Harriet E. Huntington papers , 1942-1974

Overview of the Collection

Harriet E. Huntington papers
1942-1974 (inclusive)
7 linear feet, (7 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 454
Harriet E. Huntington (1909-1985) was a photographer and author of children's books. The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, reviews, photographs, biographical materials and family scrapbooks that reflect Huntington's career as an author.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Harriet Huntington was born on January 31, 1909 in Orlando, Florida to Harwood Huntington, a minister, and Grace Goodhue Huntington. She attended the Marlborough School for girls in Los Angeles, California and the Braircliff School in New York. Huntington studied music and dance, and toured with Michio Ito's dance company from 1929-1930.

Huntington's first book Let's Go Outdoors, published in 1939, was inspired by a child's question about insects and her inability to find age appropriate reading materials. She published 17 more books in subjects ranging from nature to technology. During her career she learned how to take the photographs that were an integral part of the books she wrote. Huntington died on June 12, 1985.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Harriet Huntington Papers contain manuscripts and photographs (most mounted on poster board) for several of her published books, specifically California Harbors, Cargoes, Let's go to the Woods, Let's look at Flowers, Let's Look at Insects, and Balinese Dancing. Also included is a manuscript for the unpublished Ballet Primer, which Ms. Huntington collaborated on with Maria Bekefi, also mounted on poster board. In addition, the collection contains correspondence, personal photographs and several family scrapbooks.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Women photographers--United States
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship

Personal Names

  • Huntington, Harriet E.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Scrapbooks