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Elizabeth T. Billington Papers

 Collection
Identifier: DG0090

Scope and Contents

The materials in the "Books" series are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The collection contains material for three books: The Move, Part-Time Boy, and The Randolph Caldecott Treasury.

In The Move, a novel for young readers, Tim and his family move from New York City to the suburbs. The collection holds correspondence and a typescript for this story. In Part-Time Boy, ten-year-old Jamie doesn't fit in at home or at school. The woman in charge of the school science center befriends him and invites him to spend the summer at her cabin in the woods, where he gains confidence in himself. For this title, the collection holds correspondence, several typescripts, a galley, two proofs, a dummy, and blues.

The Randolph Caldecott Treasury reproduces and annotates the paintings and drawings of this famous children's illustrator. Ms. Billington edited the book and wrote one of its prefatory essays. For this book, the collection contains numerous research materials, including correspondence with museums and knowledgeable individuals. Also, there are relevant articles, subject files, and a box of index cards with Ms. Billington's research notes. Following the research material, the collection holds photographs of Caldecott's illustrations and places associated with his life. Many of these photos were reproduced in the published book. Pre-publication material for this book includes several typescripts, a set of layout pages, and a set of folded and gathered sheets.

Dates

  • 1971-1984

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth T. Billington was born in New York, N.Y., and published her first book, Adventure with Flowers, in 1966. Her second book, Understanding Ecology was published in 1968, and also concerned the subject of science. She didn't write another book until 1978, when she produced The Randolph Caldecott Treasury. Her next three books were Part-Time Boy (1980), Getting to Know Me (1982), and The Move (1984). These were all novels written for young readers about boys who struggle to understand themselves while coping with the move from an urban environment to a rural one.

Ms. Billington is an avid naturalist who led ecology walks in her hometown of Larchmont, New York. She also gardened and wrote a column on nature for her local newspaper. In addition, she told stories to children at her local library.

Sources:

Something About the Author, vol. 50.

Getting to Know Me, jacket flap.

Extent

3.15 Cubic Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material was donated by Elizabeth T. Billington from 1976-1984.

Related Materials

Diane de Groat Papers (DG0255) contains illustrations for Part-Time Boy. See also Randolph Caldecott Papers (DG0145)
Title
Elizabeth Billington Papers
Status
In Progress
Author
Christopher Peters
Date
1998-08
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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