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Selected manuscripts of Don Dwiggins

Identifier: Coll 090

Scope and Contents note

This sampling of manuscripts by Don Dwiggins consists entirely of working copies and carbon drafts of books published between 1966and 1976, It is only selective, however, representing mainly Dwiggin's books for young people, and does not include all of Dwiggins' writings for the period. The manuscripts are arranged-in alphabetical order by title and are followed by five books. Two of the books, Space and the Weather and Voices in the Sky, are also represented in manuscript form. The remainder is other technical juvenile books.


  • 1966-1976


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

Don Dwiggins, editor and free-lance writer, was born on November 15, 1913, in Plainfield, New Jersey and died in an automobile accident in Malibu on December 10, 1988. He was the son of Clare Victor, a cartoonist, and Bessie (Lindsay) Dwiggins. He was married to Olga Arabsky and had two children, Don Lindsay and Toni Kay. In 1942, Dwiggins entered the U.S. Army Air Force and eventually became a master sergeant. During the war he was a flight instructor with Britain's Royal Air Force. In addition to his free-lance writing, Dwiggins also served as the aviation editor for the Los Angeles Daily News (1947-54) and the Los Angeles Mirror News (1956-1962); a news writer for station KTTV, Los Angeles (1964); the editor of "Mickey Mouse Newsreel" for Disney Studios {1964); a space technology consultant for Lockheed Aircraft Co. (1964); and the senior editor for Plane and Pilot magazine {1974-1982). He is a member of the Aviation Aerospace Writers Association and the Writers Guild of America, West. For the most part, Dwiggins has written technical books on aviation and aerospace technology, which are aimed at juvenile audiences, such as Voices in the Sky and Space and the Weather. However, a bibliography of his books would also include adult novels, such as The Air Devils and at least one biography, Frankie, which is based on the life of Frank Sinatra.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.


1 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Don Dwiggins (1913-1988) was a writer. The collection includes literary manuscripts for several of Dwiggin's published works, including The Air Devils!, Into the Unknown, and Space and Weather.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Literary Manuscripts

Series: Published books

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Don Dwiggins in 1977.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Mike O'Day, January 1985.

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 Selected Manuscripts of Don Dwiggins
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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

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Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA