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Faith McNulty manuscripts

Identifier: A 201

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts in the collection contain corrections and edits. There is one piece of correspondence regarding the article written for the New Yorker.


  • 1962-1963


Conditions Governing Access

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

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

Faith McNulty (1918-2005) was a journalist, and a writer of non-fiction and children's books.

McNulty was a staff writer for the New Yorker. She may be most known for her non-fiction book, The Burning Bed, The True Story of an Abused Wife, which was turned into a made-for-tv movie. However, she spent "her childhood summers on her grandmother's farm in Wakefield [and would later write] many books about animals and country life for adults and children." The book, Wholly Cats, which she wrote with her sister, Elisabeth Keiffer, is one of the many books McNulty authored about animals.

McNulty "attended Barnard College in 1937-1938, but dropped out after a creative-writing teacher told her she had no talent."

"In 1938, she married Charles M. Fair, a writer. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1945, she married John McNulty," who worked for The Daily News. "After her husband's death, in 1956, McNulty settled permanently on a farm they had bought in Wakefield and began to write books. In 1957, she married Richard H. Martin, a prop designer for the theater. He died in 1984."

[Source: New York Times obituary: Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. "Faith McNulty Dies at 86; Wrote About Country Life." New York Times. April 17, 2005.]


0.05 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 folders

Language of Materials



Faith McNulty (1918-2005) was a journalist and a writer of non-fiction and children's books. The collection (1962-1963) contains manuscripts of the book Wholly Cats and her story, "Collision in the City," written for the New Yorker in 1963.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff in the 1970s, and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

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

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Faith McNulty Manuscripts
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA