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Claudia Mills Collection

Summary Information
Title: Claudia Mills Papers
Dates: 1981-2007
Creator: Mills, Claudia
Extent: 227 folders
Location: Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-993
Abstract:
The collection contains production material for 39 books written by Claudia Mills.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of: Mills, Claudia


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title and chronologically within each title.


Biographical Sketch

Claudia Mills was born August 21, 1954, in New York,. New York. After earning a B.A. at Wellesley College, she entered the doctoral program at Princeton, but left impulsively in mid-term to take a secretarial job at Four Winds Press. Her first book, At the Back of the Woods was published there in 1982. This was folowed by several other jobs, culminating in her teaching career as an associate professor of philosopy at the U. of Colorado. Most of her children's books are aimed at middle-graders, and deal with problems of growing up and learning about their own personal identities. She has written several successful series, one featuring Dinah Seabrooke, another featuring Gus and Grandpa, and a third series regarding the goings on at West Creek Middle School. In addition, Mills has also written some picture books for younger readers. She has been praised for her abiality to portray the needs of modern children and to present their difficulties realistically. She herself says that, while writing, she returns to fifth or sixth grade, and brings that world to life again. She was received numerous awards and honors for her books.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 41, 44, 89, 145


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written material for 39 titles, and includes holographs and typescripts, some corrected or photocopied, correspondence, notes, front matter, some corrected, clippings, research material, photocopy of jacket illustration, photocopy of page proof with notes, photocopies of corrected typescript dummies, page proofs, a handwritten outline, a corrected mechanical, a photocopy of an artist's dummy, author's checklists, layout notes, jacket proofs, and copy for jacket flaps.

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.
  • Mills, Claudia
  • Schools
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Adoption
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
After Fifth Grace, the World! 1989 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1989
Box MF1937
holograph (51 p.)  Box MF1937
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF1937
Box MF1837
notes (13 p.)  Box MF1837
 
Alex Ryan, Stop that! 2003 
Note  New York: Straus and Giroux, 2003
Box MF3278
4 holographs (79 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript (9 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript (9 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript (142 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript (147 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript (149 p.)  Box MF3278
 
4 typescripts, corrected (165 p.)  Box MF3278
 
front matter (4 p.)  Box MF3278
 
front matter, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF3278
 
correspondence (19 p.)  Box MF3278
 
notes (29 p.)  Box MF3278
 
All the Living 1983 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1983
Box MF1937
holograph (53 p.)  Box MF1937
 
correspondence (9 p.)  Box MF1937
 
notes (24 p.)  Box MF1937
 
At the Back of the Woods 1982 
Note  New York: Four Winds Books, 1982
Box MF1937
holograph (40 p.)  Box MF1937
 
typescript (7 p.)  Box MF1937
 
correspondence (9 p.)  Box MF1937
 
notes (2 p.)  Box MF1937
Box MF 4263
Being Teddy Roosevelt, published by New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007 (6 folders)  Box MF 4263
Note  Contains: holograph (32 p.); proposal (12 p.); 2 typescripts (55 p., 55 p.); 2 corrected typescripts (82 p., 62 p.); front matter (8 p.); correspondence (9 p.); notes (12 p.)
 
Boardwalk with Hotel 1985 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1985
Box MF1937
holograph (70 p.)  Box MF1937
 
typescript, corrected (132 p.)  Box MF1937
 
correspondence (14 p.)  Box MF1937
 
notes (4 p.)  Box MF1937
 
Cally's Enterprise 1988 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1988
Box MF1937
holograph (59 p.)  Box MF1937
 
correspondence (17 p.)  Box MF1937
 
notes (20 p.)  Box MF1937
 
clipping (1 p.)  Box MF1937
 
Dinah for President 1992 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1992
Box MF1937
holograph (52 p.)  Box MF1937
 
typescript, corrected (127 p.)  Box MF1937
 
correspondence (8 p.)  Box MF1937
 
notes (35 p.)  Box MF1937
 
research material (9 p.)  Box MF1937
 
Dinah Forever 1995 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1995
Box MF2227
holograph (53 p.)  Box MF2227
 
typescript (378 p.)  Box MF2227
 
typescript, corrected (238 p.)  Box MF2227
 
correspondence (19 p.)  Box MF2227
 
notes (31 p.)  Box MF2227
 
research paper (1 p.)  Box MF2227
 
Dinah in Love 1993 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1993
Box MF1938
holograph (58 p.)  Box MF1938
 
typescript, corrected (149 p.)  Box MF1938
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF1938
 
notes (35 p.)  Box MF1938
 
Dynamite Dinah 1991 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1991
Box MF1938
holograph (51 p.)  Box MF1938
 
typescript, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF1938
 
typescript, corrected (127 p.)  Box MF1938
 
photocopy of jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MF1938
 
correspondence (16 p.)  Box MF1938
 
notes (28 p.)  Box MF1938
 
Gus and Grandpa 1997 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1997
Box MF2499
holograph (82 p.)  Box MF2499
 
typescript, corrected (25 p.)  Box MF2499
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (14 p.)  Box MF2499
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF2499
 
photocopy of pageproof, with notes (25 p.)  Box MF2499
 
dummy typescript, corrected photocopy (3 p.)  Box MF2499
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF2499
 
notes (35 p.)  Box MF2499
 
Gus and Grandpa and Show-and-Tell 2000 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000
Box MF3278
holograph, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript, first draft (8 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript (14 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript, corrected (13 p.)  Box MF3278
 
typescript, corrected, fax (14 p.)  Box MF3278
 
page proof, corrected (51 p.)  Box MF3278
 
jacket proof (2 p.)  Box MF3278
 
correspondence, phone notes (1 p.)  Box MF3278
 
handwritten outline (1 p.)  Box MF3278
 
mechanical, corrected (24 p.)  Box MF3278
 
Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies 1997 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1997
Box MF2499
holograph (4 p.)  Box MF2499
 
typescript (16 p.)  Box MF2499
 
typescript, corrected (34 p.)  Box MF2499
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF2499
 
artist's dummy, photocopy (50 p.)  Box MF2499
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF2499
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF2499
 
Gus and Grandpa and the Halloween Costume 2002 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002
Box MF3371
holograph (4 p.)  Box MF3371
 
8 typescripts (99 p.)  Box MF3371
 
3 typescripts, corrected (41 p.)  Box MF3371
 
2 typescripts, corrected photocopy (23 p.)  Box MF3371
 
front matter (9 p.)  Box MF3371
 
page proof, corrected (25 p.)  Box MF3371
 
photocopy of illustrations (1 p.)  Box MF3371
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF3371
 
notes (2 p.)  Box MF3371
 
author's checklist (1 p.)  Box MF3371
Box MF 2486
Gus and Grandpa and the Piano Lesson, published by New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2004 (3 folders)  Box MF 2486
Note  Contains: correct holograph (4 p.); 2 typescripts (14 p., 15 p.); 7 corrected typescripts (5 p., 7 p., 7 p., 7 p., 7 p., 8 p., 8 .); photocopy corrected typescript (15 p.); 2 fax corrected typescripts (14 p., 15 p.); corrected front matter (6 p.); photocopy corrected dummy (25 p.); correspondence (2 p.); notes (2 p.)
 
Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike 1999 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1999
Box MF2880
holograph (5 p.)  Box MF2880
 
3 typescripts (32 p.)  Box MF2880
 
2 typescripts, corrected (20 p.)  Box MF2880
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF2880
 
artist's dummy, photocopy (46 p.)  Box MF2880
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF2880
 
Gus and Grandpa at Basketball 2001 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2001
Box MF3371
holograph (3 p.)  Box MF3371
 
3 typescripts (35 p.)  Box MF3371
 
typescript, corrected (9 p.)  Box MF3371
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF3371
 
page proof, corrected (26 p.)  Box MF3371
 
photocopy of illustrations (1 p.)  Box MF3371
 
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF3371
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF3371
 
author's check list (1 p.)  Box MF3371
 
Gus and Grandpa at the Hospital 1998 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998
Box MF2880
2 holographs (9 p.)  Box MF2880
 
2 typescripts (26 p.)  Box MF2880
 
5 typescripts, corrected (65 p.)  Box MF2880
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box MF2880
 
artist's dummy, photocopy, corrected (50 p.)  Box MF2880
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF2880
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF2880
Box MF 1939
Gus and Grandpa Go Fishing, published by New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2003 (3 folders)  Box MF 1939
Note  Contains: corrected holograph (4 p.); 3 typescripts (8 p., 8 p., 8 p.); 4 corrected typescripts (10 p., 12 p., 15 p., 17 p.); front matter (5 p.); photocopy dummy (25 p.); correspondence (2 p.); notes (1 p.)
 
Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train 1998 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998
Box MF2499
holograph (3 p.)  Box MF2499
 
typescript (8 p.)  Box MF2499
 
typescript, corrected (60 p.)  Box MF2499
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF2499
 
artist's dummy, photocopy (50 p.)  Box MF2499
 
photocopy of illustrations (25 p.)  Box MF2499
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF2499
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF2499
 
Hannah on Her Way 1991 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1991
Box MF1938
holograph (59 p.)  Box MF1938
 
typescript, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF1938
 
typescript, corrected (154 p.)  Box MF1938
 
correspondence (11 p.)  Box MF1938
 
notes (25 p.)  Box MF1938
 
research material (1 p.)  Box MF1938
 
Lizzie at Last 2000 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000
Box MF3254
holograph (61 p.)  Box MF3254
 
typescript (138 p.)  Box MF3254
 
typescript, corrected (135 p.)  Box MF3254
 
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF3254
 
typescript, corrected (133 p.)  Box MF3254
 
typescript, corrected (145 p.)  Box MF3254
 
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF3254
 
correspondence (16 p.)  Box MF3254
 
notes (27 p.)  Box MF3254
 
Losers Incorporated 1997 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1997
Box MF2486
typescript (122 p.)  Box MF2486
 
typescript, corrected (402 p.)  Box MF2486
 
front matter (12 p.)  Box MF2486
 
correspondence (16 p.)  Box MF2486
 
notes (17 p.)  Box MF2486
 
Luisa's American Dream 1981 
Note  New York: Four Winds, 1981
Box MF1938
holograph (80 p.)  Box MF1938
 
typescript (4 p.)  Box MF1938
Box MF 3578, MF 4009
Makeovers by Marcia, published by New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2005 (14 folders)  Box MF 3578, MF 4009
Note  MF 3578 contains: corrected holograph (74 p.); typescript (151 p.); corrected typescript (152 p.); correspondence (1 p.); notes (18 p.); research materials (2 p.)
MF 4009 contains: typescript (151 p.); corrected typescript (149 p.); corrected front matter (6 p.); correspondence (4 p.); notes (1 p.)
 
Melanie Magpie 1987 
Note  New York: Bantam Skylark, 1987
Box MF1938
holograph (38 p.)  Box MF1938
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF1938
 
correspondence (14 p.)  Box MF1938
 
notes (20 p.)  Box MF1938
 
The One and Only Cynthia Jane Thornton 1986 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1986
Box MF1938
holograph (65 p.)  Box MF1938
 
typescript, corrected (128 p.)  Box MF1938
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF1938
 
correspondence (23 p.)  Box MF1938
 
notes (16 p.)  Box MF1938
 
One Small Lost Sheep 1997 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1997
Box MF2499
holograph (2 p.)  Box MF2499
 
typescript (19 p.)  Box MF2499
 
typescript, corrected (44 p.)  Box MF2499
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF2499
 
photocopy of publisher's dummy (34 p.)  Box MF2499
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF2499
Box MF 3578
Perfectly Chelsea, published by New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2004 (10 folders)  Box MF 3578
Note  MF 3578 contains: corrected holograph (36 p.); 2 typescripts (70 p., 81 p.); 3 corrected typescripts (41 p., 70 p., 93 p.); front matter (10 p.); illustration photocopies (25 p.); correspondence (20 p.); notes (20 p.); research materials (1 p.)
 
Phoebe's Parade 1994 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1994
Box MF2116
holograph (6 p.)  Box MF2116
 
typescript, corrected (26 p.)  Box MF2116
 
page proof (7 p.)  Box MF2116
 
galley proof (37 p.)  Box MF2116
 
correspondence (6 p.)  Box MF2116
 
The Secret Carousel 1983 
Note  New York: Four Winds, 1983
Box MF1939
holograph (46 p.)  Box MF1939
 
typescript, corrected (138 p.)  Box MF1939
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF1939
 
correspondence (10 p.)  Box MF1939
 
notes (2 p.)  Box MF1939
 
The Secret Life of Bethany Barrett 1994 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1994
Box MF2116
hologlraph (59 p.)  Box MF2116
 
typescript, corrected (411 p.)  Box MF2116
 
correspondence (28 p.)  Box MF2116
 
layout notes (5 p.)  Box MF2116
 
notes (21 p.)  Box MF2116
 
Seven Times Nine Equals Trouble! 2002 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002
Box MF3371
holograph (23 p.)  Box MF3371
 
3 typescripts (110 p.)  Box MF3371
 
4 typescripts, corrected (127 p.)  Box MF3371
 
front matter (8 p.)  Box MF3371
 
photocopy of illustrations (11 p.)  Box MF3371
 
correspondence (8 p.)  Box MF3371
 
notes (8 p.)  Box MF3371
 
author's checklist (1 p.)  Box MF3371
 
Standing Up to Mr. O 1998 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998
Box MF2880
2 holographs (65 p.)  Box MF2880
 
2 typescripts (20 p.)  Box MF2880
 
typescript (143 p.)  Box MF2880
 
typescript (146 p.)  Box MF2880
 
typescript (150 p.)  Box MF2880
 
typescript, corrected (151 p.)  Box MF2880
 
front matter (9 p.)  Box MF2880
 
correspondence (12 p.)  Box MF2880
 
notes (25 p.)  Box MF2880
Box MF 4009
Trading Places, published by New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2006 (14 folders)  Box MF 4009
Note  MF 4009 contains: corrected holograph (69 p.); 3 typescripts (138 p., 150 p., 157 p.); corrected typescript (161 p.); corrected front matter (9 p.); correspondence (9 p.); notes (34 p.)
 
A Visit to Amy-Claire 1992 
Note  New York: Macmillan, 1992
Box MF1940
holograph (5 p.)  Box MF1940
 
typescript, corrected (54 p.)  Box MF1940
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF1940
 
copy for jacket flaps (2 p.)  Box MF1940
 
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF1940
 
3 dummies, pencil and typescript, 32pp. each (96 p.)  Box MF1940
 
correspondence (5 p.)  Box MF1940
 
notes (6 p.)  Box MF1940
 
You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman! 1999 
Note  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1999
Box MF2425
holograph (69 p.)  Box MF2425
 
typescript (279 p.)  Box MF2425
 
typescript, corrected (310 p.)  Box MF2425
 
front matter (10 p.)  Box MF2425
 
correspondence (27 p.)  Box MF2425
 
notes (19 p.)  Box MF2425
Box MF 2486
Ziggy's Blue-Ribbon Day, published by New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2005 (1 folder)  Box MF 2486
Note  Contains: corrected holograph (3 p.); 3 typescripts (5 p., 6 p., 6 p.); 8 corrected typescripts (2 p., 6 p., 6 p., 6 p., 6 p., 6 p., 6 p., 5 p.); notes (1 p.)