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Ouida Sebestyen Papers

Summary Information
Title: Ouida Sebestyen Papers
Dates: 1968-1985
Creator: Sebestyen, Ouida
Extent: 1.4 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1537
The Sebestyen Papers focus on the genesis, process, revision and publication of 4 of the author'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,' that was later turned into a full-length novel.

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

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Far From Home,


On Fire,

Words By Heart,

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 contains written material for 4 titles and 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.'

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Sebestyen, Ouida
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Far From Home  
Box MF1202 folder 1
holograph, corrected, example of 1st draft (76 p.)  Box MF1202 folder 1
Box MF1201 folders 2-6
typescript, corrected (248 p.)  Box MF1201 folders 2-6
Box MF1201 folder 1
notes (1 p.)  Box MF1201 folder 1
Box MF1201 folder 6
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF1201 folder 6
Box MF1201 folder 7
notes (holograph) (30 p.)  Box MF1201 folder 7
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF1201 folder 7
typesript, corrected, miscellaneous pp. (3 p.)  Box MF1201 folder 7
Box MF1201 folders 8-9
galley proof, corrected (78 p.)  Box MF1201 folders 8-9
Box MF1201 folder 1
notes (holograph) (28 p.)  Box MF1201 folder 1
holograph, corrected, section of 1st draft (41 p.)  Box MF1201 folder 1
Box MF1201 folders 2-5
typescript, corrected (189 p.)  Box MF1201 folders 2-5
Box MF1200 folders 6-10
typescript, corrected carbon (227 p.)  Box MF1200 folders 6-10
Box MF1200 folder 10
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 10
jacket (1 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 10
Box MF1200 folders 11-12
galley proof, corrected photocopy (94 p.)  Box MF1200 folders 11-12
On Fire  
Box MF1200 folder 1
notes (holograph) (37 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 1
holograph, correcteds, 1st draft incomplete (35 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 1
Box MF1200 folders 2-6
typescript, corrected carbon (236 p.)  Box MF1200 folders 2-6
Box MF1200 folders 7-8
page proof (104 p.)  Box MF1200 folders 7-8
Box MF1200 folder 8
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 8
Box MF1200 folder 9
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 9
notes (1 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 9
jacket (1 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 9
jacket, photocopy (1 p.)  Box MF1200 folder 9
Words By Heart  
Box MF701 folder 1
notes (10 p.)  Box MF701 folder 1
typescript and holograph, corrected (25 p.)  Box MF701 folder 1
Box MF701 folders 2-6
typescript, corrected (207 p.)  Box MF701 folders 2-6
Box MF701 folder 6
notes (1 p.)  Box MF701 folder 6
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF701 folder 6
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF701 folder 6
Box MF701 folder 7
notes (1 p.)  Box MF701 folder 7
typescript, corrected, original short story (18 p.)  Box MF701 folder 7
photocopy of story published in 'Ingenue' in 1968 (8 p.)  Box MF701 folder 7
Box MF701 folders 8-9
galley proof, corrected (61 p.)  Box MF701 folders 8-9
Box MF701 folder 10
correspondence with publisher (14 p.)  Box MF701 folder 10
notes (3 p.)  Box MF701 folder 10