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Quail Hawkins papers

Identifier: Ax 819

Scope and Contents note

The Quail Hawkins Papers include published works, book length manuscripts, short stories, musicals, articles, poetry, clippings, and correspondence.


  • Creation: 1925-1974


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

(Helene) (Anne) Quail Hawkins (March 29, 1905-August 16, 2002), born in Spokane, Washington, is known for authoring children's books. She attended the University of California at Berkeley in 1927, without taking a degree, instead worked as a bookseller. She was also briefly on the staff of Publishers Weekly before joining Sather Gate Bookshop in 1931. Starting as a salesperson there, she eventually became head of the adult and juvenile departments. From 1954 to 1961 she worked in sales for the University of California Press before returning to Sather Gate Bookshop as a consultant on library services and book fairs. Hawkins enjoyed visiting schools and libraries, promoting children's literature; she also encouraged now-famous authors, such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Beverly Cleary to pursue writing careers. Among her own books are A Puppy for Keeps (1943), The Aunt- Sitter (1958), and her retelling of Androcles and the Lion (1970). In 1963 Hawkins also wrote material on children's literature for the Encyclopedia Britannica. She died in Pacific Grove, California.


9.25 linear feet (9 containers)

Language of Materials



Quail Hawkins (1905-2002) was a writer of children's books. The collection includes published works, book length manuscripts as well as short stories, musicals, articles and poetry. The collection also includes clippings and correspondence that reflects her work.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Loose Illustrations

Series: Correspondence

Series: Literary Manuscripts

Series: Correspondence II

Series: Published Books

Series: Addenda I

Series: Addenda II

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Quail Hawkins in 1977.

General Physical Description note

9 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, 1977.

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Finding aid is in English
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA