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Fanny Heaslip Lea papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll 022

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts are separated into categories by type (short-story, plays, etc.), and material is arranged alphabetically by title within each category.

Short story material includes drafts, corrected, and alternate versions.

Plays include different draft versions with revisions and outlines.

Poetry material contains over fifty different manuscript titles.

Book-length manuscripts contains draft chapters and fragments. Manuscript titles include the novel, Poison.

A miscellaneous section contains personal, business and fan mail correspondence, reviews, memorabilia including clippings and photographs, and proofs and cover design for Verses for Lovers.


  • 1912-1955


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

Fanny Heaslip Lea (1883-1955) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Sophie Newcomb College, New Orleans in 1904 and then did two years of post-graduate work at Tulane. Lea married Hamilton Pope Agee in 1911 and they had one daughter, Anne Worthen.

Between 1906-1911, Lea worked as a journalist for New Orleans newspapers and also began to sell short stories during this period. She eventually gave up newspaper work and made writing her full-time profession. Her short stories appeared in Harper's and Collier's magazines and her romances were serialized in magazines, newspapers, and serials such as The Saturday Evening Post.

She also wrote essays, novels, plays, and poetry. At least three of her novels have been made into films.


1.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 3 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



Fanny Heaslip Lea (1883-1955) was a journalist and author of short stories, novels, plays, and poetry. The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, and memorabilia, 1912-1955.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Francis Keating, 1981.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Fanny Heaslip Lea Papers
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA