Ann Nolan Clark papers, 1962-1979

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Ann Nolan Clark papers, 1962-1979

MS 309

Collection Summary

Creator: Clark, Ann Nolan, 1898-
Collection Name:Ann Nolan Clark papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1962-1979
Physical Description:1.5 linear feet
Abstract:Manuscripts, correspondence, talks, and miscellaneous personal material. Bulk of collection is handwritten and typed drafts of ten of Clark's books published between 1965 and 1979. Material for A Child's Story of New Mexico contains only correspondence with the publishers and revisions. Most manuscripts represent several versions of a story. Other materials include a photograph of Clark, typescripts and an audiotape of talks and speeches, and a few letters to Clark chiefly from her publisher.
Collection Number:MS 309
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico on December 5, 1896, Ann Nolan grew up with children of diverse backgrounds. She graduated from New Mexico's Highlands University in 1919 with a degree in Education. In 1920, she married Thomas Patrick Clark and they had one son.

While Clark worked as a teacher for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1920-1962, she began writing books for children that reflected their culture. She also worked for the Institute of Inter-American Affairs in Central and South America, 1945-1950, training teachers and writing materials for the classroom. Her work with various cultures was a source for her children's books.

She was awarded the New York Herald Tribune Spring Festival Award for In My Mother's House, 1941, and Looking for Something, 1942; the Newbery Medal, 1952, for Secret of the Andes; U.S. government's Distinguished Service Award, 1962; and the Regina medal, 1963. Throughout her career, her writings, including over 28 trade titles, have presented a variety of cultures with dignity and respect. She died in Tucson on December 6, 1995.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection consists of drafts of ten of Clark's books published after 1965. Material for A Child's Story of New Mexico consists of correspondence with the publisher about revisions for the 1969 edition.

The manuscripts often represent several versions of the stories and most contain numerous edits by Clark. The sequence of drafts is often unclear. The draft entitled "Tam and Cam", published as In the Land of Small Dragon, is a Vietnamese folk tale told to Clark by Dang Manh Kha.

Also present are supplemental items such as an 8x10 black-and-white photograph of Clark by Laura Gilpin; a summary of her royalty earnings from April 30, 1968; her bibliography; a list of children's authors in Tucson, Arizona and their books from the 1960s; a typescript of a 1962 talk given to the Texas Association of School Libraries; an audiotape "Writing for and with children"; and a few letters to Clark.


This collection is organized into two series:





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Clark, Ann Nolan, 1898- -- Archives

Children's literature -- Manuscripts
Manuscripts -- American

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Ann Nolan Clark papers(MS 309). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Personal Materials, 1962-1978
11 Miscellaneous personal materials. Includes 1962 talk, "Writing for and with children," given to an audience of teachers of young children, Tucson, Arizona. , 1962-1978
Series II: Manuscripts, 1965-1979
12 A Child's Story of New Mexico (correspondence and revisions only). , 1968-1970
13 A White Cloth for the Table. , No Date
14 All this Wild Land. One draft with corrections. , 1976
15 Arizona for Young People. One bound draft. , 1968
16-7 Circle of Seasons. Two drafts with corrections. , 1970
18 Hoofprint on the Wind. One draft. , 1972
21-3 Journey to the People. Three drafts with corrections. A compilation of earlier lectures. , 1969
24 Read All About It. One draft. , No Date
25-7 Summer is for Growing. Three drafts with corrections. , 1968
21-2 Tam and Cam (published as In the Land of Small Dragon: A Vietnamese Folktale). Four drafts and one letter to the publisher. , 1979
23-7 The Wind Blows Strong (published as To Stand Against the Wind). Four drafts with corrections. , 1978
28 To Stand Against the Wind. Master proof with author's changes. , 1978