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Scott O'Dell Papers

Summary Information
Title: Scott O'Dell Papers
Dates: 1960-1992
Creator: O'Dell, Scott
Extent: 17.1 linear feet--manuscript and other material; .7 cubic feet--illustrative materials
Location: Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-173
Abstract:
The Scott O'Dell collection includes production material for 26 books and 2 articles.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Soon after winning the 1961 Newbery Medal Scott O'Dell began to consider the Kerlan Collection as a repository for his manuscripts. The first donation arrived in 1989, a donation of correspondence to O'Dell from the public. Translations, first U.S. printings, galleys, and manuscripts in various states soon followed. After his death in October, 1989, his widow, Elizabeth Hall, continued to add to the collection.

Gift of: O'Dell, Scott


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title and chronologically within each title.


Biographical Sketch

Scott O'Dell was a technical director for Paramount Studios, a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a book columnist for the Los Angeles Mirror , a book editor for the Los Angeles Daily News , and, beginning in 1934, a full time author. Among other awards, his books earned several Newbery Honor Awards and the Newbery Medal (1961). In 1972 O'Dell became the second American to receive the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. He created the annual Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction award in 1981 to encourage the production of historical fiction. O'Dell also established a scholarship that bore his name. He died in 1989, at the age of 91, having nearly finished My Name Is Not Angelica , and after finishing the holograph for Thunder Rolling in the Mountains.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vols 12, 60; Children's Literature Review , vol. 16.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Scott O'Dell collection includes production material for 26 books and 2 articles, predominantly correction holographs with typescript. Various states appear together in the same run of a manuscript. Rewritten (dropped) pages were retained with a run. In addition, O'Dell's acceptance speech for the Andersen Award is represented, along with materials relating to the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and the O'Dell scholarship.

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.
  • O'Dell, Scott
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Box MF 1802, MF 3443
Alexandra, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984 (7 folders)  Box MF 1802, MF 3443
Note MF 1802 contains: corrected typescript (176 p.); front matter (4 p.); corrected galley proof (51 p.); correspondence (2 p.); jacket copy (3 p.); photocopy of studies for jacket (3 p.)
MF 3443 contains: note (1 p.); research material (15 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1799, MF 1802
The Amethyst Ring, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983  Box MF 1682, MF 1799, MF 1802
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (10 p.)
MF 1799 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (697 p.); corrected galley proof (79 p.)
MF 1802 contains: corrected typescript (340 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (118 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1973-1974
The Black Pearl, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967 (13 folders)  Box MF 1682, MF 1973-1974
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (1 p.)
MF 1973 contains: corrected typescripts (354 p.)
MF 1974 contains: corrected typescript (65 p.); carbon typescript (104 p.); corrected carbon typescript (100 p.); corrected galley proof (28 p.)
Box MF 1587-1588
Black Star, Brigh Dawn, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988  Box MF 1587-1588
Note MF 1587 contains: corrected typescripts (170 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (141 p.); corrected galley proof (65 p.); front matter (5 p.)
MF 1588 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (691 p.); notes (2 p.); clippings (6 p.); illustration photocopy (4 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1970-1972
The Captive, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979  Box MF 1682, MF 1970-1972
Note MF 1970 contains: corrected typescripts and holograph (846 p.)
MF 1971 contains: corrected typescript (562 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (227 p.); notes (53 p.)
MF 1972 contains: corrected typescript and holograph (346 p.); corrected typescript (299 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (269 p.)
Box MF 1965, MF 1966, MF 1965
Carlota, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977  Box MF 1965, MF 1966, MF 1965
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (16 p.)
MF1965 contains: holograph (111 p.); corrected typescript and holograph (162 p.); corrected typescript (108 p.); partial photocopy of corrected typescript (362 p.); front matter (5 p.); correspondence (6 p.); notes (28 p.)
MF 1966 contains: partial photocopy of corrected typescript (143 p.)
Box MF 1500, MF 1502
Child of Fire, published Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1974  Box MF 1500, MF 1502
Note MF 1500 contains: photocopy of corrected typescript and holograph (256 p.); corrected typescript and holograph (250 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript with 4 dropped pages (205 p.); phootcopy of corrected typescript (230 p.) photocopy of corrected typescript, dropped pages (35 p.)
MF 1502 contains: corrected holograph (251 p.); corrected holograph and typescript (15 p.); corrected typescript (65 p.); corrected galley proof (112 p.)
Contents List
 Location  Title
Box MF 1788, MF 3443
Child of Fire, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974  Box MF 1788, MF 3443
Note MF 3443 contains: cover proof (1 p.); clippings (2 p.); researach material (2 p.)
MF 1788 contains: corrected typescript (245 p.); photocopy of typescript (46 p.); corrected photocopy of typescript (236 p.); corrected galley proofs (195 p.); notes (3 p.); research material (4 p.)
MF 1789 contains: holograph (202 p.); typescript and holograph (81 p.)
MF 1798 contains: corrected typescript (206 p.); corrected dummy (108 p.)
Box MF 3443
Correspondence (2 folders)  Box MF 3443
Note Contains: correspondence (6 p., 26 p.)
Box MF 1974-1975
The Dark Canoe, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968 (12 folders)  Box MF 1974-1975
Note MF 1974 contains: partial carbon corrected holograph and typescript (168 p.); corrected typescript (173 p.); corrected carbon typescript (37 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (333 p.); front matter (2 p.); notes (3 p.)
MF 1975 contains: corrected galley proof (24 p.); correspondence (1 p.); notes (3 p.); research materials (12 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1803-1806
The Feathered Serpent, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981  Box MF 1682, MF 1803-1806
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (34 p.)
MF 1803 contains: corrected holograph (230 p.); corrected typescript (406 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript, final before editing (304 p.)
MF 1804 contains: photocopy of corrected typescript (304 p.); partial photocopy of corrected typescript (55 p.); typescript and page proof sheets (10 p.); corrected typescript for jacket copy (1 p.); notes (4 p.)
MF 1805 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (403 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (244 p.); notes (4 p.)
MF 1806 contains: corrected typescript and holograph (354 p.); partial photocopy of corrected typescript (305 p.); front matter (6 p.); photocopy of corrected page proof (58 p.); notes (4 p.)
Box MF 1126, MF 1795, MF 1797
The Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975  Box MF 1126, MF 1795, MF 1797
Note MF 1126 contains: ink and color illustrations (maps)
MF 1795 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (422 p.); corrected galley proof (123 p.); correspondence (1 p.); notes (79 p.); research materials (45 p.)
MF 1797 contains: partial photocopy of holograph and corrected typescript (25 p.); corrected typescript (383 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (312 p.); research materials (45 p.); 1 jacket
Box MF 1900, MF 1966
Island of the Blue Dolphins, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1960 (10 folders)  Box MF 1900, MF 1966
Note MF 1900 contains: corrected carbon typescript (180 p.); corrected partial carbon typescript (199 p.); correspondence (2 p.); notes (16 p.)
MF 1966 contains: correspondence and related material (29 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1968-1969
Kathleen, Please Come Home, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1978  Box MF 1682, MF 1968-1969
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (8 p.)
MF 1968 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (485 p.); photocopy of typescript (237 p.); corrected photocopy of typescript (271 p.); front matter (4 p.)
MF 1969 contains: corrected photocopy of typescript (271 p.); jacket flap copy (2 p.); jacket proof (1 p.); correspondence (4 p.); notes (5 p.); research material (13 p.)
Box MF 1975-1976
The King's Fifth, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966 (21 folders)  Box MF 1975-1976
Note MF 1975 contains: corrected typescript (231 p.); corrected photocopied typescript (261 p.); research materials (12 p.)
MF 1976 contains: corrected typescript (307 p.); corrected typescript with holograph notes (261 p.); corrected photocopied typescript (261 p.); correspondence (1 p.); notes (9 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1900
Miscellaneous, non-book material (10 folders)  Box MF 1682, MF 1900
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (434 p.); reviews (68 p.)
MF 1900 contains: typescript and carbon of typescript for acceptance speech for the Hans Christen Andersen Award (8 p.); Holograph for "Books Remembered," The Calendar (Children's Book Council), 1975, vol. 34:2 (5 p.); book review of Cleveland Amory's Man Kind for Psychology Today, 1974 (7 p.); scholarship announcement and correspondence (5 p.); Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction press release (1 p.)
Box MF 1502, MF 1587
My Name is Angelica, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989 (17 folders)  Box MF 1502, MF 1587
Note MF 1502 contains: photocopy of corrected galley proof (87 p.); front matter (7 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (142 p.)
MF 1587 contains: corrected holograph and typescripts (463 p.); photocopy of corrected galley proof (83 p.)
Box MF 1900
The Psychology of Children's Art, published 1967 (2 folders)  Box MF 1900
Note Contains: corrected holograph and typescript (23 p.); corrected carbon typescript (40 p.); corrected photocopied typescript (22 p.)
Box MF 1678-80
The Road to Damietta, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985  Box MF 1678-80
Note MF 1678 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (1373 p., cont. in MF 1679)
MF 1679 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (1273 p., cont. from MF 1679); corrected typescript (364 p.)
MF 1680 contains: corrected photocopied typescript (323 p.); corrected galley proof (235 p.); notes (3 p.)
Box mF 1682, MF 1967, MF 1971-1972
Sarah Bishop, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980  Box mF 1682, MF 1967, MF 1971-1972
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (26 p.)
MF 1967 contains: corrected galley proofs (154 p.)
MF 1791 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (1001 p.)
MF 1792 contains: corrected typescript (557 p.); corrected photocopied typescript (271 p.)
Box MF 1522-1524
The Serpent Never Sleeps, published Boston: Houghton Miffiln, 1987  Box MF 1522-1524
Note MF 1522 contains: corrected typescript and holograph (709 p.)
MF 1523 contains: corrected galley proof (250 p.); front matter (9 p.); page layout (2 p.)
MF 1524 contains: photocopy of corrected typescript (235 p.)
Box MF 1798
Sing Down the Moon, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970 (19 folders)  Box MF 1798
Note Contains: corrected typescript (145 p.); corrected photocopy of partial typescript (154 p.); partial photocopy of corrected typescript (504 p.); corrected galley proof (96 p.); correspondence (1 p.); research material (1 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1793-1794
The Spanish Smile, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982  Box MF 1682, MF 1793-1794
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (26 p.)
MF 1793 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (553 p.); corrected typescript (259 p.)
MF 1794 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (491 p.); corrected galley proof (102 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 1681-1682
Streams to the River, River to the Sea, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986  Box MF 1681-1682
Note MF 1681 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (533 p.); corrected typescript (264 p.); front matter (6 p.)
MF 1682 contains: corrected galley proof (103 p.); correspondence (1 p.); notes (2 p.); reviews (24 p.)
Box MF 1966-1967
Thunder Rolling in the Mountains, with Elizabeth Hall, published 1992  Box MF 1966-1967
Note MF 1966 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (150 p.); corrected typescript (142 p.); front matter (6 p.); corrected galley proof (142 p.); correspondence (30 p.); notes (3 p.); research material (11 p.)
MF 1967 contains: corrected holograph and typescript (150 p.); typescript (223 p.);
Box MF 1900
The Treasure of Topo-el-Bampo, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972 (3 folders)  Box MF 1900
Note Contains: corrected holograph and typescript (114 p.); corrected typescript (76 p.); photocopy of typescript (43 p.); notes (1 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1963
The 290, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976  Box MF 1682, MF 1963
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (18 p.)
MF 1963 contains: holograph (115 p.); holograph with galley corrections (37 p.); corrected holograph and typescript (313 p.); corrected typescript (43 p.); photocopy of typescript (292 p.); corrected galley proof (82 p.); correspondence (7 p.)
Box MF 1682, MF 1969-1970
Zia, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976  Box MF 1682, MF 1969-1970
Note MF 1682 contains: correspondence (5 p.)
MF 1969 contains: corrected holograph (80 p.); corrected holograph and typescript (211 p.); corrected typescript (6 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (204 p.); corrected photocopied typescript marked for printer (207 p.)
MF 1970 contains: corrected photocopied typscript marked for printer (207 p.); correspondence (1 p.); notes (6 p.)
Box MF 3443
Cruise of the Artic Star, published Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973 (1 folder)  Box MF 3443
Note Contains: notes (2 p.); clippings (2 p.)
 
Reviews  Box MF 3443
Note Contains: correspondence (1 p.); clippings for "The 290" (29 p.); clippings for "Black Pearl" (4 p.); clippings for "Carlotta" (40 p.); clippings for "Feathered Serpent" (1 p.); clippings for "Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day" (25 p.); clippings for "Island of the Blue Dolphins" (16 p.); clippings for "Kathleen, Please Come Home" (12 p.); clippings for "King's Fifth" (15 p.); clippings for "Psychology of Children's Art" (6 p.); clippings for "Sing Down the Moon" (2 p.); clippings for "Spanish Smile" (1 p.); clippings for "Streams to the River, River to the Sea" (1 p.); clippings for "Zia" (46 p.)