This LibGuide is created for Dr. Kirsten Paine's ENGLIT Women and Literature course. Ground-breaker Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) served as war correspondent, journalist, and writer. Perhaps best known for her mysteries, Rinehart published poems, short stories, plays, articles, essays, memoirs, romances, and novels and some of these were adapted for stage, film, radio, and television. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Rinehart corresponded with well-known political, publishing, social, society, and entertainment figures of the early 20th century. Rinehart was also involved with publishing during her successful career. Her sons Stanley M. Rinehart Jr. and Fredrick R. Rinehart co-founded Farrar & Rinehart and published much of Mary Roberts Rinehart's books. In 1949 John Farrar left to form Farrar Straus & Giroux. After 1946, Rinehart & Co. and continued to publish Rinehart’s novels. Contracts and publisher correspondence is also contained in the archive.
Please view the finding aid for The Mary Roberts Rinehart Papers which are housed in Archives & Special Collections and document her life, with emphasis on her career as a writer, her travels, activities, and correspondence. Selected portions of the collection have been digitized and are available online.
Additionally, this LibGuide offers suggested secondary sources and non-ULS resources that may be of research interest.
In 1915, prior to the US involvement in World War I, Mary Roberts Rinehart requested that the Saturday Evening Post send her to Europe as a reporter. Rinehart subsequently returned to Europe in 1918 to report on the war, this time for the US War Department. These experiences influenced her works, such as her 1918 novel, The Amazing Interlude, which features Rinehart a girl who leaves her fiancée to run a soup kitchen near the front and falls in love with a Belgian aristocrat, both instances inspired by real life individuals Rinehart met while during her war correspondent years. The image above also include content from the ULS's Hervey Allen Papers. Clockwise from top left: Mary Roberts Rinehart's WWI notebook; photo of Hervey Allen as a soldier; a khaki handkerchief in which Allen left behind his war poems as he swam across a river when his company was being attacked; Allen's emergency will written in France during the war.
Dust jacket from Tenting To-Night, 
Tenting To-Night chronicles the backcountry trip made by Mary and Stanley Rinehart and their three sons through Glacier National Park and the Cascade Mountains of Washington State in July and August 1916. In the North Cascades, Mary describes an adventure cañon-fishing near the fork of Bridge Creek in the Stehekin River Valley and her encounter there with a wily trout.
Rinehart, Mary Roberts, (1876-1958).
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, [1917, 1918].
University Library System - Archives & Special Collections
Rinehart & family getting ready for the day's fishing at their camp near Bowman Lake at Glacier National Park, Montana, 1916
Papers of Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1831-1994.
University Library System - Mary Roberts Rinehart Collection, Archives & Special Collections
Before computers and the advent of the "cut and paste" function, there were straight pins! Mary Roberts Rinehart, like other writers of the time, adhered to the early 20th century practice of cutting and pinning edits to a manuscript draft. Pictured are related objects from Rinehart’s desk, including a pair of scissors and a container of straight pins.