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Collection Title: Cora Cheney Papers

Collection Number: DG0179

Inclusive Dates: 1961-1977

Volume: 1.2 cu. ft. (4 boxes)

Provenence : Donated by Cora Cheney between 1973 and 1977.

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:

Cora Cheney was born on December 20, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended the Florida State College for Women, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in 1938. In 1971, she obtained a master's in education from Antioch College. She married Benjamin Partridge in 1939, but used her maiden name when writing. Cora and Benjamin had four children together. He worked for the U.S. Navy, and the family spent many years traveling to different bases in the U.S. and abroad. After he retired, he, Cora and two of their children traveled around the world by ship and jeep before settling in Vermont.

Ms. Cheney published her first children's book, Skeleton Cave , in 1954. Most of her books have been adventure stories for middle readers and young adults.

Source:

Something About the Author , vol. 3.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains material for seven books. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. Five of these titles are adventure stories or mysteries for middle readers and young adults. Tales From a Taiwan Kitchen is a collection of folk tales. The collection contains typescripts and galleys for The Mystery of the Disappearing Cars , The Peg-Legged Pirate of Sulu , Tales From a Taiwan Kitchen , and The Treasures of Lin Li-Ti . For The Case ot the Icelandic Dogs , and Vermont, the State with the Storybook Past , the collection holds one typescript. For Rendezvous in Singapore , there is one galley.

Series and Subseries:

A. Books (1961-1977)

  • THE CASE OF THE ICELAND DOGS (1977)

  • THE MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING CARS (1964)

  • THE PEG-LEGGED PIRATE OF SULU (1960)

  • RENDEZVOUS IN SINGAPORE (1961)

  • TALES FROM A TAIWAN KITCHEN (1976)

  • THE TREASURES OF LIN LI-TI (1969)

  • VERMONT, THE STATE WITH THE STORYBOOK PAST (1976)

B. Correspondence (1963-1977)

Box Inventory

Box/Folder

A. Books (1961-1977)

The Case of the Iceland Dogs by Cora Cheney, illustrated by Al Michini (NewYork: Dodd, Mead, 1977).

1/1-1/2 Typescript, copy-edited,
1/1 Chapters 1-13, pp. 1-63.
1/2

Chapters 14-26, pp. 64-132.

The Mystery of the Disappearing Cars by Cora Cheney, illustrated by Dick Pfahl (New York: Knopf, 1964).

1/3 Correspondence, 1963-1964, 14 pp.
1/4 Typescript, chapters 1-21, pp. 1-125.
1/5 Typescript, chapters 1-21, pp. 1-125.
1/6 Galley, sheets 1-53.
1/7 Proof, pp. 7-160.

The Peg-Legged Pirate of Sulu by Cora Cheney, illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats (New York: Knopf, 1960).

1/8

Notes, 8 pp.

2/1

Typescript; front matter, 11 pp., and chapters 1-23, pp. 1-107.

2/2

Galley, pp. 1-109.

2/3 Galley, sheets 1-43.
2/4 Galley, pp. 1-109.
2/5 Galley sheets, 8 items.
2/6 Proof pages, 7 items.
2/7 Illustration proofs, 5 items.

Rendezvous in Singapore by Cora Cheney and Ben Partridge, illustrated by Paul Galdone (New York: Knopf, 1961).

2/8

Galley, pp. 1-111.

Tales from a Taiwan Kitchen by Cora Cheney, illustrated with Chinese paper cuttings by Teng Kung Yun-chang (Grandma Teng) and others (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1976).

2/9-3/1 Typescript, copy-edited,
2/9

pp. 1-58.

3/1 pp. 59-139.
3/2 Galley, sheets 1-57.
3/3 Illustration photographs, 2 items

The Treasures of Lin Li-ti by Cora Cheney, illustrated by Marvin Besunder (New York: Hawthorn Books, 1969).

3/4

Typescript, chapters 1-23, 101 pp.

3/5

Galley, sheets 1-39.

3/6-3/7

Layouts,

3/6 pp. 1-67.
3/7 pp. 68-143.
4/1 Blues, pp. 1-143.
4/2 Book jacket, 1 item.

Vermont, the State With the Storybook Past by Cora Cheney, illustrated by Robert MacLean, with a foreword by H.N. Muller (Brattleboro, VT: S. Greene Press, 1976).

4/3-4/5 Typescript,
4/3

Chapters 1-5, 71 pp.

4/4 Chapters 6-9, 85 pp.
4/5 Chapter 10, 27 pp.
4/6

Publicity material, 1 item.

B. Correspondence (1963-1977)

4/7 Correspondence, 1963-1977, n.d.
  Photograph, 1 item.


Processed: January 1999

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