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Walter Dean Myers Collection

Summary Information
Title: Walter Dean Myers Collection
Dates: 1999-2007
Creator: Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
Extent: 14.75 linear ft. (34 boxes)
Location: Materials are stored in Andersen Library cavern. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1042
Abstract:
The collection contains production material for books by Walter Dean Myers.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Walter Dean Myers.


Arrangement

Items are arranged by published title and chronologically within each title.


Biographical Sketch

Walter Dean Myers was born August 12, 1937, in Martinsburg, WV. After a series of jobs he became a full time writer in 1977. Today he is considered one of the best contemporary American writers for children and young adults. An African American, he helped to redefine the image of blacks in juvenile literature. He has written in several genres and for different age groups, but is perhaps best known for his books for junior and senior high school readers, books that range from lighthearted and farcical to powerful and moving. Many of his books are especially appealing to boys. He has received many honors and awards for his work, including two Newbery honors and the 2008 Kerlan Award.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 27, 41, 71, 109 Something About the Author Autobiography Series vol. 2 Children's Literature Review vol. 35


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written production material for books by Walter Dean Myers, including typescripts, page proofs, correspondence, notes, and photographs.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
  • African Americans -- Fiction
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction
  • Interpersonal relations -- Fictio
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Box MF 3013
145th Street: Short Stories, published New York: Delacorte Press, 2000 (8 folders)  Box MF 3013
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (157 p.); correspondence (1 p.); press proofs (3 p.); page proofs, some corrected (169 p.); layout instructions (3 p.); corrected front matter (7 p.)
Box MF 3983
Ambush the Amazon, published New York: Puffin Books, 1986 (1 folder)  Box MF 3983
Note  Contains: front matter (1 p.); corrected galley proof (43 p.)
Box MF 3991
Amiri & Odette, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, published New York: Scholastic, 2009 (2 folders)  Box MF 3991
Note  Contains: typescript (2 p., 14 p.); corrected typescript (51 p.); photocopied corrected typescript (16 p.); front matter (1 p.); illustration photocopy (1 p.); correspondence (9 p.); research material (22 p.)
Box MF 3994
Antarctica: Journey to the South Pole, published New York: Scholastic Press, 2004 (2 folders)  Box MF 3994
Note  Contains: corrected rough galleys (107 p.); research materials (4 p.)
Box MF 4000
At Her Majesty's Request: An Aftican Princess in Victorian England, published New York: Scholastic Press, 1999 (3 folders)  Box MF 4000
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (84 p.); layout notes (4 p.); correspondence (2 p.); research material: letter transcriptions (13 p.); letter photocopies (3 p.); timelines (5 p.); photographs (2)
Box MF 3557, MF 3785, MF 3826-3827
Autobiography of My Dead Brother, published New York: Harper Tempest/Amistad, 2005 (29 folders)  Box MF 3557, MF 3785, MF 3826-3827
Note  MF 3557 contains: typescript (161 p.); corrected typescript (139 p.)
MF 3785 contains: corrected typescript (185 p.); page proof (111 p.); galleys (204 p.); notes (2 p.)
MF 3826 contains: typescript (163 p.); corrected typescript (173 p.); front matter, some corrected (15 p.); page proof (215 p.); corrected page proof (188 p.)
MF 3827 contains: corrected page proof (674 p.); corrected front matter (20 p.); correspondence (3 p.); layout notes (3 p.); legal documents (2 p.); 1 CD
Box MF 2990, MF 3089, MF 3091, MF 3255
Bad Boy: A Memoir, published New York: HarperCollins, 2001 (65 folders)  Box MF 2990, MF 3089, MF 3091, MF 3255
Note  MF 2990 contains: corrected typescript (186 p.); front matter (3 p.); corrected page proof (64 p.)
MF 3089 contains: corrected page proof (750 p.)
MF 3091 contains: photocopy corrected typescript (347 p.); front matter (2 p.); corrected page proof (319 p.); publisher's dummy (280 p.); correspondence (6 p.); author book awards list (7 p.); spring novel schedule (1 p.); notes (1 p.)
MF 3255 contains: corrected typescript (185 p.); photocopy corrected typescript (413 p.); front matter (3 p.); corrected page proof (149 p.)
Box MF 4000
The Beast, published by New York: Scholastic, 2003 (3 folders)  Box MF 4000
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (148 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3986
Blue Journey, published New York: Holiday House, 2003 (2 folders)  Box MF 3986
Note  Contains: 2 corrected typescripts (37 p., 28 p.); front matter (2 p.); correspondence (1 p.); dummy (57 p.)
Box MF 3994
Brown Angels: An Album of Picure and Verse, published New York: HarperCollins, 1993 (1 folder)  Box MF 3994
Note  Contains: 1 photocopy and text paste-up dummy (48 p.)
Box MF 3993
"The Changing Concept of Civil Rights in America," an essay in The Century That Was , published New York: Atheneum, 2000 (1 folder)  Box MF 3993
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (18 p.); biography and bibliography pages (2 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3995-3996
Crystal, published New York: Viking Kestrel, 1987 and Harper Trophy, 2001 (7 folders)  Box MF 3995-3996
Note  MF 3995 contains: corrected typescript (237 p.); front matter (1 p.); layout notes (9 p.)
MF 3089 contains: corrected galleys (102 p.)
Box MF 3993
The Dragon Takes a Wife, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi, published New York : Scholastic, 1995 (1 folder)  Box MF 3993
Note  Contains: 2 corrected typescripts (9 p., 9 p.); 1 jacket proof; 2 receipts
Box MF 3409, MF 3838
The Dream Bearer, published New York : Harper, 2003 (11 folders)  Box MF 3409, MF 3838
Note  MF 3409 contains: typescript (166 p.); corrected typescript (168 p.)
MF 3838 contains: corrected typescript (167 p.)
Box MF 3983
Duel in the Desert, published New York : Puffin Books, 1986 (3 folders)  Box MF 3983
Note  Contains: front matter (3 p.); 3 correct galley proofs (47 p., 50 p., 56 p.)
Box MF 3986
Fallen Angels, published New York : Scholastic, 1988 (7 folder)  Box MF 3986
Note  Contains: corrected typescripts (386 p.); front matter (4 p.); back matter (1 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3989
Fast Sam, Cook Clyde, and Stuff, published New York: Puffin Books, 1988 (6 folders)  Box MF 3989
Note  Contains: corrected typescripts (168 p.); front matter (4 p.); notes (1 p.)
Box MF 3982
Glorious Angels: a Celebration of Children, published New York: HarperCollins, 1995 (1 folder)  Box MF 3982
Note  Contains: 2 typescripts (4 p., 4 p.); front matter (5 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3987
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, published New York: Scholastic, 2001 (8 folders)  Box MF 3987
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (149 p.); front matter (2 p.); corrected galley proof (4 p.); corrected page proof (193 p.); correspondence (29 p.); notes (31 p.)
Box MF 3013, MF 3256, MF 3409
Handbook for Boys, a novel, published New York: HarperCollins, 2002 (31 folders)  Box MF 3013, MF 3256, MF 3409
Note  MF 3013 contains: corrected typescript (158 p.); front matter (2 p.); corrected front matter (6 p.); corrected page proof (190 p.); corrected page proof with illustrations (13 p.); correspondence (8 p.); notes and clippings (3 p.)
MF 3256 contains: typescript (150 p.); 2 corrected typescripts (235 p., 235 p.); notes (1 p.)
MF 3409 contains: typescript (244 p.); 2 corrected typescripts (155 p., 157 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3823-3824, MF 3992
Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage, published New York: HarperCollins, 2006 (33 folders)  Box MF 3823-3824, MF 3992
Note  MF 3823 contains: 3 typescripts (101 p., 101 p., 101 p.); 4 corrected typescripts (102 p., 132 p., 154 p., 66 p.)
MF 3256 contains: 5 corrected typescripts, some partial and/or photocopied (102 p., 74 p., 101 p., 102 p., 140 p.); front matter (23 p.); illustration photocopies (169 p.); correspondence (20 p.); notes (24 p.); layout notes (5 p.); research material (39 p.); legal documents (15 p.)
MF 3992 contains: corrected typescripts (79 p.)
Box MF 3993
Harlem Summer, published New York: Scholastic, 2007 (4 folders)  Box MF 3993
Note  Contains: galley proofs (172 p.); correspondence (3 p.)
 
Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, published New York: Holiday House, 2004 (4 folders)  Box MF 3993
Note  Contains: 2 corrected typescripts (76 p., 78 p.); corrected typescript (19 various p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3994
Hoops, a novel, published New York: Delacorte Press, 1981 (8 folders)  Box MF 3994
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (230 p.); corrected biography page proof (1 p.); corrected front matter (2 p.); layout notes (5 p.); galley proofs (132 p., 130 p.); publisher's dummy (191 p.); correspondence (3 p.)
Box MF 3992
How Mr. Monkey Saw the Whole World, published New York: Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1996 (1 folder)  Box MF 3992
Note  Contains: photocopy corrected typescript (6 p.); correspondence (4 p.); clippings (5 p.)
Box MF 3993
It Ain't All for Nothin', published New York: Viking Press, 1978 (4 folders)  Box MF 3993
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (171 p.)
Box MF 3992
Jazz, published New York: Holiday House, 2006 (1 folder)  Box MF 3992
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (16 p.); front matter (1 p.)
Box MF 3986
The Legend of Tarik, published New York: Viking Press, 1981 (8 folders)  Box MF 3986
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (379 p.); correspondence (5 p.)
Box MF 3992
Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly, illustrated by Leonard Jenkins, published New York: HarperCollins, 2000 (1 folder)  Box MF 3992
Note  Contains: front matter (1 p.); back matter (4 p.); correspondence (10 p.)
Box MF 3990
Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid, published New York: Delacorte Press, 1988 (7 folders)  Box MF 3990
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (114 p.); photocopied typescript (68 p.); 3 corrected typescripts with photocopied illustrations (48 p., 51 p., 70 p.); front matter (7 p.); back matter (1 p.); illustration photocopy (1 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
 
Mojo and the Russians, published New York: Viking Press, 1977 (6 folders)  Box MF 3990
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (300 p.); front matter (7 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 2990
Monster, published New York: HarperCollins, 1999 (10 folders)  Box MF 2990
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (204 p.); front matter (3 p.); page proof (5 p.); corrected page proof (143 p.); 1 book manufacturing form; publisher's dummy (14 p.); corrected publisher's dummy (194 p.); correspondence (2 p.); artwork layout notes (2 p.); photos of original artwork (3 p.); photo printouts (7 p.)
Box MF 3989
Mop, Moondance, and the Nagasaki Knights, published New York: Delacorte Press, 1992 (6 folders)  Box MF 3989
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (307 p.); front matter (11 p.); back matter (5 p.); sample page (2 p.)
Box MF 3995
The Mouse Rap, published New York: Harper and Row, 1990 (11 folders)  Box MF 3995
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (155 p.); 2 corrected page proofs (195 p., 196 p.)
Box MF 3982-3983
The Nicholas Factor: a novel, published New York: Viking Press, 1983 (7 folders)  Box MF 3982-3983
Note  MF 3982 contains: corrected typescript (234 p.)
MF 3983 contains: corrected galley proof (90 p.)
Box MF 3838, MF 3982
Now Is Your Time: The African-American Struggle for Freedom, published New York: HarperCollins, 1991 (21 folders)  Box MF 3838, MF 3982
Note  MF 3838 contains: corrected typescript (533 p.); front matter (8 p.); back matter (31 p.); correspondence (2 p.)
MF 3982 contains: corrected typescript (470 p.); front matter (14 p.); back matter (7 p.)
Box MF 4000
The Outside Shot, published New York: Delacorte Press, 1984 (12 folders)  Box MF 4000
Note  Contains: 2 corrected typescripts (229 p., 256 p.); corrected front matter (20 p.); corrected galley (48 p., 49 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3991
The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner, published New York: HarperCollins, 1992 (3 folders)  Box MF 3991
Note  Contains: 4 corrected typescripts (48 p., 54 p., 24 p., 63 p.); front matter (3 p.)
Box MF 3983
Scorpions, published New York: Harper and Row, 1988 (11 folders)  Box MF 3983
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (534 p.); front matter (5 p.); galley proof (5 p.)
Box MF 3991
Shadow of the Red Moon, illustrated by Christopher Myers, published New York: Scholastic, 1995 (5 folders)  Box MF 3991
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (239 p.); front matter (3 p.); back matter (1 p.)
Box MF 3555-3557
Shooter, published New York: HarperCollins, 2004 (43 folders)  Box MF 3555-3557
Note  MF 3555 contains: corrected typescript (203 p.); photocopied corrected typescript (643 p.); front matter (2 p.); correspondence (2 p.)
MF 3556 contains: corrected typescript (428 p.); photocopied corrected typescript (211 p.); front matter (11 p.); back matter (7 p.); corrected page proof (159 p.); correspondence (6 p.); clippings (11 p.); layout notes (11 p.)
MF 3557 contains: photocopied typescript (206 p.); corrected page proof (425 p.); correspondence (8 p.); layout notes (4 p.)
Box MF 4005
Slam!, illustrated by Christopher Myers, published New York: Scholastic, 1996 (9 folders)  Box MF 4005
Note  Contains: 2 corrected typescripts (209 p., 221 p.)
Box MF 3987
Smiffy Blue, Ace Crime Detective: The Case of the Missing Ruby, illustrated by David Sims, published New York: Scholastic, 1996 (3 folders)  Box MF 3987
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (63 p., 9 p.); corrected page proof (6 p., 57 p.); illustration photocopies (13 p.)
Box MF 3992
Story of the Three Kingdoms, illustrated by Ashley Bryan, published New York: HarperCollins, 1995 (1 folder)  Box MF 3992
Note  Contains: photocopied corrected galley (20 p.); color illustration proofs (29 p.); correspondence (3 p.)
Box MF 3987
Sweet Illusions, published New York: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1987 (5 folders)  Box MF 3987
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (270 p.); front matter (2 p.); correspondence (4 p.)
Box MF 3991
Tales of a Dead King, published New York: W. Morrow, 1983 (2 folders)  Box MF 3991
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (56 p.); front matter (2 p.); back matter (2 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3989
Three Swords for Granada, illustrated by John Speirs, published New York: Holiday House, 2002 (3 folders)  Box MF 3989
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (115 p.); front matter (6 p.); correspondence (1 p.); illustration photocopies (18 p.)
Box MF 4005
Time to Love: Stories from the Old Testament, illustrated by Christopher Myers, published New York: Scholastic, 2003 (7 folders)  Box MF 4005
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (247 p.); corrected front matter (16 p.); back matter (2 p.); corrected back matter (5 p.); correspondence (53 p.); research material (1 p.)
Box MF 3990-3991
USS Constellation: Pride of the American Navy, published New York: Holiday House, 2004 (5 folders)  Box MF 3990-3991
Note  MF 3990 contains: corrected typescript (133 p.); front matter (5 p.); back matter (1 p.); correspondence (3 p.)
MF 3991 contains: front matter (13 p.); back matter (1 p.); 2 corrected page proofs (51 p., 59 p.); correspondence (3 p.)
Box MF 3992-3993
What They Found: Love on 145th Street, published New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2007 (15 folders)  Box MF 3992-3993
Note  MF 3992 contains: notes (2 p.); page proofs (258 p.)
MF 3993 contains: corrected page proofs (18 p.)
MF 4237 contains: corrected typescript(226 p.), front matter (6 p.), back matter (2 p.)
Box MF 3988
Won't Know till I Get There, published New York: Viking Press, 1982 (10 folders)  Box MF 3988
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (377 p.); front matter (5 p.); corrected galley proof (86 p.); correspondence (2 p.)
Box MF 3992
The Young Landlords, published New York: Viking Press, 1979 (14 folders)  Box MF 3992
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (180 p.); corrected front matter (1 p.)