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Collection Title: Adrien Stoutenberg Papers

Collection Number: DG0950

Inclusive Dates: 1958-1968

Volume: .75 cu. ft. (3 boxes)

Provenance : Material was donated by Adrien Stoutenberg from 1966-1969

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:

Adrien Pearl Stoutenberg was born on December 1, 1916 in Darfur, Minnesota. She attended the Minneapolis School of Arts and worked as a librarian for a year in Richfield, Minnesota. She also worked as a political reporter for the Richfield News and an editor for Parnassus Press, a children's book publisher. She is a member of the Poetry Society of America and won the Michael Sloane fellowship for poetry. She also won the Lamont Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets in 1964 for Heroes, Advise Us (1964). She is most noted for her poetry books for adults and children and her biographies, usually written under the pseudonyms Barbie Arden, Lace Kendall, and Nelson Minier.

Source:

Something About the Author , vol. 26, p. 37
Something About the Author , vol. 2, pp. 30-31

Scope and Content:

The collection contains typescripts, correspondence and partial galleys for four titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence is separated by title.

Three of the books in the collection were written under Adrien Stoutenberg's pseudonym Lace Kendall. Masters of Magic (1966) includes short biographies of famous magicians including Houdini, Harry Blackstone, and Howard Thurston. There are typescripts and correspondence for this title. Tigers, Trainers, & Dancing Whales (1968) is a book about famous trainers and performing animals in circuses, zoos, and films. There are typescripts, correspondence, and a book proposal for this title. Rain Boat (1965) is the story of three children rescued from a flood in southern Florida by a boat captain named Shem. There are typescripts and illustration proofs for this title.

Wild Treasure: The Story of David Douglas (1958) is a biography that Adrien Stoutenberg co-authored with Laura Nelson Baker. The story is about David Douglas, a Scottish botanist who led scientific expeditions in the Pacific Northwest in the 1800's, and is based on the personal journals and letters he wrote to Governor DeWitt Clinton. There are typescripts and partial galleys for this title.

Series and Subseries:

A. Books (1958-1968)

  • MASTERS OF MAGIC (1966)

  • RAIN BOAT (1965)

  • TIGERS, TRAINERS, & DANCING WHALES; WILD ANIMALS OF THE CIRCUS, ZOO, AND SCREEN (1968)

  • WILD TREASURE: THE STORY OF DAVID DOUGLAS (1958)

 

Box Inventory

Box/Folder

A. Books (1958-1968)

Masters of Magic by Lace Kendall (Philadelphia: Macrae Smith, 1966).

1/1

Correspondence, 1963-1966, n.d., 69 items.

1/2

Typescript, “original first chapter, discarded,” pp. 1-13.

1/3-1/6 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks,
1/3

Chapters 1-3, pp. 1-47.

1/4

Chapters 4-6, pp. 48-95.

1/5

Chapters 7-9, pp. 96-148.

1/6 Chapters 10-11, pp. 149-182.

Rain Boat by Lace Kendall, pictures by John Kaufmann (New York: Coward-McCann, 1965).

1/7-1/9

Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks,

1/7

Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-50.

1/8 Chapters 5-7, pp. 51-91.
1/9

Chapters 8-10, pp. 92-130.

1/10-2/1

Typescript, carbon copy,

1/10 Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-50.
1/11

Chapters 5-7, pp. 51-91.

2/1

Chapters 8-10, pp. 92-130.

2/2 Photographic proofs of illustrations, 19 items.

Tigers, Trainers, & Dancing Whales; Wild Animals of the Circus, Zoo, and Screen by Lace Kendall (Philadelphia: Macrae Smith, 1968).

2/3

Correspondence, 1966-1968, 86 items.

2/4 “Reference notes,” 88 items.
2/5

Book proposal, pp. 1-14.

2/6-2/8 Typescript, carbon copy, edited,
2/6

Chapters 1-4, 85 pp.

2/7

Chapters 5-9, 104 pp.

2/8

Chapters 10-13, 73 pp.

3/1-3/4

Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks,

3/1 Chapters 1-3, pp. 1-50.
3/2 Chapters 4-6, pp. 51-100.
3/3

Chapters 7-9, pp. 101-152.

3/4

Chapters 10-13, pp. 153-209.

Wild Treasure: The Story of David Douglas by Adrien Stoutenburg and Laura Nelson Baker (New York: Scribner, 1958).

3/5-3/8

Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks,

3/5 Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-56.
3/6 Chapters 5-7, pp. 57-110.
3/7 Chapters 8-10, pp. 111-154.
3/8 Chapters 11-13, pp. 155-232.
3/9 Partial galley, front matter, 4 pp.

Processed: September 1998

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


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