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Collection Title: Maude Hart Lovelace Papers

Collection Number: DG0629

Inclusive Dates: 1942-1971

Volume: .30 cu. ft. (1 box)

Provenance : Materials received by the de Grummond Collection in 1971 by Maude Hart Lovelace

Copyright: 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.

Biographical Sketch:

Maude Hart Lovelace was born April 25, 1892 in Mankato , Minnesota . Her father owned a shoe store and her mother raised the family. Her best-known stories, the ones that make up the Betsy-Tacy series, are set in fictional Big Valley , which was based on the town of Mankato . Her Betsy stories were based on memories of her own childhood, and her two friends Tacy and Tib were based on childhood friends. Mrs. Lovelace's own sisters and brothers were also featured in the series. As the series progressed, the characters grew up just like real people. Later stories of the girls, Betsy, and then Carnie, in high school, are based on daily diary entries that Maude Hart maintained throughout her youth.

The local fame of Mankato and Big Valley was a welcomed tribute to the city. Ion 1961, the American Association of University Women sponsored Betsy-Tacy Days and brought Mrs. Lovelace and her two childhood friends back to Mankato for a week of activities, including a guided walking tour, a book signing and readings.


Something About the Author vol. 2, p.181
Something About the Author vol. 23, p. 120

Scope and Content:

The collection contains newspaper clippings and illustrations related to two books by Lovelace. The newspaper clippings are from 1951 through 1961. One article announces a special appearance of Maude Hart Lovelace in St. Paul , MN.,from the St. Paul Pioneer Press . It is a two page special feature spread with 12 photos of family, friends homes and personal activities, and an illustration by Lois Lenski from Tacy and Tib The Betsy-Tacy Days in 1961 were announced in August of 1961, and a special feature section from the Mankato Free Press the following October contains several photos of the then matronly Betsy, Tacy and Tib, posed as they might have some 60 years previous. There is also a guided map of the town's buildings and landmarks from the stories. All of the newspaper articles have been photocopied on to acid free paper.

Also in the collection are two drawings by Vera Neville, from Carnie's Houseparty, and Betsy in Spite of Herself. (Thomas Crowell: New York 1949) and three illustrations from The Golden Wedge , (Thomas Crowell:New York 1942) by Charlotte Anna Chase, which Lovelace co-authored with her husband Delos Lovelace.

Related Collections:

The Vera Neville Papers (DG 1179) contain illustrations from Carney's Houseparty (1949) and Betsy In Spite of Herself (1946), both written by Maude Hart Lovelace.

The Charlotte Anna Chase Papers (DG1180) contain illustrations from Golden Wedge (1942) by Maude and Delos Lovelace.

Series and Subseries:

A. Newspaper Articles (1951-1961)

Box Inventory


A. Newspaper Articles (1951-1961)


Newspaper articles, photocopies, 1951, 1961, 4 items.

Separation List

Illustrations for Carney's Houseparty and Betsy In Spite of Herself have been removed and placed in the Vera Neville Papers (DG1179).

Illustrations for Golden Wedge have been removed and placed in the Charlotte Anna Chase Papers (DG1180).

Processed: April 1998

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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