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Gerald McDermott Papers

Summary Information
Title: Gerald McDermott Papers
Dates: 1973-1980
Creator: McDermott, Gerald
Extent: .8 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-909
Abstract:
Gerald McDermott's papers focus on his work as an author of children's books. The collection contains production material that includes typescripts, front matter, galley proof, correspondence, reviews, and miscellaneous materials.

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

Paul Bunyan, Backwoods Boaster,

Soldier's Tale, The,

Voyage of Osiris, The: A Myth of Ancient Egypt, 1977

Arrow to the Sun, 1974

Miscellaneous materials,

Papa Bear,

Papagayo, the Mischief Maker, 1980


Biographical Sketch

Gerald McDermott was born January 31, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan. He received a B.F.A. from the Pratt Institute of Design in 1964, and later worked as a graphic designer and filmmaker. In 1972 he published his first retelling of a folktale, Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti . The book retold a West African folktale about a spider that must decide which of his six sons to reward after each saves his life. The book received a Caldecott Honor Book citation in 1973. McDermott received the Caldecott Medal in 1975 for another illustrated retelling of a folktale, Arrow to the Sun . Critics praised both books and McDermott's innovative style and blending of modern design techniques, vibrant colors, primitive art traditions and straightforward narratives. His books were also lauded for depicting complex and archetypal fold symbols of various world cultures. He has continued to retell and illustrate folktales and myths from around the world, and critics have continued to praise his stories as entertaining and appealing to adult readers as well as to young audiences.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 74


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 2 published titles and 3 unpublished titles. The material includes corrected typescripts, front matter, a corrected galley proof, a note, contracts, photographs, correspondence, reviews, and miscellaneous material. It also contains an audiocassette of a lecture given by McDermott at the Children's Literature Collection in 1979.

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.
  • McDermott, Gerald
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Paul Bunyan, Backwoods Boaster  
Box MF1301 folder 1
contract information (3 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
 
Soldier's Tale, The  
Box MF1366 folder 1
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF1366 folder 1
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF1366 folder 1
 
fact sheet (1 p.)  Box MF1366 folder 1
Box MC1366 folder 1
typescript, photocopy (3 p.)  Box MC1366 folder 1
 
Voyage of Osiris, The: A Myth of Ancient Egypt 1977 
Box MF1301 folder 1
typescript, story outline (3 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected photocopy, 5th draft (3 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
Box MF1301 folder 2
black and white photograph and 1 negative (1 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 2
 
contractual agreements (25 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 2
Box MF1301 folder 3
correspondence (24 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 3
 
reviews (58 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 3
 
Arrow to the Sun 1974 
Box MF1301 folder 1
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
 
review (1 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
 
Miscellaneous materials  
Box MF1301 folder 1
contract for A Greek Fable (7 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
 
contract for A Babylonian Fable (7 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
Box MF1301 ?
audiocassette of Frank K. Walter Lecture, Library School, U of MN, presented by Gerald McDermott on November 19, 1979, at the Children's Literature Research Collection. (1 p.)  Box MF1301 ?
 
Papa Bear  
Box MF1366 folder 1
typescript (from editor?) (1 p.)  Box MF1366 folder 1
 
Papagayo, the Mischief Maker 1980 
Box MF1301 folder 1
typescript, corrected photocopy (41 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
 
correspondence (8 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 1
Box MF1301 folder 2
correspondence and contract agreements (10 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 2
 
biographical information (1 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 2
 
note, and 1 copy of Anansi the Spider (1 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 2
Box MF1301 folder 3
reviews (15 p.)  Box MF1301 folder 3
Box MF1377 folder 1
typescript, corrected photocopy, with front matter and correspondence (55 p.)  Box MF1377 folder 1
Box MF1377 folder 2
notes (1 p.)  Box MF1377 folder 2
 
galley proof, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF1377 folder 2
 
black & white photographs of cover (2 p.)  Box MF1377 folder 2
Box MF1377 folder 3
correspondence (27 p.)  Box MF1377 folder 3
 
list of books sent (11 p.)  Box MF1377 folder 3
 
reviews (2 p.)  Box MF1377 folder 3
 
photocopy of royalty check (1 p.)  Box MF1377 folder 3