act I and II, Radio Musical
1988 June 24
15
The Catch Colt, - Edited Version of Act II, Charles Osgood Tape
1973 September 10
14
The Catch Colt, - List of Tapes and Explanation
1973, 1982
14
The Catch Colt, - Michael Cordovana Version, Act I and Act II, Singers and Two Pianos, Two tapes
1965 April 16-17
17
The Catch Colt, - Narrative for Charles Osgood
undated
14
The Catch Colt, - Deirdre Parrot on WMEL, Melbourne, Florida
1983 November
17
The Catch Colt, - Performed at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
1965
16
The Catch Colt, - Preview of Musical Narrated by Charles Osgood
undated
17
The Catch Colt, - Short Preview of the Musical, Narrated by Charles Osgood, Act I and II
undated
17
The Catch Colt, - Short Preview of the Musical, Narrated by Charles Osgood, Act I and II, Three Tapes
undated
17
The Catch Colt, - Short Preview of the Musical, Narrated by Charles Osgood, Recorded in London, Three Tapes
1984 April 4
16
In Australia/Boys in Alabama/KS Thesis
undated
14
Oh! Wyoming!, - ACT I and II, Edited Tape Cuts, Two Tapes
1961 August 2
15
Oh! Wyoming!, - Sound Effects
1961
15
Oh! Wyoming!, - Tape no.1, Show
1961
15
Oh! Wyoming!, - Tape no.3, Show
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Western stories.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Scrapbooks.

Occupations

  • Authors.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • O'Hara, Mary -- Catch colt.
    • O'Hara, Mary -- Green grass of Wyoming.
    • O'Hara, Mary -- My friend Flicka.
    • O'Hara, Mary -- Thunderhead.
    • O'Hara, Mary -- Wyoming summer.