Skip to main content

M. A. Jagendorf papers

Identifier: Coll 045

Scope and Contents note

The Moritz A. Jagendorf Papers contain correspondence, manuscripts of plays, short stories and folktales, and research material relating to folklore. There are also interviews, printed materials concerning folklore, lecture notes, essays by other authors, newspaper clippings of human-interest stories, and photographs of folk art.


  • 1916-1980


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

Moritz A. Jagendorf (1888-1981) was born on August 24 in Czernowitz, Austria and moved to New York in 1903. Jagendorf studied law at Yale, and earned a D.D.S. at Columbia in 1916. He also authored numerous books on folklore, and transformed folktales into plays and short stories for children. Jagendorf founded the Free Theatre and was director of the Children's Playhouse, and was active in organizations such as the Story League, Green Room Club, Overseas Press and the New York Folktale Society. After a short illness, he died on January 8, 1981.


8 linear feet (17 containers)

Language of Materials



Moritz A. Jagendorf (1888-1981) was a dentist in New York for forty years, but his true interests were in the folklore of Europe, Asia and America. He was the founder of the Free Theatre and director of the Children's Playhouse in New York, vice-president of the New York Folklore Society, and wrote numerous books, plays and short stories based on folktales, in addition to being a practicing dentist. The collection includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, lectures, research materials, and photographs.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Series: Correspondence; Series: Manuscripts, Subseries: Plays, Subseries: Short Stories and Folktales, Subseries: Lectures and Notes on American Folklore Research Material; Series: Newspaper Clippings; Series: Photographs.

General Physical Description note

17 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, 1982.

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

Guide to the M. A. Jagendorf Papers
Revise Description
Finding aid prepared by processing staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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