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Stratemeyer Syndicate records

Identifier: Ax 815

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes manuscripts by both Stratemeyer and Adams, and fan letters. There are also publications that include work by Stratemeyer.


  • 1883-1966


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

Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) was born in Newark, New Jersey. Stratemeyer worked in his family’s tobacco shop until 1889, when he became a freelance writer. He founded and ran the Stratemeyer Literary Syndicate, which published hundreds of his books until 1984.

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892-1982), Edward’s daughter, was born in Newark, New Jersey. She continued writing the series after Edward’s death and became the owner and manager of the Syndicate, running the organization for 52 years, until her death in 1982. She wrote many of the Nancy Drew books, and was active in many organizations such as the Red Cross and the Girl Scouts.


1.5 linear feet (2 containers)

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Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1927) was an author and founded the Stratemeyer Syndicate which produced adventure story series for children, such as Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Honey Bunch, and the Bobbsey Twins. The collection includes literary manuscripts and fan letters.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Fan letters; Manuscripts; and Publications.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams in 1974.

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Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA