Children's Literature Research Collection
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University of Minnesota
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Kathryn Lasky Papers, 1976-1992. Finding Aid.


Summary Information

Collection Number: CLRC-155

Collection Size: Ca. 2.5 linear ft. (6 boxes of manuscripts and related material)

Abstract/Notes: Kathryn Lasky's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction. The collection contains production materials for twenty titles published between 1976 and 1992, including one adult novel, Mumbo Jumbo, published under the name Kathryn Lasky Knight. Production materials include research material, holographs and holograph dummies, typescripts, photocopy and computer printout typescripts, front matter, notes, galley and page proofs, photocopies of dummies, reviews and clippings, black and white photograph illustrations, jacket material, and a small amount of correspondence.

Kathryn Lasky gave this collection to the University of Minnesota in 1993 with copyright retained by the author.

Collection is non-circulating, in-house use only.

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all the necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Prepared by Christina Cowan, February 1999.

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical/Historical Notes

Kathryn Lasky was born June 24, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1966 and later received a master's degree from Wheelock College in Massachusetts in 1977. Kathryn Lasky married the photographer Christopher Knight in 1971 and the couple would later collaborate on many books. In 1975, Kathryn Lasky published her first book for children, Agatha's Alphabet, written with Lucy Floyd. Kathryn Lasky writes books on a variety of topics and for different age groups. She has become well known for her non-fiction juvenile books such as Sugaring Time (1983), a book about harvesting maple sugar that was a Newbery Honor book in 1984. Christopher Knight did the photography for the book and the couple's two children also took part in the activities detailed in the book. Critics praised the book and her others about "crafts" for the "respect and wonder" they showed for traditional crafts and activities. Kathryn Lasky has also written novels and historical fiction for children and young adults including The Bone Wars (1988). The book was lauded by critics as "poetically written" and "rich" in "historical background." Kathryn Lasky's picture and non-fiction books have also been praised for their "vibrant imagery" and the author's ability to "capture moods and facts in eloquent, clear language."

Scope and Content Notes

The collection contains production materials for twenty titles, fiction and non-fiction, published between 1976 and 1992, including one adult novel, Mumbo Jumbo, published under the name Kathryn Lasky Knight. Production materials include research material, holographs and holograph dummies, corrected typescripts, photocopy and computer printout corrected typescripts, front matter, notes, corrected galley and page proofs, photocopies of dummies, reviews, black and white photograph illustrations, jacket material, and a small amount of correspondence. The materials are arranged by title with folder and box level control.

See attached inventory for folder and box contents.

Collection Inventory

Beyond the Divide, 1983
-Typescript, corrected, 518 p. (M.F. 1864A-1865, folders 1-11)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 280 p. (M.F. 1865, folders 11-16)
-Front matter, 2 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 16)
-Galley proof, corrected, 1 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 17)
-Correspondence, 8 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 17)

The Bone Wars, 1988
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 340 p. (M.F. 1864A, folders 1-7)
-Front matter, 3 p. (M.F. 1864A, folder 7)

Dinosaur Digs, 1990
-Computer printout, corrected, 32 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 1)

Dollmaker: The Eyelight and the Shadow, 1981
-Typescript, 19 p. (M.F. 1867, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected, 55 p. (M.F. 1867, folders 1-2)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 41 p. (M.F. 1867, folders 2-3)
-Front matter, 2 p. (M.F. 1867, folder 3)
-Photocopy of publisher's dummy, 33 p. (M.F. 1867, folder 3)

Home Free, 1985
-Holograph, 102 p. (M.F. 1866, folders 1-3)
-Typescript, corrected, 4 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 3)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 1 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 3)
-Front matter, 2 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 3)
-Notes, 4 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 3)
-1 black and white photograph illustration (M.F. 1866, folder 3)
-Computer printout, corrected, 54 p. (M.F. 1866-1867, folders 3-4)
-Computer printout, corrected, 294 p. (M.F. 1867, folders 4-10)

I Have an Aunt on Marlborough Street, 1992
-Typescript, photocopy, 10 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 1)

I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, 1976
-Holograph dummy, 44 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected, 10 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 2 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-Front matter, 3 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-Galley proof, corrected, 2 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-Correspondence, 10 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-Proof for jacket, 1 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-Notes, 3 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-Reviews, 4 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-11 black and white photograph illustrations (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-1 contact sheet (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-4 negative strips (M.F. 1865, folder 2)

Jem's Island, 1982
-Typescript, 21 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected, 29 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 1)
-Typescript, photocopy, 40 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Front matter, 2 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Photocopy of illustrations, 1 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Correspondence, 1 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Notes, 2 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)

Mumbo Jumbo, 1991 [written under the name Kathryn Lasky Knight]
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 264 p. (M.F. 1868, folders 1-6)
-Typescript, miscellaneous pages, 24 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 6)
-Front matter, 2 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 6)

My Island Grandma, 1979
-Holograph, 6 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected, 21 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 1)
-Typescript, photocopy, 22 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 13 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 2)
-Front matter, 8 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 2)
-Galley proof, corrected photocopy, 6 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 2)
-Dummy, photocopy, 36 p. [on 18 sheets] (M.F. 1866, folder 2)
-Correspondence, 3 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 3)
-Notes, 1 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 3)

The Night Journey, 1981
-Typescript, corrected, 108 p. (M.F. 1863, folders 1-3)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 5 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 3)
-Front matter, 4 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 3)

Pageant, 1986
-Typescript, corrected, 280 p. (M.F. 1866, folders 1-6)
-Front matter, 2 p. (M.F. 1866, folder 6)
-Galley proof, corrected, 179 p. (M.F. 1866, folders 7-10)

Prank, 1984
-Holograph, 27 p. (M.F. 1867, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected, 61 p. (M.F. 1867, folders 1-2)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 99 p. (M.F. 1867, folders 2-4)
-Computer printout, 143 p. (M.F. 1867-1868, folders 4-7)
-Computer printout, corrected, 210 p. (M.F. 1868, folders 7-11)
-Front matter, 1 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 11)
-Jacket material, 3 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 11)
-Page proof, corrected, 1 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 11)
-Correspondence, 1 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 11)
-Notes, 5 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 11)
-Research material, 10 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 11)

Puppeteer, 1985
-Typescript, corrected, 39 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 1)
-Typescript, photocopy, 39 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 39 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 3)
-Front matter, 6 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 4)
-Computer printout, 39 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 4)

Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth, 1992
-Holograph dummy, 62 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected, 30 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 2)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 35 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 3)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 35 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 3)
-Typescript, corrected, 34 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 4)
-Front matter, 6 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 4)
-Page proof, corrected photocopy, 14 p. (M.F. 1865, folder 4)

Tall Ships, 1978
-Typescript, corrected, 60 p. (M.F. 1863, folders 1-2)
-Front matter, 5 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)

Think Like an Eagle: At Work With a Wildlife Photographer, 1992
-Typescript, photocopy, 172 p. (M.F. 1868, folders 1-4)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 79 p. (M.F. 1868, folders 4-5)
-Front matter, 1 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 6)
-Correspondence, 3 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 6)
-Notes, 1 p. (M.F. 1868, folder 6)
-Research material:
---1 book: Quabbin: The Accidental Wilderness by Thomas Conuel (Lincoln, Mass.: Massachusetts Audubon Society, 1981)

Traces of Life: The Origins of Humankind, 1989
-Typescript, corrected, 111 p. (M.F. 1863, folders 1-3)
-Front matter, 1 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 3)

Tugboats Never Sleep, 1977
-Typescript, corrected, 12 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 1)
-Typescript, photocopy, 8 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 1)
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 29 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 1)
-Front matter, 10 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Galley proof, corrected, 4 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Correspondence, 5 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Notes, 1 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)
-Reviews, 3 p. (M.F. 1863, folder 2)

The Weaver's Gift, 1981
-Typescript, corrected photocopy, 96 p. (M.F. 1864A, folders 1-2)
-Front matter, 3 p. (M.F. 1864A, folder 2)
-Correspondence, 4 p. (M.F. 1864A, folder 3)
-Notes, 3 p. (M.F. 1864A, folder 3)

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