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Irving Adler Papers, undated, 1954-1975, 1989-1995

Summary Information
Title: Irving Adler papers
Dates: undated, 1954-1975, 1989-1995
Creator: Adler, Irving.
Extent: 6 boxes (6.0 cubic feet)
Location: Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 60 minutes for retrieval.
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-92
Abstract:
The collection includes holographs and typescripts, front matter, galley and page proofs, dummies, notes, research material, and correspondence for over 65 non-fiction children's books written by Irving Adler.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Part of the collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. Additional material was placed on permanent loan by Irving and Ruth Adler in the 1960s; subsequent donations were made by Irving Adler in 1969, 1980s, and 1990s.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Copyright:

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Irving Adler papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by title.


Biographical Sketch

Irving Adler was born on April 27, 1913 in New York City. He received a B.S. from City College of New York (1931), and an M.A. and Ph.D. (1961) in Mathematics from Columbia University. Adler taught high school math in New York for twenty years and later taught math at Columbia University and Bennington College in Vermont. He married Ruth Relis in 1935. Adler began writing science books for children in 1952. His first publication The Secret of Light was written with the aim of presenting "scientific ideas simply" so they can be "readily understood" by young readers. Ruth Adler was a frequent contributor, co-author and illustrator for many of Adler's books. The Adler's "Reason Why" series covered many topics in science and math, and were written with a "simplicity of style" that provided accurate, up-to-date information that not only told of what is known about a given topic but how the facts were reasoned and established.

After Ruth Adler's death in 1968, Irving Adler continued to write; he collaborated on one book Language and Man (1970), with his second wife, Joyce Sparer Adler. Irving Adler believed that learning about science could be fun and that one should never "write down" to children. Throughout his career, Adler authored over 85 books on science and math, mostly for children. His works have been praised by critics for "presenting complex ideas in [an] accurate, comprehensible, and interesting fashion," and "for introducing young readers to math and science" with a unique "clarity and lack of condescension." He was awarded the National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council citations for Outstanding Science Books for Children (1972, 1975, 1980, 1990) and the New York State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development award for Outstanding Contributions to Children's Literature (1961) with Ruth Adler. Irving Adler died on September 22, 2012.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for over 65 titles; many of these titles were written in collaboration with Ruth Alder, and one Language and Man with Joyce Adler. Materials include holographs and typescripts, front matter, galley and page proofs, dummies, notes, research material, correspondence and clippings. Illustrations for many of these titles can be found in the Ruth Adler Papers. Illustrations for Language and Man can be found in the Laurie Jo Lambie papers.

Related Material

Ruth Adler Papers

Laurie Jo Lambie Papers

Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Atomic Energy, 1971 
Box 4
Correspondence, 1967, 1970 Box 4, Folder 25
 
Corrected galley proof, notes, undated, 1971 Box 4, Folder 26
 
Corrected typescript, front matter, undated Box 4, Folder 27
 
Research material and comments, undated, 1971 Box 4, Folder 28
 
Atoms and Molecules, 1966 
Box 1
Corrected galley proofs and page proof, 1965 Box 1, Folder 1
 
Corrected page proofs and notes, undated, 1965 Box 1, Folder 2-3
Box 2
Corrected typescripts and front matter, undated Box 2, Folder 1-2
 
Calendar, The, 1967 
Box 1
Corrected typescript, corrected galley proof, and front matter, undated, 1966 Box 1, Folder 4
Box 2
Corrected typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 3
 
Corrected galley proof, dummy, notes, undated, 1961 Box 2, Folder 4
 
Carbon with front matter, undated Box 2, Folder 5
 
Correspondence, 1966, 1973 Box 2, Folder 6
 
Notes and research materials, undated Box 2, Folder 7
 
Changing Tools of Science: From Yardstick to Synchostrom, The, 1973 
Box 3
Corrected photocopy of typescript, undated Box 3, Folder 33
 
Typescript revisions, front matter, undated Box 3, Folder 34
 
Photocopy of typescript and holograph revisions, undated Box 3, Folder 35
 
Notes, circa 1973 Box 3, Folder 36
 
Corrected typescripts, undated Box 3, Folder 31-32
 
Coal, 1965 
Box 1
Corrected typescript and corrected galley proof, undated, 1965 Box 1, Folder 5
Box 2
Dummy and correspondence, undated, 1965 Box 2, Folder 8
 
Corrected typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 9
 
Color in Your Life, 1962 
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, front matter, undated Box 2, Folder 10-11
 
Communication, 1967 
Box 1
Corrected page proofs with ink and pencil sketches, undated Box 1, Folder 6
 
Corrected galley proofs, undated, 1966 Box 1, Folder 7
 
Page proof, corrected page proof, undated Box 1, Folder 8
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, front matter, undated  Box 2 , Folder 12-13
 
Directions and Angles, 1969 
Box 1
Galley proof, undated Box 1, Folder 9
Box 2
Corrected typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 14
 
Corrected typescript, front matter, notes, and correspondence, undated, 1969-1970 Box 2, Folder 17
 
Photocopy of corrected typescript, notes, undated Box 2, Folder 18
 
Corrected carbons, front matter, undated Box 2, Folder 15-16
 
Dust, 1958 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, corrected carbons, undated, 1958 Box 2, Folder 19-20
 
Elementary Mathematics of the Atom, The, 1965 
Box 1
Holograph and corrected typescript, undated Box 1, Folder 13
 
Corrected galley proofs, undated, 1964 Box 1, Folder 10-12
Box 2
Page proof, 1964 Box 2, Folder 24
 
Corrected typescripts, undated Box 2, Folder 21-23
 
Energy, 1970 
Box 4
Corrected typescripts and front matter, undated, 1970  Box 4, Folder 34
Box 5
Corrected galley proof, notes, 1969-1970  Box 5, Folder 1
 
Energy and Power, 1958 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 2, Folder 25
 
Environment, 1976 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 2, Folder 26
 
Evolution, 1965 
Box 2
Corrected typescripts, undated Box 2, Folder 27-28
 
Fibers, 1964 
Box 1
Corrected carbon and typescript, corrected galley proof, undated, 1963 Box 1, Folder 14
 
Fire in Your Life, 1955 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, note undated Box 2, Folder 29
 
Giant Golden Book of Mathematics, The: Exploring the World of Numbers and Space, 1960 
Box 1
Corrected typescript, front matter, layout notes, undated  Box 1, Folder 15
Box 3
Corrected typescript, partial carbon, undated  Box 3, Folder 2
 
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 3, Folder 3
 
Heat, 1964 
Box 1
Corrected galley proofs, 1963 Box 1, Folder 16
Box 3
Corrected typescript, undated Box 3, Folder 4
 
Corrected typescript, notes, undated Box 3, Folder 5
 
Hot and Cold, 1959 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 30
 
Corrected photocopy of typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 31
 
Notes and illustrations, undated Box 2, Folder 32
 
Houses, 1964 
Box 1
Holograph and corrected typescript, undated Box 1, Folder 17
 
Corrected galley proofs, 1964 Box 1, Folder 18
Box 3
Corrected typescript, galley proof, undated Box 3, Folder 6
 
How Life Began, 1957 
Box 1
Corrected typescript, front matter, notes, undated, 1957 Box 1, Folder 19
Box 3
Corrected holograph, undated  Box 3, Folder 7
 
Holograph, typescript, undated  Box 3, Folder 8
 
Notes and research, correspondence, corrected typescript, undated, 1954-1956  Box 3, Folder 9
 
Hurricanes and Twisters, 1955 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 33
 
Insects and Plants, 1962 
Box 2
Corrected carbon typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 34
 
Inside the Nucleus, 1963 
Box 1
Corrected galley proofs, 1963  Box 1, Folder 20-23
Box 3
Corrected page proof, 1963  Box 3, Folder 10
 
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 3, Folder 11
 
Notes, correspondence, photographs, undated, 1962-1963  Box 3, Folder 12
 
Irrigation: Changing Deserts into Gardens, 1964 
Box 1
Galley proof, corrected galley proof, and corrected page proof, 1963  Box 1, Folder 24
Box 3
Corrected typescript, partial carbon, undated  Box 3, Folder 13
 
Language and Man, 1970 
Box 4
Corrected typescripts and front matter, 1970 Box 4, Folder 29
 
Corrected photocopy of typescript, front matter, corrected galley proof, undated, 1970 Box 4, Folder 30
 
Research material, notes, sketches, undated Box 4, Folder 31
 
Logic for Beginners Through Games, Jokes, and Puzzles, 1964 
Box 1
Corrected page proof, notes, 1964 Box 1, Folder 27
 
Corrected galley proofs, 1964 Box 1, Folder 25-26
Box 3
Corrected typescripts, undated Box 3, Folder 14-15
 
Machines, 1964 
Box 1
Corrected galley proofs, correspondence, notes, 1964 Box 1, Folder 28
Box 3
Corrected typescript, undated Box 3, Folder 16
 
Corrected typescript, front matter, undated, 1964 Box 3, Folder 17
 
Magic House of Numbers, 1957 
Box 2
Holograph, undated Box 2, Folder 35
 
Photocopy of corrected typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 38
 
Corrected typescript and corrected carbon, undated Box 2, Folder 39
 
Photocopy of typescript, undated Box 2, Folder 40
 
Dummy, undated Box 2, Folder 41
 
Research notes and correspondence, undated, 1974 Box 2, Folder 42
 
Corrected typescripts and front matter, undated Box 2, Folder 36-37
 
Magnets, 1966 
Box 1
Corrected galley proof, corrected page proof with ink and pencil sketches, 1966 Box 1, Folder 29
 
Corrected page proof with ink and pencil sketches, correspondence undated, 1966 Box 1, Folder 30
Box 3
Corrected typescript, undated Box 3, Folder 18
 
Corrected typescript, front matter, undated, 1966  Box 3, Folder 19
 
Man-Made Moons, 1957 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, front matter, undated Box 2, Folder 43
 
Dummy, undated Box 2, Folder 44
 
Mathematics, 1990 
Box 5
Corrected typescripts, undated Box 5, Folder 3-6
 
Layout notes, suggested illustrations, correspondence, undated, 1990, 1995 Box 5, Folder 7
 
Corrected typescript, front matter, 1990 Box 5, Folder 8
 
Corrected galley proofs, 1989-1990 Box 5, Folder 9
 
Corrected dummy, notes, autobiographical article, undated, 1993 Box 5, Folder 10
 
Mathematics: The Story of Numbers, Symbols and Space, 1958 
Box 5
Correspondence, corrected typescript, notes/suggestions for illustrations, undated, 1960 Box 5, Folder 2
 
Monkey Business: Hoaxes in the Name of Science, 1957 
Box 2
Corrected typescript, layout notes, undated  Box 2 , Folder 45
Box 3
Dummy, undated  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
New Look at Arithmetic, A, 1964 
Box 1
Corrected galley proof, undated  Box 1, Folder 31
 
Notes, undated  Box 1, Folder 32
Box 3
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 3, Folder 20
 
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 3, Folder 21-22
 
New Mathematics, The, 1958 
Box 3
Corrected typescript and front matter, 1958-1959 Box 3, Folder 28
 
Corrected typescript, 1958 Box 3, Folder 26-27
 
New Mathematics, The [revised and enlarged edition], 1972 
Box 3
Corrected photocopy of typescript, undated Box 3, Folder 23
 
Corrected photocopy of typescript and page proof, front matter, undated, 1972 Box 3, Folder 24
 
Dummy, 1972 Box 3, Folder 25
 
Numbers New and Old, 1960 
Box 3
Carbon typescript, undated  Box 3, Folder 29
 
Holograph and corrected typescript, undated  Box 3, Folder 30
 
Numerals, New Dresses for Old Numbers, 1964 
Box 5
Corrected galley proofs and notes, 1963 Box 5, Folder 11-12
Box 6
Corrected typescripts, front matter, undated, 1964 Box 6, Folder 1
 
Oceans, 1962 
Box 4
Carbon typescript, undated  Box 4, Folder 1
 
Petroleum: Gas, Oil, and Asphalt, 1975 
Box 6
Corrected galley proof, galley proof, photocopies of notes, undated, 1975  Box 6, Folder 18
 
Corrected typescripts, front matter, undated, 1975  Box 6, Folder 19
 
Probability and Statistics for Everyman: How to Understand and Use the Laws of Chance, 1963 
Box 5
Corrected galley proof, notebooks, undated Box 5, Folder 13
Box 6
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 6, Folder 2-3
 
Corrected typescript, front matter, 1963 Box 6, Folder 4-5
 
Rivers, 1961 
Box 4
Carbon typescript, undated  Box 4, Folder 2
 
Rocks and Minerals and the Stories They Tell, 1956 
Box 5
Corrected typescript, front matter, galley proof, undated Box 5, Folder 14
Box 6
Corrected typescript, undated Box 6, Folder 6
 
Secret of Light, The [revised edition], 1965 
Box 4
Holograph and typescript of corrections, undated Box 4, Folder 3
 
Seeing the Earth from Space: What the Man Made Moons Tell Us, 1959 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, holograph and page proof; front matter, undated, 1959  Box 4, Folder 4-5
 
Sets, 1967 
Box 5
Corrected galley proofs, 1966  Box 5, Folder 15
 
Page proof, 1967  Box 5, Folder 16
Box 6
Corrected page proof with ink and pencil sketches, undated  Box 6, Folder 9
 
Corrected page proof with ink and pencil sketches, notes, correspondence, 1966  Box 6, Folder 10
 
Corrected typescripts, front matter, undated, 1966  Box 6, Folder 7-8
 
Shadows, 1961 
Box 4
Corrected carbon typescript, notes, undated Box 4, Folder 6
 
Sound and Ultrasonics, 1959 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, carbon, galley proof, notes, undated, 1958  Box 4, Folder 7
 
Stars, The: Decoding Their Messages [revised edition], 1980 
Box 4
Corrected typescript-part photocopy, front matter, undated  Box 4, Folder 32
 
Corrected dummy, undated  Box 4, Folder 33
 
Storms, 1963 
Box 4
Corrected typescript and front matter, 1963 Box 4, Folder 8
 
Story of a Nail, The, 1961 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, galley proof, 1960  Box 4, Folder 9
 
Sun and Its Family, The, 1958 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, front matter, correspondence, and notes, undated, 1958, 1960 Box 4, Folder 10
 
Dummy, 1958 Box 4, Folder 11
 
Sun and Its Family, The [revised edition], 1969 
Box 4
Notes and correspondence, 1960s Box 4, Folder 12
 
Taste, Touch and Smell, 1966 
Box 5
Corrected galley proofs, corrected page proof with pencil sketches, correspondence, 1965-1966 Box 5, Folder 19
 
Corrected galley proofs, corrected typescript, front matter, undated, 1966 Box 5, Folder 17-18
Box 6
Corrected typescript, 1965 Box 6, Folder 11
 
Things That Spin: From Tops to Atoms, 1960 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, notes, undated Box 4, Folder 13
 
Thinking Machines: A Layman's Introduction to Logic, Boolean Algebra and Computers, 1961 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, 1961 Box 4, Folder 20-21
 
Time in Your Life, 1955 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, layout notes, and notes, 1955 Box 4, Folder 19
 
Tools in Your Life, 1956 
Box 4
Dummy, 1956 Box 4, Folder 18
 
Tools of Science, The: From Yardstick to Cyclotron, 1958 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, 1958 Box 4, Folder 16
 
Dummy and layout note, 1958 Box 4, Folder 17
 
Holograph, corrected carbon typescript, notes, correspondence, undated, 1957-1958 Box 4, Folder 14-15
 
Tree Products, 1966 
Box 5
Corrected galley proofs, 1966 Box 5, Folder 20
 
Corrected page proofs, notes, 1966 Box 5, Folder 21
Box 6
Corrected typescripts, front matter, undated, 1966 Box 6, Folder 12-13
 
Volcanoes and Earthquakes, 1962 
Box 5
Corrected galley proofs, page proof, notes, undated, 1962  Box 5, Folder 22
Box 6
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 6, Folder 14
 
Weather in Your Life, 1959 
Box 4
Corrected typescript-partial carbon, 1959 Box 4, Folder 22
 
Why? A Book of Reasons, 1961 
Box 4
Corrected typescript-partial carbon, undated Box 4, Folder 23
 
Why and How? A Second Book of Reasons, 1963 
Box 4
Corrected typescript, undated Box 4, Folder 24
 
Wonders of Physics, The: An Introduction to the Physical World, 1966 
Box 5
Holograph and suggested illustrations, undated  Box 5, Folder 23
Box 6
Corrected typescript, undated  Box 6, Folder 15
 
Your Ears, 1963 
Box 5
Corrected galley proofs, page proof, 1962 Box 5, Folder 24
Box 6
Corrected typescript, front matter, 1962 Box 6, Folder 16
 
Your Eyes, 1962 
Box 6
Corrected carbon typescript, cards to Dr. Kerlan, undated, 1961 Box 6, Folder 17