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Frank Holwerda papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 378

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts of forty-two short stories, and material includes drafts, revisions, and notes.

Outgoing correspondence is organized by date, from 1952 to 1967. Outgoing correspondence includes letters to publishers and agents, and letters of grievance.

Incoming (general) correspondence is organized alphabetically (1953-1966). T

There are also five folders of individual correspondents, including publishers and agents, and one file regarding the upkeep of his 1961 Pontiac Tempest. Publishers and agents include Harry Widmer of Lenniger Literary Agency, agent Jacques Chambrun, Inc, University of Illinois Press, and Houghton Mifflin Co.


  • 1952-1967


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

Frank Holwerda (1908-1971) was born in Manhattan, Montana. He had a varied career working on Wall Street until 1930. He went "out to sea" in 1932, working for Standard Oil in Dutch Guiana, British Guiana, Panama, and Santo Domingo, until 1940. He served in the army (it is unknown for what country) until 1943, and later worked in importing in Central America, horse racing in Kentucky, and gold mining in Alaska.

Holwerda began writing for publication in 1953, and that year was published in Northwest Romances, and Accent (a Univeristy of Illinois publication).

Holwerda was represented by the Lenniger Literary Agency.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Frank Holwerda (1908-1971) worked in various jobs before he became a published writer of short stories, and was represented by the Lenniger Literary Agency. The collection (1952-1967) contains manuscripts of short stories, correspondence with publishers and agents, and includes letters of grievance.

Physical Description

1 manuscript box.

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 Frank Holwerda Papers
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Tanya Parlet
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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