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Mildred Pitts Walter Papers

Summary Information
Title: Mildred Pitts Walter Papers
Dates: 1969-1992
Creator: Walter, Mildred Pitts
Extent: 4.4 linear ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1617
Abstract:
The collection contains typescripts, front matter, notes, layout notes, galley proofs, dummies, a poster, an unbound book, and proofs for a jacket for eleven children's books.

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

Because We Are, 1983

Brother to the Wind, 1985

The Girl on the Outside, 1982

Have a Happy: A Novel, 1989

Lillie of Watts: A Birthday Discovery, 1969

Lillie of Watts Takes a Giant Step, 1971

Mariah Keeps Cool, 1990

Mississippi Challenge, 1992

My Mama Needs Me, 1983

Trouble's Child, 1985

Ty's One-Man Band, 1980


Biographical Sketch

Mildred Pitts Walter was born September 8, 1922 in Sweetville, Louisiana. She grew up experiencing the ingrained racism of the Deep South that permeated daily life for African-Americans. In 1944, she received a B. A. from Southern University and later moved to California. She worked as a schoolteacher and as a civil rights activist. In 1969, she published her first book Lillie of Watts: A Birthday Discovery . The story of a young African-American girl and her family was praised for its "accuracy" and lauded as "perceptively written." The story also dramatized some of the themes Mildred Pitts Walter would use in many of her works: "the importance of family life" and "the struggle" of her characters to "face the realities of their racial heritage." She published a sequel Lillie of Watts Takes a Giant Step in 1971, and then did not publish again until the 1980s.

In 1982, she published The Girl on the Outside a young adult novel based on the Little Rock school integration crisis of the 1950s. Critics hailed the book as "well crafted and focused" and one that spoke "movingly and forcefully" about the effects of integration on both blacks and whites. Throughout her career, Mildred Pitts Walter has been praised for writing with "power, determination, and truth about black children and young adults." She has received various honors for her work including the Coretta Scott King Award for Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World (1986) in 1987 and an honorable mention for the Award in 1986 for Trouble's Child (1985).

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 69, pp. 203-210 and Twentieth-Century Children's Writers , 3rd., pp. 1015-1016.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for eleven titles published between 1969 and 1992. Production materials include typescripts, front matter, notes, layout notes, galley proofs, dummies, a poster, an unbound book, proofs for a jacket, and a photocopy of a jacket with notes. The collection also contains some 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.
  • Walter, Mildred Pitts
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Because We Are 1983 
Note Walter, Mildred Pitts
New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983
Box MF 2313, folder 1-3
typescript (162 p.)  Box MF 2313, folder 1-3
Box MF 2313, folder sa1
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF 2313, folder sa1
Box MF 2313, folder 3
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF 2313, folder 3
Box MF 2313, folder 4-7
galley proof, corrected photocopy (202 p.)  Box MF 2313, folder 4-7
Box MF 2313, folder 8-11
galley proof, corrected photocopy (192 p.)  Box MF 2313, folder 8-11
Box MF 2299
typescript (60 p.)  Box MF 2299
Box MF 2313
typescript, corrected (166 p.)  Box MF 2313
 
page proof (129 p.)  Box MF 2313
 
page proof, corrected (248 p.)  Box MF 2313
 
Brother to the Wind 1985 
Note  New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1985
Box MF 2131, folder 1
typescript, corrected (16 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (25 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
 
galley proof (7 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
 
poster (1 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
Box MF 2131, folder 2
correspondence (13 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 2
Box MF 2131
typescript, corrected (16 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
typescript, photocopy corrected (25 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
galley proof (7 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
correspondence (13 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
poster (1 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
The Girl on the Outside 1982 
Note New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1982
Box MF 2319, folder 1-3
typescript, corrected (128 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 1-3
Box MF 2319, folder 4
front matter, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 4
Box MF 2319, folder 4-6
typescript, corrected photocopy (133 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 4-6
Box MF 2319, folder 7-9
galley proof, corrected photocopy (157 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 7-9
Box MF 2319, folder 10-12
galley proof, corrected photocopy (160 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 10-12
Box MF 2319, folder 13-15
galley proof, corrected photocopy (161 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 13-15
Box MF 2319, folder 16
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 16
 
layout notes (3 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 16
 
publisher's dummy (155 p.)  Box MF 2319, folder 16
Box MF 2319
typescript (2 p.)  Box MF 2319
 
typescript, corrected (176 p.)  Box MF 2319
 
front matter, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF 2319
 
layout notes (2 p.)  Box MF 2319
 
publishers dummy (155 p.)  Box MF 2319
 
page proof, corrected (446 p.)  Box MF 2319
 
Have a Happy: A Novel 1989 
Note New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1989
Box MF 2314, folder1
typescript, corrected (58 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder1
Box MF 2314, folder 2
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 2
 
notes (10 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 2
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (2 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 2
 
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 2
 
typescript, corrected (44 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 2
Box MF 2314, folder 3
typescritp, corrected (59 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 3
Box MF 2314, folder 4
typescript, corrected (55 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 4
Box MF 2314, folder 5
typescript, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 5
Box MF 2314, folder 6
typescript, corrected photocopy (54 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 6
Box MF 2314, folder 7
typescript, photocopy (58 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 7
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 7
Box MF 2314, folder 8
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 8
Box MF 2314, folder 9
galley proof, corrected photocopy (56 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 9
 
galley proof, corrected photocopy (57 p.)  Box MF 2314, folder 9
Box MF 2314
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected (57 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected (44 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected (54 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected (58 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (54 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
galley proof (36 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
galley proof (55 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
notes (10 p.)  Box MF 2314
 
Lillie of Watts: A Birthday Discovery 1969 
Note Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press 1969
Box MF 1994, folder 1
typescript (2 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (30 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (37 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 1
 
typescript, photocopy (1 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 1
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 1
 
Little of Watts Takes a Giant Step 1971 
Note  Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1971
Box MF 2299, folder 1-3
typescript, corrected (162 p.)  Box MF 2299, folder 1-3
Box MF 2299, folder 1
layout (1 p.)  Box MF 2299, folder 1
Box MF 2424, folder 1-3
typescript, photocopy (158 p.)  Box MF 2424, folder 1-3
Box MF 2424, folder 4-6
typescript, photocopy (144 p.)  Box MF 2424, folder 4-6
Box MF 2424, folder 7
typescript, photocopy (67 p.)  Box MF 2424, folder 7
Box MF 2424, folder 8
typescript, photocopy (71 p.)  Box MF 2424, folder 8
Box MF 2424, folder 9
typescript, photocopy (34 p.)  Box MF 2424, folder 9
Box MF 2424, folder 10
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 2424, folder 10
 
galley proof, corrected (18 p.)  Box MF 2424, folder 10
Box MF 2424, folder 11-12
galley proof, corrected (100 p.)  Box MF 2424, folder 11-12
Box MF 2124
typescript, photocopy (475 p.)  Box MF 2124
 
galley proof (118 p.)  Box MF 2124
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 2124
Box MF 2299
typescript, corrected (162 p.)  Box MF 2299
 
page proof corrected (147 p.)  Box MF 2299
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF 2299
 
Mariah Keeps Cool 1990 
Note New York : Bradbury Press, 1990
Box MF 2317, folders 1-2
typescript, correccted (71 p.)  Box MF 2317, folders 1-2
Box MF 2317, folder 1
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF 2317, folder 1
Box MF 2317, folder 3-5
galley proof, corrected photocopy (144 p.)  Box MF 2317, folder 3-5
Box MF 2317, folder 6
galley proof, corrected (83 p.)  Box MF 2317, folder 6
Box MF 2317
typescript, corrected (148 p.)  Box MF 2317
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF 2317
Box Mf 2317
galley proof (83 p.)  Box Mf 2317
 
Mississippi Challenge 1992 
Note  New York : Bradbury Press, 1992
Box MF 2298, folders 1-3
typescript, corrected (167 p.)  Box MF 2298, folders 1-3
Box MF 2298, folders 4-6
typescript, corrected photocopy (156 p.)  Box MF 2298, folders 4-6
Box MF 2298, folder 7
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF 2298, folder 7
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 2298, folder 7
Box MF 2298, foldfs 7-10
typescript, corrected part photocopy (182 p.)  Box MF 2298, foldfs 7-10
Box MF 2298, folders 11-13
typescript, photocopy (165 p.)  Box MF 2298, folders 11-13
Box MF 2298
typescript (660 p.)  Box MF 2298
 
My Mama Needs Me 1983 
Note  New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1983
Box MF 2131, folder 1
typescript, corrected (30 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (16 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
Box MF 2131, folder 2
dummy (8 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 2
 
dummy with illustrations (12 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 2
Box MF 2131, folder 3
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 3
 
unbound book (14 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 3
Box MF 2131, folder 4
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 4
 
typescript pasted up with illustrations (1 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 4
 
galley proof, corrected (12 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 4
 
dummy, corrected photocopy (17 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 4
Box MF 2131
typescript, corrected (30 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
typescript, photocopy corrected (16 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
typescript, pasted up with illus. (1 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
galley proof (2 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
galley proof, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
dummy (8 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
dummy with illustrations (12 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
dummy, photocopied corrected (17 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
unbound book (14 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
Trouble's Child 1985 
Note New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1985
Box MF 1994, folder 1
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 1
Box MF 1994, folder 1-2
typescript, corrected (123 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 1-2
Box MF 1994, folder 3-5
typescript, corrected part photocopy (137 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 3-5
Box MF 1994, folder 6
typescript, carbon (115 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 6
Box MF 1994 , folder 7
typescript, photocopy (57 p.)  Box MF 1994 , folder 7
Box MF 1994, folder 8-10
typescript, corrected photocopy (124 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 8-10
Box MF 1994, folder 11
typescript, corrected photocopy (65 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 11
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF 1994, folder 11
Box MF 2328, folder 12-13
galley proof, corrected (81 p.)  Box MF 2328, folder 12-13
Box MF 2328, folder 14-15
galley proof, corrected (81 p.)  Box MF 2328, folder 14-15
Box MF 2328, folder 15
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF 2328, folder 15
Box MF 2329, folder 16
typescript, corrected (56 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 16
Box MF 2329, folder 17
typescript, corrected (74 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 17
Box MF 2329, folder 18
typescript, corrected (69 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 18
Box MF 2329, folder 19
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 19
 
notes (8 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 19
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 19
 
layout notes (2 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 19
Box MF 2329, folder 19-21
typescript, corrected photocopy (12 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 19-21
Box MF 2329, folder 21
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 21
Box MF 2329, folder 22-24
typescript, photocopy, part corrrected and part holograph (132 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 22-24
Box MF 2329, folder 24
copy of Publisher's Weekly " [magazine] (1 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 24
Box MF 2329, folder 25-27
typescript, corrected (134 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 25-27
Box MF 2329, folder 28-30
typescript, part photocopy, corrected (139 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 28-30
Box MF 2329, folder 30
layout (1 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 30
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF 2329, folder 30
Box MF 2330, folder 32
typescript, corrected (81 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 32
Box MF 2330, folder 33
correspondence and notes (6 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 33
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (56 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 33
Box MF 2330
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF 2330
Box MF 2330, folder 34
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 34
 
typescript, corrected (14 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 34
 
typescript, corrected (21 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 34
Box MF 2330, folder 35
typescript, part photocopy, corrected (35 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 35
Box MF 2330, folder 36
typescript, part holograph, corrected (22 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 36
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 36
Box MF 2330, folder 37
typescript [revisions] (27 p.)  Box MF 2330, folder 37
Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
holograph (3 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
holograph and typescript (14 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
typescript, corrected (703 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
typescript, photocopy (196 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
typescript, corrected, partial photocopy (138 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
typescript, corrected, photocopy (448 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
typescript, carbon (115 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
galley proof corrected (162 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
layout notes (2 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
photocopy of jacket with notes (1 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
correspondence (20 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
notes (11 p.)  Box MF 1994, 2328, 2329, 2330
 
Ty's One-Man Band 1980 
Note New York : Four Winds Press, 1980
Box MF 2131, folder 1
typescript, corrected (9 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (9 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
Box MF 2131, folder 11
typescript, photocopy corrected (9 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 11
Box MF 2131, folder 1
galley proof (8 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 1
Box MF 2131, folder 2
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 2
 
proof of jacket (2 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 2
 
dummy (2 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 2
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 2131, folder 2
Box MF 2131
typescript, corrected (9 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
typescript, carbon (9 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
typescript, photocopy corrected (9 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
galley proof (8 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
galley proof, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
proof of jacket (2 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
dummy (16 p.)  Box MF 2131
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 2131