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Sarah Litsey papers

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [A 286- A 287] 1
Identifier: A 287

Scope and Contents

The Sarah Litsey papers includes three compositions books containing handwritten drafts of stories entitled "There was a Lady," and "A Path to the Water." Additionally, there are loose typescript notes and passages of an untitled manuscript, as well as editor's comments from Virginia Kirkus, a professional reviewer of books.


  • 1943, 1961

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

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

Sarah Selecman Litsey Nye Ford (1901-1996) was a 20th century novelist, poet, and writing teacher from Kentucky. Litsey was born on June 23, 1901 in Springfield, Kentucky to Kentucky poet laureate Edwin Carlile Litsey and Carrie Rachel Selecman Litsey. She married Frank Wilson Nye in 1933, and the couple moved to Connecticut where Litsey was primarily occupied with the raising of their son, Christopher. She wrote three novels, There was a Lady (1945), The Intimate Illusion (1956), and A Path to the Water (1962). Here poetry appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, McCall’s, Poetry, Cosmopolitan, and Kentucky Poetry Review. She was an instructor of poetry and fiction at the Famous Writers School in Westport, Connecticut.

Source: Hall, Wade. “Litsey, Sarah Selecman.” The Kentucky Encyclopedia. John E. Kleber, editor. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 1992.


0.2 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 folders

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Sarah Litsey (1901-1996) was a 20th century novelist, poet, and writing teacher from Kentucky. The Sarah Litsey papers includes three handwritten novel drafts, loose typescript notes and passages, as well as editor's comments from Virginia Kirkus.

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Collection was processed by Alexandra M. Bisio, 2021.

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Repository Details

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

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Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA