Clarke, Mary Stetson (1911-1994)
Scope:
The Mary Stetson Clarke collection consists of manuscripts, subject files, printed material, and correspondence.

Manuscripts by Clarke in the collection include her books Petticoat Rebel (Viking, 1964); The Iron Peacock (Viking, 1966); The Limner’s Daughter (Viking, 1967); Pioneer Iron Works (Chilton, 1968); The Glass Phoenix (Viking, 1969); Piper to the Clan (Viking, 1970); Bloomers and Ballots (Viking Junior Press, 1972); The Old Middlesex Canal (Hilltop Press, ca. 1972); and Women’s Rights in America (Grossman, Jackdaw No. A20, ca. 1974).  Also present is Clarke’s Immigration in Colonial Times (Grossman, ca. 1973), part of the Educational Aids Series, consisting of a collection of primary source materials arranged in exhibits with text written by Clarke.  Most of the book-length manuscripts include correspondence, research material, notes, or some combination of these.  The research material for Women’s Rights in America is especially extensive, and includes short letters from Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Pat Schroeder, Margaret Chase Smith, and other prominent women.  Other manuscripts by Clarke include drafts of articles for The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor (1965-1966).

Subject files in the collection consist of correspondence and manuscripts regarding other writers who were friends with Clarke.  These include Ellen Nelson, Barbara Cooney, Elizabeth George Speare, and Ruth Harshaw.

Printed material in the collection includes several book catalogs with ads for Clarke’s books, dating form 1964 to 1973.

Correspondence in the collection includes letters regarding research for and publication of Bloomers and Ballots, The Old Middlesex Canal, Grossman publishers and the “Jackdaws” books, and Women’s Rights in America.  The correspondence dates from 1967 to 1975.
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Notable Figures
1. Clarke, Mary Stetson
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Children's Literature Subject Guide