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Eleanor Cameron Papers, undated, 1930-2003

Summary Information
Title: Eleanor Cameron papers
Dates: undated, 1930-2003
Creator: Cameron, Eleanor, 1912-1996
Extent: 14 boxes (15.15 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-11
Abstract:
This collection consists of papers that trace the genesis, process, and revision of Eleanor Cameron's books for children and young adults as well as some of her books for adults. The collection includes holographs (manuscripts), typescripts, notes, galley proofs, reviews and correspondence, as well as typescripts of several of her speeches on the subject of children's literature, and several illustrations..

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Cameron, Eleanor, received in several installments beginning in 1975 and continuing throughout the 1980s.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Eleanor Cameron Papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series:

  • Series 1: Publications
  • Series 2: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials


Biographical Sketch

Eleanor Cameron, nee Butler, was born March 23, 1912 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She married Ian Stuart Cameron in 1934 and had one son. For many years, she worked as a library clerk and later as a librarian. In the 1950s, Cameron began to write fiction for adults and children. She published her first book, The Unheard Music , an adult novel in 1950; her first work for children, The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet , was published in 1954. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet is a science fiction and adventure tale, a different genre in children's literature in the 1950s, and one that Cameron helped popularize. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Cameron continued to write fiction for children and young adults, including more science fiction and fantasy, with an emphasis on plot, setting, and science. In her later books, Cameron began to focus more on the psychological and emotional struggles of pre-adolescents, particularly girls. In her semi-autobiographical Julia novels, Cameron focuses on the difficulties of growing up. Some of her other novels continued this trend and also added elements of mystery, fantasy, and the ghost story. Eleanor Cameron has also served as a member of the editorial boards of several magazines for children and about children's literature, including Cricket and Children's Literature in Education . She published The Green and Burning Tree , a critical study of children's literature in 1969 that was and continues to be widely praised and read as one of the studies of the field. Cameron continued to write throughout the 1980s, and in 1985 received the Kerlan Award, sponsored by the Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials for 21 titles, published between 1950 and 1993, as well as unpublished works, including Summer Lightning , later used as the basis for To the Green Mountains . The collection includes holographs (manuscripts), typescripts, proofs, notes, reviews, some illustrative material, articles, a photocopy of an award notice, and correspondence and typescripts of speeches. The latter are found with the material for The Green and Burning Tree as is the bulk of the correspondence, which includes some from other writers.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • This 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.
  • Cameron, Eleanor, 1912-1996
  • Death -- Juvenile fiction
  • Space and time -- Juvenile fiction
  • Scotland -- Juvenile fiction
  • Children's literature
  • Children's literature -- History and criticism
  • Children's literature, American -- History and criticism
  • Children's literature, English -- History and criticism
  • Criticism
  • Families -- Juvenile fiction
  • Children's stories, American
  • Christmas stories
  • Shells -- Juvenile fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Cameron, Eleanor, 1912-1997 -- Authorship - Juvenile literature
  • Children's literature -- Authorship -- Juvenile literature
  • Children's literature -- Appreciation -- Juvenile literature
  • Children -- Books and reading -- Juvenile literature
  • California -- Juvenile fiction
  • Space flight -- Juvenile Fiction
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Series 1: Publications, undated, 1952-2003 
 
All The Cool Changes, undated 
Box 1
Journal undated  Box 1 , Folder 1-2
 
Holograph, Corrected typescript, Notes 1992-1993  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Holograph, Corrected typescript, Clippings 1992  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Jacket Proof 1992  Box 1 , Folder 5
 
At Your Age, undated 
Box 1
Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 6
 
Autobiography, undated 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Clippings 1988-1989  Box 1 , Folder 7
 
Beast with the Magical Horn, The, 1963 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 8
 
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter 1962  Box 1 , Folder 9
 
Corrected Galley Proof 1963  Box 1 , Folder 10
 
Correspondence 1962-1963  Box 1 , Folder 11
 
Clippings 1963-1964  Box 1 , Folder 12
 
Beyond Explanation, undated 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Photocopied Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 13
 
Beyond Silence, 1980 
Box 1
Corrected Partial Carbon Typescript 1979  Box 1 , Folder 14
 
Corrected Typescript 1979  Box 1 , Folder 15
 
Corrected Typescript 1980  Box 1 , Folder 16-17
 
Correspondence 1988  Box 1 , Folder 18
 
Cool Changes, The, undated 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 19
 
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 20
 
Corrected Typescript, Notes undated  Box 1 , Folder 21
 
Court of the Stone Children, The, 1973 
Box 5
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 4-8
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 9-10
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 5 , Folder 11
 
Definition of Fantasy in Relation to Reality, A, undated 
Box 5
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 13
 
Eternal Moment, The, undated 
Box 5
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 14-15
 
Green and Burning Tree, The: On the Writing and Enjoyment of Children's Books, 1969 
Box 5
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 16-20
 
Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 21-25
Box 6
Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 1-2
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence 1966-1979  Box 6 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence 1968-1969  Box 6 , Folder 5
 
Correspondence 1968  Box 6 , Folder 6-7
 
Corrected Typescript, Clippings 1992-1996  Box 6 , Folder 8
 
Reviews 1970  Box 6 , Folder 9
 
Speech Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 10
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 13 , Folder 3
 
Griselda's Great Ambition, undated 
Box 6
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 11
 
Hidden Mysteries and Other Poems, undated 
Box 6
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 12-13
 
Correspondence, Notes, Clippings undated  Box 6 , Folder 14
 
Hovering Hawk, undated 
Box 6
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 15-18
 
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 19
 
Notes undated  Box 6 , Folder 20-21
 
Notes 1960  Box 6 , Folder 22
 
Notes undated  Box 6 , Folder 23
 
Ideal Critic, The, undated 
Box 6
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 24
 
Correspondence 1962-1973  Box 6 , Folder 25
 
I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, undated 
Box 6
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 26
 
Jane Lear, undated 
Box 7
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 14
 
Jewels from the Moon and the Meteor That Couldn't Stay, 1964 
Box 7
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 15
 
Photocopied Corrected Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 16
 
Julia and the Hand of God, 1977 
Box 7
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 18-21
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 7 , Folder 22-23
 
Julia's Magic 1984 
Box 7
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 24
 
Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 7 , Folder 25
Box 8
Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 8 , Folder 1-2
 
Corrected Photocopied Galley Proof 1984  Box 8 , Folder 3
 
McLuhan, Youth and Literature, undated 
Box 8
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 8 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescript 1967  Box 8 , Folder 5
 
Correspondence 1969-1972  Box 8 , Folder 6
 
Mr. Bass's Planetoid, 1958 
Box 8
Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 8 , Folder 21
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 8 , Folder 22
 
Multitudenous Sea, The, undated 
Box 8
Corrected Typescript, Clippings undated  Box 8 , Folder 23
 
Mysterious Christmas Shell, The, 1961 
Box 9
Corrected Typescript 1960  Box 9 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Galley Proof 1961  Box 13 , Folder 9
 
Mystery for Mr. Bass, A: A Mushroom Planet Book, 1960 
Box 9
Corrected Typescript 1959  Box 9 , Folder 2
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 13 , Folder 10
 
Myths, Fairytales, Legend, undated 
Box 9
Clippings, Notes 1966  Box 9 , Folder 3
 
Not All Journeys Are Across Space, undated 
Box 9
Corrected Typescript 1982  Box 9 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 9 , Folder 5
 
Portrait of an Unknown Woman, undated 
Box 9
Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 9 , Folder 6
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 9 , Folder 7-8
 
Private Worlds of Julia Redfern, The, 1988 
Box 9
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 9 , Folder 9-17
 
Clippings, Book Jacket 1988-1993  Box 9 , Folder 18
Box 13
Photocopied Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 13 , Folder 11
 
Room Made of Windows, A, 1971 
Box 9
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 9 , Folder 19-22
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 9 , Folder 23-24
 
Correspondence 1970-1972  Box 9 , Folder 25
Box 10
Clippings 1971-1973  Box 10 , Folder 1
 
Seed and the Vision, The: On the Writing and Appreciation of Children's Books, 1993 
Box 10
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Typescript 1989-1991  Box 10 , Folder 2-3
 
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Typescript 1991-1992  Box 10 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Photocopied Typescript undated  Box 10 , Folder 5-9
 
Corrected Typescript 1992  Box 10 , Folder 10
 
Corrected Typescript 1991-1992  Box 10 , Folder 11-14
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 10 , Folder 15-17
 
Corrected Typescript 1980  Box 10 , Folder 18
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 10 , Folder 19
 
Corrected Photocopied Typescript undated  Box 10 , Folder 20-22
Box 11
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 11 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescript 1992  Box 11 , Folder 2
 
Corrected Photocopied Typescript, Correspondence 1992-1993  Box 11 , Folder 3
 
Corrected Photocopied Typescript undated  Box 11 , Folder 4-5
 
Correspondence, Clippings, Research Material 1974-2003  Box 11 , Folder 6
 
Notebook undated  Box 11 , Folder 7
 
Small Mysteries: A Life, undated 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 11 , Folder 8
 
Spell is Cast, A, 1964 
Box 11
Holograph undated  Box 11 , Folder 9
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 11 , Folder 10-12
 
Corrected Typescript 1963  Box 11 , Folder 13-14
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 11 , Folder 15-16
 
Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet, 1956 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 11 , Folder 17-18
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 13 , Folder 12
 
Summer Lightening, undated 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Carbon Typescript 1953  Box 11 , Folder 19
 
Terrible Churnadryne, The, 1959 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 11 , Folder 22-24
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof 1959  Box 13 , Folder 13
 
That Julia Redfern, 1982 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript 1981  Box 11 , Folder 25
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 11 , Folder 26-29
Box 12
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 12 , Folder 1
 
Time and Mr. Bass: A Mushroom Planet Book, 1967 
Box 12
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 12 , Folder 2-3
 
Corrected Partial Carbon Typescript 1965  Box 12 , Folder 4-5
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 12 , Folder 6
 
To The Green Mountains, 1975 
Box 12
Corrected Partial Carbon Typescript undated  Box 12 , Folder 7-8
 
Corrected Typescript 1975  Box 12 , Folder 9-10
 
Corrected Partial Carbon Typescript undated  Box 12 , Folder 11-12
 
Corrected Galley Proof 1974  Box 12 , Folder 13
 
Clippings, Correspondence 1975, 1994-1995  Box 12 , Folder 14
 
Truants, The, undated 
Box 12
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 1962-1970, 1994  Box 12 , Folder 15
 
Unheard Music, The, 1950 
Box 12
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 12 , Folder 16-18
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 12 , Folder 19-20
 
Correspondence 1946-1949  Box 12 , Folder 21
 
Correspondence 1949-1950  Box 12 , Folder 22
 
Correspondence, Clippings 1949-1953  Box 12 , Folder 23
 
Woman I Knew, undated 
Box 12
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 12 , Folder 24
 
Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, The, 1954 
Box 13
Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 13 , Folder 14
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 13 , Folder 15
 
Corrected Carbon Typescripts undated  Box 13 , Folder 16-17
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 13 , Folder 18-19
Box 14
Reviews, Correspondence 1952-1960  Box 14 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 14 , Folder 2
 
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence, Contracts 1989-1990  Box 14 , Folder 3
 
Winter's Explanation, A, undated 
Box 14
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 14 , Folder 4
 
Writing From Experience, undated 
Box 14
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence, Clippings 1987-1991  Box 14 , Folder 5
 
Series 2: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials, undated, 1930-1995 
Box 1
Correspondence and Contracts 1930-1990  Box 1 , Folder 22-23
 
Correspondence From Eleanor to Rita Lipkis, 1962-1978  Box 1 , Folder 24-28
Box 2
Correspondence From Eleanor to Rita Lipkis, 1979-1994  Box 2 , Folder 1-6
 
Correspondence: High Fantasy: Wizard of Earthsea 1969-1971  Box 2 , Folder 7-8
 
Correspondence, Professional 1970-1985  Box 2 , Folder 9-20
Box 3
Correspondence, Professional 1985-1993  Box 3 , Folder 1-6
 
Correspondence with Atlantic 1960-1991  Box 3 , Folder 7-17
 
Correspondence with Children 1980-1986  Box 3 , Folder 18
 
Correspondence with Children's Literature Association 1980-1985  Box 3 , Folder 19-20
 
Correspondence with Dutton 1968-1980  Box 3 , Folder 21-22
Box 4
Correspondence with Dutton 1980-1984  Box 4 , Folder 1-2
 
Correspondence with Karen Hoyle 1971-1990  Box 4 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence with Miriam and Peter Chown 1987-1995  Box 4 , Folder 4
 
Correspondence with Peter Neumeyer 1980-1988  Box 4 , Folder 5-8
 
Correspondence with Rita Lipkis circa 1969-1998  Box 4 , Folder 9-19
Box 5
Correspondence with Rita Lipkis circa 1950-1990  Box 5 , Folder 1-2
 
Correspondence with Scotland 1973  Box 5 , Folder 3
 
Criticism of Eleanor Cameron's Work: Photocopied Typescript, Clippings 1980-1991  Box 5 , Folder 12
Box 6
Index Cards undated  Box 6 , Folder 27-28
Box 7
Index Cards undated  Box 7 , Folder 1-13
 
Journal undated  Box 7 , Folder 17
Box 8
Miscellaneous Corrected Typescript, Correspondence, Clippings 1944, 1957, 1986-1992  Box 8 , Folder 7-8
 
Notebook, Pamphlets 1987  Box 8 , Folder 9
 
Journal 1939  Box 8 , Folder 10
 
Miscellaneous Corrected Typescript, Correspondence, Notes, Clippings 1975-1976  Box 8 , Folder 11
 
Miscellaneous Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Correspondence, Clippings 1977, 1990-1992  Box 8 , Folder 12
 
Miscellaneous Corrected Typescript, Photocopied Illustrations, Notes, Clippings 1967, 1980-1990  Box 8 , Folder 13
 
Miscellaneous Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts, Correspondence 1968-1996  Box 8 , Folder 14-16
 
Correspondence, Clippings 1979-1983  Box 8 , Folder 17
 
Writings, Correspondence 1918, 1942-1971  Box 8 , Folder 18
 
Research Material undated  Box 8 , Folder 19
 
Writings, Correspondence 1959  Box 8 , Folder 20
Box 11
Sympathy Cards for Ian Cameron 1985-1986  Box 11 , Folder 20-21
Box 13
Correspondence and Contracts 1949-1982  Box 13 , Folder 1-2
 
Writings, Clippings, Photocopied Book 1984-1992  Box 13 , Folder 4
 
Pamphlets undated  Box 13 , Folder 5
 
Clippings, Pamphlets undated  Box 13 , Folder 6-8