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John D. Fitzgerald Papers

Summary Information
Title: John D. Fitzgerald Papers
Dates: 1967-1973
Creator: Fitzgerald, John D.
Extent:
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-127
Abstract:
John D. Fitzgerald's papers focus on his work as an outhor of children's books. The collection contains production material for five titles published between 1967 and 1973. Production materials include typescripts, galley proofs, notes, and a small amount of correspondence.

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.

Copyright:

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.


Arrangement

Great Brain, 1967

Great Brain at the Academy, 1972

Great Brain Reforms, 1973

Me and My Little Brain, 1971

More Adventures of the Great Brain, 1969


Biographical Sketch

John Dennis Fitzgerald was born in 1907 in Utah. He worked as journalist, editor, and author for many years and published his first book for children The Great Brain in 1967. This book and the others in the "Great Brain" series were based on the author's childhood in Utah Territory with his brother Tom, the original "Great Brain." John Dennis Fitzgerald wrote in a conversational style with a great deal of sympathy and insight for his characters. The "Great Brain" series was praised by critics for its "subtle characterizations" and mix of humor and suspense. His stories were also cited by critics for their depiction of American family life and the American value system. In the books, Tom and his "Great Brain" wrestle with the dilemma of needing to do good yet also wanting to make a profit. John Dennis Fitzgerald died on May 21, 1988. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , Vol. 20, p. 50-58. Something About the Author , Vol. 56, p. 51. Twentieth Century Children's Writers , 3rd ed., p. 345-346.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Tthe collection contains production materials for five titles published between 1967 and 1973. It includes corrected typescripts, front matter, notes, corrected galley proofs, and some correspondence. The materials are arranged by title with folder level control.

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.
  • Fitzgerald, John D.
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Great Brain 1967 
Note  New York: Dial Press, 1967
Box M. F. 316a
Typescript, corrected (178 p.)  Box M. F. 316a
 
Typescript, corrected (30 p.)  Box M. F. 316a
 
Great Brain at the Academy 1972 
Note  New York: Dial Press, 1972
Box M. F. 316
Typescript, corrected (172 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Typescript, miscellaneous front matter (14 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Correspondence (5 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Notes (2 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Galley proof, corrected (55 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Great Brain Reforms 1973 
Note  New York: Dial Press, 1973
Box M. F. 316
Typescript, corrected (182 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Front matter (5 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Typescript, corrected (27 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Galley proof, corrected (55 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Correspondence (5 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Notes (6 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Me and My Little Brain 1971 
Note  New York: Dial Press, 1971
Box M. F. 316
Typescript, corrected (145 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
Correspondence (17 p.)  Box M. F. 316
 
More Adventures of the Great Brain 1969 
Note  New York: Dial Press, 1969
Box M. F. 317
Typescript, corrected (190 p.)  Box M. F. 317
 
Correspondence (9 p.)  Box M. F. 317
 
Notes (1 p.)  Box M. F. 317