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Julia Cunningham papers

Identifier: Ax 655

Scope and Contents note

The Julia Cunningham Papers contain primarily correspondence, several versions of manuscripts, and poems.


  • Creation: 1957-1973


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use note

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Biographical/Historical note

Julia Cunningham was born on October 4, 1916 in Spokane, Washington but grew up in New York City. Her father left the family when Julia was six, an event that had a tremendous influence on her writing. In 1960, at the age of 44, Julia Cunningham published her first book, The Vision of Francois the Fox. She was criticized for her books containing less than traditional gothic themes, many of which are set in France with characters that are often orphans or outcasts of society. However, the power of her work was shown in the numerous awards she received, including the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, the Christopher Award, and a New York Herald- Tribune Children's Spring Book Festival Award. Julia Cunningham lives in Santa Barbara, California, where until recently she was a buyer and bookseller.


1.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Julia Woolfolk Cunningham (1916- ) is an author of children's books, a poet and an associate editor for Screen Stories. The papers include correspondence, poems, and manuscripts.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Manuscripts

Series: Published Poems

Series: Correspondence

Series: Addenda I

General Physical Description note

1 container

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, August 2006.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

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Finding aid is in English
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA