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Grace M. Graeff Manuscript

A description of her manuscript at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 10 Apr 2007

Biographical History

Grace M. Graeff was born Julia Martha Lirie Henninger in Mayville, New York on October 22, 1918. She was later adopted by Karl and Lucile Shearer. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory (1936-1939) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (1939-1941), and in 1941 married Myron J. Graeff with whom she had four children. She later returned to her studies at Western Reserve University (1965-1966) and finally graduated with a B.A. from Empire State College in 1974.

Graeff's first job was as a receptionist at Welch Grape Juice Co. (1959-1961); later she became partner-manager of her adoptive father's company, Carnahan Shearer (1961-1965). She also worked as house manager at Western Reserve University (1965-1967) and then for Chautauqua County as assistant special deputy to commissioner jurors and court clerk (1967). Her first and only book, House Not Made With Hands, was published in 1966 by the Philosophical Library in New York.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Grace M. Graeff Manuscript consists of approximately 60 pages of typescript of Graeff's book House Not Made With Hands. The first two pages are a synopsis and suggest that the book is at least partially autobiographical, since the main character was adopted as a child and the mother herself of four children. The book's title is taken from Second Corinthians 5:1 which reads, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."


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Subject Headings


Graeff, Grace M.

Associated Titles

House not made with hands.


Christian fiction.
Conduct of life.
Suffering -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Women authors.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.



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Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Grace M. Graeff Manuscript,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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