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Alice Bach papers

Identifier: Coll 233

Scope and Contents note

The Alice Bach Papers consist of manuscripts from seven of her published novels, as well as two photographs of the author.

The manuscripts are arranged in alphabetical order. The files include draft manuscripts, page proofs, layouts, book dummies, and galley proofs. Notable in the Warren Weasel's Worse Than Measles file is an original cover illustration.

The photographs are contained in box six.


  • 1976-1980


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

Alice Bach was born April 6, 1942, in New York City. She received her B.A. in 1963 from Barnard College, and started her career as an assistant editor for Random House Publishing Company in 1964. In 1966 she became an associate editor at Harper and Row Publishing, Inc., and then senior editor for Books for Young Readers at Dial Press in 1969. In 1973 she became a consultant for the Beford-Stuyvesant Writers' Workshop; beginning in 1979 she spent two years as an adjunct professor of creative writing at New York University's School for Continuing Education. Bach maintained memberships in the Authors' Guild, the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, and the American Fern Society.

One of Bach's novels, Mollie Make Believe (not included in this collection), was cited by the New York Times as one of the best books of the year in 1974. She received the MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 1976 and 1977, as well as the American Library Association Notable Book Award for her novel, Waiting for Johnny Miracle, a book about young cancer patients.

Besides writing juvenile fiction, Bach was a contributor of book reviews and articles to such periodicals as the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Publishers Weekly.


3 linear feet (6 containers) : 6 manuscript boxes

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Alice Bach (1942-) was an editor and writer of fiction. The collection includes manuscripts, illustrations, and photographs that reflect her work as an author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Harper and Row Publishers in 1981.

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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