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Frank Bonham Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-96

Scope and Content

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.

Dates

  • 1941-1982

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Access and Use

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).

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 Leaguethat 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.

Extent

13 boxes (13.0 cubic feet)

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.

Arrangement

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title

Source of acquisition

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.
Title
Frank Bonham Papers, 1941-1982
Author
Christina Cowan and Nancy Larsen
Date
1996 and 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library