Material was donated by Eleanor Clymer from 1976-1986.
Noncirculating; available for research.
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.
Eleanor Lowenton Clymer was born on January 7, 1906 in New York, New York. At six, she began making up poems and stories. In high school she wrote and edited articles for the school magazine. She attend Barnard College from 1923-1925 and received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1928. She also studied writing at Bank Street College of Education and New York University. In the early 1930s she worked for a publisher and a social work agency.
Her first book, A Yard for John, was published in 1943 and was chosen as a Junior Literary Guild selection. She also wrote under the pseudonyms of Janet Bell and Elizabeth Kinsey during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Although most of her books are fiction, her early interest in science led to some non-fiction books about biology and archeology.
Clymer won numerous awards for her writing including the Zyra Louise Book Award in 1968 for My Brother Stevie (1967), the Children's Book Award from the Child Study Association of America in 1975 for Luke Was There (1973), and the Sequoyah Award from the Oklahoma Library Association for The Getaway Car (1978).
Eleanor Clymer passed away in 2001 at the age of 95.
Scope and Content
The collection contains typescripts, galleys, and proofs for 6 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 fan mail was separated by title as well. All of the books in the collection were illustrated by Robert Quackenbush.
Five of the six books in the collection are about a cat named Horatio and the adventures he has with his owner Mrs. Casey and all of her other pets. Readers are introduced to the characters in the first book, Horatio, published in 1968. After being left alone with Mrs. Casey's other pets, Horatio leaves home only to get involved with a baby in Leave Horatio Alone (1974). The house is too quiet after Mrs. Casey's other pets grow up and leave home so Horatio has to find other ways to entertain himself in Horatio's Birthday (1976). In Horatio Goes to the Country (1978), Horatio hates his visit to a farm until he discovers the meadow at night. Horatio is not concerned about the missing items around the house until it is his catnip tiger that is missing in Horotio Solves a Mystery (1980). There are typescripts and galleys for all of these titles. There are also two reviews of Horatio's Birthday.
In a little town in Maine the old railroad is gradually replaced by cars, trucks, and buses in Engine Number Seven (1975). The idea for the book came from Clymer's experiences with the trains near her home. There are typescripts, manuscripts, fan mail, galleys, layouts, and proofs for this title.
There are related materials in the Robert Quackenbush Papers (DG1097) for all of the titles in this collection.
Series and Subseries
Box/Folder A. Books Engine Number Seven by Eleanor Clymer, illustrated by Robert Quackenbush (New York: Holt, Rinehart, 1975). 1/1 Manuscripts, 2 versions. Typescripts, edited, 2 versions. 1/2 Typescripts, edited, 3 versions. 1/3 Typescripts, carbon copies, "final version," 2 copies. 1/4 Galleys, 14 pp., 2 copies. 1/5 Proofs, "author's set," 30 September 1975, 48 pp. 1/6 Layouts for front matter and title page, 4 items. 1/7 Fan mail, 1974, 23 items. Horatio by Eleanor Clymer, illustrated by Robert Quackenbush (New York: Antheneum, 1968). 1/8 Typescripts, carbon copies, 2 versions. 1/9 Typescript, "final version," 9 pp. Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 9 pp. 1/10 Galley, "first proof," minor corrections, 4 pp. Horatio Goes to the Country by Eleanor Clymer, illustrated by Robert Quackenbush (New York: Antheneum, 1978). 1/11 Typescript of summary, 1 p. Typescript, carbon copy, pp. 1-12. Typescript edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-12. 1/12 Galley, "master proof," 23 September 1977, 6 pp. Horatio Solves a Mystery by Eleanor Clymer, illustrated by Robert Quackenbush (New York: Antheneum, 1980). 1/13 Typescript, carbon copy, pp. 1-9. Typescript edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-10. 1/14 Galley, "master proof," 3 July 1979, 7 pp. Horatio's Birthdayby Eleanor Clymer, illustrated by Robert Quackenbush (New York: Antheneum, 1976). 1/15 Typescripts, carbon copies, pp. 1-8, 2 copies. 1/16 Galley, "master proof," 22 October 1975, 5 pp. 1/17 Reviews of book, 2 items. Leave Horatio Alone by Eleanor Clymer, illustrated by Robert Quackenbush (New York: Antheneum, 1974). 1/18 Typescript, carbon copy, pp. 1-9. Typescript edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-8. 1/19 Galley, "author's set," 5 pp. Processed: May 26, 1998Biographical Sketch | Scope & Content | Related Collections | Series & Subseries | Box Inventory
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