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Irmengarde Eberle was born on November 11, 1898 in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents died while she was a baby and she and her two sisters were raised by her aunt and grandmother. After graduating from Texas State Women's University, she moved to New York with an art teacher and worked as a drapery fabric designer. However, because of her love for writing she later took a job editing magazines and did freelance writing on the side. She worked for Excella Magazine from 1924-1926, the New York Theater Programs from 1927-1928, and New York Woman from 1937- 1938 until she got a job as the children's book reviewer for the New York Herald in 1948.
Unknown to many, her first book was published by Stokes, Picture Stories for Children (1921), which she sold outright for $150. Ten years later she sent out her second manuscript Hop, Skip and Fly which was published in 1937. She also published books under the pseudonyms of Allyn Allen and Phyllis Ann Carter. She is noted for her biographies and books about nature and science, particularly her "Lives Here" series, in which she wrote about various animals and their habitats and her "New World" series about glass, paper, fabric, and rubber. At her death on February 27, 1979, she had written 63 children's and young adult books.
Scope and Content
The collection contains typescripts, galleys, proofs, layouts, and dust jackets for 11 titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created.
Eberle's most notable writings are her "Lives Here" series in which she wrote about the habitats of various animals. There are 6 books in the collection from this series, Bears Live Here (1966), Chipmunks Live Here (1966), Elephants Live Here (1970), Foxes Live Here (1966), Moose Live Here (1971), and Penguins Live Here (1975). There are typescripts for all of the titles except Moose Live Here; there is a review article from the New York Times for this title. There are proofs for Chipmunks Live Here, Elephants Live Here and Foxes Live Here, as well as two galleys and layouts for Penguins Live Here.
Mountain Holiday (1971) is a mystery story in which a boy and girl solve an old family mystery in the mountains of Vermont. There is a typescript and a galley for this title. Robins on the Window Sill (1958) is a non-fiction book about robins, with photographs by Myron E. Scott. There is a proof for this title. There are dust jackets for Mustang on the Prairie (1971) and The New World of Glass (1963).
Series and Subseries
Box/Folder A. Correspondence 1/1 Correspondence, 1966, 2 items. B. Books BEARS LIVE HERE by Irmengarde Eberle (Garden City, New York: (Doubleday, 1966). 1/2 Typescript, "final copy," edited, September 1965, pp. 1-17. 1/3 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-18. CHIPMUNKS LIVE HERE by Irmengarde Eberle, illustrated by Matthew Kalmenhoff (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1966). 1/4 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-16. 1/5 Proof, "reader's set," 12 November 1964, 6 pp. ELEPHANTS LIVE HERE by Irmengarde Eberle (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1970). 1/6 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-17. 1/7 Proof, "first proof," 7 August 1969, 7 pp. EVIE AND THE COOKIE by Irmengarde Eberle, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin (New York: Knopf, 1957). 1/8 Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item. FOXES LIVE HERE by Irmengarde Eberle (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1966). 1/9 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-16. 1/10 Proof, "first proof," 11 December 1965, 6 pp. MOOSE LIVE HERE by Irmengarde Eberle (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1971). 1/11 Review article, New York Times, 9 February, 1971, 1 item. MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY by Irmengarde Eberle, illustrated by Theresa Brudi (New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1971). 1/12 Typescript, pp. 2(?)-65. 1/13 Galley, 15 December, 1971, pp. 4(?)-25. MUSTANG ON THE PRAIRIE by Irmengarde Eberle, illustrated by Joseph Cellini (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1966). 1/14 Dust jacket, 1 item. THE NEW WORLD OF GLASS by Irmengarde Eberle (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1964). 1/15 Dust jacket, 1 item. PENGUINS LIVE HERE by Irmengarde Eberle (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1975). 2/1 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-13. 2/2 Galleys, 24 January 1974, two copies. 2/3 Layouts with pasted text and photos, pp. ii-iii, and 2-27. ROBINS ON THE WINDOW SILL by Irmengarde Eberle, photos by Myron E. Scott (New York: Crowell, 1958). 2/4 Proof, "corrected," 15 September 1957, 7 pp.
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