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Matt Christopher Papers, undated, 1971-1994

Summary Information
Title: Matt Christopher Papers
Dates: undated, 1971-1994
Creator: Christopher, Matt
Extent: 3 boxes (1.20 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-955
Abstract:
This collection consists of holographs, typescripts, galley proofs, correspondence, notes and research material for thirteen of Christopher's children's books published between 1971 and 1995.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Matt Christopher, donated from 1980 to 1995.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is requred. 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:

Matt Christopher Papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.


Biographical Sketch

Matthew Frederick Christopher was born in Bath, Pennsylvania in 1917 the oldest of nine children. As a youth he was very interested in sports but also in reading and decided to become a writer at an early age. In the 1930s Christopher played semi-professional baseball before moving up to professional ball for the Smith Falls Beavers of Ontario, Canada. After a while he returned to semi-professional ball until a knee injury ended his career. In 1953 he sold his first book to Phoenix Press, a detective novel titled Look for the Body . In 1954 his publication The Lucky Baseball Bat , a baseball book for children, became his first success. By 1963, with 15 published novels, Christopher was able to retire and write full-time. Christopher passed away in 1997 having written more than one hundred books.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes holographs, typescripts, galley proofs, correspondence, notes and research material for thirteen of Christopher's children's books published between 1971 and 1995.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • This 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.
  • Christopher, Matt.
  • Horses -- Juvenile fiction
  • Poltergeists -- Juvenile fiction
  • Children's stories, American
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
All Star Fever: A Peach Street Mudder's Story 1995 
Box 1
Corrected Typescripts, Notes, Illustrations, 1994  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Devil Pony 1977 
Box 1
Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter, 1977  Box 1 , Folder 2
 
Carbon Corrected Typescripts, undated  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Corrected Galley Proof, 1976  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Diamond Champs, The 1977 
Box 1
Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Front Matter, undated  Box 1 , Folder 5
 
Corrected Carbon Typescripts, Notes, 1975  Box 1 , Folder 6
 
Fox Steals Home, The 1978 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter 1978  Box 1 , Folder 7
 
Corrected Typescript, Carbon Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 8
Box 2
Galley Proof, Research Material, 1978  Box 2 , Folder 1-2
 
Johnny No Hit 1977 
Box 2
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter, 1977  Box 2 , Folder 3
 
Lucky Baseball Bat, The 1991 
Box 2
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter, 1991  Box 2 , Folder 4
 
Return of the Home Run Kid 1992 
Box 2
Typescript, undated  Box 2 , Folder 5
 
Skateboard Tough 1991 
Box 2
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter, 1991  Box 2 , Folder 6
 
Submarine Pitch, The 1991 
Box 2
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter, 1976  Box 2 , Folder 7
 
Tackle Without a Team 1989 
Box 2
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter, 1989  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Takedown 1990 
Box 3
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter, 1990  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Tough to Tackle 1971 
Box 3
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Front Matter, 1971  Box 3 , Folder 2
 
Wild Pitch 1980 
Box 3
Corrected Typescript, Holograph 1979  Box 3 , Folder 3
 
Carbon Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 4