Jean Fritz Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains production material for children's titles, primarily nonfiction, published by author Jean Fritz in the 1960s and 1970s. The collection includes drafts, proofs, correspondence, and related material, much of it for biographies written on historical American figures.
- circa 1963-circa 1977
- Fritz, Jean (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be 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. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.
Jean (Guttery) Fritz, was born November 16, 1915 in Hanlow, China, where her father worked as a missionary. Jean Fritz came to the United States and graduated from Wheaton College in 1937. She worked as a research assistant and children's librarian and in 1954 wrote her first book for children, Bunny Hopwell's First Spring. Jean Fritz continued to write fiction for children. In the 1970s, she begin writing historical biographies, focusing mainly on American Revolutionary War figures such as John Hancock, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, and Ben Franklin. Jean Fritz drew on her own childhood in China for one of her books, Homesick, My Own Story(1982), an autobiographical work that was a Newbery Honor Book in 1983. Fritz died in 2017.
Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 72, p. 71-75 Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., p. 363-364
.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes (1 hollinger, 1 half hollinger))
Language of Materials
Jean Fritz's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books, particularly her books concerned with American history. The collection contains production materials titles published in the 1960s and 1970s.
Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Jean Fritz.
- Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803 (Depicted) -- Juvenile literature
- Authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Children's literature, American Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Children's stories, American Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 (Depicted) -- Juvenile literature
- George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 (Depicted) -- Juvenile literature
- Hancock, John, 1737-1793 (Depicted) -- Juvenile literature
- Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799 (Depicted) -- Juvenile literature
- Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863 (Depicted) -- Juvenile literature
- Manuscripts for publication Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- United States -- History -- Biography -- Juvenile literature Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Juvenile fiction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jean Fritz Papers, circa 1963-circa 1977
- Christina Cowan, January 1991; Lois Steer, October 2002
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- October 2017: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau
Collecting Area Details
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