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Mary Collins papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 201

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, contracts, manuscripts, notes, and scrapbooks, 1941-1953.

Correspondence is primarily with agents. There are folders of correspondence arranged by date and also by correspondent's name or title. Names and titles include Margot Johnson of A. S. Lyons, Inc. and Ann Watkins Inc.

Among the correspondence are seven letters from Gertrude Atherton, 1943 to 1947.

Scrapbooks contain clippings, reviews, photographs, and articles about Collins.

There are manuscripts for the titles Dog Eat Dog and Death Warmed Over.

Also available are contracts, agreements, and notes.


  • Creation: 1941-1953


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

Mary Collins was an author of mystery novels. "She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, her family moved to Berkeley, California when she was three years old. She attended public schools in Berkeley, Miss Burke’s School in San Francisco, and—briefly—the University of California.

From 1941 to 1949, she published six mystery novels, all set in California."



1.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 record storage box

Language of Materials



Mary Collins was an author of six mystery novels, all set in California. The collection contains correspondence, contracts, manuscripts, notes, and scrapbooks, 1941-1953.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

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 to no organization and rehousing.

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

Guide to the Mary Collins Papers
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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