Scope and Contents
The collection contains manuscripts, clippings, and published books.
The initial donation of 1968 contains manuscripts and published books.
There are manuscripts for The Best Time of the Year, The Elderberry Tree, Life on Tiger Mountain, and Mr. B. Material may include drafts, page proofs, galleys, and printer's copies. There is also proofs of a newspaper article regarding Mr. B.
Published books consist of a German and a Japanese translation of Mr. B.
An addendum on 1974 contains manuscripts, clippings and a book by other authors.
Manuscript material for Meander to Alaska consists of a final galley proof and a published copy. Manuscript material for Out of the Flesh consists of a typed draft.
There are clippings from a newspaper article about the bear cub, Mr. B.
There is also a book, Birds of Point Lobos, illustrated by Jean W. Petite.
- Petite, Irving, 1920- (Person)
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
Irving Petite (1920-2004) was a free-lance writer for the Seattle Times, and an author who wrote stories regarding outdoor life and wildlife encounters from his cabin on Tiger Mountain, Washington, including the popular, "Mr. B," about a bearcub that adopted Petite.
According to an article in the Spokesman Review, "Petite was 19 when he and a friend, Bill McCauley, bought 165 acres of logged-over Weyerhaeuser Co. land on Tiger Mountain in 1942, which they farmed and used for salvage logging. Petite dropped out of the University of Washington, where he was studying zoology. The United States had just entered World War II, and Petite was a conscientious objector.
Free-lancing feature articles for the Seattle Times and other newspapers didn’t pay the bills, so he also delivered a rural mail route for 18 years.
His big break came when another writer introduced him to Carolyn Rogers, a Reader’s Digest editor from Spokane. He got $1,500 when the magazine bought a story called “The Deer That Came to Breakfast.”
His other books include The Best Time of Year, The Elderberry Tree and Meander to Alaska, which in 1970 was the last to be published."
1 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 manuscript boxes
Language of Materials
Irving Petite (1920-2004) was a free-lance writer for the Seattle Times and an author who wrote stories regarding outdoor life and wildlife encounters from his cabin on Tiger Mountain, Washington, including the popular, "Mr. B," about a bear cub that adopted Petite. The collection contains manuscripts, clippings, and published books.
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.
Collection processed by staff, 1968; 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.
- Animal behavior Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Authors, American -- Washington (State) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Clippings Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Galley proofs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Manuscripts for publication Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Natural history -- Washington (State) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Nature observation -- Washington (State) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Outdoor life -- Washington (State) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Petite, Irving, 1920-
- Washington (State) Subject Source: Archiveswest
- West (U.S.) -- In literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Wildlife-related recreation -- Washington (State) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Irving Petite 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).