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Felice Holman Papers

Summary Information
Title: Felice Holman Papers
Dates: 1962-1986
Creator: Holman, Felice
Extent: 3.9 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1808
Abstract:
Felice Holman's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult books. The collection contains production material for twenty-one titles, including The Drac (1963) written with her daughter Nanine Valen, published between 1963 and 1985 with some production material and correspondence ranging in date from 1962 to 1986.

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

At the Top of My Voice and Other Poems, 1970

Blackmail Machine, The, 1968

Correspondence,

Cricket Winter, The, 1967

Drac: French Tales of Dragons and Demons, 1975

Elisabeth and the Marsh Mystery, 1966

Elisabeth, the Bird Watcher, 1963

Elisabeth, the Treasure Hunter, 1964

Escape of the Giant Hogstalk, 1974

Future of Hooper Toote, 1972

Holiday Rat and the Utmost Mouse, 1969

Murderer, The, 1978

Professor Diggins' Dragons, 1966

Silentlly, the Cat, and Miss Theodosia, 1965

Slake's Limbo, 1974

Solomon's Search, 1970

Song in My Head, The, 1985

Victoria's Castle, 1966

Wild Children, The, 1983

Witch on the Corner, The, 1966

Year to Grow, A, 1968


Biographical Sketch

Felice Holman was born October 24, 1919 in New York City. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1941 and later worked as an advertising copywriter. Felice Holman married Herbert Valen in 1941 and some of the experiences of their daughter Nanine Elisabeth Valen would serve as the model for her first book Elisabeth, The Bird Watcher published in 1963. During the 1960s, she published two more "Elisabeth" stories and wrote some humorous books for children. In 1970, she published her first book for poetry for children At the Top of My Voice. Critics praised the poems for their "originality, humor and point." She continued to write humorous stories for young readers including The Escape of the Giant Hogstalk (1974) that critics called filled "with giggles interspersed with horse laughs all the way." In the 1970s, she also began writing realistic fiction for young adults. Her book Slake's Limbo (1974), the story of a boy who lives in a cave below Grand Central Station was lauded for its "authenticity of detail" and as "remarkably taut" and "convincing." In 1975, she co-wrote The Drac: French Tales of Dragons and Demons , a collection of French legends with her daughter Nanine Valen. Throughout her long and prolific career, Felice Holman has received several honors including a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award best book for young adult's citation and an American Library Association notable book citation for Slake's Limbo in 1978.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 82, pp. 104-108; and Twentieth-Century Children's Writers , 3rd ed., pp. 464-465.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for twenty-one titles, including The Drac written with her daughter Nanine Valen, published between 1963 and 1985 with some material and correspondence dating from 1962 to 1986. Production materials include corrected typescripts, front matter, galley proofs, jacket proofs, layouts, dummies, notes, photocopies of illustrations, cover samples, research material, clippings, a pencil and marker study, a photostat and a reverse photostat. The collection also contains correspondence including letters from children to Felice Holman, with some in German, as well as correspondence from her editors and publishers.

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.
  • Holman, Felice
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
At the Top of My Voice and Other Poems 1970 
Note  : , 1970
Box MF 445, folder 1
typescript, corrected (29 p.)  Box MF 445, folder 1
Box MF 445, folder 2
front matter (9 p.)  Box MF 445, folder 2
 
galley proof, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF 445, folder 2
 
proof for jacket (2 p.)  Box MF 445, folder 2
 
dummy (68 p.)  Box MF 445, folder 2
 
Blackmail Machine, The 1968 
Note  : , 1968
Box MF 446, folder 1
typescript, corrected (144 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 1
Box MF 446, folder 2
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 2
Box MF 446, folder 2-4
typescript, corrected (150 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 2-4
Box MF 446, folder 5
illustration proofs (2 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 5
 
proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 5
 
layout (1 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 5
 
galley proof, corrected (55 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 5
 
Correspondence  
Note  : ,
Box MF 1228, folders 105
correspondence, mostly with editors and publishers, circa 1963-1979 (258 p.)  Box MF 1228, folders 105
Box MF 1228, folders 1-5
correspondence -- children's letters to Felice Holman, circa 1967-1985, with some in German (241 p.)  Box MF 1228, folders 1-5
Box MF 1102, folders 1-3
correspondence -- children's letters to Felice Holman, circa 1985-1986 (126 p.)  Box MF 1102, folders 1-3
 
Cricket Winter, The 1967 
Note  : , 1967
Box MF 446, folder 1
typescript, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 1
 
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 1
Box MF 446, folder 2
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 2
 
typescript, corrected (54 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 2
Box MF 446, folder 3
galley proof (44 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 3
 
proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 3
 
pencil and marker study (1 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 3
 
reproduced illustration (1 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 3
 
layouts (5 p.)  Box MF 446, folder 3
 
Drac: French Tales of Dragons and Demons 1975 
Note  : , 1975
Box MF 447, folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (83 p.)  Box MF 447, folders 1-2
Box MF 447, folders 3-4
typescript, corrected carbon (87 p.)  Box MF 447, folders 3-4
Box MF 447, folder 5
galley proof, photocopy, with notes (36 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 5
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 5
 
notes (5 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 5
 
photocopy of illustrations (5 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 5
Box MF 447, folder 6
publisher's dummy (117 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 6
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 6
Box MF 447, folder 7
"The Drac": notes (4 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 7
 
"The Drac": typescript, corrected (12 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 7
 
"The Drac": typescript, corrected (14 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 7
 
"The Drac": typescript, corrected photocopy (16 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 7
 
"The Drac": correspondence (7 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 7
Box MF 447, folder 8
"The Devil's Field": typescript, corrected (13 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 8
 
"The Devil's Field": typescript, corrected (15 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 8
 
"The Devil's Field": typescript, corrected carbon (6 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 8
Box MF 447, folder 9
"The Tarasque": typescript, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 9
 
"The Tarasque": typescript, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 9
 
"The Tarasque": typescript, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 9
 
"The Tarasque": correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 9
 
"The Tarasque": notes (2 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 9
Box MF 447, folder 10
"The Evil Weed": typescript, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 10
 
"The Evil Weed": typescript, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 10
Box MF 447, folder 11
"The Vouivre": typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 11
 
"The Vouivre": typescript, corrected (9 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 11
 
Elisabeth and the Marsh Mystery 1966 
Note  : , 1966
Box MF 447, folder 1
typescript, corrected (26 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
proof for jacket (2 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
typescript, carbon, "first draft" (28 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
Elisabeth, the Bird Watcher 1963 
Note  : , 1963
Box MF 447, folder 1
typescript, corrected (22 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
correspondence (7 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
Elisabeth, the Treasure Hunter 1964 
Note Blegvad, Erik
: , 1964
Box MF 447, folder 1
typescript, corrected (bound) (29 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
promotional material (1 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
correspondence (includes some from illustrator, Erik Blegvad) (14 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (25 p.)  Box MF 447, folder 1
 
Escape of the Giant Hogstalk 1974 
Note  : , 1974
Box MF 448, folder 1
typescript, corrected (55 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 1
Box MF 448, folder 2
typescript, corrected carbon (56 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 2
Box MF 448, folder 3
page proof, corrected photocopy (50 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 3
Box MF 448, folder 2
proof for jacket (2 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 2
Box MF 448, folder 4
photocopies of illustrations (25 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 4
 
clippings (3 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 4
Box MF 448, folder 5
color photograph (research material) (1 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 5
Box MF 1227, folder 5
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 5
 
typescript, part holograph, corrected (42 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 5
 
typescript, carbon (2 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 5
 
typescript, corrected (misc. pages) (8 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 5
 
Future of Hooper Toote 1972 
Note  : , 1972
Box MF 448, folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (96 p.)  Box MF 448, folders 1-2
Box MF 448, folders 3-5
typescript, part photocopy, corrected (137 p.)  Box MF 448, folders 3-5
Box MF 448, folder 5
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 5
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 5
Box MF 448, folder 6
notes (12 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 6
Box MF 1228, folder 6
photocopies of illustrations (16 p.)  Box MF 1228, folder 6
 
photocopies of illustrations (16 p.)  Box MF 1228, folder 6
Box MF 1228, folders 7-8
typescript, carbon, corrected (107 p.)  Box MF 1228, folders 7-8
Box MF 1228, folder 9
typescript, corrected (misc. pages) (39 p.)  Box MF 1228, folder 9
Box MF 1228, folder 10
typescript ,corrected (misc. pages) (43 p.)  Box MF 1228, folder 10
 
clippings (1 p.)  Box MF 1228, folder 10
 
Holiday Rat and the Utmost Mouse 1969 
Note  : , 1969
Box MF 448, folder 1
typescript, corrected (1st draft, 2nd draft) (79 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 1
Box MF 448, folder 2
typescript, corrected (49 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 2
 
front matter (10 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 2
Box MF 448, folder 3
galley proof, corrected (14 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 3
Box MF 448, folder 4
galley proof, corrected (14 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 4
Box MF 448, folder 5
proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 5
 
publisher's dummy (98 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 5
 
clippings (5 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 5
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 448, folder 5
 
Murderer, The 1978 
Note  : , 1978
Box MF 449, folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (165 p.)  Box MF 449, folders 1-4
 
front matter (9 p.)  Box MF 449, folders 1-4
Box MF 449, folders 5-6
galley proof, corrected photocopy (88 p.)  Box MF 449, folders 5-6
Box MF 1228, folders 7-9
holograph and typescript, part photocopy, corrected, with notes (154 p.)  Box MF 1228, folders 7-9
Box MF 1227, folders 10-11
holograph and typescript, corrected (92 p.)  Box MF 1227, folders 10-11
 
Professor Diggins' Dragons 1966 
Note  : , 1966
Box MF 450, folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (99 p.)  Box MF 450, folders 1-2
Box MF 450, folders 3-4
typescript, corrected (106 p.)  Box MF 450, folders 3-4
Box MF 450, folder 4
illustration proofs (3 p.)  Box MF 450, folder 4
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MF 450, folder 4
 
Silentlly, the Cat, and Miss Theodosia 1965 
Note  : , 1965
Box MF 450, folder 1
typescript, carbon (bound) (48 p.)  Box MF 450, folder 1
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 450, folder 1
 
research material (5 p.)  Box MF 450, folder 1
 
Slake's Limbo 1974 
Note  : , 1974
Box MF 450, folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (74 p.)  Box MF 450, folders 1-2
 
front matter (10 p.)  Box MF 450, folders 1-2
Box MF 450, folders 3-5
typescript, corrected (110 p.)  Box MF 450, folders 3-5
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF 450, folders 3-5
 
notes (14 p.)  Box MF 450, folders 3-5
Box MF 450, folders 6-8
typescript, corrected (141 p.)  Box MF 450, folders 6-8
Box MF 450, folder 9
photocopy of illustration (1 p.)  Box MF 450, folder 9
 
correspondence (5 p.)  Box MF 450, folder 9
 
research material: map (3 p.)  Box MF 450, folder 9
 
Solomon's Search 1970 
Note  : , 1970
Box MF 451, folder 1
typescript, corrected (27 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 1
Box MF 451, folder 2
typescript, corrected (26 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 2
Box MF 451, folder 3
typescript, corrected (39 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 3
Box MF 451, folder 4
typescript, corrected, with front matter (30 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 4
Box MF 451, folder 5
typescript, corrected partial carbon (32 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 5
Box MF 451, folder 6
typescript, corrected carbon (26 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 6
Box MF 451, folder 7
typescript, corrected carbon (32 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 7
Box MF 451, folder 8
typescript, corrected carbon (24 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 8
Box MF 451, folder 9
typescript, corrected carbon (40 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 9
Box MF 451, folder 10
galley proof, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 10
 
galley proof, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 10
Box MF 451, folder 11
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 11
 
notes (5 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 11
 
photostat (1 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 11
 
reverse photostat (1 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 11
 
Song in My Head, The 1985 
Note  : , 1985
Box MF 1227, folder 1
typescript, corrected (45 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 1
 
photocopies of illustrations (5 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 1
 
research material (1 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 1
 
notes (3 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 1
 
Victoria's Castle 1966 
Note  : , 1966
Box MF 451, folder 1
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (19 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 1
 
Wild Children, The 1983 
Note  : , 1983
Box MF 1101, folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (183 p.)  Box MF 1101, folders 1-4
Box MF 1101, folders 104
front matter (7 p.)  Box MF 1101, folders 104
Box MF 1101, folders 5-6 and MF 1227, folder 12
typescript, corrected (151 p.)  Box MF 1101, folders 5-6 and MF 1227, folder 12
Box MF 1102, folder 7
galley proof (51 p.)  Box MF 1102, folder 7
Box MF 1227, folders 8-11
typescript, corrected (188 p.)  Box MF 1227, folders 8-11
 
Witch on the Corner, The 1966 
Note  : , 1966
Box MF 451, folder 1
front matter (7 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 1
 
layout (1 p.)  Box MF 451, folder 1
Box MF 1102, folder 2
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MF 1102, folder 2
 
cover sample (1 p.)  Box MF 1102, folder 2
 
galley proof, corrected (22 p.)  Box MF 1102, folder 2
 
Year to Grow, A 1968 
Note  : , 1968
Box MF 1227, folder 1
typescript, corrected (misc. pages) (7 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 1
 
holograph (2 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (65 p.)  Box MF 1227, folder 1