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Ouida Sebestyen Papers

Summary Information
Title: Ouida Sebestyen papers
Dates: 1968-2000
Creator: Sebestyen, Ouida
Extent: 4 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1537
Abstract:
This collection focuses on the genesis, process, revision and publication of Ouida Sebestyen's books for young adults, and includes holographs, typescripts, notes, correspondence, galley and page proofs, front matter, and jacket material, as well as a photocopy of a story originally published by Ms. Sebvestyen in Ingenue, which was later turned into a full-length novel.

Repository: University of Minnesota. Children's Literature Research Collections.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Sebestyen, Ouida.

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Ouida Sebestyen papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Collection is arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch

Ouida Sebestyen, nee Dockery, was born February 13, 1924, in Vernon, TX. She married Adam Sebestyen in 1960 and had one son. She attended the University of Colorado. She began writing at age eighteen, but did not publish her first book, Words by Heart until 1979. Part of this novel had originally appeared as a short story in the magazine Ingenue in 1968. The book was well received, and Ms. Sebestyen has continued to write fiction for young adults. She draws her inspiration, and often her setting, from the American West, especially its contrasting harshness and beauty, and the demands it places upon an individual's survival. While not all her novels are set in a sharply defined Western setting, throughout all of her books she focuses on characterization and detail, with an emphasis on human emotions and development. Her work is noted for its honesty and provacative story lines that do not always provide a conventional happy ending.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 39, 140; Something About the Author Autobiography Series, vol. 10; Children's Literature Review, vol. 17.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes holographs, typescripts, extensive notes, correspondence, galley and page proofs, front matter, jacket material, and a photocopy of the version of Words By Heart that appeared in the magazine Ingenue.

Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Far From Home 1980  
Box 1
Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 2-3
 
Corrected Typescript, Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 5-7
 
Corrected Galley Proof 1980  Box 1 , Folder 8-11
 
Correspondence, Notes 1980  Box 1 , Folder 12
 
Girl in the Box, The 1988  
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 13-21
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 22
 
Photocopied Corrected Page Proof undated  Box 1 , Folder 23-24
 
In Lava-Land unpublished  
Box 2
Corrected Typescripts 1989  Box 2 , Folder 1
 
IOUs 1982  
Box 2
Corrected Typescript 1981  Box 2 , Folder 2-3
 
Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 4-5
Note  Working title: A No-Name Book
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 6
 
Notes, Jacket Cover undated  Box 2 , Folder 7
Box 4
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Photocopied Galley Proof 1981  Box 4 , Folder 2
 
Memoirs of Romola Goode, The unpublished  
Box 2
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Miscellaneous 1981-2000, undated  
Box 2
Notes undated  Box 2 , Folder 9
 
Correspondence, Notes 1999-2000  Box 2 , Folder 10
 
Correspondence, Notes 1981-1994  Box 2 , Folder 11
 
Notes 1993  Box 2 , Folder 12
 
On Fire 1985  
Box 2
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 13
 
Corrected Typescript 1984  Box 2 , Folder 14-15
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 16-23
 
Corrected Page Proof undated  Box 2 , Folder 24-25
 
Correspondence, Notes, Jacket Cover 1984  Box 2 , Folder 26
Box 4
Corrected Photocopied Page Proof undated  Box 4 , Folder 3
 
Out of Nowhere 1994  
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescript 1988  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 3 , Folder 2
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 3-6
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 3 , Folder 7-8
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 9-10
 
Corrected Page Proof 1993  Box 3 , Folder 11
 
Something About the Author 1988-1989  
Box 3
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 1988-1989  Box 3 , Folder 12
 
Words by Heart 1979  
Box 3
Holograph, Notes undated  Box 3 , Folder 13
 
Corrected Typescript 1978  Box 3 , Folder 14-15
 
Corrected Typescripts 1968  Box 3 , Folder 16
 
Correspondence, Notes 1978  Box 3 , Folder 17
Box 4
Corrected Galley Proof 1978  Box 4 , Folder 4-5