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Phyllis Duganne Papers, 1930-1965
9 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 52

Abstract:
Author. Suffragist. Typescripts of Duganne's short stories comprise most of the collection, although there are also typescripts of five novels, a number of plays and scrapbooks. Correspondence with her agent Carl Brandt reflects her attempt to break into the television and film writing industries.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Phyllis Duganne, circa 1962

Phyllis Duganne, circa 1962

Phyllis Duganne (1899-1976) was born in Boston, descended from a long line of New England farmers and seagoing Cape Codders. She spent summers in Scituate with her aunt, Inez Haynes Irwin. Irwin was a well-known author, suffragist, and feminist, and in Scituate, Duganne was surrounded by artists and writers. Duganne worked in New York City as a short story writer from the 1920s to the 1950s. In 1919, she was one of "nine brilliant members of the Bobbed Hair Brigade of Greenwich Village who borned the buxom young magazine Judy" with Freda Kirchway, Margaret Sangster, and Jane Burr. Judy, which included poems by Duganne's aunt, Inez Haynes Irwin was promoted as a magazine for the modern woman and the men who wished to understand her. Duganne also published in Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Colliers, and other magazines, and she published two novels, one of which was Prologue (1920). Love stories, often tragic, were her specialty. Duganne also wrote for young female readers, including a novel, Ruthie, and short stories for American Girl Magazine. Duganne also had some success as a writer for television and film. Her play Nice Girl was made into a movie in 1941, starring Deanna Durban. Duganne's first marriage was to a writer, Austin Parker. Their daughter Jane was born in 1920. Duganne divorced Parker when he became involved with Broadway actress and film star Miriam Hopkins. Duganne's second marriage was to Eben Given, an artist and author. They lived in Truro, Massachusetts, where Duganne continued to write, garden, and sail.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the papers date from the 1920s to the 1940s, when Duganne was most prolific in her short story writing. Typescripts of Duganne's short stories comprise most of the collection, although there are also typescripts of five novels and a number of plays, all arranged alphabeltically when the title could be determined. From the 1920s' on, when Duganne was best known as a short story writer for leading women's magazines, such as Ladies Home Journal, Redbook Magazine, and Colliers, she produced many of the typescripts and related material in this collection. There are four issues of Judy, but little else related to the magazine or the "Bobbed Hair Brigade." Duganne's correspondence with her agent Carl Brandt from the late 1930s on reflects her somewhat successful attempt to break into the television and film writing industries. There are also five oversize scrapbooks, two containing newspaper clippings, and three more of published short stories.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Phyllis Duganne Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Phyllis Duganne Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1981 by her daughter, Jane Parker.

Accruals:

Additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Noella Natalino, intern, 2002.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Contents and accession information


Box 1: folder 1
Biography: reviews, biographical writings, and photographs


Box 1: folder 2
Scrapbook: newspaper clippings,
1922


Note:
Scrapbook (present from Inez Haynes Irwin, Christmas
1903)


Note:
SERIES II. CORRESPONDENCE



Outgoing,
1926, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Incoming



1933-55, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Re: "Terrible Teens" writings,
1934-35

Box 1: folder 5
Professional from Brandt & Brandt,
1937-65

Box 1: folder 6
SERIES III. WRITINGS



Contracts and royalty statements,
1920-77

Box 1: folder 7
Judy, A Magazine (4 issues),
1919

Box 1: folder 8
Novels



Going to the Sun: typescripts,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
The House of Susanna: typescripts,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
No cover charge: typescripts,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Prologue: correspondence and reviews,
1920

Box 1: folder 12
Note:
The Touchstone: typescripts,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Plays: typescripts,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Short Stories: typescripts,
n.d.


A-C


Box 2: folder 2-4
D


Box 3: folder 1
The "Dody" Stories


Box 3: folder 2
E-H


Box 3: folder 3-6
I-L


Box 4: folder 1-2
The "Leo" Stories


Box 4: folder 3
M-O


Box 4: folder 4-5
P-V


Box 5: folder 1-5
W-Z


Box 6: folder 1-2
Unfinished: notes,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 3
Unidentified,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 4
Miscellaneous published stories,
1921-61

Box 6
Note:
Miscellaneous



The Writer,
Jul 1957, Apr 1963

Box 6: folder 5
Miscellaneous notes,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 6
Bare Island [notes for unfinished novel?]


Box 6: folder 7
Writings by Jane Parker, and Edith and Samuel Grafton,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
Scrapbooks of published short stories (3),
1923-31


Note:
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Scrapbooks



Recipes, essays, and anecdotes: newspaper clippings,
1922

Box 7
Gift from Inez Hayes Irwin, Christmas: magazine pictures with captions by Irwin,
1903

Box 7
Stories



1923-26

Box 8
1927-30

Box 8
1931

Box 9
Miscellaneous stories (1 folder)



BOOKS ON SHELF



Prologue, by Phyllis Duganne




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Subjects
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Cape Cod (Mass.)--History--20th century--Sources
  • Dramatists, American--20th century
  • Duganne, Phyllis, 1899-1976
  • Fiction--Authorship--History--20th century--Sources
  • Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.)--History--20th century--Sources
  • Judy, a magazine (New York, N.Y., 1919)
  • Women authors, American--20th century


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