MILTON MELTZER PAPERS

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


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Creator: Milton Meltzer
Title: Milton Meltzer Papers
Dates: 1985-2001
Dates: [bulk 1990-2001]
Quantity: 4.50 cubic feet (18 boxes)
Identification: DG1125

Abstract: The Milton Meltzer Papers contain manuscripts, typescripts, production material, and correspondence created and accumulated by Milton Meltzer between 1985 and 2001. Meltzer's papers were created from his composition of seventeen published books for young adults. Meltzer is known for his histories of traditionally disfranchised groups, biographies of crusaders for unpopular causes, and studies of injustice in modern American public life.

Biographical Note

Milton Meltzer was born on May 8, 1915, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Benjamin and Mary (Richter) Meltzer. He attended the public schools in Worcester, but found he learned more from his independent reading at the public library. He attended Columbia University between 1932 and 1936 where he discovered an interest in writing but left without taking a degree. Meltzer worked as a staff writer for the Federal Theatre Project of the Works Progress Administration in 1936-39. He married Hilda Balinsky on June 22, 1941, and served with the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942-46. Meltzer worked in public relations for the pharmaceutical industry with three New York City firms between 1950 and 1968. At age 40, successful at work but desirous to write something more lasting, he wrote A Pictorial History of the Negroes in America (1956) with Langston Hughes. He published thirteen more non-fiction books for adults and children before taking up writing full time in 1968.

Over his forty-five year literary career, Meltzer has written and edited scores of books for children and adults. His works have consisted mainly of histories of traditionally disfranchised groups, biographies of crusaders for unpopular causes, and studies of injustice in modern American public life. He has produced historical studies of women, ethnic minorities, and the working class. For his biographies, Meltzer chose individuals who actively sought to reform their societies in an effort to encourage activism in his young adult readers. Guiding young people to question social injustices and initiate change has been a major aim of his writing. Consequently, Meltzer's works on social problems have addressed issues from war and pacifism to child labor to the realities of American politics. He also wrote a memoir, Starting from Home: A Writer's Beginnings (1988), in which he recounted his childhood influences and experiences in Worcester and explored his elusive East European Jewish immigrant heritage.

Milton Meltzer received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for his collective body of work in 2001. He lives in New York City.

Sources:
Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, ed. Laurie Collier and Joyce Nakamura (Detroit: Gale Research, 1993), 4:1665-1669.
Something About the Author Autobiography Series, ed. Adele Sarkissian (Detroit: Gale Research, 1986), 1:203-221.
Starting from Home: A Writer's Beginnings by Milton Meltzer (New York: Viking Penguin, 1988).
Twentieth-Century Young Adult Writers, ed. Laura Standley Berger (Detroit: St. James Press, 1994), 448-451.


Scope and Content Note

The Milton Meltzer Papers contain manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, page proofs, sketches and proofs of illustrations and cover art, and printed research material created and accumulated by Milton Meltzer between 1985 and 2001. Meltzer's papers were created from his composition of seventeen published books for young adults. The material is organized into three series: books, biographical sketch, and correspondence.

The papers in the books series contain material for seventeen of Meltzer's later works. With the exception of Ain't Gonna Study War No More (1985), all titles date from after 1992. Most are historical biographies, histories of commodities, and studies of modern social issues. Meltzer usually commenced his compositions by writing manuscripts in ink on yellow lined paper. He produced typescripts with a manual typewriter, although some were made with an electric typewriter or computer. Meltzer revised many of his typescripts by stapling retyped portions of text to the original pages. These staples have been left in place to prevent these additions from accidentally coming out of place. Quantities of research and production material vary widely for each book. The papers in the series are arranged alphabetically by title and the material for each book is arranged chronologically in order of creation when known.

Box 3 contains 3 x 5 cards and slips of paper used to make research notes for Cheap Raw Material (1994). Meltzer organized the cards into four groupings: cards arranged in a rough structure before deciding on the final chapter order; cards for the introduction, chapters 1-13, and conclusion; cards used to prepare the index; and cards for citations of illustrations and the bibliography. Meltzer described the organization of the cards in a May 1994 letter, a copy of which is included in box 3. Cards and slips that originally were clipped together remain joined, although metal paperclips have been replaced with vinyl-coated fasteners. No attempt has been made to alter Meltzer's original arrangement.

Photocopied research articles and pamphlets for Cheap Raw Material (folders 4/2 - 5/14) have been arranged alphabetically by author or creating agency with pieces of uncertain authorship placed at the end. The abbreviations that Meltzer assigned to each source during the research and writing process are given in brackets after the citations in the container listing. The letter in box 3 provides an explanation of his abbreviation scheme.

The first typescripts for Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words (1995) (folders 8/9 & 8/10) are both identical and opposite. Meltzer typed his first typescript on yellow paper and made a photocopy on white paper. For some reason, he interspersed the original and photocopied pages to create two complete typescripts of alternating original and photocopied pages, each a mirror image of the other.

Research material for Witches and Witch-hunts (1999) was found filed with the research material for Weapons & Warfare (1996). It has been removed and filed separately.

An unknown author composed the biographical sketch for a CD-ROM produced by Gale Research in 1997. Finally, the pieces of correspondence with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection were selected and photocopied from the correspondence file of the de Grummond Collection because they provide information on Meltzer's writing habits. They are arranged chronologically.


Series and Subseries

A. Books (1985-2000)

Ain't Gonna Study War No More: The Story of America's Peace Seekers (1985)

The Amazing Potato: A Story in Which the Incas . . . (1992)

Andrew Jackson and His America (1993)

Cheap Raw Material: How Our Youngest Workers Are Exploited and Abused (1994)

Food: How We Hunt and Gather It . . . (1998)

Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words (1995)

Gold: The True Story of Why People Search for It . . . (1993)

Hold Your Horses: A Feedbag Full of Fact and Fable (1995)

Lincoln: In His Own Words (1993)

The Many Lives of Andrew Carnegie (1997)

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power (1998)

Theodore Roosevelt and His America (1994)

There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights (2001)

Tom Paine: Voice of Revolution (1996)

Weapons & Warfare: From the Stone Age to the Space Age (1996)

Who Cares? Millions Do . . .: A Book About Altruism (1994)

Witches and Witch-hunts: A History of Persecution (1999)

B. Biographical Sketch (1997)
C. Correspondence (1993-2001)


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 and cite the series), Milton Meltzer Papers, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Provenance

These papers were donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries by Milton Meltzer between 1994 and 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Hans Rasmussen, January 2002. Encoded into EAD Version 1.0 by Danielle L. Bishop. This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Container Listing

Box/Folder

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Books

Ain't Gonna Study War No More: The Story of America's Peace Seekers by Milton Meltzer (New York: Harper & Row, 1985)
1/1Typescript, edited: unpublished preface, front matter, chapters 1-10, (107 pp.)
1/2Typescript, edited: chapters 11-17, bibliography, (80 pp.)
The Amazing Potato: A Story in Which the Incas, Conquistadors, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Jefferson, Wars, Famines, Immigrants, and French Fries All Play a Part by Milton Meltzer (New York: HarperCollins, 1992)
1/3Manuscript, edited: introduction, chapters 1-9, text boxes, bibliography, 2 November-24 December 1990, (51 pp.)
1/4First typescript, edited: introduction, chapters 1-9, text boxes, quotations, foreword, bibliography, note on sources, biographical sketch, (67 pp.)
1/5Photocopy of second typescript, lightly edited: front matter, introduction, chapters 2-9, (52 pp.)
1/6Original pages of second typescript, further edited: introduction (pp. 2-3), chapters 1-2 (pp. 4-13), chapter 3 (pp. 29-31, 36-39), (13 pp.)
1/7Third typescript, composed of original and photocopied pages, edited: introduction, chapters 1-9, text boxes, foreword, quotations, bibliography, note on sources, biographical sketch, (76 pp.)
Andrew Jackson and His America by Milton Meltzer (New York: Franklin Watts, 1993)
1/8Manuscript, edited: introduction, chapters 1-18, note on sources, 17 July-11 November 1991, (135 pp.)
2/1First typescript, edited: chapter outline in manuscript, typescript of front matter, introduction, chapters 1-6, (68 pp.)
2/2First typescript, edited: chapters 7-12, (64 pp.)
2/3First typescript, edited: chapters 13-18, note on sources, (69 pp.)
2/4Photocopy of first typescript: front matter, introduction, chapters 1-6, (65 pp.)
2/5Photocopy of first typescript: chapters 7-12, (64 pp.)
2/6Photocopy of first typescript: chapters 13-18, note on sources, (69 pp.)
2/7Photocopy of second typescript: front matter, introduction, chapters 1-9, (98 pp. )
4/1Photocopy of second typescript: chapters 10-18, note on sources, back matter, (95 pp.)
Cheap Raw Material: How Our Youngest Workers Are Exploited and Abused by Milton Meltzer (New York: Viking, 1994)
3Index cards and slips of paper for research notes, bibliography, and index
4/2Photocopies of pages from Bernard Bailyn, Voyages to the West (1987) [CL BB-VW]
4/3Photocopies of pages from Robert H. Bremner, ed., Children and Youth in America (1970) [CL RB-CYA]
4/4Photocopies of pages from Carl Bridenbaugh and Robert Bridenbaugh, Vexed and Troubled Englishmen, 1590-1642 (1968) [CL CB-VTE]
4/5Pamphlets from Children's Defense Fund [CL Children's Defence FND]
4/6Paul F. Cole, Children at Work: Peril or Promise? (1991) [Children at Work-pamphlet]
4/7Photocopies of pages from Tony Dunbar, Our Land Too (1971) [CL TD-OLT]
4/8Photocopy of Janet Wells Greene, Child Labor in New York State (1991) [CL JG-CLNY]
4/9Photocopies of pages from Robert B. Hill and Regina Nixon, Youth Employment in American Industry (1984) [CL RH-YE]
4/10Photocopies of pages from Brian Inglis, Men of Conscience (1971) [CL BI-MC]
4/11Reports by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (1989-1990) [CL ILG]
4/12Pamphlets from Job Corps (1990)
4/13Gwen Kinkead, "Chinatown-I," New Yorker (1991) [CL In Chinatown-NYKR MAG]
4/14Literature from Lifetime Television, Your Family Matters: Danger, Kids at Work (1991) [CL Danger-Kids at Work]
4/15Photocopies of pages from Jack London, The People of the Abyss (1977) [CL JL-PA]
4/16Photocopies of pages from Marc S. Miller, ed., Working Lives (1980) [CL MM-WL]
4/17Clippings from The Nation, March 1991-November 1992, 7 items [CL Nation Clips]
5/1Literature from the National Safe Workplace Institute (1992) [CL Natl Safe Wkplc Institute]
5/2New York State Assembly, Public Hearing on . . . Apparel Industry Task Force (1992) [AITF-hearing]
5/3Literature from the New York State Department of Labor (1990) [CL NY State]
5/4Clippings from The New York Times, February 1991-December 1993, 80 items [CL NYT clips]
5/5Photocopies of pages from Steven J. Ross, Workers on the Edge (1985) [CL SR-WE]
5/6The UNESCO Courier (October 1991) [UNESCO Courier 10/91]
5/7Reports on United States Congressional bills concerning labor laws (1991-1992) [CL Cong'l Bills]
5/8Photocopy of United States Department of Labor, Child Labor Laws: Historical Development (1968?) [CL DL-CLL]
5/9Photocopies of William G. Whittaker, Child Labor: Issues for the 102d Congress (1992) [CL WW-CL]
5/10Photocopies of The Working Teenager (n.d.) [CL Wkg Teenager]
5/11Photocopies of pages from an unidentified book [CL ST-WL]
5/12Assorted clippings, March 1990-January 1993, 41 items [CL Clips]
5/13Photocopies of pages from encyclopedias [CL Encyc's]
5/14Photocopies of pages from bibliographies [CL Biblio]
5/15Correspondence concerning research, 4 February-2 December 1992, (36 items)
6/1Manuscript, edited: introduction, chapters 1-11, 14, 12, 13, source notes, 23 April-16 July 1992, (79 pp.)
6/2First typescript, edited: introduction, chapters 1-7, (70 pp.)
6/3First typescript, edited: chapters 8-14, additions, bibliography, source notes, (78 pp. )
6/4Photocopy of first typescript: introduction, chapters 1-7, (70 pp.)
6/5Photocopy of first typescript: chapters 8-14, additions, bibliography, source notes, (78 pp.)
6/6Second typescript, edited and marked for publication: front matter, introduction, chapters 1-6, (80 pp.)
7/1Second typescript, edited and marked for publication: chapters 7-14, bibliography, source notes, (81 pp.)
7/2Pages removed from second typescript, ( 3 pp.)
7/3Correspondence concerning editing of second typescript, 18 May 1993, (2 items)
7/4Blue and yellow flags removed from second typescript, 3 envelopes; memorandum concerning flags, 18 May [1993]
7/5Dust jacket text, 25 May 1993, (1 p. )
7/6Correspondence and clippings concerning public relations and marketing, with photocopy of inside of original file folder, January 1991-January 1994, (9 items)
7/7Correspondence concerning illustrations, April 1993-August 1994, (20 items)
7/8Page proofs of illustrations for pp. 6, 16, 19, 27, 32, 41, 51, 58, 67, 73, 81, 86, 92, 99, 105, 117, 121, 128, 133, 135, 144, (21 items)
7/9Manuscript of captions, 20 September 1993, 2 pp.; typescript of captions, 2 pp.; proofs of captions, 13 January 1994, 2 pp.
7/10Advance reading copy without index, April 1994
7/11Typescript of index, edited and marked for publication, (6 pp.)
7/12Reviews, February-November 1994, (5 items)
Food: How We Hunt and Gather It, How We Grow and Eat It, How We Buy and Sell It, How We Preserve and Waste It and How Some Have Too Much and Others Have Too Little of It by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm (Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, 1998)
7/13First typescript, edited: foreword, chapters 1-26, (69 pp.)
7/14First typescript, edited: chapters 27-50, afterword, bibliography, biographical sketch, (74 pp.)
7/15Photocopy of second typescript: foreword, chapters 1-24, 71 pp.; photocopy of cover letter, 3 October 1997
8/1Photocopy of second typescript: chapters 25-50, afterword, bibliography, (74 pp.)
8/2Correspondence with publisher, 4 November 1997-15 October 1998, ( 6 items )
8/3Bibliography page; copy editing style sheet, 21 November [1997?]
8/4Typescript of front matter, 6 pp.; proof of front matter, 15 January 1998, (7 pp. )
8/5Letter received from publisher with dust jacket text, proofs of chapter illustrations, chapter layouts, 21 January 1998, 11 pp.; color proofs of original dust jacket art, [ca. 21 January 1998], 2 copies; letter received from publisher with sketch of revised dust jacket art, 26 January 1998, 2 pp.
8/6Typescript of index, 11 pp., with photocopy of cover letter, 23 February 1998
Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words edited by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn (San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, 1995)
8/7Correspondence with publisher and illustrator, October 1992-Februrary 1995, (44 items)
8/8Manuscript, edited: notes on illustrator's work, author's note, opening passages for published and unpublished readings, note on sources, biographical profiles, 24 May-24 June 1993, (47 pp.)
8/9First typescript, edited, composed of alternating typescript and photocopied pages: author's note, opening passages for parts 1-3 and readings 1-24, 26-43, 45-66 and unpublished, afterword, note on sources, (107 pp.)
8/10First typescript, edited, composed of alternating typescript and photocopied pages: author's note, opening passages for parts 1-3 and readings 1-24, 26-43, 45-66 and unpublished, afterword, note on sources, (105 pp.)
9/1Second typescript, edited: author's note, opening passages and excerpts for part 1 and readings 1-15 and unpublished, ( 99 pp.)
9/2Second typescript, edited: opening passages and excerpts for readings 16-24, 26-44 and unpublished, (120 pp.)
9/3Second typescript, edited: opening passages and excerpts for part 3 and readings 45-66 and unpublished, note on sources, (92 pp.)
9/4Manuscript of word counts for readings, 4 pp., with two photocopies of same
9/5Letter sent to Stephen Alcorn with biographical sketches, 23 February 1994, (16 pp.)
9/6Dust jacket text and illustrations, April-May 1994, (4 pp.)
9/7Typescript of index, (16 pp.)
9/8Correspondence, clippings, and paraphernalia concerning an exhibition at Gallery 1199 in New York City for the centennial of Frederick Douglass' death, 1993-1995, (51 items)
Gold: The True Story of Why People Search for It, Mine It, Trade It, Steal It, Mint It, Hoard It, Shape It, Wear It, Fight and Kill for It by Milton Meltzer (New York: HarperCollins, 1993)
9/9First typescript, edited: front matter, introduction, chapters 1-12, bibliography and source notes, biographical sketch, (103 pp.)
10/1Photocopy of first typescript: front matter, introduction, chapters 1-12, bibliography and source notes, biographical sketch, (103 pp.)
10/2Photocopy of second typescript: front matter, introduction, chapters 1-12, bibliography and source notes, biographical sketch, (96 pp.)
10/3Photocopy of typescript of index, (11 pp.)
Hold Your Horses: A Feedbag Full of Fact and Fable by Milton Meltzer (New York: HarperCollins, 1995)
10/4Correspondence with publishers, 1978-1995, (33 items)
10/5Photocopy of first typescript: front matter, introduction, chapters 1-9, bibliography and source notes, biographical sketch, (83 pp.)
10/6Second typescript, lightly edited: front matter, introduction, chapters 1-10, bibliography and source notes, biographical sketch, (93 pp.)
Lincoln: In His Own Words edited by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn (San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, 1993)
10/7Manuscript, edited: chapter outlines, author's note, chapters 1-14, biographical sketches, 18 February-3 April 1991, (69 pp.)
11/1First typescript, edited: author's note, chapters 1-6 (pp. xi-62), (41 pp.)
11/2First typescript, edited: chapters 6-10 (pp. 62-130), (37 pp.)
11/3First typescript, edited: chapters 11-14, biographical sketches (pp. 133-205), (47 pp.)
11/4Photocopy of first typescript: author's note, chapters 1-7, (59 pp.)
11/5Photocopy of first typescript: chapters 8-14, note on sources, (54 pp.)
11/6Second typescript, edited: front matter, author's note, chapters 1-7, (80 pp.)
11/7Second typescript, edited: chapters 8-14, note on sources, chronology, (85 pp.)
12/1Typescript pages removed when revising second typescript, (27 pp. )
12/2Typescript of index entries for Abraham Lincoln (pp. 224-225), (2 pp.)
The Many Lives of Andrew Carnegie by Milton Meltzer (New York: Franklin Watts, 1997)
12/3Correspondence with publisher, May 1996-March 1997, (11 items)
12/4Manuscript of structure of book, 14 July 1996, (2 pp.)
12/5Manuscript, edited: foreword, chapters 1-7, 15 July-21 August 1996, (50 pp.)
12/6Manuscript, edited: chapters 8-15, note on sources, 21 August-10 September 1996, (44 pp.)
12/7First typescript, edited: chapter contents in manuscript, 3 pp.; foreword, chapters 1-7 in typescript, (74 pp.)
12/8First typescript, edited: chapters 8-15, note on sources in typescript (missing typescript page 75), (75 pp.)
12/9Second typescript, lightly edited: chapter headings in manuscript; foreword, chapters 1-7 in typescript, (69 pp.)
12/10Second typescript, lightly edited: chapters 8-15, note on sources in typescript, (71 pp.)
12/11Manuscript list of illustrations, 8 November 1996, 3 pp.; memorandum on research for pictures, 10 November 1996, 3 pp.; typescript list of illustrations, 2 pp.; carbon copy of typescript of captions, 5 pp.
12/12Carbon copy of typescript of index, (12 pp.)
12/13Letters received with sketches of cover art, January-February 1997, (3 items)
12/14Typescript pages of dust jacket text, (4 pp.)
Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Bethanne Andersen (New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1998)
13/1Preliminary lists of subjects, (7 pp.)
13/2Correspondence with editor, May 1995-June 1997, (24 items)
13/3Manuscript of "Esther," edited, August 1995, (5 pp.)
13/4Correspondence with illustrator, September 1995-July 1997, (16 items)
13/5Manuscript of "Isabel of Spain," edited, December 1995, (8 pp.)
13/6Photocopies of early sketches for portraits, [ca. October 1996], (10 pp.)
13/7Color proofs of early versions of portraits on pp. 10, 24, 72, 96, (4 items)
13/8Early typescript of "Esther," edited, ( 8 pp.)
13/9Early typescript of "Isabel of Spain," edited, (21 pp.)
13/10Final typescript, lightly edited: preface, queens 1-5, (64 pp.)
13/11Final typescript, lightly edited: queens 6-10, note on sources, bibliography, (82 pp.)
13/12Memorandum received concerning index, 11 August 1997, 2 pp.; typescript of index, edited, 17 pp.
Theodore Roosevelt and His America by Milton Meltzer (New York: Franklin Watts, 1994)
13/13Research clippings with photocopy of inside of original file folder, December 1991-March 1993, (30 items)
13/14Manuscript, edited: foreword, chapters 1-20, note on sources, 9 December 1992-1 April 1993, (119 pp.)
14/1Typescript, edited: front matter, foreword, chapters 1-6, (56 pp.)
14/2Typescript, edited: chapters 7-14, (65 pp.)
14/3Typescript, edited: chapters 15-20, note on sources, back matter, (55 pp.)
14/4Photocopy of typescript: front matter, foreword, chapters 1-10, (88 pp.)
14/5Photocopy of typescript: chapters 11-20, note on sources, back matter, (88 pp.)
14/6Correspondence concerning review of later typescript, June 1993, (2 items)
There Comes a Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights by Milton Meltzer (New York: Random House, Landmark Books, 2001)
14/7Manuscript of outline of research notes, (1 p.)
14/8First typescript, edited: chapter contents in manuscript, 2 pp.; front matter, chapters 1-8 in typescript, 52 pp.
14/9First typescript, edited: chapters 9-14, bibliography in typescript, (52 pp.)
15/1Photocopy of first typescript: front matter, chapters 1-8, (51 pp.)
15/2Photocopy of first typescript: chapters 9-14, bibliography, back matter, (53 pp.)
15/3Second typescript, edited: typescript of front matter, foreword, chapters 1-11, (78 pp.)
15/4Second typescript, edited: typescript of chapters 12-14, bibliography, back matter, 33 pp.; typescript and photocopied pages of text to insert, 30 pp.; edited photocopy of calendar, 5 pp.; typescript of calendar, 9 pp.
15/5Typescript of suggestions for illustrations, 2 pp.; photocopy of first typescript of captions, edited, 10 pp. (2 copies); second typescript of captions, edited, 9 pp.
15/6Correspondence with editor (includes later production material), February 1999-[ca. December 2000], (22 items)
Tom Paine: Voice of Revolution by Milton Meltzer (New York: Franklin Watts, 1996)
15/7Manuscript, edited: chapter outline, foreword, chapters 1-11, 14 April-22 May 1995, (61 pp.)
15/8Manuscript, edited: chapters 12-21, note on sources, afterword, 22 May-30 June 1995, (63 pp.)
16/1Photocopy of typescript: front matter, foreword, chapters 1-11, (83 pp.)
16/2Photocopy of typescript: chapters 12-21, afterword, note on sources, back matter, (96 pp.)
Weapons & Warfare: From the Stone Age to the Space Age by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Sergio Martinez (New York: HarperCollins, 1996)
16/3Clippings for research, 1991-1995, (73 items)
16/4Clippings for research, 1993-1995, (52 items)
16/5Letters sent to Robert Warren, editor at HarperCollins, June-October 1994, (4 items)
17/1Manuscript, edited: content of chapters, 28 October-2 December 1994, 44 pp.; foreword, outline, chapters 57-58, January-October 1995, 11 pp.
17/2Typescript, edited: front matter, foreword, chapters 1-2, 4-12, 14-38, 41, 43-57, 59, bibliography, 81 pp.; letter sent to typist, 18 January 1994 [1995?]
17/3Correspondence with Robert Warren, 2-20 October 1995, 2 items; manuscript pages of revisions to outline and chapters 3, 13, 14, 36, 16, 51, 17, 39, 40, 36, 21, 12-20 October 1995, 12 pp.; typescript pages of revisions to outline and chapters 3, 5-7, 9, 13-17, 21, 36, 39-40, 42, 51, 58, 34 pp.; unidentified typescript page on Spartacus
Who Cares? Millions Do . . .: A Book About Altruism by Milton Meltzer (New York: Walker, 1994)
17/4Clippings for research, 1992-1994, (11 items)
17/5Manuscript pages of early chapter contents, ( 2 pp.)
17/6First typescript, edited twice: front matter, epigraph, foreword, chapters 1-8, (75 pp.)
17/7First typescript, edited twice: chapters 9-13, afterword, note on sources, text boxes, (77 pp.)
17/8Photocopy of note on sources and text boxes from first typescript, (13 pp.)
17/9Manuscript pages of chapter outline for first typescript, 2 pp.; manuscript pages of text to insert into first typescript, 8 pp.
17/10Photocopy of first typescript made between its two editings: front matter, foreword, chapters 1-2, 4-13, note on sources, (123 pp.)
18/1Second typescript, lightly edited: front matter, foreword, chapters 1-13, afterword, note on sources, text boxes, (134 pp.)
18/2Manuscript pages of composition notes for second typescript, (3 pp.)
18/3Typescript of note on sources from second typescript, edited, 5 pp.; photocopy of same with text box for chapter 5 and other notes, 7 pp.
18/4Manuscript and typescript pages of chapter contents to unknown drafts, (2 pp.)
18/5Material for finding and purchasing photographs, August-December 1993
18/6Material for finding and purchasing photographs, January-March 1994
18/7Photocopy of typescript of edited index, 18 pp., with cover letter, 20 July 1994
Witches and Witch-hunts: A History of Persecution by Milton Meltzer (New York: Scholastic, Blue Sky Press, 1999)
18/8Research material: clippings, catalogs, and photocopied portions of books, 1991-1995, (22 items )



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Biographical Sketch

18/9Typescript of a biographical sketch for a CD-ROM produced by Gale Research, 1997, (14 pp.)



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Correspondence

18/10Selected correspondence with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, 1993-2001, (11 items)

Accession Number: 2004-205

Inclusive Dates: 2004

Volume: .30 cubic ft.

Given By : Milton Meltzer

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Milton Meltzer: Writing Matters by Milton Meltzer; Franklin Watts, 2004.

Typescript, preliminary
Typescript, edited
Typescript, final
Notes
Background material
Correspondence

 


Accession Number: 2007-023

Inclusive Dates: 1956 - 2006

Volume: 2.80 cubic ft.

Given By : Milton Meltzer

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Box 1

Biographical Information

General Correspondence

Publisher Correspondence

Personal Correspondence

 

Box 2

School Visits/Events

Award Information/Materials

Speeches

General Research

 

George Washington and the Birth of Our Nation by Milton Meltzer; Watts, 1986.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity

 

Violins and Shovels: The WPA Arts Projects by Milton Meltzer; Delacorte, 1976.

Reviews
Publicity

 

Slavery: From the Rise of Western Civilization to Today (Vol. I) by Milton Meltzer; Dell, 1972.
Slavery: From the Renaissance to Today (Vol. II) by Milton Meltzer; Cowles Book Co., 1972.
Slavery: A World History by Milton Meltzer; Regnery, 1971.

Teacher’s Guide
Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity

 

The Eye of Conscience: Photographers and Social Change by Milton Meltzer and Bernard Cole; Follett, 1974.

Reviews
Publicity/articles
Correspondence

 

Bound for the Rio Grande: The Mexican Struggle, 1845-1850 by Milton Meltzer; Knopf, 1974.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

Who Cares? Millions Do: A Book About Altruism by Milton Meltzer; Walker, 1994.

Correspondence
Reviews
Publicity
Research article

 

Box 3

The Right to Remain Silent by Milton Meltzer; Harcourt Brace, 1972.

Publicity
Correspondence
Handwritten notes
Research/article

 

Benjamin Franklin: The New American by Milton Meltzer; Watts, 1988.

Notes
Publicity
Reviews
Correspondence

 

Food: How We Hunt and Gather it, How We Grow and Eat it, How We Buy and Sell it, How We Preserve and Waste it—and How Some Have Too Much and Others Too Little
of it
by Milton Meltzer; Millbrook Press, 1998.

            Reviews

 

Driven From the Land: The Story of the Dust Bowl by Milton Meltzer; Benchmark Books, 2000.

Reviews
Publicity

 

Bound For America: The Story of the European Immigrants by Milton Meltzer; Benchmark Books, 2002.

            Review

 

A Window onto the Past by Milton Meltzer [unpublished?]

            Publicity

 

Carl Sandburg: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 1999.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

Ten Kings and the Worlds They Ruled by Milton Meltzer; Scholastic, Inc., 2002.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

Langston Hughes: An Illustrated Edition by Milton Meltzer; Millbrook Press, 1997.

            Reviews

 

Walt Whitman: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2002.

Reviews
Publicity

 

Ferdinand Magellan: First to Sail Around the World by Milton Meltzer; Benchmark Books, 2002.

Review

 

La Salle: Down the Mississippi by Harold Faber, Milton Meltzer, and Patricia Calvert; Benchmark Books, 2002.

Reviews

 

Non-Fiction for the Classroom: Milton Meltzer on Writing, History, and Social Responsibility by Milton Meltzer; Teachers College Press, 1994.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity

 

Edgar Allan Poe: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2003.

            Reviews

 

In the Days of the Pharaohs: A Look at Ancient Egypt by Milton Meltzer; Scholastic, Inc., 2001.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

Piracy and Plunder: A Murderous Business by Milton Meltzer; Dutton, 2001.

Reviews
Publicity

 

Hear That Train Whistle Blow: How the Railroad Changed the World by Milton Meltzer; Random House, Inc., 2004.

Reviews
Article
Cover/jacket proof (2)
Correspondence
Publicity

 

Witches and Witch-Hunts: A History of Persecution by Milton Meltzer; Scholastic, Inc., 1999.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity

 

Case Closed: The Real Scoop on Detective Work by Milton Meltzer; Scholastic, Inc., 2001.

            Reviews

 

The Terrorists by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1983.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity

 

There Comes A Time: The Struggle for Civil Rights by Milton Meltzer; Random House, 2001.

Correspondence
Reviews
Research
Teacher’s Guide
NAACP Image Awards certificate
Publicity

 

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power by Milton Meltzer; Dutton, 1998.

Correspondence
Reviews
Publicity

 

Hunted Like A Wolf: The Story of the Seminole War by Milton Meltzer; Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1972.

Correspondence
Reviews
Dust jacket blurbs/material
Publicity

 

Time of Trial, Time of Hope: The Negro in America, 1919-1941 by Milton Meltzer; Doubleday, 1966.

Reviews
Teacher’s Manual (2)
Publicity
Correspondence

 

Tongue of Flame: The Life of Lydia Marie Child by Milton Meltzer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1965.

Reviews
Publicity

 

The American Promise: Voices from a Changing Nation by Milton Meltzer; Bantam, 1990.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity

 

World of Our Fathers: The Jews of Eastern Europe by Milton Meltzer; Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1974.

Reviews
Publicity
Correspondence

 

Taking Root: Jewish Immigrants in America by Milton Meltzer; Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1974.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

Crime in America by Milton Meltzer; William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1990.

Reviews
Publicity
Research
Correspondence

 

Box 4

American Politics: How it Really Works by Milton Meltzer; Morrow, 1989.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

The Amazing Potato: A Story in Which the Incas, Conquistadors, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Jefferson, Wars, Famines, Immigrants, and French Fries All Play a Part by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1992.

Reviews
Publicity
Correspondence

 

The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words, 1750-1800 by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1988.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

The Human Rights Handbook by Milton Meltzer; Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1976.

            Reviews

 

A Light in the Dark: The Life of Samuel Gridley Howe by Milton Meltzer; Crowell, 1964.

Reviews
Publicity

 

The Hispanic Americans by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1982.

            Reviews

 

The Black Americans: A History in Their Own Words edited by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1984.

Reviews
Publicity
Award information/material

 

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime: The Great Depression 1929-1933 by Milton Meltzer; Knopf, 1969.

Reviews
Research
Teacher’s Guide (2)
Publicity
Correspondence
Dust jacket
Award information/material

 

Bread and Roses: The Struggle of American Labor 1865-1915 by Milton Meltzer; Knopf, 1967.

Reviews
Teacher’s Guide
Publicity
Correspondence
Notes

 

Black Magic: A Pictorial History of the African-American in the Performing Arts by Milton Meltzer and Langston Hughes; Prentice-Hall, 1967.

Reviews
Research
Publicity
Correspondence

 

All Times, All Peoples: A World History of Slavery by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1980.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity
Christopher Award programs (2)

 

The Bill of Rights: How We Got It and What It Means by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1990.

Notes
Reviews
Correspondence
Research
Publicity
Published article/excerpt
Edited typescript of article/excerpt w/pasted text
Edited typescript of article/excerpt w/pasted text, photocopy
Typescript of article/excerpt, final

 

Thaddeus Stevens and the Fight for Negro Rights by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1967.

Publicity
Reviews
Correspondence

 

Box 5:

Underground Man: A Novel by Milton Meltzer; Bradbury, 1972.

Reviews
Correspondence
Notes/corrections
Advanced Readers Copy sample chapters (2)
Dust jacket blurb, edited
Dust jacket blurb, photocopy
Film rights information/materials

 

Lydia Maria Child: Selected Letters, 1817-1880 edited by Milton Meltzer and Patricia G. Holland; University of Massachusetts Press, 1982.

Publicity/articles
Reviews
Correspondence
Dust jacket
Notes
Teacher’s Guide

 

Langston Hughes: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1968.

Reviews
Research
Correspondence
Publicity
Notes

 

Box 6

Theodore Roosevelt and His America by Milton Meltzer; Watts, 1994.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

Rescue: The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust by Milton Meltzer; Harper Collins Publishers, 1988.

Correspondence
Reviews
Notes
Publicity
Research
Article
Dust jacket flap/blurb
Partial manuscript (for Table of Contents, chapter titles, etc.)
Award information/material

 

Mary McLeod Bethune: Voice of Black Hope by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 1987.

Reviews
Article
Correspondence
Publicity

 

Starting From Home: A Writer’s Beginnings by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 1988.

Publicity
Reviews
Correspondence
Fan mail
Notes

 

African American History: Four Centuries of Black Life by Milton Meltzer and Langston Hughes; Scholastic, 1990.

            Publicity

 

Ain’t Gonna Study War No More: The Story of America’s Peace-Seekers by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1985.

Correspondence
Reviews
Research
Publicity
Award information/material

 

Voices From the Civil War by Milton Meltzer; Harper Collins Publishers, 1989.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity

 

Columbus and the World Around Him by Milton Meltzer; Watts, 1990.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity
Research
Published article/excerpt
Typescript of article/excerpt, edited
Typescript of article/excerpt, final

 

Betty Friedan: A Voice for Women’s Rights by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 1985.

Royalty Statement
Publicity (including a poster)
Reviews
Color cover proof (2)
Research

 

Winnie Mandela: The Soul of South Africa by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 1986.

Reviews
Article
Correspondence
Notes
Cover proof, color
Publicity

 

Lincoln in His Own Words by Milton Meltzer; Harcourt Brace, 1993.

Teacher’s Guide
Correspondence
Publicity
Published article/excerpt
Reviews

 

Hold Your Horses: Feedbag Full of Fact and Fable by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1995.

Publicity
Reviews
Correspondence
Research article

 

Box 7

Gold: The True Story of Why People Search for it, Mine it, Trade it, Steal it, Mint it, Hoard it, Shape it, Wear it, Fight and Kill for it by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1993.

Correspondence
Reviews
Publicity

Box 7 & 8

A Pictorial History of the Negro in America by Milton Meltzer and Langston Hughes; Crown, 1956.
A Pictorial History of Black Americans by Milton Meltzer, C. Eric Lincoln, and Langston Hughes; Crown, 1973
A Pictorial History of African Americans From 1619 to the Present by Milton Meltzer and Langston Hughes; Crown, 1995.

Correspondence
Handwritten notes
Outline w/notes
Bound mock-up/dummy for 3rd Edition w/pasted photos & lines for text     
“Prospectus” for 3rd Edition (text by Bontemps, pictures by Meltzer)
Publicity
Articles
Event materials
Photographs
Research
Interview transcript
Fan mail
Dust jacket, color
Photo invoices
Typescript of photo captions
Manuscript of photo captions
Typescript of outline
Photocopy of index w/handwritten revisions
Typescript of revisions
Typescript of dust jacket blurbs
Contract Forms
Dust jacket proof, color (3)
Typescript of 5th Edition, Second draft
Typescript of 5th Edition, First draft
Typescript of 5th Edition, First draft (photocopy)

 

Box 8


A Thoreau Profile by Milton Meltzer and Walter Harding; Crowell, 1962.

            Publicity/book list in Cobblestone

 

In Their Own Words: A History of the American Negro (3 vols.) edited by Milton Meltzer; Crowell, 1964.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity
Award information/material

           
To Change the World: A Picture History of Reconstruction by Milton Meltzer; Scholastic, 1971.

Publicity
Correspondence
Royalty Statement
Outline/summary

 

Box 9

The Landscape of Memory by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 1987.

Reviews
Article

 

Andrew Jackson and His America by Milton Meltzer; Watts, 1993.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

The Many Lives of Andrew Carnegie by Milton Meltzer; Franklin Watts, 1997.

            Review

 

Emily Dickinson: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2006.

Reviews
Correspondence
Research

 

The Day the Sky Fell: A History of Terrorism by Milton Meltzer; Random House, 2002.

            Reviews

 

Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary Aristocrat by Milton Meltzer; Watts, 1991.

Reviews
Publicity
Correspondence

 

Tom Paine: Voice of Revolution by Milton Meltzer; Watts, 1996.

            Reviews

 

A History of Jewish Life from Eastern Europe to America by Milton Meltzer; Aronson, 1996.

Handwritten notes
Correspondence
Preface, photocopy

 

Weapons and Warfare: From the Stone Age to the Space Age by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1996.

Correspondence
Reviews
Publicity

 

Freedom Comes to Mississippi: The Story of Reconstruction by Milton Meltzer; Follett, 1970.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity

 

Hour of Freedom: American History in Poetry edited by Milton Meltzer; Boyds Mills Press, Inc., 2003.

Publicity
Review
Correspondence
Article

 

Herman Melville: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2006.

            Reviews

 

The Chinese Americans by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1980.

Reviews
Publicity
Correspondence

 

Mark Twain Himself by Milton Meltzer; Crowell, 1960.

Reviews
Publicity
Articles
Correspondence

 

The Jews in America: A Picture Album by Milton Meltzer; Jewish Publication Society, 1985.

Reviews
Correspondence
Royalty Statement

 

The Jewish Americans: A History in Their Own Words1650-1950 edited by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1982.

Reviews
Correspondence
Publicity
Research
Handwritten notes

 

Poverty in America by Milton Meltzer; Morrow, 1986.

Reviews
Correspondence
Photographs
Research
Publicity

 

Margaret Sanger: Pioneer of Birth Control by Lawrence Lader and Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1969.

Reviews
Handwritten Notes
Publicity
Correspondence
Research

 

Milestones to American Liberty by Milton Meltzer; Crowell, 1961.

Reviews
Correspondence

 

A Book About Names by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins, 1984.

Correspondence
Reviews
Publicity
Research article

 

Box 10

Frederick Douglass in His Own Words by Milton Meltzer; Harcourt Brace, 1995.

Correspondence
Publicity
Reviews
Research

 

Cheap, Raw Material: How Our Youngest Workers are Exploited and Abused by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 1994.

            Review

 

Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust by Milton Meltzer; HarperCollins Publishers, 1976.

Reviews
Award information/material
Correspondence
Publicity
Articles

 

Remember the Days: A Short History of the Jewish American by Milton Meltzer; Doubleday, 1974.

Award information/material
Reviews
Publicity
Correspondence

 

Dorothea Lange: A Photographer’s Life by Milton Meltzer; Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1976.

Reviews
Royalty Statements
Publicity
Cover proof, color
Correspondence
Fan Mail
Articles

 

Thoreau: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2007.

Edited typescript, draft

Box 11

Thoreau: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2007.

Research notes on 3x5 cards (in green plastic box)

 

Box 12

The Century That Was: Reflections on the Last One Hundred Years (featuring essay by Milton Meltzer) edited by James Cross Giblin; Atheneum, 2000.

            Publicity

 

The Big Book for Peace by Ann Durell and Marilyn Sachs (featuring essay by Milton Meltzer); Dutton, 1990.

Reviews
Publicity
Correspondence
Newspaper articles

 

Who Look At Me by June Jordan (conceived and edited by Milton Meltzer); T.Y. Crowell & Co., 1969.

Author interview on record
Publicity
Reviews
Articles

 

            Women of America/Women of Our Time Series (edited by Milton Meltzer)

Reviews
Publicity
Correspondence
Research

           
Articles/Essays by Milton Meltzer for various publications


Box 13

Articles/Essays by Milton Meltzer for various publications (continued)

Reviews by Milton Meltzer

Springboards Teacher’s Guide project materials

Pathways Audio Series project materials

“Five” film project materials

Miscellaneous Items

 


Accession Number: 2007-083

Inclusive Dates: 1978

Volume: .60 cubic ft.

Given By : Milton Meltzer

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Dorothea Lange: A Photographer’s Life by Milton Meltzer; Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1978.

Manuscript
Edited typescript

 


Accession Number: 2008-014

Inclusive Dates: 2007 - 2008

Volume: 1.0 cubic ft.

Given By : Milton Meltzer

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Willa Cather: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2007.

Notes/notecards in metal box                                                                                    
Correspondence
Typescript, preliminary
Typescript, edited
Set of proof pages, revised

 

John Steinbeck: A Twentieth Century Life by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 2008.

Notes/notecards in metal box
Correspondence
Handwritten notes
Typescript, unknown version
Research

 

Albert Einstein: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Holiday House, 2008.

Typescript, edited
Typescript, preliminary
Typescripts, unknown versions (2)
Typescript, 2nd draft
Typescript, final
Typescript, 1st draft
Research
Publicity
Notes
1st proof pages, photocopy
Correspondence

 

Henry David Thoreau: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2007.

Typescript, unknown version
Typescript, preliminary

 


Accession Number: 2008-147

Inclusive Dates: 2007 - 2008

Volume: .10 cubic ft.

Given By : Milton Meltzer

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Correspondence to de Grummond Collection

Bibliography from Women of America series [edited by Milton Meltzer], photocopy

Third draft of Emily Dickinson: A Biography, photocopy [1 p]

Third draft of Henry David Thoreau: A Biography, photocopy [1 p]

Third draft of Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Biography, photocopy [3 pp]

Bibliography of books by Milton Meltzer

 


Accession Number: 2009-050

Inclusive Dates: 1969 - 2008

Volume: 1.75 cubic ft.

Given By : Milton Meltzer

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Journals/diaries from 1969-2008 [40 volumes]


Accession Number: 2009-198

Inclusive Dates: 1943 - 2008

Volume: 8.85 cubic ft.

Given By : Milton Meltzer Estate

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

The Chinese Americans by Milton Meltzer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1980.

Award plaque [Carter & Woodson Book Award]

 

Ain’t Gonna Study War No More: The Story of America’s Peace Seekers by Milton Meltzer; Harper & Row, 1985.

Award plaque [1986 Olive Branch Award]
Award certificate [1985 Special Citation of Child Study Children’s Book Committee]

 

In Their Own Words: A History of the American Negro, 1865-1916 by Milton Meltzer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1965.

“Talking Book,” volume 2 [6 LPs]
“Talking Book,” volume 3 [8 LPs (2 sets of 4 each)]

 

Thaddeus Stevens and the Fight for Negro Rights by Milton Meltzer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1967.

“Talking Book,” [10 LPs (2 sets of 5 each)]

 

Langston Hughes: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1968.

Award [Secondary Carter & Woodson Book Award]
Reviewer/promotion list
Correspondence
Captions for photos/art
Notes
Sample art/illustrations
Photographs & negatives

 

Langston Hughes by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn; Millbrook Press, 1997.

Posters [3]
Publicity

 

Willa Cather: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2008.

Publisher correspondence
Reviews
Edited typescript [photocopy]
Book jacket/cover [print-out]
Bibliography
Final typescript
Edited typescript [first draft]

 

John Steinbeck: A Twentieth Century Life by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 2008.

Publisher correspondence
List of sources
Proof page [photocopy]

 

All Times, All Peoples: A World History of Slavery by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher; Harper & Row, 1980.

Publisher correspondence
Research

 

Tongue of Flame: The Life of Lydia Maria Child by Milton Meltzer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1965.

Film information/correspondence
Handwritten notes [in notebook]

 

Edgar Allan Poe: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2003.

Publicity
Review

 

A Thoreau Profile by Milton Meltzer and Walter Harding; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1962.

Review
Correspondence

 

Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust by Milton Meltzer; Harper & Row, 1976.

Publicity
Award plate [Boston Globe/Horn Book]
Award plaque [Association of Jewish Libraries Book Award 1976]

 

The Jewish Americans: A History in Their Own Words, 1650-1950 by Milton Meltzer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1982.

Award plate [Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor]

 

Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2007.

Reviews
Publisher correspondence

 

Emily Dickinson: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2006.

Reviews

 

Frederick Douglass In His Own Words edited by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn; Harcourt Brace, 1995.

Review
Poster [2]

 

Poverty in America by Milton Meltzer; Morrow, 1986.

Review
Award statuette [1986 Golden Kite]

 

Walt Whitman: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2002.

Review

 

Mark Twain Himself: A Pictorial Biography by Milton Meltzer; Thomas Crowell, 1960.

Photographs
Sample art/illustrations
Research
Musical/play typescript [10]
Correspondence
Publisher correspondence
Reviews

 

Hunted Like A Wolf: The Story of the Seminole War by Milton Meltzer; Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1972.

Review

 

Tough Times: A Novel by Milton Meltzer; Clarion Books, 2007.

Reviews
Publisher correspondence
Edited typescript
Handwritten manuscript
Research
2nd proof, edited
Computer disk [floppy]
Final typescript
Edited typescript draft [photocopy]
Typescript [2]
Handwritten notes
Typescript rough draft
2nd proof
Award information

 

Albert Einstein: A Biography by Milton Meltzer; Holiday House, 2008.

Publicity
Publisher correspondence
Reviews

 

Margaret Sanger: Pioneer of Birth Control by Lawrence Lader and Milton Meltzer; Thomas Y. Crowell, 1969.

Publicity

 

Hour of Freedom: American History in Poetry compiled by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Marc Nadel; Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, 2003.

Publisher correspondence
Review
Notes
Poet biographies

 

Writing Matters by Milton Meltzer; Franklin Watts, 2004.

Publisher correspondence
Review
Photographs
Sample art

 

Underground Man: A Novel by Milton Meltzer; Bradbury Press, 1972.

Notes
Correspondence re: film possibilities
Publisher correspondence
Publicity/publishing information
Reviews

 

Henry David Thoreau by Milton Meltzer; Twenty-First Century Books, 2007.

Reviews
Publisher correspondence
Publicity
Photographs
Sample art
Handwritten list of corrections
Typescript

 

A Pictorial History of Black Americans by Langston Hughes, Milton Meltzer, and C. Eric Lincoln; Crown Publishers, 1956.

Publisher correspondence
Publication information
Jacket flap text
Contract
Notes
Research

 

Starting From Home: A Writer’s Beginnings by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 1988.

Publisher correspondence
Notes
Family history
Photographs
Sample art/illustrations
List of captions for art/illustrations
Research

 

Dorothea Lange: A Photographer’s Life by Milton Meltzer; Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1978.

Photographs
Fan mail
Correspondence
Correspondence re: tv film
Publisher correspondence
Corrections re: 2nd printing
Publicity
Publication information [in publisher’s catalog]
Research

 

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by National Children’s Book & Literary Alliance [featuring “Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826 by Milton Meltzer]; Candlewick Press, 2008.

Publisher correspondence

 

Cheap, Raw Material by Milton Meltzer; Viking, 1994.

Reviews
Publisher correspondence
Research

 

“Homestead Novel” by Milton Meltzer [unpublished]

Handwritten notes on index cards [box]
Edited 1st draft of typescript
3rd draft of typescript
Research
Correspondence
Notes
Typescript [2]
Preliminary typescript [for “Splinters of Steel”]

 

“Shakespeare” by Milton Meltzer [unpublished]

Research
Outline
Publisher correspondence
Handwritten notes on index cards [box]

 

“Poetry Anthology #2” by Milton Meltzer [unpublished]

Outline/notes
Typescript
Research
Handwritten notes
Publisher correspondence
Photocopied poems
Proposal
Handwritten notes on index cards [box]
Introduction
Biographical notes on poets

 

“A Night at the Inn” by Milton Meltzer [unpublished]

Typescript [7]
Publisher correspondence
Edited typescript [4]
Handwritten notes
Handwritten manuscript
Research

 

“John Brown’s America” by Milton Meltzer [unpublished]

Book dummy [w/pasted art]
Prospectus

 

“Troublemakers” Series by Milton Meltzer [unpublished]

Proposal
Research
Publisher correspondence
Handwritten notes

 

“Children’s Book” Series by Milton Meltzer [unpublished]

Proposal

 

Miscellaneous Writings by Milton Meltzer:

“Springboards” from Portal Press [brochures]
CBS TV script “Assignment Home”
Article in Yank: The Army Weekly [November 26, 1943]

 

Handwritten “book chart” of writing projects

Information on writing, reviews, rewrites, etc.

Handwritten notes [on note cards]

Handwritten notes [in 2 spiral notebooks]

Research

Typewriter used by Milton Meltzer

Bibliography/book list

“Record of Talks” [in binder]

 

Biographical material:

Articles re: Milton Meltzer
Family history/information
Biographical sketches
Education/college information

 

Correspondence:

Lerner Publishing Group correspondence
de Grummond Collection correspondence
General correspondence [2000; 2002-2004; 2007-2008]

 

Audio/Visual:

“Bread and Roses” Strike #4 [filmstrip]
“Bread and Roses” Strike #13 [filmstrip]
Langston Hughes [“EB” filmstrip]
“Poets of the 20th Century: Langston Hughes” [audio cassette and filmstrip in box]
Langston Hughes from Milton Meltzer (A. Rampersad) [Scotch magnetic tape]
“Over the River…Life of Lydia Maria Child” [dvd]
Daltronix Recording Tape [with note inside from Ruth Rausen]
AuthorView Round-Up Civil War Panorama: Tapes I-VII [audio cassettes in box]
“Voices and Visions” about Langston Hughes [VHS]
Frederick Douglass [VHS]
Frederick Douglass Documentary [VHS]
VHS from the Southern Poverty Law Center [with letter inside]
“ADL: The Fight goes On” [VHS]
Teddy Roosevelt biography [VHS]
Meltzer at Morrow School, April, 19, 2001 [VHS]
“Profiles in Literature: Milton Meltzer” [VHS]
“1619-1860: Out of Slavery” [VHS]
“1861-1877: Civil War and the Reconstruction” [VHS]
“1877-Today: Freedom Movement” [VHS]
Author Talks [audio cassette]
“Booktalk: Milton Meltzer, 1989 [audio cassette]
Meltzer, continued [audio cassette]
Books/Meltzer [audio cassette]
Dorothea Lange and “R.P.” (June 7, 1977) [audio cassette]
Lawrence 1912: The Bread and Roses Story [inaudible audio cassette]
Lawrence 1912: The Bread and Roses Story [audible audio cassette]
Interview with Milton Meltzer by Liz Stevens on 4/8/78 [audio cassette]
ALA Development Digest [audio cassette]
“Urban Beat…Demo: Celebrate Black History” [audio cassette]
Blue audio cassette [from George Leonard]
Audio cassette from C. Dixon [#1 & #2]
Audio cassette from C. Dixon [#3 & #4]
Michael Dorris “Why I’m Not Thankful for Thanksgiving” [audio cassette]
Meet the Author [audio cassette]
Dr. H. Merlin [audio cassette]
Interviews re: Dorothea Lange & others [on 4 audio cassettes]

 

Awards:

Wilder Award information/materials [2001]
Regina Medal information [2000]
Plaque with key from Worcester, Mass. [April 28, 1986]
Plaque with key from Worcester, Mass. for Meltzer’s 89th birthday [May 8, 2004]
Wooden box containing the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Plaque bestowing Meltzer with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Worcester State College
Children’s Book Council Honors Program Award given to Meltzer
Brubaker Memorial Award Plaque
Regina Medal with wooden stand (not attached)
Christopher Award with stand
Framed Hurst Children’s Book Prize certificate [March 7, 2008]
Framed “congratulations” from Harper Collins Children’s Book Publishers [for Wilder Award]

 

Items from Milton Meltzer’s office:

Framed photograph of Abraham Lincoln [glass broken]
Framed photograph of Theodore Parker, two letters from Parker, and a placard written by Parker [glass and frame broken]
Original collage for Starting from Home cover [acrylic case broken]
Framed photograph of Thaddeus Stevens w/letter [glass missing]
Framed Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Worcester State College [May 15, 1997]
Worcester State College folder containing Meltzer’s Doctor of Humane Letters degree
Doctoral hood from Worcester State College
Framed photograph of Walt Whitman
Framed drawing of Lydia Maria Child w/quote
Framed photograph of Elias Goldensky
Tin cup with engraving
Small ceramic “slavery” cup with a picture and quote (chipped and handle previously broken and glued back together)
Paperweight with quote and drawing
Framed depiction of Main Street in Worcester, Mass
Wooden letter opener
Framed photograph of Dorothea Lange
Framed photograph of Mark Twain w/quote
Framed photograph of Greensboro sit-in
Framed photograph of Meltzer with children in a school
Framed photograph, hair, and autograph of John Brown
Framed photograph of Langston Hughes w/letter
Framed depiction of John Brown leaving jail to his execution
Framed article about Meltzer [glass missing]
Framed black and white photograph of Henry David Thoreau
Framed photograph of Langston Hughes, Milton Meltzer, and unidentified woman
Framed photograph of Samuel Gridley Howe w/letter
Framed quote by Henry David Thoreau
Wooden stand


Accession Number: 2016-191

Inclusive Dates: 1990 - 2007; [n.d.]

Volume: .35 cubic ft.

Given By : Worcester State College

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Notebooks/ledgers of Royalties [2]

Datebooks, 2006-07 [2]

Correspondence

Articles autographed to Meltzer [2]

Journal, 1990

Handwritten notes in notebooks [7]

Handwritten notes, loose pages

Published copies of biographical sketch from Something About the Author [3]

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