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Claudia Mills Collection

Summary Information
Title: Claudia Mills Papers
Dates: 1981-2007
Creator: Mills, Claudia
Extent: 3 linear feet
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-993
Abstract:
The collection contains production material for books written by Claudia Mills.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mills, Claudia

Access Restrictions:

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:

Claudia Mills Collection, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by published 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 titles written by Claudia Mills. Material 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
 
7 x 9 = Trouble! 2002  
Box 1
Author's Checklist, Notes, Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 1 , Folder 2
 
Typescript 1999  Box 1 , Folder 3
 
Typescript 2000  Box 1 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 2000-2001  Box 1 , Folder 5
 
Photocopies of Illustrations undated  Box 1 , Folder 6
 
After Fifth Grade, The World! 1989  
Box 1
Holograph, Typescript, Correspondence, Notes 1988  Box 1 , Folder 7
 
Alex Ryan, Stop That! 2003  
Box 1
Notes, Holograph, Typescript, Corrected Typescript 2000  Box 1 , Folder 8
 
Holograph, Typescript, Corrected Typescript 2000  Box 1 , Folder 9
 
Typescript 2000  Box 1 , Folder 10-11
 
Correspondence, Notes, Typescript 2001  Box 1 , Folder 12
Note  Working title: Alex's Turn
 
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 2003-2004  Box 1 , Folder 13
 
All the Living 1983  
Box 1
Holograph, Correspondence, Notes 1982-1983  Box 1 , Folder 14
 
At the Back of the Woods 1982  
Box 1
Holograph, Typescript, Correspondence, Notes 1981  Box 1 , Folder 15
Note  Working title: Mrs. Spinelli
 
Being Teddy Roosevelt 2007  
Box 1
Holograph, Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 16
 
Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 17
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 18
 
Typescript 2004  Box 1 , Folder 19
 
Corrected Typescript 2005  Box 1 , Folder 20
 
Correspondence, Notes 2004-2006  Box 1 , Folder 21
 
Boardwalk with Hotel 1985  
Box 1
Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 22
 
Corrected Typescript 1986  Box 1 , Folder 23
 
Correspondence, Notes 1984  Box 1 , Folder 24
 
Cally's Enterprise 1988  
Box 1
Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 25
 
Correspondence, Notes, Clipping 1986-1987  Box 1 , Folder 26
 
Dinah for President 1992  
Box 1
Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 27
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 1 , Folder 28
 
Correspondence, Notes, Research Material 1990-1991  Box 1 , Folder 29
 
Dinah Forever 1995  
Box 1
Holograph undated  Box 1 , Folder 30
 
Corrected Typescript 1994  Box 1 , Folder 31
 
Typescript 1994  Box 1 , Folder 32-34
 
Corrected Typescript 1994  Box 1 , Folder 35
 
Correspondence, Notes, Research Material 1994-1996  Box 1 , Folder 36
 
Dinah in Love  
Box 2
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 1
 
Corrected Typescript 1992  Box 2 , Folder 2
 
Correspondence, Notes 1991-1992  Box 2 , Folder 3
 
Dynamite Dinah 1990  
Box 2
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 4
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 5
 
Correspondence, Notes 1988-1989  Box 2 , Folder 6
 
Fractions = Trouble! 2011  
Box 2
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 7
 
Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 8
 
Typescript 2008  Box 2 , Folder 9
 
Corrected Typescript 2009  Box 2 , Folder 10
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 11
 
Correspondence, Notes 2010  Box 2 , Folder 12
 
Gus and Grandpa 1997  
Box 2
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 13
 
Corrected Typescripts, Photocopied Corrected Typescript 1994  Box 2 , Folder 14
 
Photocopied Corrected Page Proof 1996  Box 2 , Folder 15
 
Correspondence, Notes 1993-1996  Box 2 , Folder 16
 
Gus and Grandpa and Show-and-Tell 2000  
Box 2
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1996-1999  Box 2 , Folder 17
 
Photocopied Corrected Page Proof 1999  Box 2 , Folder 18
 
Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies 1997  
Box 2
Typescript, Corrected Typescripts 1994  Box 2 , Folder 19
 
Holograph, Correspondence 1995  Box 2 , Folder 20
 
Photocopied Corrected Page Proof undated  Box 2 , Folder 21
 
Gus and Grandpa and the Halloween Costume 2002  
Box 2
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts, Photocopied Corrected Typescripts, Correspondence 1999-2001  Box 2 , Folder 22
 
Photocopied Corrected Page Proof 2001  Box 2 , Folder 23
 
Gus and Grandpa and the Piano Lesson 2004  
Box 2
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts, Photocopied Corrected Typescripts 2001-2002  Box 2 , Folder 24
 
Photocopied Corrected Dummy 2003  Box 2 , Folder 25
 
Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike 1999  
Box 2
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1996-1997  Box 2 , Folder 26
 
Photocopied Artist's Dummy 1996  Box 2 , Folder 27
 
Gus and Grandpa at Basketball 2001  
Box 2
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts, Correspondence 1999-2000  Box 2 , Folder 28
 
Corrected Photocopied Page Proof 2000  Box 2 , Folder 29
 
Gus and Grandpa at the Hospital 1998  
Box 2
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1994-1997  Box 2 , Folder 30
 
Artist's Dummy 1997  Box 2 , Folder 31
 
Correspondence, Notes 1994  Box 2 , Folder 32
 
Gus and Grandpa Go Fishing 2002  
Box 2
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts, Photocopied Corrected Typescripts 2000-2002  Box 2 , Folder 33
Box 5
Photocopy of Artist's Dummy undated  Box 5 , Folder 1
 
Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train 1998  
Box 2
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1994-1996  Box 2 , Folder 34
 
Photocopied Corrected Artist's Dummy undated  Box 2 , Folder 35
 
Photocopies of Illustrations undated  Box 2 , Folder 36
 
Hannah on Her Way 1991  
Box 2
Holograph undated  Box 2 , Folder 37
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 2 , Folder 38
Box 3
Corrected Typescript 1991  Box 3 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence, Notes 1989  Box 3 , Folder 2
 
How Oliver Olson Changed the World 2009  
Box 3
Holograph undated  Box 3 , Folder 3
 
Typescripts 2007  Box 3 , Folder 4
 
Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 5
 
Corrected Typescript 2007  Box 3 , Folder 6
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 3 , Folder 7
 
Correspondence, Notes 2007-2008  Box 3 , Folder 8
 
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen 2013  
Box 3
Holograph undated  Box 3 , Folder 9
 
Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 10
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 11
 
Corrected Typescript 2010  Box 3 , Folder 12
Note  Working title: Third Grade Reading Queen
 
Corrected Typescript 2011  Box 3 , Folder 13
Note  Working title: Third Grade Reading Queen
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 14
 
Photocopies of Illustrations undated  Box 3 , Folder 15
 
Correspondence, Notes 2011-2012  Box 3 , Folder 16
 
Lizzie At Last 2000  
Box 3
Holograph 1997  Box 3 , Folder 17
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 18
 
Typescript 1999  Box 3 , Folder 19
Note  Working title: Lizzie
 
Corrected Typescript 1999  Box 3 , Folder 20-21
 
Correspondence, Notes 1999  Box 3 , Folder 22
 
Losers, Inc. 1997  
Box 3
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 23
 
Typescript 1995  Box 3 , Folder 24
 
Notes, Corrected Typescript 1995  Box 3 , Folder 25
 
Corrected Typescript 1995  Box 3 , Folder 26
 
Corrected Typescript 1996  Box 3 , Folder 27
 
Correspondence, Notes 1995-1996  Box 3 , Folder 28
 
Luisa's American Dream 1981  
Box 3
Holograph, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 3 , Folder 29
 
Makeovers by Marcia 2005  
Box 3
Holograph undated  Box 3 , Folder 30
 
Corrected Typescript 2001  Box 3 , Folder 31
 
Typescript, Notes 2002  Box 3 , Folder 32
Note  Working title: Really, Truly Marcia
 
Typescript 2003  Box 3 , Folder 33
Note  Working title: Really, Truly Marcia
 
Corrected Typescript 2003-2004  Box 3 , Folder 34
Box 4
Notes, Research Material 2001  Box 4 , Folder 1
 
Mason Dixon: Basketball Disasters 2012  
Box 4
Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 2
 
Corrected Typescript 2010  Box 4 , Folder 3
 
Correspondence, Notes 2010  Box 4 , Folder 4
 
Mason Dixon: Fourth Grade Disasters 2011  
Box 4
Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 5
 
Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 6
 
Typescript 2010  Box 4 , Folder 7
 
Correspondence, Notes 2009-2010  Box 4 , Folder 8
 
Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters 2011  
Box 4
Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 9
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 10
 
Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 11
 
Corrected Typescript 2010  Box 4 , Folder 12-14
 
Correspondence, Notes, Photocopies of Illustrations 2010  Box 4 , Folder 15
 
Melanie Magpie 1987  
Box 4
Holograph, Corrected Typescripts, Notes, Correspondence 1986  Box 4 , Folder 16
 
One and Only Cynthia Jane Thornton, The 1986  
Box 4
Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 17
 
Corrected Typescript 1986  Box 4 , Folder 18
 
Correspondence, Notes 1985-1987  Box 4 , Folder 19
 
One Small Lost Sheep 1997  
Box 4
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts 1995  Box 4 , Folder 20
 
Photocopy of Publisher's Dummy, Correspondence 1995  Box 4 , Folder 21
 
One Square Inch 2010  
Box 4
Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 22
 
Typescript 2008  Box 4 , Folder 23-24
 
Corrected Typescript 2008  Box 4 , Folder 25
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 26-27
 
Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 28
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 29-30
 
Correspondence, Notes, Research Material 2008-2009  Box 4 , Folder 31
 
Perfectly Chelsea 2004  
Box 4
Notes, Holograph undated  Box 4 , Folder 32
 
Typescript undated  Box 4 , Folder 33
 
Corrected Typescripts undated  Box 4 , Folder 34
Box 5
Typescript 2000  Box 5 , Folder 2
Note  Working title: In Ex Chelsea Deo
 
Corrected Typescripts, Correspondence 2000-2002  Box 5 , Folder 3
Note  Working title: In Ex Chelsea Deo
 
Typescript 2000  Box 5 , Folder 4
Note  Working title: Saint Chelsea
 
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 2003  Box 5 , Folder 5
 
Photocopies of Illustrations 2003  Box 5 , Folder 6
 
Phoebe's Parade 1994  
Box 5
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescripts, Dummy undated  Box 5 , Folder 7
 
Photocopied Galley Proof, Correspondence 1992-1993  Box 5 , Folder 8
 
Secret Carousel, The 1983  
Box 5
Holograph undated  Box 5 , Folder 9
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 10
 
Correspondence, Notes 1981-1982  Box 5 , Folder 11
 
Secret Life of Bethany Barrett, The 1994  
Box 5
Holograph undated  Box 5 , Folder 12
 
Corrected Typescript 1994  Box 5 , Folder 13
 
Corrected Typescript 1993  Box 5 , Folder 14-15
 
Correspondence, Notes 1992-1993  Box 5 , Folder 16
 
Standing Up to Mr. O 1998  
Box 5
Holograph, Typescripts 1997  Box 5 , Folder 17
 
Correspondence, Notes 1996  Box 5 , Folder 18
 
Totally Made-Up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish, The 2008  
Box 5
Notes undated  Box 5 , Folder 19
 
Holograph undated  Box 5 , Folder 20
 
Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 21
Note  Working title: Civil War Diary Assignment
 
Corrected Typescript undated  Box 5 , Folder 22
Note  Working title: Civil War Diary Assignment
 
Typescript 2006  Box 5 , Folder 23-24
Box 6
Corrected Typescript 2007  Box 6 , Folder 1
 
Correspondence 2006-2007  Box 6 , Folder 2
 
Trading Places 2006  
Box 6
Notes, Holograph undated  Box 6 , Folder 3
Note  Working title: Do Not Remove This Label
 
Typescript 2002  Box 6 , Folder 4
 
Typescript, Notes 2003  Box 6 , Folder 5
Note  Working title: Inside Out
 
Typescript 2004  Box 6 , Folder 6
Note  Working title: Season of Surprises
 
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 2005  Box 6 , Folder 7
 
Visit to Amy-Claire, A 1992  
Box 6
Holograph, Typescripts, Corrected Typescript undated  Box 6 , Folder 8
Note  Working title: Left Out
 
Corrected Typescripts 1990  Box 6 , Folder 9
 
Corrected Galley Proof, Dummies, Correspondence, Notes 1990-1991  Box 6 , Folder 10
 
You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman! 1999  
Box 6
Holograph undated  Box 6 , Folder 11
 
Corrected Typescript 1997  Box 6 , Folder 12
 
Typescript, Correspondence 1998  Box 6 , Folder 13-14
Note  Working title: Sixth Grade Summer Blues
 
Corrected Typescript 1998  Box 6 , Folder 15-16
 
Correspondence, Notes 1997  Box 6 , Folder 17
 
Zero Tolerance 2013  
Box 6
Holograph undated  Box 6 , Folder 18
 
Corrected Typescript 2011  Box 6 , Folder 19
Note  Working title: Honor Student Expelled
 
Corrected Typescript, Correspondence 2011  Box 6 , Folder 20
Note  Working title: Honor Student Expelled
 
Corrected Typescript 2012  Box 6 , Folder 21-24
Note  Working title: No Exceptions
 
Notes undated  Box 6 , Folder 25
 
Ziggy's Blue Ribbon Day 2005  
Box 6
Holograph, Typescript, Corrected Typescripts 2002  Box 6 , Folder 26