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CLIFFORD LINDSEY ALDERMAN PAPERS

de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
The University of Southern Mississippi


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Creator: Clifford Lindsey Alderman
Title: Clifford Lindsey Alderman Papers
Dates: 1958 - 1981
Quantity: 8.40 cubic feet (27 boxes)
Identification: DG0013

Abstract: Clifford Lindsey Alderman, a retired Navy commander and student of American history, wrote historical fiction and nonfiction for adults and adolescents. He wrote most often about New England colonial and Revolutionary history, but also on English and French history. The Clifford Lindsey Alderman Papers contain production materials for thirty-one non-fiction books published between 1958 and 1981.

Biographical Note

Clifford Lindsey Alderman, born in 1902 in Springfield, Massachusetts, graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1924. He did graduate work in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but spent only a short time in chemistry and engineering fields. He served on the staffs of naval units at Columbia University, Holy Cross College and Millsaps College during World War II, eventually commanding an officer training school at Middlebury College in Vermont. After the war, he worked as an editor and did public relations for shipping and foreign trade industries.

An avid student of American history, Alderman wrote historical novels for adults, and both fiction and nonfiction for young adults. He wrote under his full name, Clifford Lindsey Alderman, as a sentimental tribute to his mother, whose maiden name was Lindsey. Alderman believed that his mother could have become a fine novelist in her own right were it not for her family responsibilities and untimely death at a relatively young age. He also believed that his own interest in the American colonial and Revolutionary periods was a natural occurrence since he was a direct descendant of John and Priscilla Alden and had two ancestors who fought in the American Revolution.

Alderman believed in the importance of visiting the places of which he wrote. He and his wife, Mildred, traveled extensively in their native New England, and took repeated research trips to Canada, England, Ireland, France, and the Caribbean.

The Aldermans lived most of their married life in Seaford, New York, close enough to Manhattan for him to do weekly research at the New York Public Library. The beauty and warmth of Florida appealed to them by their retirement years, however, and they moved to an adult community in Pinellas Park, Florida in the mid-1970s. Cliff Alderman died in 1988 at the age of 86.

Sources:
Compiled from sources within the Clifford Lindsey Alderman Papers
Something About the Author, v. 3, pp. 6 - 7


Scope and Content Note

The Clifford Lindsey Alderman Papers contain research notes, manuscripts, typescripts, galleys, proofs, maps, photographs, fan mail, catalogues, and letters created and accumulated by Clifford Lindsey Alderman between 1958 and 1981. The material is organized into five series: books, fan mail, photographs, catalogues, and letters sent.

The material in the book series includes manuscripts, typescripts, galleys, proofs, or blues for thirty-one books written between 1958 and 1981. The papers also contain Alderman's original research notes for four books. For twenty years, Alderman spent an average of one day a week conducting historical research at the New York Public Library. He wrote his notes on letter-sized, lined yellow paper in a type of shorthand based on the Speedwriting technique and transcribed his notes after taking them. The papers in the book series are arranged alphabetically by title and the material for each book is arranged chronologically in order of creation where known.

The series of fan mail contains letters the author received from students between 1968 and 1974. Alderman participated in a Living Literature Program at four elementary schools in or near Seaford, New York, enjoying status as writer-in-residence-for-a-day at each of the schools. The fan mail expresses student's gratitude for the author's visit. The material is arranged chronologically.

The photograph series contains a World War II photograph of Alderman as the commander of an officer training school at Middlebury College in Vermont, two photographs of Alderman's 1968 visit to an elementary school, and a 1968 publicity photo.

The series of catalogues contains ten publisher catalogues printed between 1958 and 1967. The catalogues list books printed by specific publishers for specific calendar years or age groups. Each of the catalogues includes books written by Alderman. The catalogues are arranged chronologically.

The letters sent series contains seventeen letters sent to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection by Clifford Lindsey Alderman between 1968 and 1979. These letters have been selected and photocopied from the de Grummond Collection correspondence file because they contain information on Alderman's historical research and interests. The letters are arranged chronologically.


Series and Subseries

A. Books (1958 - 1981)

Annie Oakley and the World of Her Time (1979)

Blood-Red the Roses: The Story of the Wars of the Roses (1971)

A Cauldron of Witches: A Story of Witchcraft (1971)

Colonists for Sale: The Story of Indentured Servants in America (1975)

The Dark Eagle: The Story of Benedict Arnold (1976)

Death to the King: The Story of the English Civil War (1968)

The Devil's Shadow: The Story of Witchcraft in America (1967)

Flame of Freedom: The Peasants' Revolt of 1381 (1969)

Gathering Storm: The Story of the Green Mountain Boys (1970)

The Golden Century: England Under the Tudors (1972)

The Great Invasion: The Norman Conquest of 1066 (1969)

Joseph Brant: Chief of the Six Nations (1958)

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: The Story of the French Revolution (1965)

Osceola and the Seminole Wars (1973)

The Privateersmen (1965)

Retreat to Victory: The Life of Nathanael Greene (1967)

The Rhode Island Colony (1969)

The Royal Opposition: The Story of the British Generals in the American Revolution (1970)

Rum, Slaves, and Molasses: The Story of New England's Triangular Trade (1972)

Samuel Adams: Son of Liberty (1961)

Stormy Knight: The Life of Sir William Phips (1964)

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies (1966)

Symbols of Magic: Amulets and Talismans (1977)

That Men Shall Be Free: The Story of the Magna Carta (1964)

The Vengeance of Abel Wright (1964)

The War We Could Have Lost: The American Revolution (1974)

The Way of the Eagles (1965)

The Wearing of the Green: The Irish Rebellion, 1916-1921 (1971)

Witchcraft in America (1974)

Wooden Ships and Iron Men (1964)

You Can Be A Writer (1981)

B. Fan Mail (1968 - 1974)
C. Photographs (1944 - 1968)
D. Catalogues (1958 - 1967)
E. Letters Sent (1968 - 1979)


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Noncirculating; available for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." 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, other than that noted above.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Clifford Lindsey Alderman Papers, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Provenance

These papers were donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries by Clifford Lindsey Alderman between 1968 and 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by C. Alder, January 2002. Encoded into EAD Version 1.0 by Danielle L. Bishop. This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Container Listing

Box/Folder

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Books

Annie Oakley and the World of Her Time by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Macmillan, 1979)
1/1Typescript, edited and marked for publication: front matter and chapters 1 - 6
1/2Typescript, edited and marked for publication: chapters 7 - 10 and bibliography
1/3Galley, marked 'Author's Set,' 8 January 1979
Blood-Red the Roses: The Story of the Wars of the Roses by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1971)
1/4Handwritten research notes, (96 pp)
1/5Handwritten research notes, (82 pp.)
1/6First manuscript, edited and marked 'rewrite': chapters 15, 2, 1, 3 - 7
1/7First manuscript, edited and marked 'rewrite': chapters 8 - 14
2/1Second manuscript, edited and marked 'type': chapters 15, 2, 1, 3 - 7
2/2Second manuscript, edited and marked 'type': chapters 8 - 14
2/3Typescript, edited: chapters 15, 2, 1, 3 - 7
2/4Typescript, edited: chapters 8 - 14
2/5Typescript, edited: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 7
2/6Typescript, edited: chapters 8 - 15, "Suggested Further Reading," and bibliography
3/1First galley, minor editing
3/2Second galley, paginated
3/3Index galley
3/4Dust jacket
A Cauldron of Witches: The Story of Witchcraft by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1971)
3/5Handwritten research notes, (58 pp.)
3/6Handwritten research notes, (62 pp.)
3/7Topographical maps of Salem, Massachusetts, with locations marked by author, (2 items)
4/1First manuscript, marked 'rewrite': chapters 2 (pp. 26 - 33), 1, 3, 4, 2 (pp. 34 - 39), 5, 6
4/2First manuscript, marked 'rewrite': chapters 7 - 13
4/3Second manuscript, marked 'type': chapters 2 (pp. 26 - 33), 1, 3, 4, 2 (pp. 34 - 39), 5, 6
4/4Second manuscript, marked 'type': chapters 7 - 13 and revisions for chapter 2
4/5First typescript, edited: chapters 2 (pp. 26 - 33), 1, 3, 4, 2 (pp. 34 - 39), 5, 6
4/6First typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 13
5/1Second typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 6
5/2Second typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 13 and back matter
5/3First galley, marked 'Reader's 1st Proof,' minor editing, 2 April 1971
5/4First galley, same as folder 5/3, but corrected by different editor
5/5Second galley, paginated, minor editing
6/1Third galley, paginated, incorporating revisions from folder 5/5
6/2Blues
6/3Dust jacket
Colonists for Sale: The Story of Indentured Servants in America by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Macmillan, 1975)
6/4Typescript, edited: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 6
6/5Typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 13 and bibliography (marked for publication)
6/6Galley, edited, marked 'Master Set'
The Dark Eagle: The Story of Benedict Arnold by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Macmillan, 1976)
7/1Typescript, edited: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 6
7/2Typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 11
7/3Galley, minor editing, 12 January 1976
Death to the King: The Story of the English Civil War by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1968)
7/4First typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 8
7/5First typescript, edited: chapters 9 - 17
7/6Second typescript, marked for publication: chapters 1 - 9 and front matter, including layout of title page on tracing paper
8/1Second typescript, minor editing: chapters 10 - 17, "Suggested Further Reading," and author biographical sketch
8/2Galley, marked "Reader's Set," minor editing
8/3Galley, duplicate of folder 8/2, corrected by different editor
8/4Galley, paginated, without map
9/1Galley, minor editing, paginated, with map
The Devil's Shadow: The Story of Witchcraft in Massachusetts by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1967)
9/2First typescript, edited: chapters 3, 4, 5, 7
9/3Second typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 8
9/4Second typescript, edited: chapters 9 - 16
9/5Photocopy of second typescript: chapters 1 - 8
9/6Photocopy of second typescript: chapters 9 - 16 and bibliography
9/7Brochures of Danvers Historical Trail in Massachusetts, (3 items)
Flame of Freedom: The Peasant's Revolt of 1381 by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1969)
10/1First typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 7
10/2First typescript, edited: chapters 8 - 16
10/3Second typescript, edited and marked for publication: chapters 1 - 7
10/4Second typescript: chapters 8 - 16, "Suggested Further Reading," and author biographical sketch
10/5First galley, minor editing
10/6Second galley
10/7Guide book for the Tower of London; map (floor plan) of the Tower of London; map of southeastern England used as frontispiece
Gathering Storm: The Story of the Green Mountain Boys by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1970)
11/1Handwritten research notes, (46 pp.)
11/2First manuscript, marked 'rewrite': chapters 1 - 6
11/3First manuscript, marked 'rewrite': chapters 7 - 10, 12
11/4Second manuscript, marked 'type': chapters 1 - 7
11/5Second manuscript, marked 'type': chapters 8 - 12
11/6First typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 6
11/7First typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 12
12/1Typescript of front and back matter, edited and marked for publication
12/2Second typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 7
12/3Second typescript, edited: chapters 8 - 12, "Suggested Further Reading," and bibliography
12/4Typescript of index
12/5First galley, minor editing
12/6Second galley, minor editing
The Golden Century: England Under the Tudors by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1972)
13/1Typescript, minor editing: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 7
13/2Typescript, edited: chapters 8 - 14, "Suggested Further Reading," bibliography, and author biographical sketch (marked for publication)
13/3First galley, minor editing, marked 'Reader's Set'
13/4Second galley, paginated
The Great Invasion: The Norman Conquest of 1066 by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1969)
13/5Handwritten research notes, (51 pp.)
14/1First manuscript, marked 'rewrite': chapters 5 - 13
14/2Second manuscript, marked 'type': chapters 5 - 13
14/3First typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 6
14/4First typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 13
14/5Second typescript, minor editing: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 6
14/6Second typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 13, bibliography, and author biographical sketch
15/1First galley, marked 'Author's Copy,' minor editing
15/2First galley, same as folder 15/1, marked 'Reader's Set,' corrected by different editor
15/3Second galley, paginated
Joseph Brant: Chief of the Six Nations by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1958)
15/4Topographical maps used for research, (5 items)
15/5Typescript, edited by editor: chapters 1 - 4
16/1Typescript, edited by editor: chapters 5 - 10
16/2Typescript, edited by editor: chapters 11 - 18
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: The Story of the French Revolution by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1965)
16/3First typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 2, 3 (pp. 37 - 44), 4, 5, 3 (pp. 32 - 36), 6
16/4First typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 15
16/5Second typescript, edited: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 8
16/6Second typescript, edited: chapters 9 - 16 and back matter (marked for publication)
Osceola and the Seminole Wars by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1973)
17/1Typescript, edited by editors: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 8
17/2Typescript, edited by editors: chapters 9 - 16 and back matter (marked for publication)
17/3Galley, 16 May 1973
The Privateersmen by Clifford Lindsey Alderman, illustrations by Albert Michini (Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co., 1965)
17/4Typescript, edited: front matter (marked for publication), including layout of title page on tracing paper and chapters 1 - 8
17/5Typescript, edited: chapters 9 - 17 and back matter (marked for publication)
18/1Galley, edited, 17 September 1965
18/2Reproductions of artwork, mounted on production pages: pp. 13, 28 - 29, 37, 49, 56, 71, 79, 96, 111, 125, 144, 153, 171
18/3Page proofs, marked 'Master Set': chapters 1 - 8
18/4Page proofs, marked 'Master Set': chapters 9 - 17
Retreat to Victory: The Life of Nathanael Greene by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co., 1967)
18/5Road map of South Carolina, with locations marked by author
18/6Typescript of front matter; page proofs of front matter
18/7Typescript, minor editing: chapters 1 - 7
18/8Typescript, minor editing: chapters 8 - 15
19/1Galley, marked 'Author's File Copy,' 11 May 1967
19/2Galley, same as folder 19/1 but with minor editing
Rhode Island Colony by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Crowell-Collier Press, 1969)
19/3First typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 4
19/4First typescript, edited: chapters 5 - 9
19/5Second typescript, minor editing: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 4
19/6Second typescript, minor editing: chapters 5 - 9 and back matter (marked for publication)
19/7Proofs of dust jacket and frontispiece illustrations, ( 2 items)
19/8Galley, minor editing
The Royal Opposition: The Story of the British Generals in the American Revolution by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Crowell-Collier Press, 1970)
20/1First typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 3
20/2First typescript, edited: chapters 4 - 6
20/3Photocopy of second typescript: chapters 1 - 3
20/4Photocopy of second typescript: chapters 4 - 6
20/5Second typescript, edited by editor: chapters 1 - 3
21/1Second typescript, edited by editor: chapters 4 - 6 and back matter
21/2Galley, minor editing
Rum, Slaves, and Molasses: The Story of New England's Triangular Trade by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Crowell-Collier Press, 1972)
21/3First typescript, edited by editor: chapters 1 - 4
21/4First typescript, edited by editor: chapters 5 - 9
21/5Second typescript, edited: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 4
21/6Second typescript, edited: chapters 5 - 9 and bibliography (marked for publication)
21/7First galley, minor editing, 21 January 1972
22/1Second galley, marked for publication, 1 March 1972
Samuel Adams: Son of Liberty by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Holt, 1961)
22/2Typescript, edited by editor: chapters 1 - 4
22/3Typescript, edited by editor: chapters 5 - 10
22/4Typescript, edited by editor: chapters 11 - 14
22/5Typescript of index and back matter; layout of title page on tracing paper
Stormy Knight: The Story of Sir William Phips by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1964)
22/6Topographical maps of Maine and the West Indies, with locations marked by author, (2 items)
22/7Photocopy of typescript: chapters 1 - 8
22/8Photocopy of typescript: chapters 9 - 15
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies by Clifford Lindsey Alderman, illustrations by Leonard Everett Fisher (New York: Random House, 1966)
23/1Photocopy of typescript, with editing and comments by a history professor: chapters 1 - 6
23/2Photocopy of typescript, with editing and comments by a history professor: chapters 7 - 14
23/3Galley
Symbols of Magic: Amulets and Talismansby Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1977)
23/4Typescript, edited by editor: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 5
23/5Typescript, edited by editor: chapters 6 - 9 and back matter (marked for publication)
23/6Original pen & ink illustrations: pp. 14, 19, 35, 49, 52, 58, 62, 65, 69, 81, 87, 98, 106, 112, 133, and unpublished, (4 sheets)
23/7Proofs of illustrations in above folder and illustrations for pp. 17, 26, 29, 32, 38, 45, 55, 73, 76, 84, 91, 102, and 136, (3 sheets)
24/1Galley, edited, marked 'Master Proof,' 29 December 1976
That Men Shall Be Free: The Story of the Magna Carta by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1964)
24/2First typescript, edited: chapters 1 (p. 16), 2 - 7
24/3First typescript, edited: chapters 8 - 14
24/4Photocopy of second typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 7
24/5Photocopy of second typescript, edited: chapters 8 - 14, "Suggested Further Reading," and bibliography
24/6Third typescript, edited by editor: chapters 1 - 7
25/1Third typescript, edited by editor: chapters 8 - 14 and "Suggested Further Reading"
25/2Typescript of bibliography, (5 pp.)
25/3Script of radio show "Carnival of Books," featuring That Men Shall Be Free, aired 26 September 1965, (7 pp.)
The Vengeance of Abel Wright by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1964)
25/4Topographical maps of New Hampshire and Massachusetts with locations marked by author, 4 items; maps used as book illustrations, (2 items)
25/5Typescript, edited: front matter (marked for publication), including layout of title page on tracing paper and chapters 1 - 7
25/6Typescript: chapters 8 - 13 and bibliography
The War We Could Have Lost: The American Revolution by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Four Winds Press, 1974)
25/7Typescript, edited by editor: front matter (marked for publication) and chapters 1 - 10
25/8Typescript, edited by editor: chapters 11 - 19 and back matter (marked for publication)
26/1Galley
26/2Galley of index
The Way of the Eagles by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1965)
26/3Maps of Quebec with locations marked by author on tracing paper, (9 items)
26/4Photocopy of first typescript: chapters 1 - 6 and outline of chapters 7 - 13
26/5Photocopy of second typescript: chapters 1 - 8
26/6Photocopy of second typescript: chapters 9 - 14 and back matter
The Wearing of the Green: The Irish Rebellion, 1916-1921 by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1972)
26/7Typescript, minor editing: chapters 1 - 7
26/8Typescript, minor editing: chapters 8 - 16
26/9First galley, marked 'Reader's Set,' minor editing
26/10Second galley
Witchcraft in America by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1974)
26/11Typescript, edited: front matter (marked for publication), including layout of title page on tracing paper and chapters 1 - 6
26/12Typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 13 and bibliography
26/13Galley, edited
Wooden Ships and Iron Men by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Walker, 1964)
27/1Typescript of "Suggestions for Further Reading," (3 pp.)
27/2Illustration of ship rigging, (1 item)
You Can Be A Writer: A Career and Leisure Guide by Clifford Lindsey Alderman (New York: Messner, 1981)
27/3Typescript, edited: chapters 1 - 6
27/4Typescript, edited: chapters 7 - 10 and bibliography
27/5Layouts for front and back matter, pencil and ink on tracing paper, marked for publication, (8 sheets)



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Fan Mail

27/6Letters received from Marion Street School in Lynbrook, New York, in response to author visit, April 1968, ( 26 items)
27/7Letters received from 5th and 6th grade classes at an unidentified school, in response to author visit (all letters originally were stapled to either blue or orange construction paper, and two have been retained), April 1969, 22 items; children's artwork, 5 items
27/8Letters received from Seaford Manor School in Seaford, New York, in response to author visit, March 1970, (27 items)
27/9Letters received from a 6th grade class at Seaford Avenue School in Seaford, New York, in response to author visit, April 1970, (23 items)
27/10Letters received from Seaford Manor School in Seaford, New York, in response to author visit, 9 November 1970, (27 items)
27/11Letters received from Seaford Avenue School in Seaford, New York, in response to author visit, 12 November 1970, (25 items)
27/12Letters received from an unidentified school in Seaford, New York, in response to author visit, November 1973, (13 items)
27/13Letters received from Mandalay School in Wantagh, New York, in response to author visit, May 1974, (14 items)



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Photographs

27/14Photograph of Lieutenant Commander Clifford Alderman, USNR, at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, after taking over as commanding officer, 1944; two photographs of author visit to a 6th grade class at Marion Street School in Lynbrook, New York; small photograph of Clifford Alderman, 1968



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Catalogues

27/15Publisher catalogues featuring titles by Alderman, 1958 - 1967, (10 items)


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Letters Sent

27/16 Selected letters sent from Clifford Lindsey Alderman to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, 1968 - 1979, (17 items)

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