University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota LibrariesOnline Finding Aids
space Home | About Us | Search Tips | Finding Aids FAQ | View Basket |
Jane Langton Papers

Summary Information
Title: Jane Langton Papers
Dates: 1957-1984
Creator: Langton, Jane
Extent: 1.1 cubic ft. (illus) 6.9 linear ft. (manuscript)
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-902
Abstract:
The papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult books. The collection contains manuscript materials for eight titles published between 1961-1984 with some material dating back to 1957. The collection contains various illustrative materials for five titles including some not used in books. Manuscript materials include holographs and typescripts, page and galley proofs, notes, front matter, a blueprint, reviews, a book jacket and research material. The collection also include some correspondence with children's authors.

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

The Astonishing Stereoscope, 1971

The Boyhood of Grace Jones, 1972

The Diamond in the Window, 1962

The Fledgling, 1980

The Fragile Flag, 1984

The Majesty of Grace, 1961

Paper Chains, 1977

The Swing in the Summerhouse, 1967

Correspondence from Children's Book Authors,

Miscellaneous,


Biographical Sketch

Jane Langton, nee Gillson was born December 30, 1922 in Boston. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1944 and received her M.A. in 1945, and another M.A. from Radcliffe College in 1948. She studied at the Boston Museum School from 1958-1959 and in 1961 wrote and illustrated her first book for children The Majesty of Grace , a story about a young girl living during the depresssion who is convinced she is the future Queen of England. She continued to publish children's books, mostly illustrated by others, throughout the 1960-1980s including a series of books about the Hall family that live in Concord MA. The first book in the series, The Diamond in the Window (1962) introduced the characters and Langton's unique 'Nesbitian' blend of 'fantasy and realism' with 'an American flavor.' One of the last books in the series, The Fledgling (1980) tells of a girls 'whose dreams of flying become true when she rides on the back of a Canada goose.' The book received a Newbery Honor citation in 1981 and critics praised the series for its imaginative appeal.

Biographical Sources:

Something About the Author, vol 140, pp. 98-114.

Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., pp. 553-554.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains manuscript material for eight titles published between 1961-1984 with some material dating to 1957. The collection also contains various illustrative materials for five titles including some not used in books. Illustrative materials include illustrations, sketches and studies done in a variety of media. The collection also contains some correspondence with children's authors Natalie Babbitt, Jane Gardam, Mollie Hunter, Liesel Moak Skorpen, and Joan Tate.

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.
  • Langton, Jane
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
The Astonishing Stereoscope 1971 
Note Blegvad, Erik
New York: Harper, 1971
Box MF 1012
typescript, corrected, part holograph ["first draft"] (105 p.)  Box MF 1012
Box MF1012
typescript, corrected, ["second draft"] (116 p.)  Box MF1012
 
typescript, corrected, ["third draft"] (156 p.)  Box MF1012
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF1012
 
typescript, corrected, ["copy-edited ms."] (163 p.)  Box MF1012
 
galley proof, corrected (88 p.)  Box MF1012
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF1012
 
Notes [sermon by Peter Bulkeley, 1646, 1651] (10 p.)  Box MF1012
 
study sketch of ticket p. 147 by author (1 p.)  Box MF1012
 
invitation for autographing party, Concord Bookshop [Concord MA] November 1971 (1 p.)  Box MF1012
 
black and white photographs, Concord Bookshop autographing party, November 1971 (5 p.)  Box MF1012
 
The Boyhood of Grace Jones 1972 
Note McCully, Emily Arnold
New York: Harper, 1972
Box MF 1009
typescript, corrected, early combined drafts (180 p.)  Box MF 1009
 
typescript, corrected (103 p.)  Box MF 1009
 
typescript, corrected (111 p.)  Box MF 1009
 
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF 1009
 
typescript, corrected (148 p.)  Box MF 1009
Box MF 1010
galley proof, corrected (107 p.)  Box MF 1010
 
correspondence (19 p.)  Box MF 1010
 
notes (14 p.)  Box MF 1010
 
The Diamond in the Window 1962 
Note Blegvad, Erik
New York: Harper, 1962
Box MF 998
Preliminary notes, typescript and holograph, corrected (74 p.)  Box MF 998
 
typescript, corrected, first draft (166 p.)  Box MF 998
 
typescript, corrected, second draft (220 p.)  Box MF 998
 
typescript, corrected, final draft (246 p.)  Box MF 998
Box MF 999
typescript, miscellaneous, incomplete, part carbon, corrected (218 p.)  Box MF 999
 
typescript, miscellaneous, incomplete, part carbon, corrected (289 p.)  Box MF 999
 
galley proof, corrected (81 p.)  Box MF 999
 
correspondence (includes some from Erik Blegvad (117 p.)  Box MF 999
 
reviews (5 p.)  Box MF 999
 
research material, color photograph of #40 Walden Street (1 p.)  Box MF 999
 
research material, 1 article (1 p.)  Box MF 999
Box MF 1000
research material, notes (67 p.)  Box MF 1000
 
research material, pencil studies by author (20 p.)  Box MF 1000
 
The Fledgling 1980 
Note  New York: Harper, 1980
Box MF 975
holograph and typescript ["first draft"] (72 p.)  Box MF 975
 
holograph and typescript ["second draft"] (69 p.)  Box MF 975
 
holograph and typescript ["third draft"] (102 p.)  Box MF 975
 
typescript, corrected ["fourth draft"] (127 p.)  Box MF 975
 
typescript, corrected ["next last draft"] (210 p.)  Box MF 975
Box MF 976
typescript, corrected ["final draft"] (172 p.)  Box MF 976
 
page proof (179 p.)  Box MF 976
 
author's illustrations, pen drawings (2 p.)  Box MF 976
 
book jacket (1 p.)  Box MF 976
 
notes (79 p.)  Box MF 976
 
The Fragile Flag 1984 
Note  New York: Harper, 1984
Box MF 1488
notes (12 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
typescript, corrected, part holograph, "first draft" (176 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
notes (9 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
correspondence (20 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
notes (21 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
clippings (6 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
typescript, notes and clippings (29 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
typescript, corrected, part holograph,"second draft" (65 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
typescript, corrected, part holograph, "draft 3" (237 p.)  Box MF 1488
 
typescript, corrected, "4th draft" (203 p.)  Box MF 1488
Box MF 1489
typescript, corrected, "first final version (198 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
front matter (10 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
typescript, corrected, (192 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
flap copy (1 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
page proof, corrected (144 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
blueprint (273 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
typescript and holograph, miscellaneous pages (40 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
correspondence (20 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
notes (4 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
research material, pamphlets (3 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
research material, clippings (10 p.)  Box MF 1489
 
The Majesty of Grace 1961 
Note  New York: Harper, 1961
Box MF 1010
typescript, corrected, early version for Boston Museum School (12 p.)  Box MF 1010
 
typescript, correcred, part holograph, early drafts (243 p.)  Box MF 1010
Box MF 1010-1011
typescript, corrected, part carbon (284 p.)  Box MF 1010-1011
Box MF 1011
typescript, corrected, submitted draft (260 p.)  Box MF 1011
 
typescript, corrected, copy-edited draft (211 p.)  Box MF 1011
 
correspondence (99 p.)  Box MF 1011
 
notes (15 p.)  Box MF 1011
 
black and white photograph of child who helped inspire The Majesty of Grace (1 p.)  Box MF 1011
Box MC 251
pencil illustration for frontispiece (1 p.)  Box MC 251
 
charcoal and pencil illustrations (20 p.)  Box MC 251
 
chalk study ['rejected'] (1 p.)  Box MC 251
 
charcoal studies['rejected'] (4 p.)  Box MC 251
 
pencil and chalk study ['rejected'] (1 p.)  Box MC 251
 
pencil study ['rejected'] (1 p.)  Box MC 251
 
pen and ink studies ['rejected'] (4 p.)  Box MC 251
Box MF 1011
reviews and clippings (32 p.)  Box MF 1011
Box MC 251
pencil and ink study for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 251
 
pencil studies for jacket (2 p.)  Box MC 251
 
pencil study (1 p.)  Box MC 251
 
watercolor and ink studies for jacket (3 p.)  Box MC 251
 
dummy for jacket (1 p.)  Box MC 251
 
original 1959 edition of the book for the Boston Museum School (1 p.)  Box MC 251
 
Paper Chains 1977 
Note  New York: Harper, 1977
Box MC 1051
watercolor and ink illustration for jacket and cover (1 p.)  Box MC 1051
 
watercolor and ink studies for cover (4 p.)  Box MC 1051
 
colored pencil study for cover ['rejected'] (1 p.)  Box MC 1051
 
ink and pencil study for cover (1 p.)  Box MC 1051
 
pencil studies (1 p.)  Box MC 1051
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC 1051
 
sheet cover specifications (1 p.)  Box MC 1051
 
sheet studies for jacket, "World's Oldest Freshman" (3 p.)  Box MC 1051
Box MF1003
typescript, corrected, '1st draft' (51 p.)  Box MF1003
 
notes (11 p.)  Box MF1003
 
typescript, corrected, '2nd draft' (109 p.)  Box MF1003
 
notes (5 p.)  Box MF1003
 
typescript, corrected, 3rd draft (113 p.)  Box MF1003
 
notes (15 p.)  Box MF1003
 
holograph and typescript, corrected revisions (46 p.)  Box MF1003
 
holograph and typescript, corrected revisions (64 p.)  Box MF1003
 
typescript, corrected partial photocopy and holograph (199 p.)  Box MF1003
Box MF 1004
typescript, corrected partial carbon (86 p.)  Box MF 1004
 
holograph (9 p.)  Box MF 1004
 
typescript, partial holograph and carbon (73 p.)  Box MF 1004
 
typescript, corrected partial holograph and carbon (147 p.)  Box MF 1004
 
typescript, corrected partial photocopy (156 p.)  Box MF 1004
 
typescript part holograph, corrected revisions March-June 1976 (81 p.)  Box MF 1004
 
typescript, corrected partial carbon and photocopy (190 p.)  Box MF 1004
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 1004
Box MF 1005
typescript, corrected partial photocopy (181 p.)  Box MF 1005
 
typescript, corrected (92 p.)  Box MF 1005
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 1005
Box MF 1006
typescript, corrected photocopy [adult version of "World's Oldest Freshman"] (80 p.)  Box MF 1006
 
galley proof (58 p.)  Box MF 1006
 
front matter, typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF 1006
 
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF 1006
 
ink illustrations, supposedly done by Evelyn Underhill [not used in book] (49 p.)  Box MF 1006
 
The Swing in the Summerhouse 1967 
Note Blegvad, Erik
New York: Harper, 1967
Box MF 1000
preliminary notes for "Beautiful Bandstand", holograph (6 p.)  Box MF 1000
 
typescript, corrected, "Beautiful Bandstand" (4 p.)  Box MF 1000
 
partial typescript, first draft, incomplete misc. carbon, corrected (124 p.)  Box MF 1000
 
typescript, miscellaneous incomplete partial carbon, corrected (247 p.)  Box MF 1000
 
typescript, miscellaneous incomplete partial carbon, corrected (90 p.)  Box MF 1000
Box MF 1002
typescript, miscellaneous incomplete partial carbopn, corrected (287 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
typescript, miscellaneous incomplete partial carbon, corrected "early draft pp." (118 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
cotes (24 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
pencil sketches by author (25 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
ink study by author with holograph (1 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
ink study by author with typescript (1 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
tempera picture by author's son David Langton (1 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
crayon and pencil picture (1 p.)  Box MF 1002
Box MF1002
clippings (4 p.)  Box MF1002
Box MF 1002
typescript, correcyed (162 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
Correspondence from Children's Book Authors  
Box MF 1439
Natalie Babbitt (22 p.)  Box MF 1439
 
Jane Gardam (54 p.)  Box MF 1439
 
Mollie Hunter (25 p.)  Box MF 1439
 
Liesel Moak Skorpen (126 p.)  Box MF 1439
 
Joan Tate (49 p.)  Box MF 1439
 
Miscellaneous  
Box MF 1002
notebooks (4 p.)  Box MF 1002
 
notes (34 p.)  Box MF 1002