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Annabel and Edgar Johnson Papers

Summary Information
Title: Annabel and Edgar Johnson Papers
Dates: 1969-1990
Creator: Johnson, Annabel and Edgar
Extent: 131 folders
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-576
The collection contains written materials for 13 titles, and includes typescripts, galley proofs, proofs, bibliography, correspondence, layout sheet, notes, research material.

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.


Alien Music, An, 1982

Blues I Can Whistle, A, 1969

Burning Glass, The, 1966

Count Me as Gone, 1968

Danger Quotient, The, 1984

Finders Keepers, 1981

Gamebuster, 1990

Golden Touch, A, 1963

Grizzly, The, 1964

I am Leaper, 1990

Memory of Dragons, A, 1986

Peculiar Magic, A, 1965

Prisoner of P.S.I., 1985

Biographical Sketch

Annabell (Jones) Johnson was born June 18, 1921, in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to her writing career she worked in publishing houses as a librarian, as a legal secretary, and in other secretarial posts. She began writing in 1957, and wrote mainly in collaboration with her husband, Edgar Johnson. Edgar Johnson was born October 12, 1912, in Washoe Montana, and died December 2, 1990. He first worked as a ceramic artist, and was head of the ceramics department at the Kansas City Art Institute. He was also a model-maker, jeweler, and woodcarver. He became a free-lance writer, mostly in collaboration with his wife, Annabell Johnson. The Johnsons have co-authored many popular works of historical and science fiction both for young adults and adults. They began their career together, however, with several novels set in the Old West, intending to bring thate period to life for children far removed from the country. They spent several years traveling throughout the western United States, seeking out little known facets of western history, and compiling accounts of old-timers they met, and of their own experiences. As time passed they shifted their focus more toward the present era, in an effort to help their readers come to terms with today's world.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 72

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written materials, including corrected typescripts, corrected galley proofs, reviews, jacket proofs, bibliography, layout sheets, correspondence, and research material, for 13 titles co-authored by Annabel and Edgar Johnson.

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.
  • Johnson, Edgar Raymond
  • Johnson, Annabel, 1921-
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Alien Music, An 1982 
Box MF1556
Typescript, corrected (716 p.)  Box MF1556
galley proof, corrected (115 p.)  Box MF1556
jacket proof (2 p.)  Box MF1556
reviews (3 p.)  Box MF1556
Blues I Can Whistle, A 1969 
Box MF977
Typescript, corrected (257 p.)  Box MF977
galley proof (106 p.)  Box MF977
Burning Glass, The 1966 
Box MF487
Typescript, corrected (252 p.)  Box MF487
typed bibliography (3 p.)  Box MF487
Count Me as Gone 1968 
Box MF977
Typescript, corrected, with front matter (161 p.)  Box MF977
Danger Quotient, The 1984 
Box MF1122, 1123
Typescript, corrected "Draft Version" (222 p.)  Box MF1122, 1123
Typescript, corrected, partial carbon, "all revisions" (601 p.)  Box MF1122, 1123
Typescript, corrected, with front matter, "setting copy" (243 p.)  Box MF1122, 1123
galley, corrected (100 p.)  Box MF1122, 1123
galley, corrected (216 p.)  Box MF1122, 1123
Finders Keepers 1981 
Box MF487, 488
Typescript, corrected carbon (159 p.)  Box MF487, 488
Typescript, corrected (160 p.)  Box MF487, 488
galley proof, corrected (53 p.)  Box MF487, 488
layout sheets (2 p.)  Box MF487, 488
Gamebuster 1990 
Box MF1663
Typescript (215 p.)  Box MF1663
Typescript, corrected (212 p.)  Box MF1663
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF1663
Golden Touch, A 1963 
Box MF977
Typescript, corrected (211 p.)  Box MF977
Grizzly, The 1964 
Box MF1305
Typescript, corrected (124 p.)  Box MF1305
I am Leaper 1990 
Box MF1658
Typescript (100 p.)  Box MF1658
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF1658
research material (10 p.)  Box MF1658
Memory of Dragons, A 1986 
Box MF1658
Typescript (263 p.)  Box MF1658
Peculiar Magic, A 1965 
Box MF977
Typescript, corrected, with front matter (212 p.)  Box MF977
Prisoner of P.S.I. 1985 
Box MF1234, 1305
Typescript, corrected (205 p.)  Box MF1234, 1305
Typescript, corrected (117 p.)  Box MF1234, 1305
Typescript, corrected (586 p.)  Box MF1234, 1305
galley (109 p.)  Box MF1234, 1305
notes (34 p.)  Box MF1234, 1305
photocopy, corrected typescript (1 p.)  Box MF1234, 1305
Box MF1658
Typescript (208 p.)  Box MF1658
publisher's jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MF1658