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Nancy Gurney papers

Identifier: A 310

Scope and Contents note

The Nancy Gurney Papers include materials and illustrations for her book The King, the Mice and the Cheese with an original sketch of the cover and a plot summary. There is also an early draft of Gurney's Guide to Feathered Friends. The article "The Little Green Dot (or) Let's All Make Green Dot Dolls and Pillows" is included on page 19 of the magazine Ties. The Nancy Gurney Papers also contain a black and white photograph of Nancy Gurney taken in 1940.


  • 1965-1972


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

Nancy Gurney was born in 1915 and died in 1973. Very little information is available about her childhood and education. She lived in Westport, Connecticut and Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. She wrote three children's books in collaboration with her husband, Eric Gurney, who is an illustrator.


1.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Nancy Gurney (1915-1974) was a writer of children's books. The collection includes illustrations and manuscripts that reflect her work and collaboration with her husband, Eric Gurney.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Illustrations

Series: Manuscripts, Sketches, Notes and Miscellaneous

General Physical Description note

1 oversize flat box

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, January 1976.

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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