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Rebecca Caudill Papers, 1947-1974

Summary Information
Title: Rebecca Caudill papers
Dates: 1947-1974
Creator: Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-
Extent: 2 boxes (2.0 cubic feet)
Language: Collection material in English
Collection Number: CLRC-386
Rebecca Caudill's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult books. The collection contains production material for eight titles.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Rebecca Caudill in 1965. Additional materials were added to the collection during the 1970s.

Access Restrictions:

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.


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:

Rebecca Caudill papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical Sketch

Rebecca Caudill was born February 2, 1899 in Harlan County, Kentucky. She graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia with an AB in 1922 and received her MA from Vanderbilt University in 1922. Rebecca Caudill married James S. Ayars, an editor and writer, in 1931 and had two children. She worked as a teacher and editor and began writing children's and young adult books in 1943. Setting was very important in her books and critics cited her ability to accurately depict 18th and 19th century Appalachian people and places in her historical fiction. Tree of Freedom (1949), a work of historical fiction, was a Newbery Honor Book for 1950. Like many of her works the story is moralistic but not didactic and uses authentic dialect to define time, place, and characters. The story has a strong female protagonist and believable characters that face conflicts that drive the plot. Rebecca Caudill also wrote books for younger readers including The Best-Loved Doll (1962) a story that tells of a little girl's love for one of her dolls. Rebecca Caudill died October 22, 1985 in Urbana, Illinois.

Something About the Author , vol. 1, pp. 50-52.

Something About the Author , vol. 44, p. 61.

Twentieth Century Children's Writers , 3rd ed., pp. 179-180.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Rebecca Caudill's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult books. The collection contains production material for seven titles published between 1947 and 1974. Materials include typescripts, proofs, and notes. There is also manuscript material for the title Passage to Caintuck which is not verified as published.

Collection Contents
 Location  Title
The Best-Loved Doll, 1962 
Box 1
Holograph undated  Box 1, Folder 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 2
Carbon Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 3
Box 1
Scrapbook 1962-1973 (1 volume)  Box 1
Come Along! 1969 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 4
Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Carbon Typescript, Miscellaneous Front Matters undated  Box 1, Folder 5
Corrected Galley Proof, Corrected Page Proof, Page Proof, Jacket Proof 1969  Box 1, Folder 6
The Far-Off Land, 1964 
Box 1
Correspondence, Notes undated, 1962  Box 1, Folder 7-8
Happy Little Family, 1947 
Box 2
Corrected Galley Proof 1947  Box 2, Folder 1
Passage to Caintuck  
Box 1
Holograph and Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 9
Typescript and Front Matter undated  Box 1, Folder 10
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 11
Schoolhouse in the Woods, 1949 
Box 2
Corrected Galley Proof 1949  Box 2, Folder 2
Somebody Go and Bang a Drum, 1974 
Box 2
Holographs undated, 1972  Box 2, Folder 3-6
Corrected Typescripts undated, 1972  Box 2, Folder 7-11
Corrected Partial Carbon Typescript and Photocopy, Correspondence 1974  Box 2, Folder 12
Corrected Typescript Photocopy undated  Box 2, Folder 13
Correspondence 1963-1972  Box 2, Folder 14-15
Notes undated  Box 2, Folder 16
Clippings, Photographs 1968-1972  Box 2, Folder 17
Corrected Galley Proof 1974  Box 2, Folder 18
Tree of Freedom, 1949 
Box 1
Holograph and Corrected Typescripts 1947  Box 1, Folder 12-15
Typescript 1947  Box 1, Folder 16-17
Corrected Typescript 1947  Box 1, Folder 18-19
Corrected Carbon Typescript 1947  Box 1, Folder 20