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Jim (James Arthur) Kjelgaard Papers

Summary Information
Title: Jim (James Arthur) Kjelgaard Papers
Dates: 1941-1961
Creator: Kjelgaard, Jim
Extent: 2.7 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-152
Abstract:
The Kjelgaard papers focus on his work as an author of young adult novels. The collection contains production material for 17 titles published between 1941-1969; several titles were published after the author's death in 1959. The collection also contains material for one title not verified as published. Production materials include typescripts, proofs, notes, front matter, layout notes, and pasteups with illustrations. The collection also contains 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.

Processing Information:

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


Arrangement

Cochise, Chief of Warriors,

Coyote Song, 1969

Dave and His Dog, 1966

Duck-Footed Hound, The, 1960

Forest Patrol, 1941

Furious Moose of the Wilderness, 1965

Haunt Fox, 1954

Hi Jolly, 1959

Lion Hound, 1955

Lost Wagon, The, 1955

Rescue Dog of the High Pass, 1958

Snow Dog, 1948

Spell of the White Sturgeon, The, 1953

Story of Geronimo, The, 1958

Swamp Cat, 1957

Tigre, 1961

Trading Jeff and His Dog, 1956

We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run, 1957


Biographical Sketch

Jim (James Arthur) Kjelgaard was born December 5, 1910 in New York City. He grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and later studied for 2 years at Syracuse U. in New York. In 1938 he decided to pursue a career in writing, and in 1941 published his first book for young adults, Forest Patrol. The story was based on the wilderness experiences of his brother, a forest ranger, and himself. During the next 18 years he wrote many books for young adults. His stories featured engaging animals, colorful characters, and distinctive settings. Some of his books drew on his own experiences, while others were works of historical fiction. The wilderness, either contemporary or historical, served as the setting for most of his books, and he researched his settings carefully through travel and reading. Critics and reviewers praised his works for telling a good story with simplicity, and for his fine plots and action. In 1957 he received the Western Writers of American Spur Award for Wolf Brother , a story about an Apache Indian warrior who is forced to take refuge with a renegade band. Jim Kjelgaard died on July 12, 1959, in Milwaukee.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 17 ; Twentieth Century Children's Writers , 3rd ed. pp. 533-535


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 17 titles, several of which were published after the author's death in 1959. The collection also contains material for one title not verified as published. Production materials include corrected typescripts, corrected galley and page proofs, a page proof, front matter, layout notes, and pasteups with illustrations. It also contains a small amount of correspondence.

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.
  • Kjelgaard, Jim
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Cochise, Chief of Warriors  
Box MF516 folders 1-2
Typescript and notes, corrected, incomplete (72 p.)  Box MF516 folders 1-2
Box MF516 folder 2
correspondence from 1959 (1 p.)  Box MF516 folder 2
 
Coyote Song 1969 
Box MF516 folders 1-2
Typescript, corrected (104 p.)  Box MF516 folders 1-2
Box MF516 folders 3-5
Typescript, corrected (145 p.)  Box MF516 folders 3-5
Box MF516 folder 6
corrected galley proof (61 p.)  Box MF516 folder 6
Box MF516 folder 7
galley proof (47 p.)  Box MF516 folder 7
 
Dave and His Dog 1966 
Box MF516 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected (167 p.)  Box MF516 folders 1-3
 
Duck-Footed Hound, The 1960 
Box MF516 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected (149 p.)  Box MF516 folders 1-3
 
Forest Patrol 1941 
Box MF517 folders 1-5
Typescript, corrected (215 p.)  Box MF517 folders 1-5
Box MF517 folder 5
Typescript, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF517 folder 5
 
correspondence from 1941--3 pp. to author and 1 p. about author (4 p.)  Box MF517 folder 5
 
Furious Moose of the Wilderness 1965 
Box MF517 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected--mss stamped 1964 (165 p.)  Box MF517 folders 1-3
 
Haunt Fox 1954 
Box MF517 folders 1-4
Typescript, corrected (171 p.)  Box MF517 folders 1-4
 
Hi Jolly 1959 
Box MF517 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected (145 p.)  Box MF517 folders 1-3
Box MF517 folder 3
promotional material on author (1 p.)  Box MF517 folder 3
 
Lion Hound 1955 
Box MF518 folders 1-5
Typescript, corrected (239 p.)  Box MF518 folders 1-5
 
Lost Wagon, The 1955 
Box MF518 folders 1-2
Typescript, corrected, chap.1-5 (128 p.)  Box MF518 folders 1-2
Box MF518 folders 3-5
Typescript, corrected, cha;. 6-10 (183 p.)  Box MF518 folders 3-5
Box MF518 folders 6-7
Typescript, corrected, chap. 11-13 (95 p.)  Box MF518 folders 6-7
 
Rescue Dog of the High Pass 1958 
Box MF519 folders 1-2
Typescript, corrected (97 p.)  Box MF519 folders 1-2
Box MF519 folders 3-4
galley proof, corrected (86 p.)  Box MF519 folders 3-4
Box MF519 folder 5
page proof (36 p.)  Box MF519 folder 5
Box MF519 folder 6
front matter--stamped 1958 (10 p.)  Box MF519 folder 6
 
layout notes (9 p.)  Box MF519 folder 6
 
Snow Dog 1948 
Box MF519 folder 1
Typescript (30 p.)  Box MF519 folder 1
 
Typescript (9 p.)  Box MF519 folder 1
Box MF519 folders 2-5
Typescript, corrected (181 p.)  Box MF519 folders 2-5
Box MF519 folder 6
Typescript, corrected (29 p.)  Box MF519 folder 6
 
Typescript, corrected (15 p.)  Box MF519 folder 6
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF519 folder 6
 
Spell of the White Sturgeon, The 1953 
Box MF520 folders 1-4
Typescript, corrected (177 p.)  Box MF520 folders 1-4
Box MF520 folders 5-8
Typescript, corrected carbon (166 p.)  Box MF520 folders 5-8
Box MF520 folder 1
front matter (7 p.)  Box MF520 folder 1
 
Story of Geronimo, The 1958 
Box MF520 folders 1-2
Typescript, corrected (100 p.)  Box MF520 folders 1-2
Box MF520 folder 3
Typescript, corrected, incomplete (47 p.)  Box MF520 folder 3
Box MF520 folders 4-6
Typescript, corrected carbon (141 p.)  Box MF520 folders 4-6
Box MF520 folder 7
notes (2 p.)  Box MF520 folder 7
 
notes, carbon (2 p.)  Box MF520 folder 7
 
notes, photocopy (3 p.)  Box MF520 folder 7
 
Swamp Cat 1957 
Box MF521 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected (131 p.)  Box MF521 folders 1-3
Box MF521 folder 3
front matter (9 p.)  Box MF521 folder 3
Box MF521 folders 4-5
corrected galley proof (61 p.)  Box MF521 folders 4-5
Box MF521 folder 6
corrected galley proof (51 p.)  Box MF521 folder 6
Box MF521 folder 7
layout notes with illustrations (7 p.)  Box MF521 folder 7
Box MF521 folder 8
page proof, corrected (45 p.)  Box MF521 folder 8
 
Tigre 1961 
Box MF521 folders 1-4
Typescript, corrected (160 p.)  Box MF521 folders 1-4
Box MF521 folder 5
pasteup with illustrations (25 p.)  Box MF521 folder 5
 
Trading Jeff and His Dog 1956 
Box MF522 folders 1-3
Typescript, corrected--revised mss (146 p.)  Box MF522 folders 1-3
Box MF522 folder 3
biographical material on author for endpaper or jacket (1 p.)  Box MF522 folder 3
 
We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run 1957 
Box MF522 folders 1-2
Typescript, corrected carbon (89 p.)  Box MF522 folders 1-2
Box MF522 folder 2
correspondence from 1956 (1 p.)  Box MF522 folder 2