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Collection Title: Madye Lee Chastain Papers

Collection Number: DG0177

Inclusive Dates:1955-1964

Volume: .25 cu. ft. (1 box)

Provenance : Donated by Madye Lee Chastain in 1967.

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Biographical Sketch:

Madye Lee Chastain was born on December 15, 1908 in Texarkana, Texas. She married Kurt Stoessel, a fellow artist, in 1936, and had one child. She studied art at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and Grand Central Art School in New York. She also studied at Columbia University. She worked as a portrait artist from 1932 to 1938. Ms. Chastain has written and illustrated children's books since 1945. Her books are episodic, humorous adventure stories for middle readers. They are frequently set in small towns or farms. Several of the books form a series about the antics of the large, boisterous Fripsey family.


Something About the Author, vol. 4.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains material for five titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. Steamboat South concerns the voyage of a young girl who travels down the Mississippi to live with her aunt and uncle, and her adventures as she interacts with other passengers and babysits six children. Holdings for Emmy Keeps a Promise, Fripsey Fun, and Steamboat South include one illustration for each title. For Magic Island and Plippen's Palace , there is a single typescript page for each title.

Series and Subseries:

A. Books (1955-1964)


  • FRIPSEY FUN (1955)

  • MAGIC ISLAND (1964)




Box Inventory


A. Books (1955-1964)

Emmy Keeps a Promise by Madye Lee Chastain (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1956).

1/1 Illustration, scratchboard, pp. 8-9, 1 item.

Fripsey Fun by Madye Lee Chastain (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1955).

1/2 Illustration, scratchboard, p. 91, 1 item.

Magic Island by Madye Lee Chastain (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1964).


Typescript, p. 1.

Plippen's Palace by Madye Lee Chastain (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1961).


Typescript, p. 53.

Steamboat South by Madye Lee Chastain (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1951).


Illustration, scratchboard, p. 171, 1 item.


Finished book, photocopy, 4 pp.

Processed: January 1999

This finding aid is a product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Created by: Dee Jones
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