Scope and Contents
Within this collection are manuscripts of books published during the 1970s, and related materials. In each instance, included with the manuscript is the correspondence between the publisher's editors and Polly Curren. This correspondence reveals the cooperative process of editorial critique and revisions by which a submitted manuscript is developed, resulting in the final published text.
Additional materials of Polly Curren's may be found in the University of Southern Mississippi Library.
- Curren, Polly, 1917-2011 (Person)
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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
Polly Curren (1917-?) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Russell School of Expression and Literature in Boston, and in 1941 she married George E. Fedosiuk, a civil engineer; they had one child, David.
Although Curren conducted a School of Expression in Boston, her major career has not been academic teaching but writing books for children. These books, which span the early 1950s through the late 1970s, do reflect her teaching career. Beginning with picture books and simple stories for preschoolers, they are written not only to entertain but to teach, such as those written for the Golden Press Community Worker series. In the tales of family lives, history, folklore and religion, they move from read-alouds, beginning and easy readers, to junior books for young teens.
1.5 linear feet (1 container)
Language of Materials
Polly Curren (1917-?) was a writer of children's literature and a teacher. She wrote during the 1950s through the 1970s and her stories span the reading ability level from early readers to young adult fiction. This collection includes manuscripts from books that Curren published in the 1970s and the correspondence with editors and publishers.
Collection is organized into the following series:
Series: Published Manuscripts
Series: Unpublished Manuscripts
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Polly Curren in 1979.
Collection processed by Adeline F Brunner, manuscripts processor, February 1980.
- Children and Youth Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Children's literature, American -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Curren, Polly, 1917-2011
- Literature Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Manuscripts for publication Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Women Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Women authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young adult literature, American -- Authorship Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Polly Curren Papers
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