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Ester Wier Papers

Summary Information
Title: Ester Wier Papers
Dates: 1961-1975
Creator: Wier, Ester
Extent: 2.9 linear ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1717
Abstract:
Ester Wier's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult books. The collection contains production material for thirteen titles published between 1963 and 1975, with some material dating back to 1961. Production materials include typescripts, galley and page proofs, notes, reviews, clippings, ephemera, correspondence, book jackets, research material, and two titles which have serialized versions published in the magazine Trails for Juniors . The collection also contains some correspondence, a review, and some photocopies of illustrations for the title Easy Does It , published in 1965.

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

Action at Paradise Marsh, 1968

The Barrel, 1966

Easy Does It, 1965

Gifts of the Mountains, 1963

The Hunting Trail, 1974

King of the Mountain, 1975

The Loner, 1963

The Long Year, 1969

The Partners, 1972

The Rumptydoolers, 1964

The Space Hut, 1967

The White Oak, 1971

The Wind Chasers, 1967

The Winners, 1968


Biographical Sketch

Ester Wier (nee Alberti) was born October 17, 1910 in Seattle, Washington. She studied at Southeastern Teachers College from 1929-30 and attended the University of California at Los Angeles from 1931-1932. In 1934 she married Henry Robert Wier, a naval officer, and later had two children. As a Navy wife, Ester Wier lived all over the United States and in 1956, she co-wrote, with Dorothy Hickey, The Answer Book on Naval Social Customs . In 1963, Ester Wier published her first book for children and young adults, The Loner , the story of a lonely boy who finally gains a name and a home; the book received a Newbery Honor citation in 1964. During the 1960s and 1970s, Ester Wier published other works of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults that were praised by critics for their well-researched settings and details. Many of her books are "stories of children, primarily boys, who are seeking acceptance by themselves or others," and Ester Wier has been lauded for her understanding of "youth's efforts to stand on its own" and children's "need to achieve and be accepted." Ester Wier's fiction has also been praised for her "well drawn and believable characters" and for her "ability to interweave imagery with action and dialogue."


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for thirteen titles published between 1963 and 1975, with some material dating back to 1961. Production materials include corrected typescripts, carbon typescripts, corrected galley proofs, page proofs, notes, reviews, clippings, ephemera, correspondence, book jackets, research material, and two titles have serialized versions published in the magazine Trails for Juniors . The collection also contains some correspondence, a review, and some photocopies of illustrations for the title Easy Does It , published in 1965. 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.
  • Wier, Ester
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Action at Paradise Marsh 1968 
Note  1968
Box MF 832, folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (84 p.)  Box MF 832, folders 1-2
Box MF 832, folders 3-4
typescript, corrected with front matter (104 p.)  Box MF 832, folders 3-4
Box MF 832, folder 5
notes (32 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 5
 
correspondence (9 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 5
 
The Barrel 1966 
Note  1966
Box MF 832, folders 1-3
typescript, corrected (144 p.)  Box MF 832, folders 1-3
Box MF 832, folder 4
notes (5 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 4
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 4
 
Easy Does It 1965 
Note 1965
Box MF 832, folder 1
photocopies of illustrations (15 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 1
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 1
 
reviews (1 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 1
 
Gifts of the Mountains 1963 
Note  1963
Box MF 832, folder 1-2
typescript, corrected (88 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 1-2
Box MF 832, folder 3
galley proof, corrected (29 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 3
 
correspondence with publishers (12 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 3
 
correspondence with children (3 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 3
 
reviews (3 p.)  Box MF 832, folder 3
 
The Hunting Trail 1974 
Note  1974
Box MF 833, folder 1-2
typescript, partial carbon, "first version" (73 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 1-2
Box MF 833, folder 3-4
typescript, photocopy (85 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 3-4
Box MF 833, folder 4
clippings (1 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 4
 
proofs (4 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 4
 
King of the Mountain 1975 
Note  1975
Box MF 833, folder 1
notebook of notes "work book" (1 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 1
Box MF 833, folder 2-5
typescript, corrected (181 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 2-5
Box MF 833, folder 6-8
typescript, corrected carbon (161 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 6-8
Box MF 833, folder 9-11
typescript, corrected partial carbon (124 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 9-11
Box MF 833, folder 12-13
research materials (22 p.)  Box MF 833, folder 12-13
Box MF835, folder14
galley proof, corrected photocopy (62 p.)  Box MF835, folder14
Box MF835, folder 15-16
page proof, corrected photocopy (80 p.)  Box MF835, folder 15-16
Box MF835, folder 15
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MF835, folder 15
Box MF835, folder 17
dummy (1 p.)  Box MF835, folder 17
 
correspondence (5 p.)  Box MF835, folder 17
Box MF835, folder 18
notes (33 p.)  Box MF835, folder 18
Box MF835, folder 19
clippings (90 p.)  Box MF835, folder 19
Box MF835, folder 20-22
typescript, corrected carbon (180 p.)  Box MF835, folder 20-22
 
The Loner 1963 
Note  1963
Box MF 836, folder 1-3
typescript, corrected with front matter (123 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 1-3
Box MF 836, folder 4
galley proof, corrected (42 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 4
 
correspondence (8 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 4
 
clippings (7 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 4
Box MF 836, foler 4
seialized version in 9 parts (44p.)  Box MF 836, foler 4
 
The Long Year 1969 
Note  1969
Box MF 836, folder 1
typescript, corrected "heavily corrected" (37 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 1
Box MF 836, folder 2-4
typescript, "1st try" (152 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 2-4
Box MF 836, folder 5-6
typescript, corrected carbon "2nd version" (126 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 5-6
Box MF 836, folder 7
galley proof, corrected (50 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 7
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 7
 
notes (8 p.)  Box MF 836, folder 7
 
The Partners 1972 
Note  1972
Box MF 837, folders 1-2
typescript, photocopy (110 p.)  Box MF 837, folders 1-2
Box MF 837, folder 2
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 2
 
clippings [photocopies of articles about author] (3 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 2
 
certificate (1 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 2
 
The Rumptydoolers 1964 
Note  1964
Box MF 837, folders 1-3
typescript, corrected (134 p.)  Box MF 837, folders 1-3
Box MF 837, folder 3
reviews (1 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 3
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 3
 
The Space Hut 1967 
Note  1967
Box MF 837, folder 1
typescript, carbon "1st" version (85 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 1
Box MF 837, folders 2-3
typescript, corrected "reworked" (83 p.)  Box MF 837, folders 2-3
Box MF 837, folders 4
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF 837, folders 4
Box MF 837, folder 6
typescript, corrected "published version" (78 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 6
 
correspondence (7 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 6
 
clippings (4 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 6
 
cover samples (4 p.)  Box MF 837, folder 6
Box MF 837
serialized version in 9 parts t (36 p.)  Box MF 837
 
The White Oak 1971 
Note  1971
Box MF 383, folers 1-2
typescript, corrected part photocopy (68 p.)  Box MF 383, folers 1-2
Box MF 383, folder 1
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF 383, folder 1
Box MF 383, folder 2
layou notes (5 p.)  Box MF 383, folder 2
 
The Wind Chasers 1967 
Note  1967
Box MF 838, folder 1-3
typescript, corrected (167 p.)  Box MF 838, folder 1-3
Box MF 838, folder 1
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF 838, folder 1
Box MF 838, folder 4
galley proof, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF 838, folder 4
 
page proof, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF 838, folder 4
Box MF 838, folder 5
notes (25 p.)  Box MF 838, folder 5
 
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 838, folder 5
 
reviews (3 p.)  Box MF 838, folder 5
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 838, folder 5
 
The Winners 1968 
Note  1968
Box MF 838
typescript, corrected (45 p.)  Box MF 838
 
typescript, corrected (175 p.)  Box MF 838
 
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 838
 
research material (3 p.)  Box MF 838
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF 838
 
reviews (2 p.)  Box MF 838
 
notes (4 p.)  Box MF 838