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BERNICE CARLSON PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0151
1939-1966
2.70 cu.ft. (9 boxes)

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Provenance
Material was donated by Bernice Wells Carlson from 1966 to 1996..

Restrictions
Noncirculating; available for research.

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
Bernice Wells was born on July 21, 1910 in Clare, Michigan. She graduated from Ripon College and married Carl Carlson in 1935. She worked as a society editor for the Lansing Journal from 1936 to 1938, and as a part-time feature writer from 1938 to 1943. From 1948-1970, she was a member of the executive board of the Raritan Valley Unit of the New Jersey Association for Retarded Children.

Carlson published her first book, The Junior Party Book, in 1939. Since then, she has written or co-written nearly twenty books for children. Most of these books provide ideas for games, crafts, skits, and party ideas that children can use to entertain themselves.

Scope and Content
The material in this collection relating to published books has been arranged alphabetically according to title within the "Books" series. Within each title, the material has been arranged in the probable order of creation. Several of the books documented in this collection provide children with ideas for plays or stories and guidance on how to perform them. Act It Out, Play a Part, and Listen! And Help Tell the Story all follow this format. Fun For One or Two, The Junior Party Book, and Make It Yourself! all give advice to children and parents about games and theme parties. Play Activities for the Retarded Child and Recreation for Retarded Teenagers and Young Adults provide similar information for the mentally handicapped and their parents. There are typescripts and galleys for Play a Part, Play Activities for the Retarded Child, and Recreation for Retarded Teenagers and Young Adults. The collection also contains a galley for Make It Yourself! There are proofs for Fun for One--or Two, The Junior Party Book, Play a Part, Recreation for Retarded Teenagers and Young Adults, and Water Fit to Use.

Bernice Carlson and her husband were very active in their local unit of the New Jersey Association for Retarded Children. For several years, Mrs. Carlson was the president of this local chapter. The collection holds newsletters and correspondence relating to this organization.

Bernice Carlson also wrote numerous skits which were performed by the children at local churches and community groups. "Silly Skits and Quickie Puppets" and "Skit Puppet Shows" are collections of skits which were possibly intended for publication. The typescripts and programs for these skits are included in the "Unpublished Playscripts" series.

Series and Subseries

A. Alphabetical Files (1966-1971, 1996)

B. Books (1939, 1950-1970, 1994)

C. New Jersey Association for Retarded Children, Raritan Valley Unit (1952-1963, n.d.)

D. Unpublished Playscripts (Undated)


Box Inventory

  Box/Folder 

A.  Alphabetical Files (1966-1971, 1996)
      

       1/1     Correspondence with de Grummond Collection, 1966-1971, 1996, 17
               items.
     
       1/2     Publicity material, 11 items.


B. Books (1939, 1950-1970, 1994)

     Act It Out by Bernice Wells Carlson, illustrated by Laszlo Mutulay (New
     York: Abingdon Press, 1956).

     1/3       Preliminary sketches, pencil on tracing paper, 1 item.

     Fun For One--or Two by Bernice Wells Carlson, illustrated by Raymond
     Abel (Nashville: Abingdon, 1954).

     1/4       Proof, front matter and pp. 13-153.

     The Junior Party Book by Bernice Wells Carlson, illustrated by Magdalena
     Tolson (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1939).

     1/5-1/6   Proof, 

     1/5            Front matter, 4 pp., and pp. 7-63.

     1/6            pp. 64-170.

     1/7       Color separation, pp. 97, 1 item.

     1/8       Book jacket, 2 items.

     1/9       Related articles written for The Milwaukee Journal, 12 items.

     1/10      Publicity material, 2 items.
     
     Listen!  And Help Tell the Story by Bernice Wells Carlson, illustrated by 
     Burmah Burris (New York: Abingdon Press, 1965).

     1/11      Typescript, 2 pp.

     1/12      Reviews, 5 items.

     Make It Yourself!  Handicraft for Boys and Girls by Bernice Wells
     Carlson, illustrated by Alice Hansens (New York: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1950).
     
     1/13      Galley, edited, pp. 1-35.

     Play a Part by Bernice Wells Carlson, illustrated by Catherine H. Scholz
     (Nashville: Abingdon, 1970).

     1/14-2/6  Typescript, 2 versions interfiled,

     1/14           pp. 1-48.

     2/1            pp. 50-68.

     2/2            pp. 74-104.

     2/3            pp. 106-143.

     2/4            pp. 145-187.

     2/5            pp. 197-253.

     2/6            Corrected pages, 33 pp.

     2/7-3/2   Typescript, 

     2/7            Front matter, 10 pp., pp. 1-52.

     2/8            pp. 53-105.

     2/9            pp. 106-171.

     3/1            pp. 172-217.

     3/2            pp. 218-276.

     3/3-3/4    Proof,

     3/3            Front matter, and pp. 13-107.

     3/4            pp. 108-231.

     3/5-3/6    Galley,

     3/5            pp. 1-41.

     3/6            pp. 42-84.

     3/7       Correspondence, 1970, 1 item.

               Publicity, 1 item.

               Article, 1970, 1 item.

     Play Activities for the Retarded Child; How to Help Him Grow and Learn
     Through Music, Games, Handicraft, and Other Play Activities by Bernice
     Wells Carlson and David R. Ginglend, illustrated by Darrell K. Sweet (New York:
     Abingdon, 1961).

     3/8-4/2   Typescript, unnumbered, 3 folders.

     4/3-4/6   Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks,

     4/3           Front matter, 22 pp., and chapters 1-3, pp. 3-74.

     4/4           Chapters 4-5, pp. 75-178.

     4/5           Chapters 6-7, pp. 179-271.

     4/6           Chapter 8, pp. 272-313, and index, 24 pp.
     
     4/7-5/1   Galley,

     4/7           pp. 1-33.

     5/1           pp. 34-70.

     Recreation for Retarded Teenagers and Young Adults by Bernice Wells
     Carlson and David R. Ginglend (Nashville: Abingdon, 1968).
     
     5/2-5/6   Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks,

     5/2           Front matter, 16 pp., and chapters 1-6, pp. 6-75.

     5/3           Chapters 7-9, pp. 76-165.

     5/4           Chapters 10-11, pp. 166-264.

     5/5           Chapters 12-16, pp. 265-376.

     5/6           Back matter, 38 pp.

     5/7-6/1   Proof, 

     5/7           pp. 18-141.

     6/1           pp. 142-308.

     6/2-6/4   Galley,

     6/2           Front matter, 12 pp., and pp. 1-29.

     6/3           pp. 30-75.

     6/4           pp. 76-98.

     Water Fit to Use by Carl Walter Carlson and Bernice Wells Carlson,
     illustrated by Aline Hansens (New York: John Day, 1966).

     6/5-6/6   Typescript, 

     6/5          Front matter, 5 pp., and pp. 1-33.

     6/6          pp. 34-93.

     6/7-7/1   Proof,

     6/7          Front matter, and pp. 7-57.

     7/1          pp. 58-121.

     7/2       Galley, 17 September 1965, pp. 1-32.

     7/3       Galley, 12 November 1965, pp. 1-30.

     7/4-7/5   Blues,

     7/4          pp. 1-80.

     7/5          pp. 81-124.

     Witch On a Windy Night adapted by Bernice Chardiet, illustrated by
     Pamela Cote, based on a poem by Bernice Wells Carlson (New York: Puffin, 1994).

     7/6       Correspondence, 1992, 7 items.


C. New Jersey Association for Retarded Children, Raritan Valley Unit
    (1952-1963, n.d.)

     7/7-8/6   Correspondence, 

     7/7           1952-1954.

     7/8           1955-1956.

     7/9           1957.

     8/1           1958.

     8/2           1959.

     8/3           1960.
     
     8/4           1961.

     8/5           1962-1963.

     8/6           Undated.

D. Unpublished Playscripts (Undated)

     9/1 "The Bells on Christmas Day"

            Typescript, 6 pp.

            Sheet music, 2 pp.

            Programs, 2 items.

     9/2 "The Case of the Speckled Band"

            Typescript, 14 pp.

     9/3 "The Choice of the Grail"

            Typescript, 4 pp.

            Sheet music, 1 p.
     
            Program, 1 item.

     9/4 "Determined for Liberty"

            Typescript, 14 pp.

     9/5 "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlefolk"

            Typescript, 5 pp.

     9/6 "Humpty Dumpty Goes to the Ball"

            Typescript, 13 pp.

            Sheet music, 

     9/7 "King of the Mountain"

            Typescript, 11 pp.

     9/8 "The King's Cream"

            Program, 1 item.

     9/9 "The Knights of Silver Shield"

            Typescript, 13 pp.

            Sheet music, 4 pp.

     9/10 "Preparing for Life"

            Typescript, 12 pp.

     9/11 "Silly Skits and Quickie Puppets"

            Typescript, pp. 1-57.

     9/12-9/13 "Skit Puppet Shows"

     9/12         Typescript, 70 pp.

     9/13         Puppets, 3 items.

     9/14 "Why the Chimes Rang"

            Program, 1 item.


Processed: April 1998


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