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James Lincoln Collier Papers, undated, 1975-1983

Summary Information
Title: James Lincoln Collier Papers
Dates: undated, 1975-1983
Creator: Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-
Extent: 5 boxes (2 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-1103
This collection includes manuscript materials for thirteen titles published between 1967 and 1983. Manuscript materials include corrected typescripts, front matter, notes, corrected galley proofs, research material, and correspondence with a publisher.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Collier, James Lincoln, who placed this collection on permanent loan at the University of Minnesota in 1981 with additional material added in 1984.

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.


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:

James Lincoln Collier Papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical Sketch

James Lincoln Collier was born June 27, 1928 in New York City and graduated from Hamilton College with an AB in 1950. He worked as a writer and magazine editor before writing his first book for children and young adults, Battleground: The United States Army in World War II , in 1965. Throughout his career, James Lincoln Collier has written both non-fiction and fiction, including several books of historical fiction with his brother Christopher Collier. Their book My Brother Sam Is Dead was the Newbery Honor book, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1975, and was named an American Library Association Notable Children's Book. James Lincoln Collier's fiction sometimes focuses on an area of personal interest, jazz, a subject he has also written many well-received non-fiction books about including Inside Jazz ( 1973) and Louis Armstrong: An American Genius (1983). Collier is an accomplished jazz musician and plays the trombone professionally in addition to his writing career.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for thirteen titles published between 1967 and 1983, including four written with James's brother, Christopher Collier. The collection consists of corrected typescripts, carbon typescript, notes, research materials, corrected galley proofs, front matter, and one piece of correspondence with a publisher. Several of the titles contain various typescript drafts of manuscripts.

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.
  • Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-
  • Wyoming Valley (Pa.) -- History - Juvenile fiction
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- Juvenile fiction
  • Jazz -- History and criticism -- Juvenile literature
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Boarding schools -- Juvenile fiction
  • England -- Juvenile fiction
  • Rhythm bands and orchestras
  • Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971
  • Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography
  • United States -- History - Revolution, 1775-1783 - Juvenile fiction
  • Music -- Juvenile fiction
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction
  • Teddy bears -- Juvenile fiction
  • Music -- Juvenile fiction
  • Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction
  • African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
  • Slavery -- United States -- Juvenile fiction
  • Connecticut -- Juvenile fiction
  • Shays' Rebellion, 1786-1787 -- Juvenile fiction
  • Time travel -- Juvenile fiction
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Bloody Country, The, 1976 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 1 , Folder 1
Give Dad My Best, 1976 
Box 4
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter, 1975  Box 4 , Folder 5-6
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 4 , Folder 7
Box 5
Galley Proof, Correspondence, 1976  Box 5 , Folder 1
Inside Jazz, 1973 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 1 , Folder 2
It's Murder at St. Basket's, 1972 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 1 , Folder 3
Jug Bands and Handmade Music: A Creative Approach to Music Theory and the Instruments, 1973 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 1 , Folder 4
Louis Armstrong, An American Genius, 1983 
Box 1
Corrected Typescripts, undated  Box 1 , Folder 5-6
My Brother Sam is Dead, 1974 
Box 2
Corrected Typescripts, undated  Box 2 , Folder 1-2
Planet Out of the Past, 1983 
Box 4
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 4 , Folder 8
Box 5
Corrected Typescripts, undated  Box 5 , Folder 2-4
Corrected Galley Proof, 1983  Box 5 , Folder 5
Rich and Famous: The Further Adventures of George Stable, 1975 
Box 2
Corrected Typescripts, undated  Box 2 , Folder 3-5
Teddy Bear Habit, The, 1967 
Box 2
Corrected Typescripts, undated  Box 2 , Folder 6-7
Box 3
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter, undated  Box 3 , Folder 1
War Comes to Willy Freeman, 1983 
Box 3
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 3 , Folder 2
Winter Hero, The, 1978 
Box 3
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 3 , Folder 6
Box 4
Corrected Typescript, undated  Box 4 , Folder 1
Corrected Carbon Typescript, undated  Box 4 , Folder 2
Notes, Research Material undated  Box 4 , Folder 3-4
Why Does Everyone Think I'm Nutty?, 1971 
Box 3
Corrected Typescripts, Outline Notes, undated  Box 3 , Folder 3-5