Gary and Barbara Bleeker Children’s Book Author Collection
2007.0016

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Bleeker, Barbara S.
Creator
Bleeker, Gerrit W.
Title
Gary and Barbara Bleeker Children’s Book Author Collection
ID
2007.0016
Date
1989-2004
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Letters written to Barbara and Gary Bleeker by authors nominated for the William Allen White Children’s Book Award.

Preferred Citation note

Gary and Barbara Bleeker Children’s Book Author Collection, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Gary Bleeker

Dr. Gerrit W. Bleeker joined the Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia faculty in 1969 as an Assistant Professor of English. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1976 and Professor in 1988. He served as part-time acting Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for two years before being named Associate Dean in 2005. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Bleeker was appointed Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in 2006. He and his wife, Barbara, co-author a newspaper column about children’s and young adult literature for the Topeka Capitol-Journal.  Barbara Bleeker

Barbara S. Bleeker joined the Emporia State University faculty in 1987 as a lecturer in the School of Library Management and Information Systems. She began serving as an Education Student Advisor in 1991, lecturing in the English Department in 1993, and became an instructor in Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher Education and an advisor in the Student Advising Center in 1999. Barbara was honored with the XI Phi Outstanding Faculty Award in 2005.

William Allen White Children’s Book Award

The William Allen White Children’s Book Award was established in 1952 as a memorial to Emporia newspaperman William Allen White, who passed away in 1944. It was the nation’s first state-wide book contest in which schoolchildren’s votes determined the winner. The purpose of the award program is not only to honor William Allen White but to also encourage boys and girls to read and enjoy good books. The William Allen White Children’s Book Award program was founded by Ruth Garver Gagliardo and is directed by Emporia State University.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of letters written by 117 children’s book authors to Gary and Barbara Bleeker. The letters are in response to requests by the Bleekers for information to be used in annual workshops they presented during the William Allen White Children’s Book Award ceremonies from 1989-2004. The purpose of the workshops was to provide teachers and librarians with ideas for using that year’s nominated books in their schools and libraries. The authors were generally asked one question, such as to identify their favorite book or how they came to write the nominated book.

The letters vary greatly in length and content. Some are typed while others are handwritten, and some mention enclosures which are not included in the collection. Available enclosures include photographs, brochures, and post cards. Generally the responses indicate the author’s writing/creative process, explain how the story idea was generated, and provide information about the characters. Some of the authors indicate a desire to be personally involved in that year’s workshop; Barbara J. Esbensen recalls reading the Mary White editorial as a high school student in the 1940s. Examples of the letters sent from the Bleekers can be found in the Patricia McKissach and Cynthia Rylant folders. William Allen White Children’s Book Award recipients represented include C. S. Adler (1982), Marion Dane Bauer (1989), Betsy Byars (1980, 1988), Andrew Clements (1999, 2002), Cynthia DeFelice (2001), Peni R. Griffin (2004), Mary Downing Hahn (1986, 1992, 1997), E. L. Konigsburg (1970), Lois Lowry (1996), Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1994), Scott O’Dell (1963), Barbara Park (1998), Katherine Paterson (1981), Gary Paulsen (1990), P. J. Petersen (2000), Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1974), Jerry Spinelli (1993), Jean Van Leeuwen (1978), Barbara Brooks Wallace (1983), Bill Wallace (1991), and June Rae Wood (1995).

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Arrangement note

Alphabetical by author’s name. Multiple letters are in chronological order. Two of the folders, Virginia Hamilton and James Stevenson, do not contain letters from the authors but from their publishers. Scott O’Dell’s folder contains letters from his wife, Elizabeth Hall.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives August 2007

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Other collections include the official records of the William Allen White Book Awards, William Allen White Collection, and Ruth Garver Gagliardo Collection.

Separated Materials note

One file folder located in basement oversize drawer OS 7.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Emporia Kansas State College. Faculty Wives Club -- Records and correspondence.
  • Emporia State University. Faculty Wives Club -- Records and correspondence.
  • Emporia State University. University Women of Emporia State University -- Records and correspondence.
  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. Extension and Correspondence Study Dept.
  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. Faculty Wives Club -- Records and correspondence.

Personal Name(s)

  • Adler, C. S. (Carole S.) -- Correspondence.
  • Alexander, Lloyd -- Correspondence.
  • Aronsky, Jim -- Correspondence.
  • Avi, 1937- -- Correspondence.
  • Ayers, Katherine -- Correspondence.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane -- Correspondence.
  • Beatty, Patricia -- Correspondence.
  • Blumberg, Rhoda -- Correspondence.
  • Brittain, Bill -- Correspondence.
  • Brown, Mary Barrett -- Correspondence.
  • Bulla, Clyde Robert -- Correspondence.
  • Bunting, Eve, 1928- -- Correspondence.
  • Byars, Betsy Cromer -- Correspondence.
  • Calvert, Patricia -- Correspondence.
  • Choi, Sook Nyul -- Correspondence.
  • Clements, Andrew, 1949- -- Correspondence.
  • Conrad, Pam -- Correspondence.
  • Cooper, Susan, 1935- -- Correspondence.
  • Coville, Bruce -- Correspondence.
  • Crew, Linda -- Correspondence.
  • Curry, Jane Louise -- Correspondence.
  • Cushman, Karen -- Correspondence.
  • Cutler, Jane -- Correspondence.
  • DeFelice, Cynthia C. -- Correspondence.
  • Denzel, Justin F. -- Correspondence.
  • Dillon, Diane -- Correspondence.
  • Dorris, Michael -- Correspondence.
  • Dragonwagon, Crescent -- Correspondence.
  • Esbensen, Barbara Juster -- Correspondence.
  • Facklam, Margery -- Correspondence.
  • Fenner, Carol -- Correspondence.
  • Fleischman, Paul -- Correspondence.
  • Fleischman, Sid, 1920- -- Correspondence.
  • Fletcher, Ralph J.-- Correspondence.
  • Fox, Paula -- Correspondence.
  • Franklin, Kristine L. -- Correspondence.
  • Freedman, Russell -- Correspondence.
  • Fritz, Jean -- Correspondence.
  • George, Jean Craighorn, 1919- -- Correspondence.
  • Giblin, James -- Correspondence.
  • Griffin, Peni R. -- Correspondence.
  • Haddix, Margaret Peterson -- Correspondence.
  • Hahn, Mary Downing -- Correspondence.
  • Hamilton, Virginia, 1936-2002 -- Correspondence.
  • Hansen, Joyce -- Correspondence.
  • Hendershot, Judith -- Correspondence.
  • Henkes, Kevin -- Correspondence.
  • Hesse, Karen -- Correspondence.
  • Hest, Amy -- Correspondence.
  • Hill, Kirkpatrick -- Correspondence.
  • Hobbs, Will -- Correspondence.
  • Hughes, Dean, 1943- -- Correspondence.
  • Humphrey, Margaret Keller, 1907-2001 -- Correspondence.
  • Iden, Thomas Medary, 1856-1933 -- Correspondence.
  • Jensen, Dorothea -- Correspondence.
  • Kehret, Peg -- Correspondence.
  • Keller, Hattie Cochran, 1871-1974 -- Correspondence.
  • Keller, W. H. (William Heber), 1872-1926 -- Correspondence.
  • Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie -- Correspondence.
  • Konigsburg, E. L. -- Correspondence.
  • Lauber, Patricia -- Correspondence.
  • Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929- -- Correspondence.
  • Leitner, Isabella -- Correspondence.
  • Levin, Betty -- Correspondence.
  • Levine, Gail Carson -- Correspondence.
  • Levy, Constance -- Correspondence.
  • Lewin, Ted -- Correspondence.
  • Lippincott, Gary A. -- Correspondence.
  • Lisle, Janet Taylor -- Correspondence.
  • Livingston, Mary Cohn -- Correspondence.
  • Lowry, Lois -- Correspondence.
  • Martin, Bill, 1916-2004 -- Correspondence.
  • Mayerson, Evelyn Wilde, 1934- -- Correspondence.
  • McKissack, Pat, 1944- -- Correspondence.
  • Meltzer, Milton, 1915- -- Correspondence.
  • Meyer, Carolyn, 1935- -- Correspondence.
  • Murphy, Jim, 1947- -- Correspondence.
  • Namovicz, Gene Inyart -- Correspondence.
  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds -- Correspondence.
  • Nixon, Joan Lowery -- Correspondence.
  • O’Dell, Scott, 1898-1989 -- Correspondence.
  • Park, Barbara -- Correspondence.
  • Paterson, Katherine -- Correspondence.
  • Paulsen, Gary -- Correspondence.
  • Peet, Bill -- Correspondence.
  • Petersen, P. J. -- Correspondence.
  • Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman) -- Correspondence.
  • Radin, Ruth Yaffe -- Correspondence.
  • Reed, Don C. -- Correspondence.
  • Reeder, Carolyn -- Correspondence.
  • Rider, Martha George, 1889-1930 -- Correspondence.
  • Robinson, Charles, 1931- -- Correspondence.
  • Ross, Ramon Royal -- Correspondence.
  • Ruby, Lois -- Correspondence.
  • Rylant, Cynthia -- Correspondence.
  • Salisbury, Graham -- Correspondence.
  • Sattler, Helen Roney -- Correspondence.
  • Seabrooke, Brenda -- Correspondence.
  • Sis, Peter -- Correspondence.
  • Slepian, Jan -- Correspondence.
  • Smith, Joseph A. (Joseph Anthony), 1936- -- Correspondence.
  • Snyder, Zilpha Keatley -- Correspondence.
  • Soto, Gary -- Correspondence.
  • Spinelli, Jerry -- Correspondence.
  • St. George, Judith, 1931- -- Correspondence.
  • Stanley, Diane -- Correspondence.
  • Stevenson, Laura Caroline, 1946- -- Correspondence.
  • Stolz, Mary, 1920- -- Correspondence.
  • Thomas, Joyce Carol -- Correspondence.
  • Van Leeuwen, Jean -- Correspondence.
  • Wallace, Bill, 1947- -- Correspondence.
  • White, Ruth, 1942- -- Correspondence.
  • Wimmer, Mike -- Correspondence.
  • Wisler, G. Clifton -- Correspondence.
  • Wong, Janet S. -- Correspondence.
  • Wood, June Rae -- Correspondence.
  • Woodson, Jacqueline -- Correspondence.
  • Yolen, Jane -- Correspondence.
  • Zalben, Jane Breskin -- Correspondence.

Subject(s)

  • Authors -- 20th century -- Correspondence.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Adler, C.S., 1989. 

1 1

Alexander, Lloyd, 1993. 

1 2

Aronsky, Jim, 

1 3

Avi, 1992. 

1 4

Ayers, Katherine, 1998. 

1 5

Bauer, Marion Dane, 1996. 

1 6

Beatty, Patricia, 1989,1990. 

1 7

Blumberg, Rhoda, 1989, 1991, 1993. 

1 8

Brittain, William, 1989. 

1 1989.

Brown, Mary Barrett, 1992. 

1 10

Bulla, Clyde Robert, 1989. 

1 11

Bunting, Eve, 1990, 1996, 1997. 

1 12

Byars, Betsy, undated. 

1 13

Calvert, Patricia, 1998. 

1 14

Choi, Sook Nyul, 1993. 

1 15

Clements, Andrew, 1998. 

1 16

Conrad, Pam, 1991. 

1 17

Cooper, Susan, 1995. 

1 18

Coville, Bruce, 1994. 

1 19

Curry, Jane, 1991. 

1 21

Cushman, Karen, undated. 

1 22

Cutler, Jane, 1999. 

1 23

Crew, Linda, 1993. 

1 20

DeFelice, Cynthia, 1998. 

1 24

Denzel, Justin, 1990. 

1 25

Dorris, Michael, 1993, 1996. 

1 26

Dragonwagon, Crescent, 1993. 

1 27

Dillon, Diane and Leo, undated, 1992. 

1 28

Esbensen, Babara J., 1992. 

1 29

Facklam, Margery, 1992. 

1 30

Fenner, Carol, 1993, 1997. 

1 31

Fleischman, Paul, 1990, 1995, 1999. 

1 32

Fleischman, Sid, 1990, 1992, 1994. 

Separated Materials note

Items From author located in oversized drawer OS 7.

1 33

Fletcher, Ralph, 1997, 1999. 

1 34

Fox, Paula, undated, 1990, 1993. 

1 35

Franklin, Kristine L., 1999. 

1 36

Freedman Russell, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996.  

1 37

Fritz, Jean 1991,1993. 

Separated Materials note

Items From author located in oversized drawer OS 7.

Box Folder

George, Jean Craighorn, 1996. 

1 39

Giblin, James Cross, 1992. 

1 40

Griffin, Peni R., 1995. 

1 41

Haddix, Margaret Peterson, 1997. 

1 42

Hahn, Mary Downing, undated, 1990, 1991, 1993. 

1 43Hamilton, Virginia,Hamilton, Virginia,

Hamilton, Virginia, 1991. 

1 44

Hansen, Joyce, 1990. 

1 45

Hendershot, Judy, 1989. 

1 46

Henkes, Kevin, 1999. 

1 47

Hesse, Karen, 1994, 1996. 

1 48

Hest, Amy, 1997. 

1 49

Hill, Kirkpatrick, 1992, 1995. 

1 50

Hobbs, Will, 1991, 1995, 1998. 

1 51

Hughes, Dean, 1991. 

1 52

Jensen, Dorothea, 1991. 

1 53

Kehret, Peg, 1998. 

1 54

Kinsey-Warrock, Natalie, 1991. 

1 55

Konigsburg, E.L., undated. 

1 56

Lauber, Patricia, undated. 

1 57

Le Guin, Ursula K., 1990. 

1 58

Leitner, Isabella, 1994. 

Separated Materials note

Items From author located in oversized drawer OS 7.

1 59

Levin, Betty, 1990. 

1 60

Levine, Gail Carson, 1993, 1996. 

1 61

Levy, Constance, 1993, 1996. 

1 62

Lewin, Ted, undated. 

1 63

Lippincott, Gary, undated. 

1 64Lippincott, Gary,

Lisle, Janet Taylor, 1991. 

1 65

Livingston, Mary Cohn, 1991. 

1 66

Lowry, Lois, undated, 1991. 

Box Folder

McKissack, Pat, 1944. 

2 1

Martin, Bill, Jr., 1989. 

2 2

Mayerson, Evelyn Wilde, undated. 

2 3

Meltzer, Milton, 1990. 

2 4

Meyer, Carolyn, 1995. 

2 5

Murphy, Jim, 1992, 1997. 

2 6

Namovicz, Gene, 1989. 

2 7

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds, undated. 

2 8

Nixon, Joan Lowery, 1989. 

2 9

O’Dell, Scott, 1989. 

2 10

Park, Barbara, 1997. 

2 11

Paterson, Katherine, 1992, 1996. 

2 12

Paulsen, Gary, 1989. 

2 13

Peet, Bill, undated. 

Separated Materials note

Items From author located in oversized drawer OS 7.

2 14

Philbrick, Rodman, 1998. 

2 15

Petersen, P.J., 1999. 

2 16

Radin, Ruth Y., 1992. 

2 17

Reed, Don C., 1991. 

2 18

Reeder, Carolyn O., 1991. 

2 19

Robinson, Charles, 1993. 

2 20

Ross, Ramon Royal, 1995. 

2 21

Ruby, Lois, 1996. 

2 22

Rylant, Cynthia, 1989, 1994. 

2 23

St. George, Judith, undated. 

2 24

Salisbury, Graham, undated. 

2 25

Sattler, Helen Roney, 1989. 

2 26

Seabrooke, Brenda, 1992. 

2 27

Sis, Peter, 1992. 

2 28

Slepian, Jan, 1991, 1995. 

2 29

Smith, Joseph A., 1994. 

2 30

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley, 1989, 1996. 

2 31

Soto, Gary, undated. 

2 32

Spinelli, Jerry, 1992. 

2 33

Stanley, Diane, undated, 1992, circa 1998. 

2 34

Stevenson, James, 1997. 

2 35

Stevenson, Laura C., 1992. 

2 36

Stolz, Mary, 1989. 

2 37

Thomas, Joyce Carol, 1999. 

2 38

Van Leeuwen, Jean, 1998. 

2 39

Wallace, Barbara Brooks, 1995. 

2 40

Thomas, Jane Resh, 1989. 

2 41

Wallace, Bill, 1990. 

2 42

White, Ruth, 1998. 

2 43