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Frederick Nebel papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 355

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts of Nebel's novels and short stories, correspondence, published works, and miscellaneous papers.

All three of Nebel's novels are included in the manuscript collection, as well as over 100 short stories. Correspondence consists of 950 letters between Nebel and his agent, Carl Brandt, 1945-1967. Published copies of more than 200 of Nebel's stories and articles are arranged alphabetically. Additionally, there are two personal journals, 1926-1927 and 1933-1934, as well as a folder of notes and background materials.


  • Creation: 1927-1967


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

Born in New York, Frederick Nebel (1903-1967) dropped out of high school at 15 and worked, variously, as a dock hand, railroad car checker, and farmhand in the Canadian back country. These early experiences combined with Nebel's early travels to Paris, London, and Scandinavia were invaluable aids when he began to write professionally.

Nebel's first story for Black Mask appeared in 1926. His first novel, Sleepers East, was published in 1933. His two other novels were Fifty Roads to Town and But Not the End. In addition to his talents as a mystery-writer, Nebel also wrote general fiction and love stories, particularly in his later years.


4.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 3 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Frederick Nebel (1903-1967) was a mystery writers contributing to the pulp magazines of the 1920s, and a principal writer for Black Mask. The collection consists of manuscripts of Nebel's novels and short stories, correspondence, published works, and miscellaneous papers.


Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Published Works, and Miscellaneous. There is also an addenda organized into the following series: Books by Other Authors, Published Works by Nebel.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

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


Guide to the Frederick Nebel Papers
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University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Austin Munsell
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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