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Collection Title: Barbara Brooks Wallace Papers

Collection Number: DG1021

Inclusive Dates: 1969 - 1986

Volume: 1.50 cu. ft. (5 boxes)

Provenance : Materials received by the de Grummond Collection between 1978 and 1986 from Barbara Brooks Wallace.

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:

Barbara Brooks Wallace was born in 1922 in Soochow, China. She is the daughter of Frank and Nicia E. Brooks. Wallace and her husband, James, Jr., have one son, James (Jimmy).

Although her childhood in China was always exciting, but very protected, she claims that nothing from these years sparked her interest in or desire to write children's books. However, she does explain that her son Jimmy has been a model of sorts for the majority of the characters in her books. She particularly loves children from the ages of seven to twelve. She believes this age group perfectly represents the eagerness, enthusiasm, responsiveness, and honesty that children possess.

Wallace attended Chinese schools in Hankow, Tientsin, and Shanghai. When she came to the United States , she attended Pomona College and the University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a bachelor's degree in religion.

Besides writing, Wallace also worked as a script secretary in radio, a secretarial school teacher, and a radio time salesperson. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C. Wallace has won numerous awards for her children's books including the William Allen White Children's Book Award for Peppermints in the Parlor in 1983, the National League of American Pen Women Juvenile Book Award for Claudia in 1970. Two of her books, The Contest Kid Strikes Again and Miss Switch to the Rescue were broadcast as ABC television specials.

Source:

Something About the Author - vol. 4, pp. 221-223.
Sixth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators, pp. 306-307.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains typescripts and galleys, both with corrections, for twelve titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created.

All twelve of the titles are fictional novels for young readers. Eleven of the titles are represented with corrected typescripts and include Andrew the Big Deal; Can Do, Missy Charlie; Claudia; The Contest Kids Strikes Again; Hawkins; Hello, Claudia!; Julia and the Third Bad Thing; Palmer Patch; The Secret Summer of L.E.B.; and The Trouble With Miss Switch. The remaining title, Claudia and Duffy , includes three typescript versions and one galley.

Series and Subseries:

A. Correspondence (1978-1986)

B. Books (1969-1982)

  • ANDREW THE BIG DEAL (1970)

  • CAN DO, MISSY CHARLIE (1974)

  • CLAUDIA (1969)

  • CLAUDIA AND DUFFY (1982)

  • THE CONTEST KID STRIKES AGAIN (1980)

  • HAWKINS (1977)

  • HELLO CLAUDIA! (1982)

  • JULIA AND THE THIRD BAD THING (1975)

  • PALMER PATCH (1976)

  • THE SECRET SUMMER OF L.E.B. (1974)

  • THE TROUBLE WITH MISS SWITCH (1976)

  • VICTORIA (1972)

 

Box Inventory

Box/Folder

A. Correspondence

1/1

To and from the de Grummond Collection (13 items).

A. Books (1969-1982)

Andrew the Big Deal by Barbara Brooks Wallace. (Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1970).

1/2

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-10, p. 1-111, lacking p. 5;

1/3 Typescript with corrections, chapters 11-23, p. 112-227;
1/4 Miscellaneous pages.

Can Do, Missy Charlie by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Marvin Friedman. (Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1974).

1/5

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-9, p. 1-112;

1/6 Typescript with corrections, chapters 10-17, p. 113-233;
1/7 Miscellaneous pages.

Claudia by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Ethel Gold. (New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1969).

1/8

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-8, p. 1-73;

1/9 Typescript with corrections, chapters 9-16, p. 74-141.

Claudia and Duffy by Barbara Brooks Wallace. (Cleveland, Ohio: Modern Curriculum Press, 1982).

2/1

Typescript with corrections, version one, chapters 1-9, p. 2-83;

2/2

Typescript with corrections, version one, chapters 10-17, p. 84-145;

2/3

Typescript with corrections, version one, chapters 18-23, p. 146-215.

2/4 Typescript with corrections, version two, chapters 1-9, pp. 1-88;
2/5

Typescript with corrections, version two, chapters 10-20, pp. 89-179.

2/6 Copy edited typescript, version three, 1979, with front matter, chapters 1-11, p. i-v., 1-80;
3/1 Copy edited typescript, version three, 1979, chapters 12-22, p. 81-163;
3/2 Galley of entire book.

The Contest Kid Strikes Again by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Gloria Kamen. (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon, 1980).

3/3

Typescript with corrections, with front matter, chapters 1-8, p. title-58;

3/4

Typescript with corrections, chapters 9-15, p. 59-115;

3/5

Galley, chapters 1-9;

3/6

Galley, chapters 10-15.

Hawkins by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Gloria Kamen. (Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon, 1977).

4/1

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-16, p. 1-90.

Hello, Claudia! By Barbara Brooks Wallace. (Cleveland, Ohio: Modern Curriculum Press, 1982).

4/2

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-8, p. 1-81;

4/3

Typescript with corrections, chapters 9-14, p. 82-149.

Julia and the Third Bad Thing by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Mike Eagle. (Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1975).

4/4

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-20, pp. 3-82, lacking p. 1-2.

Palmer Patch by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Lawrence DiFiori. (Chicago: Follett Publishing Comapny, 1974).

4/5

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-20, p. 3-82, lacking p. 1-2.

The Secret Summer of L.E.B. by Barbara Brooks Wallace, illustrated by Joesph Cellini. (Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1974).

4/6

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-9, p. 1-97;

5/1

Typescript with corrections, chapters 10-20, p. 100-203.

The Trouble With Miss Switch by Barbara Brooks Wallace, drawings by Hal Frenck. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1971).

5/2

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-15, p. 1-69.

Victoria by Barbara Brooks Wallace. (Chicago: Follett Publishing Company, 1972).

5/3

Typescript with corrections, chapters 1-7, p. 1-73;

5/4 Typescript with corrections, chapters 8-13, p. 74-148;
5/5

Typescript with corrections, chapters 14-19, p. 149-216.


Processed: September 2000

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