Guide to the Milton Meltzer Papers
1955-1973

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009
Title: Milton Meltzer papers
Dates: 1955-1973 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 17.0 linear feet (12 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 533
Summary: Milton Meltzer (May 8, 1915- ) held many positions in his life, varying from working in public relations to lecturing and working as a full-time writer. Collection comprises primarily literary manuscripts and correspondence related to Milton Meltzer's work as an author and editor of books for children and young people on American history, particularly African American history.
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

Milton Meltzer (May 8, 1915- ) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts to Benjamin and Mary (Richter) Meltzer. He wed Hilda Balinky on June 22, 1941 and they had two daughters.

Meltzer received his education at Columbia University from 1932-1936. He was a member of the Author’s Guild, Author’s League of America, PEN, and Organization of American Historians.

During his career Meltzer held positions in public relations for the staff of Henry A. Wallace for President, and Pfizer. He was also an editor for Science and Medicine Publishing Co. Inc., and a consulting editor for Thomas Y. Crowell Co., Doubleday and Co. Inc., and Scholastic Book Services. Meltzer was also a writer for Federal Theater Project of the Works Project Administration and Columbia Broadcasting Inc. Meltzer was also an account executive for the Medical and Pharmaceutical Information Bureau. He was also a full time writer of books. Meltzer was an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a lecturer at universities in the United States and England, as well as professional meetings and seminars. Meltzer also wrote films and filmstrips. He served in the air force branch of the military and became a sergeant.

Content Description

The collection contains several manuscripts and correspondence reflecting Meltzer's writing career. For several of the manuscripts the correspondence for a particular work is included in the collection of folders holding a particular manuscript. There is a separate series for correspondence that does not pertain to a particular work.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Milton Meltzer Papers, Ax 533, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts; Correspondence; and Manuscripts.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Milton Meltzer, 1969-1977.

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.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Milton Meltzer at Special Collections and University Archives include: Milton Meltzer papers, Coll 025.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Black Magic, A Pictorial History of the Negro in American Entertainment, Langston Hughes, Milton Meltzer, Prentice Hall 1967
Box
Folder
1 1 Final draft, carbon with holograph revisions
1 2 Correspondence
196 letters and notes; also 12 letters
Box
Folder
1 2 Langston Hughes
1 2 Incoming
1 2 Outgoing
1 3 Miscellaneous
In Their own Words, A Treasury of Negro History, Crowell, edited by Milton Meltzer 1964-1965
Box
Folder
1 4 Manuscript, Volume 1, carbon manuscript with holograph corrections 186 p.
1 4 Notes
1 4 Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
1 4 Proposal for a book
1 4 Correspondence (5 letters)
1 4 Clippings
1 4 Other materials
1 5 Notes
1 5 Manuscript, Volume 2, 202 p.
1 6 Volume 3
Box
Folder
1 6 Notes and letters 68 p.
1 6 Manuscript: Harlem Reconsidered, Memories of my Native Land, by Loften Mitchell, carbon 23 p.
1 6 Miscellaneous materials
Langston Hughes, a Biography, Crowell 1968
Box
Folder
1 7 First draft, original typed copy with holograph revisions (red pencil), and Milton Meltzer 167 p.
Draft was revised completely after the death of Langston Hughes in 1967.
1 8 Revised first draft, carbon 186 p.
1 9 Final draft 234 p.
A Light in the Dark, the Life of Samuel Gridley Howe, Crowell 1964
Box
Folder
1 10 First draft, holograph revisions, original typed 206 p.
1 10 Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
1 10 Notes
1 10 Bibliography
1 10 Outlines
1 10 Correspondence (23 letters)
1 10 Clippings
1 10 Tearsheets
Mark Twain Himself, A Pictorial Biography, produced by Milton Meltzer, Crowell 1960
Box
Folder
1 12 Bills and receipts
1 12 Correspondence
1 12 Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
1 13 Notes
1 13 Picture research
1 13 Permissions
1 13 Publicity, includes manuscript for speech 19 p. For article for Publisher’s Weekly 7 p.
1 13 Correspondence
1 14-18 Correspondence
Folders 16 and 17 have some miscellaneous materials
Pictorial History of the Negro in America, Milton Meltzer and Langston Hughes
Box
Folder
2 1 Correspondence (165 letters)
2 2 Manuscript revisions
2 3 Correspondence: Arna Bontemps (78 letters) 1953-1955
2 4 Correspondence: Crown Publishers (38 letters) 1956-1958
2 5 Correspondence: Langston Hughes (8 letters) 1956-1966
2 6 Correspondence: C. Eric Lincoln (8 letters) 1968
2 6 Holograph manuscript
2 6 Manuscript fragments edited by C. Eric Lincoln
2 7 Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
2 7 Notes
2 7 Biographical data
2 7 Research materials
2 8 Bills and receipts
2 8 Correspondence
Thaddeus Stevens and the Fight for Negro Rights, Crowell 1967
Box
Folder
2 9 First draft, original typed copy with holograph revisions 212 p.
2 10 Carbon of final version 197 p.
2 11 Notes
2 11 Correspondence (8 letters)
A Thoreau Profile, Walter Harding and Milton Meltzer, Crowell 1962
Box
Folder
2 12-14 Correspondence
2 12-14 Notes
2 12-14 Miscellaneous items
Thoreau: People, Principles and Politics, Hill and Wang 1963
Box
Folder
2 15 Notes
2 15 Correspondence
Time of Trial, Time of Hope, the Negro in America 1919-1941, Milton Meltzer and August Meier, Doubleday 1966
Box
Folder
2 16 First draft with holograph revisions 91 p.
2 17 Original manuscript with author’s holograph revisions 112 p.
2 17 Carbons, 2 copies, one corrected
2 18 Correspondence
2 18 Notes
Tongue of Flame, Lydia Maria Child, a Biography 1965
Box
Folder
2 19 Revised manuscript, two carbon copies, one with editor’s queries 197 p.
2 19 First draft, original manuscript, typed copy with holograph revisions 196 p.
Manuscripts
Bread and Roses, Knopf, New York 1967
Box
Folder
3 10 Synopsis
3 11 First draft, holograph pages
3 12 Worker outline, typed 6 p.
3 13 Miscellaneous
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
Box
Folder
3 14 Outline notes, holograph
3 14 First draft, holograph
3 15 Second draft, typed
3 16 Third draft, typed
3 17 Fourth draft, photocopy of manuscript
3 18 Manuscript fragments, some typed, some photocopy, with holograph revision
3 19 Miscellaneous
Freedom Comes to Mississippi
Box
Folder
3 20 First version
3 20 First draft
3 20 Second draft
3 21 First version, fragment, typed
3 21 Third draft, typed
3 21 Final draft, typed
3 22 Second version: first draft, holograph 92 p.
3 23 Second version: second and third drafts, holograph revisions 87 p.
3 24 Second version: forward, fourth draft, fragments, typed
3 25 Miscellaneous
Langston Hughes
Box
Folder
4 1 Sketch
4 1 Prologue, typed
4 1 Draft 1, holograph
4 2 Draft 1, holograph
4 3 Draft 2, holograph 80 p.
4 4 Draft 2, holograph
4 5 Carbon and Xerox draft
4 5 Notes
4 5 Letter
4 6 Chapter outlines, holograph
4 7 Correspondence, photocopies
4 8 Articles and poetry
4 9 Columns
4 10 Biographical and research material
4 11 Reviews
4 12 Interview notes, some typed with holograph revisions, some holograph
4 13 Miscellaneous
Margaret Sanger
Box
Folder
4 14 First draft, some holograph revisions
4 15 First draft, holograph, one typed page
4 16 First draft, holograph
4 17 Holograph notes
4 17 Fragments, typed with holograph revisions
4 17 Second draft, typed 147 p.
4 18 Miscellaneous
Slavery Volume 1
Box
Folder
4 19 First draft, holograph
4 20 First draft, holograph
4 21 Second draft 143 p.
4 22 Third draft, typed with holograph revisions 147 p.
4 23 Fourth draft, typed 186 p.
4 24 Fifth draft, typed with holograph notes 19 p.
4 24 Some photocopied pages
4 25 Fragments
4 25 Illustration notes
4 26 Miscellaneous
Slavery Volume 2, Cowles Book Company Inc., New York
Box
Folder
4 27 First draft, holograph
4 28 First draft, holograph with one typed page
5 1 Second draft
5 1 Notes
5 2 Illustration notes, some typed, some holograph
5 2 Publicity
5 3 Background material
5 4 Background material
To Change the World
Box
Folder
5 5 Notes, holograph
5 5 First draft, holograph
5 5 Second draft, typed
5 6 Third draft
5 6 Fourth draft
5 6 Fragments
5 6 Fifth draft
5 6 Galleys
Who Look at Me?, by June Meyer
Box
Folder
5 7 Synopsis
5 7 Art intro
5 7 Poem
5 7 Biographies
5 7 Galleys
5 8 Illustration lists, typed and holograph pages
5 9 Illustration permissions
5 10 Background material
Bread and Roses
Box
Folder
6 1 Late draft, typed 168 p.
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
Box
Folder
6 2 Printers copy, with revisions 195 p.
6 3 Page proofs
6 4 Blue print
6 5 Unbound book
Hunted Like a Wolf, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Box
Folder
6 6 Printer’s copy, with revision
6 7 Two carbons 228 p.
Langston Hughes
Box
Folder
6 8 Typed draft 186 p.
6 9 First draft, typed with holograph revisions 218 p.
6 10 Printer’s copy, with revisions 234 p.
Margaret Sanger
Box
Folder
6 11 Carbon draft
6 12 Printer’s copy
6 Correspondence: Incoming (1 letter) October 3, 1969
Pictorial History of Black Americans
Box
Folder
6 13 Galleys
6 14 Paste-up photocopy
The Right to Remain Silent
Box
Folder
7 1 Typed draft
7 2 Printer’s copy, with revisions
7 2 Correspondence: Incoming (1 letter) March 15, 1973
Slavery Volume 1
Box
Folder
7 3 Printer’s copy, with revisions 195 p.
7 Correspondence: Incoming (1 letter) August 24, 1973
Slavery Volume 2
Box
Folder
7 4 First draft
7 5 Late draft, carbon 296 p.
To Change the World
Box
Folder
7 6 Late draft, typed with light holographic revisions
7 7 Galley proofs
Underground Man
Box
Folder
7 First draft, holograph
The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox
Box
Folder
7 9 Page proofs
The Lurye Story, film, Norma Productions
Box
Folder
7 10 Story information etc., typed
7 11 Research, clippings, photos
Slavery Volume 1, Recon in Mississippi, Thoreau Profile
Box
Folder
7 Box 1 Reference note cards
Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall
Box
Folder
7 Box 2 Reference note cards
History of the Negro
Box
package
8 1 Illustration notes
The Lurye Story
Box
package
8 2 Notes
Slavery Volume 2
Box
package
8 3 Reference cards for notes and books
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
Box
package
8 4 Notes
Underground Man
Box
package
8 5 Notes
Box
package
8 6 Notes on Mexican War
Folder
8 Box 1 Notes for Black History Calendar, Thaddeus Stevens, Seminole War, Zenith
Folder
8 Box 2 Notes for J. Brown, S.G. Howe, Mumbet
Folder
8 Box 3 Illustration notes for Pictorial History of the Negro in America II, Margaret Sanger, Black Magic
Bound for the Rio Grande
Box
Folder
9 1 Correspondence: Incoming 4 June 30, 1972-July 21, 1972
9 1 Correspondence: Outgoing 2 June 27, 1972-June 28, 1972
9 2 First draft, typed with holograph revision
9 3 Second draft, typed 260 p.
9 4 Second draft, revised, typed
9 5 Galley proofs
9 6 Miscellaneous notes
The Eye of Conscience
Box
Folder
9 7 Correspondence: incoming, outgoing, other
9 8 First draft, revised, typed with holograph revisions
9 9 Second draft, revised, typed with light holograph revisions
9 10 Dummy
Photographer Michael Abramson
Box
Folder
9 11 Correspondence: Incoming 1 1972
9 11 Correspondence: Outgoing 4
9 11 Research: typed notes from interview
9 11 Typed draft, holograph revisions 3 p.
9 11 Holograph pages 5 p.
9 11 Newsletter: the village VOICE
Photographer Morrie Camhi
Box
Folder
9 12 Correspondence: Incoming (3 letters) 1972
9 12 Correspondence: Outgoing (5 letters) 1972, 1973
9 12 Holograph draft
9 12 Typed draft
9 12 Pacific Sun review April 27, 1972-May 3, 1972
Photographer Lewis Hine
Box
Folder
9 13 Correspondence: Incoming (1 letter) November 21, 1966
9 13 Correspondence: Outgoing (4 letters) 1966, 1972
9 13 Research material
9 13 Holograph notes
9 13 Typed draft 10 p.
Photographer Fang Lam
Box
Folder
9 14 Correspondence: Incoming (2 letters) 1972
9 14 Correspondence: Outgoing (2 letters) 1972
9 14 Typed draft with holograph revisions 5 p.
9 14 Photocopy of draft 4 p.
9 14 Holograph draft
9 14 Youth
Photographer William Mackey
Box
Folder
9 15 Correspondence: Incoming (2 letters) 1972
9 15 Correspondence: Outgoing (6 letters) 1969, 1971, 1972
9 15 Holograph notes and draft
9 15 Typed drafts 3
9 15 Clippings
9 15 Photograph by Mackey
Photographer Ira Nowinoki
Box
Folder
9 16 Correspondence: Incoming (2 letters) 1973
9 16 Correspondence: Outgoing (5 letters) 1972, 1973
9 16 Holograph draft
9 16 Typed drafts 3
9 16 The San Francisco Fault Volume 1 No. 7 December 29, 1971
Photographer Jacob Riis
Box
Folder
9 17 Correspondence: Incoming (2 letters) July 1972
9 17 Holograph pages 2
9 17 Typed draft 8 p.
9 17 Clippings
9 17 Tear sheets
Photographer Timothy O’Sullivan
Box
Folder
9 18 Correspondence: Incoming (1 letter) August 2, 1972
9 18 Holograph draft
9 18 One page of typed draft with heavy holograph revision
9 18 Clippings
9 18 Tear sheet
9 18 Infinity February 1973
Photographer Martin Schneider
Box
Folder
9 19 Correspondence: Incoming (2 letters) 1972, 1973
9 19 Correspondence: Outgoing (1 letter) October 4, 1972
9 19 Correspondence: Other (2 letters) May 1972
9 19 Holograph notes and draft
9 19 Typed draft with holograph revisions
9 19 Typed captions
9 19 Photocopy of captions 4 p.
9 19 Photocopy of interview corrections
9 19 Research materials
9 19 Photocopy of transcript of TV program Censorship
9 19 Photocopy of interview (?) with Schneider, partial document
9 20 Miscellaneous material
9 21 Research data
Hunted Like A Wolf
Box
Folder
9 22 Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing
9 22 Draft fragments included with correspondence
9 22 Holograph notes for captions
9 22 First draft, holograph 121 p.
9 24 Second draft, carbon 176 p.
9 25 Galley proofs
9 26 Miscellaneous notes, typed and holograph
9 27-29 Research data
Margaret Sanger
Box
Folder
9 30 Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing
9 31 Manuscript material
9 32 Miscellaneous notes and dust jacket
Never to Forget
Box
Folder
10 1 First draft, typed
10 2 First draft, revised, photocopy 178 p.
10 3 Final draft, photocopy 214 p.
10 3 Some typed pages with holograph revision
Remember the Days
Box
Folder
10 4 Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing
10 5 First draft, typed, light holograph revision 110 p.
10 6 Second draft, typed, light holograph revision 121 p.
10 7 Final draft, typed, light holograph revision 121 p.
10 7 Color copy of dust jacket
10 8 Miscellaneous notes
Right to Remain Silent
Box
Folder
10 9 Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing
10 10 First draft, typed
10 10 First draft, holograph 87 p.
10 11 Second draft, typed with holograph revisions
10 12 Third draft, typed
10 12 Third draft, holograph draft pages
10 12 Correspondence
10 13 Final draft, photocopy 95 p.
10 13 Final draft, select typed pages
10 14 Miscellaneous notes, holograph and typed
10 15 Research data
Slavery Volume 2
Box
Folder
10 16 Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing
10 16 Galley proofs
10 16 Miscellaneous notes
Taking Root, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
Box
Folder
10 19 Final draft, photocopy 221 p.
Underground Man
Box
Folder
10 20 First draft, typed, light holograph revision 136 p.
10 21 First draft, revised, typed, with holograph revisions 120 p.
10 22 Second draft, holograph
10 23 Second draft, typed
10 23 Some holograph pages
11 1 Second draft, revised, typed 154 p.
11 1 Holograph notes 4 p.
11 2 Third draft, typed, some holograph revisions, fragments
11 3 Third draft, revised, typed
11 3 Other draft fragments, some holograph revisions
11 4 Fourth draft, typed with holograph revisions 191 p.
11 5 Printer’s copy with holograph revisions, 203 p.
Violins and Shovels
Box
Folder
11 6 Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing
11 7 Early draft, typed with some holograph revision
11 8 Final draft, typed and photocopy with some holograph revisions, 195 p.
11 9 Miscellaneous notes, typed and holograph
11 10 Research data
World of Our Fathers, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York
Box
Folder
11 11 Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing
11 12 First draft, typed
11 13 Final draft, typed
11 14 Final draft, revised, photocopy 236 p.
11 14 Page proofs
11 15 Galleys
11 16 Miscellaneous notes
11 16 Page proofs of index
11 17 Research data
Zenith series, Doubleday
Box
Folder
11 18 Correspondence: Incoming, outgoing, and other
11 19 Manuscript materials
11 20 Miscellaneous notes
11 21 Research data
Mark Twain
Box
Folder
12 Box 1 Notes on illustrations
12 Box 2 Text notes
S.G Howe
Box
Folder
12 Box 2 Notes

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Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Correspondence 1956-1967
3 2 Correspondence 1968-1970
3 3 Incoming: A-L
3 4 Incoming: M-Z
3 5 Incoming: Crowell, Thomas Y. and Co.
3 6 Incoming: Follett Publishing Co.
3 7 Incoming: Langston Hughes
3 8 Incoming: Knopf, Alfred A. Inc.
9 Incoming: Rapoport, Bernard

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Bontemps, Arna Wendell, 1902-1973
  • Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
  • Meltzer, Milton, 1915-2009--Correspondence
  • Rapoport, Bernard, 1917-
  • Subject Terms :
  • African Americans--History--Juvenile literature
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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