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Jack Gantos Papers

Summary Information
Title: Jack Gantos Papers
Dates: 1981
Creator: Gantos, Jack
Extent: 4 folders
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1153
The collection contains written production material for 1 title, plus illustration studies and biographical information.

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

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Swampy Alligator, 1981

Biographical Sketch

John (Bryan Jr.) Gantos, better known as Jack Gantos, was born July 2, 1851, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. He became an author and educator, receiving many awards and honors for his books. Critics consider him to be an insightful observer of childhood feelings and behavior, and a gifted humorist. He is perhaps known for his Rotten Ralph series, about a large, anthropomorphic red cat. He is also known for his Jack Henry books, about a young man in the middle grades.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author vols. 20, 81, 119; Children's Literature Review , vol, 85

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written material for 1 title, and includes a corrected typescript, galleys, copyright information, correspondence, jacket and flap information, illustration studies, photocopied illustrations, proofs, contracts, reviews, and biographical information.

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.
  • Gantos, Jack
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Swampy Alligator 1981 
Note  New York: Windmill and Simon & Schuster, 1981
Box MF1257
typescript, corrected (65 p.)  Box MF1257
galleys (6 p.)  Box MF1257
copyright information, correspondence (22 p.)  Box MF1257
book jacket and flap information (7 p.)  Box MF1257
illustration studies, photocopied illustrations (22 p.)  Box MF1257
proofs (16 p.)  Box MF1257
biographical information, contracts (24 p.)  Box MF1257
reviews (9 p.)  Box MF1257