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Joan Blos Papers, 1965-1988

Summary Information
Title: Joan Blos papers
Dates: 1965-1988
Creator: Blos, Joan W.
Extent: 4 boxes (3.3 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-3
Abstract:
The Joan Blos' papers focus on the background, writing and revision of several of her books for children and young adults. The collection includes holographs, typescripts, research materials - including photographs and original documents - notes, galleys, proofs, and dummies.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Joan Blos, 1980s-1990.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Joan Blos papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch

Joan Winsor Blos was born December 9, 1928 in New York City. She earned a B.A. from Vassar College (1949) and her M.A. from City College, New York (1956). Blos began writing children's book in the early 1960s. A trip to New Hampshire led to an interest in the early history of the state and New England region and would lead to the writing of A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 which won the 1980 Newbery Award and the American Book Award for Children's fiction.

Blos has continued to write both young adult fiction and picture books. Primarily known for her historical fiction, Blos is highly regarded in the genre for her accuracy, period detail, realism and for bringing to life for young readers an often overlooked period in American history.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection focuses on the background, writing and revision of several books for children and young adults by Joan Blos. Materials include holographs, typescripts, research materials - including photographs and original documents - notes, galleys, proofs, and dummies. There is also correspondence concerned with the publication process as well as from readers, and clippings and reviews of her books. A Gathering of Days materials also include Newbery speech drafts and memorabilia.

Separated Material

The Special Collections Library, University of Michigan hold a collection of Joan Blos's papers.

Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Brothers of the Heart: a Story of the Northwest, 1837-1838, 1985 
Box 1
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 1-9
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 10-12
 
Corrected Typescript 1985  Box 1, Folder 13-20
 
Correspondence 1981-1985  Box 1, Folder 21
 
Notes undated  Box 1, Folder 22-24
 
Clippings 1981  Box 2, Folder 1
Box 3
Clippings undated  Box 3, Folder 1
 
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32, 1979 
Box 2
Holograph, Corrected Carbon Typescript undated  Box 2, Folder 2
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript 1975-1977  Box 2, Folder 3-4
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2, Folder 5
 
Corrected Carbon Typescript 1977  Box 2, Folder 6
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript 1978  Box 2, Folder 7-8
 
Corrected Photocopied Typescript 1978  Box 2, Folder 9-10
 
Corrected Photocopied Typescript undated  Box 2, Folder 11-12
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2, Folder 13-14
 
Corrected Typescript 1979  Box 2, Folder 15-16
 
Abridged Typescript for Magazine 1979  Box 2, Folder 17
 
Corrected Publisher's Dummy undated  Box 2, Folder 18
 
Correspondence 1974-1981  Box 2, Folder 19
 
Correspondence Regarding Newbery Award 1980  Box 2, Folder 20
 
Correspondence With The American Book Awards 1979-1981  Box 2, Folder 21
 
Correspondence with Children 1977-1985  Box 2, Folder 22
 
Correspondence with Children 1981-1986  Box 2, Folder 23
 
Notes 1979-1981  Box 2, Folder 24
 
Notes undated  Box 2, Folder 25-26
 
Research Materials undated  Box 2, Folder 27-28
 
Promotional Material undated  Box 2, Folder 29
 
Book Reviews 1979-1981  Box 2, Folder 30
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 3, Folder 2
 
Corrected Page Proof 1979  Box 3, Folder 3
 
Promotional Material 1980  Box 3, Folder 4
 
Research Materials 1969-1976  Box 3, Folder 5
 
Correspondence with Children 1980-1982  Box 3, Folder 6
 
Newbery Award Acceptance Speech Drafts 1980  Box 3, Folder 7-8
 
ALA Memorabilia 1980  Box 3, Folder 9
 
Correspondence with Cricket, Corrected Typescript for Cricket 1979-1981  Box 3, Folder 10
 
"Images and Insights: The Development of the Picture Book As a Literary Form" submitted to The Horn Book  
Box 3
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3, Folder 11
 
"It's Spring," She Said, 1968 
Box 3
Holograph undated  Box 3, Folder 12
 
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Carbon Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Typescript 1965  Box 3, Folder 13
 
Front Matter, Proof of Jacket, Correspondence, Notes 1965-1967  Box 3, Folder 14
 
Just Think, 1971 
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3, Folder 15
 
Corrected Page Proof, Dummy, Correspondence, Notes 1971  Box 3, Folder 16
 
Lottie's Circus, 1989 
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescript 1986  Box 3, Folder 19
 
Dummy, Notes, Correspondence, Clippings 1985-1988  Box 3, Folder 20
 
Martin's Hats, 1984 
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Corrected Page Proof 1982  Box 3, Folder 17
 
Dummy, Notes, Correspondence, Clippings 1983-1984  Box 3, Folder 18
 
Old Henry, 1987 
Box 3
Dummies 1972  Box 3, Folder 21
 
Dummy undated  Box 3, Folder 22
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescripts 1968-1969  Box 3, Folder 23
 
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Carbon Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Typescript 1969-1971  Box 3, Folder 24
 
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Carbon Typescript 1972-1973  Box 3, Folder 25
Box 4
Photocopy of Illustrations, Dummy 1974-1975  Box 4, Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Typescript 1971-1985  Box 4, Folder 2
 
Book Reviews 1987  Box 4, Folder 3