Helen Bratton papers, 1961-1969  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Bratton, Helen, 1899-1986
Helen Bratton papers
1961-1969 (inclusive)
1.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 614
Helen Bratton (1899-1986) was a writer of novels for teenagers, and was chosen for poet laureate of Monterey Peninsula. The collection includes correspondences, research materials, and manuscripts.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Helen Bratton wrote novels for teenage girls. She was born in Albany, New York on July 17, 1899. In 1918, she attended Albany Business College. She also studied art at Washington University in St. Louis, MO for four years. Bratton worked as a Civil Service employee and court reporter before her marriage to George S. Bratton on September 27, 1923. She began her writing career later in her life, and her initial effort for a novel, It's Morning Again, was sold on the first try.

Bratton was chosen poet laureate of Monterey Peninsula in 1962. Towards the end of her life, she was attending classes seven hours a week; she admits that she "became addicted to education" while her children were in school.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains a variety of a variety of notes and corrections to the early and first drafts of The Amber Flask, It's Morning Again, and Only in Time. The highlight of this collection is the binder containing the research material for Only in Time; it shows the author's organization and ideas before the book was actually completed. Also included within the collection is a folder of biographical information and reviews on Helen Bratton.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Music camps--Juvenile fiction
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult fiction, American--Authorship

Personal Names

  • Bratton, Helen, 1899-1986

Corporate Names

  • David McKay Company
  • David McKay Company
  • Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, Mich.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication