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Jean Fritz Papers

Summary Information
Title: Jean Fritz Papers
Dates: 1963-1987
Creator: Fritz, Jean
Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-131
Abstract:
Jean Fritz's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books, particularly her books concerned with American history. The collection contains production materials for twelve titles published between 1963 and 1987. Production materials include typescripts, front matter, proofs, research material, dummies, a paste-up, clippings, and some 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

Can't You Make Them Behave, King George, 1977

Early Thunder, 1967

Good Giants and the Bad Pudwudgies, 1982

I, Adam, 1963

Magic To Burn, 1964

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution, 1987

Stonewall, 1979

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, 1976

Where Was Patrick Henry On the 29th of May?, 1975

Who's That Stepping On Plymouth Rock?, 1975

Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?, 1974

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?, 1976


Biographical Sketch

Jean Fritz, nee Guttery, was born November 16, 1915 in Hanlow, China, where her father worked as a missionary. She grew up hearing his stories of American history and the country's heroes and these tales would later affect her writing career. Jean Fritz came to the United States and graduated from Wheaton College in 1937. She worked as a research assistant and children's librarian and in 1954 wrote her first book for children, Bunny Hopwell's First Spring . Jean Fritz continued to write fiction for children, including a number of historical novels that were widely praised for their authenticity and period detail as well as believeable characters and plots. In the 1970s, she begin writing historical biographies, focusing mainly on American Revolutionary War figures such as John Hancock, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, and Ben Franklin. Her biographies have been widely praised by critics for their realism, careful research, and informative and entertaining style. She has also written other biographies dealing with other historical figures. Jean Fritz drew on her own childhood in China for one of her books, Homesick, My Own Story (1982), an autobiographical work that was a Newbery Honor Book in 1983. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 72, p. 71-75 Twentieth Century Children's Writers , 3rd ed., p. 363-364


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for twelve titles published between 1963 and 1987, with a clipping dating from 1962. The collection includes corrected typescripts, corrected photocopy typescripts, corrected galley proofs, front matter, notes, research material including clippings and photostats, page proofs, a photocopy of a dummy, a paste-up, and some correspondence between Jean Fritz and her editors and publishers.

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.
  • Fritz, Jean
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Can't You Make Them Behave, King George 1977 
Note  New York: Coward, 1977
Box M. F. 330
Typescript, corrected (24 p.)  Box M. F. 330
 
Typescript, photocopy, corrected (13 p.)  Box M. F. 330
 
Galley proof, corrected (9 p.)  Box M. F. 330
 
Clippings (9 p.)  Box M. F. 330
 
Photostat (1 p.)  Box M. F. 330
 
Photocopy of photostat (1 p.)  Box M. F. 330
 
Early Thunder 1967 
Note  : , 1967
Box M. F. 331
Typescript, corrected (215 p.)  Box M. F. 331
 
Author's notes (2 p.)  Box M. F. 331
 
Good Giants and the Bad Pudwudgies 1982 
Note  : , 1982
Box M. F. 331
Typescript, photocopy (22 p.)  Box M. F. 331
 
Dummy (21 p.)  Box M. F. 331
 
I, Adam 1963 
Note  : , 1963
Box M. F. 331
Typescript, corrected (221 p.)  Box M. F. 331
 
Magic To Burn 1964 
Note  : , 1964
Box M. F. 331
Typescript, corrected (188 p.)  Box M. F. 331
 
Shh! We're Writing the Constitution 1987 
Note  New York: Putnam, 1987
Box M. F. 1621
Typesript, photocopy (39 p.)  Box M. F. 1621
 
Stonewall 1979 
Note  New York: Putnam, 1979
Box M. F. 332
Typescript, corrected (22 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Front matter (8 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Typescript, corrected partial photocopy (116 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? 1976 
Note  New York: Coward, 1976
Box M. F. 332
Typescript, corrected (31 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Front matter (2 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Galley proof, corrected (12 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Where Was Patrick Henry On the 29th of May? 1975 
Note  New York: Coward, 1975
Box M. F. 332
Typescript, corrected (31 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Front matter (4 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Typescript, carbon, corrected (15 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Front matter (4 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Galley proof, corrected (24 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Correspondence (7 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Notes (2 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Who's That Stepping On Plymouth Rock? 1975 
Note  New York: Coward, 1975
Box M. F. 332
Typescript, corrected (9 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Galley proof, photocopy, corrected (18 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Front matter (8 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Clippings (1 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? 1974 
Note  New York: Coward, 1974
Box M. F. 332
Holograph, typescript, and carbon typescript, corrected, miscellaneous (12 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Typescript, corrected (21 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Front matter (2 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Front matter (5 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Galley proof, corrected (11 .)  Box M. F. 332
 
Galley proof, photocopy, corrected (9 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Galley proof (5 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Page proof, photocopy, corrected (20 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Page proof (20 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Correspondence (7 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? 1976 
Note  New York: Coward, 1976
Box M. F. 332
Typescript, corrected (15 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Front matter (2 p.)  Box M. F. 332
Box M. F.
Galley proof, photocopy, corrected (42 p.)  Box M. F.
Box M. F. 332
Notes (3 p.)  Box M. F. 332
 
Paste-up (1 p.)  Box M. F. 332