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FRANKLYN M. BRANLEY PAPERS

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


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Creator: Franklyn M. Branley
Title: Franklyn M. Branley Papers
Dates: 1981-1987
Quantity: 3.00 cubic feet (9 boxes)
Identification: DG0112

Abstract: Franklyn M. Branley, Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium, authored more than one hundred books about astronomy and other sciences for people of all ages. The Franklyn M. Branley Papers contain typescripts, galleys, dummies, or blues for twenty-one books written between 1980 and 1988.

Biographical Note

Franklyn M. Branley was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1915. He received degrees from New York University, the State University of New York at Paltz, and Columbia University. In the mid-1930s, as Branley began his elementary and secondary school teaching career, science education for children was a new venture. Only a few course materials existed to explain science to children, and many instructors did not teach it at all. Branley coauthored a teaching pamphlet for elementary science instruction and began his career writing for professional journals and children's magazines.

Branley regretted that many schools waited until junior years to teach science to children who had already become "cynical sophisticates." He instead promoted the idea of exposing children as young as preschool age to the excitement of science, believing younger children more capable of grasping scientific principles than people gave them credit for. Between 1947 and 1957 Branley coauthored nine "experiment series" books, designed to allow children to use common household objects to learn about topics as diverse as airplane instruction, microscopes, optical illusions, and electricity.

In 1956 Branley became an associate astronomer and director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City. His books immediately began to focus more on astronomy and the newly developing space frontier. Interestingly, his first work in these fields, Exploring by Satellite (1957), was published one day after the Soviet Union launched its Sputnik satellite.

In the 1960s, Branley founded and co-edited the "Lets-Read-and-Find-Out-About-Science" books, a highly successful series explaining scientific principles to early readers. Branley also received many literary awards, including the Edison Award for the Outstanding Children's Science Book of 1961, Experiments in Sky Watching. Branley and his wife currently live in Maine.

Sources:
Something About the Author, v. 4, pp. 32-34
Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, v. 1, pp. 302-306
Children's Books and Their Creators, pp. 78-79


Scope and Content Note

The Franklyn M. Branley Papers contain typescripts, galleys, dummies, or blues for twenty-one books written between 1980 and 1988. The material is organized into a single series for books. The papers are arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically in order of creation.

Branley is perhaps best noted as founder and coeditor of the "Lets-Read-and-Find-Out-About-Science" book series. The Franklyn M. Branley Papers include typescripts, galleys, front matter, dust jacket material, or blues for nine titles within that series.

The papers contain typescripts, galleys, front matter, or dust jacket material for twelve junior level science books, including four titles from Branley's "Voyage Into Space" series. Interesting are the revisions to his book From Sputnik to Space Shuttles (1986). Originally titled From Sputnik to Space Challenger, the book was in the final processing stages when the Challenger space shuttle exploded. The book title was changed and Branley wrote a brief dedication to the space shuttle crew, the only book in these papers to include a dedication.


Series and Subseries

A. Books (1961-1988)

Air Is All Around You (1962; revised edition, 1986)

Beginning of the Earth (1972; revised edition, 1988)

Comets (1984)

Dinosaurs, Asteroids, and Superstars: Why the Dinosaurs Disappeared (1982)

Eclipse: Darkness in Daytime (1973; revised edition, 1988)

Feast or Famine (1980)

From Sputnik to Space Shuttle (1986)

Is There Life in Outer Space? (1984)

Journey into a Black Hole (1986)

Jupiter: King of the Gods, Giant of the Planets (1981)

Mysteries of Outer Space (1985)

Mysteries of the Universe (1984)

Rockets and Satellites (1961; 2nd revised edition, 1987)

Saturn: The Spectacular Planet (1983)

Shivers and Goose Bumps (1984)

Snow is Falling (1963; revised edition, 1986)

Space Colony: Frontier of the 21st Century (1982)

Space Telescope (1985)

Star Guide (1987)

Sunshine Makes the Seasons (1974; revised edition, 1985)

Water for the World (1982)


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.


Related Material

For original illustrations from Dinosaurs, Asteroids, and Superstars, see Jean Zallinger Papers (DG1084). Illustrations for four Branley books not represented in these papers are found in the Ethel and Leonard Kessler Papers (DG0547).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Franklyn M. Branley 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 Franklyn M. Branley between 1983 and 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by C. Alder, October 2001. 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

Air is All Around You by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Robert Galster, 1st edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1962)
Air is All Around You by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Holly Keller, revised edition (New York: HarperCollins, 1986)
1/1Typescript for revised edition, 30 January and 6 February 1985
1/2First galley, edited, 21 February to 13 May 1985; second galley, edited, 20 May to 23 May 1985
The Beginning of the Earth by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Giulio Maestro, 1st edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1972)
The Beginning of the Earth by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Giulio Maestro, revised edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1988)
1/3Typescript for revised edition, corrected, 10 March 1987; captions for pages 7, 15, 20, 30-32, typed; front matter, edited; first dust jacket material, 5 May and 6 May 1987; second dust jacket material, 11 September and 12 September 1987
1/4First galley, edited, 19 March to 26 March 1987; reproduction of page one of first galley; second galley, edited, 30 June 1987
1/5First galley of dust jacket material, edited, 22 September to 30 September 1987; second galley of dust jacket material, 7 October to 6 November 1987; third galley of dust jacket material, 23 October 1987; first one-page galley of front matter, 19 October 1987; second one-page galley of front matter, 21 October 1987
1/6Blues, marked for publication
Comets by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Giulio Maestro (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1984)
1/7Typescript, edited
1/8Galley, edited, 21 December 1983; front matter and jacket material, marked for publication, 29 December and 30 December 1983; labels and captions, typed, (3 pp)
Dinosaurs, Asteroids, and Superstars: Why the Dinosaurs Disappeared by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Jean Zallinger (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1982)
1/9Typescript, edited
1/10Galley, minor editing, marked 'Author's 1st Proof,' 10 December to 12 December 1981
1/112nd copy of galley, with front matter, minor editing
2/1Galley, marked 'Author's 1st Proof, 3rd Pass,' 15 April 1982
2/2Dummy, front matter and pp. 4-9, 14 May 1982
2/3Dummy, (pp. 12-27)
2/4Dummy, (pp. 30-39, 44-47, 50-51)
2/5Dummy, (pp. 52-57, 60-63, 66-67)
2/6Dummy, ( pp. 68-73, 76-77, 79-84)
2/7Dummy, front matter, 4 items; photocopy of dummy edition, minor corrections
2/8Blues, minor marking, 9 August 1982
Eclipse: Darkness in Daytime by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Donald Crews, 1st edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1973)
Eclipse: Darkness in Daytime by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Donald Crews, revised edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1988)
2/9Typescript for revised edition, corrected; front matter and dust jacket material, marked for publication, 27 September 1986 to 10 September 1987
2/10First galley, with front matter, edited, 16 July to 7 August 1986
2/11Second galley, 16 July 1986 to 10 August 1987; dust jacket material and front matter, 11 August to 17 August 1987; dust jacket material and front matter, 11 August to 22 August 1987; dust jacket material, 30 October to 5 November 1987
Feast or Famine: The Energy Future by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Henry Roth (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1980)
3/1Typescript, edited
3/2Index, typed, marked for publication
3/3Photo and drawing captions, typed; front matter, marked for publication
From Sputnik to Space Shuttles: Into the New Space Age by Franklyn M. Branley (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1986)
Typescript, edited; front matter, marked for publication
3/5Illustration captions, typed, edited, 1 October 1985, 3 pp.; photocopy of illustration captions, (4 pp.)
3/6Index, typed, marked for publication, 27 December 1985, (14 pp.)
3/7Revisions, many incorporating Challenger shuttle disaster, (11 items)
3/8Proof, edited, with one page of new text, 9 October to 6 November 1985
3/9Photocopy of dummy, edited, marked 'Master Set'
3/10Index, edited; photocopy of index dummy, incorporating revisions
3/11Galley of captions, edited, 12 November 1985 to 2 January 1986; galley of captions, minor editing, 3 January 1986; miscellaneous caption, 7 January 1986; final galley of captions, 24 January 1986
Blues, edited; corrections for blues, edited, (1 item)
3/13Gathered and folded sheets, 2 copies
Is There Life in Outer Space? by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Don Madden (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1984)
4/1Typescript, edited
4/2Galley, edited, 29 December 1983
Journey Into A Black Hole by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Marc Simont (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1986)
4/3Typescript, edited; front matter, marked for publication
4/4First galley, edited, 2 July to 25 November 1985; second galley, edited, 3 January to 10 January 1986
Jupiter: King of the Gods, Giant of the Planets by Franklyn M. Branley, diagrams by Leonard D. Dank (New York: Lodestar Books, 1981)
4/5Typescript, edited, with front matter, marked for publication
Mysteries of Outer Space by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Sally J. Bensusen (New York: Dutton, 1985)
4/6Typescript, edited; photo captions, (4 pp.)
4/7Galley, edited, 1 June 1984
Mysteries of the Universe by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Sally J. Bensusen (New York: Dutton, 1984)
4/8Typescript, edited; photo captions, (4 pp.)
4/9Galley, edited, 9 December 1983
Rockets and Satellites by Franklyn M. Branley, 1st edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1961)
Rockets and Satellites by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Giulio Maestro, 2nd revised edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1987)
5/1Typescript for second revised edition, corrected
5/2Dust jacket material, typed, edited and marked for publication, 5 items; revised dust jacket material, typed, edited and marked for publication, Dust jacket and front matter, typed, marked for publication, 6 items; galley of dust jacket, 21 October to 24 October 1986, 1 item; galley of dust jacket, 24 October 1986, Galley of front matter and text, 22 August to 24 October 1986, 7 pp.; galley of dust jacket material, 27 October 1986, 2pp. (4 items)
5/3Galley of front matter and text, 22 August to 27 October 1986, (7 pp.)
5/4Caption for p. 19, typed, marked for publication, 31 October 1986; galley of caption, 3 November 1986; galley of caption, but with different font, 3 November 1986
Saturn: The Spectacular Planet by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Leonard Kessler (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1983)
5/5Typescript, edited; front matter, marked for publication, June 1982 to February 1983
5/6Index, typed and edited, 15 pp.; page dummy; photo captions, marked for publication, (3 pp.)
5/7Proof, marked 'Master Set 1st Pass,' edited, 7 January 1982
5/8Proof, edited, 28 June 1982
5/9Proof reproduction, 20 January 1983
5/10Proof, marked 'Master Set 1st Pass,' minor editing, 2 March 1983
5/11Proof of index, marked for publication, (4 pp.)
5/12Dust jacket material, edited, 3 items; galley of dust jacket, (1 item)
5/13Color plates, 4 copies; illustration, (1 item)
5/14Gathered and folded sheets
Shivers and Goose Bumps: How We Keep Warm by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by True Kelley (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1984)
6/1Typescript, edited, with one page front matter, marked for publication
6/2Proof, 19 June 1984
6/3Galley, marked 'Author's 1st Proof,' edited, 25 July 1983
6/4Index, typed, edited and marked for publication, 14 pp.; 'Further Reading' pages, 16 June and 18 July [1984], 2 pp.; proof of index, 24 June 1984, 2 copies, each edited by different editor; paste up of first two index pages, with negative of illustration, 24 July 1984; proof of index, 2 August 1984, 4 pp.; proof of 'Further Reading/Index' page
6/5Table of contents, typed, edited and marked for publication; front matter, marked for publication, 13 June to 12 July 1984
6/6Blues, edited, with duplicate copy of pp. 33-64, 7 August and 8 August 1984
6/7Gathered and folded sheets
Snow is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Helen Stone, 1st edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1963)
Snow is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Holly Keller, revised edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1986)
7/1Typescript of revision, edited, 18 July 1985; front matter and dust jacket material, marked for publication
7/2Galley of text, 26 August 1985; galley revision, 19 February and 20 February 1986
7/3Galley of dust jacket material and front matter, 21 February 1986
Space Colony: Frontier of the 21st Century by Franklyn M. Branley, diagrams by Leonard D. Dank (New York: Lodestar Books, 1982)
8/1First typescript, edited
8/2Second typescript, edited
Space Telescope by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Giulio Maestro (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1985)
Typescript with front matter, edited
Galley, marked 'Master Set 1st Pass,' edited, 2 October 1984
8/3Proof, minor editing, January 1985
8/4Dummy of publication and table of contents pages; proof, minor editing, 14pp.; galley of captions, proofread 20 January 1985; galley of front matter and index, 27 February 1985
8/5Paste-up, edited
8/6Gathered and folded sheets, 2 copies
Star Guide by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Ellen Eagle (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1987)
9/1Typescript, with front matter, edited and marked for publication
9/2Captions, typed, edited and marked for publication, 4 pp.; photocopy of same
9/3Index, typed, edited and marked for publication, 20 January 1987, (15 pp.)
9/4Illustration labels, typed, edited
9/5One page galley of front matter, 27 May 1986; galley, 27 May 1986, (15 pp. )
9/6Galley, 16 December to 19 December 1986, 23 pp.; galley of index, 26 January to 29 January 1987, 5 pp.; 1 page galley of front matter and 'Further Reading,' 4 February 1987
9/7Star chart composed of monthly star position diagrams photocopied from John and Cathleen Polgreen's The Stars Tonight (1967), probably used for illustration on p.31; front matter, marked for publication
Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Shelley Freshman, 1st edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1974)
Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by Giulio Maestro, revised edition (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1985)
9/8Typescript, edited; front matter, marked for publication
9/9Front matter; dust jacket material, marked for publication; galley, (1 page)
9/10Galley of text, edited, 6 December 1984
9/11Galley of text, 6 December 1984 to 29 January 1985
Water for the World by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrations by True Kelley (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1982)
9/12Typescript, edited

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