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Charles C. Patch papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 621

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, tearsheets, notes and research, and biographical material.

The collection is organized into series.

Series I: Correspondence is separated into Incoming: Personal, Incoming: Business, and outgoing sections.

Incoming: Personal correspondence is organized alphabetically by name and totals sixty-three letters (1936-1969) and includes letters from August Lenniger.

Incoming: Business correspondence is also organized alphabetically by name or title, totals forty-three letters, and includes letters from publishers and agencies such as the Register Guard, the Oregonian, Harper's, Western Publications, Western Writers of America, and the U.S Department of Agriculture.

Outgoing correspondence is arranged chronologically, 1936-1970, and totals 113 letters.

Series II consists of manuscripts of short stories, anecdotes, jingles, and poems. Manuscripts are arranged by title and material may include drafts, revised versions, anecdotes for story ideas, fragments, research notes, photographs, clippings and pamphlets, and novel versions. Topics include cowboys, Indians, Chinese in America, and forests. Included here is the first version and research notes for "Negro Cowboy."

There are separate files with additional anecdotes, jingles, and poems, and also short stories by other authors.

There are three folders containing an unidentified manuscript (over 400 pages) by Patch; one folder of submission records for short stories and articles; tear sheets of articles from newspapers and magazines; and a book, The Creeping Madness that includes a story by Patch.

Series III contains background information for stories regarding an early settler in Wallowa County; notes by Patch from writers' conferences, classes, and on writing techniques; an unidentified manuscript about Wallowa National Forest (286 pages); and a folder of miscellaneous notes, photographs, and disciplinary records from the Winona Council.

Series IV: Biographical material consists of certificates, citations, and a photograph.


  • 1936-1970


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

Charles C. Patch was an author of short stories, articles, jingles, poems, and books. He wrote about the rodeo cowboy George Fletcher in a historical article titled, "Negro Cowboy."


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

Language of Materials



Charles C. Patch was an author of short stories, articles, jingles, poems, and books, including a historical article about the cowboy George Fletcher, titled "Negro Cowboy." The collection (1936-1970) contains correspondence, manuscripts, tearsheets, notes and research, and biographical material.


The collection is arranged by series:

Series I: Correspondence Series II: Short Stories, Anecdotes, Jingles, and Poems. Series III: Background Information for Stories Series IV: Biographical Material

Other Finding Aids

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

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1971.

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 Charles C. Patch 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