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Mary Calhoun Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-707

Scope and Content

Mary Calhoun's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books. The collection includes manuscript materials for numerous titles and includes typescripts, proofs, notes, clippings, illustrations, and correspondence. Included are materials for her first Katie John book (1960) plus numerous others.

Dates

  • 1957-2001

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Restrictions on Access

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.

Restrictions on Use

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

Mary Huiskamp Calhoun was born in Keokuk, Iowa in 1926. After graduating from the State University of Iowa in 1948 she worked as a newspaper reporter in Omaha, Nebraska and Gresham, Oregon.

Her first children's book, Making the Mississippi Shout, was published in 1957 and reflected her lifelong love of the river near which she was raised. She is especially noted for her Katie John books that developed from happy childhood memories of her great-grandfather's big brick house on a bluff above the Mississippi River.

Biographical source: Something About the Author, v. 2. pp. 44-45.

Extent

4 boxes (4.0 cubic feet)

Overview

Mary Calhoun's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books. The collection includes manuscript materials for numerous titles and includes typescripts, proofs, notes, clippings, illustrations, and correspondence.

Arrangement

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mary Calhoun beginning in 1971.
Title
Mary Calhoun Papers, 1957-2001
Author
Leslie Czechowski
Date
March 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