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MARGARET HILLERT PAPERS

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


Creator: Margaret Hillert
Title: Margaret Hillert Papers
Dates: 1961 - 1996
Quantity: .60 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Identification: DG0453

Abstract: Margaret Hillert, a poet and writer of children's books, is a former elementary school teacher. She is best known as author of the 'Just Beginning to Read' and 'Dear Dragon' primer series as well as voluminous works of poetry. The Margaret Hillert Papers contain poems and other printed materials pertaining to literary matters created and accumulated by Hillert between 1961 and 1996.

Biographical Note

Margaret Hillert was born January 22, 1920, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Edward and Ilva (Sproull) Hillert. She wanted to attend college and become a school teacher after graduating from high school, but lacked the money to pay for her education. Instead, she accepted a scholarship from the University of Michigan's School of Nursing and used her subsequent nursing salary to pay her tuition. Hillert eventually taught the first and second grades at Whittier Elementary School in Royal Oak, Michigan for 34 years, while writing prodigiously.

Hillert began writing as early as the third grade and published her first verses in 1961. She has since published more than 65 books for children and thousands of poems for children and adults. She is most noted for her 'Just Beginning to Read' and 'Dear Dragon' series books for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade reading-level readers.

Sources:
Compiled from sources within the Margaret Hillert Papers.


Scope and Content Note

The Margaret Hillert Papers contain poems and other printed materials related to literary matters created and accumulated by Hillert between 1961 and 1996. Hillert's papers were created from her composition of 282 published poems and one published book, and her accumulation of materials on various literary matters. The material is organized into three series: poems, book, and printed materials.

The Poems Series primarily consists of small and large scrapbooks which jointly contain biographical clippings and tear sheets of published poems collected by Hillert between 1961 and 1971. The scrapbooks were originally bound with a spiral binding that the author later removed. The clippings are arranged chronologically and have been photocopied because many are folded or fragile.

The Books Series contains an unbound copy of a single work, The Sky is Not So Far Away (1996). The Printed Materials Series consists of biographical clippings, publisher promotional items, and other items regarding literary matters collected by Hillert between 1966 and 1994. They are arranged chronologically.


Series and Subseries

A. Poems (1961-1992)

B. Book (1996)

The Sky Is Not So Far Away (1996)

C. Printed Materials (1966-1994)


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), Margaret Hillert Papers, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, (cite the item's box/folder numbers).

Provenance

These papers were donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries by Margaret Hillert between 1983 and 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by C. Alder, July 2003. This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Container Listing

Box/Folder

Poems

 

 

1/1

Pages of small scrapbook featuring clippings of 51 published poems, May 1961-December 1962, 14 items

 

 

1/2

Pages of small scrapbook featuring clippings of 29 published poems, January-December 1963, 11 items

 

 

1/3

Pages of small scrapbook featuring clippings of 37 published poems, January-November 1964, 13 items

 

 

1/4

Pages of small scrapbook featuring clippings of 31 published poems, January-December 1965, 10 items

 

 

1/5

Pages of small scrapbook featuring clippings of 28 published poems, January 1966-May 1967, 9 items

 

 

1/6

Photocopies of small scrapbook pages, May 1961-May 1967, 122 items

 

 

1/7

Pages of large scrapbook featuring clippings of 67 published poems, October 1966-January 1971, 14 items

 

 

1/8

Photocopies of large scrapbook pages, October 1966-January 1971, 37 items

 

 

2/1

Loose clippings of 38 published poems, Fal1.1965-May 1992, 38 items

 

 

2/2

Typed poems, 1965 and unknown, 2 items

 

 

 

 

Book

 

 

 

The Sky is Not So Far Away: Night Poems for Children by Margaret Hillert, illustrations by Thomas  Werner (Honesdale, Penn.: Boyds Mills Press,  Inc., 1996)

 

 

2/3

Unbound copy with dust jacket, 1 item

 

 

 

 

Printed Materials

 

 

2/4

Clippings about the author, 1966-1994, 18 items

 

 

2/5

Annual reports and speaker ribbon re Detroit Women Writers organization, 1966-1968, 3 items

 

 

2/6

Promotional items from Follett Publishing Company, 1969-1986, 8 items

 

 

2/7

Letter received and photocopy of award re: the Children's Reading Round Table of Chicago Award, 1991, 2 items


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