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DOROTHY BRENNER FRANCIS PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0342
1966-87
5.1 cu.ft. (18 boxes)

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Provenance

Donated by Dorothy Francis between 1977 and 1987.

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

Dorothy Francis (nee Brenner) was born on November 30, 1926 in Lawrence, Kansas, and grew up in Olathe, Kansas. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1948 with a music degree. After playing with a dance band for several months, she worked as a music instructor in California, Missouri and Oklahoma before settling in Marshalltown, Iowa with her husband, Richard Francis (married in 1950). Before receiving her first book publishing contract in 1966 for Adventure at Riverton Zoo, Ms. Francis wrote short stories and lyrics for children's magazines. Since then, she has written over fifty young adult books. She has written several young adult mysteries, and frequently sets her stories on islands or in a seaside environment. She has also written several books with anti-crime messages and other value lessons for young adults. Since 1981, she has published over a dozen romances written from a teenage girl's perspective, mostly for the "First Love" series by Silhouette.

Scope and Content

This collection primarily documents Francis' work during the 1980's, although there is material from several earlier books. The collection contains material for several of the stories in the "First Love" series by Silhouette, including Bid for Romance, Just Friends, Kiss Me, Kit!, New Boy In Town, Say Please!, A Secret Place, and Special Girl. Vonnie Morrison is the main character in Bid for Romance and Special Girl. She reappears in two books for another publisher, The Right Kind of Girl, and Vonnie and Monique. These two books focus on friendships and peer relations among teenage girls. A Secret Place is the story of Shay's break-up with Trow, and her search for self-confidence and a new boyfriend. New Boy in Town is about Stacey's relationship with a rebellious young man, and the friction it creates between her and her parents. For all of these books, the collection contains at least one typescript, though usually there are three or more drafts. For some titles the collection includes correspondence, outlines, galleys, or proofs. Francis wrote another series of young adult books in the 1980's about juvenile crime. Books in this series include Shoplifting, Vandalism and Computer Crime. Earlier efforts to influence the morals of young people include Piggy-Bank Minds and The Boy with the Blue Ears. Both contain forty-nine short fables or value lessons. Captain Morgana Mason and Run of the Sea Witch are coming-of-age stories which reflect Francis' interest in sailing and island life (also seen in Kiss Me, Kit!). In Captain Morgana Mason, Morgana takes over her sick grandfather's fishing boat and the responsibility for supporting him and her brother. Francis' daughter is a horsewoman, which inspired her to write occasionally about young women and their horses. In this collection, The Flint Hills Foal, and A Secret Place both deal with this theme. For all of these books, the collection contains one or more typescripts. In addition, the collection usually includes one or more items from the publication process, such as a galley, proof, or layout.




Series and Subseries

A. Books (1966-1987)


Box Inventory


   Box/Folder 

A. Books (1966-1987)

ADVENTURE AT RIVERTON ZOO by Dorothy Brenner Francis, illustrated by Catherine Scholz (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1966). 1/1-1/3 Typescript, edited, 1/1 Chapters 1-5, pp. 9-78. 1/2 Chapters 6-12, pp. 79-161. 1/3 Chapters 13-18, pp. 162-230. 1/4 Galley, chapters 1-18, pp. 2-58. 1/5 Copies of illustrations, pp. 67, 147 [originals removed to Catherine Scholz, DG 1169]. BID FOR ROMANCE by Dorothy Francis (New York: Silhouette Press, 1985). 1/6 Synopsis, 2 copies, 22 pp. Character sketches, 5 pp. 1/7-1/8 Typescript, "first draft," edited, 1/7 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-80. 1/8 Chapters 6-12, 88 pp. 2/1-2/2 Typescript, "second draft," 2/1 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-68, 2/2 Chapters 6-12, 83 pp. 2/3-2/4 Typescript, edited, March 1985, 2/3 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-54. 2/4 Chapters 6-12, pp. 55-149. THE BOY WITH THE BLUE EARS AND 49 OTHER OBJECT LESSONS FOR CHILDREN by Dorothy Brenner Francis (Nashville: Abingdon, 1979). 2/5-2/6 Typescript, edited, 2/5 Chapters 1-25, 49 pp. 2/6 Chapters 26-50, 50 pp. 2/7-2/8 Typescript, 2/7 Chapters 1-25, pp. 1-50. 2/8 Chapters 26-50, pp. 51-101. 2/9-2/10 Typescript, typesetter's marks, 2/9 Front matter, 5 pp., and chapters 1-25, pp. 1-50. 2/10 Chapters 26-50, pp. 51-100. 3/1-3/2 Galley, 3/1 Chapters 1-25, pp. 7-60. 3/2 Chapters 26-50, pp. 61-112. CAPTAIN MORGANA MASON by Dorothy B. Francis (New York: Lodestar Books, 1982). 3/3-3/4 Typescript, "early draft," 3/3 pp. 1-66. 3/4 pp. 67-152. 3/5-3/6 Typescript, 3/5 Front matter, 5 pp., and pp. 1-66. 3/6 pp. 67-153. 3/7 Proof, pp. 1-127. 4/1-4/4 Layout with text paste-ups, 4/1 pp. 1-34. 4/2 pp. 35-71. 4/3 pp. 72-100. 4/4 pp. 101-128. 4/5 Gathered sheets, pp. 1-128. COMPUTER CRIME by Dorothy B. Francis (New York: Lodestar Books, 1987). 4/6-4/7 Typescript, minor editing and typesetter's marks, 4/6 Front matter, 7 pp., and chapters 1-6, pp. 1-52. 4/7 Chapters 7-12, pp. 53-115, and back matter, pp. 116-122. 4/8-4/9 Proof, 4/8 Front matter, 8 pp., and chapters 1-6, pp. 1-49. 4/9 Chapters 7-12, pp. 50-103, back matter, pp. 104-111, and index, 7 pp. THE FLINT HILLS FOAL by Dorothy Brenner Francis, illustrated by Taylor Oughton (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1976). 5/1 Typescript, front matter, 3 pp., chapters 1-17, pp. 2-87. 5/2 Typescript, typesetter's marks, front matter, 4 pp. 5/3 Proofs, chapters 1-17, pp. 1-104. 5/4 Galley, "master set," March 1977, chapters 1-17, pp. 1-53. 5/5 Galley, pp. 2-103. 5/6 Layouts with pasted-up text and illustrations, 6 pp. THE GHOST OF GRAYDON PLACE by Dorothy Francis (New York: Scholastic, 1982). 5/7 Correspondence, 1981, 1 p. Outline, 2 copies, 22 pp. 5/8 Character sketches, 6 pp. Outline, revised, 18 pp. 5/9-5/10 Typescript, edited, "first draft," 5/9 Chapters 1-8, pp. 1-77. 5/10 Chapter 9-17, pp. 78-165. 5/11-5/12 Typescript, 5/11 Chapters 1-8, pp. 1-90. 5/12 Chapters 9-16, pp. 91-164 JUST FRIENDS by Dorothy Francis (New York: Silhouette Press, 1983). 6/1-6/2 Typescript, edited, 6/1 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-79. 6/2 Chapters 6-12, pp. 80-176. 6/3-6/4 Typescript, 6/3 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-96. 6/4 Chapters 6-12, pp. 97-196. 6/5-6/6 Typescript, typesetter's marks, 6/5 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-96. 6/6 Chapters 6-12, pp. 97-196. KISS ME, KIT! By Dorothy Francis (New York: Silhouette Press, 1984). 7/1 Character sketches and notes, 7 pp. Chapter outline, 6 pp. 7/2-7/3 Typescript, edited, 7/2 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-82. 7/3 Chapters 6-12, pp. 83-165. 7/4-7/5 Typescript, edited, 7/4 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-89. 7/5 Chapters 7-12, pp. 90-188. 7/6-7/7 Typescript, typesetter's marks, 7/6 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-89. 7/7 Chapters 7-12, pp. 90-188. NEW BOY IN TOWN by Dorothy Francis (New York: Silhouette Press, 1981). 8/1 Correspondence, 1980-1981, 8 items. 8/2 Typescript, edited, chapters 1-3, pp. 1-33, and outline of chapters 4-15, pp. 34-43. 8/3-8/4 Typescript, edited, 8/3 Chapters 5-10, pp. 34-113. 8/4 Chapters 11-17, pp. 117-191. 8/5 Editors revisions, 13 pp. 8/6-8/8 Typescript, minor editing, 8/6 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-61. 8/7 Chapters 7-12, pp. 62-146. 8/8 Chapters 13-17, pp. 147-210. 8/9-9/2 Typescript, copy, 8/9 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-61. 9/1 Chapters 7-12, pp. 62-146. 9/2 Chapters 13-17, pp. 147-210. 9/3-9/5 Typescript, minor editing and typesetter's marks, 9/3 Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-78. 9/4 Chapters 5-9, pp. 79-152. 9/5 Chapters 10-13, pp. 153-215 9/6 Proof, chapters 1-13, pp. 7-188. 9/7 Proof, chapters 1-13, pp. 7-188. PIGGY-BANK MINDS AND 49 OTHER OBJECT LESSONS FOR CHILDREN by Dorothy Brenner Francis (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1977). 10/1 Correspondence, 1976-1977, 7 items. 10/2-10/3 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 10/2 Front matter, 3 pp., and pp. 1-49. 10/3 pp. 50-103. 10/4 Proof, pp. 1-128. THE RIGHT KIND OF GIRL by Dorothy Francis (New York: Crosswinds, 1987). 10/5-10/6 Typescript, typesetter's marks, 10/5 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-77. 10/6 Chapters 6-11, pp. 78-165. RUN OF THE SEA WITCH by Dorothy B. Francis, illustrated by Monroe Eisenberg (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1978). 10/7-10/8 Typescript, "first draft," edited, 10/7 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-52. 10/8 Chapters 6-8, pp. 53-96. 10/9-10/10 Typescript, 10/9 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-60. 10/10 Chapters 6-12, pp. 61-131. 11/1-11/2 Typescript, typesetter's marks, 11/1 Front matter, 4 pp., and chapters 1-5, pp. 1-60. 11/2 Chapters 6-12, pp. 61-129 11/3-11/4 Galley, 11/3 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-26. 11/4 Chapters 6-12, pp. 27-56. 11/5 Proof, front matter, pp. 1-8, and chapters 1-12, pp. 9-158. 11/6 Proof, various pages, 43 pp. Proof, front matter and chapter headings, 16 pp. 11/7-11/8 Proof, 11/7 Front matter, pp. 1-8, and chapters 1-5, pp. 9-77. 11/8 Chapters 6-12, pp. 78-158. SAY PLEASE! By Dorothy Francis (New York: Silhouette Press, 1982). 12/1 Synopsis, 3 pp. 12/2-12/4 Typescript, edited, 12/2 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-66. 12/3 Chapters 6-11, pp. 67-127. 12/4 Chapters 12-18, pp. 128-188. 12/5-12/7 Typescript, 12/5 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-69. 12/6 Chapters 6-11, pp. 70-135. 12/7 Chapters 12-18, pp. 136-204. 12/8-12/10 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 2 October 1981, 12/8 Front matter, 2 pp., and chapters 1-4, pp. 1-69. 12/9 Chapters 5-7, pp. 70-135. 12/10 Chapters 8-12, pp. 136-203. 13/1-13/3 Typescript, photocopy, 13/1 Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-69. 13/2 Chapters 5-7, pp. 70-135. 13/3 Chapters 8-12, pp. 136-204. A SECRET PLACE by Dorothy Francis (New York: Silhouette Press, 1982). 13/4 Correspondence, 1981, 3 items. Chapter outline, 9 pp. Chapter outline, 9 pp. Character sketches, 7 pp. 13/5-13/7 Typescript, "first revision," edited, 13/5 Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-58. 13/6 Chapters 5-8, pp. 59-123. 13/7 Chapters 9-12, pp. 124-181. 13/8-13/10 Typescript, 13/8 Front matter, 2 pp., and chapters 1-4, pp. 1-66. 13/9 Chapters 5-8, pp. 67-135. 13/10 Chapters 9-12, pp. 136-194. 14/1-14/3 Typescript, typesetter's marks, 11 March 1982, 14/1 Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-66. 14/2 Chapters 5-8, pp. 67-135. 14/3 Chapters 9-12, pp. 136-194. SHOPLIFTING, THE CRIME EVERYBODY PAYS FOR by Dorothy Brenner Francis (New York: Elsevier/Nelson Books, 1980). 14/4-14/5 Typescript, "first draft," 14/4 Front matter, 3 pp., and chapters 1-5, pp. 1-60. 14/5 Chapters 6-10, pp. 61-138, and back matter, 3 pp. 14/6-14/7 Typescript, "2nd draft," 14/6 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-60. 14/7 Chapters 6-10, pp. 61-135, and back matter, 136-138. 14/8 Proof, front matter, pp. 1-8, chapters 1-10, pp. 9-120, and back matter, pp. 121-122. SPECIAL GIRL by Dorothy Francis (New York: Silhouette Press, 1981). 15/1 Correspondence, 1981, 1 item. Chapter outline, 9 pp. Character sketches, 3 pp. Style sheet, 1 item. 15/2-15/4 Typescript, edited, 15/2 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-65. 15/3 Chapters 7-11, pp. 66-121. 15/4 Chapters 12-17, pp. 122-179. 15/5-15/6 Typescript, 15/5 Chapters 4-9, pp. 33-109. 15/6 Chapters 10-17, pp. 110-201. 15/7-15/9 Typescript, typesetter's marks, 15/7 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-70. 15/8 Chapters 7-11, pp. 71-134. 15/9 Chapters 12-17, pp. 135-200. 16/1-16/3 Typescript, copy, 16/1 Front matter, 2 pp., and chapters 1-6, pp. 1-70. 16/2 Chapters 7-11, pp. 71-134. 16/3 Chapters 12-17, pp. 136-200 TOMORROW STAR by Dorothy B. Francis (Middletown, CT.: Weekly Reader Books, 1986). 16/4-16/5 Typescript, "first draft," 16/4 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-58. 16/5 Chapters 6-12, pp. 59-141 16/6 Typescript, synopsis, pp. 1-9, and chapter 1, pp. 10-12. 16/7-16/8 Typescript, "first draft for Weekly Reader," edited, 16/7 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-58. 16/8 Chapters 7-12, pp. 59-113. 16/9-16/10 Typescript, "second draft," 16/9 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-67. 16/10 Chapters 7-12, pp. 68-124. 17/1-17/2 Typescript, "second draft," edited, 17/1 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-67. 17/2 Chapters 7-12, pp. 68-124. VANDALISM--THE CRIME OF IMMATURITY by Dorothy Brenner Francis (New York: Dutton, 1983). 17/3 Chapter outline, 11 pp. 17/4-17/5 Typescript, 17/4 Front matter, 7 pp., and chapters 1-6, pp. 1-65. 17/5 Chapters 7-11, pp. 66-122, and back matter, pp. 123-129. Corrected pages, 5 pp. 17/6-17/7 Proof, 17/6 Front matter, pp. 2-8, and chapters 1-6, pp. 9-74. 17/7 Chapters 7-11, pp. 75-128, and back matter, pp. 129-133. VONNIE AND MONIQUE by Dorothy Francis (New York: Crosswinds, 1987). 17/8-17/9 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 17/8 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-82. 17/9 Chapters 6-10, pp. 83-160. 18/1-18/2 Typescript, 18 March 1987, 18/1 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-77. 18/2 Chapters 6-10, pp. 78-152. Processed: January 1998


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