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Ouida Sebestyen Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1537

Scope and Contents

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


  • Creation: 1968 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be 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. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Ouida (Dockery) Sebestyen was born February 13, 1924, in Vernon, TX and attended the University of Colorado. She married Adam Sebestyen in 1960 and had one son. Her first book, Words by Heart, was published in 1979. Part of this novel had originally appeared as a short story in the magazine Ingenue in 1968. After it's publication she continued writing works for young adults.

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


3.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains production materials for young adult books written by Ouida Sebestyen.


Collection guide is arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ouida Sebestyen.

Ouida Sebestyen Papers, 1968-2000
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • February 20, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • February 2021: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library