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Jane Werner Watson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 787


Collection comprises correspondence and manuscripts of children's book author Jane Werner Watson. Correspondence is both incoming and outgoing. Manuscripts are for both article- and book-length works and include drafts of Going to the hospital; The Soviet Union; India celebrates; and The making of "Beautiful Americans".


  • 1958-1976


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

Biographical/Historical note

Children's writer Jane Werner Watson (1915-2004) was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She earned a B.A. in English in 1936 from the University of Wisconsin, began a career in publishing, and became a prolific writer who specialized in non-fiction, with works such as I'm a boy; I'm a girl; and Living together in tomorrow's world. She was one of the first editors for the original Golden Books series, and wrote books for Disney series. She also wrote under the names Elsa Jane Werner Watson, Elsa Jane Werner, Jane Werner, Annie North Bedford, Monica Hill, Elsa Ruth Nast, W.K. Jasner, and A.N. Bedford. In 1958 she was named Woman of the Year in Literature by the Los Angeles times. Watson and her husband Earnest Charles Watson lived in India for several years when he was science attaché to the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, and travelled extensively; their collection of Indian art is at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wis. After moving to Santa Barbara, Calif., Watson taught continuing education classes in creative writing and cultural geography.


4.5 linear feet

Language of Materials


General Physical Description note

5 containers

Processing Information note

Collection is processed.

Guide to the Jane Werner Watson Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA