Amber Dean Papers

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Amber Dean papers
Creator: Dean, Amber
Call Number: D.128
Dates: 1903-1985
Physical Description: 12 boxes, 3 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Typescripts
Series II: Publications and ephemera
Series III: Correspondence
Subseries I: Business correspondence
Subseries II: Personal correspondence
Series IV: Royalty statements, contracts
Series V: Newspaper and magazine clippings about Amber Dean
Series VI: Calendars and diaries
Series VII: Personal papers
Collection Overview
Title: Amber Dean papers
Creator: Dean, Amber
Call Number: D.128
Dates: 1903-1985
Physical Description: 12 boxes, 3 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Amber Dean Getzin was born in Depew, New York, on December 12, 1902, of Canadian parentage. In the 1930's, she moved to Rochester with her husband Norman "Dutch" Getzin (d. 1976). Between 1944 and 1973 she wrote seventeen mystery novels under the pen name Amber Dean. In writing her novels, Mrs. Getzin drew from incidents in her personal life, background, and regional locality, most of her books being set in upstate New York.

Throughout her approximately thirty-year career as a writer, Amber Dean gave many lectures on writing mysteries to clubs, organizations, and libraries. Another of her concerns was Operation Morale, a volunteer organization that sent care packages to men serving in Vietnam during the war. She wrote numerous letters on behalf of Operation Morale to corporations and prominent individuals asking for donations. She was also involved in garden clubs, particularly the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State. She took horticultural classes and eventually became a judge for flower shows.

In 1979, Amber Dean began writing her memoirs, to be called Ten Miles East of Buffalo. A couple of the chapters were published in a condensed form in Upstate magazine in 1981. She also revised There's A Man In My Cistern, an unpublished manuscript, re-naming it Mrs. Neoga Is Late Again. She died on June 3, 1985 after a short illness.

MYSTERY NOVELS BY AMBER DEAN. The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections also has a collection of Amber Dean's novels. For more information, check the local catalog.

Dead Man's Float. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Doran and company, 1944.

Chanticleer's Muffled Crow. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Doran and company, 1945.

Call Me Pandora. Garden City, New York, Doubleday and company, 1946.

Wrap It Up. Garden City, New York, Doubleday and company, 1946.

Foggy Foggy Dew. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1947.

No Traveler Returns. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1948.

Snipe Hunt. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1949.

Ticket to Buffalo. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1951.

August Incident. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1951.

Collector's Item. Garden Clty, New York, Doubleday, 1953.

The Devil Threw Dice. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1954.

Something For The Birds. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1959.

Bullet Proof. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1960.

Encounter With Evil. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1961.

Deadly Contact. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1963.

The Dower Chest. New York, Putnam, 1970.

Be Home By Eleven. New York, Putnam, 1973.

Scope and Content
The collection contains: typescripts, chiefly of unpublished novels, short stories and a few poems; correspondence between herself and James Brown of James Brown Associates (her agent), publishing companies, book clubs, friends, and on behalf of Operation Morale; magazine and newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, desk diaries, and miscellaneous pictures.

Subject(s):
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Scrapbooks
Dean, Amber
Operation Morale (Rochester, N.Y.)
Authors, American
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection consists of two separate gifts of papers from Mrs. Getzin, one in March, 1979, and the other in May, 1985.Access
The Amber Dean papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Amber Dean papers, D.128, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Typescripts
Box 1, Folder 1Apple blossom pain
29 pages

Box 1, Folder 2Be home by eleven
184 pages

Box 1, Folder 3Be home by eleven
184 pages
Photocopy.

Box 1, Folder 4The boy who was afraid of bears
Illustration by Alice Wray
15 pages

Box 1, Folder 5The boy who was afraid of bears
Corrections in author's hand, illustrations by Alice Wray
10 pages

Box 1, Folder 6The boy who was afraid of bears
11 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 1, Folder 7Call me Pandora
33 pages
Carboncopy

Box 1, Folder 8City chippy
22 pages

Box 1, Folder 9The clouded leopard
13 pages

Box 1, Folder 10The clouded leopard
14 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 1, Folder 11Dead man's float
165 pages
Carboncopy of typescript, corrections in author's hand

Box 1, Folder 12Do you know what saved upper Michigan?
8 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 1, Folder 13How would you like 800 pounds on your flipper?
8 pages

Box 1, Folder 14How would you like 800 pounds on your flipper?
8 pages
Carboncopy of typescript

Box 1, Folder 15Is this love Billy?
8 pages

Box 1, Folder 16Is this love Billy?
8 pages
Carboncopy of typescript

Box 1, Folder 17Is this love Billy?
9 pages

Box 1, Folder 18Is this love Billy?
12 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 2, Folder 1Miss Ellen Smith goes hunting
213 pages

Box 2, Folder 2Miss Ellen Smith goes hunting
243 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 2, Folder 3-4Miss Ellen Smith goes hunting
213 pages
Photocopy of typescript

Box 3, Folder 1My short unhappy career as an angel of mercy
16 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 3, Folder 2The pink parasol
10 pages

Box 3, Folder 3The pink parasol
16 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 3, Folder 4The pink parasol
11 pages

Box 3, Folder 5Senior wing
116 pages

Box 3, Folder 6She was gorgeous
11 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 3, Folder 7She was gorgeous
14 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 3, Folder 8The solution
24 pages

Box 3, Folder 9The solution
24 pages
Carboncopy of typescript

Box 3, Folder 10The solution
24 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 3, Folder 11View to death
235 pages
Carboncopy of typescript

Box 3, Folder 12You aren't going to like it
10 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 3, Folder 13Miscellaneous notes concerning typescripts
Box 3, Folder 14Tricheo bezoar
Typescripts and rough drafts

Box 3, Folder 15There's a man in my cistern
212 pages
Corrections in author's hand

Box 4, Folder 1There's a man in my cistern
212 pages
Photocopy

Box 4, Folder 2Mrs. Neoga is late again: background information
Box 4, Folder 3Mrs. Neoga is late again: chapters 1-2
Chapters 1 and 2, 2 copies

Box 4, Folder 4Mrs. Neoga is late again: loose papers and corrections
Box 4, Folder 5Mrs. Neoga is late again: pages 1-133
Box 4, Folder 6Mrs. Neoga is late again: pages 134-168, 225-232
Box 4, Folder 7Mrs. Neoga is late again: 1-233 pages
Box 4, Folder 8Mrs. Neoga is late again: 1-199 pages
Box 5, Folder 1Memoir: Notes for ten miles east of Buffalo
Box 5, Folder 2Memoir: Ten miles east of Buffalo
67 pages

Box 5, Folder 3Memoir: Whose little girl are you?
9 versions

Box 5, Folder 4Memoir: What's your name little boy?
4 versions, with copies

Box 5, Folder 5Memoir: Mother's little helper
4 versions, with copies

Box 5, Folder 6Memoir: The watershed
10 versions

Box 5, Folder 7Memoir: Let's never be without a baby again
8 versions

Box 5, Folder 8Memoir: Bread, butter and brown sugar
11 versions with copies

Box 5, Folder 9Memoir: Question and answer
8 pages

Box 5, Folder 10Additional typescripts
Box 6, Folder 11Poems
Series II: Publications and ephemera
Box 6, Folder 1"No traveller returns," The Philadelphia Inquirer, pages 1-12, March 6, 1949
Box 6, Folder 2"August incident," The Montreal Star, Book of the Week, pages 1-12, 1952
Box 6, Folder 3"Snipe hunt," The Standard, Book of the Week, pages 1-12, September 30, 1950
Box 6, Folder 4"Tavern of the Dead," Triple Detective, pages 118-157, Summer, 1950
Box 6, Folder 5"Farlight mote," Bild, Summer, 1966
Including: June 21, 1966, p. 25; June 29, 1966, p. 20; July 6, 1966, p. 20; July 13, 1966, p. 20; July 20, 1966, p.17; July 27, 1966, p. 28; August 3, 1966, p.28.

Box 6, Folder 6Book jackets
Box 6, Folder 7Biographical account
22 page paper written by Gayle Turan

Box 6, Folder 8Helen Watson Burns: letters and miscellaneous material concerning historical aspects of Dresden, Ontario
Box 6, Folder 9Booklists that include Amber Dean titles
Box 6, Folder 9Biographical ephemera
Series III: Correspondence
Subseries I: Business correspondence
Box 7, Folder 1-33James Brown Associates, 1949-1983, undated
Box 8, Folder 1American Express Company, Inc., 1964
Box 8, Folder 2Crime Club Publishers, 1947-1951, undated
Box 8, Folder 3Doubleday and Company, 1948-1960
Box 8, Folder 4Doubleday and Company, 1961-1983
Box 8, Folder 5John Farquharson, Ltd., 1961-1962
Box 8, Folder 6Harper and Row Publishers, 1972
Box 8, Folder 7Legal matters, 1956-1978, undated
Box 8, Folder 8Libraries, 1947-1983, undated
Box 8, Folder 9Magazine publications
Box 8, Folder 10Mohrbooks, 1961-1979
Box 8, Folder 11Mystery Writers of America, 1950-1976
Box 8, Folder 12-15Operation Morale, 1969-1971, undated
Box 8, Folder 16Correspondence with organizations concerning speeches and lectures
Box 10, Folder 4Lawrence Pollinger, Ltd., 1963
Box 10, Folder 5Murray Pollinger, 1963-1977
Box 10, Folder 6Publishers, 1979-1984
Box 10, Folder 7G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1969-1976, undated
Box 10, Folder 8Unicorn Mystery Book Club, 1949-1951
Box 10, Folder 9Miscellaneous, 1903-1984
Subseries II: Personal correspondence
Box 9, Folder 1Correspondence: Personal, 1948-1964
Box 9, Folder 2Correspondence: Personal, 1965-1970
Box 9, Folder 3Correspondence: Personal, 1971-1979
Box 9, Folder 4Correspondence: Personal, undated before 1979
Box 9, Folder 5Correspondence: Personal, January-June, 1980
Box 9, Folder 6Correspondence: Personal, July-December, 1980
Box 9, Folder 7Correspondence: Personal, 1981
Box 9, Folder 8Correspondence: Personal, 1982
Box 10, Folder 1Correspondence: Personal, 1983
Box 10, Folder 2Correspondence: Personal, 1984, undated
Box 10, Folder 3Correspondence: Personal, Charlotte Edwards, 1980
Series IV: Royalty statements, contracts
Box 10, Folder 10Royalty statements
Box 10, Folder 11Contracts
Series V: Newspaper and magazine clippings about Amber Dean
Box 11, Folder 1Arcade Herald newspaper
Box 11, Folder 2Irondequoit Press newspaper
Box 11, Folder 3Magazine clippings
Box 11, Folder 4Newspaper clippings
Box 11, Folder 5Rochester D.
Box 11, Folder 6Trapezoid, Brighton high school paper
Box 11, Folder 7Upstate magazines
Series VI: Calendars and diaries
Box 12, Folder 1Desk calendar, 1937
Box 12, Folder 2Desk calendar, 1941
Box 12, Folder 3Desk calendar, 1962
Box 12, Folder 4Desk calendar, 1965
Box 12Desk calendars for years, 1935, 1948, 1949, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974
Box 12Birthday book
Box 12Travel diary, 1955-1956
Box 12A year in my garden, 1947
Series VII: Personal papers
Box 11, Folder 8Pictures of Amber Dean and miscellaneous subjects
Box 11, Folder 9Horticultural scrapbook
Box 11, Folder 10Dean family genealogy
Box 11, Folder 11Magazine and newspaper articles by friends
Box 11, Folder 12Magazines
Box 11, Folder 13Anniversary booklets
Volume 1-2Scrapbook containing cards, letters, and clippings about publications
Package 1Two (2) diplomas from Depew High School and Depew Public Schools


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