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Frank Bonham Papers, 1941-1982

Summary Information
Title: Frank Bonham papers
Dates: 1941-1982
Creator: Bonham, Frank.
Extent: 13 boxes (13.0 cubic feet)
Language: Collection material in English
Collection Number: CLRC-96
Abstract:
The Frank Bonham Papers focus on his work as author of young adult fiction. The collection contains production materials and includes holographs and typescripts, outlines, notes and research material including pamphlets, clippings and photographs, and galley and page proofs. Also contained in the collection are Bonham's diaries and journals, as well as a substantial amount of correspondence.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was originally placed on permanent loan at the Children's Literature Research Collections by Frank Bonham in 1969, with additional materials added during the 1970s and 1980s. The loan was changed to a gift by Gloria Bonham, Frank Bonham's widow, in 1992; additional materials added to the collection in the 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:

Frank Bonham papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title


Biographical Sketch

Frank Bonham was born February 25, 1914 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Glendale College and served in the United States Army from 1942-1943. Frank Bonham began writing stories in the 1930s, and published his first novel for adults, Lost Stage Valley , in 1948. Throughout his long and prolific career, he wrote hundreds of short stories, dozens of novels, and television scripts.

In 1960, Frank Bonham published his first work for young adults and children, Burma Rifles: A Story of Merrill's Marauders . He continued to write westerns for adults, but increasingly turned his attention to writing realistic fiction for young adults. His young adult novels have been praised by critics for their insights, realism and attention for contemporary issues, as well as for Bonham's compassion for his protagonists, most of whom are young boys who belong to disadvantaged minority groups and face many problems growing up in the inner city. Bonham also wrote science fiction for children such as The Missing Persons League that dealt with a not so Utopian future, and novels that combined contemporary issues with fantasy, such as The Golden Bees of Tulami . Frank Bonham died on December 16, 1988.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for both young adult and adult titles, published mainly between 1960 and 1980. Materials include holographs and typescripts, outlines, notes and research material including pamphlets, clippings and photographs, and galley and page proofs. Also contained in the collection are Bonham's diaries and journals, as well as a substantial amount of correspondence to and from Bonham.

Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Publications  
 
Break for the Border, 1980 
Box 1
Incomplete Corrected Typescript 1977  Box 1, Folder 5-6
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 7-8
 
Notes undated  Box 1, Folder 9
 
Notes, Correspondence 1977  Box 1, Folder 10
 
Burma Rifles: A Story of Merrill's Marauders, 1960 
Box 1
Correspondence 1959-1970  Box 1, Folder 11
 
Notes 1959-1970  Box 1, Folder 12
Box 14
Reviews 1960  Box 14 , Folder 1
 
Cast a Long Shadow, 1964 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Outline, Corrected Carbon Typescript, Correspondence, Notes undated, 1963 Box 1, Folder 13
 
Chief, 1971 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 1973  Box 1, Folder 14
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 15-16
 
Corrected Typescript 1973  Box 1, Folder 17-19
 
Corrected Typescript (Miscellaneous Pages) undated  Box 1, Folder 20-23
 
Notes 1969-1970  Box 1, Folder 24-25
 
Corrected Galley Proof 1971  Box 13, Folder 1
 
Notes 1969-1970  Box 13, Folder 2
Box 14
Reviews 1971  Box 14 , Folder 2
 
Cool Cat, 1971 
Box 1
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 26-30
 
Carbon Typescript undated  Box 1, Folder 31-32
 
Carbon Typescript (Miscellaneous Pages) undated  Box 1, Folder 33-34
 
Corrected Typescript Part Holograph undated  Box 1, Folder 35-36
 
Notes undated  Box 1, Folder 37
Box 13
Galley Proof Photocopy 1971  Box 13, Folder 3
Box 14
Reviews 1921  Box 14 , Folder 3
 
Devilhorn, 1978 
Box 5
Corrected Typescript, Notes, Front Matter undated  Box 5, Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5, Folder 2
 
Corrected Typescript, Notes, Front Matter undated  Box 5, Folder 3
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5, Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescript, Notes undated  Box 5, Folder 5
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5, Folder 6
 
Carbon Typescript, Front Matter undated  Box 5, Folder 7-8
 
Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Front Matter undated  Box 5, Folder 9
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript Partial Photocopy, Front Matter 1977  Box 5, Folder 10
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript Partial Photocopy undated  Box 5, Folder 11-12
 
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 5, Folder 13
 
Notes and Research undated  Box 5, Folder 14-15
 
Devilhorn(2nd version)  
Box 5
Corrected Typescript Partial Photocopy, Notes undated  Box 5, Folder 16
 
Corrected Typescript Partial Photocopy undated  Box 5, Folder 17
 
Dogtown: And Other Stories  
Box 5
Typescript Photocopy Outline, Research Material, Mimeograph undated  Box 5, Folder 23
 
A Dream of Ghosts, 1973 
Box 5
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5, Folder 24-25
 
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter, Notes 1973-1974  Box 5, Folder 26
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5, Folder 27
Box 6
Corrected Typescript Outline undated  Box 6, Folder 1
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6, Folder 2-3
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript, Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Corrected Typescript Outline Photocopy 1973  Box 6, Folder 4
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof Photocopy 1972  Box 13, Folder 4
 
Notes, Research Materials 1973  Box 13, Folder 5
Box 14
Reviews 1973-1974  Box 14 , Folder 4
 
Durango Street, 1965 
Box 6
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6, Folder 5-9
 
Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1965  Box 6, Folder 10
 
Notes, Clippings, Dictionary of Criminal Language 1962-1963  Box 6, Folder 11
 
Notes undated ( Metal Card Box)  Box 6
 
Corrected Galley Proof 1965  Box 13, Folder 6
 
Notes 1962  Box 13, Folder 7
Box 14
Reviews 1965  Box 14 , Folder 5
 
The Forever Formula, 1979 
Box 6
Corrected Typescript, Notes 1973  Box 6, Folder 12
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6, Folder 13-15
 
Corrected Typescripts Partial Photocopy 1979  Box 6, Folder 16-17
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6, Folder 18-19
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6, Folder 20-25
Box 7
Corrected Galley Proof Partial Photocopy undated  Box 7, Folder 1-2
 
Notes, Research 1979  Box 7, Folder 3-6
 
Fort Hogan, 1980 
Box 7
Corrected Typescript 1972  Box 7, Folder 7-8
 
Corrected Typescript Partial Photocopy (miscellaneous pages) undated  Box 7, Folder 9
 
Typescript Outline Photocopy, Corrected Typescript Partial Photocopy (miscellaneous pages) undated  Box 7, Folder 10
 
Corrected Typescript Partial Photocopy undated  Box 7, Folder 11-12
 
Notes undated  Box 7, Folder 13
 
The Friends of the Loony Lake Monster, 1972 
Box 7
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 7, Folder 14-15
 
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter, Notes undated  Box 7, Folder 16
 
Corrected Typescript 1973  Box 7, Folder 17
 
Corrected Typescript, Notes 1973  Box 7, Folder 18
 
Incomplete Carbon Typescript, Corrected Typescript Photocopy undated  Box 7, Folder 19
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 13, Folder 8
 
Notes 1972  Box 13, Folder 9
Box 14
Reviews 1972-1973  Box 14 , Folder 6
 
The Ghost Front, 1968 
Box 7
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter undated  Box 7, Folder 20
 
Corrected Typescript 1967  Box 7, Folder 21-24
 
Corrected Page Proofs 1967  Box 7, Folder 25
 
Miscellaneous Corrected Typescripts 1967  Box 7, Folder 26-31
Box 8
Miscellaneous Corrected Typescripts 1967  Box 8, Folder 1-5
 
Notes, Research Materials, Corrected Typescript Outline undated  Box 8, Folder 6
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof 1967  Box 13, Folder 10
Box 14
Reviews 1968  Box 14 , Folder 7
 
Gimme an H, Gimme an E, Gimme an L, Gimme a P, 1980 
Box 8
Notes, Holograph undated  Box 8, Folder 7
 
Corrected Typescript, Notes undated  Box 8, Folder 8
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 8, Folder 9-11
 
Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Notes undated  Box 8, Folder 12
 
Corrected Typescript Photocopy undated  Box 8, Folder 13-15
 
Typescript Photocopy 1980  Box 8, Folder 16-19
 
Incomplete Typescript, Partial Photocopy 1980  Box 8, Folder 20-22
 
Correspondence undated  Box 8, Folder 23
 
Notes, Research 1977-1979  Box 8, Folder 24
 
Typescript, Outline Photocopy, Research Material undated  Box 8, Folder 25
 
Notes undated  Box 8, Folder 26
 
Golden Bees of Tulami, 1974 
Box 8
Holograph, Incomplete Corrected Typescript undated  Box 8, Folder 27-29
 
Corrected Typescript 1973  Box 8, Folder 30-31
Box 9
Corrected Typescript 1973  Box 9, Folder 1-2
 
Corrected Typescript Photocopy 1974  Box 9, Folder 3-4
 
Clippings, Corrected Typescript Outline, Correspondence undated  Box 9, Folder 5
Box 13
Notes 1974  Box 13, Folder 11
Box 14
Reviews 1974  Box 14 , Folder 8
 
Gussie  
Box 9
Corrected Typescript 1973-1975  Box 9, Folder 6
 
Corrected Typescript, Incomplete Typescript undated  Box 9, Folder 7
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript undated  Box 9, Folder 8
 
Typescript Carbon 1969  Box 9, Folder 9-10
 
Typescript Photocopy undated  Box 9, Folder 11-12
 
Correspondence, Notes 1969  Box 9, Folder 13
 
"Hanging in There" in The Winter Magazine  
Box 13
Corrected Typescript, Carbon Typescript, Corrected Photocopied Typescript, Correspondence 1961-1962  Box 13, Folder 31
 
Hey, Big Spender, 1972 
Box 9
Corrected Typescript 1968-1972  Box 9, Folder 14-17
 
Corrected Typescript Incomplete Revision undated  Box 9, Folder 18-19
 
Research, Notes 1972  Box 9, Folder 20
Box 13
Galley Proof undated  Box 13, Folder 12
Box 14
Reviews 1972  Box 14 , Folder 9
 
Honor Bound, 1963 
Box 9
Correspondence, Notes 1969-1970  Box 9, Folder 21
Box 14
Reviews undated  Box 14 , Folder 10
 
Logan's Choice, 1964 
Box 9
Corrected Typescript 1978  Box 9, Folder 30-31
 
Typescript Carbon undated  Box 9, Folder 32-33
 
Correspondence, Notes undated  Box 9, Folder 34
 
The Loud Resounding Sea, 1963 
Box 9
Corrected Typescript 1963-1973  Box 9, Folder 35-36
Box 10
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 10, Folder 1
 
Correspondence, Notes, Clippings 1963  Box 10, Folder 2
Box 14
Reviews 1963  Box 14 , Folder 11
 
The Missing Persons League, 1976 
Box 10
Holograph, Incomplete Corrected Typescript undated  Box 10, Folder 9-11
 
Corrected Typescripts undated, 1974  Box 10, Folder 12-16
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript 1975  Box 10, Folder 17-22
 
Corrected Typescript Photocopy 1975  Box 10, Folder 23
 
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter undated  Box 10, Folder 24-25
 
Notes, Research 1973  Box 10, Folder 26
Box 13
Notes 1974-1975  Box 13, Folder 13-15
 
Clippings undated  Box 13, Folder 16
 
Mystery in Little Tokyo, 1966 
Box 10
Corrected Typescript 1976  Box 10, Folder 27-31
 
Corrected Typescript Miscellaneous 1973  Box 10, Folder 32
 
Correspondence, Notes undated  Box 10, Folder 33
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof 1966  Box 13, Folder 17
 
Mystery of the Fat Cat, 1968 
Box 10
Corrected Typescript 1966  Box 10, Folder 34-36
 
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter 1961-1965  Box 10, Folder 37
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript, Corrected Typescript Miscellaneous undated  Box 10, Folder 38
Box 11
Incomplete Corrected Carbon Typescript 1968  Box 11, Folder 1-2
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 13, Folder 18
 
Notes undated  Box 13, Folder 19
 
Notes, Outline, Corrected Carbon Typescript 1967  Box 13, Folder 20
Box 14
Reviews 1968-1970  Box 14 , Folder 12
 
Mystery of the Red Tide, 1966 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 11, Folder 3
 
Notes undated  Box 11, Folder 4
Box 13
Corrected Galley Proof undated  Box 13, Folder 21
 
Nitty Gritty, 1968 
Box 11
Corrected Typescripts undated, 1964-1966  Box 11, Folder 5-11
 
Corrected Galley Proof, Page Proof of Front Miscellaneous, Correspondence 1968  Box 11, Folder 12
 
Notes undated  Box 11, Folder 13
Box 14
Reviews 1968-1970  Box 14 , Folder 13
 
Rascals from Haskell's Gym, 1977 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript, Front Matter 1968-1969  Box 11, Folder 14
 
Corrected Typescripts undated, 1977  Box 11, Folder 15-17
 
Corrected Incomplete Typescript, Partial Carbon 1976  Box 11, Folder 18-22
 
Correspondence undated  Box 11, Folder 23
 
Notes, Research Material 1975-1976  Box 11, Folder 24-27
Box 12
Notes undated ( Metal Card Box)  Box 12
 
Secret of the Aztec Idol, 1976 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Corrected Typescript, Carbon Typescript, Notes, Research, Correspondence undated  Box 11, Folder 29
 
Speedway Contender, 1964 
Box 11
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 11, Folder 30-32
 
Correspondence, Notes, Clippings undated  Box 11, Folder 33
 
Street of the Crying Woman  
Box 11
Typescript 1963  Box 11, Folder 34-35
 
"Tarzana Nights" in The Best Western stories of Frank Bonham, 1989 
Box 12
Corrected Typescript, Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Correspondence, Notes 1969  Box 12, Folder 1
 
"Temporary Expert: Field Research as Literary Life-Support" in Language Arts, October 1981 
Box 12
Typescript, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 12, Folder 2
 
Untitled Story  
Box 13
Correspondence, Notes, Clippings undated  Box 13, Folder 22
 
The Vagabundos, 1969 
Box 12
Corrected Typescript 1979  Box 12, Folder 3-11
 
Typescript undated  Box 12, Folder 12
 
Incomplete Corrected Typescript 1969  Box 12, Folder 13-16
 
Corrected Galley Proof, Page Proof of Front Matter, Correspondence undated  Box 12, Folder 17
 
Notes undated  Box 12, Folder 18-20
Box 14
Reviews 1969  Box 14 , Folder 14
 
Viva Chicano, 1970 
Box 12
Corrected Typescript 1969-1970  Box 12, Folder 21-23
Box 13
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 13, Folder 23
 
Corrected Typescript Miscellaneous 1969  Box 13, Folder 24
 
Corrected Galley Proof Photocopy 1970  Box 13, Folder 25
 
Corrected Page Proof undated  Box 13, Folder 26
 
Notes, Miscellaneous Typescript 1970  Box 13, Folder 27-28
Box 14
Reviews 1970  Box 14 , Folder 15
 
War Beneath the Sea, 1962 
Box 13
Correspondence 1970  Box 13, Folder 29
 
Notes 1969  Box 13, Folder 30
Box 14
Reviews 1962  Box 14 , Folder 16
 
"The Writing Process" in Reader's Digest  
Box 1
Holograph, Corrected Typescript, Typescript Carbon, Correspondence 1970-1980  Box 1, Folder 1
 
Correspondence  
Box 2
Miscellaneous correspondence 1941-1982  Box 2, Folder 1-32
Box 3
Miscellaneous correspondence 1941-1982  Box 3, Folder 1-6
 
Charles "Chick" Coombs 1967-1975  Box 3, Folder 7-10
 
Crowell 1962-1973  Box 3, Folder 11-12
 
Don Congdon 1964-1974  Box 3, Folder 13-18
 
Dutton 1964-1975  Box 3, Folder 19-31
 
Dwight Newton 1965-1973  Box 3, Folder 32
Box 4
Editors and Agents 1968-1989  Box 4, Folder 1-13
 
Gene Olson 1966-1969  Box 4, Folder 14-15
 
Lee Deadrick 1966-1975  Box 4, Folder 16
 
Michael Fitzgerald 1967-1975  Box 4, Folder 17-23
 
Miscellaneous Correspondence 1963-1975  Box 4, Folder 24-29
 
Sid Fleischman 1970-1973  Box 4, Folder 30
 
Walt Morey 1967-1971  Box 4, Folder 31
 
Miscellaneous  
Box 1
American Library Association convention speech drafts and notes 1966 Box 1, Folder 2
 
Autobiographical sketches 1973  Box 1, Folder 3
 
Biographical information undated  Box 1, Folder 4
Box 5
Diaries 1959, 1962, 1970-1977 ( 10 volumes)  Box 5, Folder 18-22
Box 9
Journals 1944-1946, 1950-1956, 1962-1974  Box 9, Folder 22-28
 
Kansas Association of School Librarians lecture, drafts 1975-1977  Box 9, Folder 29
Box 10
Notes for unpublished books 1962-1963  Box 10, Folder 3
 
Notes for TV programs 1973  Box 10, Folder 4
 
Parole Work Papers-Parolee House Brochure, Typescript, Corrected Typescript Carbon, Corrected Typescript Photocopy, Correspondence 1973  Box 10, Folder 5
 
Parole Work Papers-Parolee House Brochure, Research Material 1961-1973  Box 10, Folder 6
 
Notes for the HiLo Project 1955-1972  Box 10, Folder 7
 
"The Rapture" Correspondence, Notes, Typescript Outlines 1973  Box 10, Folder 8
Box 11
Saturday Evening Post , Editorial notes on envelope 1975  Box 11, Folder 28
Box 12
Notes related to fish, sharks and dolphins undated ( Metal Card Box)  Box 12
 
Notes related to sonar, submarines and Japan undated ( Metal Card Box)  Box 12