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Madye Lee Chastain Papers

Identifier: DG0177

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material for five titles. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. Steamboat South concerns the voyage of a young girl who travels down the Mississippi to live with her aunt and uncle, and her adventures as she interacts with other passengers and babysits six children. Holdings for Emmy Keeps a Promise, Fripsey Fun, and Steamboat South include one illustration for each title. For Magic Island and Plippen's Palace , there is a single typescript page for each title.


  • 1955-1964

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

Madye Lee Chastain was born on December 15, 1908 in Texarkana, Texas. She married Kurt Stoessel, a fellow artist, in 1936, and had one child. She studied art at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and Grand Central Art School in New York. She also studied at Columbia University. She worked as a portrait artist from 1932 to 1938. Ms. Chastain has written and illustrated children's books since 1945. Her books are episodic, humorous adventure stories for middle readers. They are frequently set in small towns or farms. Several of the books form a series about the antics of the large, boisterous Fripsey family.


Something About the Author, vol. 4.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Madye Lee Chastain in 1967.

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This finding aid is a 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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