|Title:||Margaret Hillert Papers|
|Dates:||1961 - 1996|
|Quantity:||.60 cubic feet (2 boxes)|
|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.|
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.
Compiled from sources within the Margaret Hillert Papers.
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.
|A. Poems (1961-1992)|
B. Book (1996)
Noncirculating; available for research.
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.
(Identify the item), Margaret Hillert Papers, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, (cite the item's box/folder numbers).
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.
Processed by C. Alder, July 2003. This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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