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JEANNETTE COVERT NOLAN PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0739
1951-1972
.80 cu.ft. (3 boxes)

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Provenance

Material was donated by Jeannette Covert Nolan from 1967 to 1972.

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

Jeannette Covert Nolan was born on March 31, 1897 in Evansville, Indiana. After graduating from the Evansville School System, she worked as a reporter and features writer for an Evansville newspaper. She credits her experience as a reporter in helping her prepare for her work as a writer. Her first book, Barry Barton's Mystery, was published in 1932.

Ms. Nolan worked as a staff member at the Indiana University and the Rocky Mountain (University of Colorado) Writers Conferences. She was also an instructor on juvenile writing at Indiana University Extension, Indianapolis (currently Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis). During the early 1940's, she wrote a column, "Lines with a Hoosier Accent," for the Indianapolis Star.

Ms. Nolan wrote one book, John Marshall, the Great Chief Justice (1961) under the pseudonym Caroline Tucker, her grandmother's name. Many of her books have been selections of the Junior Literary Guild and she has been awarded The Indiana Authors' Day Award for the "most distinguished juvenile book by an Indiana author."

During her lifetime, Ms. Nolan wrote over forty-five children's books including biographies, essays, and historical non-fiction. Although she wrote for both children and adults, she is most noted for her work in children's literature. In 1961, she was awarded the Indiana Authors' Day Award for Spy for the Confederacy. In 1968, Ms. Nolan was added to the Indiana University Writers Conference Hall of Fame. The next year she was named a Litterarum Doctor, an honorary doctor of letters and literature. She died on October 12, 1974.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains typescripts, galleys and correspondence for seven titles. The materials are arranged by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence was not separated by title as it was written to the de Grummond Collection.

There are typescripts for all of the titles in the collection except for La Salle and the Grand Enterprise (1951). All the titles in the collection are biographies or historical non-fiction and range from early American exploration to the Civil War. There are galleys for La Salle and the Grand Enterprise and Spy for the Confederacy: Rose O'Neal Greenhow (1960).

John Marshall, the Great Chief Justice (1962) was written under Ms. Nolan's pseudonym Caroline Tucker. According to a letter she wrote to the de Grummond Collection, this was her maternal grandmother's name. There are typescripts for this title.



Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence

B. Books


Box Inventory


Box/Folder 

A. Correspondence

1/1 Correspondence with the de Grummond Collection, 1967-1972, 4 items.

B. Books

Belle Boyd, Secret Agent by Jeannette Covert Nolan (New York: Messner, 1967). 1/2-1/4 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 1/2 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-55. 1/3 Chapters 7-11, pp. 56-103. 1/4 Chapters 12-18 and bibliography, pp. 104-165. Dolley Madison by Jeannette Covert Nolan (New York: Messner, 1958). 1/5-1/7 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 1/5 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-61. 1/6 Chapters 7-10, pp. 62-105. 1/7 Chapters 11-15 and bibliography, pp. 106-156. John Marshall, the Great Chief Justice by Caroline Tucker (New York: Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy, 1962). 1/8-1/10 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 1/8 Chapters 1-8, pp. 1-59. 1/9 Chapters 9-14, pp. 60-117. 1/10 Chapters 15-21 and bibliography, pp. 118-175. La Salle and the Grand Enterprise by Jeannette Covert Nolan (New York: Julian Messner, 1951). 2/1 Galley, "for indexing," pp. 1-172. The Little Giant: Stephen A. Douglas by Jeannette Covert Nolan (New York: Messner, 1964). 2/2-2/4 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 2/2 Chapters 1-7, pp. 1-53. 2/3 Chapters 8-13, pp. 54-106. 2/4 Chapters 14-18, appendices and bibliography, pp. 107- 165. The Shot Heard Round the World; the Story of Lexington and Concord by Jeannette Covert Nolan (New York: J. Messner, 1964). 2/5-2/7 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 2/5 Chapters 1-6, pp. 1-63. 2/6 Chapters 7-12, pp. 64-115. 2/7 Chapters 13-17, author's note and bibliography, pp. 116-174. 2/8 Bookmark, for book publicity, 1 item. Spy for the Confederacy: Rose O'Neal Greenhow by Jeannette Covert Nolan (New York: J. Messner, 1960). 3/1-3/3 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 3/1 Chapters 1-7, pp. 1-55. 3/2 Chapters 8-14, pp. 56-108. 3/3 Chapters 15-20, pp. 109-156. 3/4 Galley, pp. 1-188.


Processed: February 25, 1998
Revised: June 2001

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