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MABEL WATTS PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG1032
1950-1969
.30 cu.ft. (1 box)

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


Provenance
Material was donated by Mabel Watts from 1967 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
Mabel Watts was born on May 20, 1906 in London, England. Because her father was in the British Army, her family moved around England and Canada many times, until she married, moved to California, and became an American citizen. She began writing children's books in 1950. Her first book, Dozens of Cousins was illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. Her next five books were published under the pseudonym of Patricia Lynn. Many of her books are based on her experiences growing up in England and Canada.

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Scope and Content
The collection contains typescripts, galleys, and dust jackets for eight titles. There are also two spiral bound copies of one of her titles in Braille. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title, the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. There are eight picture books in the collection. Dozens of Cousins, Watts first book, is about a family that visits their cousins all over Europe. There is a galley, a proof, and a dust jacket for this title. Henrietta and the Hat first appeared in Humpty Dumpty Magazine in 1953. The story was later published as a book in 1962. There are two typescripts, the original as it appeared in Humpty Dumpty Magazine, and the later version that was used for the book.

The king refuses to fly in his whirlybird until an accident convinces him that the flying machine is not really as bad as he had thought in The King and the Whirlybird (1969). There is a typescript and a galley for this title. There are partial dust jackets and jacket matter for Something for You, Something for Me (1960) and Weeks and Weeks (1962).

In 1973, Read Aloud Horse Stories was transcribed into Braille by Katherine Bain. The collection contains the two spiral bound volumes that were transcribed from the original version published in 1961. There is also a poster from Scholastic, featuring Watts poem "Maytime Magic" and an unidentified illustration.

Series and Subseries

A. Fan Mail

B. Books

C. Book Transcribed into Braille

D. Poster

"Maytime Magic"

E. Unidentified Illustration

Box Inventory

Box/Folder 

A. Fan Mail

     1/1       Fan mail, 1971, 4 items.

B. Books

     The Boy Who Listened to Everyone by Mabel Watts, illustrated by 
     Ervine Metzl (New York: Parent's Magazine Press, 1963).

     1/2-1/3   Typescripts, 

     1/2            Edited with handwritten corrections, 6 pp.

     1/3            Edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-7.

     Dozens of Cousins by Mabel Watts, pictures by Roger Duvoisin (New
     York: Whittlesey House, 1950). 

     1/4       Galley, "author's set," pp. 1-9.

     1/5       Proof, pp. 12-13, 1 item.

     1/6       Dust jacket, 1 item.

     Everyone Waits by Mabel Watts, pictures by Imre Hofbauer (London,
     New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1959). 

     1/7       Typescript, "original version," pp. 1-6.

     1/8       Partial dust jacket and jacket matter, 2 items.

     Henrietta and the Hat by Mabel Watts, illustrated by Jane Miller (New
     York: Parent's Magazine Press, 1962). 

     1/9-1/10  Typescripts,

     1/9            Version that appeared in Humpty Dumpty Magazine, July
                    1953, pp. 1-4.

     1/10           Edited with typesetter's marks, 3 pp.

     The King and the Whirlybird by Mabel Watts, pictures by Harold
     Berson (New York:  Parents' Magazine Press, 1969).

     1/11      Typescript for jacket matter, 2 pp.

     1/12      Galley, "revised," 4 pp.

     Something for You, Something for Me by Mabel Watts, pictures by
     Abner Graboff (London, New York: Abelard, Schuman, 1960). 

     1/13      Partial dust jacket and jacket matter, 2 items.  

     Weeks and Weeks by Mabel Watts, pictures by Abner Graboff
     (London, New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1962). 

     1/14      Partial dust jacket and jacket matter, 2 items.

     Yin Sun and the Lucky Dragon by Mabel Watts, illustrated by H. Tom
     Hall (Philadelphia: Westminister Press, 1969).

     1/15      Typescript, edited, carbon copy, pp. 1-25.

     1/16      Galleys with author's corrections, pp. 1-10.

C. Book Transcribed into Braille

     Read Aloud Horse Stories by Mabel Watts, illustrated by John Moodie
     (New York: Wonder Books, 1961). Transcribed in Braille by Katherine Bain
     (Newark, New Jersey: Mount Carmel Guild, 1973).

     1/17-1/18 Transcribed braille text, 2 spiral bound volumes,

     1/17           Volume 1, text pp. 5-62, braille pp. i-iii and 1-64.

     1/18           Volume 2, text pp. 63-127, braille pp. i-ii and 65-137.

D. Poster

     1/19      Classroom poster by Scholastic, includes poem "Maytime Magic"
               by Mabel Watts. (Poem appeared in Humpty Dumpty
               Magazine, 1954.)

E. Unidentified Illustration

     1/20      Unidentified illustration, 1 item.


Processed: September 10, 1998
Revised: July 2001


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