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Amelia Elizabeth Walden papers

Identifier: Coll 054

Scope and Contents note

The Amelia E. Walden Papers consist of manuscripts and related material written between 1954 and 1977. They are arranged alphabetically by title and all the material relating to each manuscript is grouped under that title. The folders labeled McGraw-Hill material include inter-office memoranda, cost estimates, check disbursement forms, and book production information. There is only one book with the collection, Heartbreak Tennis. It is shelved free-standing at the end of the boxed material.


  • Creation: 1954-1977


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

Amelia Elizabeth Walden was born January 15, 1909 in New York City. After graduating from Columbia University in 1934, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, also in New York. From 1935 to 1945 she taught English and Dramatics at Norwalk High School, Norwalk, Connecticut. In 1946 Miss Walden married John William Harmon. This was also the year that her first book was published. At the request of her editor she revised the manuscript, entitled Gateway, to fit a new genre emerging at the time, called the "young adult" novel which was aimed at a post-adolescent but not yet adult audience, approximately ages 16 to 18. She is considered a pioneer in this area of American literature. Miss Walden found success writing for this audience, and commented, "I respond to young people because I remember my own adolescence so vividly - and fondly. It was a period of total involvement, of enjoying life to the hilt."

Miss Walden has written over 40 novels published by McGraw-Hill, Lippincott, William Morrow, The Westminster Press, and Appleton Century-Crofts. In 1985 she was residing in Westport, Connecticut.


3 linear feet (6 containers) : 6 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



Collection comprises literary manuscripts of young adult fiction by Amelia Elizabeth Walden and her correspondence with McGraw-Hill relating to book production.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: ManuscriptsFree-standing volumes

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Francis Keating.

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Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA