Rosamond du Jardin papers, 1925-1960

Overview of the Collection

Du Jardin, Rosamond, 1902-1963
Rosamond du Jardin papers
1925-1960 (inclusive)
12 linear feet, (15 containers)  :  11 clamshell boxes, 3 record storage boxes, 1 oversize flat box
1.6 unprocessed linear feet, (1 folder and 1 box)
Collection Number
Coll 252
Rosamond du Jardin (1902–1963) was a free-lance writer and novelist who was best known for her children's and young adult novels. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, contacts and agreements, financial records, scrapbooks, clippings and tearsheets, illustrations, photographs, publications, and recordings.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
Access Restrictions

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. For more information, please submit a Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections .

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Rosamond du Jardin, née Neal, (1902–1963), was born on July 22, 1902 in Fairland, Illinois to Edgar and Ida May (McConkey) Neal. Fairland was near Oakland, IL, east of Springfield, and no longer exists. She was two years old when her family moved to Chicago, and du Jardin lived there and in the Chicago suburbs for the rest of her life. She attended public schools in Chicago and married Victor Du Jardin, who sold insurance, on October 28, 1925. She had three children, Jacqueline Neal, Victor Junior, and Judith Carol, with whom she would later co-author "Junior Year Abroad."

At first, she did office work at Charles A. Stevens & Company, a women's department store in Chicago. Later, she became a freelance writer, working on short stories, novels and radio plays. Du Jardin first wrote humorous verse, poetry and short stories for newspaper syndicates like the Chicago Daily News. She then went on to sell over a hundred stories to magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, McCall's and many other publications abroad as well as in the United States. She sold her first story, "Senior Play," to Redbook in March 1932. She also wrote scripts for radio serials, including "Silver Theater," "Stars Over Hollywood," and "Aunt Jenny's Stories."

Du Jardin is best known for her children's and young adult writings but she also wrote five novels for adults between 1935-1946 before her first novel for teenagers, "Practically Seventeen," was published in 1949. Du Jardin was one of the most popular authors of girls' series fiction in the 1950s.

Rosamond du Jardin died on March 27, 1963.

[Source: Illinois Center for the Book:]



Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, contacts and agreements, financial records, scrapbooks, illustrations, photographs, publications and recordings.

Folder and box numbers written on the folders are incorrect starting with box 4.

The collection begins with eleven boxes of correspondence and manuscripts, and the last few mostly unprocessed boxes contain publications, unorganized correspondence and manuscripts, recordings, and scrapbooks. However, it may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials. Box fifteen contains tearsheets and newspapers containing published versions of du Jardin's work.

Correspondence includes rejection and acceptance letters with advice and criticisms from publishers, as well as royalty and sales records, contracts, agreements, itineraries, and fan mail. Some of the fan mail is organized by state.

Manuscripts consist of drafts, revisions, and critiques organized by title of work. Also included are published versions of du Jardin's stories and articles. Some published versions are available in tearsheets and photocopy forms, and some can be found inside a variety of women's and family publications from the 1930s to late 1950s that are also included in the collection.

Publications include American Magazine, American Girl, College Humor and Sense, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitin, Woman and Home, Farm Journal, and Chatelaine - the Canadian Woman's Magazine.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rosamond du Jardin papers, Coll 252, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • American fiction--20th century
  • American fiction--Women authors
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Authors, American--Illinois
  • Children�s literature, American--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Women authors, American--Illinois
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship

Personal Names

  • Du Jardin, Rosamond, 1902-1963

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication