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SUZANNE HILTON PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0456
1968-1987
4.20 cu.ft. (15 boxes)

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Provenance

Material was donated by Suzanne Hilton from 1983-1987.

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

Suzanne Hilton was born on September 3, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Pennsylvania College for Women (Chatham College) from 1940-1943 and received a bachelor's degree from Beaver College in 1945. She has worked as a public relations writer, researcher, and copywriter for Westminster Press, and an author. She was also the editor of Montgomery County: The Second Hundred Years, the Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society's Bulletin, and the Old York Road Historical Society Bulletin.

Ms. Hilton reads historical documents and diaries during the research stages of her books. While traveling in an old camper, she and her husband travel from one historical site to the next, searching for any diaries, eyewitness accounts, or books. She also writes to people who may have influenced the characters in her books. Because of her interest in genealogy, she also uses her "touring time" to research her ancestry.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains typescripts, correspondence, proofs, galleys, blues, and research materials. The materials are arranged by title. Within each title the items are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence is separated by title, with the exception of correspondence written to the de Grummond Collection.

Ms. Hilton's interest in history, museums, and genealogy inspired many of the titles in the collection. Faster Than a Horse (1983), The Way It Was 1876 (1975), We, the People: The Way We Were 1783-1793 (1981) and Getting There (1980) all deal with westward movement and social life during three historical periods in the United States. There are typescripts and proofs for all four of the titles. There are also galleys for The Way It Was 1876 and blues for Faster Than a Horse. In the late 1980's, Ms. Hilton wrote four biographies about the early lives of four presidents, George Washington, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. Three of these books are in the collection. There are typescripts for The World of Young George Washington (1987), The World of Young Herbert Hoover (1987), and The World of Young Tom Jefferson (1986). There are also proofs for The World of Young Herbert Hoover and a galley for The World of Young George Washington.

Two other books in the collection, Who Do You Think You Are? (1976) and Here Today and Gone Tomorrow (1978) were written because of her interest in the subject of history and genealogy. Who Do You Think You Are? details ways for young adults to "dig for" their roots. There are typescripts and proofs for this title. Here Today and Gone Tomorrow is a book about expositions and World's Fairs. There is numerous correspondence concerning her research for the title, as well as a set of proofs.

The other books in the collection deal more with science, ecology, and technology. Beat It, Burn It, and Drown It (1974) is about various types of laboratory testing. The correspondence in the collection details the research efforts Ms. Hilton made at contacting all sorts of testing plants, factories and laboratories such as DuPont and Ford Motor Company. There are also typescripts and proofs for this title. How Do They Cope With It? (1970) describes methods used to preserve the ecosystem when technology and progress interfere with the environment.How Do They Get Rid of It? (1970) describes methods used to prevent pollution, refuse, and waste. There are typescripts and correspondence for both of these titles and a proof for How Do They Get Rid of It?

Two other books in the collection deal with how dummies and models are used in industry, medical experiments, mechanical testing, and museums. It's Smart to Use a Dummy (1971) has a typescript and correspondence. There are over 150 pieces of correspondence in the collection that Ms. Hilton used in the research for It's a Model World (1972).




Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence

B. Books


Box Inventory


Box/Folder 

A. Correspondence

1/1 Correspondence with the de Grummond Collection, 1983-1984, 2 items.

B. Books

Beat It, Burn It, and Drown It by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1974). 1/2-1/3 Correspondence, 1/2 2 November 1971 to 30 September 1972, 48 items. 1/3 3 October 1972 to 11 April 1973, n.d., 33 items. 1/4-1/6 Partial typescripts, early drafts, various chapters, 1/4 Chapter on "beat it," 3 versions. 1/5 Chapters on "drown it, take it apart, shake and squeeze, and destructive testing," 1 version for each chapter. 1/6 Chapters on "try it out and handle with care," 1 version for each chapter. 1/7-2/3 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 24 May 1973, 1/7 pp. 1-53. 2/1 pp. 54-100. 2/2 pp. 101-155. 2/3 index, pp. 1-18. 2/4-2/5 Proofs, 2/4 "Author's set, uncorrected," 56 pp. 2/5 "Queried proof," 13 August 1973, pp. 1-123. Faster Than a Horse: Moving West With Power Engines by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1983). 3/1 Correspondence, 26 July 1983, 1 item. 3/2 Partial typescript, early draft, pp. 110-115. 3/3-3/6 Typescript, edited (includes the retype of pp. 110-115). 3/3 pp. 1-79. 3/4 pp. 80-155. 3/5 pp. 156-240. 3/6 index, 8 pp. 3/7-4/1 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 3/7 pp. 1-77. 3/8 pp. 78-154. 3/9 pp. 155-243. 4/1 index, pp. 1-17. 4/2-6/3 Proofs, 4/2-4/4 "Master set, first pass," 14 July 1983, 4/2 pp. 1-68. 4/3 pp. 69-168. 4/4 pp. 169-249. 4/5-4/7 Copy, "master set, first pass," 14 July 1983 4/5 pp. 1-68. 4/6 pp. 69-168. 4/7 pp. 169-249. 4/8 Proof for picture/illustration placement, 12 August 1983; 60 pp. 5/1-5/5 Proof with picture/illustration paste-up, 22 September 1983, 5/1 pp. 1-61. 5/2 pp. 62-107. 5/3 pp. 108-151. 5/4 pp. 152-197. 5/5 pp. 198-224. 6/1-6/3 "Master set, second pass," 1 September 1983, 6/1 pp. 1-68. 6/2 pp. 69-168. 6/3 pp. 169-249. 6/4 Blues, 19 October 1983, 7 items. 6/5 Blues for dust jacket, 4 November 1983, 3 items. Getting There: Frontier Travel Without Power by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1980). 6/6 Typescript, carbon copy, pp. 1-150. 6/7 Manuscript notes, 3 pp. Partial typescript pp. 115-116, and 131. 7/1 Proof, "author's set," 10 September 1979, pp. 1-162. 7/2 Proofs of dust jacket, 2 items. Here Today and Gone Tomorrow: The Story of World's Fairs and Expositions by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1978). 7/3-7/4 Correspondence, 7/3 4 January 1976 to 29 June 1977, 76 items. 7/4 1 July 1977 to 20 January 1979, n.d., 35 items. 7/5 Proof, "author's set," 4 April 1978, 199 pp. How Do They Cope With It? by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1970). 7/6 Correspondence, 1969-1970, 11 items. 8/1-8/4 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 24 March 1970, 8/1 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-65. 8/2 Chapters 6-11, pp. 66-127. 8/3 Chapters 12-14 and bibliography, pp. 128-170. 8/4 Captions and credits, pp. 1-35. How Do They Get Rid of It? by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1970). 8/5-8/6 Correspondence, 8/5 1968, 78 items. 8/6 1969, 98 items. 8/7-9/1 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 11 June 1969, 8/7 pp. 1-66. 8/8 pp. 67-121. 9/1 Bibliography and index, 38 pp. 9/2 Proof, 8 December 1969, pp. 1-109. 9/3 Dust jacket, 8 items. It's a Model World by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1972). 9/4-9/6 Correspondence, 9/4 7 January 1971 to 30 July 1971, 89 items. 9/5 2 August 1971 to 30 September 1971, 113 items. 9/6 1 October 1971 to 1 May 1972, n.d., 54 items. 9/7 Research materials, 16 items. 10/1-10/3 Typescript, "early typescript and notes, before retyping for editor," 10/1 46 pp. (earliest draft) 10/2 63 pp. 10/3 41 pp. 10/4-10/7 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 21 January 1972, 10/4 pp. 1-55. 10/5 pp. 56-100. 10/6 pp. 101-146. 10/7 Bibliography, pp. 1-22. 10/8-11/1 Proofs, 10/8 "Author's queried proof," 10 March 1972, 116 pp. 11/1 "Page proof," 14 June 1972, pp. 7-124. It's Smart to Use a Dummy by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1971). 11/2 Correspondence, 1970, 123 items. 11/3-11/6 Typescript, early drafts, edited, 11/3 48 pp. 11/4 48 pp. 11/5 38 pp. 11/7-11/9 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 3 February 1971, 11/7 Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-53. 11/8 Chapters 5-10 and bibliography, pp. 54-119. 11/9 Index, pp. 1-14. 12/1-12/2 Galleys, 12/1 12 April 1971, 108 pp. 12/2 30 June 1971, 109 pp. The Way It Was - 1876 by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1975). 12/3 Correspondence, 1971-1974, 58 items. 12/4-12/5 Proofs, 12/4 "First proofs," 3 September 1974. 12/5 "Page proofs," 23 October 1974. 13/1-13/2 "Brownline with photos," (Look similar to blues) 13/1 pp. 1-108. 13/2 pp. 109-218. We, the People: The Way We Were 1783-1793 by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1981). 13/3 Typescript, carbon copy, 173 pp. 13/4 Typescript, carbon copy, 156 pp. 13/5-13/7 Proofs, "author's set," 2 June 1981, 13/5 pp. 2-54. 13/6 pp. 55-120. 13/7 pp. 121-169. 13/8 Miscellaneous items, 2 items. Who Do You Think You Are? Digging for Your Family Roots by Suzanne Hilton (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1976). 14/1-14/3 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 23 July 1975, 14/1 pp. 1-66. 14/2 pp. 67-118. 14/3 pp. 119-183. 14/4 Proofs, minor editing, pp. 1-153. The World of Young George Washington by Suzanne Hilton, illustrated by William Sauts Bock (New York: Walker, 1987). 14/5-14/6 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 14/5 pp. 1-57. 14/6 pp. 58-141. 14/7 Galley, 25 August 1986, 60 pp. The World of Young Herbert Hoover by Suzanne Hilton, illustrated by Deborah Steins (New York: Walker, 1987). 14/8-15/1 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 14/8 Chapters 1-5, pp. 1-60. 15/1 Chapters 6-7 and bibliography, pp. 61-117. 15/2 Proofs, "master set," pp. 1-97. The World of Young Tom Jefferson by Suzanne Hilton, illustrated by William Sauts Bock (New York: Walker, 1986). 15/3-15/4 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 15/3 Chapters 1-7, pp. 1-66. 15/4 Chapters 8-10 and bibliography, pp. 67-111.


Processed: March 6, 1998
Revised: June 2001

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