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T. A. Barron Papers, 1990-2010

Summary Information
Title: T. A. Barron papers
Dates: 1990-2010
Creator: Barron, T. A.
Extent: 3 boxes (3.0 cubic feet)
Location: Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 60 minutes for retrieval.
Language: Collection material in English
Collection Number: CLRC-447
Abstract:
The collection consists of the publication materials for books authored by T. A. Barron and includes holographs, editors' notes, revisions, notes about key themes, characters and problems, and original hand drawn maps.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of T. A. Barron, beginning in 2002.

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:

T. A. Barron papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch

Thomas Archibald (T. A.) Barron was born in 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University (1974); attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship (awarded 1974, graduated 1978); and received his MBA and J.D. from Harvard University (1982). He served as president of a venture capital business in New York City before becoming a full-time writer and conservationist in 1990. He has published 25 titles for children and adults. Barron is the winner of the 2011 de Grummond USM Medallion for "lifetime contribution to the field of children's and young adult literature." Other awards include:

  • Best Books of the Year designation, Parents magazine, (1992), Best Books for the Teen Age designation, New York Public Library (1993), and Young Adult Choice listee, International Reading Association (1994), for The Ancient One ;
  • Children's Book Council “Not Just For Children Anymore” List (1997), American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults (1997), The New York Public Library's Best Books for Teen Age (1997) and Oppenheim Portfolio Gold Award (2000) for The Lost Years of Merlin ;
  • Children's Book Council Not Just for Children Anymore Award (1998), ALA Booklist Top Ten Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels (1998), American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults Nominee (1998), and International Reading Association Young Adults' Choice List (1999) for The Seven Songs of Merlin ;
  • ALA Booklist Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels Best (1999) and American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults Nominee (1999) for The Fires of Merlin ;
  • Nautilus Visionary Book Award Grand Prize (2001), ALA Booklist Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels (2001), and Bank Street College of Education Best Books designation (2002) for The Wings of Merlin ;
  • Junior Library Guild Selection (2002) and Bank Street College of Education Best Book designation (2002) for Tree Girl .


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the publication materials for books authored by T. A. Barron and includes holographs, editors' notes, revisions, notes about key themes, characters and problems, and original hand drawn maps.

Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Publications  
 
The Ancient One, 1992 
Box 1
Corrected Typescripts 1991  Box 1, Folder 1-3
 
Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 4
 
Correspondence, Reviews 1998, 2001  Box 1, Folder 5
 
Notes, Illustrations undated  Box 1, Folder 6
 
Dummy 1992  Box 1, Folder 7
 
Holograph, Photocopied Holograph undated  Box 2, Folder 1
 
Photocopied Corrected Galley 1992  Box 2, Folder 2
 
The Great Tree of Avalon: Child of the Dark Prophecy, 2004 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 10-11
 
The Great Tree of Avalon: Shadow on the Stars, 2005 
Box 1
Corrected Page Proof 2005  Box 1, Folder 21-22
 
The Great Tree of Avalon: The Eternal Flame, 2006 
Box 1
Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 12-14
 
Corrected Typescript 2005  Box 1, Folder 15-16
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 1, Folder 17-19
 
Correspondence, Notes 2005-2006  Box 1, Folder 20
Box 2
Holograph, Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 2, Folder 3-5
 
Notes undated  Box 2, Folder 6
 
Heartlight, 1990 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 23-24
 
Notes, Correspondence 1990  Box 1, Folder 25
 
The Hero's Trail, 2002 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript 2001  Box 1, Folder 26
Box 2
Holograph 2001  Box 2, Folder 7
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescripts 2001  Box 2, Folder 8-11
 
Corrected Typescript 2002  Box 2, Folder 12
 
Corrected Typescripts 2001  Box 2, Folder 13-14
 
Notes, Correspondence 1999-2002  Box 2, Folder 15
 
The Lost Years of Merlin, 1996 
Box 2
Notes 1995  Box 2, Folder 16
 
The Many Lives of Merlin and Avalon, 2006 
Box 2
Typescript, Corrected Typescript, Notes 2005  Box 2, Folder 17
 
The Merlin Effect, 1994 
Box 2
Typescript 1992  Box 2, Folder 18
 
Corrected Typescript 1993  Box 2, Folder 19
 
Notes 1993  Box 2, Folder 20
 
Merlin's Dragon, 2008 
Box 2
Holograph undated  Box 2, Folder 21-22
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 3, Folder 1-4
 
Notes, Correspondence 2007-2010  Box 3, Folder 5
 
Merlin's Dragon: Doomraga's Revenge, 2009 
Box 3
Holograph undated  Box 3, Folder 6
 
Holograph, Corrected Typescript 2008  Box 3, Folder 7-8
 
Notes, Correspondence, Jacket Cover 2008  Box 3, Folder 9
 
Merlin's Dragon: Ultimate Magic, 2010 
Box 3
Holograph 2009  Box 3, Folder 10
 
Notes, Correspondence 2008-2009  Box 3, Folder 11
 
The Mirrors of Merlin, 1999 
Box 3
Holograph undated  Box 3, Folder 12
 
The Seven Songs of Merlin, 1997 
Box 3
Notes, Jacket Cover 1996  Box 3, Folder 13
 
Tree Girl, 2001 
Box 3
Clipping, Promotional Material 2001  Box 3, Folder 14
 
Where is Grandpa? 1999 
Box 3
Typescript, Reviews 1995  Box 3, Folder 15
 
The Wings of Merlin, 2000 
Box 3
Holograph, Photocopied Holograph, Photocopied Corrected Typescript 1999  Box 3, Folder 16
 
Notes, Correspondence 1999  Box 3, Folder 17
 
Clippings and Miscellaneous  
Box 1
Book Reviews 1990-1998  Box 1, Folder 8
 
Book Reviews, Correspondence 1998-2007  Box 1, Folder 9