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Polly Curren papers

Identifier: Ax 871

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.


  • Creation: 1968-1979


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

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

Series: Miscellaneous

Series: Books

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Polly Curren in 1979.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Adeline F Brunner, manuscripts processor, February 1980.

Guide to the Polly Curren Papers
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Finding aid prepared by Adeline F. Brunner
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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