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.
- Stratemeyer Syndicate (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access note
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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.
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.
Collection is organized into the following series: Fan letters; Manuscripts; and Publications.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Gift of Harriet Stratemeyer Adams in 1974.
- Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer
- Adventure stories, American -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Children and Youth Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Children's literature, American -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Detective and mystery stories, American -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Literature Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Stratemeyer, Edward, 1862-1930
- Women Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Women authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young adult literature, American -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Stratemeyer Syndicate Records
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