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Eleanor Estes Papers

Summary Information
Title: Eleanor Estes Papers
Dates: 1943-1987
Creator: Estes, Eleanor
Extent: 3.8 linear ft. (Manuscripts) 4 cubic ft. (Illustrations)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-25
Abstract:
Eleanor Estes papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's and young adult fiction, and trace the genesis, process, and revision of thirteen of her works. The collection contains manuscript and illustrative material, including typescripts, notes, galley and page proofs, illustrations, a dummy, book jackets, as well as scrapbooks for five titles containing reviews, articles, and correspondence. There is also correspondence and art from children sent to Ms. Estes about her books, a copy of her acceptance speech for the 1952 Newbery Medal, an article written for Horn Book Magazine , and typescripts for some stories not verified as published.

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.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Arrangement

Acceptance Speech for the 1952 Newbery Medal, 1952

Alley, 1964

Art and Correspondence from Children,

Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree, 1973

Curious Adventures of Jimmy McGee, 1987

Ginger Pye, 1951

Eleanor Estes Papers,

Horn Book Magazine: Gathering Honey December, 1960, pp.487-494, 1960

Hundred Dresses, 1944

Jimmy Mannikin Stories,

Lost Umbrella of Kim Chu, 1978

Miranda the Great, 1967

Moffat Museum, 1983

Pinky Pye, 1958

Scrapbooks,

Sleeping Giant and Other Stories, 1948

Sun and the Wind and Mr. Todd, 1943

Tunnel of Hugsy Goode, 1971

Witch Family, 1960


Biographical Sketch

Eleanor Estes was born May 9, 1906 in West Haven, Connecticut. She attended Pratt Institute Library School and worked as a children's librarian in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York for a number of years. Eleanor Estes began writing children's books in 1941, publishing The Moffats , a family story that drew on her own memories of growing up in West Haven in the early part of the twentieth century. The book is the first in a series that featured the Moffat family. Ms. Estes continued to publish family stories for children for the next four decades, winning the Newbery Award in 1952 for Ginger Pye , the story of the Pye family and their new puppy, Ginger. Animals and a love for pets are frequently found in Ms. Estes' works. Her books have been praised by critics for their simple, direct, and authentic writing, her ability to write as a child for a child with insight and vitality and her empathy for all of childhood's emotions. One of her most memorable books, The Hundred Dresses , tells the story of a little girl who teaches another an enduring lesson in compassion and forgiveness in the face of prejudice and children's petty cruelties. She also wrote fantasies for children, but it is her family stories and her ability to mirror the magic of childhood that have made her books popular. Eleanor Estes died July 15, 1988.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol, 91, p. 65-69


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for thirteen titles published between 1943 and 1987, and includes both manuscript and illustrative material done by Ms. Estes. The collection contains typescripts, notes, galley and page proofs, a dummy, illustrations and separations, and scrapbooks for five titles containing reviews, articles, and correspondence. There is also a substantial amount of art and correspondence from children sent to Ms. Estes about her books, a copy of her Newbery Award acceptance speech, an article written for Horn Book Magazine , and typescripts for some stories not verified as published and possibly related to another title in the collection.

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.
  • Estes, Eleanor
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Acceptance Speech for the 1952 Newbery Medal 1952 
Box MF 295
Typescript (11 p.)  Box MF 295
 
Alley 1964 
Box M. F. 295
Typescript, corrected (209 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Notes (1 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Galley proof, corrected (87 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Page proof, corrected (92 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Art and Correspondence from Children  
Box M. C. 253 & 254
Art and correspondence from children (2 boxes)  Box M. C. 253 & 254
 
Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree 1973 
Box M. F. 295
Typescript, corrected (62 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Front matter (5 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Page proof, corrected (82 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Galley proof, corrected (23 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Galley proof, corrected (22 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Correspondence (13 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Photocopy of illustrations (16 p.)  Box M. F. 295
 
Curious Adventures of Jimmy McGee 1987 
Box M. F. 1388
Typescript, corrected partial photocopy (131 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Typescript, corrected partial carbon (135 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Notes (25 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Misc. booklet (?)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Book jacket (1 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Correspondence (21 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Photocopy of illustrations (16 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Page proof, corrected [incomplete] (132 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Page proof, corrected [inc. duplicate pps.] (220 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Book of uncorrected page proof (?)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Ginger Pye 1951 
Box M. F. 296
Typescript, corrected partial carbon (174 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Galley proof (62 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Notes (1 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Page proof (7 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Typescript, corrected carbon [for end flaps] (1 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Eleanor Estes Papers  
Box M C. 100
Ink illustrations (75 p.)  Box M C. 100
Box M. C. 100
Proofs for illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 100
Box M.C. 100
Watercolor study for jacket (1 p.)  Box M.C. 100
Box M. C. 100
Proof for jacket (1 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Horn Book Magazine: Gathering Honey December, 1960, pp.487-494 1960 
Box M. F. 296
Typescript, corrected (13 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Galley proof (3 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Hundred Dresses 1944 
Box M. F. 296
Typescript, corrected (32 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Front matter (1 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Jimmy Mannikin Stories  
Box M. F. 1388
Typescript, corrected (81 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Typescript, corrected (49 p.)  Box M. F. 1388
 
Lost Umbrella of Kim Chu 1978 
Box M. F. 296
Typescript, corrected (59 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Typescript, corrected (63 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Galley proof, corrected (31 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Typescript & galley proof for jacket (9 p.)  Box M. F. 296
 
Page proof for jacket [demonstrating color separation] (8 p.)  Box M. F. 296
Box M. F. 297
Dummy, corrected [includes photocopy of illustrations & 1 extra title page] (47 p.)  Box M. F. 297
 
Photocopy, corrected, [of] half-titles, frontispiece, & title page (1 p.)  Box M. F. 297
 
Negatives for illustrations (4 sheets)  Box M. F. 297
 
Galley proof (31 p.)  Box M. F. 297
 
Miranda the Great 1967 
Box M. F. 298
Typescript, corrected (48 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Front matter (7 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Notes (1 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Galley proof (17 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Page proof (18 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Book jacket (1 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Moffat Museum 1983 
Box M. F. 1389a
Moffat Museum (13 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a
 
Notes (5 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a
 
Notes (3 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a
 
Typescript, corrected carbon & photocopy (281 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a
 
Typescript, corrected carbon & photocopy (180 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a
 
Typescript, corrected photocopy (175 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a
 
Notes [memo] (1 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a
 
Page proof, photocopy (42 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a
Box M. F. 1389a-1389b
Galley proof (260 p.)  Box M. F. 1389a-1389b
 
Pinky Pye 1958 
Box M. F. 298
Typescript, corrected (190 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Correspondence (1 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Galley proof (67 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Page proof (61 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Book jacket (1 p.)  Box M. F. 298
 
Scrapbooks  
 
Scrapbook for The Moffats (?)  
 
Scrapbook for The Middle Moffat (?)  
 
Scrapbook for The Sun and the Wind and Mr. Todd - includes section with material for Rufus M. (?)  
 
Scrapbook for The Hundred Dresses (?)  
 
Sleeping Giant and Other Stories 1948 
Box M. F. 299
Typescript, corrected (54 p.)  Box M. F. 299
 
Front matter (5 p.)  Box M. F. 299
 
Galley proof (67 p.)  Box M. F. 299
Box M. C. 100
Watercolor & ink illustrations (3 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Watercolor & ink illustration for endpapers (1 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Ink map illustrations (2 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Mixed-media illustrator's dummy (1 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Watercolor & ink illustrations with 1 separation each (46 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Watercolor & ink illustrations (20 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Ink illustrations (9 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Negative separations (43 p.)  Box M. C. 100
 
Sun and the Wind and Mr. Todd 1943 
Box M. F. 299
Galley proof (25 p.)  Box M. F. 299
 
Tunnel of Hugsy Goode 1971 
Box M. F. 299
Typescript, corrected (214 p.)  Box M. F. 299
 
Galley proof, corrected (86 p.)  Box M. F. 299
 
Page proof (125 p.)  Box M. F. 299
 
Witch Family 1960 
Box M. F. 300
Typescript, corrected (132 p.)  Box M. F. 300
 
Illustrations proofs (2 p.)  Box M. F. 300