Scope and Contents
The collection contains book manuscripts, short story and other short works, printed material, correspondence, personal files.
The initial donation of 1968 contains book manuscripts, short story and other short works, printed material, correspondence, personal files, miscellaneous files.
Manuscripts (books length and short pieces) are alphabetically arranged by title and each title may include notes, drafts, research files, galley proofs, revisions, reviews, and publisher correspondence.
Periodicals and correspondence are arranged alphabetically and the personal and miscellaneous files include, book designs, fellowship papers, diaries, school and family papers, personal correspondence and photographs.
The 1973 Addenda contains outgoing professional correspondence organized by date (1937-1972), and incoming professional correspondence (1936-1972) alphabetically arranged by name of sender. The personal correspondence section includes outgoing letters (1939-1963) arranged by date, and incoming letters (1939-1965) alphabetically arranged by sender. Also included is a file of fan letters.
Manuscripts are arranged by title and each title may include notes, drafts, research files, galley proofs, revisions, reviews, and publisher correspondence. Also included are pamphlets and magazine articles by Stern arranged alphabetically, and books by Stern.
The June 1974 Addenda consists of outgoing correspondence (1935-1973) and incoming professional and personal correspondence alphabetically arranged by sender's name, and includes fan letters.
The manuscript section includes book length, article length, short stories, plays, radio scripts, and speeches and is arranged by title. Each title may include notes, drafts, research files, galley proofs, revisions, reviews, and publisher correspondence.
Also included is biographical material, drawings and scores, tearsheets of Stern's published articles, pamphlets edited by Stern, book jacket designs, books, thesis on Henry David Thoreau, and lists of books published for the Armed Forces Overseas.
- Majority of material found within 1935 - 1973
- Stern, Philip Van Doren, 1900-1984 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
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
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
Philip Van Doren Stern was born in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. Stern grew up in Brooklyn, New York and New Jersey, and graduated from Rutgers University. He was an author of over forty books, an editor known for his books on the Civil War, and a historian. He also wrote a short story titled, "The Greatest Gift," which was made into the movie "It's a Wonderful Life."
Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Van_Doren_Stern
22.5 linear feet (15 containers) : 15 record storage boxes
Language of Materials
Philip Van Doren Stern was a historian, author and editor of over forty works. The collection contains book manuscripts, short story and other short works, printed material, correspondence, and personal files.
The collection is organized into three series:
Series 1. 1968 May aquisition, 1909-1968 Series 2. 1973 October accrual, 1912-1972 Series 3. 1974 June accrual, 1921-1973
Series 1. 1968 May aquisition is arranged in four sub-series:
Sub-series 1.1. Book manuscripts and related material, 1935-1968 Sub-series 1.2. Magazine articles and short works, 1940-1964 Sub-series 1.3. Correspondence, 1934-1957 Sub-series 1.4. Personal materials, 1909-1959
Series 2. 1973 October accrual is arranged in six sub-series:
Sub-series 2.1. Book manuscripts and related materials, 1934-1972 Sub-series 2.2. Published books, 1937-1971 Sub-series 2.3. Magazine articles and short works, 1939-1967 Sub-series 2.4. Professional correspondence, 1930-1972 Sub-series 2.5. Personal correspondence, 1939-1965 Sub-series 2.6. Personal materials, 1912-1971
Series 3. 1974 accrual is arranged in six sub-series:
Sub-series 3.1. Book manuscripts and related material, 1934-1974 Sub-series 3.2. Published book designs, 1934-1942 Sub-series 3.3. Magazine articles and short works, 1921 - 1973 Sub-series 3.4. Professional correspondence, 1935-1973 Sub-series 3.5. Personal correspondence, 1939-1972 Sub-series 3.6. Personal materials, 1923-1971
Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.
Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.
Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.
Other Finding Aids
Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections and University Archives upon request.
Collection processed by staff, 1968-1974. Revisions completed by Tanya Parlet in 2011, and by Alexandra M. Bisio in 2018.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- American literature -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Editors -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Editors -- United States -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Historians -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Historians -- United States -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Literature Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Manuscripts for publication Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Guide to the Philip Van Doren Stern Papers
- Complete Description
- Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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- Finding aid written in English
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).