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Maureen Daly papers

Identifier: Ax 753

Scope and Contents

The papers include personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, television scripts and memorabilia. There is also a collection of books that McGivern wrote, including others that she compiled or edited.


  • 1938-1997


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

Maureen Daly was born in County Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland in 1921 and grew up in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin. She attended Rosary College and began her writing career as a teenage reporter for the Chicago Tribune. She married William P. McGivern (a writer) in 1946. Daly became an author of fiction, but also continued to write nonfiction for newspapers and magazines and also compiled and edited collections of short stories by other authors. Her young adult novel, Seventeenth Summer, published in 1942, was an immediate success and launched her career as a writer.

Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002.


6 linear feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials



Maureen Daly (1921-) wrote fiction, both short stories and novels, and nonfiction articles and books. She is credited with establishing the category of Young Adult fiction with her novel Seventeenth Summer, first published in 1942. The collection includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, reviews, interviews, and tearsheets.


Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Correspondence

Subseries: Business

Subseries: Personal

Subseries: Fan Letters

Series: Manuscripts

Subseries: Book Length Manuscripts

Subseries: Short Stories

Subseries: Non-fiction Articles

Subseries: Television Scripts

Series: Newspaper and Magazine Material

Subseries: Interviews

Subseries: Magazine Columns and Tearsheets

Subseries: Newspaper Columns and Clippings

Subseries: Notes and Reviews

Subseries: Miscellaneous

Series: Addenda

Subseries: Correspondence

Subseries: Manuscripts

Subseries: Miscellaneous

FA Fixing

4 boxes in location, though there are noted to be 5 boxes. Addenda 1979 is said to be in Box 4, but it is not. Box 4 is filled with books. Addenda 1997 is one folder and was added to Box 3. Box 3 also has a few books that are not identified in the FA.

Processing Information

Collection processed by processing staff, 1979.

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