Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains correspondence, published and unpublished music manuscripts, music notebooks, photographs, memorabilia, and phonograph records.
The correspondence contains incoming letters (1939-1965) which are alphabetically arranged by title or name, and includes business and personal correspondence.
The published music series is alphabetically arranged by title of work, as is the unpublished music series. There are also 46 music notebooks in the collection.
The memorabilia series consists of scrapbooks, photographs, phonograph records, and a list of copyright songs.
- Creation: 1933-1966
- Seely, Nell, 1878-1968 (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. Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, and digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections and University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.
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
Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely (1878-1968), a daughter of Oregon pioneers, was born July 14, 1878 at Junction City, Oregon. She became a song-writer, milliner, painter and poet. Her poetry appeared in several anthologies and newspapers. Blue Night was the best known of her published songs. Seely was active in the Order of the Eastern Star and several songwriters groups. In addition to her own writings, Seely wrote music for other lyricists and piano arrangements. During her writing career, Seely lived in Lebanon, Sweet Home, and Portland, Oregon.
4.5 linear feet (3 containers) : 3 record storage boxes
Language of Materials
Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely (1878-1968), a daughter of Oregon pioneers, became a songwriter, milliner, painter and poet. The collection contains correspondence, published and unpublished music manuscripts, music notebooks, photographs, memorabilia, and phonograph records.
Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Published Music, Unpublished Manuscripts (Music), Music Notebooks, and Memorabilia.
Other Finding Aids
Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.
Collection processed by staff, 1968.
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 Nellie "Nell" Miller Seely Papers
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- Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet
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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).