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George Washington Ogden papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 484

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence with agents and editors, literary contracts and agreements, mementos and photographs, and an accounting journal. The correspondence includes seven letters (1922) from Elizabeth B. Custer (Mrs. George A. Custer).

The initial donation of 1969 contains manuscripts, correspondence, literary contracts and agreements, mementos, photographs and other miscellaneous material.

There is manuscript material for eight short stories, organized alphabetically by title, and three books. Manuscript material also includes unpublished (and published clippings of) poetry and story fragments.

Correspondence (1909-1940) is organized alphabetically by senders name, and is mostly with agents and editors. The seven letters (1922) from Elizabeth B. Custer (Mrs. George A. Custer) are included here.

Miscellaneous material includes literary contracts and agreements, book reviews, tearsheets of published stories, mementoes, photographs, and an autographed copy (by Elizabeth B. Custer) of Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

The 1974 addendum contains correspondence, a journal, and manuscript material.

Correspondence (1920-1931) is arranged alphabetically by sender.

The journal consists of an accounting of receipts, listed chronologically and by title.

Manuscript material includes lists of Ogden's books, a manuscript fragment, and an article by Ogden.


  • Creation: 1909-1940


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

George Washington Ogden (1871-1966) was born in Kansas and educated in Kansas public schools. He worked first as a journalist, as editor for the Kansas City Star, the Chicago Tribune, and the Munsey publications. He later became an author of western stories and novels.


2 linear feet (2 containers) : 1 record storage box, 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



George Washington Ogden (1871-1966) was a journalist and editor for newspapers, and later became an author of western stories and novels. The collection contains manuscripts, literary contracts and agreements, mementos and photographs, an accounting journal, and correspondence with agents, editors, and also seven letters (1922) from Elizabeth B. Custer (Mrs. George A. Custer), 1909-1940.


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.

Other Finding Aids

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

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1969; 1974.

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. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

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

Guide to the George Washington Ogden Papers
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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