Guide to the Alice Bach Papers
1976-1980

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bach, Alice
Title: Alice Bach papers
Dates: 1976-1980 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 233
Summary: Alice Bach (1942-) was an editor and writer of fiction. The collection includes manuscripts, illustrations, and photographs that reflect her work as an author.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Alice Bach was born April 6, 1942, in New York City. She received her B.A. in 1963 from Barnard College, and started her career as an assistant editor for Random House Publishing Company in 1964. In 1966 she became an associate editor at Harper and Row Publishing, Inc., and then senior editor for Books for Young Readers at Dial Press in 1969. In 1973 she became a consultant for the Beford-Stuyvesant Writers' Workshop; beginning in 1979 she spent two years as an adjunct professor of creative writing at New York University's School for Continuing Education. Bach maintained memberships in the Authors' Guild, the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, and the American Fern Society.

One of Bach's novels, Mollie Make Believe (not included in this collection), was cited by the New York Times as one of the best books of the year in 1974. She received the MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 1976 and 1977, as well as the American Library Association Notable Book Award for her novel, Waiting for Johnny Miracle, a book about young cancer patients.

Besides writing juvenile fiction, Bach was a contributor of book reviews and articles to such periodicals as the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Publishers Weekly.

Content Description

The Alice Bach Papers consist of manuscripts from seven of her published novels, as well as two photographs of the author.

The manuscripts are arranged in alphabetical order. The files include draft manuscripts, page proofs, layouts, book dummies, and galley proofs. Notable in the Warren Weasel's Worse Than Measles file is an original cover illustration.

The photographs are contained in box six.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Alice Bach Book Manuscripts and Photographs, Coll 233, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Harper and Row Publishers in 1981.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
Folder
1 1 The Day After Christmas; typed corrected drafts (2)
1 2 A Father Every Few Years; typed corrected draft, chapters 1-4 (includes title page layouts
1 3 A Father Every Few Years; typed corrected draft, chapters 5-11
1 4 A Father Every Few Years; book dummy (master set, 1st pass)
1 5 A Father Every Few Years; book dummy (master set, 3rd pass)
1 6 A Father Every Few Years; page 64 from book dummy ("Incomplete repo")
2 1 Grouchy Uncle Otis; typed corrected drafts (2)
2 2 Grouchy Uncle Otis; gallery proofs (2)
2 3 Millicent the Magnificent; typed corrected draft with partial layouts
2 4 Millicent the Magnificent; book jacket layouts; title page layouts
2 5 Millicent the Magnificent; gallery proofs
2 6 The Most Delicious Camping Trip Ever; typed corrected draft; typed corrected draft (contracted version)
2 7 The Most Delicious Camping Trip Ever; book jacket layouts
2 8 The Most Delicious Camping Trip Ever; gallery proofs (2)
2 9 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; typed corrected draft, chapters 1-4
3 1 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; typed corrected draft, chapters 5-6
3 2 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; typed corrected draft, chapters 7-9
3 3 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; typed corrected draft, chapters 10-11
3 4 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; typed corrected draft with partial layouts, chapters 1-5
3 5 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; typed corrected draft with partial layouts, chapters 6-7
3 6 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; typed corrected draft with partial layouts, chapters 8-9
3 7 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; typed corrected draft with partial layouts, chapters 10-11
4 1 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page proofs, chapters 1-4
4 2 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page proofs, chapters 5-7
4 3 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page proofs, chapters 8-11
4 4 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page proofs (1st proof, 3rd pass, June, 10, 1980), chapters 1-4
4 5 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page proofs (1st proof, 3rd pass, June, 10, 1980), chapters 5-7
4 6 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page proofs (1st proof, 3rd pass, June, 10, 1980), chapters 8-11
4 7 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page proofs (confirmation page proofs, July, 9, 1980), chapters 1-5
5 1 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page proofs (confirmation page proofs, July, 9, 1980), chapters 6-11
5 2 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; page layouts (partial)
5 3 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; book dummy, chapters 1-4
5 4 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; book dummy, chapters 5-8
5 5 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; book dummy, chapters 9-11
5 6 Waiting for Johnny Miracle; book dummy August, 1980
6 1 Warren Weasel's Worse Than Measles; typed corrected draft
6 2 Warren Weasel's Worse Than Measles; book jacket layouts; title page layouts; captions for illustrations
6 3 Warren Weasel's Worse Than Measles; gallery proofs (3)
6 4 Warren Weasel's Worse Than Measles; book cover illustration (original art)
6 5 Warren Weasel's Worse Than Measles; photographs

Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Bach, Alice
  • Subject Terms :
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult fiction, American
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Dummies (printed matter)
    • Photographic prints

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