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Irene Hunt Papers

Summary Information
Title: Irene Hunt Papers
Dates: 1964-1980
Creator: Hunt, Irene
Extent: 1 linear foot
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-39
Irene Hunt's papers focus on the process, revision and publication of five of her books for children and young adults. The collection includes typescripts, correspondence, layout notes, a galley proof, and front matter.

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.


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.


Across Five Aprils, 1964

Claws of a Young Century, 1980

Lottery Rose, The, 1976

Up a Road Slowly, 1966

William, 1977

Biographical Sketch

Irene Hunt was born May 18, 1907. She attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 1939. Ms. Hunt later attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a M.A. in 1946. She taught for many years at the secondary and college level and began writing for children and young adults in the 1960s. She published her first book, Across Five Aprils, in 1964. This novel of the effects of the Civil War on one family was well received and was a Newbery Honor Book. Ms. Hunt's second book, Up a Road Slowly, published in 1966 won the Newbery Award in 1967. Both works focus on the tribulations of adolescence and are written with compassion, honesty and realism. Ms. Hunt is perhaps best known for her historical fiction and the vivid, accurate detail she achieves and in her portrayals of both historical and contemporary topics and insightful characterizations.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains material for five titles published between 1964 and 1980. It includes typescripts, correspondence, layout notes, front matter and a galley proof.

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, Irene
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Across Five Aprils 1964 
Note  1964
Box MF 461, folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (205 p.)  Box MF 461, folders 1-4
Claws of a Young Century 1980 
Note  1980
Box MF 461, folders 1-8
typescript, corrected, partial carbon (341 p.)  Box MF 461, folders 1-8
Lottery Rose, The 1976 
Note  1976
Box MF 461, folders 1-3
typescript, corrected (154 p.)  Box MF 461, folders 1-3
Box MF 461, folder 4
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF 461, folder 4
correspondence (from publisher) (1 p.)  Box MF 461, folder 4
layout notes (for title page) (4 p.)  Box MF 461, folder 4
Up a Road Slowly 1966 
Note  1966
Box MF 462, folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (178 p.)  Box MF 462, folders 1-4
Box MF 462, folders 5-6
galley proof, corrected (68 p.)  Box MF 462, folders 5-6
William 1977 
Note  1977
Box MF 462, folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (192 p.)  Box MF 462, folders 1-4
Box MF 462, folder 4
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF 462, folder 4