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ELIZABETH RIDER MONTGOMERY PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0708
1969-1976
2.1 cu.ft. (7 boxes)

Biographical Sketch | Scope & Content | Related Collections | Series & Subseries | Box Inventory


Provenance
Material was donated by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery from 1969 to 1976.

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

Elizabeth Rider was born in Huaras, Peru on July 12, 1902. The daughter of missionaries, her parents returned to Independence, Missouri when she was a year and a half old. Ms. Montgomery described her early years as ..."an average childhood in an average midwestern town." She was, in her own words, "...a combination of a tomboy and a bookworm. I was never quiet except when I was reading or drawing. Then the heavens could fall without disturbing me." She attended Washington State Normal School (now Western Washington University) from 1924-1925 and the University of California, Los Angeles, 1927-28. She married Norman A. Montgomery in 1930. Later they divorced and in 1963 she married Arthur Julesberg. Seattle, Washington was home for most of her adult life.

A master of several genres, Elizabeth Montgomery began her writing career as a textbook author. Her career as an elementary school teacher had convinced her that the quality of primary readers needed improving and she set out to write a better one. Seven years and several attempts later Look and See featuring the characters of Dick and Jane was published in 1940. Elizabeth Montgomery became a staff writer for Scott, Foresman Company where she published 14 additional books and a six-part series entitled Health for All between the years 1940-1965.

Later Ms. Montgomerey gained acclaim as a juvenile non-fiction writer with the publication of "The Story Behind...series" published by Dodd, Mead 1944-1967 and 20 juvenile biographies published by Garrard from 1963-1975. Montgomery also authored 13 juvenile novels and eight plays, plus numerous magazine articles.

During her forty year career as a professional writer she was awarded the National Presswomen and Penwomen awards as well as several national awards for her plays. In 1953 she was honored at Matrix Table.

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Scope and Content

The collection is divided into two series, books and plays. It consists primarily of typescripts, research notes, and galleys for ten of Ms. Montgomery's published books. A typescript of The Klep, a one act comedy, is also part of the collection. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence is separated by title.

Of the books, seven titles are biographies published by Garrard between the years 1965 and 1973. Subjects covered include Albert Schweitzer, Hans Christian Andersen, Dag Hammarskjold, Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Chief Seattle and Walt Disney.

Toward Democracy: Great Documents in History published by Ives Washburn in 1967 traces the development of the rule of law through historical documents from Hammurabi's Code to the United States Constitution. Original material for this book includes typescripts, corrected galleys, folded and gathered copies of the second printing and correspondence with the editor.

Original material for two of her 13 juvenile novels, Tide Treasure Camper and Two Kinds of Courage include galleys and an edited typescript for Two Kinds of Courage.

A typescript for a one act comedy entitled The Klep, is also part of the collection. It was produced circa 1963.

Related Collection

Original artwork by Mary Stevens for books written by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery include 27 illustrations for The Story Behind Musical Instruments (Dodd, Mead 1953) and artwork for the jacket cover of Three Miles an Hour (Dodd, Mead 1952).

Series and Subseries

A. BOOKS

B. PLAYS

THE KLEP (ca. 1963)

Box Inventory


Box/Folder
A. Books
ALBERT SCHWEITZER, GREAT HUMANITARIAN
by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1971). 1/1 Research materials, undated; 1/2 Typescript, corrected, January 1970, 90 pp.; 1/3 Typescript, corrected, February 1970, title page, chapters 1-17, pp. 1-95, bibliography; 1/4 Typescript, corrected, March 3, 1970, title page, front matter, chapters 1-17, pp. 1-85, bibliography. CHIEF SEATTLE, GREAT STATESMAN by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery, illustrated by Russ Hoover (Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1965). 1/5 Typescript, corrected, undated, title page, front matter, chapters 1- 11, pp. 1-31, bibliography. DAG HAMMARSKJOLD, PEACEMAKER OF THE U. N. by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1973). 1/6 Research materials, undated; 1/7 Typescript, corrected, May 31, 1972, title page, table of contents, chapters 1-14, pp. 1-118; 1/8 Typescript, corrected, September 28, 1977, title page, front matter, chapters 1-14, pp. 1-138. (for Century paperback edition, 1977). HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, IMMORTAL STORYTELLER by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1968). 2/1 Research materials, undated; 2/2 Typescript, corrected,1st draft, undated, title page, chapters 157 pp.; 2/3 Typescript, corrected, 2nd draft, undated, title page, chapters 1-12, 50 pp.; 2/4 Typescript, corrected, 3rd draft, February 19, 1967, chapters 1-12, 62 pp.; 2/5 Typescript, corrected, undated, title page, front matter, chapters 1- 14, pp. 73 pp., list of Anderson's Best Loved Tales, bibliography. MAHATMA GANDHI, PEACEFUL FIGHTER by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1970). 2/6 Research materials, undated; 2/7 Typescript, corrected, 3rd draft, dated September 1969, title page, table of contents, chapters 1-16, pp. 1-136. 2/8 Typescript, revised final draft, dated October 11,1969, title page, table of contents, chapters 1-16, pp. 1-127. OLD BEN FRANKLIN'S PHILADELPHIA by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1967). 3/1 Reference notes, undated; 3/2 Typescript, corrected, February 1966, chapters 1 & 2, 19 pp.; 3/4 Typescript, corrected, April 1966, chapters 1-9, pp. 1-57; 3/5 Typescript, corrected, May 1966, title page, front matter, chapters 1-9, pp. 1-42, bibliography; 3/6 Typescript, corrected, final draft, June 6, 1966, title page, front matter, chapters 1-9, pp. 1-44, bibliography; 3/7 Corrected galleys, January 12, 1967. TIDE TREASURE CAMPER by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (New York: Ives Washburn, 1963). 3/8 Galleys, dated 4/2/? TOWARD DEMOCRACY: GREAT DOCUMENTS OF HISTORY by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (New York: Ives Washburn, 1967). 4/1-4/2 Typescript, undated, 1st version, 4/1 title page, preface, table of contents, chapters 1-8, pp.1-117; 4/2 chapters 9-15, pp. 118-234. 4/3-4/5 Typescript, undated, 2nd version, 4/3 title page, author's note, table of contents, chapters 1-6, pp. 1-87; 4/4 chapters 7-10, pp. 88-171; 4/5 chapters 11-15, pp. 172-275, bibliography. 5/1 Correspondence with editor; 5/2-5/5 Edited typescript, undated, 5/2 front matter with page layouts, author's notes; 5/3 chapters 1-6, pp. 1-87; 5/4 chapters 7-11, pp. 88-193; 5/5 chapters 12-15, pp. 194-275, bibliography. 5/6 Corrected galleys, dated November 29, 1966; 6/1 Corrected galleys with index, dated December 6, 1966; 6/2 Corrected foundry proof of index with correspondence, December 6, 1996; 6/3 2 folded and gathered copies of 2nd printing, March 1968. TWO KINDS OF COURAGE by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (New York: Ives Washburn, 1966). 6/4-6/5 Edited typescript, undated, 6/4 chapters 1-13, pp. 1-86; 6/5 chapters 14-24, pp. 87-168. 7/1 Galley proofs with correspondence, dated December 15, 1965; 7/2 Title page layouts, dated November 29, 1965; 7/3 Foundry proofs of title page and front matter, Feb. 9, 1966. WALT DISNEY: MASTER OF MAKE BELIEVE by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery, illustrated by Vic Mays, (Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1971). 7/4 Reference Notes 7/5 Typescript, corrected, 1st draft, April 1970, pp. 1-54; 7/6 Typescript, corrected, 2nd draft, April 1970, title page, front matter, pp. 1-42; 7/7 Typescript, corrected, 3rd draft, May 6, 1970, table of contents, chapters 1-13, pp. 1-43; 7/8 Typescript, corrected, 4th draft, September 9, 1970, table of contents, front matter, chapters 1-13, pp. 1-42. 7/9 Typescript, final draft, September 12, 1970, table of contents, front matter, chapters 1-13, pp. 1-42. B. Plays THE KLEP by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery 7/10 Revised typescript of one act comedy, dated 10-29-62; title page; cast of characters; sketch of set; script, 37 pp..

Processed: April 8, 2000
Revised: June 2001

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