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Elizabeth Hoffman Honness papers

CLRC.HONNESS

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
Creator:
Honness, Elizabeth Hoffman, 1904-
Title:
Elizabeth Hoffman Honness papers
Date [inclusive]:
circa 1957-1966
Call Number:
CLRC.HONNESS
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection contains typescripts, galley proofs, and engraver's proofs for books by children's author Elizabeth Hoffman Honness (1904-2003), including Mystery in the Square Tower (1957),  Mystery of the Secret Message (1961), and  Mystery of the Pirate's Ghost (1966).
Cite as:
[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Elizabeth Hoffman Honness papers, circa 1957-1966, Free Library of Philadelphia, Children’s Literature Research Collection.
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Biography/History

Elizabeth Hoffman Honness was born on June 29, 1904 in Boonton, New Jersey. She graduated from Skidmore College in 1926, settling in New York to write advertising copy for Macmillan Company, Century Company, and Shelton Looms from 1927 to 1934. She also worked as the managing editor for the magazine American Girl. She married Jesse Alfred McKaughan in 1936. That same year, she published her first children’s book,  The Tale of the Sorry Sorrel Horse. She went on to publish a series of mystery novels, including  Mystery of the Diamond Necklace (1954) and  Mystery at the Villa Caprice (1969), travelling extensively in order to research the various locations for her books. She also wrote two volumes of Bible stories,  People of the Promise (1949) and  We are His People (1959). Her final novel,  The Spy at Tory Hole (1975) was a work of historical fiction for adults. She died on August 12, 2003.

Bibliography

Something About the Author, vol. 2.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains typescripts, galley proofs, and engraver's proofs for books by children's author Elizabeth Hoffman Honness (1904-2003), including Mystery in the Square Tower (1957),  Mystery of the Secret Message (1961), and  Mystery of the Pirate's Ghost (1966). There is also a small amount of correspondence between the publisher and printer regarding reset type for  Mystery of the Secret Message.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged alphabetically in three series: 1. Mystery in the Square Tower; 2. Mystery of the Pirate's Ghost; 3. Mystery of the Secret Message. Within each series, materials are arranged in order of probable creation.

The galley proof and page proofs are housed in a box with the galley proofs from the Elizabeth Ripley papers.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Lindsay Friedman, Peter Silvestro, and Laura J. Stroffolino.

Sponsor

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for information on access.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Elizabeth Hoffman Honness, 1968.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

University of Minnesota: Velma Ilsley papers, 1955-1950, CLRC-145.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Engraver's proofs
  • Galley proofs
  • Proofs (printed matter)
  • Typescripts
Subject(s)
  • Children's authors--20th century
  • Children's literature--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Mystery in the Square Tower, 1957.

Box Folder

Draft, revised typescript.

1 1

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Mystery of the Pirate's Ghost, 1966.

Box Folder

Draft, revised typescript.

1 2

Corrected galley proofs.

G 6

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Mystery of the Secret Message, 1961.

Scope and Contents note

Working title was Mystery of the Hanging Scroll.

Box Folder

Draft, revised typescript.

1 3

Corrected galley proofs, 1961 February 27.

G 3

Page proofs.

G 4

Engraver's proofs, circa 1961.

1 4

Author's corrected partial galley proofs with related correspondence, 1961 June-October.

1 5

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