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Jacquelyn Trimble papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 669

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts of novels and short stories, professional correspondence, personal journals, and college material.

The collection is organized by accession/addendum.

The initial donation of 1972 includes correspondence, book-length and short story-length manuscripts, unfinished and untitled manuscripts, and notes.

Correspondence is separated into incoming and outgoing letters. Outgoing correspondence is organized chronologically (1958-1965) and incoming correspondence is organized alphabetically by last name or title and includes publishers correspondence.

Book-length and short story manuscripts are separated into their own section and organized by title. Material often includes notes, outlines, multiple drafts, fragments, comments, and research. Included here is Trimble's Master's thesis for the Master of Librarianship at Washington University.

Unfinished manuscripts are also organized by title and may include multiple versions, notes, fragments and drafts.

There are over 300 pages of untitled manuscripts. Additional notes are also available.

The 1973 addendum contains incoming and outgoing correspondence (1962-1965) and includes publisher correspondence.

The 1974 addendum consists of two unpublished manuscripts that include plot outlines and notes, drafts, and corrections. Titles are Jessamyn and Star Walker.

The 1976 addendum consists of manuscript material, college transcripts and course work, and personal journals. Many of the works in this addendum are science fiction stories. Manuscript material includes, drafts, outlines, and related correspondence.

College material includes transcripts from three universities, and course work from the University of Washington.

Personal journals entries are often not in chronological order. Journals are dated pre-1943 and undated; 1951; 1954; 1970. Journal entries include travel diaries, original poetry under the non de plume Conrad J., cartoons, and commentary.


  • 1943-1970


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

Jacquelyn Whitney Trimble (1927 - ) was born in Portland, Oregon and educated at the University of Washington. She was a librarian and wrote mysteries and science fiction. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms James Whitney, J. L. H. Whitney, and Conrad J.


3 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Jacquelyn Whitney Trimble (1927 - ) worked as a librarian and was an author who wrote mysteries and science fiction. The collection contains manuscripts of novels and short stories, professional correspondence, personal journals, and college material, 1943-1970.


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.

Related Materials

Special Collections and University Archives holds the papers of Trimble's husband, Louis Preston. See the Louis Preston papers, Ax 251.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1972; 1974; 1976.

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 Jacquelyn Trimble Papers
Complete Description
Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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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).

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA