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Special Collections: Guide to the Mary C. Jane Literary Papers

Collection title:  Mary C. Jane Literary Papers
Collection number:  MS 264
Date of collection:  1950-1972
 
Size of collection:  2 boxes
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval

Biography

Mary Childs Jane was born in Needham, Massachusetts in 1909 and graduated from Bridgewater State Teachers College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts in 1931. She taught school in Pippapon, Kentucky and Chester and Needham, Massachusetts before her marriage to William S. Jane in 1937. She was a resident of Newcastle, Maine, where she became a member of various creative writing groups and was president of the Poetry Fellowship of Maine. She began writing children's books in 1952, and her specialty was writing mysteries for middle school age students. Mary C. Jane died in 1991.

Scope and Content Note

A collection of hand written manuscripts, typed manuscripts and galley proofs of the books written by Mary C. Jane.
 

Contents of Boxes

 Box 193

f1 The Dark Tower Mystery. Published 1966. 83 p. hand written, both sides.

f2 Dark Tower Mystery. 1st edition. Illustrated by Raymond Abel. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1966.
VII, 103p. (With some illus. included). Galley proofs.

f3 The dark tower mystery. 85p. 28cm. Typescript, carbon copy.

f4 The dark tower mystery. Illus. by Raymond Abel. 1st edition. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1966.
VIII, 85p. Typescript, copy-edited. Number 11139.

f5 The Ghost Rock Mystery, originally titled Mystery at boundary-Bald. Published 1956.
90 p. handwritten, both sides. "Real setting is in Jackman, Maine."

f6 Indian Island. 49p. Master proof from American Stratford Composing Room Div., Brattleboro, Vermont
Feb. 26, 1965.

F7 Indian Island Mystery. 2 copies: handwritten (90 pages, both sides) and typed (67p.).
Includes one photocopy of mss. for research study by students.

F8 Indian Island mystery. Illustrated by Raymond Abel. 1st edition. Phila., Lippincott, 1965. 87p.
Typescript, with copy-editor's notes. Illustrations not included.

F9 Mystery at Dead End Farm. Published 1961. 90p., handwritten, both sides.
"Real location of story - Mapleton, Aroostook County, Maine."

f10 Mystery at Pemaquid Point. Published 1957. 89p. handwritten, both sides.

f11 Mystery at Pemaquid Point. Scattered paging 23cm. Typescript. Revision and carbon.

f12 Mystery at shadow pond. 94p. 23cm. Typescript, carbon copy.

f13 Mystery at Shadow Pond. Publ. 1958. 82 p. handwritten, both sides. Setting is Mt. Blue State
Park and Webb Lake.

f14 Mystery back of the Mountain. Published 1960. 93 p. handwritten, both sides. "Real setting is in Freeman, Maine, a
ghost town near Strong and New Vineyard."

f15  Mystery Behind Dark Windows. Published 1962. 96 (?) p. typed and handwritten, both sides.
"Real setting of story - empty mill in Warren, Maine."

f16 Mystery behind dark windows. Illus. by Raymond Abel. 1st edition. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1962.
a - dp., 96p. Typescript, copy-edited. #31728 on cover page. Illustrations not included.

f17 Mystery by moonlight. Illustrated by Raymond Abel. Philadelphia., Lippincott [n. d.]
[3p.] 97p. Typescript, copy-edited. #3204 on cover page. Illustrations not included.

f18 Mystery in hidden hollow. First edition. [1970] 29p. 63cm. Printer's proof dated 10/24/69

f19 Mystery in hidden hollow. 96 (i.e. 98)p. numbered one side only. Holograph (three pages typescript),
written on both sides of paper.

f20 Mystery in hidden hollow. 96p. 28cm. Typescript.

f21 Mystery in hidden hollow. Illus.by Raymond Abel. New York, J. B. Lippincott, n. d.
123p. 63cm. Printer's proof dated 11/24/69

Box 194

f1 Mystery in Longfellow Square. 92p. 23cm. Typescript. "First typed copy-later much changed."

f2 Mystery in Longfellow Square. Published 1964. 88 p. handwritten, both sides.
"Setting - Longfellow Square, Portland, Maine."

f3 Mystery in Longfellow Square [n. p., n. d.] a-c p., 96p. Typescript, copy-edited, 1964.


 f4 Mystery in Old Quebec. Published 1955. 79 p. handwritten, both sides.

f5 Mystery of the Rod Carnations. Original title: XYZ Mystery. Published 1968 by J. B.
Lippincott, N. Y. Handwritten mss. includes notes, outlines and letter from Julie Morgen of J. B. Lippincott
Co. with criticism.

f6 Mystery of the red carnations. 63cm. Printer's proof dated 2/26/68

f7 Mystery of the red carnations. Illustrated by Raymond Abel. 1st edition. Phila.
Lippincott, 1968. 6, 93p. Typescript, with copy-editor's notes. #49429 on first six pages. Illus. not
included.

f8 Mystery On Echo Ridge. Published 1959. 81 p. handwritten, both sides. "Real setting my own town of Newcastle,
Maine."

f9 Mystery on nine-mile marsh. 96p. 23cm. Typescript.

f10 Mystery on Nine-Mile Marsh. 123 p. illus. Galley proof with illustrations.

f11 Mystery on Nine-Mile Marsh. 1st edition. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1967.
5, 95p. Typescript, with copy-editor's notes. Number 4752l on first five pages.

f12 The rocking-chair ghost; an easy-to-read mystery. 1st edition. Illus. by Tomie de
Paola. Phila., Lippincott, 1969. [9 p.] Illus. not included. Galley proofs.

f13 The rocking-chair ghost; an easy-to-read mystery. 1st edition. Illus. by Tomie de
Paola. Phila., Lippincott, 1969. 7 p, illus. not included. Page proofs.

f14 The rocking-chair ghost; an easy-to-read mystery. 1st edition. Illus. by Tomie de
Paola. Phila., Lippincott, 1969. 6, 31 p. Typescript, copy-edited.

f15 Lippincott, J. P.. Co., Philadelphia. Letter(s) to Mrs. Mary C. Jane re her juvenile books, etc.


Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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