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ELEANORA E. TATE PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0970
1980
.30 cu.ft. (1 box)

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

Provenance
Material was donated by Eleanora E. Tate in 1988.

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
Eleanora E. Tate was born in Canton, Missouri and was raised by her grandmother. By her own account she had a happy childhood, and used those memories as a basis for her book Just an Overnight Guest. She was educated at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and began her career as a news editor at the Iowa Bystander. She also worked at the Des Moines Register, the Des Moines Tribune and the Jackson Sun in Tennessee. She has been active in several arts and education forums including the the Iowa Arts Council Winters in the Schools Programs, (1969-1976) and the South Carolina School Librarian's Association Conference (1981-1982). She has received several awards in writing from schools, libraries and writers' associations including the Mary Louise Kennedy Weekly Reader's Fellowship in Children's Literature (1981). Her professional activities include writing, lecturing, storytelling and presenting workshops.

Just an Overnight Guest was published in 1982. A film version of the title was produced in 1983 by Phoenix Films and it was placed on the Selected Films for Young Adults list by the American Library Association. The Secret of Gumbo Grove received the 1987 Parent's Choice gold seal award. Front Porch Stories at the One Room School (1992) continues with the characters introduced in Just an Overnight Guest.

A former president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., Ms. Tate is married to photographer Zack Hamlett, III, and they live in Morehead City, North Carolina.

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Scope and Content
The collection contains one photocopied (fourth or fifth draft) typescript from the book Just an Overnight Guest. The story, related by nine-year-old Margie, tells of her adjustment to the introduction of an unruly child into the calm of their normal family life. The disruption wrought by four-year-old Ethel initiates Margie into the morally ambiguous world of adults. Margie's discomfort with the new addition to the family fades as she becomes aware of the true nature of Ethel's past, a legacy of child abuse, neglect, deprivation and finally abandonment.

Series and Subseries

A. Book (1980)

Box Inventory

Box/Folder 

A. Books

     JUST AN OVERNIGHT GUEST by Eleanora E. Tate (New York: Dial, 
     1980).

     1/1-1-4   Typescript, photocopied,

     1/1            Title page, pp. 1-50.

     1/2            pp. 51-95.

     1/3            pp. 96-153.

     1/4            pp.  154-189.

     


Processed January 20, 1998
Revised: July 2001

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Accession Number: 2001-070

Inclusive Dates: 1997-2001

Volume: .30 cu. ft.

Given By : Eleanora E. Tate

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Don't Split the Pole by Eleanora E. Tate, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu; Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1997.

Copyedited typescript with correspondence

The Minstrel's Melody by Eleanora E. Tate; American Girl, 2001.

Publicity flyer created by the author and bookmarks

African-American Musicians by Eleanora E. Tate; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000.

Publicity flyer created by the author


Accession Number: 2001-123

Inclusive Dates: 1998-2001

Volume: .60 cu. ft.

Given By : Eleanora E. Tate

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Just an Overnight Guest by Eleanora E. Tate; Just Us Books, 1998.

Color cover proof
Page proofs, dated March 7, 1997
Author's biographical information
Correspondence from editor
Teaching Guide developed by Eleanora E. Tate,

Original short stories written by 3rd and 4th graders at Alexander Elementary School , Greenville , North Carolina after hearing “Possum in the School,” from Front Porch Stories at the One-Room School read by the author when she visited their school in March 2001.


Accession Number: 2004-202

Inclusive Dates: circa 2004

Volume: .60 cu. ft.

Given By : Eleanora E. Tate

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Biographical material
Publicity
Newspaper articles (by and about the author)
Fan letters
Publisher's Correspondence
Appearances
Awards


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