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Sharon Bell Mathis Papers

Summary Information
Title: Sharon Bell Mathis Papers
Dates: 1969-2002
Creator: Mathis, Sharon Bell
Extent: 64 folders
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-791
Abstract:
The collection contains written material for 10 titles, plus miscellaneous material. It includes typescripts, some carbon and/or corrected, illustrations, correspondence, clippings, photocopied cheques, front matter, corrected galley proofs, research material, a tape, layout notes, legal materials, and miscellaneous materials, including many letters from children.

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

Brooklyn Story, 1970

Cartwheels, 1977

Godmother, 1993

Hundred Penny Box, The, 1975

Listen for the Fig Tree, 1974

Ray Charles, 2002

Running Girl: The Diary of Ebony Rose, 1997

Sidewalk Story, 1971

Teacup Full of Roses, 1972

Fire Escape, The, 1969,71

Girl Everybody Needed, The,

Square, The, 1971

Parent's Guide, 1971

Arthur, 1972, 74, 75

State of Black Arts, The,

Black-on-Black, 1972

Sounder, 1972

Ernie Father, 1973

Smell of Lemon, A, 1973

Liteside, The, 1973

Ten Pennies and Green Mold,

Miscellaneous, published and unpublished,


Biographical Sketch

Sharon Bell Mathis was born February 26, 1937, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As a black woman she remembers her childhood as filled with loving family, and racism outside the family. During her sophomore year at college she eloped with LeRoy Mathis, and put her dreams of writing on the shelf for several years. Her first children's story, The Fire Escape was published in 1969. Since then she has written many more books, and has received numerous awards and honors. She says that she writes to salute the strength in black children, and to say to them, 'stay strong, stay black and stay alive.'

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vols. 7, 58; Something About the Author Autobiography Series vol. 3 ; Children's Literature Review , vol. 3


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Mathis collection contains written material for 10 titles, plus miscellaneous material. It includes typescripts, some carbon and/or corrected, illustrations, correspondence, clippings, photocopies cheques, front matter, corrected galley proofs, research material, a tape, layout notes, legal materials, and miscellaneous materials, including many letters from children.

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.
  • Mathis, Sharon Bell
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Brooklyn Story 1970 
Note  New York: Hill and Wang, 1970
Box MF3410
typescript, carbon (51 p.)  Box MF3410
 
illustrations (2 p.)  Box MF3410
 
correspondence (20 p.)  Box MF3410
 
cheques, 3 photocopies, 1 carbon (4 p.)  Box MF3410
 
clippings, Hill and Wang Fall Books (1 p.)  Box MF3410
 
Cartwheels 1977 
Note  New York: Scholastic, 1977
Box MF3410
typescript, corrected, with notes (91 p.)  Box MF3410
 
typescript, carbon, with correspondence (58 p.)  Box MF3410
 
correspondence (37 p.)  Box MF3410
 
clippings and poster (2 p.)  Box MF3410
 
Godmother 1993 
Note  New York: Delacorte, 1993
Box MF3410
typescript, corrected (23 p.)  Box MF3410
 
typescript, corrected (28 p.)  Box MF3410
 
typescript (36 p.)  Box MF3410
 
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF3410
 
correspondence (18 p.)  Box MF3410
 
Hundred Penny Box, The 1975 
Note  New York: Viking Press, 1975
Box MF3399
typescript, corrected (23 p.)  Box MF3399
 
typescript, corrected (30 p.)  Box MF3399
 
typescript, carbon (30 p.)  Box MF3399
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3399
 
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF3399
 
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF3399
 
corrected galley proof (17 p.)  Box MF3399
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF3399
 
research material: Black World, 1974 (1 p.)  Box MF3399
 
dramatization on tape (1 p.)  Box MF3399
 
Listen for the Fig Tree 1974 
Note  New York: Viking Press, 1974
Box MF3399, 3400
typescript, corrected (66 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
typescript, carbon (249 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
front matter (9 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (243 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
typescript, corrected (245 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
corrected galley proof (56 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
correspondence, including jacket proof and photocopy of illustration (34 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
layout notes (12 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
clippings and BBB (13 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
research materials and IPE book (18 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
legal materials (1 p.)  Box MF3399, 3400
 
Ray Charles 2002 
Note  New York: Lee and Low, 2002
Box MF3400
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF3400
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF3400
 
page proof (33 p.)  Box MF3400
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3400
 
Running Girl: The Diary of Ebony Rose 1997 
Note  Orlando: Harcourt Brace, 1997
Box MF3410
typescript, corrected (33 p.)  Box MF3410
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3410
 
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF3410
 
typescript, corrected (6y p.)  Box MF3410
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF3410
 
typescript, corrected (59 p.)  Box MF3410
 
front matter (36 p.)  Box MF3410
 
corrected page proof (64 p.)  Box MF3410
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF3410
 
Sidewalk Story 1971 
Note  New York: Viking Press, 1971
Box MF3412
typescript, corrected (53 p.)  Box MF3412
 
corrected galley proof (17 p.)  Box MF3412
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MF3412
 
photocopies of illustration (7 p.)  Box MF3412
 
correspondence (5 p.)  Box MF3412
 
clippings (32 p.)  Box MF3412
 
Teacup Full of Roses 1972 
Note  New York: Viking Press, 1972
Box MF3412
typescript, partial carbon (19 p.)  Box MF3412
 
typescript, corrected (133 p.)  Box MF3412
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF3412
 
corrected galley proof (35 p.)  Box MF3412
 
jacket proof (2 p.)  Box MF3412
 
correspondence (43 p.)  Box MF3412
 
clippings (32 p.)  Box MF3412
 
research materials: navy application (15 p.)  Box MF3412
 
legal materials (24 p.)  Box MF3412
 
miscellaneous (12 p.)  Box MF3412
 
Fire Escape, The 1969, 1971 
Box MF3413
typescript,. corrected (5 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF3413
 
legal matters (4 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Girl Everybody Needed, The  
Box MF3413
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
legal material (2 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Square, The 1971 
Box MF3413
legal material (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Parent's Guide 1971 
Box MF3413
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Arthur 1972 
Box MF3413
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
typescript, carbon (10 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
State of Black Arts, The  
Box MF3413
typescript, carbon (6 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
conference program (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Black-on-Black 1972 
Box MF3413
typescript, carbon (8 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Sounder 1972 
Box MF3413
typescript, carbon (5 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Ernie Father 1973 
Box MF3413
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
typescript, carbon (4 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Smell of Lemon, A 1973 
Box MF3413
typescript, carbon (9 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF3413
 
legal matters (2 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Liteside, The 1973 
Box MF3413
typescript (24 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Ten Pennies and Green Mold  
Box MF3413
typescript, corrected photocopy (8 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
typescript, carbon (7 p.)  Box MF3413
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF3413
 
Miscellaneous, published and unpublished  
Box MF3414
Mathis resume (4 p.)  Box MF3414
 
John W. Bell obituary (1 p.)  Box MF3414
 
judge materials (15 p.)  Box MF3414
 
Something About the Author page proofs (14 p.)  Box MF3414
 
John Oliver Killens, and publication, 1972 (34 p.)  Box MF3414
 
various mentions in programs and magazines (11 p.)  Box MF3414
 
letters from children (328 p.)  Box MF3414
 
unverified poem (1 p.)  Box MF3414