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Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen Papers

Summary Information
Title: Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen Papers
Dates: 1942-1978
Creator: Sorensen, Virginia Eggertsen
Extent: 3.3 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-73
Abstract:
Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen's papers focus on the background, writing, revision, and publication of five of her books for children and adults. The collection includes holograph, typescripts, notes, research material, photographs, correspondence, clippings, reviews, and articles by and about Ms. Sorensen. The correspondence is mostly with her editor, Margaret McElderry, but also contains a letter from children's author Eleanor Estes.

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.

Copyright:

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.


Arrangement

Curious Missie,

Evening, The, and the Morning,

Friends of the Road,

Little Lower Than the Angels, A,

Miracles on Maple Hill,

Miscellaneous material,


Biographical Sketch

Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen was born February 17, 1912, in Provo, Utah, the descendent of Danish and Mormon immigrants to Utah. She attended Brigham Young University, graduating with as B.S. in 1934, and later did graduate work at Stanford University. She began writing in the 1940s, publishing her first adult novel in 1942. The book, like several other of her works, drew upon her Mormon background. In the 1950s she began to write children's and young adult books. She won widespread praise for her touching and realistic story of as young Amish girl, Plain Girl published in 1955. In 1957 she won the Newbery Medal for Miracles on Maple Hill , a story of as family's readjustment to thier father's return from a POW camp, and their relocation to the Pennsylvania countryside. She continued to write books for children and adults through the 1960s and 70s. For part of this time she lived in Morocco with her second husband, writer Eric Waugh. Her books for children and young adults have been praised by critics for their emphasis upon family and community ties, realistic narrative and setting, and her strong empathy for her characters. Virginia Sorensen died in 1991. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 2, 72 Something About the Author Autobiography Series, vol 15


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written production materials for five titles, and includes a holograph, typescripts, research material, articles by and about Ms. Sorensen, book reviews, clippings, photographs and illustrative material, and a substantial amount of correspondence with her editor, Margaret McElderry It also contains a letter from children's author Eleanor Estes.

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.
  • Sorensen, Virginia Eggertsen
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Curious Missie  
Box MF719, folder 1
notes (1 p.)  Box MF719, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected, 1st draft (156 p.)  Box MF719, folder 1
Box MF719, folder 2
typescript, corrected, revised draft (150 p.)  Box MF719, folder 2
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF719, folder 2
 
Evening, The, and the Morning  
Box MF720, folders 1-5
typescript, corrected (538 p.)  Box MF720, folders 1-5
Box MF720, folders 6-9
typescript, corrected (541 p.)  Box MF720, folders 6-9
Box MF729, folder 10
notes (14 p.)  Box MF729, folder 10
 
Friends of the Road  
Box MF721, folder 1
typescript and holograph, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF721, folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF721, folder 1
Box MF721, folders 2-6
typescript, corrected, with notes (223 p.)  Box MF721, folders 2-6
Box MF721, folders 7-10
typescript, corrected partial carbon (191 p.)  Box MF721, folders 7-10
Box MF721, folder 10
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF721, folder 10
Box MF721, folders 11-12
galley proof, corrected (68 p.)  Box MF721, folders 11-12
Box MF721, folder 13
correspondence with publisher (36 p.)  Box MF721, folder 13
 
royalty statement (1 p.)  Box MF721, folder 13
 
revisions from publisher (3 p.)  Box MF721, folder 13
Box MF721, folder 14
revisions from publisher (32 p.)  Box MF721, folder 14
Box MF721, folder 15
correspondence, including letter from Eleanor Estes (21 p.)  Box MF721, folder 15
Box MF721, folder 16
research, correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF721, folder 16
 
research, photocopy of article, An Advocate for the Kids (4 p.)  Box MF721, folder 16
 
research, photocopy of article, Who's the Kid's Advocate? (5 p.)  Box MF721, folder 16
 
research, photocopy of article, The Problem of the Family (6 p.)  Box MF721, folder 16
 
research, photocopy of article, The Cultural Adjustment of the Foreign Service Dependent (6 p.)  Box MF721, folder 16
Box MF721, folder 17
research, correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF721, folder 17
 
research, photocopy of article, Hazards of Rearing Children in Foreign Countries (6 p.)  Box MF721, folder 17
 
research, photocopy of article, Over Here and Back (4 p.)  Box MF721, folder 17
 
research, book, Living Overseas by Louise Winfield, Washington D.C. Public Affairs Press, 1962 (237 p.)  Box MF721, folder 17
 
research, clippings (1 p.)  Box MF721, folder 17
Box MF721, folder 18
research, notes (40 p.)  Box MF721, folder 18
Box MF722, folder 19
research, notes titled 'History' (32 p.)  Box MF722, folder 19
Box MF722, folder 20
research, notes titled 'The Trip' (7 p.)  Box MF722, folder 20
Box MF722, folder 22
research, notes titled 'The Nature' (11 p.)  Box MF722, folder 22
 
research, notes titled 'Illustrations' (15 p.)  Box MF722, folder 22
 
research, correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF722, folder 22
 
research, illustrations, done by others? (14 p.)  Box MF722, folder 22
 
research, postcards (9 p.)  Box MF722, folder 22
 
research, photograph (1 p.)  Box MF722, folder 22
 
research, clippings (1 p.)  Box MF722, folder 22
Box MF722, folder 23
research, notes titled 'Wool' (20 p.)  Box MF722, folder 23
Box MF722, folder 24
research, notes titled 'The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals,' with 9 pp. clippings, and 2 booklets, 26 pp. (5 p.)  Box MF722, folder 24
Box MF722, folder 25
research, notes titled 'Morocco Folklore', with 9 pp. clippings, and 3 booklets, 17 pp. (6 p.)  Box MF722, folder 25
Box MF722, folder 26
research, notes titled 'Language,' with 2 booklets, 12 pp. (12 p.)  Box MF722, folder 26
Box MF722, folder 27
research, notes titled 'Pippa,' (24 p.)  Box MF722, folder 27
Box MF722, folder 28
research, notes titled 'Boots' (21 p.)  Box MF722, folder 28
Box MF722, folder 29
research, notes titled 'Outlines and Names' (44 p.)  Box MF722, folder 29
Box MF722, folder 30
research, clippings, partly in French (17 p.)  Box MF722, folder 30
 
research, 3 articles, photocopy, partially in French (8 p.)  Box MF722, folder 30
Box MF722, folder 31
research, 7 booklets, partially in French (141 p.)  Box MF722, folder 31
 
research, poster, king of Morocco (1 p.)  Box MF722, folder 31
Box MF722, folder 32
book reviews, photocopy (22 p.)  Box MF722, folder 32
 
correspondence from editor, Margaret McEldeerry (5 p.)  Box MF722, folder 32
 
Little Lower Than the Angels, A  
Box MF 723, folders 1-9
typescript, corrected carbon (677 p.)  Box MF 723, folders 1-9
Box MF723, folders 10-15
typescript, corrected (367 p.)  Box MF723, folders 10-15
Box MF723, folder 10
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF723, folder 10
Box MF723, folders 16-17
notes (124 p.)  Box MF723, folders 16-17
 
Miracles on Maple Hill  
Box MF725, folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (183 p.)  Box MF725, folders 1-4
Box MF725, folder 5
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF725, folder 5
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF725, folder 5
 
material for illustrators-- 18 photographs taken near Edinboro, Pennsylvania (18 p.)  Box MF725, folder 5
 
material for illustrators--1 negative (1 p.)  Box MF725, folder 5
 
material for illustrators--clippings (1 p.)  Box MF725, folder 5
 
material for illustrators--1 photograph of a young man (1 p.)  Box MF725, folder 5
 
Miscellaneous material  
Box MF725, folder 6
articles by and about the author (13 p.)  Box MF725, folder 6
 
clippings (2 p.)  Box MF725, folder 6