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William Oliver Turner papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 556

Scope and Contents

The collection (1963-1973) contains manuscripts, published books, and correspondence including letters exchanged with officers of Western Writers of America.

The initial donation of 1969 contains manuscripts and correspondence.

Manuscripts are available for the titles Blood Dance, A Man Called Jeff, Mayberly's Kill, and Ride the Vengeance Trail. Material may include drafts and rewrites, printer's and published copies, page proofs and notes.

Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically (1963-1967) and the outgoing correspondence is arranged chronologically (1964-1965). The paper finding aid does not explain which correspondents are with the Western Writers of America organization.

The addendum for 1974 contains manuscript material for the titles Call the Beast Thy Brother, A Man Called Jeff, Place of the Trap, and Thief Hunt. Material may include original and revised drafts, early versions, printer's copies with rewrites, and notes and research.

This addendum also contains a program from the alumni association of Turner's alma mater.

The 1975 addendum contains a typed draft of Medicine Creek.


  • Creation: 1963-1973


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

William O. Turner (1914- ) was born in Tacoma, Washington and educated at Knox College. He became a free-lance fiction writer who specialized in westerns.


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

Language of Materials



William O. Turner (1914- ) became a free-lance fiction writer who specialized in westerns. The collection (1963-1973)contains manuscripts and correspondence, including letters exchanged with officers of Western Writers of America.


Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

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

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1969; 1974; 1975.

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 William Oliver Turner 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