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Edmonds, Walter D. (Walter Dumaux), 1903-1998
Walter D. Edmonds Correspondence with Harold Ober Associates
Manuscripts Division
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1924-1974 (mostly 1931-1968)
3 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Consists of letters and financial statements received by Walter D. Edmonds from his New York City literary agency, Harold Ober Associates.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters and financial statements received by Edmonds from his New York City literary agency, Harold Ober Associates. The letters (1929-1974) and financial statements (1931-1967), with some carbons of Edmonds' replies, concern the publication and payment for most of Edmonds' nearly seventy short stories and at least seven of his novels or writings for young adults. A sampling of titles mentioned include "An Honest Deal" (1930), "Erie Water" (1932), "The Death of Red Peril" (1928), a story of a racing caterpillar, The Big Barn (1930), Rome Haul (1932), produced on the stage and as a film under the title The Farmer Takes a Wife, Drums Along the Mohawk (1936), also produced as a film in 1939, Chad Hanna (1940), and The Matchlock Gun (1941), which won the Newbery Medal for juvenile fiction. Also present is a small file of letters (1940-1964) from Collins Publishers concerning the British publication of Chad Hanna and other works.


Series: I. Correspondence, 1929-1974; II. Financial Statements, 1931-1967; III. Collins Publisher Correspondence, 1940-1964.

Collection Creator Biography:

Edmonds, Walter D. (Walter Dumaux), 1903-1998

Walter D. Edmonds was a popular writer of regional and historical fiction primarily set in the Mohawk Valley region of Upstate New York.

Collection History


Gift of Nathaniel Ober.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder list prepared by Lisa Yankowitz in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Walter D. Edmonds Correspondence with Harold Ober Associates; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3