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PCL MS 131 Rebecca Freligh Collection


Rebecca A. Freligh is a feature writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. An original manuscript with editorial corrections comprises the core of this collection.

Rebecca A. Freligh transferred her manuscript to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in August 1993. The collection is open for research, but photocopying or other duplication of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This register was compiled by Kirk Richardson under the supervision of Jean Geist, Popular Culture Library Associate II in February 1997 and was updated in September 2009 by Patricia Falk.

Biographical Sketch

Rebecca A. Freligh was born on January 22, 1949, in Adrian, Michigan. Completing her undergraduate work at Michigan State University in 1971, she also went on to graduate from the University of Michigan's law school in 1977. She is a member of the bar in the state of New York and practiced briefly for a firm in downtown New York City. She returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in order to earn an M.A. in communications, specializing in print journalism, from the Rackham Graduate School in 1982. Since then she has held several writing jobs, the longest-lasting being the one she holds now, as a feature writer for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland's daily newspaper. She has been a staff writer since 1985.

From Elsie Dinsmore to Nancy Drew: Girls' Series Books in American Culture was her senior thesis project, written in fulfillment of requirements for the undergraduate honors history program at Michigan State University.

Scope and Content

The Rebecca A. Freligh Collection houses the manuscript for her dissertation From Elsie Dinsmore to Nancy Drew: Girls' Series Books in American Culture.

Researchers interested in the serial novels and the process of writing a dissertation will find this collection useful.

Series Description

Literary Production

Manuscripts, Literary
Arranged chronologically by date of published work
Typed manuscript, with handwritten corrections by the editor


Box 1
From Elsie Dinsmore to Nancy Drew: Girls' Series Books in American Culture 1971
1 Original manuscript with editorial corrections