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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-59

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials for over sixty fiction and nonfiction titles. It includes holographs (manuscripts), typescripts, layout notes, page and gallery proofs, correspondence both to and from Ms. Naylor, notes, photocopies of illustrations, publishers' dummies, research materials, clippings, and reviews. There are also audio and videocassettes, and a selection of artwork by children sent to Ms. Naylor.

Dates

  • 1958 - 2018

Creator

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.

Biographical Sketch

Biographical Sketch Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, nee Schield, was born January 4, 1933 in Anderson, Indiana. She attended Joliet Junior College and received her B.A. from American University in 1963. Ms. Naylor began writing as a child, submitting stories to church and other magazines. She became a full-time writer in 1960 and in 1965 she published her first book for children, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories. She is praised by critics for her honest, sensitive, and sympathetic characterizations and her realistic plots and dialogue. Ms. Naylor depicts many contemporary dilemmas facing adolescents today such as divorce, mental illness, death of a parent, and loss of faith. Her novels often focus on religious, ethical, and psychological questions. Ms. Naylor has also written a number of comic mysteries as well as humorous novels, fantasy stories, and gothic mystery novels. In 1992, she received the Newbery Award for Shiloh, about a boy and the dog he loves and tries to protect from its cruel owner. Ms. Naylor was also the recipient of the 1995 Kerlan Award, give by the Kerlan Committee in recognition of her contributions to children's literature.

Extent

52 Cubic Feet (43 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's papers focus on the background, writing, revision, and publication of over sixty of her books for children and young adults, as well non-fiction works for adults. The collection includes holographs (manuscripts), typescripts, layout notes, page and gallery proofs, correspondence both to and from Ms. Naylor, notes, photocopies of illustrations, publishers' dummies, research materials, clippings, and reviews. There are also audio and videocassettes, and a selection of artwork by children sent to Ms. Naylor.

Arrangement

Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds

Title
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Christine Schonhart and Larry Peterson
Date
2004, 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • February 13, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • July 2019: New material added and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library