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M. E. Kerr Papers

Summary Information
Title: M. E. Kerr Papers
Dates: 1972-1994
Creator: Kerr, M. E.
Extent: 6.6 linear ft.--printed matter; .1 cubic ft--non-manuscript material
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-151
Abstract:
M. E. Kerr's papers focus on her work as an author of young adult fiction. The collection contains production material for 18 titles published between 1972 and 1994. Production materials include corrected typescripts, front matter, corrected galley and page proofs, publishers' dummies, a small amount of correspondence, and some pasteups for front matter and a book jacket.

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.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Arrangement

Deliver Us from Evie, 1994

Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack, 1972

Fell Back, 1989

Fell Down, 1991

Gentlehands, 1978

Him She Loves?, 1984

I Stay Near You: 1 Story in 3, 1985

If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?, 1973

I'll Love You When You're More Like Me, 1977

Is That You, Miss Blue?, 1974

Linger, 1993

Little Little, 1981

Love is a Missing Person, 1975

M. E. Kerr Introduces Fell, 1987

Me, Me, Me, Me, Me: Not a Novel, 1983

Night Kites, 1986

Son of Someone Famous, The, 1974

What I Really Think of You, 1982

Fell, 1987

What Became of Her, 2000

Slap Your Sides, 2001


Biographical Sketch

M. E. Kerr, the pseudonym of Marijane (Agnes) Meaker, was born May 27, 1928, in Auburn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the U. of Missouri in 1949 and began working as a freelance writer. She published her first novel, Dark Intruder under the name Vin Packer, in 1952, and also published adult non-fiction works under the name Ann Aldrich. In 1972 she published her first book for young adults, Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack under the pseudonym M. E, Kerr. Since them M. E. Kerr has become one of the most popular and highly respected authors in American juvenile literature. Critics praised her as a brilliant and original writer and keen social observer who is not afraid of controversial subjects, and whose books address serious issues in as manner both incisive and entertaining. Critics have also lauded her books for the color and variety of her characterizations, and note that several of her novels are acknowledged landmarks of young adult literature. She continues to publish works for young adults, including the 'Fell' series dealing with the adventures of teenage detective John Fell. She also published Me, Me, Me, Me, Me in 1983, detailing her own teenage years and how many of the people and events from this period found their ways into her novels. She has received several awards for her books and continues to write books for young adults.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author vol. 20, 61, 99, 111 (listed under Marijane Meaker); Something About the Author Autobiography Series vol. 1; Children's Literature Review vol. 29


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 18 titles published between 1972-1994. Materials include corrected typescripts, corrected photocopy typescripts, front matter, corrected galley and page proofs, publisher's dummies, a small amount of correspondence, and some pasteups for front matter and a book jacket.

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.
  • Kerr, M. E.
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Deliver Us from Evie 1994 
Note  : Harper Collins Children's Books, 1994
Box MF2245 folders 1-4
Typescript, corrected (165 p.)  Box MF2245 folders 1-4
Box MF2245 folder 1
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF2245 folder 1
Box MF2245 folder 4
miscellaneous photocopies pages (2 p.)  Box MF2245 folder 4
 
memo (1 p.)  Box MF2245 folder 4
Box MF2245 folder 5
galley proof, sample pages (15 p.)  Box MF2245 folder 5
Box MF2245 folders 6-9
galley proof, corrected (211 p.)  Box MF2245 folders 6-9
Box MF2245, 2246, folders 10-13
galley proof, corrected (214 p.)  Box MF2245, 2246, folders 10-13
Box MF2246 folder 14
galley proof, miscellaneous pages (7 p.)  Box MF2246 folder 14
Box MF2245,2246
Typescript (15 p.)  Box MF2245,2246
 
Typescript, corrected (608 p.)  Box MF2245,2246
 
Typescript, photocopy (2 p.)  Box MF2245,2246
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF2245,2246
 
Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack 1972 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1972
Box MF508 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected (157 p.)  Box MF508 folders 1-3
Box MF508 folder 1
front matter (14 p.)  Box MF508 folder 1
Box MF508 folder 4
galley proof, corrected (68 p.)  Box MF508 folder 4
Box MF508 folder 5
galley proof, corrected (68 p.)  Box MF508 folder 5
Box MF508 folder 6
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF508 folder 6
 
galley proof (1 p.)  Box MF508 folder 6
Box MC1269
photograph illustration for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1269
 
positive transparency study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1269
 
pasteup for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC1269
Box MF508
Typescript, corrected (166 p.)  Box MF508
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (5 p.)  Box MF508
 
galley proof, corrected (139 p.)  Box MF508
 
Fell Back 1989 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1989
Box MF1628 folders 1-4
Typescript, corrected (184 p.)  Box MF1628 folders 1-4
Box MF1628 folder 1
front matter (9 p.)  Box MF1628 folder 1
Box MF1628 folders 5-6
galley proof, corrected (95 p.)  Box MF1628 folders 5-6
Box MF1628 folders 7-8
page proof, corrected photocopy (96 p.)  Box MF1628 folders 7-8
Box MF1628 folders 9-10
page proof, photocopy (95 p.)  Box MF1628 folders 9-10
Box MF1629 folder 11
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF1629 folder 11
 
blueprint publisher's dummy (167 p.)  Box MF1629 folder 11
Box MF1628
Typescript, corrected (246 p.)  Box MF1628
 
galley proof, corrected (285 p.)  Box MF1628
 
publisher's dummy (43 p.)  Box MF1628
 
Fell Down 1991 
Note  New York: Harper Collins, 1991
Box MF1810 folders 1-4
Typescript, corrected (178 p.)  Box MF1810 folders 1-4
Box MF1810 folder 1
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF1810 folder 1
Box MF1810 folders 5-8
galley proof, corrected (195 p.)  Box MF1810 folders 5-8
Box MF1810 folders 9-12
galley proof, corrected (198 p.)  Box MF1810 folders 9-12
Box MF1810 folder 13
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF1810 folder 13
 
transmittal form (1 p.)  Box MF1810 folder 13
 
notes (9 p.)  Box MF1810 folder 13
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF1810 folder 13
 
style sheet (14 p.)  Box MF1810 folder 13
Box MF1810
Typescript, corrected (180 p.)  Box MF1810
 
Typescript, corrected, partial photocopy (196 p.)  Box MF1810
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (195 p.)  Box MF1810
 
Gentlehands 1978 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1978
Box MF508 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected (143 p.)  Box MF508 folders 1-3
 
Him She Loves? 1984 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1984
Box MF1529 folders 1-4
Typescript, corrected (162 p.)  Box MF1529 folders 1-4
Box MF1529 folder 5
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF1529 folder 5
Box MF1529 folders 6-7
galley proof, corrected (103 p.)  Box MF1529 folders 6-7
Box MF1529 folders 8-9
page proof, corrected (112 p.)  Box MF1529 folders 8-9
Box MF1529 folders 10-11
page proof, corrected (113 p.)  Box MF1529 folders 10-11
Box MF1529 folder 12
page proof, corrected (15 p.)  Box MF1529 folder 12
Box MF1529 folder 13
blueprint publisher's dummy (224 p.)  Box MF1529 folder 13
 
I Stay Near You: 1 Story in 3 1985 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1985
Box MF1629 folders 103
Typescript, corrected (153 p.)  Box MF1629 folders 103
Box MF1629 folder 1
front matter (7 p.)  Box MF1629 folder 1
Box MF1629 folders 4-7
galley proof, corrected photocopy (178 p.)  Box MF1629 folders 4-7
Box MF1629 folders 8-11
galley proof, corrected photocopy (193 p.)  Box MF1629 folders 8-11
Box MF1629
Typescript, corrected (152 p.)  Box MF1629
 
galley proof, corrected (281 p.)  Box MF1629
 
If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever? 1973 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1973
Box MF509 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected (157 p.)  Box MF509 folders 1-3
Box MF509 folder 3
Typescript, miscellaneous front matter (2 p.)  Box MF509 folder 3
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF509 folder 3
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF509 folder 3
Box MF509 folder 4
galley proof, corrected (60 p.)  Box MF509 folder 4
Box MF509 folder 5
galley proof, corrected (62 p.)  Box MF509 folder 5
 
I'll Love You When You're More Like Me 1977 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1977
Box MF508 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected photocopy (146 p.)  Box MF508 folders 1-3
Box MF508
Typescript, corrected photocopy (144 p.)  Box MF508
 
Is That You, Miss Blue? 1974 
Note  New York: Harper & Row, 1974
Box MF509 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected, with front matter (162 p.)  Box MF509 folders 1-3
Box MF509 folder 4
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF509 folder 4