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Alice Dalgliesh Papers

Identifier: CLRC-119

Scope and Contents

Collection contains production material for 3 titles published between 1935-1956. Manuscript materials include a holograph, corrected typescripts including one for " Ride on the Wind " [1956] that has notations by Charles Augustus Lindbergh, and a page of photocopy typescript. Illustrative materials include scetches and holograph and a sheet with ink and pencil sketches. Collection also contains some miscellaneous artwork consisting of 5 watercolors. The materials are arranged by title.


  • 1935-1956


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Access and Use:

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


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical Sketch

Alice Dalgliesh was born Oct. 7, 1893 in Trinidad, British West Indies, and later became a naturalized United States citizen. She graduated from the Teachers College at Columbia University with a BA and later received her MA, and taught elementary school for many years before becoming a children's book editor at Charles Scribner's Sons. She published her first book for children, A Happy School Year, in 1924 and throughout her long and prolific career wrote dozens of fiction and non-fiction books for children. Alice Dalgliesh illustrated several of her own works, and also worked with many well-known illustrators, including Katherine Milhous. Alice Dalgliesh's non-fiction was praised by critics for its casual yet factual and detailed style. Her historical fiction is cited for its accuracy and detail as well as her creation of believable characters and dramatic plots. Two of her works of historical fiction, The Courage of Sarah Noble [1954], and The Bears of Hemlock Mountain [1952], were Newbery Award runners-up. Her books for very young children including Sailor Sam[1935] were noted for their attention to sound and image, and many of these books were praised for their read-aloud quality. Her autobiographical story, The Silver Pencil[1944] was also a Newbery Award runner-up. Alice Dalgliesh died on June 11, 1979 in Woodbury, Connecticut.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 17 and 21; Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., pp.256-258 see also Children's Literature Review, vol. 62


2 folders (0.7 linear ft. manuscripts; 0.4 linear ft. illustrations)


Papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books. Collection contains production material for three titles published between 1935 and 1956 and includes manuscript and illustrative material. Collection also contains some miscellaneous water colors done by Alice Dalgliesh.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was originally given to Dr. Kerlan, who in turn donated it to the U. of Minn. Collection is non-circulating, in-house use only.

Alice Dalgliesh Papers
Jim Eyer ; updated by Caitlin Marineau
8/19/03; updated 8/26/14
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Collecting Area Details

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