Guide to the Quail Hawkins Papers
1925-1974

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hawkins, Quail
Title: Quail Hawkins papers
Dates: 1925-1974 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 9.75 linear feet (9 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 819
Summary: Quail Hawkins (1905-2002) was a writer of children's books. The collection includes published works, book length manuscripts as well as short stories, musicals, articles and poetry. The collection also includes clippings and correspondence that reflects her work.
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

(Helene) (Anne) Quail Hawkins (March 29, 1905-August 16, 2002), born in Spokane, Washington, is known for authoring children's books. She attended the University of California at Berkeley in 1927, without taking a degree, instead worked as a bookseller. She was also briefly on the staff of Publishers Weekly before joining Sather Gate Bookshop in 1931. Starting as a salesperson there, she eventually became head of the adult and juvenile departments. From 1954 to 1961 she worked in sales for the University of California Press before returning to Sather Gate Bookshop as a consultant on library services and book fairs. Hawkins enjoyed visiting schools and libraries, promoting children's literature; she also encouraged now-famous authors, such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Beverly Cleary to pursue writing careers. Among her own books are A Puppy for Keeps (1943), The Aunt- Sitter (1958), and her retelling of Androcles and the Lion (1970). In 1963 Hawkins also wrote material on children's literature for the Encyclopedia Britannica. She died in Pacific Grove, California.

Content Description

The Quail Hawkins Papers include published works, book length manuscripts, short stories, musicals, articles, poetry, clippings, and correspondence.

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], Quail Hawkins Papers, Ax 819, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Loose Illustrations

Series: Correspondence

Series: Literary Manuscripts

Series: Correspondence II

Series: Published Books

Series: Addenda I

Series: Addenda II

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Quail Hawkins in 1977.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff, 1977.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Loose Illustrations
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 Sketch by Don Freeman
1 2 Sketch of mouse in tux by Don Freeman
1 3 Illustration of baby beside crib
1 4 Cover design for Mark, Mark, Shut the Door
1 5 Illustration of Mark and Dog for Mark, Mark, Shut the Door
1 6 Illustration for Mark, Mark, Shut the Door

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Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 7 Outgoing 1948-1973
1 8 Incoming 1947-1973
1 9 Young Readers. Box of letters

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Literary Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Book Length
Box
Folder
1 10 Androcles and the Lion 1970
1 11 The Best Birthday. Early Draft 1954
1 12 The Best Birthday. Partial Draft 1954
1 13-14 The Best Birthday. Carbon 1954
1 15 The Best Birthday Original 1954
1 16 The Best Birthday. Radio Version 1954
1 17 Mountain Courage. Early Draft and Notes 1957
1 18 Mountain Courage 1957
1 19 Mountain Courage. Incomplete 1957
1 20 Quetzal Quest 1939
1 21 San Francisco Secret. Early Draft
1 22 San Francisco Secret
1 23 A Singing Wind
1 24 Too Many Dogs. Galley Proof 1946
Short Stories
Box
Folder
1 25 The Admirals Ruffles
1 26 The Disappearing Ferry Boat
1 27 Feed 'Em First
1 28 'Fraidy Cat
1 29 Graciously Living
1 30 The King who Burned the Cakes
1 31 Osbert
1 32 Psychosomatic: Or What Ails my Car
1 33 A Red Dress For Leap Year
1 34 Summer Camps
1 35 The Sword of Honor
Articles
Box
Folder
1 36 Books to Begin On
1 37 Books to Grow On. The Elementary English Review 1936
1 38 Books for the Younger Child
1 39 Children's Books Don't Grow on Trees
1 40 Children's Literature. Early Drafts 1953
1 41 Children's Literature. Final Draft, Carbon 1953
1 42 A Model Library for Boys and Girls 1933
1 43 A Plan for co-operative Promotion of Trade Juveniles in California
Musicals
Box
Folder
1 44 Animal Cracker Suite: A Musical Play for Children
1 45 Animal Cracker Suite. 2 Carbons
1 46 Animal Cracker Suite. Earlier Script
1 47 Animal Cracker Suite. Script and Carbons
1 48 Animal Cracker Suite. Musical Scores
Poems
Box
Folder
1 49 Poems
Clippings
Box
Folder
1 50 Clippings
1 51 Who Wants and Apple/Don't Run Apple
1 52 The Aunt-Sitter
1 53 The Best Birthday
1 54 A Little Book of Prayers and Graces
1 55 Mountain Courage
1 56 A Puppy for Keeps/Who wants a Dog
1 57 Quetzal Quest
1 58 Pamphlets 1946-1950
1 59 Miscellaneous 1965-1967

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Correspondence II
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Outgoing 1943-1945
2 2 Incoming 1943-1945

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Published Books
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Mountain Courage. White Lion Edition 1974
3 2 Mountain Courage. World's Work Edition 1958
3 3 Best in Children's Books. Hawkins's The Best Birthday 1958
3 4 Quetzal Quest. Oxford Edition 1940
3 5 Quetzal Quest. Harcourt, Brace and Company 1939
3 6-7 Mark, Mark, Shut the Door 1947
3 8 Don't Run Apple 1944
3 9 A Puppy for Keeps 1943
3 10 The Aunt-Sitter 1958
4 1 The Anthology of Animal Tales. Quetzal Quest. 1946
4 2 Dawn. Valley Song. As Helena Hawkins 1925
4 3 Perspectives in Reading. Children Books and Reading. An Author Speaks: Quail Hawkins. "Bright is the Ring of Words" 1964
4 4 Treasure of the Tortoise Islands. Collins Edition 1942
4 5 Treasure of the Tortoise Islands. Harcourt Brace and Company 1940
4 6 Verirrt in den Rocky-Mountains. (Mountain Courage) 1967
4 7 Quetzal Quest. Children's Oxford 1968

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Addenda I
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
5 1 Wooden notebook
5 2 Three illustrations
5 3 Miscellaneous
5 4 Review clippings
5 5 Photographs
5 6 Royalty statements and contracts
5 7 Reviews
Correspondence
Box
Folder
5 8-9 From Children
5 10-15 Incoming
5 16-18 Outgoing
5 19 Encyclopedia Britannica. Article on children's literature
Manuscripts
Box
Folder
5 20 A Singing Wind
5 21 Androcles and the Lion. Galley
5 22 Apple and Aunt Duck
5 23 A Puppy for Keeps
5 24 Friends of the Earth. Manuscript And research information
5 25 Don't Run
5 26 A Tale with no Moral
5 27 The Aunt Sitter
5 28 Who Wants and Apple
5 29 Dear Santa, A Christmas Play
5 30 Prayers
5 31 Building a Library for Your Boys and Girls
5 32 Early poetry, essays and plays

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Addenda II
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
6-7 Loose correspondence, both incoming and outgoing from various
7 Publisher's Weekly 1952-1954
7 Box of newspaper articles, correspondence and manuscripts
7 Aunt-Sitter
7 Boola Boola
7 Loose manuscripts
Folder
8 1 Tearsheets
8 1 Loose notes and materials
8 1 Scrapbook titled The Cat and Man
8 1 A large book of family ancestry
9 1 Loose newspaper articles
9 1 Scrapbook
9 1 Manuscripts
9 1 Photographs

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Hawkins, Quail
  • Hawkins, Quail--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Children's literature, American--Illustrations
  • Women authors, American--20th century
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Photographs
    • Scrapbooks.

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