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Anne Emery papers

Identifier: Coll 185

Scope and Contents note

The Anne Emery Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, financial records, published material, research material, photographs, and several files about the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. Boxes 35, 36 and 37 contain note cards of research material. Major correspondents are: MacraeSmith Co., Leslie G. Phillips (agent), G. P. Putnam's Sons, Rand McNally Co., Vanguard Press, and Westminster Press.


  • Creation: 1941-1985


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

Anne Emery was born on September 1, 1907 in Fargo, North Dakota. She grew up in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. She attended Northwestern University and received a B.A. in 1928, and a certificate from the University of Grenoble, France in 1929. In addition to her writing career, she was a teacher at Evanston Public Schools in Illinois from 1929-1939, and a faculty member of Northwestern University Writers Workshop from 1964-1965. She was also a member of the Authors Guild, Authors League of America, Midland Authors and Theta Sigma Phi. She married John Douglas Emery in 1933, and had five children. Emery died on July 4, 1987 in Menlo Park, California.

Her work is primarily about teen girls and the issues they confront during adolescence, such as peer pressure, friendships and dating, sex, drugs and finding one’s identity. However, Emery was also interested in historical fiction, and her first published work, Bright Horizons, dramatizes the conflicts over ratification of the American Constitution. Her other historical fiction novels include Carey’s Fortune, which is set during the presidential election of 1800, and American Friend, a novel about Herbert Hoover.


23.25 linear feet (44 containers)

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Anne Emery (September 1, 1907-July 4, 1984) was born in Fargo, North Dakota and grew up in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. The collection contains correspondence and manuscripts as well as miscellaneous material.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Biographical MaterialCorrespondence PublishersMiscellaneousFan Mail Manuscripts Book LengthArticles and Speeches Research MaterialPublished Material Tearsheets Reviews and PublicityFinancial Material ContractsRoyalty Statements Miscellaneous

General Physical Description note

44 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Robert Koppelman, Manuscripts Processor.

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

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Finding aid written 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