Guide to May Garelick Papers
1957-1979

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Garelick, May, 1910-
Title: May Garelick papers
Dates: 1957-1979 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 235
Summary: May Garelick (1910-1989) was a children's author and editor. The collection contains literary manuscripts, book production materials, and correspondence.
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

Children's author and editor May Garelick was born in 1910 in Vobruisk, Russia. Her family emigrated to the United States when she was nine months old. She attended school in New York City, and spent two years in college. Garelick married editor and children's author Marshall (Mike) McClintock, who was for years a friend and editor of children's author Dr. Seuss.

Garelick's life career was in the publishing business, with her jobs ranging from clerical worker to production manager. She was an editor of children's books for the William R. Scott Company for several years, as well as a children's European editor for the E.P. Dutton Publishing Company.

Garelick wrote her books as responses to either questions posed to her by children, or as responses to her own curiosity. One of her books, Look at the Moon, was written as a result of a four-year-old French girl's question to her, years earlier in France. The girl asked Garelick if America had a moon, and if it was as pretty as the moon in France. She was astonished to learn from Garelick that it was in fact the same moon. Look at the Moon asks and eventually answers the question: "Does everyone see the moon I see, the very same moon that shines on me?"

Before publishing her books, Garelick would read them to a classroom of children using their criticisms and comments as a guide. Using the joint pseudonym Garel Clark, Garelick and Esther McCullough wrote cookbooks for children, such as Let's Start Cooking (W.R. Scott, 1951) and The Cook-a Meal Cook Book (W.R. Scott, 1953).

Garelick died December 6, 1989 in Manhattan, New York.

Sources:

Commine, Anne. Something About the Author. Vol. 19. Detroit: Gale Research Institute, 1980.

Troskey, Susan. Contemporary Authors. Vol. 130. Detroit: Gale Research Institute, 1990.

Content Description

The May Garelick collection consists mainly of manuscripts and some correspondence ranging from the years 1957 to 1979. The majority of the correspondence is between Garelick and her editors and publishers, mainly from the Thomas Y. Crowell and the Follett Publishing companies. A series of letters from school children thanking her for school visits is also included.

The manuscripts series is arranged alphabetically by title. Included are materials for eleven of Garelick's books. With the manuscripts series are notes, drafts, galley proofs, layouts, page proofs and book dummies. Notable in the About Owls section is a book dummy with original illustrations. Also of interest in the Wild Ducks and Daffodils section is a book layout containing original artwork.

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, University of Oregon Libraries. 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], May Garelick Papers, Coll 235, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Correspondence

Series: Manuscripts

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff, July 1994.

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

Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1956-1968
1 2 Correspondence 1969-1977
1 3 Correspondence undated
1 4 Correspondence with school children 1975

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Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 5 About Owls, Typed corrected drafts (3)
1 6 About Owls, Typed draft; page proof; book dummy
1 7 Double Trouble (working title: Three Bad Days in a Young Man's Life), Typed corrected drafts
1 8 Double Trouble (working title: Three Bad Days in a Young Man's Life), Typed corrected drafts
1 9 Double Trouble (working title: Three Bad Days in a Young Man's Life), Galley proofs
1 10 Double Trouble (working title: Three Bad Days in a Young Man's Life), Galley proofs
2 1 Double Trouble (working title: Three Bad Days in a Young Man's Life), page proofs
2 2 Double Trouble (working title: Three Bad Days in a Young Man's Life), page proofs
2 3 Double Trouble (working title: Three Bad Days in a Young Man's Life), book jacket
2 4 Here Comes the Bride, Typed corrected draft
2 5 Here Comes the Bride, Galleys (3)
2 6 Here Comes the Bride, Book Jacket
2 7 It's About the Birds, Notes
2 8 It's About the Birds, Typed corrected draft w/correspondence
2 9 It's About the Birds, Typed corrected draft
2 10 It's About the Birds, Galley proof
2 11 Look at the Moon, Typed corrected drafts (6)
2 12 Look at the Moon, Page proofs
2 13 Look at the Moon, Book dummy (2)
2 14 Look at the Moon, Book jacket layout
2 15 Sounds of a Summer Night, Typed corrected drafts (4)
2 16 Sounds of a Summer Night, Galley proofs (2)
3 1 The Tremendous Tree Book (co-authored by Barbara Brenner -- working titles: The Tree-Mendous Tree Book, What's This Tree Doing, Next Time You See a Squirrel Nibbling on an Acorn), Typed corrected drafts (7)
3 2 The Tremendous Tree Book (co-authored by Barbara Brenner -- working titles: The Tree-Mendous Tree Book, What's This Tree Doing, Next Time You See a Squirrel Nibbling on an Acorn), Typed draft
3 3 The Tremendous Tree Book (co-authored by Barbara Brenner -- working titles: The Tree-Mendous Tree Book, What's This Tree Doing, Next Time You See a Squirrel Nibbling on an Acorn), Galley proof
3 4 What Makes a Bird a Bird?, Notes
3 5 What Makes a Bird a Bird?, Type corrected drafts (7)
3 6 What Makes a Bird a Bird?, Critical preview of book --"Reader's Report" by Follett Pub. Co. ; royalty check stub
3 7 Who Likes It Hot?, Notes
3 8 Who Likes It Hot?, Typed corrected drafts (2)
3 9 Who Likes It Hot?, Typed drafts (2); book dummy
3 10 Wild Ducks and Daffodils, Notes
3 11 Wild Ducks and Daffodils, Typed corrected fragment
3 12 Wild Ducks and Daffodils, Typed corrected drafts (2)
3 13 Wild Ducks and Daffodils, Galley proof
3 14 Wild Ducks and Daffodils, Art work layout
3 15 Winter's Birds (working title: Winter Birds at Our House), Typed corrected drafts (7)
3 16 Winter's Birds (working title: Winter Birds at Our House), Galley proof
3 MF 1 Look at the Moon, Book dummy with art work
3 MF 1 Wild Ducks and Daffodils, Art work layout

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Garelick, May, 1910-
  • Garelick, May, 1910---Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Illustrated children's books--United States--Specimens
  • Publishers and publishing--Correspondence
  • Women authors, American--20th century
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Manucripts for publication
    • Mock-ups

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