University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota LibrariesOnline Finding Aids
space Home | About Us | Search Tips | Finding Aids FAQ | View Basket |
Mabel Leigh Hunt Papers

Summary Information
Title: Mabel Leigh Hunt Papers
Dates: 1941-1966
Creator: Hunt, Mabel Leigh, 1892-
Extent: .9 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1831
Abstract:
Mabel Leigh Hunt's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books. The collection includes production materials for four titles published between 1942 and 1963. There is also material for the title, "Have You See Tom Thumb?" consisting only of correspondence and clippings. The collection also contains some additional correspondence to and from Mabel Leigh Hunt and clippings.

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

Beggar's Daughter, 1963

Better Known As Johnny Appleseed, 1950

"Have You Seen Tom Thumb?", 1942

Ladycake Farm, 1952

Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers, 1942


Biographical Sketch

Mabel Leigh Hunt was born November 1, 1892 in Coatsville, Indiana. She attended DePauw University and Western Reserve University Library School and later worked as a children's librarian. In 1934, she published her first book for children, Lucinda: A Little Girl of 1860. The story drew on her mother's Quaker upbringing in nineteenth century Indiana and was praised by critics for its "evocation" of the Indiana countryside. She drew on her Quaker background for several other books and she tried to "create imaginatively from small and simple ideas." Her books were aimed at "middle aged" readers and many of her works focused on family relationships; some explored social issues. Her book Ladycake Farm (1952) was one of the first stories written for children that dealt "realistically" and "sympathetically" with an Afro-American family. She also wrote biographies and these were lauded by critics for their "meticulous" research, "interesting detail" and "feeling" for the subject's life and era. Two of her biographies were Newbery Honor books: Better Known as Johnny Appleseed in 1951; and "Have You See Tom Thumb?'" Mabel Leigh Hunt died on September 3, 1971.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 1, pp. 120-121; Something About the Author, vol. 26, p. 127; Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., pp. 482-483.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for four titles published between 1942 and 1963, and material for "Have You Seen Tom Thumb?" consisting of correspondence and clippings only. Production materials include corrected typescripts, front matter, notes, clippings, correspondence, and a short story "Strawberry Festival" that goes with the title Ladycake Farm. The correspondence includes letters from Mabel Leigh Hunt's editor, Helen Dean Fisher, and colleagues such as Katherine Milhous, Fritz Eichenberg, Elizabeth Orton Jones, and James Daugherty.

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.
  • Hunt, Mabel Leigh, 1892-
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Beggar's Daughter 1963 
Note  1963
Box MF 463, folders 1-3
typescript, corrected (177 p.)  Box MF 463, folders 1-3
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF 463, folders 1-3
 
Better Known As Johnny Appleseed 1950 
Note  1950
Box MF 463, folders 1-3
typescript, corrected (219 p.)  Box MF 463, folders 1-3
 
front matter (12 p.)  Box MF 463, folders 1-3
Box MF 463, folder 4
correspondence (31 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 4
 
notes (2 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 4
 
clippings (8 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 4
 
"Have You Seen Tom Thumb?" 1942 
Note  1942
Box MF 463, folder 1
correspondence (24 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 1
 
clippings (2 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 1
 
Ladycake Farm 1952 
Note  1952
Box MF 463, folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (104 p.)  Box MF 463, folders 1-2
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF 463, folders 1-2
Box MF 463, folder 3
"Strawberry Festival" (short story) (2 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 3
 
correspondence (17 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 3
 
notes (2 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 3
 
clippings (5 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 3
 
Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers 1942 
Note  1942
Box MF 463, folder 1
typescript, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 1
 
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF 463, folder 1