MS - 007: The Papers of Jerry Spinelli, Class of 1963
MS – 007: The Papers of Jerry Spinelli, Class of 1963
(26 Boxes, 9.13 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1960-2003
Processed by: Christine Ameduri, Molly Thomas, Sidney Dreese
George E. "Jerry" Spinelli (1941-), 1991 Newbery Award winner for his book Maniac Magee, and internationally published author of numerous other children's books, graduated from Gettysburg College in 1963 with a degree in English. The Norristown,
While a student at
The collection has been divided into five series. Series I: General; Series II: Manuscripts; Series III: Publications; Series IV: Cover Art and Promotional Material; and Series V: Oversize.
Scope and Content Notes
The Jerry Spinelli collection traces the writing career of the children’s author from 1961-2003. The papers consist mainly of various versions of manuscripts including his original handwritten manuscripts, several editions of his books and some promotional material. The researcher will not find materials about life at Gettysburg College or Temple University, or his work at Chilton Publishing; genealogical data, diaries, memorabilia or photographs. For additional material about Spinelli the researcher should use the Vertical File.
Series I contains Spinelli’s letter in search of an agent and an audiocassette of his acceptance speech for winning the Newberry Award for his book, Maniac Magee (1990).
Series II consists mainly of manuscripts: handwritten original, typed, copy-edited, drafts, some notes and printer’s galleys. Also included are essays while a student at
Series III contains published poetry, published short stories, and published books (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Finnish.) This series includes his first and favorite novel, Space Station Seventh Grade (1982). For book covers and printer’s galleys the researcher also needs to see Series IV and V. In addition to various copies of Maniac Magee the collection also includes a videocassette of the book.
Series IV consists of some cover art and promotional material.
Series V contains oversized items: printer’s galleys, rejected covers and cover proofs and the final stages of a picture book, My Daddy and Me.